Monthly Archives: February 2013

Events Feb. 25 to March 10

LFO Colloquium
February 26, 2013, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium (and via Media Site Live)
See blog entry on LFO Colloquium for full description of presentations.

Carbon Hunters (film – 49 min)
Wed., February 27, 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike
Examines the emerging market of the cap-and-trade system for carbon emission allowances.

Introduction to Zotero
Thurs., Feb. 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m., W315 Pattee. Register online

LFO forensic, “Accessibility: What Everyone in the Library Needs to Know”
Thurs., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Foster Aud. and Mediasite Live (and recorded for later viewing)
Presented by: Ann Snowman (introduction), Dawn Amsberry, Susan Hayya, Linda Klimczyk, Binky Lush, Emily Rimland of University Libraries

Discovery Day
March 1, University Park (all day event) ** Registration
ends Feb. 27 **

Clara Barton and Battlefield Medicine
March 8, noon, Junker Auditorium, Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center
(This presentation is being held in conjunction with the ongoing “Life and Limb” exhibition in the  George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library) Free and open to the public.
Susan Rosenvold  is the superintendent of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office in Washington, D.C. Her lecture will shed light on how the approach to battlefield medicine during the Civil War was challenged by advocates, including Barton, who saw a need for better and faster medical care during and after battles. Contact Ben Hoover at 717-531- 8627 for more information.

Diversity Potluck in March

The Diversity Committee will host a potluck on March 20, 2013.

At University Park, the potluck will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room. Campus libraries may also decide to hold an event that day.

We hope everyone will again enjoy the companionship of their coworkers for a day and share cultural or personal stories with each other. – John Meier

Diversity Pick: ‘One Crazy Summer’

Selected by Jennifer Dimeler, Penn State Harrisburg Library

Each month the Diversity Committee selects a diversity-related title to highlight from the University Libraries’ collections. The staff pick for February is a children’s book set during the civil rights movement called “One Crazy Summer.” The author, Rita Williams-Garcia is a NY Times bestselling author and will be a guest lecturer at Penn State Harrisburg’s Literacy Conference, on April 6, 2013.

Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American History. One crazy summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, CA, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It’s an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens. Find this book in the library


LFO Research Colloquium on Tuesday

Don’t miss the upcoming LFO Research Colloquium, on Tue., 2/26/13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, and  broadcast via Media Site Live.  Events include:

Ellysa Stern Cahoy, “Grant Seeking: Tackling the Essential Questions”

Procuring an internal or external grant is a terrific way to move an initiative or research project forward, quickly bypassing traditional funding obstacles. Before you apply for a grant, however, you must consider a number of questions relative to your workload, research agenda, collaborative partnerships, and overall goals. This presentation will work through these essential questions, providing a roadmap for dynamic decision making that will help librarians know when it is the right time to seek grant funding, and how to easily and effectively begin the grant seeking process. Ellysa Stern Cahoy is an Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian in the Penn State University Libraries, University Park. In 2012, she was awarded a $143,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the exploration of faculty’s personal scholarly archiving practices and needs.

Bonnie Imler, “Why Are Our Students Printing Abstracts Instead of Full-Text Articles?”

The impetus for this study was piles of orphaned abstracts at library printers and a previous study on SFX usage, in which a large number of student participants printed abstracts when instructed to print entire articles. In this quantitative study, 40 undergraduate participants were asked to print entire articles from 5 commercial library databases, and were surveyed on their understanding of the terms “abstract,” “full-text,” and “pdf.” Bonnie Imler is Head Librarian at Penn State Altoona. Her research interest is in actual student use of library technologies and screen capture software. Recent publications with co-researcher Michelle Eichelberger include “Using Screen Capture to Study User Research Behavior” in Library Hi Tech and “Do They ‘Get It’? Student Usage of SFX Citation Linking Software” in College & Research Libraries . The results of this study have been accepted for publication and are available on the College & Research Libraries pre-print web site.

Henry Pisciotta, “Researching ‘Art’s Critique of the Library”

Henry Pisciotta’s 2009-2010 sabbatical research was an investigation of edgy or humorous artworks that criticize the basic principles of libraries. That work has been presented at three conferences, is the basis for a current exhibit in our Special Collections Library, and has been slowly wending toward publication. After identifying about 50 works, from 1960 to the present, that engage in this sort of institutional critique, some key themes emerged. Some of these artworks suggest that we have a cultural compulsion to see the library represent the interests of the community and to see the library as a site for complications of authorship and ownership. Others of these works urge us to regard with suspicion the order that characterizes a library and to ponder the relationship between order and disorder that seems integral to creative processes. This presentation will not present the results of this research but will instead informally discuss the processes involved, and perhaps some implications for librarianship. Librarians interested in this topic are urged to attend the more substantive talk “Art’s Critique of the Library,” on Monday, February 25, 6 p.m. in Foster Auditorium and/or visit the exhibit in Special Collections (February 1 through May 31.) Henry Pisciotta is the Arts and Architecture Librarian at Penn State. He holds master’s degrees in art history and library science and has completed the coursework toward a PhD in art history. Most of his research and publication centers on arts librarianship (most recently a statistical study of university press publications in the arts) but he has also published research in art history, such as a 2001 study “The Avery Monument: The Elevation of Race in Public Sculpture and the Republican Party.”

Lightning Talks
Lightning fast discussions where you learn and discuss what your colleagues are researching.

David P. Brennan, “eJournal Data Analysis to Support Decision-Making”
Making decisions regarding online journals requires an analysis of varied types of data from a number of sources. This talk will illustrate issues surrounding extracting, merging and analyzing a number of data points such as usage, cost, and interlibrary loan to support decision-making when negotiating renewals for online journals. Sources include Serials Solutions, ILLiad, and vendor supplied data. David Brennan is assistant librarian, Collection Development/Digital Resources Management at the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. He has more than 20 years experience in academic libraries both as a systems librarian (Clifford E. Barbour Library, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) and as a library director (St. Francis Health System, Pittsburgh, PA). He has presented at MLA and PaLA conferences and has published numerous articles on technology topics.

Amanda Clossen, “Flipping the Classroom: Collaborative Use of Learning Objects”
Amanda will discuss her collaborative venture with English Department lecturer, Josephine Pirrone. The two have worked together to create a series of ENGL15 library sessions that work to present more abstract concepts of researching in class, while supporting the “nuts and bolts” of database searching through an online learning object. Amanda is the Learning Design Librarian in the Library Learning Services department. Currently she is working to expand and support the creation of online learning objects and tutorials at Penn State University Libraries.

Last Chance to Register for Discovery Day 2013

Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 27
Discovery Day:             Friday, March 1, 2013

Registration for Discovery Day, the University Park Libraries’ annual in-service day, ends February 27. To see the schedule and descriptions of activities being offered this year, go to:

To register for activities, go to TechSmart and click on “List All Classes”. TechSmart can be found at:

Nominations Open for University Library Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the University Libraries Awards.

This year, the Libraries has one committee charged with the selection of recipients of the University Libraries Award, the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award, and the Libraries Diversity Award.

To submit your nominations please go to

The Selection Committee Members include:

  • Martin Goldberg, Chair
  • Anne Belden
  • Amber Hatch
  • James Jamison
  • John Riddle
  • Karla Schmit
  • Brent Stump

2013 Hopkins Poetry Award Winner Announced

Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.

This year’s winner is “Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems,” written by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Meilo So, and published by Chronicle Books. The award and a $1000 prize, courtesy of Lee Bennett Hopkins, will be presented on September 28, 2013 at Penn State.

Says one judge, “All poetry is musical, but this collection really SINGS–and bellows and hums and warbles and more. Sea shanties, operas, jingles, hymns; a haiku aria here, a fishy rap there. Another great read (or sing) aloud.” Another offers this praise, “I find the variety of emotions portrayed throughout the poems and amazing illustrations very appealing and appropriate. The interdependency of the sea is wonderfully depicted in the verse.” And from another, “Push away from the shore with the first poem in this collection and return with the tides at the end. A dazzling collection of poems.”

Established in 1993, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of poetry for children published in the previous calendar year.

This prestigious award is named for Lee Bennett Hopkins, the internationally renowned educator, poet, anthologist, and passionate advocate of poetry for young people. Selected by a panel of teachers, librarians, and scholars, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award was the first award of its kind in the United States. The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Penn State University Libraries, and Lee Bennett Hopkins share joint administration of the annual award.

The judges for this year’s Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award are Chair Sue C. Kimmel (assistant professor, school libraries, Old Dominion University) of Norfolk, Virginia; Joyce D. Dietrich (elementary librarian, Greencastle-Antrim School District) of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Marianne Follis (librarian, Irving Public Library System, Valley Ranch location) of Grapevine, Texas; Mike Skarp (5th grade teacher, Eden Prairie, MN Schools) of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and Lee Wardlaw (children’s book author) of Santa Barbara, California.

For more information about the Hopkins Award, contact Karla Schmit at 814.863.5521 or visit the web site at

Changes to SelectSurvey

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

When SelectSurvey was brought back up last week, a new version of the software was also introduced. Very few changes exist but I wanted to point out a few. One you may notice is the new Analyze Screen.


This new screen shows you what is available to you when you click on Analyze on the Manage Surveys screen. From here you can choose from various options including an Overview of your results or exporting your data.

Another new feature is the Search function that appears on the Manage Surveys Screen.

select survye
The Search function allows you to search the Title and Owner fields (under the surveys options) for certain keywords.

To learn more about SelectSurvey, please visit the training tab located on the Libraries Intranet and choose SelectSurvey .

Exhibit Features Penn State Achievements

“Hail to the Lion: A Sampling of Penn State Achievements,” an exhibition from the Penn State University Archives, is on display February 12 through June 17, 2013, in Robb Hall, Hintz Alumni Center.

Founded on February 22, 1855, with a mandate to educate the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and their children, Penn State University has excelled beyond its founders’ expectations over the past 158 years. This exhibition, featuring photographs, documents, and publications from the University Archives, focuses attention on a sampling of Penn State’s spectacular achievements. Hail to the Lion applauds these accomplishments and heralds the hundreds of others that have brought honor to this great institution.

Carlson with shuttle apparatus.jpg(Pictured here: Archival image of Dr. Alfred Carlson, Penn State’s Center for Cell Research, with a free flow electrophoresis system that can be used on the ground and in space.)

Throughout the exhibition, the visitor will examine a sampling of Penn State firsts, scientific discoveries, award-winning faculty members, inventions, celebrity alumni, renowned authors, athletes and Olympians, business acumen, phenomenal acclaim and everyday heroism. Viewing this exhibit should afford the visitor the opportunity to experience Penn State in the words of its Alma Mater–“For the glory.”

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact contacting University Archivist Jackie R. Esposito, or 814-863-3791.

Indigenous Knowledge and Surfer Identity in Nicaragua

“Riding the Waves of Change: Indigenous Knowledge and Identity of Local Surfers on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast,” a presentation by Lindsay Usher, PhD. candidate in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 20, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

The event is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed live online.

This presentation is based on an ethnographic study conducted in Las Salinas, an indigenous community partially sustaining itself through surf tourism, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.   It will explore the relationship between indigenous identity and surfer identity, and it will examine how indigenous surfers use local knowledge to negotiate the surf space as they find themselves having to share it with more tourists each year. Read the full story on Penn State Live.


Accessibility: What Everyone in the Library Needs to Know

Thursday, February 28, 10:30am-12pm, Foster Aud. and Mediasite Live (and recorded for later viewing)

LFO forensic, “Accessibility: What Everyone in the Library Needs to Know”

Presented by: Ann Snowman (introductions), Dawn Amsberry, Susan Hayya, Linda Klimczyk, Binky Lush, Emily Rimland of University Libraries

Attend this LFO Forensic to learn about several facets of providing service, in physical and virtual settings, to individuals with disabilities. This session will cover the Office for Disability Services’ process for identifying students and providing requested accommodations; the role of the librarian in instructional, public, and web services to people who are disabled; library history on accessibility and usability; Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 overview; and provide tips on the use of inclusive language, interpersonal communication, and tools and resources for library faculty and staff.

Silence for Android

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Silence is a free utility for Android that will change your ringer, notification and other alert sounds automatically based on a schedule you provide. Once installed, just add as many actions as you choose, select the days of the week and the times of day you want to use as triggers, and what actions you want the app to take. Silence can toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, and ringer settings. Just set your schedule, tell the app whether you want the settings changed back to default at the end of the time period you set, and enable it. If you want a simple, free and easy to use app to control these settings, give it a try at the link below.


Discovery Day Program to Focus on Disability Stereotypes

By Susan Hayya, Coordinator Adaptive Technology and Services

Adaptive Technology and Services is very happy to participate again in the Libraries’ Discovery Day on March 1, 2013. This year we decided to repeat last year’s presentation, a video viewing of an episode of the acclaimed television series Glee. The episode is called “Wheels” and it is from Glee’s first season. It is about stereotyping people with disabilities. Last year the video inspired a lot of discussion about how we stereotype people and how damaging it is to do this. Not only was the discussion interesting but it made all of us aware that people with disabilities are unique, not because they are disabled, but because, like everyone else, they are uniquely individual. It is worth repeating this year.

Blog Migration Coming Soon

On March 11, the InterView blog will migrate to a new platform, using Although still in beta mode, is being used widely by Penn State staff, students and faculty. The links to the blog will be updated on the Libraries’ Public Relations and Marketing pages.

NOTE: There will not be an issue on Monday, March 4, Spring Break Week.

We’re also taking the opportunity to make a long overdue name change from “Interview” to “Library News.”  This will be less confusing to readers who are visiting the blog for the first time. (This change has been approved by the Library Management Council.)As with this current blog platform, comments are enabled, and we welcome them.


Events: Feb. 18 – 24

Introduction to Mendeley
Tues. Feb. 19, 1-2:30 p.m., 211 Davey
Register online

Film:Libby, Montana – Part 2 (58 min)
Wed., Feb. 20, 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike
A small logging and mining town affected by asbestos contamination from vermiculite mining.

Riding the Waves of Change
Wed., Feb. 20, noon-1 p.m., Foster Aud.
Lindsay Usher, PhD candidate in Dept of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management presents a lecture exploring the relationship between indigenous identity and surfer identity in Las Salinas, Nicaragua.

Preparing All Teachers to Educate English Language Learners/Bilingual Learners
Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Foster Aud.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca Freeman Field

Save the Date: next week and beyond

LFO Colloquium
February 26, 2013, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium (and via Media Site Live)

LFO forensic, “Accessibility: What Everyone in the Library Needs to Know”
Thurs., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Foster Aud. and Mediasite Live (and recorded for later viewing)
Presented by: Ann Snowman (introduction), Dawn Amsberry, Susan Hayya, Linda Klimczyk, Binky Lush, Emily Rimland of University Libraries

Discovery Day Registration: ends Feb. 27

Coming up in March: Special presentations on March 8 and 13,  in George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey, in conjunction with “Life and Limb” exhibition. 

Speed Networking at Discovery Day

By Amber Hatch

During the four years that I have worked at the University Libraries the following type of scenario has played out countless times. I am sitting at my desk working. I get a phone call or an e-mail from a librarian or staff member with a question or request. I get her the information she needs and we both get back to work. I’ve never met the person I just talked; we could walk past each other in the hallway without recognizing each other. I don’t know much about what she does and I am sure she doesn’t know much about what I do. Yet our jobs are interconnected, and we interact over the phone or through e-mail on a regular basis.

Don’t we all have these kinds of experiences? Combined, the University Libraries has more than 600 employees and on a daily basis we work together and depend on each other to be able to do our jobs and ensure our libraries operate successfully, but do we actually understand the value of every job and the roles we all play in getting the job done? Haven’t we all wondered why it took another employee so long to respond to our e-mail or felt overwhelmed by the requests of a co-worker who does not seem to understand the demands on our time?

As the Civility Sub-Committee of the Libraries Diversity Committee we feel like we would all work together with more civility and respect if we knew each other and understood and appreciated the critical roles that we all fill in the University Libraries. As part of Discovery Day 2013, we will be hosting a Speed Networking event. Based on the popular phenomenon of speed dating, this event will allow us speed a few minutes with a wide range of our colleagues; meet them, learn about the work that they do, and share the exciting aspects of our own jobs with them. We can make new friends, expand out networks and next time we send an e-mail to a colleague in another area we will know who they are, what they do, and how we can work together.

We are excited to announce that once again this year our associate deans, Lisa German, Mike Furlough, and Jack Sultzer, will all be joining us at Speed Networking and invite everyone to take the time learn more about someone else’s contributions to the University Libraries.

When: Discovery Day – Friday, March 1, 3:30pm
Where: Foster Auditorium Register at Tech Smart

LionSearch Update!

By Binky Lush

The following content is newly indexed in LionSearch:

McGill eScholarship: eScholarship @ McGill is an OA Ranked collection that includes full text documents of research articles, electronic theses, working papers, conference papers, books and research reports. There are 27,817 records, metadata with abstracts.

You can find the full list of resources indexed in LionSearch here:

You can also see coverage lists in the following areas: