Events: March 21

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 a.m.: Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit, hosted by University Libraries and the OER Task Force. Early adopters of OER share their experiences. Foster and MediaSite Live. Keynote address by Nicole Allen of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.: Award-winning poet and professor Kate Daniels to hold free public reading, 7:30 p.m., Foster Aud.

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

Saturday & Sunday, April 2-3: Native American Powwow, Mount Nittany Middle School (see blog post for full details).

Monday, April 4, 5 p.m.: Spring 2016 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture presented by
Christian Sandvig, titled “The Awakenings of the Filtered: Algorithmic Personalization in Social Media and Beyond.” Sandvig is associate professor of communication studies and information at the University of Michigan. His research investigates the consequences of algorithmic systems that curate and organize information and culture.

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.

Wednesday, April 20, noon: Indigenous, Natural, Esoteric: The Presence of Indigenous Knowledge in Urban Colombia. Presented by Richard Stoller, Foster Aud.

Monday, May 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m.; Annual Diversity Colloquium, Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live.