Daily Archives: March 7, 2016

WIMT Update: Development news and notes

New Development

This week, we are in the beginning development phase for both the Libraries’ Staff Directory with Joe Fennewald as the Product Owner and the Libraries Template with Product Owner Megan Mac Gregor.

Ongoing development continues on the following projects:

  • Intranet
  • Global Navigation and Information Architecture changes

We are wrapping up development on:

  • Promotion and Tenure Recognition
  • Alumni Library
  • News and Events

We want your feedback! Please submit questions and comments via the website feedback link at the bottom of every page.

Use Duo on your smartphone with 2FA without using your data

by Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Are you worried about using data on your smartphone to use 2FA? With the Duo App available on your smartphone, you can put your phone in Airplane mode and still generate a code, then same way you would with a hardware token.

1) First, place your device in airplane mode.


2.) Open the Duo Mobile App and tap on the green key button to receive the passcode.


3.) The passcode will appear:


4.) Finally, login into WebAccess and enter the passcode on the screen and log-in.


So, if you have a smartphone and download the Duo app, this option is similar to using a hardware token and will work even without an internet connection and/or cellular service.

Events: March 7

Wednesday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.: Open forum on project management tools, including an overview of a few (e.g., Trello and Asana). Mann Assembly Rm. What do you use and how do you apply it as a PM tool? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? What do you need a PM tool to do for your projects?

Monday, March 14, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Pi(e) Day Contest, Mann Assembly Rm. Do you love to bake or eat pie? In honor of Pi Day (3/14) the United Way Committee is hosting a Pi(e) contest. Bake your best pie, torte, tart, or quiche and/or buy a $5 voting package. All proceeds benefit the United Way. Sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ba8ab28a64-pie

Tuesday, March 15, 10-11 a.m.: “Mommy, Where Does Metadata Come From?” Mann Assembly Room. The presentation will discuss the two basic kinds of metadata, the two basic kinds of searches our patrons conduct, and then examine in detail the metadata ecosystem and its ever-more-rapidly-proliferating series of silos (The CAT, LionSearch, CONTENTdm, Google Scholar, WorldCat, ScholareSphere, HathiTrust, DPLA, etc.). We’ll see how the silos are linked, or not, who creates what metadata where, and how the complex relationships that exist and evolve between silos directly impact discovery and access, collection development and assessment, and the user experience both here at Penn State and around the world. The presentation will be recorded and made available on the Web one week after the event. Presented by Metadata Man. For more, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKIqmTeFlzI

Tuesday, March 15, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: Hiring for Diversity presented by Rob Harris, Libraries Human Resources manager, Mann Assembly Room, and Adobe Connect. Content will include search committee formation, issues to be aware of in the hiring process, the interview, and more. If you area is hiring or planning to hire in the future, this presentation will be a useful primer on what you need to know before and during the hiring process. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. No registration required for this program.

Wednesday, March 16, noon–1:00 p.m.: Annual Diversity Potluck, Mann Assembly Room. Everyone is welcome to join us! (Note: You don’t need to bring a dish!) Sign up sheet: https://surveys.libraries.psu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=983M3ol&Preview=true!

Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m.: Spring Clean Financial Clutter, Mann Assembly Rm. Spring cleaning can clear clutter in your personal financial life just like it does for your closets and garage. In this workshop, learn how to take control of your finances and simplify financial record-keeping for year-end tax purposes, reducing stress and saving time in the long run.

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.: An Evening with Karen Abbott, John Bill Freeman Auditorium, 117 HUB. A book signing will follow the event.

Thursday, March 17, 1-2:30 p.m.: Publishing social science data: your other publication 211A Pattee Library, University Park. Stephen Woods, social sciences librarian, will provide an overview of the process for publishing social science data in ICPSR, a premier data archive. Participants will be introduced to Nesstar Publisher and Collectica tools that will assist in describing data using DDI, a core meta-data standard for social science data. There will also be a brief introduction to Open ICPSR, a data archive solution and a comparison of Open ICPSR with other, fee-based solutions. In this session, participants will learn about data discovery solutions that utilize elements of data description to highlight ways a researcher’s data can potentially be discovered. Available for remote participation at https://meeting.psu.edu/ul-dlc.

Monday, March 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: GIS Interest Group meeting, 126 A Paterno Library. Discussion topics include updates from the last Penn State GIS users group, library geospatial activities, and current geospatial events and news.

Thursday, March 31, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: A world of census data, 211A Pattee Library, University Park. This session, conducted by Stephen Woods, will explore the wealth of census data from around the world that are available to Penn State researchers as well as from free sources outside of the library’s collection. The presentation will discuss limitations such as language, format and reporting. Available for remote participation at https://meeting.psu.edu/ul-dlc.

Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.-noon: Data Day 2016, Social Science Library and Data Learning Center, 208 Paterno Library, with lightning talks in Foster Auditorium. More information at http://sites.psu.edu/dataday.

Tuesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.: Dean’s Forum, Foster Auditorium and Media Site Live. More information to come.

Wednesday, April 6, noon: Linguistic Knowledge and Language Use in the Yucatan Peninsula, Foster Auditorium and MediaSite Live. Presented by Lindsay Butler-Trump.

Monday, April 11,11:00 a.m. – noon: Collections Forum on Floating Collection Data Analysis by Aaron Dennis, Access Services Research Assistant. Floating Collection has been active at 19 campus libraries since 2013. A Floating Collection is a group of books that are not housed permanently at one specific library, but instead are shelved in the library where they were most recently discharged. Approximately one million books fall under Floating Collection. Our Access Services research assistant, Aaron Dennis, has been analyzing data derived from SirsiDynix Symphony on floating books from a collections perspective and will present his findings. Members of the Collections Mobility Task Force will be on hand to answer questions. Foster Auditorium and Media Site Live.

Tuesday, April 12, 2;30–3:30 p.m.: Speak Up for Civility workshop, Mann Assembly Room. More information to come.

Monday, May 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m.; Annual Diversity Colloquium, Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live. Look for a call for presentation proposals in March.

Dr. Seuss goes to war

Before Dr. Seuss wrote children’s books he was a political cartoonist. As a captain in the US Army during the war he penned many comics and made movies supporting the war effort. The Donald W. Hamer Maps Library has a few examples of his work from this period, including a cartoon about “Ann” a mosquito with malaria. — Heather Ross, manager, Donald W. Hamer Maps Library


Cartoons as political commentary…close-up of an illustration by Dr. Seuss featured in the display.

Arts and Humanities Library: Liaison/Subject Specialists

The Arts and Humanities Library at University Park is pleased to announce the following permanent re-assignments of liaison and subject specialist responsibilities, effective March 1, 2016:

  • Librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures: Manuel Ostos has been named Librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures. In this capacity, Manuel will collaborate with the Department of French and Francophone Studies to develop the library’s teaching and research collections in French languages and literatures and Francophone studies, and will serve as the library’s liaison to faculty and students in French and Francophone Studies regarding all aspects of library services. Manuel will also continue as liaison librarian to the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and the programs in Latin American Studies and Latina/o Studies. We thank Paula Contreras for filling in temporarily as the library’s liaison to the Department of French and Francophone Studies during Fall Semester 2015.
  • Asian Studies Librarian: In addition to her liaison relationship with the Department of Asian Studies, Jade Atwill now serves as liaison to the Department of Comparative Literature.
  • Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities: In addition to his liaison relationships with the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Department of Jewish Studies, Chuck Jones now serves as liaison to the Department of Philosophy.

Subject specialists in Arts and Humanities are also collaborating with John Russell, our new Assistant Director of the Center for Humanities and Information, and other colleagues across the Libraries to foster all forms of scholarly communication including digital scholarship and open access.

In conjunction with the above re-assignments, the University Libraries will seek to hire a Librarian for Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures (the position announcement is forthcoming). Until the position is filled, Amanda Maple will continue to provide temporary liaison services to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College of the Liberal Arts. — Amanda Maple

LHR News: March 7

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

3/9/16 Lauren Waite – financial assistant, Business Office
Adrien Scott – Penn State Great Valley
Hilary Barlow – Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization
Internal Moves:
Lana Munip – analysis and planning consultant, Assessment