Daily Archives: March 24, 2014

Dean’s News

By Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

Colleagues, I hope you had a wonderful spring break. Now that we are back I wanted to share some information about our administrative transition process to address Mike Furlough’s departure and Jack Sulzer’s retirement. I shared this process so far with Dean’s Library Council and Library Faculty Organization.

I will review the portfolios of the associate deans to see if there are opportunities for adjustments to better support the library and our strategic directions. An important part of this will include a process of consultation which has already begun including with DLC, DSAC, LFO, department heads, and other key individuals and groups.

Additionally, a confidential survey will be set up to gather feedback from any and all faculty and staff using a set of questions along with an open space for comments. The Office of Institutional Assessment will administer the survey to ensure confidentiality. AD portfolios will be drafted and made available for review.

I will schedule a Dean’s Forum to discuss the draft portfolios and next steps. A national search will then be launched to fill the vacancies. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Exhibition explores Judy Chicago’s studio art pedagogy

“Challenge Yourself: Judy Chicago’s Studio Art Pedagogy,” an exhibition, is on display March 24–June 13, 2014, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. The exhibit is one of many activities at Penn State, during spring 2014, to celebrate Chicago and her work and can be viewed online at judychicago.arted.psu.edu.

Judy Chicago boxingPR

Judy Chicago” by Jerry McMillan, 1970, gelatin silver print, 14”x11” Edition 20. Courtesy of Jerry McMillan and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

In 2011, artist, author and educator Judy Chicago gave Penn State University Libraries the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection, one of the most important private collections of feminist art education. The collection includes textual, photographic, graphic and audiovisual materials related to various art education projects and instruction of Chicago as well as her extensive journal writing about her teaching. It began in the early 1970s, when after a decade of professional art practice, Chicago began a program for women at the California State College, in Fresno—a pedagogical approach to art education that expanded and continues.

University Archivist Jackie Esposito writes, “Art is tactile; archives are contextual. For each moment that art touches the human soul, an archive offers a visual, written or audio reflection of that event to provide visceral documentation for the ages. Art transcends time; archives capture the moments that resonate within human experience and preserve them for eternity. Judy Chicago’s archival collection allows the researcher to connect her art with her need to instruct the viewer over a transom of ideas, ideologies, concepts, theories and emotions, so that when the viewer walks away from the work, he or she is changed forever.” Continue reading

Nominate a deserving colleague for an award

Submitted by Bonnie Osif, chair, Award Selection Committee

Dear University Libraries Colleagues,
We all have the opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for each other’s contributions. Each spring, the University Libraries honors several Library staff and faculty for their outstanding contributions towards the success of our operations and morale of their colleagues. Award recipients are chosen from applications submitted by the Libraries faculty and staff members who use the nomination process to express their appreciation for the talent, dedication, and character of their peers, It only takes a few minutes to complete the forms. Nominations are now being accepted for outstanding Library faculty and staff members to receive the University Libraries Award, the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award, the Diversity Award, and the new University Libraries’ Teaching Award. All nominations must be completed in full by 5 p.m. on April 2, 2014.

The link for more information and forms is located at: https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/awards.html

Feel free to contact Shirley Davis at sjd3@psu.edu or Bonnie Osif bao2@psu.edu with any questions.

Thank you,
Awards Selection Committee:
Bonnie Osif (chair)
Dawn Amsberry
Mohamed Berray
Jennifer Cain
Matthwe Ciszek
Nicki Hendrix
Ann Snowman
Russ Souchak

Mann Lecture to discuss literary history and the word processing age

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum will give The 2014 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, on Friday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. His talk is titled, “Invalid Keystroke: Recovering a Literary History of Word Processing.” A reception will follow in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. The event is sponsored by the Mary Louise Krumrine Endowment for the Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts.

Kirschenbaum is an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Maryland and is associate director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). A 2011 Guggenheim fellow, Kirschenbaum specializes in digital humanities, electronic literature and creative new media, textual studies and postmodern/experimental literature.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Luann Shifter at lus7@psu.edu or 814-867-0290.

Research Hub to offer spatial data session

The Research Hub is sponsoring the upcoming session: “A Survey of Pennsylvania Spatial Data,” on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 11 a.m. to noon, in 302 Paterno Library.

Tara LaLonde (tll38@psu.edu) will provide an introduction to spatial data resources from the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) site, the Pennsylvania Imagery Navigator, Penn Pilot, and Pennsylvania Atlas. The navigation of these applications and their possible uses will be discussed. This session is accessible via Adobe Connect: https://meeting.psu.edu/ssltraining/

Poet highlights women as healers in ‘Wild Onion Nurse’ presentation

Judy Schaefer

Judy Schaefer is a poet and registered nurse

“Wild Onion Nurse: Women as Healers in Traditional and Contemporary Societies” will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The presentation, which is sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge, the Department of Women’s Studies, the College of Nursing and the University Libraries, is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/wildonionnurse. The event will be followed by a reception in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, sponsored by the College of Nursing. All are invited and light refreshments will be available. Read the full story on Penn State News.


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 25, 1-4 p.m.: Engineering Library Open House for mechanical and nuclear engineering students, 3rd floor, Hammond Bldg.

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, 12:15 p.m.: Geologic Journey–Along the African Rift (film). How the Earth’s crust is ripping apart as molten rock from deep within its recesses pushes upwards. 50 min. EMS museum, Deike Bldg.

March 26, 7:30 p.m. 14 Annual Public Poetry Project reading, Foster Auditorium. This popular event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Poets featured in the 2014 Public Poetry Project poster series will read from their work. This year’s posters were designed by Wilson Hutton and will be available at no charge at the presentation. The 2014 Poetry Poster series includes poets Stephen Berg, W. S. Di Piero, Le Hinton and Shara McCallum.

March 28, 2014, 11 a.m. – noon: Research Hub Session: A Survey of Pennsylvania Spatial Data. This session provides an introduction to spatial data resources from the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) site, the Pennsylvania Imagery Navigator, Penn Pilot, and Pennsylvania Atlas. Also on Adobe Connect: https://meeting.psu.edu/ssltraining/. 302 Paterno Library.

April 2, 12: 15 p.m.: Geologic Journey: Pacific Rim: Americas (film). The Eastern Pacific Rim, from the glaciers of Alaska to the Andes of Chile. 50 min. EMS Museum, Deike Bldg.

April 2, 2:30 – 4 p.m.: Introduction to Zotero, W315 Pattee. Register online.

April 4, 4:30 p.m.: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum will give The 2014 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, “Invalid Keystroke: Recovering a Literary History of Word Processing.”  Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. A reception will follow in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

LHR News

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:


Christopher Herlein – Records Maintenance Specialist, Annex
Mark Kretsinger-Harries – Music/AV Cataloger, Cataloging and Metadata Services

Adaptive Technology and Services at Work

By Susan Hayya, coordinator, Adaptive Technology and Services

In the last few years Penn State has tripled the enrollment for students who are blind or visually impaired. Adaptive Technology and Services (ATS) plays a major role in providing services for these students, as well as those with other disabilities. First, a student must go to the Office for Disability Services (ODS) where he or she is assigned a counselor, a disability specialist, who assists the student by identifying the appropriate accommodations. For example, the student could be granted extra time for exams and quizzes and be assigned a quiet place to take exams, a service sometimes provided by ATS. There is always a proctor assigned when a student takes exams away from the classroom and I have sometimes proctored exams. The student may also be approved to receive textbooks in an alternative format and that is where ATS joins in. Reformatting textbooks is a very big part of our work.

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How to check your UCS quota and free up additional space

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

free ucs spaceWhen logged into UCS, look for where it shows your name at the top right(near the “Log Out” button. Your quota is shown graphically as a bar below your name. If you put your mouse over your name for a moment your storage usage(as a percentage of your maximum storage and the absolute value in GigaBytes) will show up.

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Faculty News

Jane Ingold, reference librarian at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, was recently elected to the board of the Harborcreek Historical Society. Penn State Erie is located in Harborcreek Township.