Daily Archives: February 10, 2014

Indigenous knowledge seminar on women as healers

“Wild Onion Nurse: Women as Healers in Traditional and Contemporary Societies,” a presentation, will be held on February 19, from noon to 1 pm, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The presentation, which is sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge and the University Libraries, is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/wildonionnurse.

wild onion nurse bookSpeaker Judy Schaefer, a registered nurse and poet, will read from her 2010 Radcliffe publication, “Wild Onion Nurse,” highlighting a journey that follows the tradition of women as healers; sometimes ancient and sometimes contemporary, while reflecting upon the “indigenous self.” In a description of her talk, Schaefer notes, “In the most recent past, the image of the professional nurse was starched and crystal white. Traditionally, the nursing student was taught to be a ‘catalyst’ and to bring about clinical change without experiencing self-change. ‘Do not get overly close to your patient on a personal basis,’ as is commonly said. But this logically and intuitively turns out to be false on both sides; the nurse and the patient are both changed in the clinical process. The connection is soft and yet strong, like a spider’s web brought forth from the earth. To move from the traditional perspective is complex. We’ve had more experience than we consciously know. Human beings are ancient. We’ve been connected to the earth for a long time.”

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Events: Feb. 10

February 11, 1-2:30 p.m.: Introduction to Mendeley, 211 Davey

February 11,3:00-4:00 p.m.: Tech Update, Foster Auditorium and on MediaSite Live.

February 12, noon–1:30 p.m., “Penn State: Breaking the Color Barrier in Sports,” a panel discussion, in conjunction with Black History Month, featuring Mark Dyreson, professor of kinesiology, and Sara Roser-Jones, academic adviser, The Eberly College of Science. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

February 12, 12:15 p.m.: 20,000 Cables Under the Sea (film) EMS Museum, Deike Bldg.

February 13,  1 p.m.: Straight Talk sponsored by the Libraries Diversity Committee and the LGBTA Student Resource Center. Straight Talks are panels of speakers composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students from a wide range of beliefs and background who educate the university community on sexual orientation, gender identity, oppression, and diversity at Penn State University. Foster Auditorium. This is a libraries-only event.

February 17, 3 p.m.: Strategic Planning Forum on Foundational Issues: Diversity; Ethics & Integrity; and Sustainability, Foster Auditorium/Media Site Live.

February 19, noon to 1 pm: “Wild Onion Nurse: Women as Healers in Traditional and Contemporary Societies,” presented by Judy Schaefer, a registered nurse and poet, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge and the University Libraries. Can also be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/wildonionnurse.

** Save the Date** Annual Dean’s Diversity Forum, Monday, February 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium (and on Media Site). Mark Puente, director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will be the speaker. More information will be forthcoming.

Strategic planning working groups seek your ideas

During the month of February, multiple working groups are investigating issues for the Libraries’ next strategic plan.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, we held a open forum to discuss our work in the three programmatic areas (Teaching & Learning; Discovery, Access, & Preservation; Advancing University Research). If you missed it you can watch the recording of that forum or review the rough and uncorrected notes.

On Monday, Feb.  17, at 3 p.m., Foster Auditorium and on MediaSite Live, we’ll hold our second forum of the month on the three foundational issues (Diversity; Ethics & Integrity; and Sustainability).

Today we’re releasing two surveys to give you another avenue for contributing to the development of our strategic plan.

Take the survey on Programmatic Topics

Take the survey on Foundational Issues

The working groups on foundational issues encourage you to respond to their survey before February 14, so that they can incorporate your ideas into their forum.

You can read more about the planning process on the Strategic Planning site.

Tech Update tomorrow

Tech Update: Tuesday, February 11, 3 – 4 p.m., Foster Auditorium, and MediaSite Live

Topics include:

  1. Computer Security: Patrick McDaniel from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State and co-director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory, will provide a discussion on computer security and how to remain safe online. The discussion will provide personal and organizational techniques that can be used to defend against social engineering.
  2. Web Usability: Bonnie Imler will discuss the ongoing use of usability studies and analytics data in determining changes to the design and functionality of the University Libraries’ website.

Updates on Sites at Penn State, UCS tips and tricks class

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Sites at Penn State to replace Blogs at Penn State service in 2014
Did you know the Blogs at Penn State is being discontinued in 2014? Read more about it here and learn what you need to prepare for the change.

All New UCS Tips and Tricks Class February 26!
Register in Techsmart for this new session which will be available in person and over Adobe Connect and cover the topics below:

University Collaboration Suite (UCS): Tips and Tricks
Description: This session will cover feature advanced topics in UCS including:

  • Using the Search Feature
  • Organizing Your Inbox
  • Using Templates

Also we will cover quick tips/tricks including:

  •  Scheduling Email Delivery
  • Creating Quick Filters
  • Creating Sub-Folders
  • Advanced Email Options

Please join the meeting at http://meeting.psu.edu/ultraining

Harrell Health Sciences Library launches new website

The Harrell Health Sciences Library completed a major overhaul of the library’s website. Input was gathered from faculty, staff, and students at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, which helped to inform the layout and features of the new site.

The redesign was led by a team at Hershey – Cynthia Robinson, Lauren Kime, David Brennan, Nancy Adams, Ben Hoover, and Robyn Reed – who collaborated with both the University Libraries I-Tech department and Hershey IT & Web Services. The Harrell Health Sciences Library is now hosted in the Adobe CQ5 CMS, which allows for increased resource sharing and partnerships with University Libraries.

Over the course of a year, the redesign team: identified functional requirements, gathered user suggestions, worked with University Libraries and Concepcion Design to create a design and layout that would maintain the library’s identity as part of Penn State Hershey, arranged for new author training, and migrated website content into the CMS. With the help of Hershey IT & Web Services, the website was successfully launched on January 13th, 2014.

As we continue to partner with I-Tech, we look forward to increasing website usability and working with Google Analytics to help improve services for patrons. Finally, a big thanks to everyone in I-Tech and Web Heads for your help and guidance! — Lauren Kime, collection access and support services librarian, Penn State Hershey George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library

TechSmart is open for Discovery Day

Discovery Day is on March 7. Register for sessions now in TechSmart.

Have you seen all the new plasma screens popping up in the Libraries? Do you have ideas to give to the content creator for yours or are you the content creator? We have two classes for you! In Images Database 101, Tim Auman and Henry Pisciotta will help you find high-quality content for your digital displays and for your patrons’ research reports. If you are looking for a way to add video to your display or want to help your patrons find the resources to create video, Trace Brown will guide you in Making Movies with Media Commons. There is still room in both of these classes.

Engineering Library is bursting with outreach ideas and has been able to successfully target specific engineering constituencies. Join Angela Davis as she relates the strategy and the outcome in Outreach and Marketing Strategies for Liaison Departments.

Information about the lunch to benefit the United Way will be coming soon.

Submitted by the Discovery Day Project Team

LHR News: Feb. 10

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
2/10/14 Alessia Zanin-Yost – Reference and Instruction Librarian, Robert E. Eiche Library, Altoona Campus

Part-time:
Laura Brown – News and Microforms Library
Melanie Garcia – PS Lehigh Valley Campus Library
Riley Nolan – Robert E. Eiche Library, PS Altoona
Tracy Roth – Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Utpal Sutradhar – Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus Library

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
2/14/14 Adam Yocum, I-Tech

Watch your favorite Olympians battle for the Gold in NML

Take a break and come watch your favorite Olympians battle for the Gold!

Watch the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the big screen in the News & Microforms Library!

olympic ringsTwo ways to view:

  • Live-stream: February 6 through February 23, NBCOlympics.com/liveextra will be showing from early/mid-morning until mid-afternoon most days and with full sound in the Film/Video Viewing Room, News & Microforms Library, 22 West Pattee.
  • Televised: Also showing on one of the big screen TVs in the News & Microforms Library will be NBC’s Daytime televised Olympics coverage, beginning mid-afternoon, with NBC’s Primetime coverage beginning mid-evening (close captioned with limited headsets for sound).

For exact viewing times, please check the 2014 Winter Olympics schedule on the NML homepage at www.libraries.psu.edu/nml (schedules and availability subject to change). Contact Jackie Dillon-Fast for more information (jud18@psu.edu/814-865-9407).

UPLEA seeks many items for House of Care food drive

During the month of February, UPLEA is sponsoring a Food and Product drive to benefit the House of Care. We need your support! You can help by donating items from the below list. Donation baskets can be found in the 1st and 5th floor Paterno staff lounges or at any of the branch libraries.

They are in need of canned fruits and vegetables, soups and stews, sauces, dried goods (noodles, etc), paper and cleaning products, office supplies and personal care items.

Items needed include:

  • Canned Fruit: Peaches, mandarin oranges, pears, fruit cocktail
  • Pie Fillings: Cherry, pumpkin
  • Canned Vegetables: Butter beans,three bean salad, green beans, wax beans, beets, corn, carrots
  • Soups/Stews:Chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chicken broth, chicken Pot Pie soup, beef stew, chili, tomato, broccoli and cheese,cream of potato
  • Sauces: Gravy (chicken, turkey, beef), spaghetti
  • Other: 1 gallon vinegar
  • Dried Goods: egg noodles, jumbo pasta shells, spaghetti noodles, oatmeal (quick), raisin bran cereal, sugar, sugar-free Jell-O, boxed stuffing mix, Rice-A-Roni, Mrs. Dash, Black pepper
  • Paper & Cleaning Products: Napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags (tall kitchen), Clorox wipes, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent, dishwasher descaler, h.e. laundry detergent, hand soap refill, Brill-O pads, Windex,Vinyl floor cleaner, Wood floor cleaner
    Office Supplies: Copier/printer paper, Canon Cartridge 131 laser printer toner: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, postage stamps,business envelopes
  • Personal care/toiletries: Shampoo,body wash, shaving cream, disposable razors, denture cleaner

The House of Care is a small personal care home in State Collge. For more information about the House of Care, visit their website at: http://www.houseofcare.org/

Thank you,
Barb Woods and Karen McCulley