NEW: Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies

In honor of National Coming Out Day (Wednesday, October 11, 2017), we want to highlight a recent acquisition in the Library, the Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. This contemporary three volume, 1396 page, encyclopedia is available online. The encyclopedia explores the lives and experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, focusing on the contexts and forces that shape their lives through the lenses of psychology, human development and sociology, emphasizing queer, feminist and ecological perspectives on the topic. Includes bibliographical references and index. Check it out today!

Library Hours Fall Break

The Reed College Library hours for fall break are as follows –

Library – open regular hours except closing early 8p, Fri  10/13 & Sat 10/14.

IMC – closed Sat 10/14, Sun 10/15, Sat 10/21.  Open Mon-Fri, noon-5p. Regular hours resume Sun 10/22.

PARC – closed Sat 10/14, Sun 10/15.  Open Mon-Fri, 1-5p. Regular hours resume Sat 10/21.

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Azrah

Azrah helping a patron with Web of Science.

Name: Azrah
Year: Junior
Major: Biology

Favorite Library Resource: Everything in the Pollock Room

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: North reference most of the time and LL1 Southeast Stacks when I could use some A/C.

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I want to smile at people crawling through the door.[FROM THE EDITOR: And help people do research, I think!]

Hardest thing about research: Synthesizing ideas from multiple different sources.

Favorite thing about Reed: Knowing that if I survive 4 years of it, I can do anything.

Cool thing you did this summer:  I oxidized borneol in borneone, which is camphor! It smelled wonderful.

Trial of Oxford Research Encyclopedias

We are pleased to offer a trial of exciting new content on Oxford Research Encyclopedias.

You may already know and love the Oxford Research Encyclopedias (OREs).  They offer overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. The OREs cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Take this opportunity to test drive OREs and to view the articles in these new subject areas:

American History
Latin American History

Our trial is available through October 28th.  If you have any questions, contact Erin Gallagher, Director of Collection Services.

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Aaron

Aaron using the library map to help a student find their way.

Name: Aaron
Year: Senior
Major: English

Favorite Library Resource: Special Collections! Especially the old maps and the artists’ books.

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: When the library is crowded, the purple chairs in the New Pit. When the library is emptier, the tables in Southeast Stacks LL1.

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I was curious about the work librarians do and also wanted to help Reedies!

Hardest thing about research: Being willing to exclude unnecessary information, even when it’s cool and interesting.

Favorite thing about Reed: All the dogs probably.

Cool thing you did this summer: A bunch of my friends and I put on a 1 and a half day music festival in Washington D.C. made up almost entirely of local bands.

October Citation Management Workshops

It’s probably time to start writing your papers. New to using EndNote or Zotero? Need a refresher on how to create a bibliography or cite while you write? We can help. Join us for one of our 30 minute drop-in workshops.

All workshops will be in Library L17.





Introduction to EndNote  Wednesday 10/4/17 2:00-2:30

EndNote & Microsoft Word  Wednesday 10/11/17 2:00-2:30

Introduction to Zotero – Monday 10/2/17 3:00-3:30

Zotero & Microsoft Word – Monday 10/9/17 3:00-3:30

Questions? Ask A Librarian!

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Connor

Although Reed College Library employs the best library staff ever (!), we also depend quite heavily on our awesome student employees. A group I am especially partial to is our Reference Assistants, specially trained juniors and seniors who work on the reference desk nights and weekends helping the Reed community do anything from printing a document to finding primary sources on the history of the american west. To help you all get to know these valued employees, we’ll be posting a profile of a different reference assistant every week.

Connor, friendly & helpful at the atlases!
Connor, friendly & helpful at the atlases!

Name: Connor
Title: Lead Reference Assistant
Year: Senior
Major: American Studies-History

Favorite Library Resource: The A/C (especially in the Lobby and LL1 Southeast Stacks).

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: L2 Southeast Stacks. I enjoy the height.

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I’ve worked in the Library since my first year at Reed, and I wanted to help make the Library feel accessible to all Reedies.

Hardest thing about research: Knowing when to stop.

Favorite thing about Reed: The American Studies Colloquium!

Cool thing you did this summer: Got a  Multnomah County Public Library Card. All Reed students are eligible! Ask the Ref Desk if you want help figuring out the application. [Note From Editor: Connor worked in the library all summer moving books, updating the Zotero Guide & beautifully writing the new blurbs on the main library page, among other things!]

September Zotero and EndNote Workshops

Come learn about the new versions of Zotero and EndNote at our September drop-in workshops.

Intro to EndNote – Monday 9/11/17 4:30-5:00 in Library 17

EndNote & Microsoft Word – Wednesday 9/20/17 10:00-10:30 in Library 17


Intro to Zotero – Monday 9/11/17 3:30-4:oo in Library 17

Zotero & Microsoft Word – Monday 9/18/17 3:30-4:00 in Library 221


Zotero and EndNote are two citation management software packages available to Reed students. Citation managers allow you to create your own personal research database to easily collect, organize , and format references. Learning to use a citation manager will help you save time when creating bibliographies.

Questions? Ask A Librarian!

Thesis Desk Lottery


Random numbers for the Senior thesis desk lottery will be drawn from the official 470 list.  If you are a senior, but are not yet registered for 470, and want to be included in the drawing, please come to the circulation desk and have your name added to the lottery list by Monday, September 11th.  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Studio Art, and Psychology, majors are not eligible for thesis desks in the Library.

The list of numbers will be posted Tuesday, September 12th along with a map of thesis desk locations so that you can have preferences in mind before the actual selection.

The choosing of desks will begin at noon on Wednesday, September 13th in the library lobby.  You, or your proxy, must be present when your name is called.  Lottery numbers are not transferable.

NOTE:  Some desks, as indicated on the map, will be shared.  In order to help create the most pleasant sharing arrangement possible, the person with the better number may bring in as a partner another senior on the list who has a less desirable number.  Please make those arrangements before the noon time selection and let us know that is your plan when your name is called.

Any questions contact Brian Kelley

Learn the library, get a NEW mug!

New to Reed and want to know more about the library? Just getting back on campus after a summer away and want to know what’s new? Want a new mug? Come to one of our Library Tours! Friendly librarians will point out everything you need to know, including how to find class reserves and how not to get squished in the movable shelving and just where we moved the G’s.

If you live in a residence hall, check with your HA to find out your scheduled time. If you don’t or can’t make your scheduled time, just join one of our drop-in tours:

  • Monday, Aug. 28, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29,  6 pm OR 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 pm OR 7:30 pm

All tours meet in the library lobby.