Daily Archives: February 16, 2015

Website migration update: Guides forum recap

Guides Forum Recap: January 27, 2015

Thanks to all who participated in the Guides Forum on January 27! We had a lively and productive discussion about current guides and our planning for the transition into LibGuides. We talked about improving our guides through the LibGuides implementation, and how we might best leverage, develop and actively maintain our important Guides “Collection.” Thanks again to all for your thoughtful comments and feedback. For those of you who were not able to attend, we encourage you to submit your comments and ideas to ul-wimt@lists.psu.edu.

  • The recording of the Guides Forum is here
  • The notes from the Forum are here

More information about current guides usage can be found here:

Submitted by Helen Smith and Binky Lush on behalf of the Web Implementation and Management Team


February 18, 5:30 p.m.: “FAFSA and Scholarships,” Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Details online.

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 24, 11:15 a.m.: Penn State Laureate Susan Russell presents “Thanks, Mrs. Sawyer: How My First Grade Teacher is Helping Me Translate 21st Century Education,” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

February 25, noon: Forest Food Fight! Gender, Indigenous Knowledge and the Struggle for Resources at the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve in South Africa, Foster Aud. Presented by Katie Tavenneris, dual-degree PhD candidate in rural sociology and women’s studies. View online.

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 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

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 18, 3 p.m.: Women Don’t Ask. Book talk discussion session with author Sara Laschever, Foster Aud.


** Also see “Training and Enrichment Opportunities” for additional staff events.

Nominate colleague for award

Every day our staff and faculty employees do great work to serve our University, faculty and students. Here is your opportunity to recognize and appreciate their amazing efforts.

Each spring, the University Libraries honor staff and faculty members who positively effect the success of the Libraries and the morale of their colleagues. Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by you, the Libraries’ faculty and staff members. This gives us a unique chance to express our appreciation of the talent, dedication, and character of our peers.

You can nominate outstanding Library faculty and staff members for:

  • The University Libraries Award — recognizes a Libraries faculty or staff member who has contributed significantly to the operations of the University Libraries
  • The Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award — recognizes outstanding service by Libraries’ employees
  • The Libraries Diversity Award — recognizes individuals and teams who have made extraordinary contributions to enhancing the environment of mutual respect for differing backgrounds and points of view
  • The University Libraries’ Teaching Award — honors an individual who has excelled in teaching and/or created an exemplary and innovative instruction program

All nominations must be completed in full by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, March 25. The deadline will be here before you know it, so start now! The online nomination form will be available soon and a link for our updated website will be sent shortly.

Employees in all areas of the Libraries, including all campuses and the Dickinson School of Law and Hershey School of Medicine are encouraged to participate.

Feel free to contact Shirley Davis at sjd3@psu.edu or Rob Harris at rch20@psu.edu with any questions.

Thank you,

2015 Awards Selection Committee:

Rob Harris, Chair
Anne Behler
Matt Ciszek
Megan Gilpin
Lily Huang
Sue Kellerman
Lauren Reiter
Brent Stump

Donate books for African Library Project

By Ann Snowman

Back in September we wrote to tell you about the support The Annex is providing the African Library project. This semester Pattee and Paterno Libraries is participating in the collection of books for the project. You will find a box parked outside the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library on 5 Paterno. The project accepts new or gently used children’s books for the K-8 reading level. The students who coordinate this effort will collect the books at the end of the semester, sort them and ship them to help start libraries in Africa.

PA library leaders announce new initiative to increase access to digital collections

PALCI Announcement:

Efforts to make digital collections held by Pennsylvania libraries, museums, and related cultural heritage organizations widely and freely available via the web are underway. In August 2014, a state-wide group of library leaders from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries/the State Library, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania State University, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the University of Scranton, Access Pennsylvania/HSLC, the Keystone Library Network, the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania, Scranton Public Library, and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium convened to explore opportunities and interest in collaborating to this end. The first step is the appointment of the PA-DPLA Planning Group, which is working to establish a Pennsylvania hub on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The PA-DPLA Planning Group has just completed a survey of cultural heritage organizations to determine which have digital collections and which are able and ready to participate in the early phases of this effort. With 207 institutions responding thus far, half of the institutions report they have digitization collections and related activities in place where the others do not. More information on the findings from this survey is available here.

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LHR News: Feb. 16

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:


Jeffrey Doane, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Mohamad Kanbari, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
William Dehn, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Amanda Hackinson, Penn State Beaver

Lactation Station opens in Pattee Library

The University Libraries announce the opening of a Lactation Station in W-336 Pattee Library, west. Cosponsored by The Breastfeeding Support Program at Penn State, the room is available to all Penn State students, faculty, staff and their spouses/domestic partners to provide a comfortable, convenient place on campus for breastfeeding or breast-milk pumping. Room furnishings include a sink, refrigerator, and Medela Lactina Select hospital-grade, multi-user breast pump. The Pattee Station will be the eighth lactation room available on the University Park campus and will have the added benefit of accessibility during evening and weekend hours.

The Lactation Station provides a secure, private and restful room, where you may opt to nurse your child or express milk. For milk expression, you may bring your own personal-use breast pump or purchase a pump kit for use with the hospital-grade pump available in the room. A Lactina pump kit can be purchased from The Breastfeeding Support Program, and the kit can also be used as a hand pump whenever you are at home or cannot access a Lactina pump.

Campus Lactation Stations can be reserved for 30-minute blocks. Prior to using the stations, a brief orientation meeting is required to complete enrollment paperwork and review Lactation Station policies and procedures. To schedule an orientation session or request further information about room access, please contact Lauren Lowe, program coordinator for The Breastfeeding Support Program at Penn State, at breastfeeding@psu.edu or 814-867-0776.

More about the program is available online at http://ohr.psu.edu/employee-and-family-resources/breastfeeding-support/lactation-stations/

The What, How and Why of ILL

illJoin Barbara Coopey and Barb Woods from ILL on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 1-2 p.m. in Mann Assembly Room, as they give a brief overview of ILL, explain what ILL is, what systems make up ILL and how to use its features to better serve our patrons. If you cannot attend in person, you can join us on Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/ust. This presentation will also be recorded. To register, visit TechSmart.

Announcing the DPLA Working Group

Submitted by Ben Goldman

In September 2014, Patricia Hswe and Ben Goldman attended the Pennsylvania Digital Collections Summit at the Free Library in Philadelphia, which was focused on the possibility of organizing digital collections efforts in Pennsylvania, with the ultimate goal of getting PA digital collections into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) . This meeting, attended by representatives from libraries across the state, resulted in the formation of a “PA DPLA Founders” group, whose aim is to establish a Pennsylvania Service Hub for onboarding PA digital collections into DPLA. In addition to serving as one of the PA DPLA founders, Penn State University Libraries is also contributing resources for technical development on an aggregator tool that collects metadata from institutions across the state and stages it for DPLA, as well as informing metadata practices. At present, the plan is for Pennsylvania to apply as a service hub in the Summer of 2015, which would likely result in the first complete ingest of statewide assets by the end of 2015.

In order to support the development of the statewide service hub and coordinate the local effort needed to prepare local content for ingest into DPLA, Dean Dewey has formally charged a DPLA Working Group. Chaired by Patricia Hswe and Ben Goldman, the working group includes Mohamed Berray, Linda Ballinger, and Andrew Gearhart. Stakeholders for the group include: Annie Copeland, Sue Kellerman, Brandy Karl, Henry Pisciotta, Tim Pyatt, Linda Klimczyk, Linda Friend and Sabra Statham.

The full charge for this working group can be found at https://wikispaces.psu.edu/display/DPLAWG. This wiki will be used by the group to document its work throughout the year, so check back often.

For more information on DPLA efforts at the state level, please see this announcement from PALCI: https://sites.psu.edu/librarynews/2015/02/16/pa-library-leaders-announce-new-initiative-to-increase-access-to-digital-collections/.

Call for Annexing and Training Bulletin #19

By Ann Snowman

insideaccessannexAlong with the annual call for annexing on February 5 came the recommendation to review Training Bulletin #19: Guidelines for Preparing Collections for Scheduled Transfer to the Annex . This newly revised document outlines the steps to be taken by the selector and sending library staff, the steps taken by Annex staff, and strengthens the role of Annex staff in monitoring duplication. Training Bulletin #19 should be consulted together with the Policy Statement for Annex Storage Facilities that provides guidance for selecting materials for off-site shelving and discourages the duplication of collections in storage. On rare occasion duplication is appropriate, but as the Policy Statement advises, “selectors should endeavor to record in the catalog record their reasoning for both posterity and Annex processing staff, who are authorized to question duplication as it is noted.” Training Bulletin #19 advises, “In the course of processing incoming collections when Annex staff identify a duplicate print volume or run of a periodical, they will withdraw the incoming duplicate. Duplicate monographs will be returned for the selector’s review unless the record has been annotated by the selector with justification to retain duplicate copies.” These more stringent measures are necessary as we near the end of our capacity to store collections off-site. Every effort must be made to conserve the existing storage space, adequate only for 2-3 more years.

Book review: Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies for Encouraging Library Use

This week’s Diversity News blog post features a book review by Dawn Amsberry

Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies for Encouraging Library Use, edited by Carol Smallwood and Kim Becnel. Scarecrow Press, 2014.

Throughout the Penn State University system, there are over 16,000 students from historically underrepresented groups, and over 8,000 international students. How can the University Libraries reach out to these students, and provide appropriate services and collections? Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies to Encourage Library Use gives practical advice and how-to instructions on developing innovative programs, outreach initiatives, and a variety of services for a multicultural population. The book targets all types of libraries, but much of the information can be applied to a large university setting, and several chapters focus specifically on academic libraries. The book is divided into seven sections that focus on partnerships, community connections, reaching students, technology, outreach, programming, and reference. The chapters, written by authors in public, academic, and school libraries around the country, discuss strategies and best practices for creating a welcoming, inclusive library environment for multicultural patrons.

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