Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Save the date: User Services training update

On Thursday, March 20, at 1p.m. User Services Training Coordinator Rita Buhite will roll out the new Services Training Curriculum. The presentation will take place in Foster Auditorium and will provide insight into the training modules already completed and the goals for User Services Training. Upcoming training activities will also be presented.

Article delivery service extended to undergraduate students

By Barbara Coopey, assistant head of Access Services

Beginning Spring Semester 2014 the Libraries’ article delivery service is available to undergraduate students. This service provides the student with electronic copies of articles from Penn State’s print journal collections at no charge. Article delivery, available to faculty, staff, and graduate students for several years, has proved to be a time-saving, value-added service as it frees users from searching library stacks to find an article in a print journal.

This service coupled with LionSearch, changes how our undergraduates discover and obtain articles in our complex library environment. Lionsearch easily links to our full text e-resources. It also provides a link to our print collection for articles available only in print format (see “Available in Print” link in the below example). Now, it also displays a convenient “Request” button.

screenshot of request button in lionsearch

When a user (who has already created a profile in ILLiad) selects the “Request” button, the ILLiad Article Request Form is populated with the article information. All the user needs to do is click on the submit button in ILLiad to send the article request to ILL staff who will then scan the article from the print journal and post it on the user’s ILLiad account.

This is a value-added service and is not a rush service. If an article is needed immediately, the user should go to the stacks for the print journal. Book chapters or copies from microfiche are not covered in this service. To make this service successful, staff at all library locations are participating in scanning articles for posting on ILLiad.

To create an ILLiad profile, go to https://psu.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/UPM .

For more information about Interlibrary Loan or ILLiad see https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/ill.html .

LHR News: March 3

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

3/3/14 Taryn Bartholomew – Information Resources and Services Support Specialist, Arts and Humanities Library
Xiaoyu Sun – Service and Systems Integration Specialist, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library

Taeyoung Kim – Digitization and Preservation
Melvin Pathrose – Vairo Library, Penn State Brandywine Campus
Emily Weisse – News and Microforms Library


March 5, 12:15 p.m.: Secret Life of Materials–Plastics (film). More new materials have been created in the past 100 years than in all of history. 52 min. EMS Museum, Deike Bldg.

March 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: “Financial Literacy for Women.” Presenter Daad Rizk, a Penn State financial literacy coordinator, will offer a practical workshop to help woman avoid what many fear in old age — the “bag-lady” syndrome. Foster Aud.

March 6, 10-11.30 a.m.: “Going Public: Publishing Tools, Web Fundamentals, and Your Online Scholarly Presence.” This workshop is on how to manage your online scholarly presence, including content criteria for a professional site, guidance on privacy and the use of social media, and an overview of tools to use and to integrate for “going public.” Note: this is a 90-minute session, to allow for discussion/Q&A, as well as hands-on time for creating, or adding to, your site. KC W140. Register here.

March 7: Discovery Day at University Park.

March 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Diversity Potluck, Mann Assembly Room.

March 19: Geologic Journey–Tectonic Europe (film). Traverse the Eurasian plate from Iceland to the Alps. (50min). EMS Museum, Deike Building.

March 20, 1p.m.: User Services Training Curriculum roll out, Foster Auditorium.

March 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: “The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Disappearing Collective Past.” Presenter: Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Department, and co-sponsored by the History Department, the Women’s Studies Department, the Center for Global Studies, and the Penn State University Libraries. Foster Auditorium. (Click to download: Gail Hershatter flyer)

March 26, 7:30 p.m. Public Poetry Project reading, Foster Auditorium. More information to come next week on this popular annual event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

Using Box at Penn State to deliver digital map scans to patrons

The Penn State Maps Library has been utilizing the Box at Penn State file sharing and collaboration service to provide patrons with digital map scans for their instruction and research purposes. The Penn State Maps Library offers a printing and scanning service of maps for Penn State faculty, staff, students, and the community. With the use of Box at Penn State, patrons are able to quickly access their requested scans via a shared link.

For more information the Donald W. Hamer Maps Library Scanning and Printing services, see the following link: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/maps/gis_services.html

For more information on Box at Penn State, see the following link: http://box.psu.edu/

Workshops on publishing tools

By Hélène Huet, Digital Scholarship Services graduate assistant

This semester, Penn State Libraries’ Publishing and Curation Services is launching a series of workshops dedicated to publishing tools, aimed primarily at faculty and graduate students in the humanities – so please spread the word! Library faculty and staff are also welcome. Registration links follow descriptions below for the workshops to be offered.

The first, held on February 13, was entitled “Introduction to Scalar.” The workshop was designed to help acquaint potential users with Scalar, an easy-to-use online publishing tool. If you couldn’t make it on the 13th, we plan to offer the workshop again next semester! More about Scalar at their site, here.

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