Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Dean’s Doings

by Barbara I. Dewey, dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

I convened a Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA now instead of CIC) conference call to discuss recommendations from the recent report “A Vision for Next Generation Resource Delivery” prepared by the BTAA Discovery to the Delivery Project Action Committee. This report can be found, with two previous reports, at www.btaa.org/projects/library/reciprocal-borrowing/reports. Many thanks to Barbara Coopey and Zoe Chao who have contributed to one or more of these reports. Almost all of the BTAA libraries were represented and strategies were discussed to make progress on recommendations for a more seamless and efficient ILL experience for our users. Stay tuned for progress on this vision.

President Barron provided a presentation for Quality Advocates on Feb. 10 on the Penn State All In initiative which begun about four months ago. He updated attendees on the various activities already held and those planned to support the effort to embed diversity and inclusion into the fabric of Penn State. The University Libraries is very active in the All In initiative at our many locations. Check the All In calendar for events happening all over Penn State, including the Libraries.

I was pleased to be invited to the Penn State University Press Editorial Board meeting. The Editorial Board reviews publication proposals and consists of Press staff and faculty from around Penn State. Members discussed projects ranging from art history, history, rhetoric, race relations, and graphic novels.

Human Library: Listen to a story from a human to a human on Feb. 15

Penn State’s Human Library, hosted by the University Libraries, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 15 with several topics and timeslots for the “human books” still available for this first-time event. “Loan” sessions are 45 minutes each and start on the hour in Pattee Library and Paterno Library classrooms. View the most current list of sessions with openings here.

Take a look at two recent promotional pieces about Penn State’s Human Library as four of the “human books” introduced themselves in a promotional video and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by Bill Schackner featured the Human Library in advance of the event this week.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, following the afternoon “loan” sessions.

If you are unable to sign up for any of the sessions, consider attending the “Bestsellers Panel” at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The discussion includes a synopsis of several books, moderated by WPSU personality Patty Satalia. For those who cannot attend the panel on the University Park campus, the live program and archive are available to all Penn State students, faculty and staff via MediaSite Live by logging in with a Penn State access ID.

The Penn State Human Library is sponsored by the University Libraries in cooperation with the Adult Learner Programs and Services, Center for Women Students, Counseling and Psychological Services, LGBTQA Student Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Penn State Hillel, Schreyer Honors College and the University Office of Global Programs.

For more information about the Human Library, the entire Penn State News story is available online.

Libraries’ THON weekend events Feb. 17-19

From its 1973 inception with 78 dancers dedicated to raising money for a worthwhile cause, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) has grown into the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. This year, when the 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon is held Feb. 17-19, the University Libraries will be participating with three events, in addition to serving in its role as the official archives of THON.

The University Libraries events for THON weekend are:

THON Museum and THON History Tour
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Bryce Jordan Center concourse

The University Libraries five-panel display, titled “THON Then and Now,” will be in the THON Museum throughout THON Weekend on the Jordan Center concourse.

Final Four-Hour Viewing
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park

The final four hours of the THON event will be live streamed on the big screen for students from all Penn State campuses, parents, community members, visitors, and everyone who wants to watch and celebrate with Penn Staters as the final fundraising total is revealed.

THON Exhibit
noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park

In conjunction with the live viewing of THON, the Mann Assembly Room will be transformed into an exhibit space featuring THON images, artifacts, and video from the past 40 years.

Visit thon.org for more information about the event. To donate to THON, visit donate.thon.org.

 

 

 

Contributions to University Libraries’ Textbook Fund lead to new endowment

For the second year in a row, the Penn State University Libraries Textbook Fund received a boost thanks to more than 70 donations totaling more than $30,000 from the recently concluded Giving Tuesday campaign. The Libraries participation in Giving Tuesday allowed alumni, students, parents and friends to support the Textbook Fund and increase the number of textbooks and course materials purchased each year, which can positively affect students across all majors, colleges, programs and campuses.

The $30,520 designated for the Textbook Fund in 2016 topped the Libraries’ 2015 Giving Tuesday total.

A new endowment, created by donations to the Textbook Fund in 2015 and 2016, will supplement the University Libraries’ budget in this specific area, with the goal of making available at least one current edition of each required text for every course offered at Penn State.

Matching gifts from individual supporters, three entities — the Penn State Bookstore, managed by Barnes and Noble; Shipley Energy; and the Penn State University Press — pledged funds to assist students through the new endowment. The Penn State Student Bookstore, managed by Barnes & Noble, pledged $10,000, with $5,000 each coming from Shipley Energy and the Penn State University Press.

Giving Tuesday 2017 is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28, but donations can be made to the University Libraries Textbook Endowment throughout the year at giveto.psu.edu.

For more information about the University Libraries Textbook Endowment, contact Wendi Keeler at wak109@psu.edu or 814-863-5446.

Libraries offers $1,250 award for outstanding undergraduate thesis

promotional graphic for outstanding undergraduate thesis award

The sixth annual competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award is underway with the goal of finding the best thesis by a Penn State undergraduate student, with the winner receiving $1,250. Awards of $750 and $500, are presented to the second- and third-place recipients, respectively. The Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award is a partnership between the University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College.

Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses who have graduated in summer or fall 2016 or plan to graduate in spring 2017 are eligible for the spring 2017 award. The competition includes a review of the submitted theses by a faculty jury, and oral presentations by the students chosen as finalists.

Students must submit an online application, have a statement of support submitted by a Penn State faculty member, and provide a copy of their final thesis. The deadline for the full submission is Monday, April 10. Three finalists will be notified by Monday, April 24 with the public oral defense by the finalists set for Thursday, May 4 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Details, including submission forms and application criteria, are available at tinyurl.com/thesisaward. For more information, contact Wendi Keeler at wak109@psu.edu or 814-863-5449.

An 8.5×11 poster with information about the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award is available as a downloadable PDF here.

Penn State University Press publications selected for AAUP Design Show

cover images of three of the five Penn State University Press books selected for the Association of American University Presses design show

The Association of American University Presses, a global organization of mission-driven scholarly publishers, has selected five Penn State University Press titles to showcase in its annual Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. The show highlights book design across seven categories. This year, 241 books, two journals, and 320 jacket and cover designs were submitted for a total of 563 entries. The jurors selected 50 books and 50 jackets and covers as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

The Penn State University Press titles selected for inclusion in this year’s show are Nature’s Truth: Photography, Painting, and Science in Victorian Britain by Anne Helmreich and Painting the Hortus deliciarum: Medieval Women, Wisdom, and Time by Danielle Joyner in the category of Scholarly Illustrated; Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge, and Pennsylvania German Heritage by William W. Donner in the category of Trade Illustrated; Measuring Shadows: Kepler’s Optics of Invisibility by Raz Chen-Morris and The Walking Med: Zombies and the Medical Image edited by Lorenzo Servitje and Sherryl Vint in the Jackets & Covers category.

View the full list of entries selected for this honor.

– submitted by Cate Fricke, Penn State University Press

Next Tech Update on Feb. 15

The next Tech Update is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

The agenda for this Tech Update includes these presentations:

  • Website Management – Binky Lush
  • Workstation Backups – Michelle Dzyak
  • ServiceNow Update – Michelle Dzyak

If you cannot participate in person please join us via MediaSite Live. After you have logged in, click I-Tech on the left navigation bar in the Mediasite catalog to watch.

– submitted by Melody Gehlbach, I-Tech

Communication improved; conflict reduced

Effective communication is essential not only for our professional life, but for our personal life as well. This interactive workshop from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, focuses on non-verbal communication, active listening, and barriers to effective communication. It explores how we can learn to effectively resolve conflicts more productively and prevent conflict from occurring, with a greater understanding of our conflict styles and methods of communication.

This workshop will also be available via Mediasite Live.

– submitted by Carmen Gass, User Training Services

Beyond the database demo: Information literacy instruction at the foundational level

Get an inside peek at what actually happens during a library instruction session for English 15 at University Park from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 20 in 211A Pattee. Presenter Amy White will explain the type of assignments that typically bring English 15 classes to the library, the particular information needs of these students, and some of the ways our information literacy librarians help students tackle their research challenges.

– submitted by Carmen Gass, User Training Services

Calling all literary foodies: participate in the Edible Book Festival

Are you creative in the kitchen? Do you enjoy literature and even…literary puns? Then the Edible Book Festival is for you! On Monday, March 20, the University Libraries will be hosting an Edible Book Festival in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park. This festival is part of a much larger International Book Festival which honors French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

The competition is open to all Penn State students, faculty, and staff who submit their intent to enter via this online form. The rules for the competition are simple: All entries must be edible and all entries must be “bookish,” as in they are shaped like a book or inspired by book, its characters, text, setting, or event a pun on the title. Prizes will be awarded in five categories: most creative, best depiction of a classic, funniest/punniest, most appetizing, and for the “people’s choice.”

Not a whiz in the kitchen? No worries! Plan on stopping by the event between noon and 1 p.m.on March 20  in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, to pick your favorite entry!

If you would like to help spread the word about the Libraries’ Edible Book Festival, an 8.5×11 poster is available as a downloadable PDF here. Or you can request an 11×17 printed poster by contacting Megan Gilpin at mcg13@psu.edu or 814-867-0069.

– submitted by Hailley Fargo, Knowledge Commons

Tech Tip: Beware of SPAM and phishing scams

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

Spam (form of electronic junk mail sent to mass users) and phishing scams (form of cybercrime that involves defrauding users by acting as legitimate companies or organizations in order to obtain sensitive information) are commonplace these days.

Below are some basic items to keep in mind to help keep your machine and the Libraries’ network safe:

  1. Do not open or respond to emails that look suspicious or unusual, are from someone you don’t know, or that generally ask you to take an action, such as making a payment or giving information or credit card details. If the email claims to be from a genuine company, but originated from a free web-based email service, it is likely spam.
  2. Do not open an attachment you weren’t expecting, especially if you don’t know the sender. Often malicious code masquerades as zip files or Word documents or some other file type. Scammers can easily change an the .EXE extension of a malicious file to .DOC.
  3. Just as you should not open attachments, do not click on a link in an email unless you are 100 percent sure it is safe to do so. It is easy to interject an infected hyperlink into the body copy of an email. If in doubt, delete it, or check with the sender or the Helpdesk.
  4. Don’t be fooled by phishing attempts. Someone, somewhere, will try to get personal information from you. Never give out personal details over email or fill in a form that pops up when you open up an email. May times throughout the year, you may receive an email that threatens to shut down your email account unless you provide your Penn State password. Penn State will NEVER ask for your password.
  5. On the phishing front, you shouldn’t open or interact with messages from businesses to which you haven’t given your address and be wary of messages from companies that already have your address. A popular tool among spammers is to act as if they were from your bank, for instance, suggesting you need to change your password. In cases such as these, it is best to check the banks’ website for details or call the banks’ helpdesk to ensure your account is in order — better safe than sorry! Banks and other organizations should not be contacting you via email for security purposes.
  6. Never rely solely on received e-mail when asked to perform financial or other sensitive transactions. Email is not a reliable assurance of sender’s identity. If you are the recipient of a sensitive email request, insist on conducting secondary out-of-band verification via phone call or in person. As in the case of this incident, the “from” address of an email may be fake – or a sender’s account could be compromised and in the hands of a malicious actor.
  7. For individuals processing fund transfer requests: Have written statements defining the controlled environment in which online banking transactions can be conducted (e.g. who is authorized to initiate and who may process requests, procedures for processing and verifying transactions, etc.)
  8. For security personnel: Plan for and document the setup of devices that process transactions, determine and provide appropriate training for personnel who process transactions, and routinely audit compliance of practices.

These are just a few of the best practices to help keep you safe. If you are unsure about an email link, attachment, or website, please feel free to contact the Libraries Helpdesk for further assistance.

LHR News: Feb. 13

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
Nathan Tallman, Digital Preservation Librarian

Part-time:
Matt Agboola – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Amanda Toll – Penn State Abington

Events: Feb. 13

Spring 2017

Through Tuesday, Feb. 28: Poster Exhibit: University Libraries Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Monthposters designed by Penn State students for 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration poster design competition, Pattee Library, Central Lobby (mall entrance), University Park.

Through Friday, August 30, 2017: “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating Our Humanity,” exhibitArts and Humanities Library operating hours, Diversity Studies Room, 203 Patee Library, University Park.

Through Friday, May 5: “From the Trenches: The Great War in Sepia” exhibit, spring semester hours, Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, University Park.

Through Friday, May 5: “Research Wrapped in Aesthetics: The Air Wall,” documentary exhibit, spring operating hours, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, 111 Stuckeman Family Building, University Park.

Monday-Friday, Feb. 6-17: Blind Date with a Book, Franklin Atrium, W106 Pattee Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Drupal Staff Site Training, 9:30-11 a.m., I-Tech Training Room, University Park, and Adobe Connect.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Authors’ Reception, celebration of Penn State Hazleton faculty publications, noon-1 p.m., Hazelton Library Lower Level, L-12, Hazelton.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Communication improved; Conflict reduced, presentation by Don Page, 1-2 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, 10-11 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and Mediasite Live.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Human Library, 1-7 p.m., multiple locations at University Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: “Studying African Indigenous Knowledge for Improved Health and Biodiversity,” with Abderrahim Ouarghidi and Bronwen Powell, 3-4 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Getting to Know GIS: GIS Literacy3:30-4:30 p.m., Donald W. Hamer Maps Library, W13 Pattee Library, University Park, and Adobe Connect.

Friday, Feb. 17: Harrell Health Sciences Library Research and Learning Commons dedication, ribbon cutting and open house, noon-5 p.m., Harrell Health Sciences Library Research and Learning Commons, Hershey. Space is limited for keynote address and ribbon cutting ceremony. Please RSVP by Feb. 10.

Sunday, Feb. 19: THON Live-Stream Viewing, noon-4 p.m., watch the final four hours of THON, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday, Feb. 19: THON Pop-up Exhibit of Archival Material, noon-4:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Dean Dewey’s Annual Open House, 2-3 p.m., 510 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: COP Discussion: Digital Badges and Micro-credentialing, moderated by Emily Rimland and Torrie Raish, 2-3 p.m., via Zoom.

Thursday, Feb. 23: TEAM Library, 2-3:30 p.m., with Moses Davis, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Introduction to ArcGIS Online3:30-4:30 p.m., Donald W. Hamer Maps Library, W13 Pattee Library, University Park, and Adobe Connect.

Friday, Feb. 24: “Moving Mountains and Liberating Dialogues: My Life as a Black Feminist Archaeologist,” talk by Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, co-sponsored by ICIK, 3:30 p.m., 216 Williard Building, University Park. Reception to follow in 118 Williard Building.

Saturday, Feb. 25: One-day workshop on Indigenous Knowledge, with Abderrahim Ouarghidi and Bronwen Powell, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., location TBA, University Park. RSVP to Mark Mattson at mam1196@psu.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 25: 2017 Women’s Studies Graduate Organization Conference — Feminism, Race, and the Anthropocene, co-sponsored by ICIK, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park.

Monday, Feb. 27: Diversity and Inclusion brown bag, sponsored by the Diversity Committee, noon-1 p.m., 403 Paterno Library, University Park and via Zoom.

Monday, Feb. 27: Strategic Plan Input Forum, 3-4 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and via Mediasite Live.

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Strategic Plan Input Forum,10-11 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and via Mediasite Live.

Wednesday, March 1: Docunight, documentary screening about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday-Saturday, March 5-11: Spring break, no classes.

Thursday, March 9: Introduction to BLUEcloud Analytics, 10-11:30 a.m., I-Tech Training Room, Paterno Library, University Park, and Adobe Connect.

Wednesday, March 15: COP Discussion: Ithaka Survey Results and Instruction, moderated by Steve Borrelli and Rebecca Miller, 2-3 p.m., via Zoom.

Tuesday, March 14: Centre County Reads: Panel discussion of Stacey Lee’s “Under a Painted Sky,” 4-5:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday, March 17: Art + Feminism Wiki-edit-a-thon, 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Monday, March 20: Edible Book Contest judging, noon-1:00 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, March 22: “This Book is an Action: The Politics of Feminist Publishing,” presentation by Jennifer Gilley, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Abington Library, Abington.

Monday-Friday, March 20-24: Maker Fair, week-long outreach event, Hazleton Library, Hazelton.

Thursday, March 23: Conversations with Carmen, with guest speaker State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, noon-1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, March 23: TEAM Library, 2-3:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, March 28: Diversity Committee Annual Potluck, noon-1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, March 28: Dean’s Forum, 1:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Thursday, March 30: Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, “Books, Bodies, and Circulations of Dancing in Early 18th-Century France and England,” by Linda Tomko, 4:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, reception to follow in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, April 4: Interactive Civility Workshop, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, April 5: Undergraduate Research Exhibition9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. poster sessions; 4 p.m. awards ceremony, Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park.

Wednesday, April 5: “You’re ‘kitten-me,’ it’s that easy? Tips and tricks for taming LionSearch and the CAT, 4-5 p.m. 211A Pattee Library, University Park.

Wednesday, April 5: Docunight, documentary screening about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, April 6: “Why Indigenous Knowledge Systems Matter for U.S. Land-grant Universities: Responsibilities and Challenges,” lecture by Kyle Whyte, 10-11 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday-Saturday, April 7-8: Boundaries of the Human in the Age of the Life Sciences Capstone Conference, presentations by ten renowned scholars, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park. Register by March 17.

Wednesday, April 12: COP Discussion: ACRL Debrief, 2-3 p.m., via Zoom.

Thursday, April 13: Celebration of Scholarship Research Fair, noon-6 p.m., Gym, Athletics and Recreation Building, Wilkes-Barre.

Friday, April 14: Remembrance of Kiarostami: The Life of an Iranian Artist, all day event, multiple locations, Pattee Library and Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, April 18: “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” documentary, sponsored by the Libraries Diversity Committee, 7-9 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, April 18: Tech Update, by Libraries I-Tech staff, 2-3 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and Mediasite Live.

Wednesday, April 19: Poetry Slam7-9 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, April 20: Beyond the Database Demo: Information Literacy Instruction at the Foundational Level, 11 a.m.-noon, 211A Pattee Library, University Park.

Thursday, April 20: 2017 Public Poetry Contest winners public reading, 7:30-8:30 p.m.,
Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, April 26: Financial Literacy Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Black Box Theater, Slusser/Bayzick Building, Hazleton.

Friday, April 28: Last day of spring classes.

Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2: DeStress Fest, 3-8 p.m, University Park library locations.

Monday-Friday, May 1-5: Final exams.

Wednesday, May 3: Docunight, documentary screening about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, May 4: Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award Public, Oral Defense, three award finalists, 3:30-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday-Sunday, May 5-7: Spring commencement weekend, most campuses.

Tuesday, May 9: COP Workshop, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

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