By Chris Holobar
In mid-March, the main library phone contact number (814-865-6368) was converted to a menu of options:
“Hello, you’ve reached the Penn State University Libraries at University Park. Please select from the following menu of options:
- For Pattee Library and Paterno library hours, press 1 (transfers to the library hours line recording)
- For information about borrowing or renewing library materials or your library account, press 2 (transfers to Lending Services)
- To reserve a group study room, press 3 (transfers to the Knowledge Commons desk line)
- For help with a project or paper, or finding library resources or services, press 4 (also transfers to the Knowledge Commons desk line)
- For all other questions or to speak to a library staff member, press 5 (transfers to Lending Services)
- To hear these choices again, press 6
We chose these options based upon staff experience with the calls that we typically receive on this line and in collaboration with Knowledge Commons staff. We hope that this will prove more efficient for both library users and staff.
The 2013 Diversity Research and Programming Colloquium will be held April 3, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium and via MediaSite Live, sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee. The Colloquium will feature presentations on diversity projects from faculty and staff at University Park and campus libraries. A list of presenters and topics is on the Diversity Committee website at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/diversity/colloquium.html
Please join us for the Colloquium in Foster or via MediaSite.
By Cathy O’Connell for the Green Team
If you do not have space or time for a garden, or if you do but don’t have the variety you would like, remember that there are many local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offerings in the Center County area. For a list of these, please visit Buy Fresh Buy Local’s Centre County CSA List and sign up now for your weekly share of delicious and local fruits and vegetables for this year’s growing season. If you are not in Centre County, visit http://www.buylocalpa.org/ to search for fresh food in your areas.
Check back next week for information on area Farmers’ Markets!
If you know of an undergraduate with an interest in information or library science, suggest that they apply now for a University Libraries scholarship, which can help with current school costs. The awards include the Adma Hammam Shibley Memorial Scholarship in Library Science, the Martha Conner Memorial Award and the Ava Faltz-Miller Memorial Scholarship. They are presented annually to outstanding Penn State undergraduates. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 26. Details about each award and an application form are available online. For more information, contact Sandy Confer, at 814-863-3665, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 16 is an opportunity for everyone to thank librarians and staff for their good work and contributions to library services throughout the year. This year’s theme is “Libraries work because we do” and the celebration falls during National Library Week, April 16 to 20. The University Libraries will be thanking individual units with messages tailored to staff highlights.
“Communities matter @ your Library,” this year’s theme for the American Library Association National Library Week, is demonstrated daily in all of our Libraries. This celebration is coupled with PA Forward: Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative that highlights the many roles libraries play in people’s lives and demonstrates the assistance offered by librarians and staff.