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Faculty Research Assistant
Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections

October 1999 to Present  


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Primary Duties:  

  • Processing, cataloging, preservation and conservation of the archival and book collections held in the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections - most notably the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers.
  • Arrangement, description and EAD encoding of Special Collections archival finding aids.
  • Content selection as well as creation of METS records and native XML records for Special Collections digital projects.
  • Digitization, description and formatting of videotaped conferences and events related to the OSU Libraries Special Collections. (link)
  • Creation, editing and publication of content written for a blog devoted to the legacy of Linus Pauling. (link)
  • Research and reference assistance for visiting scholars and graduate interns; handling of daily patron requests, including copyright- and liability-management for all requests.
  • Hiring and supervision of student staff, (100 hours of student assistance per week) including work assignment and evaluation.
  • Composition of Special Collections-related articles for OSU Libraries’ semiannual development publication, The Messenger.
  • Assorted public relations and promotional tasks; e.g. leading tours, compiling informational and promotional publications, web-based promotions, in-house displays, etc.
  • Assorted administrative duties including the provision of administrative support for the OSU Libraries Special Collections Resident Scholar Program and Linus Pauling Legacy Award. (in conjunction with the Head of Special Collections)

Additional Specific Projects:  

  • Major revision, in collaboration, of the design, content and functionality of the OSU Libraries Special Collections website. Launched September 2009.
  • Editing of the print publication The Pauling Catalogue -- Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University. Duties included revision and formatting of 1,700+ pages of text, selection of 1,100+ illustrations, caption composition for all illustrations, copyright research for illustrations, coordination of work within the project group and assistance with the physical design of the six volume work. (Published 2006)
  • Co-organization of A Liking for the Truth: Truth and Controversy in the Work of Linus Pauling, a day-long symposium held at Oregon State University, February 28, 2001 and The Scientist as Educator and Public Citizen: Linus Pauling and His Era, held at OSU on October 29-30, 2007; co-organization of additional guest speaker events, including a lecture by Dr. Robert Olby commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the double helix in 2003; a series of talks given by Dr. Matthew Meselson upon his receipt of the Linus Pauling Legacy Award, May 2004; as with Dr. John D. Roberts' receipt in May 2006, Dr. Roderick MacKinnon's in May 2008 and Dr. Roger Kornberg's in April 2010.
  • Collaborative work with the Smithsonian Museum of American History's exhibit on the Nobel Prize centenary; the National Library of Medicine's Profiles in Science digital library (link); and Soka Gakkai International's Linus Pauling and the Twentieth Century traveling exhibit, 2001-2002.
  • Research assistance to Clifford Mead and Tom Hager in support of their book publication Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker, Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 2001.
  • Teaching assistance and research support for University Honors College Freshman Chemistry section (CH 225H) winter term papers on Linus Pauling, annually 1999 to present. 

Publications:  

Print

  • Petersen, Chris and Cliff Mead, eds. The Pauling Catalogue Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Libraries, (Six volumes, 2006).
  • Petersen, Chris. “Preface to the Pauling Catalogue,” The Pauling Catalogue Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University, Petersen and Mead, eds. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Libraries, (Six volumes, 2006): Vol. 1, xiii-xv.
  • Petersen, Chris. “Foreword,” The Pauling Catalogue Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University, Petersen and Mead, eds. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Libraries, (Six volumes, 2006): Vol. 1, xvii-xxii.
  • Petersen, Chris. “Pauling’s Molecule,” letter to the editor of Chemical and Engineering News, (January 15, 2001): 8.

Electronic

Major Presentations:

  • Session Chair: “The Scientist as Public Citizen,” The Scientist as Educator and Public Citizen: Linus Pauling and His Era, Oregon State University, October 29-30, 2007. http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/specialcollections/events/2007paulingconference/index.html
  • “A Stroll Through the Pauling Catalogue,” Library Faculty Seminar Series, Oregon State University Libraries, December 8, 2006.
  • Poster Session: “Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA: A Documentary History,” presented at “School for Scanning: Building Good Digital Collections,” Northeast Document Conservation Center, Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 2004.

Committee Service:

  • OSU Libraries Web Group
  • OSU Libraries Messenger Committee
  • OSU Libraries Preservation Committee
  • OSU Libraries Institutional Repositories Content Workgroup
  • OSU Libraries Digital Libraries Work-Flow Task Force
  • OSU Libraries Digital Libraries Metadata Workgroup
  • OSU Libraries Search Committee: Digital Production Librarian (Chair)
  • OSU Libraries Search Committee: Associate University Librarian for Collections, Library Technology and Technical Services
  • OSU College of Liberal Arts Pauling Lecture Committee


Education 

  • Bachelor of Science in History (summa cum laude), Minor in Political Science, Oregon State University, Spring 1999.
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology (summa cum laude), Minor in Political Science, Oregon State University, Spring 1999.

Honors and Awards:

  • Oregon State University Libraries - Robert Lundeen Library Faculty Development Award, June 2011.
  • Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts - Outstanding Senior Award, June 1999.
  • Oregon State University Sociology Department - William C. Jenné Award for outstanding undergraduate scholarship, June 1999.
  • Oregon State University Sociology Department - Faculty Essay Award: Negotiating the Household Economy and Social Structure -- Case Studies of Nepal, (with Smriti Aryal) May 1998.
  • Oregon State University History Department - Arthur E. Gravatt Prize for the school year's best history seminar paper: Civilizing the Black Republic: Motivational Foundations for the U.S. Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934, May 1998.
  • Oregon State University Moms Club Scholarship, May 1998.
  • Oregon State University - Waldo/Cummings Outstanding Student Award, May 1996 & May, 1997.
  • Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts - Dean's Scholarship, May 1996.
  • Oregon State University Presidential Scholarship, 1994-1998.
  • Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, July 1994.

 Continuing Education:

  • “Catching Stories Oral History Institute,” Ohio Humanities Council, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, June 7-9, 2011.
  • “What is EAC-CPF?” Society of American Archivists webinar, October 28, 2010.
  • “Describing Archives: A Content Standard,” Society of American Archivists workshop, Portland, Oregon, September 30, 2010.
  • “Western Archives Institute,” co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists, the California State Archives and San Diego State University Library and Information Access, June 16-27, 2008.
  • “Designing Websites for Libraries, Part 2,” Association of College and Research Libraries Online Education, July 9 - August 3, 2007.
  • “Designing Websites for Libraries, Part 1,” Association of College and Research Libraries Online Education, May 14 - June 8, 2007.
  • “Preservation Options of PDF,” Society of American Archivists web seminar, February 5, 2007.
  • “Stylesheets for EAD -- Delivering Your Finding Aids on the Web,” Society of American Archivists workshop, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, October 19-20, 2006.
  • “Caring for Scrapbooks,” Southeastern Library Network web seminar, August 21, 2006.
  • Northwest Digital Archives EAD training workshop, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, February 8-9, 2006.
  • “School for Scanning: Building Good Digital Collections,” Northeast Document Conservation Center, Chicago, Illinois, June 2-4, 2004. [presented a poster on the digital library “Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA: A Documentary History”] Link to summary report
  • “Copyright: The Archivist and the Law,” Society of American Archivists workshop, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, April 25, 2001.
  • “Encoded Archival Description,” Society of American Archivists workshop, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, March 22-23, 2001.

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