Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 28: This week in Library News

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Exhibit celebrates 50 years of Plant Pathology

“Healthy Plants for a Healthy World: 50 Years of Plant Pathology at Penn State,” an exhibit, will be on display June 5–September 17, 2013, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park. General exhibit hours are Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibit will also be open during the special events times. Call 814-865-1793 to confirm times.

The public is invited to the exhibit grand opening and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology on June 7, 3:30–6 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, followed by a reception in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Presentations will be featured by Dr. George Abawi, Cornell University professor and president-elect of the American Phytopathological Society; Dr. Barbara Christ, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and faculty member and former head of the department; and Dr. Frederick Gildow, current department head. (See end of post for additional special events to be held throughout summer.)

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Discussion of Ithaka S + R US Faculty Survey 2012 on June 4

Submitted by Ann Snowman, head of Access Services

The Libraries’ Assessment and Metrics Council is sponsoring a discussion of the Ithaka S + R US Faculty Survey 2012, on June 4, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in Mann Assembly Room or via Adobe Connect. Nancy Adams, Harrell Health Sciences Library, and Ann Snowman, head of Access Services, will facilitate the discussion.

How to connect: Remote viewers should log on to and use the chat box feature to participate. Recording will be made available shortly after the event. I-Tech recommends Firefox as the first choice when using Adobe Connect; IE will work too, but fewer issues are seen with Firefox.

Overview of Ithaka S+R discussion: How would the faculty you liaise with respond to the following statement? “Assuming that electronic collections of journals are proven to work well, I would be happy to see hard copy collections discarded and replaced entirely by electronic collections.” Would they agree or disagree? Is the answer the same for all disciplines? Has it changed over time? How much has it changed?

Would they answer “often” or “never” to the following question, or pick a mid-point? “You may have the opportunity to read scholarly monographs in electronic format, either through a library subscription database or as standalone e-books. How often have you used scholarly monographs in digital form in the past six months…?”

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Turn off Compatibility View in Internet Explorer

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Compatibility View in Internet Explorer was designed to allow older websites to display properly in Internet Explorer. Microsoft created compatibility view for Internet Explorer 8 to give web designers time to convert their pages over from the non-standard techniques used in IE 7 and IE 6, to a more web standard compliant version. It tells the browser to render the page as if it were IE version 7 rather than IE version 8 or 9.

Previously compatibility view was also used by CMS authors to author their pages in the CMS. With the new responsive design features recently released and the new CMS Version 5.6 set to release in the upcoming weeks, compatibility mode NO longer needs to be enabled. In fact, if you currently turn this feature on in IE, the libraries pages will NOT display properly.

compatibility view screenshot

Above is a screen shot of the Compatibility Mode icon circled in red. It is located on the right side of the address bar. The icon looks like a piece of paper ripped in half. You can toggle Compatibility Mode by just clicking on this icon. If the icon is blue, it is activated. If the icon is gray, it is deactivated.

WANTED: Extra copies of the Guide to the Libraries

If you have copies of the Guide to the Libraries that you will not need before the updated copies arrive in August, please:
— label with your name or unit’s name and
— send to:
Penn State University
Lending and Reserve Services
attn: Wertney Cox
107 Pattee Library
University Park, Pa 16802

Terracycle: Another way to recycle

Submitted by Verne Neff and Cathy O’Connell

Last month, the Annex began their last step of having a zero waste area when Jeffery Marker volunteered to coordinate Terracycle recycling through existing campus Terracycle efforts.

terracycle logoWhat is Terracycle?

Terracycle is a company with a goal of eliminating waste. It collects hard to recycle items from people, such as granola bar and candy wrappers, and recycles those items into useful products. Many areas around the University Park campus participate in Terracycle “Brigades” that collect specific items for recycling. You can learn more about the company at

How does Terracycle work?

Some Penn State Green Teams have signed up to collect certain materials, such as chip bags, yogurt containers, etc. You can either contact Terracycle and apply for your own brigade, or you can collect items for the Green Teams that have already been awarded brigades. A list of the participating Green Teams and their contact information can be found at Terracycle pays for the shipping and also makes a donation for each brigade collection submitted, funding a variety of needs such as Educational Equity scholarships, Thon, United Way and international clean water projects.

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Save the date: Tech Update June 4

Tuesday, June 4, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium and Mediasite Live
Topics include:

  • User and Support Operations Group + Newly Hired
  • New Libraries Helpdesk System
  • Online Account System
  • Web Stakeholders Group
  • Web site next steps
  • Update on CMS Version 5.6
  • Library Management Systems Requirements Working Group

LHR News for May 28 – June 2

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Ryan Donovan – Collection Maintenance

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
5/31/13 – Ron Gruici, Digitization and Preservation
Martha Sachs, Penn State Harrisburg

Summer reading from the Leisure Collection

By Dawn Amsberry

flight behavior book coverWho says beach reads have to be your typical romance novel or blockbuster mystery? Plenty of quirky new fiction for the beach, cabin, or living room couch is yours for the taking this summer. The Leisure Reading list of 2013 summer picks features a hard-boiled Irish cop, a pair of performance artists whose outrageous work often borders on criminal, and a movie critic whose life is changed by a literary ghost. Readers who crave suspense and romance will find both in a quiet English country village, a Boston artist’s studio, and a valley in rural Tennessee that holds an extraordinary secret. If you’re heading out of town, or just to your backyard hammock, don’t forget the sun screen and a good book from the Leisure Reading collection.

Stanford librarian to speak on the value of libraries

Chris Bourg mugshotChris Bourg of Stanford University Libraries will present “Beyond Measure: Valuing Libraries” in Foster Auditorium on Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m. The presentation will also be on MediaSite Live. Bourg has served as associate university librarian at Stanford since 2009, and during that time has introduced a number of service innovations. Her talk will address the challenge of expressing the importance of libraries at a time when we are being called to document our impact more fully.

On Friday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m., Bourg will discuss  “What resources are important to faculty research: Results from a Stanford survey,” at a coffee and conversation event in Mann Assembly Room.

Bourg blogs about librarianship, leadership, gender, and other topics at the Feral Librarian. Her visit is made possible by the Richard and Sally Kalin University Libraries Professional Development Endowment.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about physical access provided, please contact Associate Dean Mike Furlough at or 814-863-5447.



Events May 28 – June 2 and beyond

Summary of upcoming events:

June 4: 10 a.m., Mann Assembly Room: Assessment and Metrics Council-sponsored discussion on Ithaka S + R US Faculty Survey 2012, on June 4, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in Mann Assembly Room or via Adobe Connect. Remote viewers log on to

June 4: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Tech Update, Foster Auditorium and Mediasite Live

June 7: 3:30–6 p.m., Grand opening of “Healthy Plants for a Healthy World: 50 Years of Plant Pathology at Penn State,” and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Foster Auditorium, followed by a reception in Mann Assembly Room.

June 13: 11 a.m., Chris Bourg of Stanford University Libraries to present “Beyond Measure: Valuing Libraries” in Foster Auditorium.

June 13: UPLEA (University Park Libraries Employees Association) and Safety Committee picnic, more details to come. Please sign up to help set up, clean up, or bring a dish!

June 13: 3–4:30 p.m., Sir John Daniel to present “Making sense of MOOCs and other emerging models in higher education,” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library



May 20: This week in Library News

Entries this week:

Scroll down to see all the stories or click on a link. If you only want to read entries submitted for a particular column, choose from the list of regular columns available on the right.

Libraries honor award recipients

The University Libraries held a reception last week to honor the recipients of various awards. Congratulations to Bonnie Osif, the University Libraries Award recipient; Franklin R. Hall, the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award recipient; and Dawn Amsberry and Matthew Ciszek, the University Libraries Diversity Award recipients.

Bonnie Osif mugshot

Libraries Award recipient Bonnie Osif

Franklin R. Hall, the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award recipient

Eleanor Smith with Franklin R. Hall, the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award recipient.

Barbara I Dewey, Matthew Ciszek, Dawn Amsberry

Dean Barbara Dewey poses with Diversity Award winners Matthew Ciszek and Dawn Amsberry.

Wednesday, May 22: Dean’s Forum

Please plan to attend the Dean’s Forum on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. For those attending in person, we’ll gather in Foster Auditorium. The Forum will also be broadcast via Media Site Live.

Create your own keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

You can create a keyboard shortcut for most commands in Microsoft Word. Many commands already have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them but you can also create your own.

cutomize keyboard menu screenshot

In Windows:

1. Right-click on the ribbon toolbar and select Customize the Ribbon.

2. In the window that opens, look to the bottom of the commands list for the keyboards shortcuts “Customize…” button and click that.

3. In the new Keyboard shortcuts screen, select the command you want to add a keyboard shortcut to. You’ll find the command by clicking on a category in the left box and then the specific command on the right side.

4. Then put your cursor in the Paste new shortcut key field and hit the keys you want for your shortcut. Word will tell you if that shortcut is already being used and you’ll have to choose a new one.

5. Finally, click the Assign button.

If you’re using Word on a  Mac, you’ll find the Keyboard shortcuts option under Tools -> Customize keyboard.

Facilities has new staff member

I’m very pleased to announce that facilities now has a new staff member. Bill Picketts, who most of you already know as OPP’s daylight maintenance and utility worker, is now working half time in facilities to help with our building and furniture maintenance needs and event set ups.

While still covering most of his regular OPP duties, Bill will be helping to monitor and can directly respond to most items on the Help Desk, and will be available via email (wlp11) and phone (863-4266) as well. And as always you can speak with him directly if you see him out and about. This 1/2 time position is currently in a test phase, but I’m hopeful it will work into a permanent position for our department. — Len White

Access Services holds annual luncheon

Access Services held its 10th Annual Service Service Awards and Luncheon on May 16. Staff recognized for reaching library service milestones were:

  • 25 years: Susan Hayya
  • 10 Years: Denise Conklin and Ann Snowman
  • 5 Years: Melody Gehlbach and Erica Noel

New staff member, Jennifer Funk, was welcomed to Access Services.

Following the luncheon, Dean Barbara I. Dewey presented, “Transformations – Penn State Libraries and Research Libraries.”

Access Services group pose