Daily Archives: May 9, 2016

Discovery Day registration open

Registration for Discovery Day 2016 is here! Please register for Discovery Day by Friday, May 27.

Please note: Classes are first come, first served, unless otherwise noted in the program. There is no TechSmart registration.

Hoagie Sale

Once again, the Libraries’ United Way Committee will sell hoagies to supplement our lunchtime snacks and drinks. Please order your hoagie here. Orders are due by Wednesday, May 25.

Adding Discovery Day Sessions to Your LRN Transcript

Did you know that you can add your Discovery Day sessions to your Learning Resource Network (LRN) Transcript? Step by step directions for manually adding your participation are available online.

– submitted by Angel Peterson

Countdown to 2FA: One more day before 2FA is mandatory!

thermometer noting 2FA enrollment as of May 9We’re down to the wire now; one day remains to enroll in 2FA before it becomes mandatory on May 10! If you have not enrolled by tomorrow, you will not be able to access anything protected by WebAccess until you enroll. This includes services such as UCS, ESSIC, the Libraries’ Intranet, My Library Account, Angel, and Canvas.

Go to Get2FA.psu.edu to enroll and for answers to frequently asked questions. Remember that you will need the last four digits of your nine-digit Penn State ID to enroll.

Do New Employees Need to Enroll in 2FA?

Effective tomorrow, Tuesday May 10, 2016, 2FA is mandatory for all Penn State faculty and staff. All new employees will be required to enroll in 2FA the first time they use WebAccess to log in to a protected service or resource. WebAccess will check the primary affiliation of the user and if they have not enrolled yet, they will get prompted to do so after providing their user name and password on the WebAccess (thumbprint) screen.

Thank You!

Thank you to those of you who have enrolled — we were at 91 percent compliance as of May 5!

I was glad to see many of you take advantage of the I-Tech 2FA drop-in sessions. A huge thank you to Ryan Johnson for managing the sessions and responding to questions about 2FA. Please keep the questions coming – contact Ryan at rxj15@psu.edu.

– submitted by Dace Freivalds, I-Tech

Space news: Let’s talk!

Are you curious about what’s going on with space planning in the Libraries? Please join representatives from the Libraries Space Steering Committee at monthly drop-in sessions to discuss and ask questions about any space related issues. To help facilitate discussions we’ll have floor plans of Pattee and Paterno libraries on display.

Drop-in sessions will be held every third Wednesday of the month noon-1 p.m. beginning June 15 in 510A, the Dean’s Conference room.

Do you want your entire department to learn more about what’s happening with space planning and how it might impact your unit? Members of the Space Steering Committee would be happy to join you at your departmental meetings. Feel free to invite us to your regularly scheduled meetings, or, if you prefer, email Jennifer Cain (jlc30@psu.edu) and she can help set up a meeting.

The members of the Space Steering Committee are: Kimlyn Patishnock (Chair), Karen Estlund, Anne Langley, Joe Salem, Rick Riccardo, Henry Pisciotta, and Dace Freivalds.

We want your feedback! Ask questions, share ideas, and give feedback. Send email to UL-SPACE-PLANNING@LISTS.PSU.EDU.

– submitted by Dace Freivalds, I-Tech


Congratulations to the following members of the Libraries community on their recent achievements:

Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of university, college and independent research libraries.

Athena Jackson, ] Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). She has served on various committees for RBMS including Diversity Committee chair and Conference Program Planning co-chair. She currently holds seats on the RBMS Budget & Development Committee and the 2017 ACRL Conference Coordinating Committee.

Matt Ciszek, head librarian of the Lartz Memorial Library, Penn State Shenango, was re-elected to a two-year term on the executive board of the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table as one of three directors-at-large. Ciszek has been involved with the GLBT Round Table since 2007, and had served as membership chair before his election to the executive board in 2014. He has also served as a councilor-at-large on ALA Council since 2011, and is completing a two-year term on the Committee on Diversity and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Rebecca Miller, head of Library Learning Services, was elected as a councilor-at-large for the ALA Council. She has been involved with the ALA since 2008 and has served on various committees and in a number of different roles, including secretary and executive board member for the ALA New Members Round Table, co-chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2013 Panel Sessions Committee and member of the ACRL 2013 National Conference Coordinating Committee, and a board member of the ACRL New Publications Advisory Board, of which she is also the current incoming chair. She previously served on the ALA Council as the Virginia Chapter councilor.  

Vanessa Eyer, assistant librarian in the Engineering Library, has been invited to participate in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians at the University of Minnesota, July 16-22. The institute, for invited librarians in the first three years of their careers from traditionally underrepresented groups, introduces to key concepts in the practice of academic library leadership during an immersive one-week event.

Employees of the Nesbitt Library, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, received two Hayfield Awards  Friday, May 6, at the campus awards ceremony. Hayfield Awards “honor people who have been outstanding citizens of our campus community during the past academic year.” The first award, for “Excellence in Service to Campus/Community,” was given to Library staff: Jennie Knies, Megan Mac Gregor, and John Owens. The second award, for “Research Excellence/Creative Accomplishment,” went to the Celebration of Scholarship Committee, which included Knies and Mac Gregor.

On Thursday, May 5, the Libraries recognized two student finalists and one winner with its annual Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Awards, which is given in partnership with the Schreyer Honors College:

Top winner of the $1, 250 award is Elyse Mark, a Schreyer Honors College scholar and spring 2016 graduate with degrees in English and Asian studies, for her thesis “Framing a Crisis: Xinhua’s Portrayal of the 2009 Urumqi Riots to the International Community.”

Timothy J. Sullivan Jr., a Schreyer scholar who graduated in fall 2015 with degrees in psychology and French and Francophone studies, was awarded $750 for his thesis “PTSD, Gender and IPV Perpetration: How (Not) Expressing Emotions Matters.” Katrina Eckel, a Schreyer scholar majoring in history and English, was awarded $500 for her thesis “What the Other Didn’t See: An Intersectional Analysis of the Writings of Two Civilians in World War I German-Occupied Belgium.”

Drupal migration update: May 9

There is one week and counting to going live with exciting changes on the Libraries’ public website as well as the switch to the new staff website on May 18!

We will be releasing the preview later this week to give you all a glimpse of the new staff site and the changes coming to the public site. We are excited about the changes coming and to be improving the user experience for both our internal and external users! In addition to using the Website Feedback link, we’d love your questions, comments and feedback in person at ourWebsite Q&A drop-in sessions in the I-Tech Training Room on the following dates:

3-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
3-4 p.m. Thursday, May 12
11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 17
2-3 p.m. Friday, May 20

Thank you for your support as we continue to make our site better for all of our users!

– submitted by Binky Lush,
on behalf of the Web Implementation and Management Team and the Development Team

How do I avoid getting locked out of 2FA?

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

As a security measure, you will be locked out of 2FA after ten consecutive attempts to log in to WebAccess using 2FA fail. Here are some suggestions for how to avoid getting locked out:

  • graphic of smart phone and desktop computer login illustrating two-factor authentication process

    The deadline for Libraries employees to enroll in 2FA is May 10.

    Make sure you’re attempting to authenticate to a properly enrolled device that is currently available to you.

  • Open the 2FA Duo Mobile app and approve the Duo Push notification when you request authentication.
  • Log out of your computer daily to prevent your machine from trying to automatically authenticate to certain sites and systems.

If you do get locked out of 2FA, contact the IT Service Desk at 2FAsupport@psu.edu for assistance.

Update on Symphony move to Linux

Testing continues on all features and functions of Symphony. So far, so good!

  • Testing of Workflows and reports is nearing completion.
  • Testing of The CAT started last week.
  • Testing of integrations with Penn State and other vendor systems is ongoing.

Our testing team represents all of the functional areas of Symphony (Cataloging, Bibloads, Circulation, SelfChecks, Reserves, Serials, Acquisitions, Discovery/The CAT, Fines and Fees, Performance, Policies, Reports) plus major integrations including Aeon, ILL services, LionSearch, WebServices, etc. Team members work actively with others in their areas to ensure thorough testing.

Symphony to Linux Testing Team Members:

John Attig, Tim Babcock, Heather Benner, Greg Berky, Grace Brooks, Shane Burris, Todd Douty, Michelle Dzyak, Jeff Edmunds, Chris Holobar, Jaime Jamison, James Keyzer-Andre, Linda Klimczyk, Maryam Kutchemshgi, Trish Notartomas, Linda Struble

If you feel that we’ve missed an area of focus or set of features please contact Linda Klimczyk at lgk1@psu.edu.

LHR News: May 9

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Colin Grube – Intern, Maps Library
Miranda Waldman – Intern, Maps Library
Colleen Witkowski – Intern, Penn State Press
Michelle Bartolo-Cruz – Penn State York

Events: May 9

Maymester / Summer 2016

Monday, May 9: first day of Maymester classes, University Park. Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

Wednesday-Thursday May 11-12, Libraries Promotion & Tenure Workshop, University Park.

Monday, May 16: first day of classes, first six weeks summer session, University Park.

Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: MoneyCounts: Strategies for Success: Student Loan Repayment, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

Monday, May 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m.; Libraries’ annual Diversity Research and Programming Colloquium, Foster Auditorium and MediaSite Live.

Wednesday, May 25, 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Coffee with Carmen, the Libraries’ User Services Training Coordinator, will present results from theLibraries Training Assessment Survey, Mann Assembly Room.

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day, no classes.

Thursday, June 2: Discovery Day, University Park library locations; register online by May 27.

Tuesday, June 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and MediaSite Live.

Wednesday, June 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: MoneyCounts: Debt Management program, Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library.

Wednesday, June 29: first day, second six weeks summer session, University Park.

Monday, July 4: Independence Day, no classes.

Wednesday-Sunday, July 13-17, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 50th anniversary, Children’s Day July 13, BookFest July 16, State College and University Park campus.

Thursday, July 21, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: PA Forward Information Literacy Summit, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library.

Wednesday, August 10: last day of summer classes, University Park.

Saturday, August 13: Summer commencement, University Park.

August 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and MediaSite Live.

Please submit event information to Public Relations and Marketing via email.