Daily Archives: October 17, 2014

New posts in 100 Digital Discoveries blog

This month in 100 Digital Discoveries, we learn from Jeff Edmunds about the Libraries’ likely earliest digital humanities project, Zembla, a site devoted to Vladimir Nabokov’s life and works. Before the site gets archived (in December 2015), see what an early web-based exploration of Nabokov looked like and provided for scholars of the author.

We also get a close-up of one of the Libraries’ most popular digital collections, La Vie Online. Linda Friend describes how the collection reflects key activities over the years at Penn State, such as THON and events featuring renowned figures, such as Gwendolyn Brooks. La Vie Online gives Penn State alumni a way to look back on their years in Happy Valley and re-capture some of that experience long past but not forgotten. — Patricia Hswe

See: Zembla Revisited and Penn State’s Past in Student Yearbooks

LHR News

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Cody Kratzer, Commons Services
Jennifer (Rivky) Mondal, Arts and Humanities Library
Joan Trachtenburg, Penn State Press
Amanda Ningamai Akamai, Knowledge Commons (Bednar Intern)

Penn State kicks off United Way Campaign

UW graphicThe University Libraries supports the United Way. Look in your mailbox this week for the payroll deduction forms. On the forms you have the flexibility to fund only the agencies you want, or exclude the ones you don’t want, or send your donations to another county. It’s up to you.

Your monthy payroll deductions go toward the following requests for this year. http://ccunitedway.org/community-impact/where-does-the-money-go/
If you haven’t increased your donation in a few years, consider increasing your donation a few dollars a month.

Here are a few examples of how you can help fellow Centre County residents. http://ccunitedway.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Outcome-Stories.pdf

If you don’t receive a form or have questions, please contact Heather Ross (hdr10) or Amy Miller (arm107).

‘Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves’

“Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves,” an exhibition in the B. and H. Henisch Photo-History Collection Exhibition Room, 201 A Pattee Library, is on display through March 31, 2015.

Dog in basketThe exhibition coincides with the publication of a new book by the Penn State Press, “Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs,” by Ann-Janine Morey, Volume 4, in the series Animalibus: Of Animals and Culture. Books in the Animalibus series share a fascination with the status and the role of animals in human life. Crossing the humanities and the social sciences, these books ask us what thinking about nonhuman animals can teach us about human cultures, about what it means to be human, and about how that meaning might shift across times and places. (full story on Penn State News)

Great football moments through the decades

“Moving the Chains: Preserving Penn State Football Memories,” a film festival of spectacular moments in Penn State history, will be held Friday, November 14, 4:00-5:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Seating is limited, so those attending should plan to arrive early.

Historic Penn State football footage will feature highlights from specific games as well as comments by surprise guest speakers. The Penn State games will include:
1929 vs. University of Pennsylvania
1937–1944 Highlights
1948 vs Southern Methodist at the Cotton Bowl
1957 vs. Vanderbilt
1969 vs. Missouri at the Orange Bowl
1973 vs. West Virginia and Cappelletti’s Heisman Trophy Speech
1986 vs. Miami at the Fiesta Bowl
1994 vs. Illinois
2006 vs. Florida State at the Orange Bowl
2013 vs. Michigan

Viewing and enjoying these moments is made possible through the efforts of the Penn State University Archives, which preserves and digitizes original photographs, films and videos to ensure access and the long-term viability of these materials.

For more additional information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Sports Archivist Paul Dzyak at pjd106@psu.edu, 814-865-2123.

Throwback Geek Week

Remember how much fun science used to be in middle school? Get your Geek on with “Throwback Geek Week,” a new social media initiative, open to all majors and at all campus locations by the Life Sciences Library, floor 4 Paterno Library—and you might win a prize as well.

plasma ballBeginning October 30, every two weeks or so, staff in the Science Library will post on social media and selected plasma screens a science scene based on a toy, puzzle or game. Participants Tweet back at #PSUScienceScene, using the 140 character limit on Twitter and include the scientific principles used in the scene. Aside from reliving the fun that you used to have with science, if you name the most valid principles, you will win the toy, game or puzzle of the week. Plus, if the winner chooses, she or he will be featured as the winner on the plasma display.

Anyone may enter, but only students with a Penn State Access ID can win. All students are encouraged to participate, regardless of their major or campus location.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Sherry Roth at ssr11@psu.edu or 814-865-1011. See http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lifesciences/geekweek.html for more.

Faculty honored with Promotion and Tenure program

For the past twelve years, the University Libraries and Penn State’s Office of the Provost have sponsored an initiative to recognize recently tenured and promoted Penn State faculty. Through the program, each newly tenured or promoted faculty is asked to select a book for the University Libraries’ collection that receives a bookplate commemorating the achievement.

Books selected and personal statements about the significance of the books give insight into Penn State’s multifaceted faculty, with selections that enlighten and inspire as well as provide a ready-made reading list.

Titles selected deal with the complex issues of reconstructing history, tracing language development, conspicuous consumption, and more. One faculty member chose “The Velveteen Rabbit,” and its profound message: “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It is a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but REALLY loves you, then you become Real…”Another wrote, “This book challenged many of my previously held assumptions and forced me to take a broader view of the natural world.”

All entries are archived and can be viewed on the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Recognition Site at http://apps.libraries.psu.edu/ptrecog/.