- Dean’s News
- NML to live stream State of the Union Address
- Libraries to host reading of ‘Reconciliation’
- Money management workshop for students
- Libraries offer $1,250 for outstanding undergraduate thesis
- LHR News
- Save the date: Tech Update
- New team to guide Drupal implementation
- Discovery Day 2015 team seeks ideas
- Tech Tip: Send direct links to Box
By Barbara I. Dewey, dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications
Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a nice break. I bring greetings from about 50 alumni who attended the Naples, FL Penn State Alumni Meeting. I was their guest speaker and had the opportunity to let them know about the great things that are happening at Penn State Libraries at University Park and across the Commonwealth. They were excited.
We were successful in securing Joe Salem and Anne Langley for the associate dean positions. They both look forward to joining us. Dace Freivalds and her committee are back to work on the search for the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies. Hearty thanks to them for their hard work. Please let Dace know of potential candidates.
On Tuesday January 20, from 9 to 10 p.m., the News and Microforms Library will feature enhanced live streaming of President Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress with sound in the Film/VideoViewing Room (W22 Pattee), and close captioned televised coverage in the TV News Viewing Area (W21 Pattee). Please join us.
The United Nations Association of Centre County and the University Libraries will present a reading of Professor Charles Dumas’s new play, “Reconciliation,” on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The William Joiner Institute commissioned the play for the Study of War and Social Consequences. The reading is open to the public with no admission fee. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
The play depicts an African-American State Department official and his wife attempting to negotiate peace in a war torn Iraq. The University of Massachusetts will present the full production of “Reconciliation” next June.
Dumas is a professor emeritus from Penn State’s School of Theatre. He is a prize-winning actor, director and writer as well as a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowship recipient. The reading is directed by Wendell Franklin, an associate professor in Penn State’s School of Theatre, and he is a professional actor, who was last seen recently in “M****with the Hat.”
The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations among the American people. Its educational and humanitarian campaigns allow people to have a global impact at the local level. Centre County’s chapter (http://www.unacentrecountypa.org/) was founded in 1994, with the goal of building bridges to the community
For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Helen Sheehy at email@example.com or 814-863-1347.
“The Power of YOUR Money: Who is in control?” will be presented Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.
An interactive session presented by Dr. Daad Rizk, Penn State financial literacy coordinator, and Peer Educators from Penn State’s Student Financial Education Center (SFEC), the workshop will discuss the main money management issues that college students face. Participants will have the opportunity to test their financial savvy and discover the Penn State resources and services that can help to improve their control of their financial wellbeing.
Refreshments will be provided.
This program was developed for the Shaping the Future Summit through the collaborative efforts of Penn State’s Commission for Adult Learners, University Libraries and the SFEC, which is a partnership between University Libraries and the University Park Undergraduate Association. Shaping the Future Summit 2015 is an ongoing, yearlong conversation about “The Power of Money” across disciplines and interests.
For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Lauren Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-4414.
The Penn State University Libraries announce the fourth annual competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis. The competition aims to find the best thesis submitted by an undergraduate student in consultation with his or her adviser. The winner will receive an award of $1,250. Second place will receive $750, and third place will receive $500. Undergraduate students graduating in summer 2014, fall 2014, or spring 2015 and from all Penn State locations are eligible for the spring 2015 award.
Students must submit an online application, have a statement of support submitted by a Penn State faculty member, and provide a copy of their final thesis. The competition includes a review of the submitted theses by a faculty jury and an oral presentation by the students chosen as finalists.
2015 Deadlines include:
- January—discuss the award and thesis requirement with your faculty adviser.
- April 13 (by 11:59 p.m.)—submit online Student Thesis Application, Faculty Statement of Support, and final thesis.
- April 28—three finalists notified.
- May 7—public oral defense by finalists in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, explains, “Through this award, the Libraries emphasize the importance of utilizing quality research methods and employing a thorough understanding of the legal and ethical issues related to the use of information—both key components of academic excellence.” She continues, “The projects submitted in past years have been very impressive, and each thesis has demonstrated excellence in the research process of locating, evaluating, and utilizing appropriate scholarly resources.”
Details, including submission forms and application criteria, are available at:
The Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award is a partnership between the University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College.
For more information, see or contact Sandy Confer at email@example.com or 814-863-4723.
January 19, 11 a.m.: Audio broadcast of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1965 address at Rec Hall, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event, which is organized by the University Libraries Diversity Committee, is open to all, and students and the public are encouraged to attend. A related slide show will be presented along with the audio.
January 19, 1 p.m., Musical selections from Penn State’s Essence of Joy, Franklin Atrium, 106 Pattee Library. Essence of Joy is one of 10 choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music, and performs sacred and secular music from the African and African American traditions under the direction of music professor Anthony Leach.
January 21, noon: “Food Processing with Malawian Village Women,” Foster Auditorium, first floor, Paterno Library. Presented by Dorothy Blair. The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed online.
January 21: 2:00–3:00 p.m.: Library Research Basics. W315 Pattee Library. Learn how to find books, articles and other materials in your research area or major by using the Libraries’ online databases. You will also discover library services that can help streamline your research process. Individuals not affiliated with Penn State can register by calling 814-865-9257. To register, go to http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/classes/research_basics_seminar.html.
January 21, 1:00–4:00 p.m.: Renovations showcase at the Engineering Library, 325 Hammond Building, and the Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, 105 Deike Building.
January 21, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Wage and Tax Fundamentals, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Additional details are online at http://bit.ly/1rzz1Jw. Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/14vwFV6.
January 26, 1:30–3:00 p.m.: Mendeley. 302 Paterno Library. Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research library, collaborate with others online and discover other relevant papers based on what you are reading. To register, go to http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/classes/research_basics_seminar.html.
January 28, noon: “What do Sherpas Think About Climate Change on Mount Everest?” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public and can be viewed online.
January 28, 6:00 p.m.: Reading of Professor Charles Dumas’s new play, “Reconciliation,” presented by the United Nations Association of Centre County and the University Libraries, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
January 28, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: “The Power of YOUR Money: Who is in control?” Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.
January 29, 3:00 p.m.: Box at Penn State. See TechSmart for location and details. This session will provide an overview of Box, the new cloud based file storage at Penn State. We will discuss how you can sync files easily across various devices and how Box can be used to share files and collaborate with departments and committees at the Libraries.
February 4, noon to 1 p.m.: “The Swans came to Penn State too,” a talk by Charles S. Prebish, Foster Auditorium. Held in conjunction with the current exhibition, “The Way is in the Heart,” an exhibition of publications from the Charles Prebish Buddhism Collection, on display in the Franklin Atrium. Prebish is professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Penn State, where he served on the faculty from 1971 until 2006.
February 8, 2 p.m.: Gallery talk by Chip Kidd Collection Archivist, Alyssa Carver. Carver will discuss Chip Kidd Archive exhibit highlights and some of the challenges involved with organizing and preserving the hybrid (analog and digital) archive.
February 12, 2015 10:00 a.m.: Introduction to SelectSurvey. See TechSmart for location and details. Want to learn more about the survey tool for the libraries? Everyone at the University Libraries has access to SelectSurvey. In this Introductory class, you will learn basic survey creation, management and deployment.
February 19, 10:00–11:00 a.m.: Library Research Basics. W315 Pattee Library. Learn how to find books, articles and other materials in your research area or major by using the Libraries’ online databases. You will also discover library services that can help streamline your research process. Individuals not affiliated with Penn State can register by calling 814-865-9257. To register, go to http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/classes/research_basics_seminar.html.
February 26, 9:30 a.m.: Creating Accessible Word and PowerPoint Documents in Office 13
See TechSmart for location and details. In this session, you will discover best practices to create accessible Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents (updated for Office 13). Whether you create website content or just email and share documents with staff, creating accessible Office files is very important. This session will cover the basic techniques needed to optimize your content for accessibility.
March 5: 10:00–11:30 a.m.: Mendeley. 302 Paterno Library. Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research library, collaborate with others online and discover other relevant papers based on what you are reading. To register, go to http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/classes/research_basics_seminar.html.
March 2, 10:00–11:30 a.m., Endnote, W23 Pattee. EndNote can be used to search online bibliographic databases, organize references, images and PDFs in any language and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly. Attend one of these seminars to learn how to get the most out of EndNote. To register, go to http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/classes/research_basics_seminar.html.
** Also see “Training and Enrichment Opportunities” for additional staff events.
Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:
James McCready – Education and Behavioral Sciences Library
Christian Fake – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Theodore Smith – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Adrienne Showalter – Penn State Brandywine
Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
Taryn Bartholomew, Arts and Humanities Library
The next Tech Update is on February 3, from 10-11 a.m. in Foster Auditorium.
Over the next 24 months, the Libraries’ website will migrate from Adobe CQ CMS to Drupal. A team has been formed to guide this transition, sponsored by Dace Freivalds, head of the Department for Information Technologies and Lisa German, associate dean for Collections Information and Access Services. The Web Implementation and Management Team (WIMT), headed by Binky Lush, will work closely with I-Tech to evaluate and plan site functionality, prioritize phases of migration and develop a strategic vision for the Library’s web presence.
WIMT is made up of team members from across the Libraries, who will represent the following areas:
- Content Strategy
- Teaching and Learning
The team will define guidelines for the new website to ensure that it supports and facilitates an engaging user experience. These guidelines will include:
- User-centered, integrated interfaces for fast and easy information retrieval
- Structured websites with minimum clicks for user-desired tasks
- Information content and services packaged to meet user needs
- Information seeking as the central focus of website design
- Integration of more user-centered resources into web design
- Structured website and tools for better integration with other information
- Compliance with current information standards and conventions for web design
- Content that interoperates with University Systems
- Ongoing browser compatibility
Upon completion of the Drupal implementation, WIMT will continue to coordinate all web project proposals and formulate policies related to the web. In the coming weeks, regular updates from the WIMT will be posted in the Library News blog.
For more information, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIMT members: Binky Lush, Linda Klimczyk, Helen Smith, Chuck Jones, Lana Munip, Dawn Amsberry, Charlie Morris, Alex Brown, Bonnie Imler, Amy Rustic
The survey contains four relevant areas:
- Sessions suggested at our open forum
- Teaching/presenting a session
- Presenting a poster or infographic
- Purchasing a commemorative 10th anniversary T-shirt
To submit suggestions or volunteer for a session or a poster, please go to:
Everyone is welcome to send in suggestions and we look forward to receiving them.
The deadline for responding to the survey is February, 6 th 2015.
By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator
A direct link is a web address (URL) that lets you link directly to a file. This is different from a regular web link, which will direct the user to a Box page.
Direct links end with the file’s extension type. Therefore, if you are linking to a Microsoft Word document, a direct link will end with *.doc. When a user clicks on the link, a pop-up window will prompt the user to either open the file in Microsoft Word or download the file onto their computer.
Direct Linking is a great feature to use when sending a file to someone without directing them to Box.
To get the Direct Link, right-click on the file name, then click on Share in the sub-menu that appears.