Discovery Day Session Highlight: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in your community

By: Carmen Gass

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an EMT?

What has it been like working 25 years full-time? What about 15 years part-time? What’s it like to be just starting out?

Come and hear three EMTs perspectives on working in State College EMS.

Presenters: Albert Rozo, Julia Thompson, Dave Jones
W140 Pattee, 10:30 – 11:30am

Tech Tip: Box folder email and notification settings

By: Ryan Johnson

The folder settings page allows you to control the actions possible within a specific folder, and modify the default settings to better suit your needs. These folder settings are inherited by sub-folders, and cannot be ‘undone’ at a sub-folder level.

Note: Some settings can only be modified by folder owners and co-owners

To modify folder settings, right-click on a folder (or click the ellipses ()) to open the More Options menu, then click Settings.

Box Folder Email and Notification Settings

  • Use my default notification settings – If this option is enabled, you will receive notifications according to your notification preferences in your Account Settings.
  • Override default settings for this folder and all subfolders – If this option is enabled, you can set custom notification preferences.  To receive more or fewer notifications than usual for this folder and any subfolders, click check boxes under Notify me when someone.
    Enable this option to access Disable all email notifications for all collaborators.
  • Disable all email notifications for all collaborators –  If this option is enabled, collaborators will receive no emails about activity in this folder.

Customer Service Mastery: Delight Every Customer -Lynda.com from Linkedin

By: Carmen Gass

“When a customer receives exceptional service, you don’t just earn their business—you earn their loyalty. And while every customer is different, the methods for thinking about delight are
shared by all. In this course, Chris Croft focuses on these methods, sharing over two dozen practical ways to inspire yourself and your team to generate ideas for delighting your clientele. Regardless of your industry, these tips can help you and your colleagues go beyond the basics and create personalized, meaningful customer service experiences.”

View the class here.

Events: May 20

Summer 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

promotional poster - Secret Lives of Girls and Women

 

Jan. 28-Sept. 1, 2019, Exhibit: “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Through the examination of books, letters, hand-written diaries and other archival materials, The Secret Lives of Girls and Women exposes a wide spectrum of feminine mysteries. The exhibition includes many hidden or concealed aspects of female life found within beauty secrets, secret languages created by women, literary secrets, social taboos and more throughout history. On display during Special Collections Library hours.

The Future is Now, exhibit graphic

Mar. 11-Sept. 26, 2019, Exhibit: “The Future is Now.” Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library. Highlights from current and forthcoming equipment and assistance available to support students’ academic success from the Libraries’ Media and Technology Support Services and Adaptive Technology and Services departments.

Wednesday, May 29, Research Coffee Hour: family and Local History. Join us in Special Collections for an overview of the library’s family history and genealogy resources, and a lively discussion between researchers who use our collections and those who are just getting started on family history research. Share your research challenges and gain ideas from others at this interactive gathering. Open to the public. 10-11 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, May 30, Discovery Day. A day-long program for faculty and staff that emphasizes employee development through planning and participation in a conference- style event comprising a broad spectrum of topics to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities. Various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
Tuesday, June 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested11 am to noon, 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, July 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 2-3 p.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Tuesday, August 13, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 10-11 a.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.

Please submit event information — and all Library News submissions — to Public Relations and Marketing via its Staff Site request form and selecting the “Library News blog article” button.

Discovery Day Session Highlight: Penn State Supervision Series – Our experiences

By: Carmen Gass

Come and learn more about the Penn State Supervision Series from some participants in the current and past programs. Each of us will talk about our memorable experiences and the benefits we saw after the program in our jobs or careers. We’ll share our advice on how to prepare in order to benefit the most from the program. There will be quite a bit of time left for us to answer your questions, hear from you, and talk about management and leadership skill development at Penn State.

Presenters: Ally Laird, Jackie Dillon-Fast, Meg Massey, John Meier, Nathan Tallman, Paul Burnell

Buddy Program

By: Carmen Gass

The Onboarding Oversight Group is excited to announce the kickoff of the Buddy Program! In response to survey results from you this program will give current library employees the opportunity to welcome and “onboard” new employees. By buddying up with a seasoned employee, new library employees will gain insight to inside information and receive the encouragement they need to get comfortable in their new workplace.

We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing employees who would like to be a buddy to a new employee. If you feel you would be a positive and informative influence to a new library employee, please take a minute to look over the buddy program as well as the role of a buddy. This opportunity is available for all part-time, full-time, faculty and staff.

Can you meet the expectations of a buddy and are you interested in welcoming new employees to the library?

Please contact the Onboarding Oversight Group, UL-ONBOARDING@lists.psu.edu, if you are interested in this opportunity. Thank you so much for your interest in this important endeavor!

Green Tips: Get Outside!

By: Pembroke Childs

Now that the weather is better, it’s time to get outside!

• You can feel healthier and greener by just spending a few minutes of your work day in the fresh air. “Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways
to improve your health and happiness,” says Time Magazine, staff writer, Jamie Ducharme.

• A new study shows that people who visit some kind of park/green outdoor space, even for a short time, experience mental and physical recuperative effects. More information about
the corroborating, scientific study by Dr. Hon K. Yuen, PhD, OTR/L are detailed in this article published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research.

• In his book, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv, outlines “500 ways to enrich the health and happiness of your family and community”, while combating a
“nature-deficit disorder.” Be inspired by fun projects, fusing tech and the outside world like “Wild snapping.” Invent your own nature gym. Learn about how libraries play an essential role in creating nature-rich communities.

Can’t get outside?

• A micro-break consisting of stretches and desk yoga can incorporate health in your workday. For example, a simple computer reminder on your e-calendar or cellphone can encourage
you to get up every few hours and move.

• Bring the outside, in, with a simple low-light plant.

Spend time outside during your weekend, consider one of these great local destinations:
• Penn State Arboretum
• Snetsinger Butterfly Garden
• Centre Region Parks and Recreation
• Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
• Whipple Dam State Park
• Bald Eagle State Park
• Black Moshannon State Park
• Canoe Creek State Park
• Prince Gallitzin State Park

Remember to protect yourself and family from ticks.

Tech Tip: New Penn State IT Alerts Page

By: Ryan Johnson

The previous Penn State IT alerts system and website was recently replaced by a new subscription page.

The service page will provide information on any current outages or degradations, as well as planned service maintenance and historical service information. Users may elect to subscribe to email notifications by service to ensure that they receive service status information about services that are important to them.

tech tip: IT Alerts screen shot

tech tip: IT Alerts screen shot

To learn more about the system status page and how to subscribe to alerts, take a look at the following video.

Events: May 13

Summer 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

promotional poster - Secret Lives of Girls and Women

 

Jan. 28-Sept. 1, 2019, Exhibit: “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Through the examination of books, letters, hand-written diaries and other archival materials, The Secret Lives of Girls and Women exposes a wide spectrum of feminine mysteries. The exhibition includes many hidden or concealed aspects of female life found within beauty secrets, secret languages created by women, literary secrets, social taboos and more throughout history. On display during Special Collections Library hours.

The Future is Now, exhibit graphic

Mar. 11-Sept. 26, 2019, Exhibit: “The Future is Now.” Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library. Highlights from current and forthcoming equipment and assistance available to support students’ academic success from the Libraries’ Media and Technology Support Services and Adaptive Technology and Services departments.

Wednesday, May 29, Research Coffee Hour: family and Local History. Join us in Special Collections for an overview of the library’s family history and genealogy resources, and a lively discussion between researchers who use our collections and those who are just getting started on family history research. Share your research challenges and gain ideas from others at this interactive gathering. Open to the public. 10-11 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, May 30, Discovery Day. A day-long program for faculty and staff that emphasizes employee development through planning and participation in a conference- style event comprising a broad spectrum of topics to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities. Various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
Tuesday, June 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested11 am to noon, 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, July 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 2-3 p.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Tuesday, August 13, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 10-11 a.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.

Please submit event information — and all Library News submissions — to Public Relations and Marketing via its Staff Site request form and selecting the “Library News blog article” button.

From the Library Instruction Reboot: Badges pave the way for more advanced instruction

By: Anne Behler

Thank you for following along with Library Learning Services on our Library Instruction Reboot. In our latest blog post, guest blogger Carmen Cole, Information Sciences and Business Librarian, shares her experience using digital badges as a mode of teaching students in IST 110. Stories like these add fuel to our fire as we develop our instructional portfolio. Thank you, Carmen, for sharing yours!

Badges Pave the way for more Advanced Instruction

Penn State Wireless changes beginning on May 4

By: Ryan Johnson

Enterprise IT recently announced Penn State Wireless changes that occurred this past weekend on May 4. What does this mean for Libraries Machines?

1.) I-Tech has pushed the update to all Windows networked machines automatically, nothing will need to be done on your end.

2.) Mac’s will need to be done manually beginning May 4. Instructions are provided in the email and online at this location. If further assistance is needed, please open a helpdesk ticket.

3.) Any department wireless laptops or Student Circulating laptops will need to be done manually as well. Again if assistance is needed, please open a helpdesk ticket.

4.) Finally any personal devices (iPhones, iPads) will need to be done manually beginning on May 4 as well. Please follow the instructions here. Android devices and Chromebooks will not
require an update.

If you have any other questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the Libraries Helpdesk.

Arrivals and Departures

By: Robert Harris

In April we welcomed the following new employees:
Dann Bohn – Programmer/Analyst 4, Digital Scholarship and Repository Development
Daniel Espinal – Information Resources and Services Support Specialist 2, Lending Services
Tom Joudrey – Acquisitions/Production Assistant, Penn State Press
Leo Lo – Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries
Clayton McGahee – Records Analyst, Records Management
Trevor Myers – AV Technician A, MTSS
Eleanor Schultz – Information Resources and Services Support Specialist 3, Harrisburg Campus Library
Kelly Thormodson – Director, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Hershey
Scott Waite – Receiving Room Clerk, Receiving Room
Xuying Xin – Data Analyst, Research Informatics and Publishing

We said good-bye to:
Carolyn Cole – Programmer/Analyst, DSRD
Katie Luu – Journals Marketing Manager, Penn State Press

Events: May 6

Spring 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

promotional poster - Secret Lives of Girls and Women

 

Jan. 28-Sept. 1, 2019, Exhibit: “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Through the examination of books, letters, hand-written diaries and other archival materials, The Secret Lives of Girls and Women exposes a wide spectrum of feminine mysteries. The exhibition includes many hidden or concealed aspects of female life found within beauty secrets, secret languages created by women, literary secrets, social taboos and more throughout history. On display during Special Collections Library hours.

The Future is Now, exhibit graphic

Mar. 11-Sept. 26, 2019, Exhibit: “The Future is Now.” Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library. Highlights from current and forthcoming equipment and assistance available to support students’ academic success from the Libraries’ Media and Technology Support Services and Adaptive Technology and Services departments.

Technology Expo 2019 graphic, Monday, May 6 11 A M to 3 P M Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in Innovation Park

Monday, May 6: Technology Expo 2019. The annual Technology Expo hosted by Media Technology Services and Support (MediaTech) to bring vendors and state-of-the-art technology equipment to regional I.T. specialists, facilities managers, and others interested in the latest multimedia and related devices and products available for educational, nonprofit and commercial use. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Presidents Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Innovation Park, State College, Pa. 

Tuesday, June 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested11 am to noon, 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, July 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 2-3 p.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Tuesday, August 13, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 10-11 a.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.

Please submit event information — and all Library News submissions — to Public Relations and Marketing via its Staff Site request form and selecting the “Library News blog article” button.

Discovery Day Testimonial

By: Carmen Gass

“Discovery Day makes me feel like a valued part of a team and is yet another reason I feel lucky to work here. It’s a day to get out of my cubicle, connect with others, and learn. And now, thanks to Jenny C and Rebecca P, I’ve got some easy yoga moves and breathing techniques to do from my chair or in the office!” Sarah Bacon, Administrative Support Coordinator

Discovery Day photo 2018

 

New Display in Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information

By: Tara LaLonde

A new poster display is present in the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information. This display is entitled, “What Happened to High Schools During Philadelphia’s Education Crisis” by Joseph Grosso (B.S. in Geography) and Wenrui Cai (B.S. in Mathematics). This project was done in collaboration with a Bednar statistics intern with the Data Learning Center and a GIS Assistant with the Center for Maps and Geospatial Information. This project is about the education crisis in Philadelphia, defined by the mass closing of schools around 2012-2013. Come check out the display to learn more!

photo of display - Center for Maps and Geospatial Information

Maps and GIS Assistants from the Fall 2018 through Spring 2019 presented on additional projects in late March 2019. Check out their presentation for more information on types of projects student Maps and GIS Assistants create to highlight the use of geospatial information in different fields and through various software applications. 

Penn State Wilkes-Barre librarians create a hanging solution for the Friedman Art Gallery

By: Megan Mac Gregor

On a quiet Monday afternoon Jonathan Pineno, director of the Friedman Art Gallery went to the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Library to borrow a gallery key from the library staff. Outreach and  Engagement Librarian, Megan Mac Gregor went down with him to open the door. When they entered the gallery, Pineno was disappointed to discover that almost all of the canvases for the Penn State student art display had fallen off the hanging rods. Using the limited available art gallery resources, Jonathan explained that attaching Velcro to the paintings was one of the last efforts to secure the canvases to the existing gallery hanging system. By the time Megan returned to the library, she devised a possible hanging solution.

The Nesbitt Library at Penn State Wilkes-Barre has had 3D printers for the last four years. The printers are open to everyone on the campus to use, and the librarians have basic design skills to help students who would like to try it. “We encourage students, faculty, and staff to  experiment with printers,” says Megan, “We want them to see the printers as just another tool in their box of tricks they can draw on to solve problems, and the best way to do that is for them to mess around with them.”

3D hangers Megan introduced her possible hanging solution to John Owens, Information Resources Support Specialist at the library, and “go to guy” for the 3D printing. He mocked up her idea in
Tinkercad, an easy to use, free design tool for creating 3D printed objects. “John has extensive experience using Tinkercad and designing projects with specific measurements,” said Megan.
Using measurements from the canvas frames and the hangers that were available in the gallery, John created a 3D printed attachment that clips onto the old hangers and supports the
student canvases. After creating several printed prototypes, he had a working design, so they mass printed a batch on the MakerBot Replicator+. “Pineno was not scheduled to be on
campus the next day so we left two of them in the Gallery with a sign to surprise him,” said Megan.

When Jonathan arrived on campus and opened the Friedman Art Gallery, he literally shouted with joy to see the simple, effective, durable, hanging solution created by the library staff. The 3D printed hangers are easy to reproduce and will provide years of hanging support for the multiple sizes of canvas frames that will be displayed in the Friedman Art Gallery.

 

The Friedman Art Gallery features five to six annual exhibits of student, faculty, staff and community artworks. The gallery is located on the lower level of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Nesbitt Academic Commons building and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For further information about the exhibits, contact Jonathan Pineno friedmanartgallery@psu.edu or call 570-675-9159.