Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

ACRL Immersion comes to Penn State

Beginning tomorrow, May 17, nearly fifty of our Libraries faculty and staff will be gathering at the Nittany Lion Inn at University Park to participate in a four-day, customized version of the Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program. This program, often simply called Immersion, provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensely over the course of several days on many different aspects of information literacy.

There are now six different tracks, including Teacher, Program, Assessment, and Intentional Teaching, that individuals can select if they travel to one of the national Immersion opportunities that take place around the country. A full description of the Immersion program and its six tracks is available: http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion

Here at Penn State, we are welcoming three Immersion faculty — Lisa Hinchliffe, Karen Nicholson, and Craig Gibson — for an Immersion track customized to Penn State University Libraries and the needs we have identified for evolving our teaching and learning.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, the customized Penn State Immersion will focus on three main areas: classroom assessment techniques, collaboration with disciplinary faculty, and interactive and engaging learning design, including instructional technology. The program will run through the afternoon on Friday, May 20.

If you are unable to attend but would like to following along with the discussion, follow our Twitter hashtag, #immersionPSU.

Many thanks to Joe Salem for supporting this initiative, and to the Penn State Immersion Planning Committee, led by Amy Deuink and including the following members: Anne Behler, Nancy Dewald, Russ Hall, Glenn Masuchika, Rebecca Miller, Rebecca Peterson, and Beth Theobald.

– submitted by Rebecca Miller, Library Learning Services

Website Update: May 16

We hope by now you’ve had a chance to explore the new Staff Site, which will be going live and replacing the current intranet on Wednesday, May 18. We’ve been getting some great feedback from you — thank you! In addition to some really kind words, we’ve heard the following comments and questions:

  1. We need the fuller list of staff tools. We will be adding an updated list of the resources from the current intranet.
  2. Why are certain forms and groups appearing on the home page? By default, these lists show in order of last created on the Staff Site home page. Moving forward, we will list them by most popular, based on statistics.
  3. Where is my content? We have migrated all of the CQ intranet content into the new Staff Site. The preview was a great way for everyone to double-check their content, and we found a few things that didn’t come across quite as expected. Please check your content to make sure it appears as it should be and let us know if you have any questions or concerns!
  4. Our library/department does not currently have an intranet presence on CQ. Can we create one? Yes! Any area that has not had an intranet presence in the past can request accounts and training for authors. We will create a space for your Library or department to which you can add content. Please request staff site author accounts using the Account Request Form. Once accounts have been requested, Ryan Johnson will schedule training.
  5. We love the new Staff Site Search! We do, too! If you haven’t already tested out the new SOLR search, we encourage you to give it a try.

Please keep the feedback coming via the website feedback link on the bottom of every page (public and staff site) or come talk to us! We will be holding drop-in Q & A sessions in the I-Tech Training Room and via Adobe Connect and phone (888-644-0576) on the following dates this week:

11am-noon Tuesday, May 17 
2-3 p.m. Friday, May 20

Thank you in advance for your help in making the website the best it can be for our users!
– Binky Lush, 
on behalf of the Web Implementation and Management Team and the Development Team

Access Services recognizes employees

horizontal group photo portrait of 34 people standing in Pattee Library's Franklin Atrium

Access Services, seen here in the Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library, held its annual award luncheon on May 10.

Access Services held its Annual Service Awards and Luncheon on May 10.

Staff recognized for reaching library service milestones include:
25 years: Barbara Coopey and Verne Neff
20 Years: Shane Burris
5 Years: Katherine Crissy, Alissa Mann, and Tracie WickershamNew staff members Douglas Burchill, Carmen Gass, Rachel White, Ethan Eissenstat, Nicole Schwindenhammer, and Nichole Corrigan were welcomed to Access Services.
Joseph Salem, Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campuses, was the guest speaker.
– submitted by Barbara Coopey

Tech Tip: Test your settings in Adobe Connect

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

screen capture from Meeting@PennState verifying connection settings on Adobe Connect

Look for this screen to verify your connection settings on Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect has a meeting connection diagnostic page to test and ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured for Adobe Connect.

To run this test, please use the following URL:

Meeting Connection Diagnostic page

For this and more information on Adobe Connect, please visit the training page on the new staff site.

Events: May 16

Maymester / Summer 2016

Monday, May 16: first day of classes, first six weeks summer session, University Park. Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

Tuesday, May 17, through Friday, May 20: ACRL Immersion at Penn State, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park. See blog post for details.

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, library locations except Hershey closed.

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.