Daily Archives: January 11, 2016

Free networking event for library employees on Feb. 12

The Library League of Centre County will host a free reception for all library workers in the county, from 5 to 7 p.m., on February 12, in the Mann Assembly Room, first floor, Paterno Library, University Park.

The event is open to full-time and part-time employees from any library in Centre County, and offers a great opportunity to meet, network and share experiences with local colleagues. Last year, the reception was held in Schlow Library, in downtown State College. This year, the University Libraries will host the event. Light refreshments and wine will be served. To register, please e-mail organizer Ann Snowman, ams32@psu.edu.

If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Ann Snowman, ams32@psu.edu/814-863-1362. The Library League of Centre County aims to promote networking among employees from academic, public, school, historical, museum and all other types of libraries in the area.

Space Planning Update: Jan. 11, 2016

The Space Steering Committee has appointed six working groups to address selected areas of the Libraries that have been targeted for additional information gathering. The work of these groups will contribute to the overall plan for location of services and groups within the Pattee/Paterno facility, and will also help determine the scope of individual remodeling projects.

The six groups are:

Cataloging and Metadata Services and Acquisitions Space

  • Charge: Assess service needs, project growth and decline of those services, identify key relationships (physical and personal), as well as technology support for successful services.
  • Members: Grace Brooks (Chair), John Hamilton, Michelle Dzyak
  • Sponsors: Karen Estlund, Anne Langley

Digital Scholarship

  • Charge: Assess user needs, appropriate services and technology support necessary to create a digital scholarship space in the Libraries that takes into consideration all of the related support services we have already, and that we still need to support.
  • Members: Patricia Hswe, John Russell, Nathan Piekielek, Chuck Jones, Laura Helton (CHI)
  • Sponsors: Anne Langley, Karen Estlund

Learning Center

  • Charge: Assess librarian and student needs for learning spaces, the space and technological needs related to professional development and professional support for pedagogical innovation, and potential partners for pedagogical services for librarians or other faculty colleagues or learning services for students.
  • Members: Rebecca Miller (Chair), Julie Porterfield, Ryan Wetzel, Angela Davis, Rebecca Peterson
  • Sponsors: Joe Salem, Kimlyn Patishnock, Rick Riccardo (OPP)

Music and Media Center Location

  • Charge: Detail the current and future space needs of the Music and Media Center (MMC).
  • Members: Amanda Maple, Derrick Beckner, Chris Holobar
  • Sponsors: Henry Pisciotta, Dace Freivalds

Special Collections Consolidation

  • Charge: The University Libraries Space Master Plan calls for consolidation of the many spaces currently occupied by the Special Collections Library. Part of that consolidation relates to the remote storage facilities used for Special Collections materials. The remote storage portion is currently being advanced by a group preparing the program for the new Sandy Drive building. Another aspect of consolidation is the potential relocation of some or all of the Special Collections spaces in the Pattee/Paterno building complex into a single area of the building. This second situation is the focus of this charge. Please detail the current and future space needs of the Special Collections Library that should reside in Pattee/Paterno.
  • Members: Matt Francis (chair), Ali Zawoyski, Paul Dzyak , Tim Babcock, Meredith Weber
  • Sponsors: Henry Pisciotta

Spaces for Inclusion and Diversity

  • Charge: Identify any existing spaces that meet the principles of an environment of respect and inclusion and categorize additional space requirement that are needed in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries complex to ensure that we are providing safe and welcoming spaces and facilities for all students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Members: Dawn Amsberry (chair), Brent Stump, Rachael Dreyer, Maddy Cantu (OPP)
  • Sponsors: Dace Freivalds, Rick Riccardo

Turnaround time for submitting reports and proposals to sponsors is relatively quick, with deadlines ranging from March to May 2016. Full descriptions of group charges, deliverables and timelines are available at Space Planning Working Groups Jan. 2016. Additional working groups that will address other areas of the Libraries will be appointed at a later date.

Send questions and feedback to: UL-SPACE-PLANNING@LISTS.PSU.EDUSubmitted by Dace Freivalds on behalf of the Space Steering Committee

100 Digital Discoveries: new blog post

100 Digital Discoveries, a blog highlighting the University Libraries’ digital collections and digital projects has a new blog post. Written by Andrew Gearhart, web developer in the Libraries’ Publishing and Curation Services department, the post highlights the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework).

HTML: A beginners guide

Submitted by Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

htmlLearning HTML is essential if you work on a type of website development at Penn State, whether you are using Drupal for the Libraries website or using WordPress at Sites at Penn State. Below are some basic commands to get you started and if you want to learn more, try Lynda.com’s HTML Essential Training Tutorial

Text Formatting
The paragraph element is perhaps the most common element found on the web today. This element fits under the loosely-defined category of “structural markup” and is a block-level element.

<p>Your paragraph here.</p>

Like paragraphs elements, heading elements are block-level elements that will help us convert some of our text into structure for our document. However, unlike paragraphs, there are different kinds of headings, or more specifically, different levels of headings.

<h1>Your page/site title here</h1>
<h2>Your main sections here</h2>
<h3> Your sub-sections here</h3>

Bold Text
This makes the weight of your font bold.
<b>Your bold text.</b>

Italic Text
This makes your text italicized.
<i>Your italic text.</i>

Underlined Text
Underlines your text.
<u>Your underlined text. </u>

Places a line through your text to strike it out.
<s>Your crossed out text here.</s>

Lists create structural blocks, much like headings and paragraphs, but the syntax for creating lists is slightly more complicated. Not only do we have to specify the boundaries of the entire lists, but we also have to identify individual items in the list. There are two common types of lists: ordered lists (numbers, letters, etc.) and unordered lists (bullets).


<li>Ordered list item 1</li>
<li>Ordered list item 2</li>
<li>Ordered list item 3</li>



<li>Unordered list item 1</li>
<li>Unordered list item 2</li>
<li>Unordered list item 3</li>

Attributes do not supply any additional content to an element, but instead, they modify the markup itself. Attributes are inserted directly into the opening tag, but do not appear in any form in the closing tag. The attribute name is always followed by an equal sign, and then the value of the attribute in the double quotes.

This is an example: <tag attr=”value” attr2=”value2″>Content</tag>

Aligning Elements
You can align your headings and paragraphs using an attribute of in-line CSS.

<h1 style=”text-align:center;”>Your aligned heading</h1>

<h1 style=”text-align:left;”>Your aligned heading</h1>

<h1 style=”text-align:right;”>Your aligned heading</h1>

<h1 style=”text-align:justified;”>Your aligned heading</h1>

You can create hyperlinks that allow you to jump from one web page to another by using the anchor element and attaching the hypertext reference attribute.
<a href=”http://yourlink.com”>Your text here.</a>

Empty Elements
Most elements must have an opening tag and a closing tag, which surround the content they are modifying. However, there are some elements that are not permitted to have content. This is an example:
<empty />

Line Breaks
This is like hitting the enter key–it puts your content on a new line.
<br />

To include an image on your webpage you will need to have the image uploaded somewhere online. Then, simply use the link to reference the image with the src attribute and the alt attribute to describe your image for screen readers and search engines.
<img src=”http://yourimageline.com” alt=”describe this image” />


Wednesday, January 13, 10:00 a.m.: University Libraries Website Forum – Migration Schedule/Process, Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live. Get your questions answered!

Thursday, January 14, 10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.: User Services Training Coordinator presentation (first of three), Foster Aud. Candidates will present on the following: “How do best practices in customer service training translate into effective learning experiences for staff at academic libraries? Be sure to address your training philosophy and examples of how your philosophy informs your teaching.” For those who cannot attend in person, a MediaSite Live recording will be available for approximately three days following each presentation. Go to live.libraries.psu.edu and log in . Click on Libraries in the left menu bar and then click on the candidate’s name. If you have any questions, please email the search committee at: ul-trainingcoor-search@lists.psu.edu.


The 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration poster was designed by Kushtrim Loshaj, senior graphic design/music technology student

Monday, Jan. 18: Special events in the Libraries for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Continuous showings of two videos: “Martin Luther King Jr.: Look Here” and “Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday,” Foster Auditorium, E102 Paterno Library
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Essence of Joy Vocal Performance, Barbara Hackman Franklin Atrium

For all events happening across campus on this day, go here: mlk.psu.edu/schedule-of-events/. This year’s theme is Keep Moving Forward #TakeTheNextStep. For more information, see: mlk.psu.edu/.


Tuesday, January 19, 10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.: User Services Training Coordinator presentation. Foster Aud. and Mediasite Live. Go to live.libraries.psu.edu and log in . Click on Libraries in the left menu bar and then click on the candidate’s name. If you have any questions, please email the search committee at: ul-trainingcoor-search@lists.psu.edu.

Tuesday, January 19, 2:30 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.: User Services Training Coordinator presentation. Foster Aud. and Mediasite Live. Go to live.libraries.psu.edu and log in . Click on Libraries in the left menu bar and then click on the candidate’s name. If you have any questions, please email the search committee at: ul-trainingcoor-search@lists.psu.edu.

Wednesday, January 20, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Wage and Tax Fundamentals, Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. Taxes are something nobody enjoys thinking about, but it’s important that you educate yourself on important issues related to your taxes. This will ensure that you fulfill your legal obligations and avoid penalties or other problems—and may even help you save some money on your tax bill. In this workshop, Penn State Financial Literacy Manager, Daad Rizk and Cathy Bowen, professor and consumer issues specialist, will cover some important tax-related topics.

Save the date:

Library League of Centre County networking event, 5–7 p.m., Feb. 12, Mann Assembly Room. Free and open to any and all library employees in Centre County. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Ann Snowman, ams32@psu.edu

Discovery Day will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 this year. If you would like to be a part of this year’s committee please contact Ann Snowman, ams32@psu.edu

Second issue of IK: Other Ways of Knowing highlights new research

cover_issue_2949_en_USThe latest issue of IK: Other Ways of Knowing features a new section in addition to the regular peer reviewed articles, book reviews and resources sections. The new segment, “board reviewed article” includes submissions from practitioners, preliminary field work reports, and short descriptions of programs or courses related to indigenous knowledge. This section includes articles that are less theoretical in nature, but provide a first glimpse of new research areas, programs, and initiatives related to indigenous knowledge.

IK: Other Ways of Knowing began as ICIK E-News in 2010. It initially carried news and information related to indigenous knowledge and gradually expanded to include more scholarly articles and thematic issues. It has now evolved into a scholarly peer reviewed journal. For more information, contact journal editors Amy Paster (alp4@psu.edu) or Helen Sheehy (hms2@psu.edu).

Holy Day Observance Calendar

The University Libraries’ Diversity Committee would like to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. During this time of new beginnings and resolutions, why not take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many celebrations and holidays celebrated throughout the world? Let’s all be respectful of everyone’s observances this year. Why not use the following calendar of celebrations and observances as a reference? Holy Day Observance CalendarBrent Stump, chair, University Libraries Diversity Committee

Recent enhancements to The CAT and LionSearch

by John Attig, Cataloging and Metadata Services

During December, the Libraries successfully enhanced and reloaded our entire database of over 5 million bibliographic records and 2 million authority records. The enhancement work was done by our authority control vendor, Backstage Library Works.

One of the goals of this processing was to provide a fresh and up-to-date authority file; this should maximize the consistency of access to our data through The CAT and through LionSearch. In addition, Backstage updated our bibliographic records, correcting numerous data and encoding errors.

The other goal was to make changes associated with the new cataloging rules, RDA, in as many records as possible. We have been using RDA for several years now, and new features have been showing up in recent records, but now they will be present on almost all our records. Almost all of these changes will only be visible on the “Detailed Information” tab in The CAT; the most noticeable changes will be:

  • expansion of many abbreviations to their full forms — e.g. “333 pages” instead of “333 p.”. In the example below, see “approximately” [instead of “approx.”]
  • inclusion of fields that identify the type of content and the type of carrier in every record; these elements replace the General Material Designations (GMDs) that were included in the titles of many records; existing GMDs and not being deleted, but are not being added to new records; the new content/carrier fields will be used instead; the new fields are included in the keyword index. In the example below, see “Content type: two-dimensional moving image; Media type: video; Format: videodisc”
  • publication, distribution, manufacture, and copyright information is being split into separate fields, with appropriate labels


In addition to these changes, some new keyword and browse indexes have been added. The most useful of the new indexes is for “Genre/Form” terms, which identify what a resource is, rather than what it is about. So you can search for a novel, as opposed to a book about novels. In the example above, see “Genre index term: Science fiction films

In WorkFlows, you can select the new indexes from the dropdown list in the search interface; they apply to both keyword and browse indexes. In The CAT, you cannot search the new browse indexes; to search the keyword indexes, you need to add the index name following the search term, e.g. “novels {655}” will search that term in the Genre/Form index.

The indexes for LionSearch are also being rebuilt to incorporate all the revised records.
If you find problems or errors in LionSearch, please report them to ul-er-help@list.psu.edu.
If you find problems in The CAT, please report them to the Cataloging Expert Team ul-sirsi-cataloging@lists.psu.edu.

LHR News: Jan. 11

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

1/11/16 Lori Snyder – Collection Development and Digital Resource Management Librarian, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library

Lewen Wei – I-Tech
Tayaunna Jackson – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Paul Brenckle – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Kelly Leddy – Research Hub, Maps Library, EBSL, and Knowledge Commons
Mallory Collin – Penn State Behrend
Kyle Burns – Penn State Behrend
Cheyenne Huellen – Penn State Behrend
Alexandra Izzo – Penn State Shenango
Anthony Brzenski – Penn State Worthington Scranton
Steven Leiphart – Penn State York

Getting to Know You: Bonnie Imler

by Barbara Kopshina

Bonnie Imler, head librarian at the Penn State Altoona Campus, has been with the University since 1992. Originally from Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, Bonnie was raised on a dairy farm where her parents still reside. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Dickinson College. After graduating, she worked for a year at a concierge service company in Washington D.C. Bonnie’s job was to answer any questions from customers. One of the more extraordinary questions came from a man wanting to know how he could get live penguins for his wife’s birthday party. I might also mention that this was prior to the internet and a simple Google search.

Bonnie went on to get her master’s degree in Library Science from University of Pittsburgh and has several memberships with associations including PALA and ALA. Some areas of interest for her include user research and usability studies. She is also known for her love of redesigning areas and buying new furniture. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys quilting. She’s been quilting for about 12 years and started out knowing very little about sewing. Now, she volunteers to teach classes on the subject.


Bonnie has been quilting for 12 years.

Bonnie and her husband of 25 years have two sons, Gabe and Kendrick. Both are very musically inclined and are involved in marching band and jazz band. The entire family attends several concerts yearly and has seen Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Elton John, to name a few. Bonnie is also very involved with her church and holds several leadership positions including working on campaign committees.


Nancy Drew