A fond farewell, branding tips, and other news.


It is with tremendous sadness that we say goodbye to Brian Doyle, who died on Saturday, May 27, of a malignant brain tumor at age 60. OSU Press was privileged to publish four of Brian's books, each remarkable in its own right, but surely none more memorable than his debut novel, Mink River (2010).  Brian has read at the Valley Library several times over the past decade, and will be missed.

Brian Doyle performing a reading in the Valley Library rotunda.


Branding Tips from Daniel Moret

Last week, we looked at the recommended new email signature for university employees, and today we’ll look at the new fonts.

Here’s some excerpts from the new Brand Guide:


Our university fonts – Stratum 2, Rufina Stencil and Kievit Pro – have been selected because of their beauty and utility, their relationships to one another and their legibility at a variety of sizes.

Stratum 2 is our sans serif [meaning without hands and feet at the ends of letters] and primary font for headlines and subheads, and it should be used at 18 points or larger. Rufina Stencil is our serif  and secondary font for headlines and subheads, and do not use it at sizes smaller than 10 points. Kievit Pro is for body copy, captions and smaller headlines and subheads, and it should be used at sizes from five to 19 points.

Alternative System Fonts

In marketing and communication materials, our brand fonts should be used. There are circumstances (e.g., Microsoft Word or PowerPoint), however, when the brand fonts will be unavailable. In those circumstances, these alternative system fonts should be used in lieu of the brand fonts. The following substitute fonts are freely available on all computers.

Verdana is the substitute for Kievit Pro.

Georgia is the substitute for Rufina Stencil.

Impact is the substitute for Stratum 2.

For more info about the new type families, go to communications.oregonstate.edu/brand-guide/visual-identity/typography. If you need to obtain the new official fonts for your job, they can be requested at this address on the website.


Sara Q. Thompson has been promoted to Senior Instructor I.  Give her a hearty congratulations when next you talk to her.Sara Thompson


There is a state-wide rally to support Higher Education funding on June 6 at the Capitol. The bus leaves from Adams Hall at 10 am and returns by 3 pm. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at this link:  https://fastfor.ms/E58F2


Sustainability volunteer opportunities abound in June during the Great Move Out events on and off campus! Last year the Res Hall Move Out Donation Drive diverted 23,000 pounds of material from landfills and donated to non-profits during move out. This year, for the first time, OSU will work both on-campus and in the Corvallis community to divert even more materials! Check out the Great Move-Out webpage for on-campus and off-campus volunteer details and available  shifts.


Construction season is underway and this summer travelers on U.S. 20 will see the completion of the west end curve of the Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville Project and two separate but nearby paving projects. Expect some 20 minute delays during day and night work, but no scheduled long or overnight closures.  There will be no closures during holidays or around the eclipse (Monday, August 21).

Highway 20


Welcome to Kenna Warsinske who started work as our Web Developer this week!  Hurray!  She’s currently sitting in a cube near Dan Moore on the 4th floor, until her new cube is completed in the Admin area. Stop by and say hello.  She’ll also be attending some of your department meetings in the coming months.

On June 16, SCARC will be co-hosting a late afternoon/evening reception for OSU's 2017 commencement speaker, alumnus Hüsnü Özyeğin.


Circulation would like to offer our Cummins Jetsort 2000 to the other departments in the library. Coin machine

It works fine but we no longer have the coin volume to need the machine.  The coin sorter is located on the other side of the cubicle wall from the Circulation refrigerator.  It comes with three canvas bags and free delivery!


The Information Desk has a new Info Specialist, Emily Stockdale.  She starts training with Victoria this week.  Please say hello if you see her at the desk.


The Welcome Waggers Certified Therapy Dogs will be back in the Valley Library during Dead and Finals Weeks for our “Paws” to De-Stress Event. Please consider signing up to help: (https://docs.google.com/a/oregonstate.edu/spreadsheets/d/143ey9GKXCVY0Dw2ptRbH4OQBsjcAmJmN3PBx6Q3aixM/edit?usp=sharing).

Golden retriever being hugged.


On June 15th at 2pm EDT / 11am PDT, SPARC will host the first in a series of webcasts supporting professional development for librarians working to advance openness in research and education on their campuses. The June webcast, “Scrappy Strategies: Advancing Open on Campus with Limited Resources,” will focus on identifying actions with the highest return on investment for advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data / Data Management on campus. Presentations by Anita Walz (Virginia Tech), Brianna Marshall (University of California, Riverside), and Micah Vandegrift (Florida State) will equip participants with strategies and suggestions for maximizing the impact of the time they devote to advancing open issues—even if time and supporting resources are limited. Registration for this professional development webcast series is open to all librarians. You can register for the June 15th webcast here and sign up for updates on future professional development webcasts in this series here. 



ETS LT3 – This position is on hold.

Monograph Acquisitions LT3 – This position is on hold.

Serials Acquisitions LT3 – This position is on hold.

Cataloging LT3 – This position on hold.

Science Librarian – This position is on hold.

Building Manager – Rachel Ziegler has accepted the position, and will start in July.  More information will be available as the date draws closer.

Resource Sharing/CM Unit Manager – The committee is looking for a search advocate for this position.


Quote of the Week

"If you ask for help at the library someone helps you. That’s a huge and amazing sentence.”

—Brian Doyle