Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dean’s Doings

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

Ann Snowman and I traveled to Harrisburg to meet with the other State Resources Centers. Penn State is the only academic library designated as a Center. We receive funds from the Commonwealth to support aspects of Interlibrary Loan, collections and digitization. Attending the meeting, in addition to us included:

Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary of Education for Libraries (State Librarian)
Alice Lubrecht, Bureau Director, State Library
Mary Frances Cooper, President and Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Richard Kaplan, Manager, Reference Services, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia
Tiffany Nardella, District Consultant, Free Library of Philadelphia

In addition to providing updates on our respective activities Maryam Phillips, HSLC, and Doreva Belfiore, Temple University (soon to be at HSLC) gave an exciting presentation about digitization efforts through the Power Library. We also discussed areas of continued interest including PA Newspapers, OER, workforce development and financial literacy, makerspaces, and other topics. The Center reps will now meet on a regular basis after several years in hiatus. They all thanked Penn State for continued leadership and hard work to support the Commonwealth.

Joe Salem and I traveled to Penn State Berks to attend the Transforming Education Strategic Initiative Forum. I met with the faculty and staff from Thun Library and also toured the library. It looks great with recent renovations and I was excited to sit down with the great folks who run Thun. Thanks John Shank and everyone.

Reminder: Dean’s Forum March 28

Join us for the Dean’s Forum at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and on MediaSite Live.

Dean Barbara I. Dewey will present an impressive list of kudos and followed by a panel discussion to share the mission and relationship with the University Libraries featuring Patrick Alexander, Penn State University Press; Steve Hinckley, Penn State Law Library, University Park; Gail Partin, Penn State Dickinson Law Library, Carlisle; and Cynthia Robinson, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Hershey.

Please join us in person or online to learn more!

Reminder: Mann Lecture March 30 focuses on art and information of dance notation

Linda Tomko, a historian, performer, and embodier of dances past, will serve as the distinguished speaker for the 2017 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on Penn State’s University Park campus. Tomko will share her talk “Books, Bodies, and Circulations of Dancing in Early 18th-Century France and England” which includes references to items in the Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Early Dance Collection (1531–1804). A reception following the lecture will be held in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

The Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, named in honor of Charles W. Mann Jr., the first Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair for Special Collections in the University Libraries. This annual event featuring scholars with academic research areas connected to the materials held in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library is supported by the Mary Louise Krumrine Endowment.

Sundance Grand Jury winner “Sonita” featured for Docunight screening April 5

woman wearing a red baseball cap holds index holds her finger over her mouth to indicate "no speaking"

Sonita Alizadeh, who dreams of being a rapper, is the main subject of the 2016 documentary, “Sonita”

Valuable to her family as a bride to be sold, 17-year-old Sonita Alizadeh instead dreams of a becoming a rapper. As women are forbidden to sing in Iran, she performs only for her fellow refugees in a Tehran shelter.

“Sonita,” the April selection for the “Docunight: Iran via Documentaries” series, will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 5 at Mont Alto in the Mont Alto Campus Library and University Park. For the April event at University Park, the film screening will be held in 102 Chemistry Building. Co-sponsored by the Iranian Student Association and Penn State University Libraries, Docunight events are free and open to the public.

Sonita” won the 2016 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best world cinema documentary. Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, the film focuses on the efforts to end child marriage and shows the risks and traditional obstacles for an Afghani family living in exile in Iran.

The Docunight series is an initiative to encourage cultural exchange and understanding of Iran through documentaries. The films are about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, and the American showings are part of a collaboration with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

The Penn State News article is available online and an 8.5×11 poster PDF is available for download here. For more information on this event, or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Mark Mattson, global partnerships and outreach librarian, at 814-863-2480 or mam1196@psu.edu in advance of the event.

 

 

Brandywine designs discussion group using Libraries’ microgrant

group of students sitting at tables arranged in a U-shaped configurationArticle and image by Haleigh Swanson, Penn State Brandywine

Last summer, Penn State Brandywine instructors and librarians worked together to design a unique book discussion group for the Multilingual Student Course Cluster and Brandywine Learning. The Multilingual Student Course Cluster supports students who are non-native speakers of English and need assistance developing English language skills, while Brandywine Learning enhances academic achievement through free, on-campus tutoring.

“University Libraries offers innovation microgrants each year,” said Annie Jansen, assistant librarian at Brandywine. “Over the summer, we came up with this idea of using Kindle Fires so we could use a textbook and audio book simultaneously.”

The audio-visual options offered by a Kindle allow students to interact with the assigned book in a variety of ways, aided by embedded features like dictionaries and reference sites. After interacting with the books on their Kindles, students in the Multilingual Student Course Cluster and Brandywine Learning met for a joint book discussion. The coordinators also raffled off three Kindle Fires to student participants.

The book club format serves obvious educational purposes, such as encouraging intellectual discussion. It has also proven beneficial for social and nonacademic reasons. Christine Brown, coordinator of Brandywine Learning, Jansen and Deb Ousey, coordinator of the Multilingual Student Course Cluster, hope to continue exploring new possibilities with the Kindle-based book discussion, opening more students to a collaborative approach to reading.

The complete Penn State News article is available for online reading.

New exhibit explores the world of plastics

promotional graphic with colorful plastic letters spelling out PLASTICS

A new exhibit, “Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape,” offers an in-depth exploration of University Libraries’ materials related to plastic and demonstrates how plastics are now an indispensable part of our daily life. On display through Wednesday, Aug. 9, the exhibit is free and open to the public and is available for viewing during spring semester Pattee Library operating hours.

Curated by J. Harlan Ritchey, Penn State information resources and services support specialist at the Engineering Library, and Graham Berg, Media Commons consultant, the exhibit explores the various manifestations of plastic, from plastic surgery to the plastic arts.

Posters in Sidewater Commons detail a wide breadth of information on plastic production and engineering, recycling and sustainability, and environmental impact. Two central exhibit cases in Pattee Library also feature materials related to plastics. The first case focuses on moments from the “Great Book Move.” The other exhibit case focuses on the Makers Commons, a University-wide initiative to enrich the Penn State teaching and learning experience through 3D printing.

The Penn State News article about this exhibit includes additional details and accommodation information.

Lecture emphasizes importance of indigenous knowledge systems

man with black glasses and beard

Kyle Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University

A lecture by Kyle Whyte on the importance and opportunities for land-grant universities to collaborate with indigenous peoples and indigenous knowledge systems will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Whyte’s talk, sponsored by the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge, will also be available for public viewing at live.libraries.psu.edu.

Whyte, who holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University, will present “Why Indigenous Knowledge Systems Matter for U.S. Land-Grant Universities: Responsibilities and Challenges.”

Collaboration with indigenous communities presents important opportunities for university-based researchers to contribute to solving some of the hardest problems in the world. In the context of the United States, Whyte will discuss the potential, the responsibilities and challenges for land-grant universities creating programs and seeking greater engagement with indigenous peoples and indigenous knowledge systems, especially in states where no federally recognized tribes currently exist.

An 8.5×11 poster with information about the “Why Indigenous Knowledge Systems Matter for U.S. Land-Grant Universities: Responsibilities and Challenges” lecture is available as a downloadable PDF. The complete Penn State News article is available for reading online.

For more information on this event, or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Mark Mattson, global partnerships and outreach librarian, at 814-863-2480 or mam1196@psu.edu in advance of your visit.

Cato-2 Annex continues to serve as a training site for K9 units

three uniformed officers each with a dog on a leash
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, the Penn State University Library Cato-2 Annex served as a training location for K9 Units from the Penn State University Police and Pennsylvania Capitol Police.

The Annex provides an environment for the K9 Dogs with lots of space to do their training.  We will continue to host emergency units to aid in their mission to protect all.

– submitted by Verne Neff, Collection Maintenance, Annex

Save the Date: Discovery Day 2017 set for June 1

The 12th annual Discovery Day is scheduled for Thursday,  June 1, 2017 with the program and registration opening on Monday, May 1, 2017.

The Discovery Day committee is hard at work to make sure this year’s event is a memorable one. Please be on the lookout for upcoming news regarding the event. Visit our website for more updates: tinyurl.com/discoveryday17.

– submitted by Angel Peterson, Discovery Day committee

Tech Tip: Adding external training to an LRN transcript

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

There will be times during your employment at Penn State where you will attend external training not provided by the University or attend a training not located in LRN. These training activities, sessions or courses can be added to your transcript manually.

  1. Click on My Transcript button on the LRN homepage or select View Your Transcript from the learning menu.
  2. Click the Options button in the upper right-hand corner of the transcript area.
  3. Select Add External Training from the drop-down menu.

screenshot of menu options for adding training to learning resource network transcripts

  1. Fill in the form provided with all of the information you have regarding the external training.

Note: only the title of the training is required; however, it is a best practice to include as much information as possible for accurate records.

  1. Click the Select a File button in the attachment(s) section to add a certificate, transcript, supporting documentation, etc. to this record, if desired.
  2. Click the Submit button.
  3. Click the Complete button next to the external training within the transcript once the training has been completed.

 

Events: March 27

Spring 2017

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.

Through Wednesday, August 9, 2017: “Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape” exhibit, Pattee Library operating hours, Sidewater Commons and central entrance, Pattee Library, 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.

Monday-Thursday, March 27-30: Maker Fair, week-long outreach event, Hazleton Library, Hazelton.

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, 1:30-3 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Wednesday, March 29: The Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue, presentations and conversations, 3-4 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Wednesday, March 29:  “The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood,” lecture by Dr. Irving Finkel, 6 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

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.

Monday, April 3: Centre County Reads: Rethinking the American West, panel discussion inspired by Stacey Lee’s “Under a Painted Sky,” 4-5:30 p.m., 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: Iran via Documentaries, “Sonita,” documentary screening about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, 7 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, 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.

Tuesday, April 11: “Fantastic Beasts and How to Understand them: Godzilla, Kaiju, and the Nuclear Age,” lecture by Dr. John Haddad, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harrisburg Library, Harrisburg.

Wednesday, April 12: Alumni Library event, 1-3 p.m., Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, Deike Building, University Park.

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.

Thursday, April 13: Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving, lecture by Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec, 1-2 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and Mediasite Live.

Friday, April 14 through July 30, “The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection,” hours of operation, Paterno Family Reading Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park.

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

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.

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: Earth Day Marigold Giveaway, by the University Libraries Green Committee, 2-4 p.m., Frankllin Auditorium, Pattee Library, University Park.

Thursday, April 20: “An Evening of Pennsylvania Poets” 2017 Public Poetry Contest winners public reading7:30-9:30 p.m., hosted by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday, April 23: International Write-In, 3:30 p.m.-midnight, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

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

Wednesday, April 26: Conversations with Carmen, with guest speaker Bob Smith of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/Eisenhower Chapel, noon-1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

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.

Monday, May 8: MediaTech Expo, Media and Technology Support Services invites vendors to showcase the latest in technology products, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., President’s Hall, Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park.

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.

Holders’ $1.2M donation funds educational resources, education scholarship

John and Barbara Holder, 1965 alumni of Penn State’s College of Education, have made a $1.2 million estate commitment to be shared equally between the University Libraries and the College of Education. Half of the funds will endow an educational resources collection, and the other half will support an undergraduate scholarship for education majors.

“John and Barbara’s generous, forward-thinking commitment to supporting student success in the classroom and with University Libraries resources will help future generations of students minimize their debt responsibilities,” Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, said. “Through their endowment, the Libraries can increase its impact in helping Penn State students mitigate the high cost of access to scholarly knowledge.”

“This is a wonderful gift that will enhance collaborative work with our colleagues in the University Libraries while simultaneously making it more possible for our students to realize their dreams of becoming highly effective educators,” David Monk, dean of the College of Education, said. “We’re deeply grateful for the Holders’ generosity and deep commitment to advancing multiple parts of the field of education.”

The Holders, both public educators retired from the Batavia City School District, long have held libraries in high regard and are appreciative of the role libraries play at Penn State and in the local community. The John and Barbara Holder Educational Resources Collections Endowment will help ensure that the Libraries can provide research-level materials for all subjects and departments, including textbooks. The endowment will impact students by decreasing course costs and promoting their academic success.

The John and Barbara Holder Undergraduate Scholarship in Education will support students with income-based need by helping lower the financial barriers to a Penn State undergraduate degree in elementary or secondary education.

The complete Penn State News article is available to read online.

 

Campus and community invited to March 29 event “Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue”

promotional graphic for intercultural dialogue event on March 29

Encouraging intercultural dialogues and conversations, the Penn State University Libraries joins three organizations, the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP), English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC), and Global Connections, for an event to showcase intercultural dialogues facilitated and supported by the three organizations, both on campus and in the community.

“The Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue” will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 with 15 IECP international students and their Penn State student partners sharing posters about what they have learned about each other and their respective cultures during their conversation partner program. The event in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park, will also serve as a venue for EPPIC and Global Connections to present the many resources and opportunities available for the university and the community.

Each semester, through the IECP, international and domestic students are paired and together produce a poster that documents what they have learned about each other and themselves during six weeks of hourlong conversations about assigned cultural topics. The international students and domestic partners think about how to portray what they have learned in a short amount of time to a diverse audience.

Questions and feedback from these public poster sessions help the international students develop proficiencies and confidence in non-native spoken interactions while this rewarding experience also engages individuals seeking to develop a deeper intercultural awareness. Following the brief poster sessions, the students and visitors often continue their conversations, learning about their backgrounds as well as similarities and differences in traditions, families, food and holiday celebrations.

An 8.5×11 poster with information about “The Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue” event is available as a downloadable PDF. The complete Penn State News article is available for reading online. For additional information on this event, or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Mark Mattson, global partnerships and outreach librarian, at 814-863-2480 or mam1196@psu.edu in advance of the event.

 

 

Embedded librarian update in Canvas

The embedded librarian program is getting ready to launch an asynchronous course for librarians to complete prior to being embedded. There are librarians embedded this semester in Geography, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Political Science, and Community and Economic Development in addition to plans for future semesters.

The following blog also ran in the Canvas site:

The goal of library integration into Canvas is to make it easier for students to use the library. This places the library into the virtual learning space of students. It offers contextualized library instruction and support in the midst of their major projects and assignments in a just-in-time learning model. Integrations are much more effective when the system is built to handle these integrations and interoperability. There are three major library integrations that have been added to Canvas. The reason we did this is to meet the goal of making it easier for students, and thus increasing student use, of the library. The library website can be overwhelming to students, particularly online students, and allowing students to seamlessly interact with library resources while staying in their Learning Management System leads to more and better engagement with the library.

This post is intended to provide information on embedded librarians and the librarian role within Canvas. Imagine that you are a student in a class that has a large research component and you have never been asked to find a scholarly, peer-reviewed source before, nor have you used one article to find the known sources listed within that article. This is an overwhelming task for anyone, but it is particularly overwhelming to students who are balancing many different responsibilities. What would you do if you were a student in this situation? I know that I would turn to Google or another search engine that I frequently used to define these terms. I would then stumble around the library website, desperately trying to find something that would work for the assignment. Unfortunately, librarians see students like this on a regular basis.

Now what if there was a librarian embedded in the class and added to the course roster so students could directly identify their librarian and get help with a range of processes dealing with research inquiry? This librarian could manage a discussion board, create helpful tutorials, assess library-related assignments, or provide feedback on the sources students are using in their work. This is what is formally known as an embedded librarian. These librarians are particularly helpful for research-intensive, higher-level courses where students need to complete complex search strategies and synthesize literature. The librarian is added to Canvas and collaborates with the instructor, instructional designer, and online learning librarian to plan varying levels of integration into these courses.

This is made possible by the librarian role in Canvas. This role allows the librarian to be labeled “librarian” so that students know who they should contact in the event of research questions. This librarian may have a course guide that is also in Canvas and can create learning activities that are added to the overall course. The librarian can also provide feedback on research assignments and serve as an information consultant and resource acquisition specialist for the instructor and instructional designers.

It is very important that if you think an embedded librarian would be perfect for your World Campus course that you reach out to me at victoria@psu.edu and include me in conversations so I can coordinate and manage this program. Librarians should not be added to courses without their knowledge because this leads to miscommunication, misunderstanding, and frustration for all parties involved from the librarians who may not know how to or have the time to interact with students in this manner and students who might reach out for help to an unsuspecting librarian.

This program can be a valuable addition to any program on campus.

– submitted by Victoria Raish, World Campus and Penn State Online

“Godzilla Lecture” comes to Harrisburg Library April 11

promotional display with exhibit items for "Fantastic Beasts" lecture April 4On Tuesday, April 11, Dr. John Haddad, professor of American Studies and Popular Culture, will present a special “Godzilla Lecture” at the Penn State Harrisburg Library to celebrate a new collection of Godzilla and other “Kaiju” DVDs. From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Haddad will present his lecture, “Fantastic Beasts, and How to UNDERSTAND Them: Godzilla, Kaiju, and the Nuclear Age.” Interested individuals may bring a lunch or snack with beverages provided by the library.

Thanks to a Student Activity Fund grant, the Harrisburg Library has acquired about two dozen Godzilla and other “Kaiju” DVDs for student leisure and academic viewing for those interested in pop culture, movies or Japan. “Kaiju” is a Japanese word that refers to “monsters” and is used mostly in the context of Godzilla and other Japanese films that were produced from the end of World War II, with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, to the present.

Regarding academic purposes, Haddad teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on popular culture. In these classes, he typically selects pop culture texts that students can connect to key intellectual ideas or historical concepts. He plans to use the Kaiju films as “nuclear narratives” that reflect the complex emotional responses of Japanese and Americans to nuclear power and weapons — responses in which fascination mingle with fear.

Though such narratives are of interest to any student of the 20th century, they especially resonate with students at Harrisburg, which almost literally rests in the shadow of Three Mile Island. Similar to Haddad, Dr. Charles Kupfer, associate professor of American Studies and History, teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on the theme of War and Culture. More specifically, he hopes to use the Kaiju collection to demonstrate how the Japanese used the monster movie, formerly a low-prestige genre, in a larger national effort to reconstruct Japanese pride and the Japanese psyche in the wake of World War II’s devastation.

Indeed, the same atomic power that brought terrifying destruction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki also led to the creation of Godzilla, who became an enduring symbol of Japanese pride and power. He also believes that the movies, which the Japanese successfully exported, came to represent Japan’s amazing economic resurgence later in the century. Both professors plan to use the film collection frequently in their classes.

The students of Penn State Harrisburg have a strong connection to nuclear/atomic power since our campus is adjacent to the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, home to the most infamous meltdown of a nuclear plant in U.S. history. This connection impacts our identity in that our College literary magazine is entitled “From the Fallout Shelter” and the library houses a collection of materials related to the nuclear accident in 1979. Therefore, it is appropriate that this library should have the ultimate “Kaiju” collection for the enjoyment and leisure viewing pleasure of all Penn State Harrisburg students.

Thanks to the Harrisburg Student Activity Fund, and library colleagues Glenn Rudy for selecting the films and Angela Caldwell for designing a wonderful poster and exhibit.

– submitted by Glenn McGuigan, Harrisburg Library

Getting to Know You: Tricia Super

dark-haired woman smilingby Tracy Reilly and Jennifer Cywinski

Tricia Super is the type of employee that most supervisors want on their staff. She started working for the libraries as part-time, nighttime staff in 2005. Over the years she has had other full-time positions, but she’s remained dedicated to the library where she spends her nights and Saturdays. She especially loves working with faculty and students to get the materials that they need for success!

Great Valley’s graduate professional studies courses are held in the evening, which means that the library is busiest when Tricia is on the clock. Tricia also helps many of the local residents who visit Great Valley for a place to research and work. She has worn many hats including working with serials, databases, circulation, and reference. When you work at a smaller campus library, you tend to learn all aspects of the job.

Something you might not know about Tricia is that she and her family are long-time members of the Mummers in the Fancy Brigade Division! The Mummers Parade takes place every New Year’s Day in Philadelphia and is believed to be the oldest Folk Festival in the United States, having begun in 1901. It’s a local tradition that shouldn’t be missed!

Tricia is a current member at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she is a Eucharistic Minister, a volunteer with Cabrini University’s Alumni Office, and a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in Chester County. To top it all off, Tricia spent 12 years in the Girl Scouts and earned the Gold Award, which is the association’s highest achievement.

Winners selected in five categories in first-ever Edible Book Festival

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Thank you to everyone who helped out with judging the People’s Choice Award for the first-ever Edible Book Contest on Monday, March 20. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Preeya Kuray, a student in the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program, was selected as the winner! Other winners include:

  • Most Creative: Ashley Hoover with Animal Cracker Farm
  • Best Depiction of a Classic: Preeya Kuray with A Wrinkle in Time
  • Funniest/Punniest: Ali Zawoski with Twinkie Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Most Appetizing: Lourdes Bobbio with Quidditch World Cup

Thanks to Rebecca Miller, Joe Salem, Linda Struble and Ann Thompson for their judging talents, and Jose Guerrero for his creative edible book project.

– submitted by Hailley Fargo, Knowledge Commons