Daily Archives: March 31, 2014

Events: Week of March 31

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.

April 7, 10:30 a.m.: Introduction to Mendeley, 211 Davey. Register online

April 8, 3 p.m.: Tech Update, Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live. Read the full agenda.

April 9, 12:15 p.m.: Geologic Journey–Western Pacific Rim (film). The Asia-Pacific side of the Pacific Ring of Fire, EMS Museum, Deike Bldg.

April 9, 2-5 p.m.: Open house celebration, “The Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Historic 1939 Lincoln Memorial Concert,” in the Charles Blockson Collection Room, floor 3, Pattee Library, west.

April 9,  noon to 1 p.m.: “Wild Onion Nurse: Women as Healers in Traditional and Contemporary Societies” will be held  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.

April 10, 1:30 p.m.: Introduction to EndNote, 001 Sparks. Register online.

April 10, 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m: Poet Elizabeth Bradfield reads as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Hswe appointed to Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee

Hswe mugshot

Hswe…will serve a three-year term

Librarian Patricia Hswe, digital content strategist and head of ScholarSphere User Services at Penn State, as well as co-director of the department of Publishing and Curation Services, has been appointed to the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Advisory Committee, within the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in Washington, DC. The committee advises the DLF director on matters relating to program activities, initiatives, partnerships and strategies.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions and communities of higher learning. It aims to promote forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional and geographic boundaries in support of the public good.

Dean of Penn State Libraries Barbara I. Dewey notes, “Hswe’s participation in the DLF committee will bring Penn State to the forefront in a program that aims to build and support a robust, engaged community whose members share an interest in advancing research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services.”

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April 15: National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, and is an opportunity for everyone to thank librarians and staff for their good work and contributions to library services throughout the year. “Libraries work because we do” is a celebration that falls during for the American Library Association National Library Week, April 13–19. For more information, contact Public Relations and Marketing, Penn State University Libraries at 814-863-4240 or cqg3@psu.edu.

Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19

“Lives Change @ your library,” this year’s theme for the American Library Association National Library Week, April 13–19, is demonstrated daily in all of Penn State’s University Libraries. Students, faculty, staff as well as community members benefit from the Libraries’ traditional and online collections and superior service of the entire staff.

“Our Libraries seek to empower those that we serve with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as citizens, parents, students, employees, and consumers through basic literacy, information literacy, civic and social literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy,” notes Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. “In our role as an academic as well as a state resources library, we change the lives of those we serve, whether they are in need of assistance with researching a paper, using data sets, or searching for medical information, job information, an author or more.”

April 8 Tech Update agenda

Save the Date: Tech Update on April 8, 3-4 p.m., Foster Aud. (and on MediaSite Live*)


  • Kurt Baker (ITS Consultant) will give an update on Box at Penn State and answer any questions.
  • Tim Arnold (DLT) will provide some Security Updates for the Libraries.
  • Linda Klimczyk and Sherry Lonsdale from I-Tech will discuss Survey Software available at the Libraries.
  • Members of the Digital Signage Team will provide an update on the current status of Digital Signage.

*MediaSite log in instructions

LHR News: March 31

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

  • Full-time:
    4/1/14 Katelyn Dion – AV Collections Assistant, Special Collections Library
    Jonathan Hindman – Information Resources & Services Support Specialist, Penn State Mont Alto Library
    Thomas Hunter – IRC Assistant, Inactive Records Center
  • Part-time:
    Khushboo Attarwala, Commons Services

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
3/31/14 Diane Kurtz, Digitization and Preservation
Carolee Roman, Penn State Harrisburg Library
Ruth Runion-Slear, Penn State Harrisburg Library

HR Forum on Tuesday, April 8
On Tuesday, April 8, we will conduct an HR Forum. We plan to make these forums a regular quarterly event. The HR Forum will be held in Foster Auditorium from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. It will be available for participation via MediaSite for those who may not be able to join us in person.

The purpose of the HR Forum is to provide a regular opportunity for Libraries Human Resources to communicate new initiatives, changes, policy updates, etc. and provide an opportunity for questions and answers. Topics will vary. Some may be of interest to all Libraries employees, while others may be more directly applicable to certain groups. An agenda will be announced in advance. Participation is open to all, and is purely voluntary.

Important information will continue to be communicated in a variety of formats. It is not intended that anything will be communicated exclusively in an HR Forum. Rather, we hope this will provide a less formal opportunity to ask questions, get clarification, hear updates, and so on.

Our first HR Forum has three agenda items at this time:

  1. 2014 Reporting Child Abuse Training Requirements
  2. 2014 Clery Act Training Requirements
  3. Update on plans for a new SRDP for 2015

We hope you will join us. If you have any questions, please contact LHR. Continue reading

1-Click update

Submitted by Binky Lush

Thanks to all of you who tested 1-Click with LionSearch! We’ve been pleased by the very positive feedback we’ve received. We have decided to leave 1-Click turned on and will be changing the 360 Helper window to include University Libraries branding and more helpful text. The one exception to our positive feedback has been the blank screen we’ve seen with Lexis Nexis. Unfortunately, 1-Click highlights the existing difficulties inherent to Lexis Nexis linking. We have the ability to order the priority of databases in 1-Click, and we have moved Lexis Nexis to the bottom of the list to alleviate user frustration. A user will only see the Lexis Nexis screen if the desired resource is available from L/N only.

Please continue to send us your feedback and any problems (and successes!) you encounter with 1-Click!

Many thanks,
Emily and Binky
on behalf of the Discovery and Access Working Team

1-Click is a direct linking enhancement that allows users to bypass the “Get It” page and go directly to the desired full-text resource.