Monthly Archives: June 2013

Events: Week of June 24

June 29, 1:30–2:30 p.m., “Phytophthora, the plant pathogen,” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Dr. Beth Gugino, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, will talk about Phytophthora, the plant pathogen that won’t go away. Phytophthora infestans is the plant pathogen that precipitated the Irish potato famine and devastated potato crops in northern Europe in the mid- to late-1800s, and its study led directly to the establishment of plant pathology as a science. This pathogen, which devastated tomato plants throughout eastern North America in 2009, has changed American history and continues to threaten crops worldwide. Also: 2:30–3:30 p.m., Campus plant tour

Register for free citation management seminars offered by Library Learning Services:
Introduction to Zotero: July 10
Introduction to EndNote: July 11
Introduction to Mendeley: July 17

Participants needed for ScholarSphere usability tests

Researchers are needed to participate in a series of usability tests for a new release of ScholarSphere, a secure repository service that enables the Penn State community to share research and scholarly work with a worldwide audience. The usability tests will be conducted from July 8 to 31, in Davey Laboratory, Instruction Room 211 (in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library) and anyone in the Penn State community can sign up to participate. Sign up for a session here: Up to 10 participants will be accepted for each session. Participants will need to bring a flash drive with files to deposit into ScholarSphere. (More than one file is needed in order to test the “sets/collections” feature.)

The sessions will focus primarily on these features of the service:

  • Organizing files into collections for easier management and discovery
  • Uploading files via your Dropbox account
  • Depositing files on behalf of another user

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Exhibit highlights 25 years of Sports Archives at Penn State

“Glory Days: Celebrating 25 Years of Sports Archives at Penn State,” an exhibition, is on display in June 19–September 19, 2013, in Robb Hall, Hintz Alumni Center, Penn State University Park. Horace Ashenfelter, Wally Triplett, Mary Ellen Clark, John Montgomery Ward, Sue Whiteside – the names of such Penn State athletes remind the visitor to the newly installed Hintz Alumni Center exhibit of the role of sports in helping Penn State achieve national recognition.

Long before joining the ranks of the Big Ten, Penn State was concerned about the ways in which shifts in the organization and governance of athletic programs have affected its reputation for excellence; but without access to primary archival sources, it is impossible to answer such academic research questions. In 1988, the Penn State University Archives, a unit within the Special Collections Library, began a concentrated effort to locate historical records that would document the growth of athletic policies and the achievements of Penn State’s numerous teams. The resources were discovered in Rec Hall, the White Building, Beaver Stadium and other athletic facilities awaiting organization, arrangement and description, and access to users of all categories. Continue reading

Great weather and food at UPLEA picnic

University Park Libraries employees enjoyed good food and great company at a picnic last week organized by UPLEA, the University Park Libraries Employee Association. Thanks go out to the UPLEA members Tracie Wickersham, Josh Wilkins, Barb Woods, Lisa Morgan, Anna Letowski, Rachelle Eisenhower, Megan Gilpin, Nikky Corrigan, and Cathy O’Connell, for planning what has become a  popular annual event.

people gathering outside for a picnic

Photos by Wilson Hutton

People getting some food at a picnic

Penn State team wins the 2013 AgNIC Partner of the Year Award

AgNic Group

Representing the University Libraries, left to right, are Amy Paster, Helen Smith, Sherry Lonsdale, and Wayne Ellenberger. Not pictured: from the University Libraries is Linda Klimczyk and from the College of Agricultural Sciences are Jan Scholl, David Abler, and Bruce Grinder. Photo by Wilson Hutton

A Penn State team has won the 2013 AgNIC Partner of the Year Award that recognizes outstanding contribution to the vision and goals of the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC).

Since becoming a member in 1999, Penn State has demonstrated leadership and innovation as an AgNIC partner. Penn State supports AgNIC subject websites in the areas of Home Gardening and Turfgrass and of particular note are two additional sites: Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Youth Development. These resources are the products of a highly successful collaboration between the Penn State Life Sciences Library and the College of Agricultural Sciences, with support from the USDA and the National Agricultural Library through a specific cooperative agreement.

EFNEP, which has been in existence for forty years, educates low income families in the areas of nutrition, food preparation, and food management. The AgNIC site provides a database of professional and graduate research studies conducted about the program.

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Letters About Literature contest winners announced

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book announces the Pennsylvania winners of the 2013 Letters About Literature contest, a nationwide event sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading.

This contest invites students in three grade categories to write letters to authors—living or dead—explaining how the author’s words affected them or their worldview. Michaela Cameron of Shippensburg wins the Level I award (grades four through six) for writing to John F. Wukovits about “The Importance of Anne Frank, Sophia Paterno of State College wins the Level II award (grades seven and eight) and Taylor Grace Bean of Harborcreek wins the Level III award (grades nine and ten) writing to Laurie Halse Anderson about “Wintergirls.Each winner received a $300 cash prize and celebrated at a lunch in their honor with their families in State College, Pennsylvania, on April 27. Continue reading

Marty Goldberg to retire June 30

By Amy M. Krebs, director, Campus and Community Relations, Penn State Beaver

Marty GoldbergMartin (Marty) Goldberg, Penn State Beaver associate librarian, will retire June 30.

Marty Goldberg joined Beaver campus in 1990 and has worked with all facets of the library’s operation, staffing, and acquisitions; the library has more than 50,000 volumes. He oversaw the establishment of the African-American Autobiography Collection honoring Dr. Russell C. Brignano, professor emeritus of English. The collection contains more than 600 African-American autobiographies representing a variety of professions and experiences.

He has worked on a variety of special projects for the campus and University, including the Freshman Portal Project, the Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Engagement Initiative Project, and Project SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills). He and his staff provide regularly scheduled support for students using the Center for Academic Achievement. Goldberg also implemented a multi-year program of phased upgrades to the library’s interior furnishings for a more useable, technology-oriented, group learning environment.

Goldberg has published articles in a variety of refereed journals, given presentations at numerous national conferences, and conducted research and written extensively about the Holocaust. Continue reading

YouTube tips you should know

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

YouTube’s Lean back functionality was introduced to make it easier to browse content on connected TVs, but there is no reason you can’t use it on your computer. Turn YouTube into a keyboard-only interactive website that allows you to search for videos, while only using the arrow and enter keys by going to the following URL:

youtube fred waring search

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Library Clean-Up Day: Mark your calendars and start collecting!

Submitted by Cathy O’Connell

Library Clean-Up Day has been scheduled for August 20, so mark your calendars! Take some time in the quieter summer months to look around your office and start collecting unused items to donate to Clean-Up Day.  Start your gathering early and make your space cleaner and greener.

If you have things you’d like to get rid of before Clean-Up Day, you can post items Libraries’ Green Exchange, a Free-cycle type exchange for workplace items that are no longer used.

LHR News: June 24

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:


6/28/13 Penny Huffman – IST and Business Librarian, William and Joan Schreyer Business Library


Jennifer Braun – Commons Services
Christine Yeager – Penn State Harrisburg Library
Robert Peterson – Arts and Humanities Library

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:

6/30/13 • Smiljana Antonijevich, Reference, Collections, and Research
• Susanna Coetzee, Cataloging and Metadata Services
• Carol Folk, Penn State Great Valley Library
• Cecily Giardina, H. Laddie Montague, Jr. Law Library
• Marty Goldberg – Penn State Beaver Campus Library
• Elaine Julian, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library
• Nancy Schneider, Media and Technology Services
• Robert Tolliver, Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library

Next page: REMINDER: Annual ESSIC Attendance System Audit

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Events: Week of June 17

June 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m: “Fraud, Scams and ID Theft,” a seminar by Amy Shuey, will be presented from  on in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The free seminar intended for Penn State students, faculty and staff will cover identity theft prevention tips and the newest fraud schemes and will discuss how to avoid being scammed.

June 20, noon: UPLEA cookout, Paterno Library underpass.

June 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m.: “Look Before You Leap: Getting Student Loans.” Dr. Daad Rizk will present on borrowing student loans, in Foster Auditorium. This workshop is part of MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series.

June 22, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Campus plant tour, meet in exhibit area, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Continue reading

LHR News: June 17

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:


Lois Breon – Collection Maintenance
Patricia Flores – Lending Services
Michael Hricik – Penn State Press
Rachel Tyburski – News and Microforms Library

Director’s Station tip – How to create a list of items that never circulated

By Trish Notartomas

Are you thinking about weeding or annexing a portion of your collection this summer and need a place to start? Here’s one idea – look at the items that never circulated.

Use the All Catalog Measures Module.
Select a location for your library in the Home Location filter.
Select Never in the Date Last Checked Out filter (uncheck the All box, then check the Never box)
Select Book and Serial (or Book, Bookfloat, and Serial at a campus) in the Item Type filter
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Apply for microgrant by Friday, June 21

Now is the time to consider applying for a University Libraries Microgrant. The Microgrant Program funds small projects that foster innovation in support of the University Libraries strategic initiatives. This is a great opportunity to experiment with new services, processes, diversity initiatives, technologies, or sponsor exciting workshops. University Libraries staff and faculty are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Friday, June 21, 2013. So, visit the Microgrant Program website for more information and see what projects were successfully funded in the past:

Testimonial from 2012-2013 Innovation Microgrant recipient Linda Musser:

Power to the People – Safely

The microgrant I received in 2012 allowed me to purchase 9 portable batteries to loan to users for use with their personal devices (e.g., smart phones and laptops). Five different models were purchased so we could compare capabilities and see which users preferred. It was very beneficial to be able to purchase the various models for comparison since no amount of browsing online can compare to actual in-hand testing. Without the microgrant, I would have had to guess which of the batteries would best suit our needs. It was a great chance to leverage a little bit of money to experiment with something new and different.

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We need your input!

Submitted by Dace Freivalds, LMSRWG chair

Are you tired of managing ebooks in a system designed for print materials? Are you having trouble getting data on collection usage from our current ILS? Have you had to develop one too many workarounds to get things done in WorkFlows? Then we need your input.

The Library Management System Requirements Working Group (LMSRWG) was recently charged by the Libraries’ administration to “Define library management system functional requirements for the University Libraries for all components (selection, acquisition, cataloging, discovery, fulfillment, ERM, publishing and curation services, etc.) across all resource types (print, electronic, digital, e-books, open access and repository based materials, multi-media, etc.).” Our current library management system, or integrated library system (ILS) as it is typically called, is SirsiDynix Symphony, WorkFlows and the CAT. During the past decade, our SirsiDynix system has facilitated the acquisition, cataloging, inventory control, circulation, and discovery of our print collections. Our current ILS was designed for a print world and cannot be easily reconfigured to accommodate electronic resources and digital materials. Given that 70% of our collections budget is spent on electronic resources and digital materials, it is necessary to start looking at library management systems that can manage the Libraries’ resources in a comprehensive and unified way regardless of resource format and location.

LMSRWG team members are: Bob Alan, Barbara Coopey, Jeff Edmunds, Mike Giarlo, Lauren Kime, John Meier, Emily Rimland, and Dace Freivalds. We will be contacting departments, both those who use and do not use our current system, during the summer to start gathering requirements for a new library management system. In thinking about requirements please focus on future rather than current needs – blueskying and thinking out of the box are encouraged. The new LMS will affect everyone!

And one more thing. LMSRWG doesn’t roll off the tongue easily, and we would like to come up with a tagline for our group that we can use to easily identify ourselves when communicating with you. Please send suggestions to us by Tuesday, July 9.

Our group email address: UL-LMSRWG@LISTS.PSU.EDU

How to minimize the ribbon in Office

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

If you need more space when composing a Word document or and Excel spreadsheet, you can minimize the Office ribbon and still have access to its features.

To put the Ribbon into minimized mode, just right-click an open area on the Ribbon and choose Minimize the Ribbon.  You can also use the shortcut CTRL-F1

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With the Ribbon hidden you can still pull up the menus by clicking a tab which relates to a type of activity. The Ribbon will hide once you click your mouse away from it.

To restore the Ribbon, right click again in the ribbon and unselect Minimize the ribbon or again use the shortcut, CTRL-F1.