Monthly Archives: November 2009

We love sharing…

Chris from Portland sent us this wonderful image of OSU’s lower campus, which likely dates from 1911.

Why do I love this photo? Babies in strollers, no matter the era, are just great fun … Especially if they have a bonnet and 2 attendants!

This is also fabulous because it shows the itsy, bitsy trees — which are now great big trees that shade visitors to the DaVinci Days festival in the summer and delight us with bright yellow foliage in the fall. Thanks to Flickr user “Geronimo the Elder” for this shot!

Do you have photos or memories of this little piece of park bliss?

Lots of great news coming out of the OSU Libraries this week!

Oregon Spatial Data Library launches in conjunction with national GIS Day

A powerful new data-access tool for Oregon researchers, students, public agency staff, private industry and the public at large was launched today in conjunction with national GIS Day… The Oregon Spatial Data Library provides easy and convenient ways to find, access and share geospatial data at no cost to the user. Currently, more than 200 datasets can be displayed and downloaded, with more to be added as they become available. Developed in partnership with Oregon State University Libraries, the Institute for Natural Resources and the Oregon Dept. of Administrative Services Geospatial Enterprise Office (DAS-GEO), the Oregon Spatial Data Library features access to all statewide “framework” data available for Oregon.  These are the datasets that serve as “base data” for a variety of GIS applications that support important research, business and public services.Read more here!

Learn about wetlands online through ‘Oregon Wetlands Explorer’

A far-reaching, highly interactive Web experience that provides deep, richly illustrated insight on the historic and current states of Oregon’s wetlands is the newest member of the critically acclaimed Oregon Explorer family of sites produced by Oregon State University Libraries, the Institute for Natural Resources and, in this case, The Wetlands Conservancy. Oregon Wetlands Explorer takes users virtually to areas throughout the state, from coastal salt marshes to mountain fens desert salt grass flats and many points in between, providing information on wetland ecology, history, wildlife and restoration opportunities.  Oregon has lost more than half of its wetlands since European settlers arrived in the 1800s, and producers of the site hope the information will be helpful in encouraging protection of the areas that remain.Read more here!

OSU Library earns grants to support digitization of key pieces of Oregon history

Oregon State University’s Valley Library is the recipient of two new grants that will support digitization of key images from the state’s past, a new Web-based portal where the images will be publicly accessible and digital archive assistance for cultural institutions around the state that otherwise might not be able to afford such services. The grants and the Oregon Digital Library Project (ODLP) that they’ll help create will enable the Valley Library to build on its critically acclaimed role in preserving material documenting the history of Oregon and its people, said Terry Reese, who holds the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at OSU.Read more here!

OSU Archives: Powered by Orange?

What do Dad’s Weekend, pumpkin bread, poached salmon, and a bunch of guys in gear rattling an inflatable helmet have to do with the OSU Libraries? And how does Doug Schulte fit into the mix?

Saturday brought Sue Kunda, Tiah Edmunson-Morton, and (super famous) student employee of the year for Oregon (Doug) to the President’s Breakfast and fancy football game suite! Joined by his dad, Doug spoke to a small gathering of student and university leaders in the Alumni Center, reflecting on both his experience in ROTC and the limitless fun he has working for the OSU Archives. After filling ourselves with a delicious breakfast, we headed over to the VIP entrance of the stadium and up to the exclusive 4th floor suites, where we ate more, drank a little, and enjoyed the blowout game against the Huskies — all from the comfort of our movie theater style chairs, covered in Beaver orange blankets, with the sun warming us behind the retractable windows.

All glitz and good food aside, it was an honor to be there with Doug and his father to recognize the great contributions he has made to the Archives. We are really lucky to have such a talented bunch working here, and I was proud to introduce Doug, who is certainly Powered by Orange, to an even wider audience!

And yes, there is a Flickr set… See the Flickr set.

Read all about WASAE’s Student Employee of the Year Award

New Flickr Commons Collection: “Western Waters”

Say “welcome!” to a new Flickr Commons collection dedicated to all things water — or at least all things water related … Or at least all things related to waters in the west …

The idea came from OSU Libraries’ own Michael Boock and the members in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), who wanted to showcase and spotlight the great collections featured in the Western Waters Digital Library (WWDL). So we’re doing our part to share OSU’s contributions with the Flickrverse!

The images in these sets are from our “Pacific Northwest Stream Survey” digital collection, which includes over 1000 field images taken between 1934 and 1945 and spanning the 390 streams in the Columbia River Basin. But the collection is also part of the Western Waters Digital Library, which includes classic water literature, government reports, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and audio/video materials associated with the major river basins of the Western United States.

Cleverly called “Dam It,” the November 4th set includes images of roaring and rushing water, folks fishing, and a few salmon swimming … Enjoy these 19 images, straight from the late 1930s!

Keep your eyes open and your RSS feeds on, November 18th we’ll launch another set with a new set of images of people fishing at Celilo Fallls. Can’t wait until then? Check out the Celilo Falls images in the Gerald Williams Collection Flickr set, where you’ll find images like this one …

and this one …

and another one of my all-time favorites, this one …

Want to learn more about the Western Waters Digital Library?

Want to learn more about the Greater Western Library Association?