Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

Library News: October 7

Events: Week of October 7

October 8, 3 p.m.: Tech Update, Read the agenda in this post. Foster Auditorium and MediaSite Live

October 8, 1-2 p.m.: Data Management Workshop, 211 Davey Lab. Register online

October 9, 12:15 p.m.: Footprints in the Sand (film), EMS Library, 105 Deike. Overfishing, pollution, over-population and over-development of our coasts are having deadly consequences. (44 min)

October 10, 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Introduction to Zotero, W315 Pattee. Join wait list

October 15, 10-11:30 a.m.: Introduction to EndNote.New location: W023 Pattee. Register online

October 16, 12:15 p.m.: Mysteries of the Deep (film), EMS Library, 105 Deike. Technology is allowing us to explore the deep seas, revealing a strange world full of mystery. (44 min)

October 16, 2-3 p.m.: What is big “D” and small “d” deaf culture? Panel discussion, Foster Aud. Full story

October 17, 2 – 4 p.m.: “Satisfactory Academic Progress,” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and MediaSite Live.

October 17, 7-8:30 p.m.: A Memoir of Deafness, presented by Josh Swiller, Foster Aud.

Speaker to reflect on culture and student engagement in Nicaragua

“Yo soy #Nicaragüense…How do university students in Central America perceive their indigenous culture?,” a presentation by Nicole Webster, will be held on October 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed live online.

Webster is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. This past spring, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to investigate how young people engage in formal and informal contexts, and how these experiences influence their understanding and use of social capital.

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Libraries to host workshop on student aid and academic progress

The University Libraries will host a financial literacy program, “Satisfactory Academic Progress,” on October 17, 3:00–4:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. It will also be broadcast and archived on MediaSite Live at libraries.live.psu.edu, available to students at the campuses, including World Campus, as well as University Park.

Presented by Sarah Zipf, manager, Office of Student Aid for World Campus and Continuing Education, Penn State Outreach, the workshop is intended to help students learn about the three kinds of monitoring the Office of Student Aid is required to do and what they need to know in order to maintain their student aid eligibility.

The program is a collaboration of the Office of Student Aid for the World Campus and Continuing Education and the University Libraries.

A financial literacy guide developed by Business Liaison Librarian Lauren Reiter is available at www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchguides/business/financialliteracy.html. Reiter emphasizes, “The understanding and management of personal finance and student loan debt are financial literacy topics of particular importance to college students. Tabs in this guide include books, articles, websites, and other resources that cover personal finance and student loan debt issues.”

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Lauren Reiter at lmr29@psu.edu or at 814-865-4414.

Libraries hold special event for Parents and Family Weekend

Submitted by Lisa German

“Do you mean students can check out books?” “Can my daughter bring her printer in and you’ll fix it?” “These photographs are beautiful.” These are just a few of the comments we heard from parents during the tours of Pattee and Paterno on Saturday morning as more than 150 students and parents took advantage of the opportunity to learn about the Libraries. Jim Quigel and Jackie Esposito explained the beauty of the Fay Lincoln exhibit. Karla shared with parents why some parents ask books to be pulled from the shelves in school and public libraries.

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Author and advocate for the hard of hearing Josh Swiller to present on Oct 16, 17

By Susan Hayya, coordinator, Adaptive Technology and Services

Adaptive Technology and Services will participate in one of the many “Divisibility” events celebrating October 2013 Disability Awareness Month. This year we are hosting Josh Swiller, author and advocate for the hard of hearing, for two events that are open to the public.

On October 16 in Foster Auditorium, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, Swiller will participate in a panel discussion with faculty and staff who are experts on deaf culture and other issues concerning the deaf. The theme of the discussion is “What Is Big D and Small d Culture?” Also, on the panel is Swiller’s wife, Leah Murphy, who will soon be a clinical psychologist, and who for several years has led a $10 million research project on deaf education, which took her to over 30 deaf schools in 25 states. The audience for this panel discussion is students in Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Swiller will also present in the Foster Auditorium, on October 17, from 7:00 PM-8:30 p.m. He will share his many experiences traveling to five different continents and his journey transitioning from being deaf to now hearing well by way of a cochlear implant. He will talk about the plight of the hundreds of millions of deaf and disabled around the world – how they are seen and not-seen in various cultures. He maps strategies for improving their situations, concentrating on day-to-day, here-and-now steps we can take to create a more accepting and compassionate world.

Both events are open to the public and are co-sponsored by the Libraries’ Adaptive Technology and Services office. Support for these events comes from the University Libraries, and from the University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity’s Diversability Committee. Both events will have an interpreter for the deaf and a captionist.

Tech Update reminder

Reminder: Tech Update Tomorrow, October 8

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium

Topics to include:

  • Box: An overview of this soon to be available cloud-based service that lets you store all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share it from anywhere.
  • I-Tech Website Redesign: The I-Tech Website was recently redesigned – we’ll show you what’s new!
  • Recent CMS Changes: An overview and a heads-up on upcoming changes.
  • BrowZine: Emily Rimland will demo this iPad app that allows you to browse, read, and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals, or in other words, virtual journal browsing.
  • UCS Account Space: Want to learn how to free up file space in your UCS account? Ryan Johnson has tips on how to increase your available space.

Brought to you by the University Libraries’ Department of Information Technologies.

If you cannot participate in person please join us via MediaSite Live: http://live.libraries.psu.edu/

(login instructions for mediasite live: https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/intranet/mediasite.html)

Open House winners

By Megan Gilpin

3,300 students participated, but only a few could win. The grand prize winners of the 2013 Libraries’ Open House have claimed their prizes. Congratulations to them all! (Prize winners are pictured below. Not pictured: Not pictured: Tugce Tuncdemir – Endnote software package)

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Delete all incomplete SelectSurvey responses at once

Submitted by Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Whenever you or a respondent clicks on link to a survey in SelectSurvey, a response is counted toward the overall responses, even if they decide not to take the survey.

You can delete each individual response when analyzing the data under the individual responses for the survey, or a quicker way is to delete them all at once. To do this follow the instructions below:

Go to the survey Options page for the survey and click the Validation tab.

delete survey responseYou will see a Validate survey database screen. Select Test 5: Empty Responses

select survey validate databaseThe test will bring back how many empty responses appear in your survey. Finally, select Delete Empty Responses. This will remove any empty responses recorded.

To learn more about SelectSurvey, register in Techsmart for a session on October 10 at 9:30am. You can also visit the SelectSurvey Training page for additional information.

Upcoming changes to Earth and Mineral Sciences Library

Due to renovations in Steidle Building, the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library will be temporarily hosting additional faculty and staff. The duration of fall semester will be needed to reorganize spaces in preparation of their arrival. The library will remain in operation during its regular hours, retain public seating and PCs, and all services will continue throughout these changes. For updates on the project, please visit http://sites.psu.edu/emslibrary/. –– Elizabeth Long

LHR News for October 7

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Penn State Harrisburg Library – Mary Bassey, Ashley Lovett
Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus Library – Jaimie Williams
Penn State Mont Alto Library – Jessica Hogan, Justin Macauley
Penn State Wilkes Barre Nesbitt Library – Kati McManus

Employees who participate in wellness program to be rewarded
(​Reprinted from Penn State Faculty and Staff Newswire)
Benefits-enrolled employees who participate in the Take Care of Your Health Initiative will receive a $100 cash reward for completing the wellness profile and biometric screening, and agreeing to the preventive physical exam certification, according to Susan Basso, vice president for Human Resources. Those who complete those steps and whose spouse or same-sex domestic partner also completes the wellness profile and agrees to the preventive physical
exam certification will receive $150. Read the full story: