Daily Archives: June 15, 2015

Library News blog changes, July schedule

Starting this week, please email your blog entries and photos to lana@psu.edu (not jmk441), or use the Monday Messages form when possible: https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/secure/forms/pramforms/intranet/mondaymessages.html.

Library News will be off on July 6 and 13, and back on July 20. If you have news or announcements that need to appear in early July, please submit them by June 25 for posting in the Monday, June 29 blog, thanks.

Workshop to focus on debt management strategies

A workshop on debt management will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 24, in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. This program will offer valuable information on identifying, managing and reducing debt, whether from credit cards, student loans or other debt sources.

Learn how to track spending, differentiate between wants and needs, build a sustainable budget, strategize for tough economic times and make little changes that save money over time and help with overall debt management and financial control. Food and beverages will be provided.

This program is part of the Money Counts Financial Literacy Series, sponsored by the University Libraries. To register for the workshop, view past presentations from this series, or download PowerPoint slides and other resources, go to https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchguides/business/financialliteracy.html#moneycounts.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Lauren Reiter, lmr29@psu.edu / 814-865-4414, in advance of your participation.


June 24, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Workshop on debt management, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. See https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchguides/business/financialliteracy.html#moneycounts for more information.

July 9, 2 p.m.: Online Digital Journal Website demonstration, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. For more information, see story on Brent Wilson’s current exhibition in Special Collections.

July 14, 1:30 p.m.: “What the Libraries Can Do For You: Training for Penn State Staff,” in Foster Auditorium. This program is specially designed for Penn State staff and will focus on the materials and services available in the Penn State Libraries for personal and work-related use. To register, email Megan Gilpin: mcg13@psu.edu.

Save the date:

August 4, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Dean’s Forum in Foster Auditorium and via Media Site Live. Joe Salem, Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries, will present. Also, Anne Langely, Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications will be introduced.
More information to come.

Exhibit to feature books by Penn State authors

“Penned by Penn Staters: Books written by Penn State Authors”
An exhibit: Hintz Alumni Center, curated by the Penn State University Archives
Dates: Thursday, June 18 – Thursday, September 17, 2015

Isaac Asimov stated “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.” Writing is a mysterious and glorious enterprise that challenges the most imaginative soul. This exhibit features 48 books authored by 32 Penn Staters. It is but a mere sampling of the creative endeavors fostered by Penn State faculty, staff and alumni, who have sequestered themselves with note cards, pad and pencil, typewriter, or computer and produced marvelous works of fiction, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, biography, travel and more.

The exhibit visitor will see a glimpse of the innovative genius apparent in many Penn Staters—and who knows, the person sitting next to you at a fall football game may be the next Penn State author.

Authors and titles featured in this exhibit include:

1. Brian C. Black – Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History
2. A.E. Bye – Art Into Landscape: Landscape Into Art
3. Maureen A. Carr – Stravinsky’s Pulcinella: A Facsimile of the Sources and Sketches
4. Joan Chittister – Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope; Life Ablaze; The Radical Christian Life; For Everything A SeasonChittister book
5. Lance Cole and Stanley M. Brand – Congressional Investigations and Oversight
6. Louise Esola – American Boys
7. Donald H. Ford – Carol’s Alzheimer Journey
8. Roger L. Geiger – The Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education; Knowledge and Money
9. Vicki Glembocki – The Second Nine Months
10. Nichola D. Gutgold – Madam President-Five Women Who Paved the Way; Gender and the American Presidency; Paving the Way for Madam President
11. Robert Francis Hauck Jr. – The New Geonometry
12. Robert M. Hendrickson – Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education
13. John Hruschka – How Books Came to America
14. Dennis C. Jett – American Ambassadors
15. James Kasting – How to Find a Habitable Planet
16. Chip Kidd – Peanuts; GO-A Kid’s Guide to Graphic Design; Batman; The Cheese Monkeys
17. Robert Lima – The Rites of Stone; Some People!
18. Michael E. Mann – The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
19. Murry Nelson – The Rolling Stones
20. Spencer G. Niles – Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century
21. Charles Prebish – An American Buddhist Life; The Faces of Buddhism in America; The A to Z of Buddhism
22. James P. Quigel – Williamsport’s Baseball Heritage; Gateway to the Majors
23. Carol Reardon – Pickett’s Charge-In History and Memory
24. Barbara Rolls – The Volumetrics Eating Plan; The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet
25. Laura Rotunno – Postal Plots in British Fiction, 1840-1898
26. Lyman Tower Sargent – Utopianism-A very Short Introduction
27. John D. Shank – Interactive Open Educational ResourcesShank book
28. Teresa M. Stouffer – No Snitchin’ in the Kitchen
29. Lee Stout – A Matter of Simple Justice
30. Robin L. Thomas – Architecture and Statecraft
31. Michael Weinreb – Season of Saturday’s
32. Kenneth Womack – The Beatles Encyclopedia; John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel; The Restaurant At The End of the World

For more information: Contact Penn State University Archivist, Jackie Esposito at 814-863-3791 or jxe2@psu.edu

Penn State staff invited to learn about library services

The University Libraries will once again holding a training session for Penn State staff, focusing on key library services and resources. Please share this information with your colleagues in other Penn State units:

“What the Libraries Can Do For You: Training for Penn State Staff” will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., on July 14, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. This program is specially designed for Penn State staff and will focus on the materials and services available in the Penn State Libraries for personal and work-related use.

Topics covered include finding books and other materials, delivery services, interlibrary loan, course reserves, citation management tools, available technology and leisure reading and video collections.

To register, send your name, email address and department information to
Megan Gilpin at mcg13@psu.edu. Please include at least one library-related question that you’ve been asked that you wish you knew how to answer. Registration closes July 6.

If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Megan Gilpin (814-867-0069/ mcg13@psu.edu).

Technical Services holds annual awards program

group photo of tech services

photo by Wilson Hutton

Technical Services held their annual service awards program on Wednesday, June 3. Associate Dean Lisa German and Annie Copeland presented awards to employees in their respective departments. Employees who have achieved service milestones are:

30 years: Patti Berky
25 years: Charlene Hitchcock and Sharon Smith
20 years: Paige Andrew and LaDawn Benner
15 years: Bob Alan, Brent Stump and Jeff Ungar
10 years: Fannie Mui and Christopher Walker

LibGuides Update: Online training is live!

The LibGuides Expert team is happy to announce that the LibGuides online training is live! You will need to complete this training before getting a LibGuides account. Once you finish the training you will need to ask your supervisor to request an account through I-Tech’s Account Request System found on their homepage.

Optional in-person hands on workshops are scheduled at University Park for June 24 and July 7, at 10am and 2pm. They will be held in Pattee W140, the lab in the Media Commons. Each workshop will be the same, so you only need to attend one (though we recommend that folks who are not going to ALA attend a June 24 workshop if possible). Workshop dates for the Western and Eastern campuses will be announced very soon! Workshop attendees will be expected to have already completed the online training, have a LibGuides account, and be ready to work on an actual guide.

We understand that the Guides migration is a huge task, and units across the libraries will approach this process differently. To make certain this process goes smoothly, we have assigned an Expert Team liaison to each unit. They will be in contact throughout the process.

If your unit is not represented, please contact Amanda Clossen (asc17@psu.edu)

Although you can always contact the LibGuides Expert Team directly, we encourage you to contact your liaison with any questions you might have about the transition.

Pyatt to head Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University

Timothy Pyatt, the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State, has been appointed dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University.

Pyatt joined the University Libraries in June 2011, succeeding previous Huck Chair William Joyce. In the past four years, he has spearheaded many initiatives to deepen the awareness and broaden the use of special collections among researchers, and has provided strong leadership at a time of great change for research libraries and their service models. “Tim has served with distinction at Penn State,” said Barbara Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications.

One of Pyatt’s most notable initiatives was the creation of the Special Collections Research Travel Grant Award in 2012. This program provides funding for researchers to visit Penn State and use the collections in support of their projects, which include books, book chapters and journal articles. Since its inception, 20 scholars have been awarded grants to travel to Penn State and conduct research in the Special Collections Library, including some from as far afield as Italy and England.

Pyatt is currently serving a three-year term on the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Council, the governing body of the organization. He has held several elected offices for SAA in the past, including chairing the organization’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct. In addition, he has led electronic records workshops for the
society. In 2013 he was named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA for outstanding contributions to the archival profession. He also recently completed the Association for Research Libraries’ Fellows Program, an executive leadership program for future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives.

Within the University Libraries, he serves as a stakeholder for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) working group. This group is charged with supporting the development of a statewide service hub to enable local content to be entered into the DPLA, a portal of millions of digital collections made available by libraries, museums and archives across the country.

Pyatt will be leaving the University Libraries in July and will assume his new role at Wake Forest on August 3.