Monthly Archives: April 2017

Bednar Internship presentations for Maps & Geospatial April 27

Maps & Geospatial personnel have been working with three Bednar interns this academic year and we invite you to join us to learn more about their work and offer them support as they practice their professional presentation skills from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 for their Bednar Internship Presentations in 403 Paterno Library. In addition to maps and geospatial resources, intern work has made use of library resources such as Ancestry.com, digitized student directories from The Eberly Family Special Collections Library and Social Sciences electronic resources.

Connor Henderson’s (Geography, 2017) project uses Sanborn fire insurance maps and United States census records to explore the spatial arrangement of residential housing in State College, Pennsylvania, in the years 1920 and 1930. One of the final products is an interactive online map that can be used by patrons interested in conducting social science or ancestral research. Additionally, the project serves as an instructional resource for researchers interested in doing similar work on their own by explaining the methods of georeferencing, data cleaning, and analysis used and explaining how Library resources can be utilized for such a project.

Jack Swab’s (Geography/History, 2017) project examines the dynamics of Penn State student housing during the 1919-1920 and 1929-1930 academic years. Student Directory scans from Special Collections were run through ABBYY FineReader OCR, converting the image into editable text, and thus allowing it to be tied into the Maps Library’s Historic Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Collection. After organizing and cleaning the data, the student records were tied to individual building footprints, enabling the student records to be searchable by both name and location, allowing access to the collection for gemologists and history buffs. Moreover, the project also highlighted changes in the built environment of State College and dynamics in the socio-geographic student housing preferences.

Ben Carlsen (Geography, 2017) performed an inventory of the libraries’ collection of digital geographic data resources, and investigated ways that the collection could be made more accessible to and usable by library patrons. Ben will be discussing methods for importing historic TIGER/Line boundary and transportation data from the 1990 census into modern GIS systems, and potential ways that this historic resource may be put to use by library patrons.

– submitted by Heather Ross, Donald W. Hamer Maps Library, Social Sciences Library

De-Stress Fest at University Park April 30-May 2

promotional graphic for De-Stress Fest April 30-May at the University Park Library locations.Fun and relaxing activities during “De-Stress Fest” at the University Park campus will help students reduce stress as they study for finals and complete papers and projects. From 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2, students can stop in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, and enjoy free coffee and snacks or stretch their minds with a quick game and mental break.

The first-floor lobbies of Pattee Library and Paterno Library will have bean-bag toss boards, Wii games and puzzles available for students all day throughout finals week. During the De-Stress Fest hours from 3-8 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room, art therapy and classic games allow students to relieve stress during this busy week. In addition to those study break activities, HealthWorks will offer a De-Stress Zone with brain massage music, biofeedback programs and stress management workbooks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Branch library locations at University Park also will offer snacks and relaxing activities for students. The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library will provide origami projects and puzzles all day Tuesday-Thursday, April 25-27, with snacks and drinks offered from 7-9 p.m. The Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library will offer puzzles and other study-break activities as well as apples and snacks, while supplies last, each day Sunday, April 30, through Thursday, May 4.

Bring your own cup and enjoy snacks and drinks from 6-7 p.m. at the Engineering Library Sunday-Wednesday, April 30-May 3, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3. With newly configured group workspaces, the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library will have snacks and drinks available all day, while supplies last, Monday-Thursday, May 1-4, with puzzles and other activities for study breaks.

An 8.5×11 downloadable PDF for this event is available to print or share with colleagues and organizations.

View the full schedule for De-Stress Fest activities at all University Park library locations:

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
(First floor, Stuckeman Family Building)
Tuesday-Thursday, April 25-27

Pattee Library and Paterno Library
3-8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

  • Free coffee and snacks
  • Art therapy

4-6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2
HealthWorks De-Stress Zone

  • Brain massage music, biofeedback programs and stress management workbooks

Paterno Library Lobby

  • Puzzles (all day)

Pattee Library Lobby, Central

  • Wii games and bean bag toss (all day)

Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
(first floor, Deike Building)

Sunday-Thursday, April 30-May 4

Engineering Library (third floor, Hammond Building)
Sunday-Wednesday, April 30-May 3 — (all day)

  • Puzzles, coloring, origami and other activities

Sunday, April 30 — 6-7 p.m.

  • Snacks and drinks (please bring your own cup)

Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3 — 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.

  • Snacks and drinks (please bring your own cup)

Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library (second floor, Davey Lab)
Monday-Thursday, May 1-4

  • Apples and snacks (all day, while supplies last)
  • Puzzles and other activities

For more information about De-Stress Fest or for questions about accommodations for this event, contact Megan Gilpin at 814-867-0069 or mcg13@psu.edu.

Participate in International Write-In April 23

promotional graphic for April 23 International Write-In

Calling all writers! On Sunday, April 23, join the University Libraries, the Learning Center and Graduate Writing Center for our second International Write-In at University Park.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join a community of writers and get words on the page! We will be hosting two sessions (3:30-7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight) in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park. Registered writers will have access to writing spaces, writing tutors, librarians, snacks, coffee, tea, and free pizza. Sign up today at tinyurl.com/psuwritein.

Interested in providing librarian support for the event? Contact Hailley Fargo at hmf14@psu.edu for more information.

An 8.5×11 downloadable PDF for this event is available to print or share with colleagues and organizations. Those participating in or helping with the Write-In are invited to use the hashtag #IntlWriteIn and tag @psulibs to share their thoughts about the event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

– submitted by Hailley Fargo, Knowledge Commons

Monograph acquisition training resource site for customers

Over the course of the last year, members of the Monograph Acquisitions unit of Acquisitions Services have endeavored to create an internal customer service training resources page. It is our desire to provide resources that will enable Collection Development faculty and staff to access information that will make their processes to add material to the Penn State University Libraries collections more effective.

“Training” is categorized into three topics:

  • Centralized Technical Services – documents related to Workflows Acquisitions
  • GOBI – documents that walk customers through Gobi topics such as creating peers, notifications, emailing folders
  • How To – documents to provide information on how to submit order requests for various firm order formats

Go to Acquisitions Services Department Training at https://staff.libraries.psu.edu/acquisitions-services/training.

If you have any questions, or if there is a topic/process that you would like added, please contact Heather Benner, Budget Analyst/Acquisitions Supervisor at hab3@lists.psu.edu.

– submitted by Heather Benner, Acquisitions

Inside Access: Looking for answers? Ask the experts

by Ann Snowman, Access Services

Looking for answers? Ask the experts:
Contact UL-SIRSI-CIRC-RESERVE@LISTS.PSU.EDU with questions about Circulation and Course Reserves functions in WorkFlows.

Contact UL-BCATEAM@LISTS.PSU.EDU for information about running circulation or collection management reports.

Contact Greg Berky, Billing Specialist at gtb2@psul.edu with questions about bills, invoices, collection agency, and payroll deduction.

For questions of policy, standard practices, and management of circulation and course reserves, contact Chris Holobar, Manager Lending & Reserve Services, jch4@psu.edu or Ann Snowman, Head, Access Services, ams32@psu.edu.

The year with Team Library

It’s been an interesting year for Team Library. We had engaging conversations, exciting simulations and learned more about how we can work better together as a team. Moses Davis, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center, was definitely a highlight and we are very appreciative of the time he spent with us!

A few thoughts from the participants include:

  • “I like engaging conversations about difficult topics and this provided the ideal setting. The six sessions supported a comfort level for discussing ideas. This is what I enjoyed the most about the program.”
  • “The exercises and videos were excellent. It was a safe haven for expressing concerns and brainstorming about possible solutions. I came away with many ideas for improving situations at work and better serving patrons.”
  • “It was great to be able to work with and interact with the group because it was people who I would not normally have the opportunity to work with. I really felt like through these sessions, we were really able to have our voices heard. I want to give a HUGE thank you to Carmen for organizing Team Library, and I hope this is a program that will continue on!”

Team Library was successful in strengthening the network amongst service providers and laying the foundation for greater collaboration. I would like to personally thank all of the participants for their openness and honesty during our sessions. I look forward to hosting similar events in the future!

– submitted by Carmen Gass, User Training Services

University Libraries Adopt-a-Highway garbage pickup

Penn Department of Transportation adopt-a-highway sign for Penn State University LibrariesThe morning of Saturday, April 8 started out cold but sunny with bright blue skies. By the time the six intrepid volunteers gathered at Penn State’s Special Services Building at 9 a.m., the temperature was in the mid-30s. Thankfully, what wind there was on the light side, at least for the beginning of our work.

As is usual, the first Libraries Adopt-a-Highway garbage pickup along Highway 550/Buffalo Run Road netted a heavy load, in about an hour and fifteen minutes we gathered eight bags of garbage in total. Admittedly, two of those bags we cannot take credit for – very sadly someone either stopped and dumped them out of their vehicle or slowed and tossed them out. We were the lucky ones to have to pick them up and make sure they ended up with our own 6 bags’ worth at the end of the day. Credit for lugging those two extra bags goes to Rob and Debbie Harris.

By the time we were completing our work both the temps and the wind were picking up, but all of us enjoyed the beautiful rural scenery (including visits from the cows!) as well as the weather. As usual, the best part of finishing this work is the feeling of satisfaction that a two-mile stretch of local highway is at least temporarily clean of trash!

With the first of four garbage pickup days completed, we have three Adopt-a-Highway events remaining in 2017. Look for the usual email CfVs (Call for Volunteers) a couple of weeks ahead of each impending date. Thanks go to fellow Libraries colleagues (and one wife): Rob and Debbie Harris, Mary Derstein, Cindy Spotts, Rose Carter, and leader Paige Andrew.

– submitted by Paige Andrew, Libraries Adopt-a-Highway Effort

Reminder: Tech Update April 18

Please join us either in person or on Mediasite Live for our next Tech Update from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

The agenda includes:

  • Windows 10 – Update on the Libraries moving to Windows 10
  • ServiceNow – Advantages to end users of having moved to our new helpdesk system.
  • New Systems – Updates or overviews of the following new systems.
    • LibCal
    • Budget Request System

If you cannot participate in person please join us via Mediasite Live: http://live.libraries.psu.edu/. Once you have logged in, click “I-Tech” on the left navigation bar in the Mediasite catalog.

– submitted by Melody Gehlbach, I-Tech

Tech Tip: Chat services available at Penn State

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

With AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)  no longer supporting the use of the AIM buddy list in its new version, you may be looking for a new chat client.  Below are some options to consider moving forward:

Slack

screenshot of slack application channels listing

Slack is an increasingly popular and easy to use communication tool that is currently used at Penn State and by various groups in the Libraries.  Slack allows you to send messages directly to one or a small group of individuals, share files, and set up notifications.

To get started, sign up at Slack.com and join the PSU-Libraries group or create your own team to communicate. For further information on creating a team please contact I-Tech via the Libraries Helpdesk.

Yammer

Yammer offers chat services for all Penn State Employees.  Users can setup Yammer Groups to collaborate at the libraries and also chat with other Penn State staff.  For example, the Welcome desks currently are using Yammer to communicate within their group.  More information on Yammer at Penn State can be found here: http://yammer.psu.edu/first_steps/.

Jabber
Jabber is a service that allows for real-time communication via the XMPP protocol. All that is needed to use Jabber is a Penn State Access Account and a local chat client (like Adium or Pidgin) configured to support Jabber.

Penn State’s Jabber service allows people with a valid Penn State Access Account to activate their own Jabber account. Their Jabber screen name is their Access Account user ID (userid@chat.psu.edu), and their password is their Penn State Access Account password.

Below is a list of resources and supported clients to get you started:

Supported Clients
Adium Configuration
Messages Configuration
Pidgen Configuration

Events: April 17

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 Sunday, 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.

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, 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-Thursday, April 18-20: “My Research is Your Research,” with Henry Pisciotta, 1:30-5 p.m. each day, Borland Project Space, Borland 125, 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: Open Coffee Hour with University of Minnesota guests Jan Fransen and Krista Soria, 9-10 a.m., Dean’s Conference Room, 510A 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, 10:15-11:15 a.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.

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.

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 of a film 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.

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.