Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

Tombros Lecture to highlight linked open data in the humanities

The University Libraries will hold a lecture on “Linked Open Data and Humanities Scholarship: A Report from the (Archaeological) Field,” on March 20, at 4 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. This is the first Tombros Lecture on the Ancient World and will be presented by Sebastian Heath, clinical assistant professor of ancient studies, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University.

Heath is project manager of the NEH-funded Linked Ancient World Data Institute, which describes linked open data as “an approach to the creation of digital resources that emphasizes connections between diverse information on the basis of published and stable web addresses that identify common concepts and individual items.” Read the full story on Penn State News.



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 19, 6:30 p.m.: ‘Girl Rising’ film screening, Foster Aud. Film will be followed by student panel discussion.

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

March 20,  4 p.m.: “Linked Open Data and Humanities Scholarship: A Report from the (Archaeological) Field,” Foster Auditorium. This is the first Tombros Lecture on the Ancient World and will be presented by Sebastian Heath, clinical assistant professor of ancient studies, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University. More information next week.

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.

March 25, 2-3 p.m.: Dan Cohen will give the 2014 Kaplan Institute talk “Inside the Digital Public Library of America”. Foster Auditorium and MediaSite.

March 26, noon: “Using Indigenous Knowledge-Based Narratives to Facilitate Ukrainian Immigrants’ Adaptation to Life in the United States” will be presented by Svitlana Iarmolenko, Foster Auditorium. This is the latest seminar in a series on indigenous knowledge that examines ways of knowing passed down orally from generation to generation. Following the presentation, a small reception will be held in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, sponsored by the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed live online.

March 26, 7:30 p.m. Public Poetry Project reading, Foster Auditorium. This popular annual event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

Exhibit highlights album covers from Blockson Collection

“Breaking Barriers through Music: Albums from The Charles L. Blockson Collection of African Americana and the African Diaspora,” an exhibition, is on display March 17–June 30, 2014, in Sidewater Commons, 102 Pattee Library. “Music can create powerful connections between people, help us learn about different cultures, shatter stereotypes, question social injustices, and inspire us to create the world as it should be. Its purpose extends beyond entertainment to educate, inspire, represent people, influence and change society, and provide social commentary.” (from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center)

The albums in this exhibit helped to change the way people viewed each other from the 1930s through the civil rights movement and into the decades that followed. Through music, poetry, rhetoric, and comedy, the albums allow the listener to appreciate and oftentimes experience viewpoints, different from their own.

album cover“Negro Prison Songs,” recorded in work fields by Alan Lomax in the 1940s, tell the story of the slave gang, the sharecropper system, the lawless work camp, the chain gang, and the pen. Dick Gregory’s comedic album, “In White America,” changed the way white America perceived African-Americans through his satiric political messages on segregation. Read the full story on Penn State News

LionSearch update

Submitted by Binky Lush

The following newly indexed content is now available in LionSearch!

  • NBC Learn Higher Ed: collection of primary source videos, newsreels, and documents that can be used for research, projects and in classroom and online teaching. Includes over 10,000 resources – short 2 to 5 minute videos aligned to 28 Higher Ed courses – topics range from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, U.S. History, Global Studies, Health & Nursing, Psychology, Business, Marketing, Journalism, Sociology, and more.
  • Oxford University Press: Oxford Scholarly Editions online. (not all titles, but a significant number)
  • Slack Inc.: Covering more than 20 health care specialties, SLACK publishes leading medical journals and newspapers, more than 250 medical and allied health books, and creates custom projects for a growing number of clients. (4 journals out of 16 total available at Serials Solutions – not sure why they state “more than 20.”)

Questions or comments about this content or anything related to LionSearch?
Please contact the Discovery and Access Working Team (ul-dawt@lists.psu.edu)

Tech Tip: Minor SelectSurvey changes

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Select Survey was updated last week. Below are the two minor changes you will see in the user interface:

1.) The Manage Surveys screen now has a column to show you how many completed and incomplete responses you have when analyzing your results. You will still need to delete the incomplete responses as usual but now you have the option to view quickly how many you may have. An incomplete response occurs when someone logs in but doesn’t complete the survey. SelectSurvey counts this as a response.
screnn grab of select survey



2.) On the Create Survey screen, if you choose the option Copy Existing, you can also now choose to copy the responses into the new survey as well.

create survey screen grab

Diane Kurtz to retire after 35 years

Diane Kurtz, collections care supervisor in the Digitization and Preservation Department, has announced her retirement from the University Libraries after 35.2 years of service. Diane’s last day will be March 31, 2014. — Sue Kellerman

Patricia Pottle leaving University Libraries

Patricia Pottle, the acting head Librarian at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, will be leaving the University Libraries in May 2014. Her last day will be May 9. Patricia will be relocating to Austin, TX . We wish Patricia and her husband well in this next adventure and will miss her at Penn State. — Christine Avery

Penn State librarian named executive director of HathiTrust

Mike Furlough, associate dean for research and scholarly communications in the University Libraries, has been named executive director of HathiTrust, an international partnership of more than 90 academic and research institutions that owns and operates a digital repository containing more than 11 million public domain and in-copyright volumes, digitized from partnering institution libraries and other sources.

Furlough, who will leave Penn State in April, noted, “HathiTrust has dramatically increased access to the published record, and created a membership structure that governs a shared, distributed infrastructure for preservation and innovative use. We’re poised now to build upon those achievements and to transform the ways that research libraries collaborate to produce knowledge.” Read the full story on Penn State News

LHR News: March 17

Staff Advisory Council Seeks Members

The University Staff Advisory Council is now accepting applications for new members. USAC is a great way to get involved at Penn State; and serve your fellow staff members. The membership term is three years, beginning on July 1, 2014. The application is posted on the USAC website: http://ohr.psu.edu/university-staff-advisory-council/get-involved. All applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2014 for consideration. If you have any questions regarding the application or membership, please contact the Membership Committee co-chairs, Susan Apfelbaum at sua2@psu.edu or Siobhan Brooks at snb106@psu.edu