Daily Archives: August 5, 2013

Open House decorations and student staff t-shirt information

Decorations provided for this year’s Open House will again consist of the kit containing blue and silver stars, garland, stickers, and tablecloths. If your area would like to have additional items, please notify Sandy Hoffmaster by August 10 with your requests. Please do not purchase items yourself for reimbursement; the committee will review and order the items for you.
For supervisors, please complete the following survey to order T-Shirts for your student staff members by August 10: https://surveys.libraries.psu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l2LM37l. The shirts this year are the same design as last year, but are white with a blue logo. ** Please note: This order form is for the free student staff t-shirts ONLY. The opportunity for faculty/staff to place a shirt order will be announced at a later date. **

Get your computer ready for Lifecycle

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

With Library Clean-up day and Lifecycle quickly approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking about what you can do to clean up your computer.

Here are a few ideas or tips to review:

1.) UCS – Check your current usage by reviewing your window header and your username. This will indicate your current quota usage. Review your email for large attachments and files in your briefcase that may be taking up space. Also, empty old email from the trash and email that is no longer needed.

ryan's mail usage

2.) Hard Drive – Clean out old files you may have on your Desktop or Downloads folder that you no longer need.

hard drive details

3.) Review your Network Drives – Check your U, W or whatever letter drives you use for network storage including folders on ROO for committees and remove files that are no longer needed.

roo folder

LHR News for August 5

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:


Laura Egan, Arts and Humanities Library

Internal Moves:

8/01/2013 Barbara Eshbach – head librarian, Lee R. Glatfelter Library, Penn State York

Not your mother’s Open House…or even your sister’s for that matter!

By Emily Rimland

In the 12 years that the Libraries have been having an Open House, there have been many changes. From a twice-a-year event (can you imagine?!) to pirate themes (Arrr!) to attendance as large as 5,000 students one year (Wow!), one constant is that the Open House is always changing. Likewise, we have some important changes for this year we’d like you to know about, so please read on.

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RCR holds annual awards event

The Reference, Collections and Research Department held its annual awards luncheon on June 19. Associate Dean Lisa German hosted the event which honored the following employees who achieved service milestones.

  • 5 years: Mary Derstein, Jackie Dillon-Fast, Lev Tmanov (PT), Jacqueleen Weaver (PT)
  • 10 years: Stephen Woods, Michael Wright
  • 15 years: Tim AuMan, Ann Thompson
  • 20 years: Janet Hughes
  • 40 years: Marti Lindsay
reference staff posing

Ask us!…Staff and faculty on the reference front line


Continuity planning Q&A sessions

Submitted by Ron Servello, associate director, facilities planning and construction

We will be holding Question and Answer sessions on the Continuity Planning Process in Mann Assembly Room on the following days:

  • August 9, 1-2:30pm
  • August 26, 1:30-3pm
  • September 9, 1:30-3pm
  • September 23, 1:30-3pm
  • October 7, 1:30-3pm
  • October 23, 9-10:30pm.

For the employees who will be creating and completing continuity plans for their departments, Pam Soule and I will be available to answer any questions they may have and to provide any assistance necessary.


Cleanup Day is coming

Submitted by Megan Folmar

Library Cleanup Day is right around the corner! The event will take place on August 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Mann Assembly Room. Items may be brought down throughout the day. Feel free to drop and shop! Branch libraries may send their materials up to two week in advance by contacting Verne Neff at van1@psu.edu and Earl Houser at ejh10@psu.edu .

Ever consider donating scrap paper? Any scraps without sensitive information are welcome. One man’s trash is another’s treasure! While you’re at it, why not clean up your virtual space by deleting old files! As the libraries move towards a greener tomorrow, use this opportunity to clean out and recycle unwanted items. Participation in the cleanup is voluntary, but encouraged. Nearly all remaining items at the end of the day will be reused or recycled by university salvage.

Please contact Megan Folmar at M.Folmar@psu.edu with any questions.

Upcoming events

August 7: Faust Travel Award Winner, Emily Van Dette, and Huck Travel Award Winner, Kristine Thompson, will talk about their research projects in the Mann Assembly Room  at 1:00 P.M. Emily Van Dette will be talking about her research project, “Six Scribbling Women and the Politics of Literary Reputation.” Van Dette received her Ph.D from Penn State and  is on the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She will be using the Fred Lewis Pattee papers as well as other related collections from the Special Collections Library.

Kristine Thompson of Louisiana State University is researching photographic representations of death and mourning, from the 19th century to the present day. She is using the Jay Ruby Collection and other related materials from our collections. Light refreshments (lemonade and cookies) will be served.

August 20: Annual Picnic
Please join us for the 23rd Annual University Libraries’ Faculty/Staff Family Picnic, from 5:00 p.m. – sunset, in Sunset Park, Pavilions #1 and #2 (Buffet dinner service to begin at 5:30 p.m.)
MENU: Hamburgers & Hot Dogs with rolls, potato salad, grilled vegetables, freshly cut fruits, and desserts
Please RSVP (by Tue., 8/06/13) using the online form at http://bit.ly/18aUWPp, by visiting the University Libraries’ Picnic page (http://bit.ly/176TOJi), or by printing and sending the form via campus mail to Sandy Confer, 510 Paterno. Sorry, we cannot fund travel expenses for those coming from other campuses, but we promise good fun and fun! We hope to see you there!

**Note: UPLEA supplies drive for Pets Come First is being held this month**

September 5: UPLEA Arts Fest

11am-3pm, in the Mann Assembly Room.

September 16: The University Libraries will host Megan Oakleaf of Syracuse University  for a visit focused on library assessment. Dr. Oakleaf will help us learn more about assessing library services so that we can document the value that we provide to our users. More details of her visit will be forthcoming.