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/.