Daily Archives: February 20, 2015

LHR News: February 23

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

2/23/15 Patrick Kelly – Audio-Visual Technician A, Media and Technology Support Services

Mary Im – News and Microforms Library

Internal Moves:
2/16/15 Robert Resides – Electronic Technician A, Media and Technology Support Services

Who will win the Libraries’ Chili Cook-Off?

DATE: 3/3/2015 (noon – 1:30p.m.)

Join us in supporting the United Way and driving away the winter blues with a good old fashioned chili cook-off. Note: You don’t need to cook, but you can vote! Come between noon-1:30pm to buy your voting tickets $5 for 5 tickets and stay for lunch.

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ba8ab28a64-university  *don’t forget to give your chili a title*

Inside Access: A fix to dead-end messages in the CAT and a change to system-generated slips

By Trish Notartomas

Members of the Circulation-Reserves Expert team recently made the following changes to existing WorkFlows policy descriptions and behavior settings.

1) Under certain circumstances, users would encounter brief, dead-end messages in the CAT. These have now been replaced with more helpful, user-friendly messages:

Instead of Hold Not Allowed, User Blocked or Privilege Has Expired – the message now states: We could not process your request. Please contact your library’s circulation desk or click on “Ask a Librarian” for more information. For library contact information and hours, visit our website: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/home.html

Instead of User Barred – the message now states: We could not process your request. Please visit http://cat.libraries.psu.edu/accept_lendingcode.html to accept library policy for faculty and staff or contact your library’s circulation desk for more information.

2) The following system-generated slips; Checkout, In Transit, and On Hold – were modified and streamlined. In a nutshell, the changes include:

  • a rearrangement of the fields so that the important elements appear at the top
  • an addition of a Comment field on the On Hold slip
  • the removal of the Author field

Spring clean your financial clutter

“Spring Clean Financial Clutter” will be presented Wednesday, March 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m., in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Spring cleaning clears clutter in closets and garages and can do the same for personal finances. Presenter Dr. Daad Rizk, a Penn State financial literacy coordinator, offers this practical workshop on ways to take control of personal finances and simplify financial record keeping for year-end tax purpose that will reduce stress and save time.

Refreshments will be provided.

The presentation is part of the Money Counts: a Financial Literacy Series, a collaborative effort of the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners and the University Libraries.

Additional details are online at http://bit.ly/1rzz1Jw . Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/1DXRzru.

The presentations are available in the MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series, see the left-hand column listing, at tinyurl.com/FinLitMCSeries.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Lauren Reiter at lmr29@psu.edu or 814-865-4414.

Libraries hosts viewing of Oprah’s ‘Super Soul Sunday’

Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B, will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” on Sunday, March 1, 11:00 a.m. to noon ET/PT. Chittister is an internationally renowned writer and lecturer and one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. The Eberly Family Special Collections Library in Penn State’s University Libraries houses The Joan D. Chittister Archive in an archival collaboration to preserve her accumulated works with Mercyhurst University in Erie and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

The program, “Oprah and Sister Joan Chittister: A Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy,” will air on OWN and also be simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/supersoulsunday and Facebook.com/OWNTV. Penn State’s University Libraries will host a viewing of the program at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, March 1, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Sister Chittister, OSB, is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality–especially for women all over the world, and has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than thirty years. She and Oprah will discuss new ways of looking at God, the vital force that women represent in the church and in society and the divinity of merging spirituality and science.

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Diversity potluck on March 18

Div1106-dessertsThe University Libraries Diversity Committee Potluck will be held on March 18, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room. Everyone is welcome to join us! If you plan to attend, please complete the brief survey found via the link below. Please let Rachel Smith know via email (ras75@psu.edu) if you have any questions. Thank you and hope to see you there!