Submitted by Amy Miller, co-chair, University Libraries United Way Committee
By now all of you should have received your donation envelopes for the United Way. Please consider making a donation. The money you give really helps out in the community and is a major part of the funding that the United Way relies on each year. If you have already returned your envelope, thank you. If you have not, please consider filling it out today.
Our holiday Arts and Craft sale is Wednesday, Dec. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Mann Assembly room. We are currently accepting donations of handmade items and supplies. If you knit, crochet, make jewelry, sew, paint, take photographs, wood work, garden—any kind of craft—please consider donating to the sale. If you have a craft room full of supplies that you want to thin out, please consider donating to our sale. Please bring donations to Amy Miller (arm107), 504 Paterno or 107 Pattee. Watch the library blog and your email for updates about the sale.
Also, we are once again selling University Libraries Calendars. Several University Library employees submitted photos which are featured in the calendar. Thank you to everyone who participated. A sample of the final calendar is below. The cost of each will be $15 and all proceeds from the calendar benefit the Centre County United Way.
Calendar order form: https://surveys.libraries.psu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=722I7n7
By Barbara Coopey, assistant head, Access Services
After a successful pilot last spring, the PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.) eBook project enters into its next stage this semester. Penn State, along with over 30 other PALCI libraries, contributed funds toward the project which purchases eBooks through demand driven acquisitions (DDA). With DDA, a purchase is triggered for the eBook after an initial 10 minute view or if a page is copied, downloaded, or printed.
This project is a unique eBook purchasing model among consortia. Typically, library consortia enter into eBook contracts that allow access to a set of books for a year; “renting” current access with no guarantee that the books will be available the following year. PALCI collaborated on a contract with both ebrary and EBSCO that would purchase titles and then retain access to the titles. The goal is to develop a set of eBooks that will be available to participating members on an ongoing basis.
Half of the PALCI participating libraries are purchasing eBooks on the EBSCO platform while the other half, including Penn State, are purchasing titles on ebrary. During the pilot in Spring Semester 2014 over 800 eBooks were purchased in ebrary from publishers such as Oxford University Press, New York University Press, Sage, and Wiley. A major advantage of this project is the aggregate purchasing power which allows small libraries with as little as $2000 contribution to have their users exposed to over $150,000 worth of current titles and ongoing access to the purchased titles.
Penn State users have seamless access to these titles in both LionSearch and the ebrary database. These titles are not in The CAT and the eBook record does not show PALCI ownership. An example is the book, (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era) At the precipice: Americans north and south during the secession crisis. The PALCI eBook purchase was triggered in April by a Penn State user while Penn State’s print copy was checked out. During the pilot period from March through May 2014 there were 7 user sessions of this eBook in ebrary by PALCI libraries participating in the project. Penn State’s print copy continues to be checked out and several PALCI libraries have a print copy, but users from participating libraries have ready access to the eBook in ebrary.
For additional information on the project, visit https://sites.psu.edu/librarynews/2014/02/21/palci-dda-demand-driven-acquisitions-ebook-project/. Bob Alan and Barbara Coopey are members of the PALCI eBook Task Force. The PALCI consortium is comprised of over 50 Pennsylvania and regional academic libraries and supports the E-ZBorrow interlibrary loan requesting system.
Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:
Eric Treece, Systems Developer, I-Tech
Jessa Darwin, Reference Librarian, Greater Allegheny
Linda Nguyen, Klaus Undergraduate Intern, Business Library
Alex Robinson, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library
India Ellsworth, Commons Services
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at the University Park campus and downtown State College kicked off on Sunday, November 9, with participants taking “selfies” at various stops. The GEW Selfie Challenge runs through November 19 and aims to introduce students to the entrepreneurial resources available on and off campus, while raising awareness of Penn State’s GEW events. The University Libraries will have three stops: the Media Commons, Knowledge Commons and the Research Hub desk on 2nd floor, Paterno Library. Many specialized sessions related to entrepreneurship will take place at various locations on campus from Monday, November 17, to Thursday, November 20. Librarians Cheryl McCallips and Kevin Harwell will be presenting a session for Penn State students on “Background Research for Entrepreneurs,” on Wednesday, November 19.
By Adison Godfrey, Bednar Intern, Library Learning Services
To coincide with the November release of the highly anticipated film adaption of Suzanne Collins’s “Mockingjay,” Leisure Reading’s theme for the month of November is dystopia! Dystopian themes have been increasing in popularity thanks to titles such as “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “The Giver” and “The Maze Runner.” A dystopian book display will be featured at the front of the Leisure Reading Room so that readers who have enjoyed these novels can discover similar ones. Leisure Reading is also taking advantage of this upcoming release to encourage students and faculty to read the book before watching the movie—if you haven’t yet, stop by the Leisure Reading Room to pick up a copy of Mockingjay today!
To read a summary and review of Mockingjay, as well as other novels you might enjoy, check out the Leisure Reading blog at www.goodreadspsu.blogspot.com.
November 11, 10 a.m.: Introduction to Mendeley, 302 Paterno
November 11, 11:30 a.m.: “History of Military Training at Penn State,” Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library
November 12, 5:30–7 p.m.: “What is financial literacy?,” a workshop, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
November 12,12:15 p.m.: Extreme by Design (film). A cross disciplinary approach to find ways to help solve health issues amongst the world’s poorest populations. 18 Deike. See schedule
November 13, 2–4 p.m.: Content Management Systems for the Humanities, 140 Pattee Library (Knowledge Commons). Instructors: Kate Miffitt, director of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship, and James O’Sullivan. To register, visit the Humanities Lab website.
November 13 – 3–4 p.m. So HELP Me: Improving Customer Service. Part 1. Register in TechSmart.
November 14, 4 p.m.: “Moving the Chains,” archival footage of great moments in Penn State football, Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live.
November 18, 10 a.m.: Dean’s Diversity Forum with Janice Welburn. Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live. Welburn has a very distinguished career in research librarianship including holding the designation of ACRL Librarian of the Year. She has written and presented extensively on diversity and a number of other topics.
November 19, 12:15 p.m.: Asbestos Connection (film). The discovery, production, and health effects of asbestos. 18 Deike. See schedule
November 19: GIS Day. The University Libraries is co-sponsoring an event with the Department of Geography to raise awareness of geospatial information and the many possibilities and opportunities of geographic information systems (GIS). Check out the GIS Day webpage for more information: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchhub/gis-day.html
Information Fair: 1-4 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
Poster Display: The Atrium of Pattee Library
GIS Networking Reception: 4–5 p.m., 208 Paterno Library
Please encourage students, staff, and faculty to attend to learn about what is GIS and its many application areas.
November 19, 4 p.m.: Presentation by graphic novelist Jim Woodring, Foster Aud. Woodring won the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year for 2014 for “Fran,” published by Fantagraphics Books. Read the full story on Penn State News.
November 20, noon–2 p.m.: Digital Literary Studies Seminar Series Part II. Network Analysis, 23 Pattee Library (News and Microforms Library). Instructors: Dawn Childress and James O’Sullivan. To register, visit the Humanities Lab website.
December 3 – 1–2 p.m. So HELP Me, Part 1. Register in TechSmart.
December 3, 12:15 p.m.: Mind Your Mind (film). How subliminal messages from advertising, politicians, and mass media shape the way we think. 18 Deike. See schedule
December 3, 2–4 p.m.: Introduction to Git, 140 Pattee Library (Knowledge Commons)
Instructor: Dan Coughlin, director of SaS Development. To register, visit the Humanities Lab website.
December 4, noon–2:00 p.m.: Digital Literary Studies Seminar Series Part III. Digital Scholarly Editing, 23 Pattee Library (News and Microforms Library). Instructors: Dawn Childress and James O’Sullivan. To register, visit the Humanities Lab website.
December 5, 1-2 p.m.: So HELP Me, Part 2. Register in TechSmart.
December 10, 12:15 p.m.: Truth about Exercise (film). Not all exercises “work out” equally. 18 Deike. See schedule
December 10, noon -4 p.m.: Holiday Arts and Craft sale to benefit United Way, Mann Assembly room.
December 11, 3-4 p.m.: So HELP Me, Part 2. Register in TechSmart.