Daily Archives: May 29, 2015

WIMT Update: Usability expert team gets to work

The Usability Expert Team has been charged to design, conduct and analyze the usability studies that will inform changes to the Libraries’ web site as we migrate to the new Drupal platform. Members of the team are Angela Davis, Katie Garcia, Penny Huffman, Sherry Lonsdale and Bonnie Imler (chair). The team reports their usability study results and recommendations to the Web Implementation and Management Team as needed.

One of the team’s first assignments is to create “personas” of the libraries’ patrons. A persona is a fictional character that is a composite of characteristics and behaviors seen in that user group. Each persona has a first name, background story, use case, and details of their previous library experience. There are personas for new faculty, near retirement faculty, graduate students, World Campus, traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students. The personas are useful in web development to determine the needs, wants, and reactions of a particular group of patrons.

Usability studies on particular pages from the libraries’ web site have already begun, and will continue following the schedule outlined for the Drupal migration. The team will reach out to departments and campuses to schedule individual usability studies. Please contact us at UL-WEB-USABILITY@LISTS.PSU.EDU with any questions! —Bonnie Imler, WIMT Usability Expert Team

Letters About Literature contest winners announced

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book has announced the Pennsylvania winners of the 2015 Letters About Literature contest, a nationwide event sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading.


The winner of Level I wrote to C.S. Lewis

This contest invites students in three grade categories to write letters to authors—living or dead—explaining how the author’s words affected them or their world view. Maxwell Brenneman of Huntingdon won the Level I award (grades four through six) for writing to C. S. Lewis about “The Magician’s Nephew,” Christine Anna Troll of Somerset won the Level II award (grades seven and eight) for writing to George Orwell about “Animal Farm” and Alison Dalafave of Newtown won the Level III award (grades nine through 12) writing to J.K. Rowling about “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Winners received a $300 cash prize and enjoyed lunch with their families and representatives from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book at the Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State University Park on May 23, 2015.

Level I honorable-mention winners are: Charlotte Borger of Malvern, writing to R. J. Palacio about “The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story,” Sophia Bradburn of Port Matilda, writing to R. J. Palacio about “Wonder,” Sarah Devan of State College, writing to J.R.R. Tolkien about “The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again,” Liza Escuadro of Huntingdon, writing to Patricia Reilly Giff about “Pictures of Hollis Woods,” Nathaniel McClain of Huntingdon, writing to Patricia Reilly Giff about “Pictures of Hollis Woods,” Fiona Mulley of Pennsylvania Furnace, writing to Trenton Lee Stewart about “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” Gabriella Quinones of State College, writing to Bobbie Pyron about “The Dogs of Winter,” Jennifer Waldron of Mount Joy, writing to John Green about “Paper Towns” and Kate Wojeck of Erdenheim, writing to Phillip Hoose about “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.”


One student wrote to Roald Dahl

Level II honorable-mention winners are: Danica Barnes of Williamsport, writing to Jerry Spinelli about “Stargirl,” Melanie Bertges of Apollo, writing to Gayle Forman about “If I Stay,” Angela Campbell of Springfield, writing to Dave Pelzer about “A Child Called ‘It’: One Child’s Courage to Survive,” Alexandra Flagg of Wexford, writing to Stephen Hawking about “A Brief History of Time,” Aidan Gallagher of Springfield, writing to Roald Dahl about “Boy: Tales of Childhood,” Cassidy Glunt of Apollo, writing to Kristin Levine about “The Lions of Little Rock,” Makayla Schmid of Center Valley, writing to Suzanne Collins about “Mockingjay,” Kaitlin Siddons of Springfield, writing to Albert Espinosa about “The Yellow World” and Brian Ward of Springfield, writing to Derek Jeter (with Jack Curry) about “The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams.”

A Level III honor of high distinction, which includes a cash award of $50, goes to Jackie Feffer of Boalsburg for writing to Nadege Fleurimond about “Haiti Uncovered: A Regional Adventure into the Art of Haitian Cuisine.” Level III honorable-mention winners are: Caroline Bremner of Erie, writing to Tim O’Brien about “The Things They Carried,” Amy Chai of Pittsburgh, writing to John Green about “Paper Towns,” Sarah M. Gawron of Cranberry Twp., writing to George R.R. Martin about “Game of Thrones,” Kira Nicholson of Scottdale, writing to J.K. Rowling about “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Maria Schultheis of Alverton, writing to Shel Silverstein about “The Giving Tree,” Grace Vivio of Scottdale, writing to Laurie Halse Anderson about “Wintergirls,” Brian Waryck of Indiana, writing to Laura Hillenbrand about “Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” and Sarah Zarpentine of Indiana, writing to Lauren Oliver about “Delirium.”

Letters About Literature contest judges were Lynn Cockett, professor of communication, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA; Megan Gilpin, coordinator of outreach, Library Learning Services, Penn State University Park, PA; Dr. Theresa M. Hoover, assistant professor of education, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA; Linda Oatman High, author of books for children and teens/journalist/playwright, Narvon, PA; and Pat Hughes, author of books for children and young adults, Narberth, PA.

For more information about the contest and awards, please contact Caroline Wermuth, outreach coordinator, 814-863-5472; cvw1@psu.edu. Visit the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website at www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu.

LibGuides migration update

Summer is nearly here, and with it is the LibGuides migration. Remember, LibGuides is designed to be user friendly. If you didn’t create guides in the CMS because it seemed too complicated, you might want to consider LibGuides training! The LibGuides Expert Team will be providing online training materials to make this process easy. In-person training workshops with a lot of time for guide creators to work on their content will be held on June 24 and July 7 from 10:00 a.m. – noon and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at University Park (Knowledge Commons 140). Training at the western and eastern campuses will be announced shortly!

Here is a reminder of the timeline for the migration:

  • Currently: The LibGuides Expert Team is doing the pilot migration of Library Learning Services Guides and Life Sciences, as well as creating training materials. Guide authors should be reviewing their guide content and prioritizing guides for migration this summer.
  • Early June: Training materials will be posted for Libraries’ employees to complete. Once training is completed, we will send out the link to all faculty and current CMS authors. LibGuides access can be requested using the account request system. This process will need to be followed by anyone who wants to create guides. With the release of the training materials, the migration will begin.
  • July 15: LibGuides Expert Team will check in with Guide owners on migration status.
    August 15: Guides that will be used for fall semester should be migrated. The LibGuides Expert Team will review new guides for accessibility and other content standards.

Remember, the LibGuides Expert Team is here to help you! If you need assistance or have questions or concerns about meeting the timeline above, please contact the LibGuides Expert Team at ul-lget@lists.psu.edu. — Submitted by the LibGuides Expert Team

Estlund appointed associate dean for technology and digital strategies

estlund_karen(1)Karen Estlund (right) has been appointed associate dean for Technology and Digital Strategies for the Penn State University Libraries, where she will provide leadership, strategic direction and support for information technology. Her portfolio will include Library Technology (I-Tech), Media and Technology Support Services (MediaTech), Digitization and Preservation, discovery, web services and the Libraries’ digital research repository, ScholarSphere. She will also serve as liaison to Services and Solutions, a unit of Penn State’s Information Technology Services. Estlund will be a key member of the Libraries’ administration providing, along with other associate deans, collective leadership for the University Libraries.

Estlund comes to Penn State from the University of Oregon where she is head of the Digital Scholarship Center and associate librarian/professor. She also serves as project lead for the multi-institutional implementation of Hydra and directs the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Previous positions at Oregon include head of Digital Library Services and digital collections coordinator. Estlund also served as interim head of Digital Technologies and technology instruction librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, where she also taught web design as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department. She has consulted for the national archives in Senegal, Africa and the state Oregon.

Estlund has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College in classics. She is currently completing a PhD in communication and society/media studies from the University of Oregon. She has presented and written on a wide range of topics that have focused on digital collections and projects, digital preservation, digital repositories, gender studies, digital scholarship and publishing. In addition, she has an extensive portfolio of grants related to digital collections and scholarship. Estlund has played a leadership role and contributed to national Hydra groups and major initiatives such as Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America among others. She has also taught and developed curriculum for digital scholarship topics. Estlund plans to join Penn State in August.