Daily Archives: April 10, 2017

Dean’s Doings

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

Late March through April brings many, many exciting events. I wish I could attend all of them.

Some highlights from the last few days for me was providing opening remarks for the COIL and University Libraries sponsored panel during OER Week (celebrated nationally and internationally). We had a terrific Dean’s Forum attended by upwards of 200 people featuring our colleagues, Gail Partin, Steve Hinckley, Cynthia Robinson, and Patrick Alexander to discuss the special features and relationships of the law libraries, health sciences library, and Penn State Press. We hosted a new faculty and staff orientation and I had the opportunity to meet and talk with 12 staff and three faculty who have recently joined the Libraries. We also had the fantastic Mann Lecture featuring Linda Tomko, an expert in historical dance, and featuring items in the Mary Ann O’Brian Early Dance Collection (1531-1804) which, among other things contains historical dance notations. The culmination of the last week in March was attending Penn State’s Alumni Achievement Awards. Congratulations to Kimlyn and John Patishnock whose son, Mark, received one of these very prestigious awards.

I hope you took the opportunity to go to the PAMS open house like I did. It was fantastic with new furniture configurations, more space for students and collaboration, a One Button Studio, and a light screen. Obviously, it is very popular with students. Gate count is up 25%.

The Commission for Women luncheon was amazing and featured Sue Paterno as the speaker. We have many library people on the Commission including Erin Burns, Liz Long, Sherry Lonsdale, Rebecca Miller, Suzanne Shamrock, Linda Struble, Tracie Wickersham and affiliate members Jane Ingold, Lisa Moyer, Jennifer Gilley, Torrie Raisch and Lana Munip.

I had the great pleasure to represent the University Libraries in the honor ceremony on April 1 at the New Faces of an Ancient People 13th Annual Traditional American Powwow with colleagues from Admissions, College of Communications and College of Education. We are all supporters of the Powwow. The ceremony is very special for many reasons. We were personally thanked by attendees and then encouraged to dance in a circle with them. I know many library staff volunteer at the Powwow, but if you have not yet attended I encourage you to try it. There is delicious authentic food and an amazing array of vendors. The event was held at Mt. Nittany Middle School, State College.

group of individuals at ceremonial powwow event


Honors for Associate Deans Salem and Langley

Anne Langley, the Libraries’ associate dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications, and Joe Salem, associate dean of Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries, recently have been recognized with significant professional honors.

Langley has been has been named one of 34 Fellows of the 2017 Leading Change Institute, sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources and EDUCAUSE, and Salem has been named the 2017 Library and Information Science Alumnus of the Year by Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (iSchool).

Salem’s honor is given to an iSchool graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession, and will be presented to him at a university ceremony April 25 in Kent, Ohio. Langley and her cohort of Fellows — a select group of librarians, information technologists and others in the information sector across the United States — will meet for a weeklong residential seminar experience to explore higher education challenges and solutions. The 2017 Institute will be held June 11-16 in Washington, D.C.

You can read more on Penn State News about Salem’s alumnus of the year award and Langley’s selection as an LCI Fellow — which, incidentally, Dean Barbara Dewey also participated in as a member of its inaugural class under its original name, the Frye Leadership Institute.

Nine students receive Information Literacy Awards at 2017 Undergraduate Research Exhibition

The Libraries presented nine awards at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition April 5, 2017 to recognize scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review. More than 270 students presented research with approximately 230 posters on display at the HUB-Robeson Center.

The John Sr. and Kimlyn Patishnock Information Literacy Award Grand Prize of $500 was awarded to Olivia Runk, a senior nursing major at the Hershey Medical Center, for her poster, “Exploring the relationship between personality and subjective cognitive impairment in older adults.”

The Information Literacy Awards
were given as follows:
First Place, $200: Courtney Heidle, a junior majoring in Biobehavioral Health
“Can an Existing Theory be Adapted to Better Predict Infant Feeding Information Seeking Behaviors of Parents?”

Second Place, $150: Jordan Gibby, a senior majoring in Human Development
“Couple and Family Leisure Time and Adolescent Well-being in India”

Third Place, $100: Sumit Pareek, a junior Chemical Engineering major
“Pathways to Impact at Scale for Malaria Prevention: Using the Built Environment as a Global Health Strategy”

Honorable Mentions, listed in alphabetical order, $50
Emily Hentz Leister, a senior majoring in Kinesiology
“Breaking Down the Barriers of Bike Shares: An examination of Bike Share Operations”

Elizabeth Hopta, a junior English major
“The Imperfect Minority: Asian Americans at the San Francisco State Strike”

Madeline Nyblade, a junior majoring in Geoscience
“Numerican Modeling of the Agricultural-Hydrologic System in Punjab, India”

Joshua Riley, a senior Biomedical Engineering major
“Impact of Shear Rate on Von Willebrand Factor Unfolding”

Alison Roby, a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering
“The acute functional connectivity changes in the rat brain following nicotine administration”

A special thank you to all the Libraries’ volunteer judges:
Amanda Clossen
Vanessa Eyer
Hailley Fargo
Elise Gowen
Jose Guerrero
Janet Hughes
John Meier
Rebecca Miller
Rebecca Peterson
Emily Rimland
Nonny Schlotzhauer
Karla Schmit
Alessia Zanin-Yost

– submitted by Rebecca Peterson, Library Learning Services

Discovery – Tell us what you think

How do users discover and access our collections? Are they finding what they need via LionSearch? Via The CAT? The Discovery Solutions Working Group wants to hear from you. Please provide feedback via our brief survey and join us at an upcoming Brown Bag to share your thoughts about what you want to see in our discovery tools (e.g., our search/browsing systems such as Lion Search, The CAT, etc.).

The survey should take about five minutes to complete and will be open until midnight, Friday, April 14.

The Brown Bags will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room, 510A Paterno and via Zoom (meeting ID: 8148630626) on the following dates:

Friday, April 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, noon–1:30 pm

There is no set agenda for the Brown Bags — we are looking forward to hearing your ideas, concerns and recommendations regarding discovery of our resources. Feel free to bring your lunch to the discussion; coffee, water and cookies will be provided.

On behalf of the Discovery Solutions Working Group:
Zoe Chao
Marie Cirelli
Jennie Knies
James Keyzer-Andre
Banu Kutlu
Eric Novotny
Jeff Edmunds (resource)
Dace Freivalds (chair)

– submitted by Dace Freivalds, chair, Discovery Solutions Working Group

Penn State laureate discusses creative problem-solving April 13

Rebecca Strzelec, Penn State laureate and professor of visual arts at Penn State Altoona, will present “Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the campus and local community. Penn State University Libraries employees who are unable to attend in person may enjoy the presentation on Mediasite Live.

A Penn State faculty member since 2002, Strzelec has been using 3D printing technologies in her work since 1999 and will address 3D printing’s trajectory as well as the significant and meaningful advances in many fields, including health care, safety, architecture, and art and design. Strzelec’s presentation will also include her experiences as a co-principal investigator on a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant focusing on multi-field responsive origami structures.

For more information on this event, or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Jeff Knapp, Larry and Ellen Foster Communications Librarian, at 814-863-2480 or jak47@psu.edu in advance of the presentation.

The complete Penn State News article may be read online. An 8.5×11 downloadable PDF is available for printing or for sharing with colleagues.

Curators of Pulitzer exhibit offer ‘Learn at Lunch’ program and tour April 17

promotional graphic for learn at lunch program on Pulitzer Prize

Five panelists, all affiliated with the University Libraries, will present a “Learn at Lunch” panel discussion on the Pulitzer Prize at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. The prestigious Pulitzer Prize, its centennial celebration, and the exhibit “100 Years of the Pulitzer: Celebrating our Humanity” will be the focus of the hour-long discussion. A guided tour of the exhibit in the Diversity Studies Room will begin following the discussion. The “Learn at Lunch” talk and docent tour are free and open to the public, and walk-in guests are welcome.

The panelists for this “Learn at Lunch” event are Jeff Knapp, Larry and Ellen Foster Communications Librarian; Jose Guerrero, diversity resident librarian; Alia Gant, diversity resident librarian; Pembroke Childs, information resources and services support specialist; and Nonny Schlotzhauer, acting head, Social Sciences Library.

The docent tour following the discussion will provide a review of the “100 Years of the Pulitzer” exhibit materials, which include more than 50 Pulitzer-winning display items. The exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Humanity,” is available for viewing through Aug. 30, and the complementary exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Musicality,” will be on display through May 7. Operating hours for Pattee Library vary day to day, so consult the

The exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Humanity,” is available for viewing through Aug. 30, and the complementary exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Musicality,” will be on display through May 7. Operating hours for Pattee Library vary day to day, so consult the online list of hours for the most up-to-date information.

The Penn State News article about this event with detailed information about the panelists may be read online. An 8.5×11 downloadable PDF for this event is available to print or share with colleagues.

For more information on this event, or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Knapp at 814-867-6051 or jak47@psu.edu in advance of your visit.

Reminder: University Libraries Awards nominations due April 17

Nominations for the University Libraries Awards will be accepted until midnight Monday, April 17, 2017.

All award criteria and nomination forms are available at the Libraries staff and faculty awards page of our intranet. Nominations from previous years may be submitted for consideration in 2017.

Five awards will be presented at the University Libraries Awards celebration on May 11:  the Libraries Diversity AwardLibraries Teaching AwardMargaret Knoll Spangler Oliver AwardShirley J. Davis Staff Excellence Award; and The University Libraries Award.

Please consider nominating a colleague who makes your job easier or who exemplifies the excellence of one of these awards.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at jaf23@psu.edu if you should have any questions about criteria or the nomination process.

– submitted by Joe Fennewald, Libraries Awards Committee

Springshare presentation experience at ACRL

Many of our librarians attended the ACRL conference in Baltimore at the end of March. Penn State had a huge presence and even got double credit for supplying coffee to the whole conference! I participated in a really fun presentation at the conference. I submitted a proposal to SpringShare to talk about an innovative way that I am using SpringShare products and talked about my “Link in Every Syllabus” initiative.

promotional graphic for faculty to include a link to the libraries for students in online learning environments

In addition to presenting in the exhibit hall, the session was live-streamed on Facebook. It was so much fun! I felt like I was Rachel Ray giving a presentation in the exhibit hall. I used a microphone and was speaking during a session break. In addition, the presentation was easily archived by SpringShare and is visible through all of their communication channels. I thought this was a neat and different way to bring the awesome things Penn Staters are doing to a broader community. It was a little nervewracking being live streamed, but afterward, I definitely wanted to do it again.

SpringShare has been doing this for about two years and I strongly encourage others to submit a proposal if you are using SpringShare products in an innovative way.

View my guest presentation on “A Link in Every Syllabus” here: http://buzz.springshare.com/videohighlights/flashacrl2017/syllabus

Additional ACRL presentations are available on facebook here:

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

Quarterly Civility Report

Last year, Libraries HR started sharing quarterly reports about climate- and civility-related issues that are reported.

Issues included in the report are those that involved conduct contrary to the Libraries’ Civility Statement, incidents of bullying, concerns about work climate, and similar issues. Concerns brought directly to Libraries HR or Libraries Administration are included, as well as concerns shared through other reporting mechanisms that are brought to our attention (such as the Employee Relations department, Affirmative Action, or the Ethics Hotline).

Outcomes are categorized as:

  • Corrective Action/Performance Discussion – the employee committing the action is advised that their behavior is unacceptable. Expectations for the future are shared. Consequences of further inappropriate behavior are explained.
  • Coaching and/or Counseling – the employee committing the action is provided with coaching and advice on how to improve their interactions with others
  • Provided advice/support for employee to take action – some employees bring issues seeking advice on how they can take action themselves to address and improve the situation
  • No action desired/required – this could include situations in which the employee expressing the concern has asked that no action be taken at this time, where there is a lack of supporting information to substantiate that the concern is valid, or where there is not enough information to act on.

Additional categories may be added if needed in the future.

# Reported Incidents Characterized as culture-related (incivility or bullying) 4  12
Open 0 0
Resolved 4 12
Corrective Action/Performance Discussion 0 2
Coaching and/or counseling 0 1
Provided advice/support for employee to take action 1 2
No action desired/required 3 7

– submitted by Rob Harris, Human Resources

Green Tips: Marigold giveaway and composting at Penn State

marigold plants in newspaper pots for Earth Day giveaway

Earth Day is just around the corner on Saturday, April 22. To help celebrate, the University Libraries Green Committee will give away free marigold seedlings in the Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library, University Park between 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

The seedlings are potted in old Daily Collegian pages holding organic soil mixed with a bit of Penn State compost, so they can be planted directly in the ground. The newspaper potting will biodegrade naturally as the plant takes root and leave you with a beautiful marigold of your very own.

This Green Committee event not only brings a splash of color into spring; it’s also a way to promote sustainability and bring attention to Penn State’s composting efforts.

According to the College of Agricultural Sciences, “composting utilizes the natural processes of decay to convert organic materials such as leaves, grass and food scraps into a valuable humus-like material.” This compost then provides valuable nutrients to plants. Anything that is organic can be composted. That includes paper towels and tissues, wooden picks and stirrers, coffee grounds and filters, paper plates and pizza boxes, and utensils made from biodegradable plastics (check the label if you’re not sure).

The most important compostable material to Penn State is probably food. Food waste is the number-one contributor to Penn State’s waste stream, so put your food waste in the green composting bins instead of the trash whenever you can. That includes meat and bones, which (unlike backyard composting bins) can be composted at Penn State due to the size and scale of our composting operations. Once the waste is totally composted, it’s blended and stored at the Organic Materials Processing and Education Center before being distributed by landscaping crews all over Penn State, beautifying not just the campus but also your marigold pot!

For more information about composting at PSU, visit http://sustainability.psu.edu/recycling-and-composting. Penn State also offers lots of information about how you can start composting at home at http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/composting.

Happy Earth Day from the Green Committee!

– submitted by J. Harlan Ritchey, University Libraries Green Committee

Make the first move

Jeff Toister of Toister Performance Solutions, Inc., tells the story of when he worked as a retail sales associate in a clothing store when he was in high school.

This experience taught him the importance of making the first move when helping customers. He also learned that how he made my first move was almost as important as making it.

Poor Example
Wait for the customer to come to you.

Good Example
Initiate contact with your customers and ask, “May I help you?” I generally got good reactions when I did this at the clothing store, although I also noticed very few people said, “Yes, I could use your help.”

Great Example
Customers often don’t know what type of questions they have or what help they might need, so you can overcome this by initiating a little conversation.

Here are some examples:

  • In retail, I learned to ask customers what brought them into the store today. That often sparked conversation about what they were looking for and made it easy for me to find ways to help them.
  • At a catalog company, I would sometimes call customers just to see how they liked some products they had recently ordered. This usually was a pleasant surprise for the customer and would often result in additional business.
  • As a consultant, I often call my clients just to see how they are doing, even if we aren’t currently working on a project together. This lets them know I care about their success and makes it more likely they’ll hire me when they do need my help.

Bonus Info: Initiating service is a great way to make a first impression. Did you know that first impressions are just one of three critical moments in every customer’s experience?


Tech Tip: Viewing formatting marks in Microsoft Word

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

When working in a Word Document, its often helpful to see exactly how your text is being formatted. You can do this with the Show/Hide formatting marks function.

To view formatting marks in Microsoft Word, open your document and click on the Home tab.

screenshot of Microsoft Word home tab menu

Then look in the Paragraph group for the Pilcrow (this is also called the paragraph symbol.)

screenshot of Microsoft Word paragraph menu

Click the Pilcrow to turn on the formatting marks for your document. Now you can see where paragraphs start or end, and where spaces or tabs appear.

Click the Pilcrow again to hide the formatting marks.

Events: April 10

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.

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: Collaboration without Cables with Solistice, presentation by Josh Wilkins, noon- 1 p.m., 302 Paterno, University Park.

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: Strategic Plan Action Team Updates, presentations by 2016-17 teams, 10-11 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

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: “A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami,” lecture and discussion by Godfrey Cheshire III followed by film screening of “The Wind Will Carry Us,” 6 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Monday, April 17: “A Vision of Excellence,” an open discussion on the Pulitzer Prize, its founder, history, and legacy, hour-long discussion with panelists Pembroke Childs, Alia Gant, Jose Guerrero, Jeff Knapp and Nonny Schlotzhauer followed by an optional tour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. discussion; 12:30-1 p.m. tour, Mann Assembly Room, 103 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: Space planning brown bag session, Libraries’ Space Steering Committee open discussion and Q & A, noon-1 p.m., 510A 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: Resiliency: Secrets of Successful Employees, presentation by Don Page, 2-3 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Thursday, April 20: Earth Day Marigold Giveaway, by the University Libraries Green Committee, 2-4 p.m., Franklin Atrium, 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.

Friday, April 21: “Collecting, Analyzing, and Responding to Data at the University of Minnesota: Using Library Data to Improve the Student Experience,” presentation by Jan Fransen and Krista Soria of the University of Minnesota, 9-10 a.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Friday, April 21: “Developing a Research Agenda,” presentation by Jan Fransen and Krista Soria of the University of Minnesota, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and Mediasite Live.

Friday, April 21: Discovery — Tell Us What you Think, Discovery Solutions Working Group Brown Bag, 1 -2:30 p.m., Dean’s Conference Foom, 510A 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: Religious and Spiritual Life at Penn State, 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.

Wednesday, April 26: Discovery — Tell Us What you Think, Discovery Solutions Working Group Brown Bag, noon-1:30 p.m., Dean’s Conference Foom, 510A Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday, April 28: Last day of spring classes.

Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2: De-Stress 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.


UPCOMING SCHEDULES:   Maymester & Summer 2017

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