Monthly Archives: April 2014

PA Center for the Book selects Baker’s Dozen

Among the many children’s books published last year, 13 were chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to form A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy for 2014.

Winners include: “Alphabet Trucks” by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge); “Bear and Bee” by Sergio Ruzzier (Disney/Hyperion); “Come Back, Moon” by David Kherdian, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Beach Lane); “Daisy Gets Lost” by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade); “Flight 1-2-3” by Maria van Lieshout (Chronicle); “Hank Finds an Egg” by Rebecca Dudley (Peter Pauper Press); “Hero Mom” by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo (Amazon Children’s Publishing); “Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives” by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle); “The Long, Long Line” by Tomoko Ohmura (Owlkids); “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown (Little, Brown); “Take Me Out to the Yakyu” by Aaron Meshon (Atheneum); “That is Not a Good Idea!” by Mo Willems (Balzer + Bray); and “This Is Our House” by Hyewon Yum (Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus, Giroux). For the full story, see Penn State News

Information Literacy awards announced

Information literacy for all students is a goal of Penn State’s University Libraries, and to help highlight its importance, the libraries have funded cash awards as part of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Exhibition, co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Schreyers Honor College in partnership with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the University Libraries and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society. Read the full story on Penn State News


Research travel grant winners announced

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library has announced the winners of the 2014 research travel awards program.

Dorothy Foehr Huck award winners include:

  • Georgia Aquilar, architect at the University of Naples “Federico II,” for use of the A.E. Bye and Francis Ferguson Papers in her proposed book on natural evolutive logics as strategic principles for designing landscapes and architectures.
  • Professor David Frank at the University of Oregon for his proposed research in the Robert Oliver Papers for his project, “Ghostwriting South Korea: Syngman Rhee, Robert Oliver, and the Symbolic Construction of the Cold War,” as well as his research in the Kenneth Burke Papers.

Helen F. Faust Women Writers award winners include:

  • Professor Lucinda Damon-Bach of Salem State University in Massachusetts for research in multiple literary collections for her ongoing project of a complete inventory, transcriptions, and likely digital project of Catherine Marie Sedgwick’s letters.
  • Professor Alan S. Kornspan of Akron University for research in the papers of Penn State Professor Dorothy V. Harris for his project on her seminal role in the field of sport psychology.

Albert M. Petska Eighth Air Force Archives award winner is:

  • Richard Muller, professor of military history, United States Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, for his in-depth research on the 452nd heavy bombardment group of the Eighth Air Force during and after World War II.

The winners will give a short, informal presentation to the public about their research this summer.

Dewey joins NIH advisory committee

Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Penn State, has accepted a four-year appointment to the PubMed Central (PMC) National Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a committee member, Dewey will advise the NIH on the content and operation of the PubMed Central repository and help to establish criteria: to certify groups submitting materials to the system, to monitor the operation of the system, and to ensure that PMC evolves and remains responsive to the needs of researchers, publishers, librarians and the general public. Read the full story on Penn State News

Events: Week of April 28

April 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m.: UPLEA meeting, Mann Assembly room .

April 29, 3-4:30 p.m.: Cultural and Economic Perspectives of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” Foster Aud. Presented by Kyunghwa Lee, University of Georgia.

May 1, 11-4pm: Arts and Craft Sale benefiting the Centre County United Way, Mann Assembly room.

May 6, noon to 2 p.m.: Film Fest to Celebrate 100 Years of Cooperative Extension, Foster Auditorium.

May 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: MediaTech Expo: This year’s Technology Expo will feature showcase what’s new for 2014, President’s Hall, Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park campus.

Library Annex receives Penn State Green Paws Certification Level 1

By Verne Neff and Steve Houck

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Annex team posing with the certificate

In April 2014, the Library Annex completed level one of the Penn State Green Paws Office Certification program and received a certificate signed by Penn State President Rodney Erickson and the Director of the Sustainability Institute Denice Wardrop for completion of this level.

In addition, the Cato-2 Library facility has been 100% “Green” to the Penn State standard since opening in 2008.

To earn Green Paws Office Certification, 75% of all employees in your office or administrative unit must complete all the “actions” on the checklist. By going through this program with others, you help to create community and a common commitment to creating a “green” work environment. For more information, see

The Green initiative is part of their orientation process when new staff is assigned to the Annex.

Guide to better password practices

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

techtippasswordsWith the recent Heartbleed bug it’s a good time to think about your password strength for your many passwords including your Penn State Access password. Creating a strong password is so important these days to protect your personal information.

Information Technology Services at Penn State has created Password Best Practices web page to help you create a strong, secure password. Some of the recommendations include:

  • Use two numbers in the first eight characters.
  • Pick long passwords, at least 8 characters in length if the system allows it.
  • Don’t use a common dictionary word, a name, a string of numbers, or your User ID.

Processing of items marked missing/lost to begin mid-May

By Lisa Moyer

At the April 4 Access Services Council meeting, the missing items subgroup presented to Council members documented procedures regarding the processing of items marked missing/lost. In accordance with these procedures, it is recommended that in-May of this year, all libraries run Director’s Station reports for items that have been marked missing/lost prior to October 1, 2013. Staff at each library is to perform and complete final searches for all missing/lost items by July 15. (Staff may want to refer to the Power Point presentation on recommended search strategies at Staff is to discharge in Workflows all missing/lost items found, and refer all missing/lost items not found by July 15 to appropriate subject selectors for replacement decisions. On October 1, all searched items still marked missing will be globally updated to the ZREMOVED library and WITHDRAWN home locations.* Reports will be globally generated for last copy items and for items with a serials format. These reports will be forwarded to the cataloging department for OCLC edits.

A training session concerning the creation and running of Director’s Station missing /lost reports will be offered to all staff during the Supervisor Action Team (SAT) Retreat May 19. Details regarding this training session and directions on the creation and running of missing/lost reports in Director’s Station will be announced prior to May 19.

*Due to billing issues, the missing items subgroup is still working on the Workflows processing of items marked lost.

Questions regarding this new procedure should be directed to the following missing/lost items subgroup members:
Barb Kopshina
Lisa Moyer
Verne Neff
Trish Notartomas

Inside Access training bulletin revised

By Peg M. Tromm, chair, Circulation-Reserves Expert Team

Access Services Training Bulletin 03 “Processing Missing Items” has been updated to better reflect the day to day procedures in marking a library item missing.

There are times when staff cannot locate an item on the shelf. When it is determined that an item is missing, this training bulletin will guide staff through the steps of how to mark items missing without holds, with holds, and with holds on non-holdable copies.

Marking the item missing will not only display the true status in Workflows, but will also create a procedure to continue the searching process.

Training Bulletin 03 can be found at:

Dean Dewey receives Multicultural Leadership Award

Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, recently received the Award for University Administration at the 2014 Way Pavers Award Luncheon, hosted by the Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML).

Five awards, including the University Faculty, University Staff, University Student, and Community Member, honor those who have contributed to supporting diversity initiatives that have positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the college and local community, while maintaining a high level of character and leadership.

CCML comprises the multicultural directors and deans of the academic colleges and the senior director of the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs at University Park. The mission of the council is to lead efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student body and to assist in the development of strategic plans supporting the Framework to Foster Diversity.

Dean Dewey notes, “Libraries serve everyone, regardless of background, and at Penn State we strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce and provide rich multicultural collections. In the fall of 2013, we began a Diversity Residency Program to prepare recent graduates for leadership position in the field of research librarianship. The program’s goal is to increase diversity among Penn State’s Libraries’ faculty, increase diversity in the profession and enhance Penn State’s reputation as a leader in promoting and cultivating diversity in all areas.”

Faculty News

Nancy Adams’ article, “A Comparison of Evidence-Based Practice and the ACRL Information Literacy Standards: Implications for Information Literacy Practice” was published in the March 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. Another article, “Collaborating to increase access to clinical and educational resources for surgery: a case study,” co-authored with surgery faculty, was published in the Jan-Feb 2014 issue of Journal of Surgical Education.

LHR News

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

4/21/14 James Keyzer-Andre – Annex Team Leader, Annex

Digitization and Preservation – Elizabeth Bennett
Knowledge Commons (Welcome Desk) – Patricio Hernandez, Robert Livsey
News and Microforms – Barbara Morar, Emily Sandall

Volunteers sought for NSO ‘Parents Welcome Receptions’

The University Libraries is again hosting our Parents Welcome Receptions as a part of the New Student Orientation Program. The receptions are Sunday through Thursday evening, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. (though we anticipate them ending earlier), and will begin in mid-May and last through mid-July. In addition, we will also be staffing a table at the Resource Fair in the Noontime Lounge of the HUB each of those days, 12:30 – 2:30 (with set-up and clean-up time before and after).

We need your help! If you are willing to chat briefly with parents of incoming freshmen, and answer any questions they might have about libraries services available to their sons and daughters, please consider volunteering to assist with these two outreach efforts. Librarians and staff from all units and locations are welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the wonderful services the Libraries provide to their children and to connect with parents and incoming students.

To facilitate scheduling, we have set up sign-up schedules here:

Resource Fair:


To volunteer, click on the link, then click on the shift you wish to volunteer for. You will be asked to enter your name and email so that a reminder can be sent to you in advance of your shift. You do not have to create an account in order to volunteer.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support this initiative. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Gilpin (mcg13).

Spring Craft Sale

Spring Arts and Craft Sale benefiting the Centre County United Way is only two weeks away. It will be held from 11-4 p.m., in the Mann Assembly room on Thursday May 1.

We will be featuring hand made items and crafting supplies and may even have a surprise or two. Please save the date and plan to attend.

Donations of hand made items, (knit, crochet, beading, photography, painting, woodwork, jewelry, etc) plants and supplies will be accepted until the event itself. Please bring your items to Amy Miller in either 504 Paterno (ILL Borrowing) or 107 Pattee (Common Services) or you can email me (arm107) if you have questions. — Amy Miller