Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

CAT Helps updated

Thanks to the hard work of the CAT Helps Team (Vicki Brightbill, Maryam Kutchemeshqi, Glenn Masuchika, Jason Reuscher and Sylvia Owiny), all of our CAT Helps have been updated! These help pages have been moved into the CMS to make it easier to keep them current for our users and all include the Library H3lp chat widget and Library Learning Services contact information so our patrons can get assistance more easily! Please take a look at the updated Helps – your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Again, many thanks to our CAT Helps Team,

Emily Rimland and Binky Lush, Discovery and Access Steering Team

Databases offer a clinical reference tool for physicians and nurses

DynaMed database, a clinical reference tool for physicians, and Nursing Reference Center, a rich resource for nursing professionals, can now be accessed by all Penn Staters with an access id thanks to the University Libraries’ collaborative purchases with the Harrell Library at Hershey. The databases can be accessed at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/databases.html and selecting each by name. Continue reading

Library of Congress approves continuation of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book (PCFB), hosted by Penn State’s University Libraries, will continue operation for the next three years per approval of affiliate status by The Library of Congress Center for the Book (LC CFB) in Washington, D.C.

John Y. Cole, director of the LC CFB, noted, “I urge my Library of Congress colleagues to take a good look at PCFB’s website at http://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/, for ideas and example about how LC can learn and be inspired by prospering state center activities, including educational outreach; preschool family literacy programming and storytelling; poetry for all ages; graphic novels; and resource links to projects for Letters about Literature, the state center network, and national and international book and literary prizes and awards.” Continue reading

Libraries expand hours and services for finals

Penn State University Libraries are expanding hours and services to help students with end of the semester research and finals study needs.

Offering more than 490,000 square feet of space to accommodate more than 2,100 public seats, Pattee and Paterno Libraries are open for 24-hour service, beginning 10 a.m., April 28 to 2 a.m., May 2. Continue reading

Wall Street Journal available in Proquest Historical Journals

Proquest Historical Newspapers now offers access to issues of the Wall Street Journal, spanning from 1889 to 1995. Penn Staters with an access id and Alumni Association members can access this database by visiting the University Libraries’ homepage on the “Databases by Title (A-Z)” page at www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/databases.html.

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Popular ‘stress reliever’ event is back

This year again, Penn State’s University Libraries are going out of their way to offer students at University Park ways to relieve stress during finals. From Sunday, April 28 to Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, students can enjoy free beverages and snacks (coffee, hot tea, bottled water, and granola bars) plus chair massages by local massage therapists Jen Spence and Katie Parisou. Continue reading

Events: April 22 – 28

MediaTech Technology Expo
April 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dean’s Hall, Penn Stater Conference Center

LionSearch Assessment Forum
April 24, 2:30pm,
Foster Auditorium and Media Site Live.
LionSearch Assessment Team (Linda Musser, Amy Rustic, Alan Shay, Jaime Jamison and Binky Lush) will present the results of the recent LionSearch Survey, discuss data being collected for the assessment and outline the report. Second half of the forum will be for the audience to pose questions and offer feedback.

ICIK Seminar: Bringing Indigenous Knowledge of the People of Rural Africa into the Academy
April 24, noon to 1:30 p.m., Foster Aud. and online

SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories (62 min) (Last film of the semester)
April 24, noon, EMS Library, 105 Deike. How the exploitation of southern Louisiana’s natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture.

Save the date:

Elsevier Forum, Tuesday, April 30, 10-11 a.m., Foster Auditorium (and MediaSite). Penn State’s current contract with Elsevier for e-journals ends in 2013. A small group has been gathering data on usage of Elsevier titles, who at Penn State serves on editorial boards of Elsevier journals, and other factors. Some of the highlights of these data will be shared at the Forum but we also want to get input from you. Please join us to share your thoughts or simply come and be dazzled by data!

Dean announces Libraries awards

On behalf of the Committee for the University Libraries Award, I am pleased to announce this year’s recipient for the award is: Bonnie Anne Osif, acting head of the Engineering Library.

On behalf of the Committee for the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award, I am pleased to announce this year’s recipient is: Franklin R. Hall, supervisor, Lending and Reserve Services.

On behalf of the Committee for the University Libraries Diversity Award, I am pleased to announce this year’s recipients are: Dawn Amsberry, assistant librarian, Library Learning Services and Matthew P. Ciszek, head, Librarian Shenango.

The reception honoring these recipients will be held in the Mann Assembly Room on Friday, May 17, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend.

Congratulations to Bonnie, Franklin, Dawn, and Matthew.