Daily Archives: August 8, 2016

Website migration

The website migration team is nearing the release of the first two new Library webpages, Wilkes-Barre and Life Sciences. The preview for Life Sciences can be viewed here: https://drupalauth.libraries.psu.edu/lifesciences.

In an effort to simplify the website for users and to represent ourselves as one library geographically dispersed, library location pages will have information which is site specific. All the universal resources of the libraries will be centralized under Services, Research and About.

The new library pages will contain:

  1. Your Librarian: includes a list of the librarians in your library with a link to “see all staff,” which goes to the full directory for each library.
  2. Study at the Libraries: includes a link to a page where we have detailed information on rooms and spaces; scan, copy and print; textbooks and reserves; and equipment to borrow.
  3. Library Guides: each library may choose the guides they would like to feature.
  4. Information: this information is dynamic, coming right out of LDAP. Please review for accuracy and let us know if any information needs to be updated.
  5. Events: this area is for very simple event information, and is a stop-gap measure until CollegeNet is in place and we can pull calendar information from that system.
  6. About: short blurb about your library
  7. More information: special links to library-specific information
  8. Social Media: individual library social media. If your library does not have an individual account, we will use the general libraries Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  9. Collections: links to featured collections for your library

As soon as each Library’s content is complete and has been approved, the webpages can go live. We don’t have to wait for all Libraries to be finished – they can go live individually.

We’d love your feedback! Please contact me at mam1201@psu.edu or 570-675-9261

Megan Mac Gregor

University Libraries staff members tour State Library

Ten University Library employees from the Maps Library, Maps Cataloging, and Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization traveled to Harrisburg to meet the staff of the State Library of Pennsylvania and tour the facilities. The staff of 16 full-time state employees provides reference for the state, including legal research for the legislature, manages a collection of 4.2 million volumes including many newspapers, catalogs acquisitions, and digitizes and creates metadata.

Our group met with Iren Snavely, State Library rare books librarian, Rare Books Reading Room, to view rare maps and manuscripts. Highlights included the 1632 copy of John Smith’s account of his adventures in the New World and the first known map of Harrisburg. Kathy Hale, head of public services, guided the group on a tour of the Law Library and recently renovated law reading room, the main reading room, and the “Pulp” vault, which holds its rare collections. This state of the art vault is temperature-controlled to a chilly 50 degrees, has compact movable shelves, and has a waterless fire suppression system. The tour also included a visit to the digitization processing room and a walk through the maze of the closed stack.

University Libraries staff members who attended were:
Paige Andrew
Sue Kellerman
Steve Kroger
Tara LaLonde
Bill Minter
Nathan Piekielek
Heather Ross
Albert Rozo
Maps interns Jack and Miranda

Selector’s Forum scheduled for August 10

The next Selector’s Forum, a bimonthly session to provide information for librarians who select materials for collections, is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10 in Foster Auditorium and Mediasite.

The agenda for the August 10 Selector’s Forum includes the following:

  • Meeting Wendi Keeler, external relations assistant in the Dean’s Office, and learning about her role in working with selectors and Development (5-10 min.).
  • Development overview (Nicki Hendrix) (30 min.)
  • How to let Development know what we are doing (so they can share with potential donors).
  • How to suggest ideas for development proposals.
  • Helping identify potential donors.
  • Working together to steward donors/donations — selector role and Development’s role
  • Creating lists of endowment purchases (Heather Benner) — Heather will discuss and demonstrate ways to generate lists of materials that have been purchased using gift or endowment funding. (10 min.)
  • Comments from the floor— open microphone for comments or discussion

submitted by Linda Musser, Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library

Getting to Know You: Lana Munip

by Tracy Reilly and Jen Cywinski

After growing up in Scotland, Lana Munip moved back to Malaysia in her 20s where she worked as a newspaper reporter. While working on her Masters in Television, Radio, and Film at Syracuse she met her husband. They have two children: a college sophomore and a high school senior. Eager for learning, she has also earned a masters in higher education as well as certification in institutional research. She says she loves the State College area because there is so much to do outdoors and loves gardening and hiking in her free time.

image of woman standing on a shore

Lana Munip is pictured in In Poolewe, Scotland, where she spent part of her vacation last summer.

Currently on the Library Assessment team, Lana is an analysis and planning consultant in support of the administration in Strategic Planning. Her previous role at Penn State was in the Libraries’ public relations and marketing department, but she is now tasked with external reporting for the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Right now she is summarizing the physical items in the libraries for the annual inventory report to risk management.

When asked what she likes best about her job, Lana said, “I have great colleagues and have learned a lot from them over the years.”



Open House volunteers needed

Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual University Park Libraries Open
House, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sept. 7-8!  The Libraries Open House is our
biggest outreach event of the year and we need your help to welcome our 3,000+

What do students have to say?

  • “I really liked learning about certain areas of the library that I had
    never been to, and it was a really fun way to do it!”
  • “I liked how helpful the people at each of the stations were in answering
    questions or directing you to what you needed to do to get additional

Can you spare an hour or more? Staffing help is needed to set up and take
down signs and decorations, greet students, provide directions, and assist
with computer surveys and giveaways at the Finish Line located in the Mann
Assembly Room.

Check with your departmental supervisor to obtain approval then join your colleagues by signing up on this volunteer page.

Please note that hours spent helping with Open House are considered hours worked for our non-exempt employees, and count toward total hours worked during the workweek. Your total hours should not exceed 40 in a week. If it appears that volunteering for Open House will result in you working more than 40 hours, please talk to your supervisor or Libraries Human Resources.

Volunteer Training sessions will be held in Foster Auditorium 10-11 a.m. on August 30
and 3-4 p.m.  on August 31. Please plan to attend one of the sessions and find out how you can get involved in this important and rewarding event!

Your enthusiasm and friendliness are what makes the difference in creating a
great welcome to the Libraries for new students, and it’s what makes them
want to come back.

Thanks so much for considering this volunteer opportunity!

USTEAC Library Professional Development Series – Week 3

The Lynda.com training video from the User Services Training Employee Advisory Council (USTEAC) for week 3 highlights the topic of how to serve angry or upset customers, can be viewed individually with the option to continue with the full week’s module.

Week 3
Working with Upset Customers
Think of the last time you were really upset at a business establishment. What were your expectations? The module: Serving Angry Customers equips you for this very situation. As you have time, view the remainder of this course and learn “techniques for neutralizing angry customer behavior.”

The USTEAC recommended list of videos and modules is available for viewing at any time.

Tech Tip: How to use “find & replace” on images in Microsoft Word

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

image of Microsoft Word logo

When it comes to quickly changing large amounts of text in Microsoft Word, the “Find and Replace” feature is incredible. But, did you know that you could use the feature to replace all instances of one image with another? Now, it’s not perfect, because it will replace all images with the same one, but if you have something like a logo in a long document that needs to be updated, this will make it easier.

  1. Insert the new image at the top of the document.
  2. Right-click it and select Copy.
  3. Delete the image.
  4. Press CTRL+H to launch the Find & Replace tool.
  5. In the Find What field type ^g.
  6. In the Replace With field type ^c.
  7. Click Replace All.
  8. Click Ok to agree to the number of instances that’ll be replaced.

The ^g is Word’s interpretation for graphics (which is synonymous with images for our purposes), and the ^c is your clipboard. So in following the steps above, you’re telling Word to replace all graphics with the contents of your clipboard.

LHR News: Aug. 8

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

8/8/16 Jose Guerrero – Diversity Resident Librarian, Administration

Andrea Choperena Guerra – Welcome Desk, Knowledge Commons
Michaela Bojan – Research Hub, Maps, EBSL and Knowledge Commons
Alexis Harpster – Research Hub, Maps, EBSL and Knowledge Commons
Shea Wert – Engineering Library
Megan Donnelly – Penn State Great Valley Library

Events: Aug. 8

Summer 2016

Wednesday, August 3–Friday, December 16: “Expanding Horizons: Penn Staters in the Olympics” exhibit, Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library

Monday, August 8: Discovery Day Webinar Series: Silents are Golden, presented by Jenny Litz and Bob Livsey, 2-3 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and MediaSite Live.

Tuesday, August 9: Libraries Clean Up Day, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., University Park.

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

Wednesday, August 10: Selector’s Forum, by Collections Development, 11 a.m.-noon, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and MediaSite Live.

Thursday, August 11: Making $ense: What Every New Investor Should Know, campus staff training by Lori Lysiak and Lauren Reiter, noon-1 p.m., 202 Eiche Library, Altoona.

Friday, August 12: finals day, second six weeks summer session, University Park.

Saturday, August 13: Summer commencement, University Park.

Tuesday, August 16: University Libraries Annual picnic, 5-7 p.m., Sunset Park. All University Libraries current and retired employees and their families invited. RSVP required by Tuesday, August 9.

Wednesday, August 17: Dean’s Forum, 10 a.m.-noon, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

Wednesday, August 17: Library presentation for adult learner students, 10:25-10:55 a.m., presented by Mary Lou Patrick, Hawthorne Building, Penn State Altoona campus.

Wednesday, August 17: Library tour and presentation for international students, 11:15 a.m.-noon, presented by Mary Lou Patrick, 202 Altoona Eiche Library.

Wednesday, August 17: Space planning brown bag session, Libraries’ Space Steering Committee open discussion and Q & A, noon-1 p.m., 510A Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, August 17: Money Counts: Credit Cards, financial literacy workshop by Daad Rizk, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

Fall 2016

Friday, August 19: 2016 Travel Grant Winner Brown Bag Presentation, Ryan Charlton, University of Mississippi, winner of a Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Travel Award, noon-1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21: Arrival days.

Monday, August 22: First day of classes.

Tuesday, August 23: Welcome and coffee for new diversity residency librarians Alia Gant and Jose Guerrero, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 510A Paterno Library.

Tuesday, August 30: Coffee with Carmen, the Libraries’ User Services Training Coordinator, noon-1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room.

Monday, September 5: Labor Day, no classes.

Wednesday, September 7: Hazleton Library Open House, noon-4 p.m., Hazleton Library.

Wednesday-Thursday, September 7-8: Open House, 10 a.m-5 p.m., University Park library locations.

Thursday, September 8: Abington Library Open House, 11 a.m-2 p.m., Abington Library.

Tuesday, September 20: Coffee with Carmen and pastry decorating, presented by Ann Thompson and Linda Struble, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library.

Tuesday, September 20: Margarita Engle accepts the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry, 4-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Wednesday, September 21: Space planning brown bag session, Libraries’ Space Steering Committee open discussion and Q & A, noon-1 p.m., 510A Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, September 27: Discovery Day Webinar Series: Office Yoga, 10-11 a.m., presented by Rebecca Peterson, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and MediaSite Live.

Friday, September 30: University Libraries Donor Reception and Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Paterno Family Reading Room, 201 Pattee Library, University Park.

Tuesday, October 4: Disability Awareness Month Event: Working with patrons with disabilities, Carmen Gass, Libraries’ User Services Training Coordinator, 10 a.m.-noon, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and MediaSite Live.

Thursday, October 6: Nick Sousanis will accept the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel, 4-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Thursday, October 13: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and MediaSite Live.

Tuesday, October 18: Discovery Day Webinar Series: What the Library Can Do for You, presented by Liz Long and Megan Gilpin, 1-2 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and MediaSite Live.

Sunday, October 16: Penn State Parents Weekend events, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pattee and Paterno Libraries Open House featuring a gallery talk, book discussion and tours.

Wednesday, October 19: Space planning brown bag session, Libraries’ Space Steering Committee open discussion and Q & A, noon-1 p.m., 510A Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, October 26: Penn State Beaver Library Open House, noon-1:30 p.m., Beaver campus library.

Friday, October 28: Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Morrison Gallery, Penn State Harrisburg Library.

Wednesday, November 2: Archaeological Institute of America Public Lecture, 5:30-7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, November 16: Space planning brown bag session, Libraries’ Space Steering Committee open discussion and Q & A, noon-1 p.m., 510A Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, December 14: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, 1-2:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and MediaSite Live.

Wednesday, December 21: Space planning brown bag session, Libraries’ Space Steering Committee open discussion and Q & A, noon-1 p.m., 510A Paterno Library, University Park.

Please submit event information to Public Relations and Marketing via the Library News submission form.