Library instructor Ruth Murray receives lifetime achievement award

ruth-murrayThe Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL) honored the GSE’s Ruth Murray with a Lifetime Achievement Award: Outstanding and Lasting Contributions. Murray received the award at the OASL fall conference in Bend and will add it to her collection of previous awards she has received from the OASL and the Oregon Library Association (OLA).

The honor is conferred upon those who have made exemplary contributions to Oregon school libraries. Murray certainly has. She is a past president of OASL and has tirelessly lobbied for school libraries at both the state and national levels while continuing her teaching duties and mentoring scores of school librarians. Continue reading

GSE alumna Nancy Sullivan named Oregon Secondary Librarian of the Year

Nancy SullivanNancy Sullivan, MEd ’01, is Oregon’s Secondary Librarian of the Year. She works at Madison High School in Portland Public Schools. She is a graduate of PSU’s Library Media Master’s Degree program.

The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) presents the award annually at their conference. The award is given to school librarians who “demonstrate exceptional performance as a teacher, an instructional consultant, an information specialist, and leader.”

After a dozen years at Madison, she’s learned one important lesson: be flexible. Sullivan is well-known for hosting numerous author events at her school, providing inspiration to her students. Sometimes events go as planned, but if they don’t, Sullivan knows how to smooth things out. Continue reading

GSE student survives earthquake in Nepal

Jeremiah O'Sullivan Half a world away in Nepal, a PSU Library Media student is dealing with the unimaginable—a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Jeremiah O’Sullivan and his family are safe after spending the night in a field near their school and enduring dozens of frightening aftershocks. He is the school librarian and his wife is the school counselor at Lincoln School, a K-12 international school in Kathmandu. O’Sullivan is taking coursework in PSU’s fully online Library Media Endorsement program.

In a quick note to his GSE advisor, David Bullock, we’ve learned that the couple and their two boys are safe, and along with the rest of their community, are starting to deal with the aftermath of the event, a sobering reminder of what earthquakes can do. Here’s his first-hand account, which includes an opportunity for people to help if they wish.

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PSU alumna receives state-wide library award

jenny-009The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) will honor Jenny Takeda, GTEP ’98, MS ’99, LIB ’01, at their annual conference on October 12-13, in Seaside, Oregon. She is OSLA’s District Librarian of the Year and will accept the award with mixed feelings since having her library media position eliminated in last spring’s round of Beaverton School District budget cuts.

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GSE’s Ruth Murray named 2012 Oregon Librarian of the Year

Ruth Murray (left) and Mary Ginnane

Ruth Murray, MS ’93, has received the highest honor for librarians in Oregon. At its annual conference in April, the Oregon Library Association (OLA) named her the 2012 Librarian of the Year. She is the first school librarian to ever receive this distinction. The award was presented to her for “exceptional service and her many contributions to serving libraries and youth.” Continue reading

New distance learning classroom dedicated in GSE

Pictured, Ron Petrie, faculty emeritus and former GSE dean; Kay Hubbard, daughter of Joyce Petrie

Family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Joyce Petrie gathered in the Metropolitan Instructional Support Laboratory (MISL) on March 15, 2012, to celebrate the dedication of a distance education classroom that will be constructed in the facility. The new distance education classroom will enable classes to be conducted via video streaming to students off campus and will broaden delivery options for new and existing programs. Continue reading