Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

Improve battery life on IOS devices with mail settings

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Is the recent UCS upgrade draining your phone battery? You can change your phone’s scheduled email pick up times to increase your iPhone or iPad’s battery life.

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts & Calendars > Fetch New Data. If you currently have your mail set to Push, turn this setting off, then scroll down to the section Fetch.

Here you can set your mail to retrieve every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly, or manually which will in turn increase your battery life.

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Green Committee seeks new members

Submitted by Cathy O’Connell on behalf of the Green Team

Have an interest in sustainability, conservation, and preserving our environment? The Green Committee could use your help! The Penn State University Libraries Green Team was created to provide leadership for “green” initiatives and to promote environmental sustainability in the University Libraries. Recent initiatives include recycling efforts (adding plastics, Terracycle, and soon composting), reducing waste at University Libraries events, offering green options for supplies orders, and outreach efforts to Libraries departments and other University green committees and groups. Our committee meets once a month and welcomes employees from all locations. If you are interested in joining us and assisting with our efforts, please email us at ul-green-committee@lists.psu.edu.

Library guide on Affordable Care Act resources now available

Submitted by Elaine Dean (edean@hmc.psu.edu)

Harrell Health Sciences Library now offers a guide for consumers that contains information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Insurance Marketplace resources at http://harrell.library.psu.edu/ACA.

  • The guide includes links to resources about
  • The ACA timeline The Health Insurance Marketplace websites and facts
  • Eligibility and enrollment for consumers
  • Resources for finding assistance in languages other than English
  • Additional ACA guides with information for Pennsylvanians and librarians

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1, 2013, and this guide provides a starting point for those who have questions about finding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Please note that this is not related to Penn State employee benefits.

LHR News for September 23

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Lauren Burrell – Library Services to the World Campus/Penn State Online
Josh Critelli – Robert E. Eiche Library, Penn State Altoona
Joseph Damis – Serials and Acquisitions
Evan Miller – Research Hub (Bednar Intern)
Winnifred Ndukwu – Vairo Library, Penn State Brandywine
Gary Owen – Research Hub and Knowledge Commons

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
9/26/13 Frank Georgiana – Penn State Fayette Library


September 24, 7:30 p.m.: Mary E. Rolling Reader Series presents Cary Holladay, Foster Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

September 24, 2:30 p.m.: Introduction to LionSearch, W315 Pattee
September 25: UPLEA Arts Fest

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

September 25, 12:15 p.m.: “Sun Come Up.” 38 min, 105 Deike Building. Follow the relocation of the Carteret Islander, some of the world’s first environmental refugees.

September 27, noon-1:30 p.m.: “Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in a North American Context,” presentation about spring semester course and Maymester field study on Ojibwe reservation. Course and field study open to students at all campuses. For more information about the event, see last week’s blog post and newswire story. For a PDF of the flyer for the event click here: IndigenousWaysofKnowing

October 2, 2 p.m.: Dean’s Forum, Foster Auditorium and mediasite live

October 2, 6 p.m.: Film screening: “Bully,” Foster Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Libraries Diversity Committee and the LGBTA Student Resource Center. Free and open to the public. More information about the film: http://www.thebullyproject.com/about_film

October 8, 3 p.m.: Tech Update, Foster Auditorium and MediaSite Live

New assistant director of development appointed

The Libraries Development Office  announced the appointment of Chris Brida as assistant director of development on September 16.

Brida is from Marion Heights, Pennsylvania and and attended Penn State Hazelton before transferring to University Park. He graduated in 2002 with a BA in speech communications and with three minors in political science, business, and labor and industrial relations. Brida worked for 13 years in the hospitality and service industry before returning to graduate school to pursue a career in development and is now working towards a graduate degree in higher education administration through the College of Education. Brida participated in the Development and Alumni Relations Summer Internship Program with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 2013. In the next few months, he will begin the task of identifying and engaging alumni in Eastern PA, Virginia, North Carolina, and New England.

Diversity Committee to screen ‘Bully’


The University Libraries Diversity Committee and the LGBTA Student Resource Center are will screen acclaimed documentary ‘Bully’ on October 2, at 6 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, first floor, Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public. See more information about the film here: http://www.thebullyproject.com/about_film. For more details, contact Dawn Amsberry,