Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

Green Matters: Watt meters, Facebook and more

Submitted by Cathy O’Connell for the Green Team

It IS Easy Being Green Session
Thank you to those of you who attended our Discovery Day session, It IS Easy Being Green: Small Steps Towards a Sustainable Future. We enjoyed it and hope did, too! If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the Powerpoint, please email the Green Team at ul-green-committee@lists.psu.edu. Continue reading

Undergraduate thesis award nominations due March 18

Advisers and undergraduate students are reminded that March 18 is the deadline to submit nominations for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, including the Student Thesis Application and the Faculty Statement of Support, available at www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/admin/thesisaward.html Final thesis submission will be April 8.

The winner will receive an award of $1,000, second place $500 and third place $250. Undergraduate students graduating in summer 2012, fall 2012, or spring 2013 from throughout Penn State are eligible for the spring 2013 award. Continue reading

Olympic scholar to give Lucas Lecture

Olympic scholar Dr. Robert K. Barney will give the “John Apostal Lucas Memorial Lecture” entitled “Based on the Evidence: Sacred Fire in the Olympic Games and Revision of History,” on Friday, March 22, noon–1:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

John Apostal Lucas, one of the world’s foremost Olympic historians and longtime Penn State professor, died on November 9, 2012. Barney, a prominent and renowned Olympic historian, who recently completed a “Historiography of America in the Olympic Games,” was an academic colleague of Lucas for more than 40 years. In his lecture honoring Lucas’s memory and Olympic legacy, Barney will present a theme that was dear to John’s heart—the genesis of the Olympic Games’ supreme ceremonial rite. Continue reading

Spitzmueller, distinguished conservator and book artist, to give Mann Lecture

Pamela Spitzmueller will give The Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. Her talk is titled, “Books as Physical Objects or How Conserving Damaged Rare Books Inspired Me to Create New Book Objects.” A reception will follow in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

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Seminar to explore medicinal properties of Ethiopian mushrooms

Penn State Food Science visiting scholar Ashagrie Zewdu will present “Laetiporus Sulphureus: a Medicinal Mushroom from Ethiopia” on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, first floor, Paterno Library. Zewdu, a PhD candidate in the Center for Food Science and Nutrition, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, will describe a study conducted by the Huck Institute of Life Sciences at Penn State, which examined the properties of Laetiporus sulphureus.

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Lecture series examines corporeal visions in Spain and Italy

The Spanish and Italian Modernist Studies Forum (SIMSF) announces a speaker series “Embodying the Avant-garde: Corporeal Visions in Spain and Italy” on the Penn State University Park campus. The public is invited to this free series sponsored by Penn State’s Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and the University Libraries.

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March 14, at 2:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library: Lucia Re, professor, UCLA, will speak on “War, Women, Sexuality and the Body in the Futurist Avant-Garde.” Her scholarly interests include gender and race issues in 19th- and 20th-century Italian literature and art. Continue reading

Learn about tutoring services in the Libraries

Enjoy free coffee and snacks and learn about the Tech, Writing, Math and Statistics Tutors in the Libraries, on March 20, from 4 – 6 p.m., in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

Tables will be staffed by each of the four groups — tech tutors (‘purple team’), the Math tutors who cover Math 4 through Math 200, the statistics tutor in the Research Hub, and the writing tutors. Each group will have information about the services they provide.

UPLEA Blood Drive on March 14

By Tracie Wickersham
Just wanted to share the news with you that YOUR UPLEA is hosting a blood drive on March 14, from 10:00 to 4:00, in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. PLEASE spread the word that we are hosting this drive!! We ask that if you would like to donate for this drive, or know someone who would like to donate, please sign up and select a time slot through www.psuredcross.org or through the regular red cross website which is www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code to type in is PSU. As an incentive to donate, we will be giving out shirts to donors on a first come first served basis.

Thank you so much for your help with making this a successful drive!!

And did I mention there will be pizza? 🙂

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracie Wickersham (tkw5002@psu.edu) or Joshua Wilkins (jdw5170@psu.edu)

Diversity Potluck

Submitted by John Meier for the Diversity Committee

What will you bring to the Diversity Potluck on Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 2 p.m. in Mann Assembly Room? Sweet or savory, hot or cold, vegan or not? Start thinking about your favorite homemade dish to share with friends and coworkers. Questions, meier@psu.edu

various potluck dishes

Capturing in-house use of library materials

By Ann Snowman

Beginning April 1, 2013, all libraries are asked to capture in-house use of collections via WorkFlows.


· Capturing in-house use quantifies a portion of collection use that can be as high as 50 percent of total circulation for some libraries.

· In-house use is one measure of browsing activity which can be difficult to gauge.

· Once captured in Director’s Station this data can be used to assess the use of a single item, a title, or a collection when making retention and budget decisions.

· In-house use is included in the total circulation figures for the University Libraries and is reported for both the ARL annual survey and the ALS biennial survey.

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