Monthly Archives: September 2016

Library Management Council 2016-17 work plan

The Library Management Council (LMC) has spent the first several meetings of the 2016-17 academic year seriously considering its scope of work, purpose, and membership. These conversations have resulted in a revised statement of purpose, a year-long work plan, and an injection of enthusiasm and inspiration.

LMC is committed to transparency, and in order to enact that, we will be sharing information about our goals, our progress toward those goals, and any other work that we undertake via this news blog and our Drupal page. As each set of minutes is approved, we will be posting those to our Drupal page, and announcing that posting here.

The LMC Drupal page is available on the PSU Libraries staff site at the following URL:

Our work plan for the 2016-17 year is linked to this main page, and available via this direct URL:

We invite feedback, comments, questions, and suggestions from all of our colleagues; those can all be sent to one or both of the current LMC co-chairs, Athena Jackson ( and Rebecca Miller (

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you over the next year!

– submitted by Rebecca Miller, Library Learning Services

Annual Report/ACRL award committee to highlight Libraries’ best

by Jill Shockey, Public Relations and Marketing

What do you believe are among the University Libraries’ greatest, and measurable, achievements during the 2015-2016 academic year? How can the Libraries’ annual report inclusively represent all of our units’ top-level activities and superlatives equitably, while supporting the Libraries’ and the University’s strategic plan goals? And how can the Libraries stand out among its Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) peers on paper to help its assessors understand what we already know — that we are an academic library of excellence, worthy of such a title?

An administration-appointed, Libraries-wide committee aims to answer those questions — and welcomes your ideas to support its efforts.

The committee began convening in summer 2016 to help identify and elevate the position of the Libraries’ most prominent, inclusive, and worthy projects for promotion. The committee’s charge was to recommend and review these subjects for its upcoming and third consecutive annual report as well as for submission to the ACRL’s Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. (The committee believes the University Libraries is deserving of such recognition and would like to put our professional community and colleagues’ collective accomplishments in the best light to achieve it.)

Committee members include:

Patricia Hswe, digital content strategist, head of ScholarSphere User Services and co-director of the department of Publishing and Curation Services, also had served on the committee.

Members have been reviewing peer institutions’ annual reports, and are now assessing content to be included in the final version of the Libraries’ 2015-16 Annual Report. They soon will be doing the same for the ACRL award. The latter recognizes “an outstanding community college, college, and university library each year. This award is to recognize the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution.”

The criteria for the award is provided on the organization’s website.

Committee members welcome Libraries’ employees submissions of suggestions for both the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award application — especially noting this listed criteria — and the annual report, both to be produced by Public Relations and Marketing.

Please reach out to any of the committee members with ideas for projects by Friday, Sept. 30.

Cataloging & Metadata Services staff publishes article on metadata harvest and repurposing

“Leveraging Author-Supplied Metadata, OAI-PMH, and XSLT to Catalog ETDs” by Ken Robinson, Jeff Edmunds, and Stephen C. Mattes has been published in peer-reviewed “Library Resources & Technical Services,” the official journal of the Association for Library Collections Technical Services. The article describes the development of processes and workflows to harvest metadata for theses and dissertations via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for
Metadata Harvesting to be transformed into MARC records for loading into The CAT and WorldCat.

As noted in the article’s conclusion, “Development and testing of the new procedure required a considerable investment of time, but with the scripts now in place and a redesigned workflow, a procedure that previously required months of staff time annually now takes hours.”

The project required close collaboration between Cataloging & Metadata Services, Publishing and Curation Services, and colleagues in Services and Solutions (SaS), especially Dan Coughlin, Joni Barnoff, and Justin Patterson.

A copy of the article has been deposited in ScholarSphere:

– submitted by Jeff Edmunds, Cataloging & Metadata Services Digital Access

Penn State Hydra code sprint advances initiatives

image of group of developers who worked on Hydra coding project in fall 2016

The week of Sept. 19-23, a group of 16 developers from eight institutions gathered in State College to work on three initiatives with the goal to provide desired functionality back to the Hydra community. Dan Coughlin (Penn State) facilitated the event. The group split into three teams to work on:

  1. Workflow
  2. Fedora Import/Export
  3. Admin Dashboard

Team Accomplishments:

The workflow team extracted the database-backed workflow implementation from Notre Dame’s Sipity application into CurationConcerns, using Princeton’s Plum workflow as an initial target for modeling multiple configurable workflows. Once completed, this work will enable workflows that will support mediated deposit approval workflows, digitization & metadata augmentation/review workflows, and takedown/revocation workflows. There are tickets for the remaining work in the CurationConcerns github repository, and there is a call being set up next week between some of the folks from the workflow team and the team that is working on the community sprint focused on mediated deposit. More about the work can be found in the workflow branch of CurationConcerns Members of this team were Justin Coyne (Stanford), Jeremy Friesen (Notre Dame), Kyle Lawhorn (Cincinnati), and Michael Tribone (Penn State).

Fedora Import/Export
The import/export team started working on a BagIt implementation design including Bag Profile support for APTrust and MetaArchive. Their work included reviewing and updating documentation, and squashing bugs related to importing Fedora resources from the filesystem to prepare for an initial round of stakeholder feedback. The team finalized the tickets assigned to Phase 1 for import/export — more on the requirements and phases for this work: In December, some members of this team will begin Phase 2 of the sprint. There will be stakeholder calls in October and November to finalize the BagIt implementation design. In addition to work at the Fedora layer, support was added to CurationConcerns for running the Fedora import/export utility so that the tool can be called from the user interface. Members of this team were Esmé Cowles (Princeton), Karen Estlund (Penn State), Nick Ruest (York), Jon Stroop (Princeton), Andrew Woods (DuraSpace), and Adam Wead (Penn State).

Admin Dashboard
The administrative dashboard team added a configurable, extensible admin dashboard to CurationConcerns. The dashboard design allows flexible control over what appears in the dashboard menu, and in what order, in addition to what views are rendered and what data sources are used. The current implementation of the dashboard includes a pie chart widget displaying information about visibility of deposited works and also about embargoes and leases, allowing multiple levels of drill-down for more granular information. This early work has been merged into the master branch of CurationConcerns. To test how configurable and usable the new admin dashboard configuration is, the team started working on extending the CurationConcerns dashboard in Sufia and that currently sits in a branch. Remaining work has been ticketed using the ‘admin dashboard’ label in both CurationConcerns and Sufia. Members of this team were Carolyn Cole (Penn State), Mike Giarlo (Stanford), Trey Pendragon (Princeton), Lynette Rayle (Cornell), and Thomas Scherz (Cincinnati).

Additional thanks to Penn State’s Ben Goldman, Rob Olendorf, and Nigel McFarlane for their help for their help gathering requirements and planning during the week.

-submitted by Karen Estlund,


Debates viewing schedule set for W21 Pattee Library

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to view the United States’ four executive debates in the News and Microforms Library on the ground floor of West Pattee Library. The three presidential debates are scheduled for tonight, Monday, Sept. 26, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 19. The vice presidential deliberation will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Three televisions and the Film Video Viewing Room with its large screen will feature coverage by four networks, representing left, right, and moderate viewpoints. The commercial-free broadcasts are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

In the News and Microforms Library in W21 Pattee Library, the broadcasts will be closed captioned with audio provided through a limited number of MP3 players with headsets as well as through the use of a downloadable app on personal devices with headsets. In the Film Video Viewing Room, W22 Pattee Library, the broadcast will include audio.

Read the full article on the debates viewings on Penn State News.

Diversity Residents’ rotations through Library Learning Services

Library Learning Services (LLS) is thrilled to be hosting both of the University Libraries Diversity Residents over the 2016-17 academic year. Alia Gant will be rotating through LLS during Fall 2016 and Jose Guerrero will be rotating through the department in Spring 2017. Both residents will be undertaking collaborative projects with other departments and other library colleagues,
so we wanted to take a moment to share the work plan, goals, and projects for Jose and Alia during their time in LLS.

We will share Jose’s LLS rotation work plan in January 2017, when he joins the department. Alia’s work plan is outlined below. We invite comments, suggestions, feedback, and collaborators for any and all of these projects!

  • Learning about and contributing to the teaching and learning mission of Penn State University Libraries, including: Participating in an instruction training program; Teaching at least 5 sections of ENG 015; Working with Dawn Amsberry and Glenn Masuchika to observe, and possibly teach, sections of ESL courses; Collaborating with Dawn on programming for International Education Week and connect this work to the Diversity Committee’s work; Observing classes developed for student-athletes (SAIL); Observing LLS colleagues teach ENG 015, CAS 100, and other courses, and providing insights on current teaching strategies; Contributing to the LLS assessment pilot.
  • Assisting with the development of documentation relating to our Canvas integration project, including: Working with Amanda Clossen to build expertise around Canvas and the Springshare LTI; Developing training documentation for Canvas for our Libraries colleagues; Considering communication strategies surrounding Canvas and LibGuides for our Libraries
  • Helping sculpt PSU Libraries citation management support program , including: Building expertise in EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero; Teaching workshops on EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero; Conducting one-on-one consultations on EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero; Helping build subject-based citation management expertise and contribute to the evolution of this system for connecting users with knowledgeable subject experts in the Libraries
  • Contributing to the Libraries’ outreach efforts, including: Collaborating with Megan Gilpin on DeStress Fest activities; Participating in Library Pride; Collaborating with Megan Gilpin, the Diversity Committee, and other relevant groups on the Human Library project; Working
    with Megan Gilpin to identify further areas of contribution to outreach; Working with Megan Gilpin to start to devise an assessment plan for Libraries’ outreach activities.
  • Collaborate with Jose Guerrero to coordinate the Larry Kramer exhibit in conjunction with the Commission on LGBTQE Commission Reads project
  • Working with Open House Committee on debriefing and planning for 2017
  • Exploring digital badges with Emily Rimland and Torrie Raish
  • Participate in professional mentoring with Rebecca Miller in the following areas:
    Teaching, learning, and information literacy, including shared readings, watching webinars together, and participating in other conversations; Professional involvement, including PaLA, ALA, and other areas of professional service and networking; working toward a goal of developing a presentation proposal or draft of a paper by the end of the semester
  • Bring an element of inclusivity to PSU Libraries’ research consultation requests and Ask a Librarian service, including: Working with Tom Reinsfelder, Glenn Masuchika, and other individuals on reviewing and revising policies and procedures; Considering how Zoom and other technology tools can help enhance research consultation services; Helping connect these areas of situated learning to the overall teaching and learning program at PSU Libraries

– submitted by Rebecca Miller, Library Learning Services

Inside Access: World Campus delivery facts

by Carolyn Muse, Interlibrary Loan

World Campus Delivery is brought to you by Interlibrary Loan—the same department that provides patrons’ materials via Faculty/Staff Office Delivery! All graduate and undergraduate students who meet registration criteria are eligible for this service. Patrons can request for materials by these methods:

  • The CAT—patrons can select Penn State-owned, circulating materials via “I Want It” and choose “World” as their pick-up location.
  • ILLiad—if any desired materials are either not available on any of our
    campuses’ shelves or not owned by Penn State, patrons can access Interlibrary Loan’s database search system.  All patrons must be registered with the Libraries as well as in ILLiad to able to order materials.

The items ordered through both methods are checked out in Interlibrary Loan and mailed via UPS to each patron’s home address. As of last year’s fiscal year (2015-2016), a total of 1,029 items were mailed (an average of 19 items/week, 66% “I Want Its”, 7% EZ-Borrow and 27% Borrowing).

Interlibrary Loan has been mailing materials to patrons since 1998 and currently serves more than 1,500 students. Graduate and undergraduate students are equally distributed (undergraduates=765; graduates=768). All fifty states plus Canada are represented in our databases.

The top ten mailing destinations are:

  • Pennsylvania (26% of patrons)
  • California (8%)
  • New Jersey and Virginia (6% each)
  • New York and Texas (5% each)
  • Florida (4%)
  • Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina (3% each)

If you know any undergraduate or graduate student who is eligible for World Campus Delivery or wishes to learn more about this service, here are some helpful links:
World Campus & Distance Researchers (from ILL webpage):

Penn State on-line/World Campus:

Changes coming soon to Penn State wireless setup

Many wireless users across Penn State have been experiencing problems connecting to Penn State wireless. On October 11, 2016, Penn State technical staff will address this issue by upgrading certificates on the servers used for authenticating to the “psu” and “eduroam” wireless networks.

To avoid disruptions connecting to Penn State wireless after 6:00 a.m. on October 11, students, faculty, staff, and visitors at every Penn State location are encouraged to update the wireless setup on each of their non-Android laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other wireless-enabled devices. Making the required updates in advance—which should only take a few minutes—will help wireless users avoid delays connecting to the “psu” and “eduroam” wireless networks on and after October 11.

Please note that this wireless update does not apply to desktop workstations that are hardwired to the Libraries’ network or to Android devices. Individuals who use Android devices do not need to update their wireless devices.

What Does This Mean for You?

Libraries owned laptops: I-Tech has updated all laptops owned by the Libraries that have an IP address, i.e., those with a dock or cable connecting the laptop to a wall jack. In addition, I-Tech staff will contact units that have wireless only laptops, i.e., those with no cable connecting the laptop to the wall jack, or other laptops to which we could not push out the upgrade and get them updated. No further action is required on these devices.

Libraries owned iPads or other wireless devices: You can either update the wireless setup yourself following the steps outlined on or contact I-Tech via the Libraries Helpdesk or by calling 814-863-0647.

Personal devices: Updating of wireless on personally owned devices is your responsibility. You can update the wireless setup yourself following the steps outlined on If you need assistance updating your device, you can bring your device to your local IT service desk. Refer to for a list of IT service desk locations. For Pattee/Paterno Libraries, the closest ITS Service Desk is in the Knowledge Commons.

What If I Miss the October 11 Deadline?
Wireless users who do not take action by 6:00 a.m. on October 11 will not be able to connect to “psu” or “eduroam” wireless at any Penn State location. In this case you will need to connect to the “psuwirelesssetup” wireless network, visit, and follow the wireless setup instructions to be able to connect to “psu” or “eduroam” wireless.

Additional Information
ITS will send an initial mass email about the wireless update to students, faculty and staff tomorrow, September 22. Reminder emails will be sent on October 3 and October 10.

Detailed wireless setup instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for IT service desk locations at each campus are available at

The new wireless setup can be completed multiple times without issue. If users forget whether or not they have already gone through the process they can repeat it without any problem.

Penn State WebAccess and VPN (Virtual Private Network) will not be affected.

If you have any questions or concerns, please submit a service request ticket to the Libraries Helpdesk or call 814-863-0647.

– submitted by Dace Freivalds, I-Tech

USTEAC Library Professional Development Series – Week 10

The training video from the User Services Training Employee Advisory Council (USTEAC) this week shares critical thinking techniques. This video can be viewed individually with the option to complete the module and apply what you have learned to your daily work.

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

Week 10
Critical Thinking
What are the benefits of critical thinking? The video entitled: Use new lenses to think critically will introduce you to this concept. As you have time view the remainder of this course and learn how to further develop your critical thinking skills.

Tech Tip: Learn more about BLUEcloud Analytics

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

BLUEcloud Analytics is the new tool from SirsiDynix that recently replaced Director’s Station. The BLUEcloud Analytics team has created easy prompt-based reports to replace the previous reports in Director’s Station.

To request an account, please have your supervisor/manager fill out a request in the Account Request System. After receiving your account information, you can access BLUEcloud immediately.

For training, you can view online training tutorials (see above) and view documentation on the BLUEcloud Analytics Training page.

In-person training sessions are also available.  The next session is at 9 a.m. on October 5.  To attend, request an account and register in LRN if you are interested in attending.

LHR News: Sept. 26

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

— at University Park:
Banu Kutlu – Web Application Developer, I-Tech
Nicole Miyashiro – PA Center for the Book

— at Commonwealth Campus Libraries:
Alexandria Chisholm – Reference and Instruction Librarian, Berks

— at University Park:
Lisa Bryant – Collection Maintenance
Natalie Guarna – Library Learning Services
Julianna Murphy – Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library

— at Commonwealth Campus Libraries:
Amber Lukcik – Penn State Altoona
Nicholas Mattia – Penn State Brandywine
Ikeya March – Penn State Mont Alto
Myles Wiggins – Penn State Schuylkill
Susan Huey – Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Events: Sept. 26

Fall 2016

Through Wednesday, Nov. 30: “Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 100 Years: 1916-2016” exhibit, Friedman Gallery, Academic Commons, Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus, Lehman.

Through Friday, Dec. 16: “Expanding Horizons: Penn Staters in the Olympics” exhibit, Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, University Park.

Through Friday, Dec. 16: “Japanimation: Exploring Anime” exhibit, Sidewater Commons and central entrance, Pattee Library, University Park.

Monday, Sept. 26: Faculty Lecture Series: Intellectual freedom: what is it and why is it important?, 7 p.m., presented by Matt Ciszek, Sharon Hall, Room 105, Sharon.

Tuesday, Sept. 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.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: LHR Forum, 2-3:30 p.m., presented by Rob Harris and members of LHR, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

Wednesday, Sept. 28: Shenango Library Open House , 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Lartz Memorial Library, Sharon.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Occupant Safety, A Panel Discussion , 3-4:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

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

Monday, Oct. 3: Meditation techniques lecture, 12:20-1:10 p.m., Hazleton Library, L-12, Hazleton.

Tuesday, Oct. 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, Oct. 6: Nick Sousanis will give a talk after accepting the Lynd Ward Prize for his graphic novel “Unflattening,” 4-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Friday, Oct. 7: GTA Workshop: Professional Development Conference for Grad Students and Postdocs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Monday-Friday, Oct. 10-14: Vairo Library Open House, Penn State Brandywine, Media.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Getting to know GIS: GIS Literacy, 3:30-5 p.m., Donald W. Hamer Maps Library, W13 Pattee Library, University Park, and on Adobe Connect.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 13-14 & Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 17-19: Libraries United Way Team Cookie Contest, 2-4 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, Oct. 13: Disability Awareness Month Panel Discussion: Disability in the Workplace, 6-7:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

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

Sunday, Oct.16: Penn State Sports Archives at a Glance, 10-11 a.m., part of the Parents and Families Weekend events at Pattee and Paterno Libraries, presented by Sports Achivist Paul Dzyak, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday, Oct.16: Penn State Reads: Parent Edition, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., part of the Parents and Families Weekend events at Pattee and Paterno Libraries, conversation and discussion about “The Circle” facilitated by Sue Paterno, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday, Oct.16: Guided Tour, 1-2 p.m., part of the Parents and Families Weekend events at Pattee and Paterno Libraries, tour of the Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons and Special Collections Library begins in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

Tuesday, Oct. 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Team Library, 2-3:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: David DeNotaris speaks about employment opportunities for people with disabilities, 6:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

Wednesday, Oct. 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, Oct. 19: Promotion and tenure recognition event, 4-6:30 p.m., Paterno Reading Room, University Park.

Monday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Dec. 3: “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” exhibit, Penn State Hazleton Library, Hazleton.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Patron privacy training, presented by Ann Snowman, 3-4 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Dean’s Forum, 10-11 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Customer service training, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Penn State Hazleton Library Game Night, 7-10 p.m., Hazleton campus library.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Supervisor: Helping New Librarians Find Success and Satisfaction in the Academic Library, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

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

Thursday, Nov. 3: Librarians: Helping New Librarians Find Success and Satisfaction in the Academic Library, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: New employee orientation, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Library Learning Services: Exhibition information literacy class, 10 a.m., 140 Pattee Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Meditation techniques lecture, 12:20-1:10 p.m., Hazleton Library, L-12, Hazleton.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Beating Burnout, 10 a.m.,Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and MediaSite Live.

Friday, Nov. 11: Coffee with Carmen, with special guests Dean Barbara Dewey and Associate Dean Anne Langley, noon-1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, University Park.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: International Education Week presentation, featuring either Ron Redwing or Vickie Sanchez as speaker, 2-3 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

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

Thursday, Nov. 17: Team Library, 2-3:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday, Nov. 18: International Education Week presentation, featuring speakers Sarah Shear and Madison Miller, 10 a.m.-noon., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday-Saturday, Nov. 20-26: Thanksgiving holiday, no classes.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Meditation techniques lecture, 12:20-1:10 p.m., Hazleton Library, L-12, Hazleton.

Friday, Dec. 9: Last day of fall classes.

Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 11-13: DeStress Fest, 3-8 p.m., University Park library locations.

Monday-Friday, Dec. 12-16: Final exams.

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

Thursday, Dec. 15: Coffee with Carmen, with special guest Steven Herb speaking about storytelling, 1-2:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and MediaSite Live.

Saturday, Dec. 17: Fall Commencement, University Park and several Commonwealth Campus locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 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.

Services and Solutions staff transitions to University Libraries from ITS

Penn State University Libraries and Penn State’s Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology recently agreed to transfer the development team from Services and Solutions (SaS) and their existing roles this fall to the University Libraries. SaS employees worked alongside Libraries Technology staff previously under the former department name Digital Library Technologies, and this realignment will streamline support of this work, including, but not limited to, information domain and data repository services and the integration of library-specific applications.

As part of this alignment of services, nine Penn State employees and one currently vacant position will move from SaS to the Libraries. Dan Coughlin, director of the team, will report directly to Karen Estlund, University Libraries associate dean for Technology and Digital Strategies.

The SaS team provides support for ScholarSphere, ArchiveSphere, the eTD systems, Activity Insight including development and client support, plus operational expertise to run these systems and databases. A primary goal as part of this move is to align the services provided by the University Libraries with the information domain experts and library-specific and complementary systems.

Estlund will discuss the transition in more detail at an upcoming Libraries Tech Forum.

The entire news article about the transition is available on Penn State News.

Rotations established for Diversity Librarian Residents

The four-month rotations for the Diversity Librarian Residents have been established. Both residents, Alia Gant and Jose Guerrero, have already started their first rotation. Alia will work in Library Learning Services and Jose will work in the Special Collections Library through December 31. For the spring (January 1 – April 30, 2017), Alia will work in Library Assessment and Jose will work in Library Learning Services. Finally, for the summer (May 1 – August 31, 2017), Alia will work in the Social Sciences Library and Jose will work in Cataloging.

The goal in this first year is for them to learn about University Libraries and decide where they want to spend their second and third year immersive experience(s). They will shadow colleagues in these departments, provide front-line services, contribute to departmental and UL-wide projects, and contribute to each department’s work to create inclusive services and an inclusive work environment.

Please feel free to get in contact with Alia, Jose, or myself if you have any ideas for projects on which you would like to partner with either of them.

– submitted by Joe Salem

Fall blog series: What it means to be an embedded librarian

by Torrie Raish, World Campus and Penn State Online librarian

As part of the strategic goal for the World Campus and the Libraries to increase instruction and a librarian presence in World Campus courses, I created an embedded librarian program. The drive behind this program comes from the ACRL standards for distance learners that emphasize equivalent access to library instruction, services, and resources. Through this program, I reach out to various programs and departments on campus to see if they have higher-level World Campus courses that expect students to conduct research outside of the materials assigned in class. This program has received great interest and feedback from numerous departments on campus.

A systematic effort to have librarians not only involved with developing materials for courses or holding research consultations, but to actually have an active role while the course was being delivered, did not exist prior to this program. The recently created librarian role in Canvas is intended to have the librarian with a place within the learning management system and to have the student easily identify who to contact for library-related questions. A course for librarians will be available starting spring 2017 to develop and improve their professional development with online learning.

Over the remainder of the fall 2016 semester you will see reflections from librarians who are embedded, program directors who believed in the program, and faculty who are working with a librarian in this role. I am also embedded in a course, EM SC 302, and wanted to be the first to give my reflections.

Being embedded in an online course is different than delivering a face-to-face instructional session. While you are still interacting with students, it often extends beyond a traditional session, and changes the way you communicate with students. You change from being the one delivering the main points of the lesson for that day to serving as a support for students through managing discussion boards or creating videos for the courses. Being embedded in an online course also is different because you will be working closely with an instructional designer and the faculty member rather than only a faculty member. Being embedded gives you the opportunity to see student development over time and come away with more thorough assessments about what students are understanding when it comes to components of information literacy.

I have really enjoyed being embedded so far. Getting the chance to design learning objects for the students and then assess their work in response to extended interactions with information literacy concepts has been quite informative. I encourage all of you to look into taking the asynchronous class I am creating and then think about giving being an embedded librarian in Canvas a shot!

Green Tips: Office recycling best practices and reminders

by Len White for the University Libraries Green Team

The Penn State University Libraries Green Team was created to provide leadership for “green” initiatives and to promote environmental sustainability in the University Libraries. Recent initiatives include Cleanup Day, recycling efforts, reducing waste at University Libraries events, offering green options for supplies orders, and outreach efforts to Libraries departments and other University green committees and groups.

This month’s Green Tip focuses on best practices for recycling University property or offering personal items through “opportunity” emails.

University Property:
Office supplies and furnishings that are no longer needed can be offered to other Libraries departments through the Libraries’ listservs. As these are not personal items, they can be offered without an “Opportunity” tag in the subject. A reminder should be noted within the body of the text that these items are University property and are to be reused somewhere within the Libraries. A thorough description of furniture and fixtures with dimensions, condition, color, and even a picture, is your best way to find your item a perfect new home.

Shipping cost may be incurred by a department interested in larger offerings (too big to be sent via interoffice mail), especially if they have to move between buildings/campuses.

If items are not claimed within a reasonable timeframe, or they need to be removed right away, please contact Facilities via the Help Desk for disposal through *Lion Surplus.

Personal Items:
If you’ve been in the Libraries for any length of time, you more than most likely have seen the “Opportunity” emails from other employees. You can get some great deals on some interesting things, but in case you would prefer not to receive these emails, “opportunity” is always the first word in the subject line. This is done so that anyone not wanting to receive these emails can easily filter them to a junk folder. Personal furnishings, decorations, small appliances, and electronics are to be taken back home when they are no longer needed or must be disposed of. As always, personal recycling to include batteries, CFL light bulbs, electronics, and small appliances are not to be brought into work for disposal. These items should be disposed of through your local municipality’s recycling locations. Find a recycling center near you by checking this website!

*Lion Surplus:
Lion Surplus is a store that handles the removal of University-owned equipment in environmentally responsible ways, such as sales, bids, and auctions. The store is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Store inventory constantly changes and includes a wide variety of items. Lion Surplus routinely carries desks, chairs, cabinets, computer hardware, desk accessories, office equipment, electronics, scientific equipment, and much more.

Lion Surplus also hosts several auctions each year and routinely places items on eBay, LabX, and

Lion Surplus is located at the corner of Services Road and Big Hollow Road, and can be found on Google Maps linked at the bottom right of its Contact Us page. Payment methods accepted include cash, personal checks, credit and debit cards.

6:30 a.m.-5 p. m.
Closed weekends and University holidays

LHR News: Next HR Forum scheduled for Sept. 27

The Libraries’ next regular Human Resources (HR) Forum is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Foster Auditorium. It will be available for participation via MediaSite Live for those who may not be able to join us in person. Participation is open to all.

The purpose of the HR Forum is to provide a regular opportunity for Libraries Human Resources to communicate new initiatives, changes, updates, etc., and provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and discussion. Important information will continue to be communicated in a variety of formats.

The agenda for this meeting includes:

  • Voluntary Retirement Program
  • 2016 Salary Increases
  • Human Resources Transformation Overview.

USTEAC Library Professional Development Series — Week 9

The User Services Training Employee Advisory Council (USTEAC) recommended a series of training videos for overall Library Professional Development (LPD). The training videos selected cover topics applicable to all employees regardless of position or location.

Over the course of the last eight weeks, employees could view the highlighted videos or modules and use what they have learned! The full list of videos may be viewed at any time.

This week’s video is on information literacy, an essential skill for navigating in the information age.

Week 9
Information Literacy
View this video and further explore: What is information literacy? As you have time view the remainder of this course and increase your understanding of information literacy.