By Barbara I. Dewey, dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications
I was at the Association for Research Libraries last week and Penn State was recognized and congratulated because the Penn State Faculty Senate passed the Resolution for Open Access to Scholarly Publications submitted by Galen Grimes, associate professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Greater Allegheny, and chair, Faculty Senate Library, Information Systems, and Technology (LIST) Committee, on April 28, 2015. This is an important milestone for Penn State and it would not have happened without leadership from the Libraries. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this and especially for the leadership of Linda Friend, Patricia Hswe and Tom Reinsfelder at the LIST meetings during this past year. Many thanks also to Mike Furlough who began the discussions and wrote a forensic report on open access for the Senate in 2013. Other work done by many of you has happened as well to support this effort over the years.
Tim Pyatt was recognized at the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) Meeting last week as a graduate of the ARL Fellows Program. Congratulations to Tim.
Alexia Hudson-Ward completed the CIC Academic Leadership Program (ALP) which is designed to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty on the 15 CIC campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. Congratulations to Alexia.
Binh P. Le has been selected to participate in Penn State’s Administrative Fellows Program. The Fellows Program provides professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Fellows serve under the mentorship of a senior level administrator. Binh’s mentor will be Provost Nick Jones.
All of you know that Lisa German has accepted the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair for the University Libraries at the University of Houston. Fortunately she will be with us until near the end of July and Anne Langley will begin around that time. I will be discussing Lisa’s portfolio with administrators, DLC, key department heads and others soon to determine next steps and timelines.
We have an additional candidate interviewing for the position of Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies. He is Michael Winkler, Director of Strategic Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Winkler will be giving a forum on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. in Foster Auditorium and via Media Site Live. Please participate if you can.
Candice Miller – Cataloging and Metadata Services
Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
Darryl Hill Collection Maintenance
submitted by Wendy Stodart
“100 Digital Discoveries is pleased to announce its latest blog post, written by Ben Goldman, Digital Records Archivist. Web Archiving in Libraries and Archives (and at Penn State) introduces us to web archiving in honor of Preservation Week. Mores specifically, it talks about Archive-it (and Penn State’s Archive-It partner page), a subscription service that allows institutions like libraries and archives to select and curate their own web archive collections.”
submitted by Helene Huet
What is the most difficult or most different reference question that you have answered at the service desk? How about, “I need supporting data for spontaneous human combustion.” Or, “I’m trying to find information for my project on McDonald’s on the political, legal, and governmental forces.” How about, “I am looking for economic reports from the U.S. government around the 1790s.” Join Aaron Procious for Reference Review as he facilitates this group discussion (your discussion) on opaquely framed, subject-skirting, historically ethereal reference questions and how they can be handled effectively.
Have you been wondering what computers are “library computers” and what computers are “ITS computers” and why are they different? Ryan Johnson will tell you in the session called, Staff vs. Lab vs. Visitor Station Computers: What are the differences? Also, in this class you will learn about computer programs that can be accessed and used from any location using different platforms – WebApps.
Register at TechSmart.