Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Hopkins Award’s 25th anniversary event Oct. 12

The 25th annual Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award will be presented this Thursday evening (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. to winner Jorge Argueta, author of Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds, and honor recipient Nikki Grimes, author of Garvey’s Choice.

cover image title "Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds" shows silohouettes of people with packages walking in a row plus two children sleeping under the moon, illustrator Alfonso Ruano

“Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds,” Jorge Argueta’s 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award-winning book

photo of smlining man with mustache and long braid, wearing hat and striped shirt

Jorge Argueta









Argueta will accept the award and the $1,000 prize, courtesy of Lee Bennett Hopkins, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. Grimes also will accept her honor during the event. Both are invited to speak during the event.

book cover of "Garvey's Choice" by Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King author, showing Laura Ingalls Wilder Award seal on top of illustration of dark house with lights shining into darkness, connected to telephone pole and line strung with musical notes

“Garvey’s Choice” by Nikki Grimes, Hopkins Poetry Award honor recipient

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Nikki Grimes










While attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the award ceremony in person to be on hand for some special surprises prepared for the silver anniversary event, those who are unable to be present are invited to tune in for the livestream beginning at 7 p.m. via Mediasite Live.

Read more about both books and authors from the award announcement posted this spring on Penn State News.

Textbook and Educational Resources Fund is a Class Gift finalist

The Libraries’ Textbook and Educational Resources Fund is a finalist for the 2018 Senior Class Gift Campaign!horizontal image of physics textbooks on library shelf, labeled for fall titles on reserve, also includes Penn State Senior Class Gift logo

Voting is open to members of the Class of 2018 through midnight this Friday, Oct. 13, who can vote directly at http://giveto.psu.edu/s/1218/2014/index.aspx?sid=1218&gid=1&pgid=1442&cid=10298.

Individuals can donate to the Textbook and Educational Resources Fund at any time at giveto.psu.edu/textbookfund.


Libraries’ 2016-2017 annual report now online

cover of Penn State University Libraries 2016-2017 annual report, "Transformative Partners for Knowledge Outreach and Innovation" title, with six images of students in the Libraries, studying, readingThe University Libraries’ 2016-2017 annual report, “Transformative Partners for Knowledge Outreach and Innovation,” is now available online as an accessible PDF.

Print copies of the annual report are mailed to ARL peer institutions by the dean’s office and are shared with the Provost, other members of Penn State leadership and with select donors at the discretion of Libraries leadership and the Libraries’ Development team.

Libraries hosts Oct. 24 Open Textbook Network workshop sessions

The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success, especially because the price tag prompts many students to avoid purchasing them. A workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24, accessible to all Penn State faculty instructors, aims to lower students’ textbook costs and any perceived obstacles in favor of adopting high-quality, free or low-cost open educational resources.

The Open Textbook Network workshop, hosted by Penn State University Libraries, is available for instructors’ in-person attendance from 10 a.m. to noon in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and also will be live-streamed via Mediasite Live for remote viewing from any Penn State campus. Faculty who RSVP to participate in the workshop — via email to Amanda Larson, open education librarian — will explore open textbook options for their course materials and will receive a $200 stipend for writing a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library.

A second session, a support workshop available for librarians, instructional designers and staff, will be presented from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24  in Foster Auditorium and online for remote viewing via Mediasite Live.

A second session, a support workshop available for librarians, instructional designers and staff, will be presented from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24  in Foster Auditorium and online for remote viewing via Mediasite Live. The afternoon session will be led by Meg Brown-Sica, assistant dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication at Colorado State University Libraries. The afternoon session also will be archived at https://live.libraries.psu.edu for later viewing.

Registered faculty who are unable to sit in on the workshop in real time — either in person or online — are able to watch the online recording, which will be archived at https://live.libraries.psu.edu for later viewing. Faculty who work in subject areas for which open textbooks are not currently available for review will not be eligible for the stipend but are encouraged to attend to learn more about open textbooks.

Penn State joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), centered at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Open Education, in January 2017 to help support the use of high-quality, affordable course content. OTN helps support colleges and universities’ instructional use of open textbooks and practices. Its Open Textbook Library is the premiere resource for peer-reviewed academic textbooks, all of which are free, openly licensed and complete, according to its website. According to OTN, 70 percent of its textbooks’ reviews have four stars or higher, and all reviews and comments are freely available.

The full news release with additional information is available via Penn State News.

“The Abundance Project: Radical Inclusion, The Power of Families and Dreaming Bigger” highlights diversability message

"When you consider that 499 out of 500 babies suffer from a lack of Down Syndrome, my parents were incredibly lucky." Fionn Crombie Angus

Fionn and Johnathon Angus, a father and son team from the West of Ireland, will present The Abundance Project: Radical Inclusion, the Power of Families, and Dreaming Bigger on Oct. 17, as part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity Student Disability Resources’ Diversability Awareness Month initiative. 

The program is open to the public, and begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event will also be streamed online for viewing via Mediasite Live.

The Angus’ will share an incredible story of the journey they embarked on three years ago —illustrated with photos, short films and music — chronicling their experiences in creating healthy and strong families and communities, surviving and thriving through the school years, meeting challenges creatively, world travel and the elements of a great life. This is an inspirational and family friendly presentation for artists, entrepreneurs, social change agents, advocates and people who support people they love.

Fionn Crombie Angus is a 2-year-old man from Ireland with Down syndrome whose interests include nature studies, film making, visual arts, playing his fiddle, and travel. He manages his own government funded support plan, and is a member of the Irish Government Task Force for Personal Budgets. His father, Jonathan Angus, is a school teacher originally from America. Together they started Fionnathan Productions, to record and share their journey so other families can learn from their unorthodox approaches.

This presentation is hosted by Dr. Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, and is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University, The Libraries Accessibility Committee and Penn State University Libraries.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Bérubé at mfb12@psu.edu.

Small Group Library Tours

By: Sarah  Bacon

You are cordially invited by the University Libraries’ Development team to join us at one (or all) of our remaining Library Tours.

These tours are being offered on Fridays of home football games. See for yourself how the library you know and love has not only changed, but is trailblazing new paths and providing better opportunities for our students.

Limit 12 guests per tour; reserve your spot today. RSVP: 814-865-2258 | sac210@psu.edu.

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University Libraries Team participate in 2017 United Way Day of Caring

By Linda Musser

Five members of the Libraries took a day off from their usual work Thursday, Oct. 5, to volunteer at the Centre County Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Heather Benner, Ann Kopesky, Janet Hughes, Wendi Keeler and Linda Musser grabbed paint brushes and set to work in the upstairs of the Miles-Humes House, home of the Centre County Historical Museum.

Janet was the perfect size for the windows in the main room!

Photo of Centre County Library's Historical Museum, Bellfefonte

Centre County Library Historical Museum

Janet Hughes painting a window frame as a volunteer for Day of Caring at Centre County Library

Janet Hughes, volunteer — Day of Caring 2017

Libraries’ Halloween Party

The Libraries’ Halloween Party will be held 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Mann Assembly Room. All University Park Libraries’ staff and faculty are invited.

There will be refreshments, door prizes and a special pumpkin carving demonstration by Terry Watson at 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Libraries’ Health and Safety Committee and the Green Team.

Customer service tip of the week: What I learned taking the no but challenge

By Jeff Toister

There are times when the answer to a question really is “No.”

The natural appendage to “No” is “but” when we’re trying to be helpful. As in, “Can you meet on Tuesday?” and you’re booked on Tuesday, so you might reply “No, but I can meet on Wednesday. Does that work for you?”

While it seems helpful, there’s also something negative about it. Read more here.


Events: Oct. 9

Fall 2017
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

horizontal exhibit graphic for The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B & H Henisch Photo-History Collection, extended through September 30, 2017, room 201A Pattee Library, displays five black-and-white historic photo portraits and their encased frames


Extended! Now through Saturday, Dec. 8, “The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection exhibit,” Pattee Library operating hours, Paterno Family Reading Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park.

book jacket front and back of novel "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron, plus black-and-white photo of author



Through Jan. 7, 2018: “William Styron: Books and Biography” exhibit, guest curator Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III, Styron expert and biographer, Eberly Family Special Collections Library Exhibition Room, 104 Paterno Library, University Park.


snowy black and white photo with label in front, text reads "The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library," exhibit, Aug. 21, 2017 through Jan. 15, 2018, in Pattee Library central entrance exhibit cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, first floor Pattee Library, University Park.


Through Jan. 15, 2018: “The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library” exhibitPattee Library’s central entrance exhibit cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, first floor Pattee Library, University Park.



Tuesday, Oct. 10: Geospatial Data: Diving into library resources and beyond, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: University Libraries 25-Year Service Awards, 3:30-4:30 p.m.,Foster Auditorium and/or Mann Assembly Room, 102/103 Paterno Library, University Park, final location to be determined. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day, part of National Coming Out Week at Penn State, details TBA.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Lee Bennett Hopkins Award event honoring authors Jorge Argueta (winner) & Nikki Grimes (honor winner), hosted by Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and online via Mediasite Live.

Friday–Sunday, Oct. 13-15: Parents and Families Weekend, University Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 17: Geospatial Exploration: Explore mapping and location topics and applications, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Promotion and Tenure Recognition Reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Paterno Family Humanities Reading Room, University Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Tech Update, by I-Tech, 2-3 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, Oct. 19: Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, celebrated.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Open Textbook Network workshop sessions, faculty must RSVP to Amanda Larson via email to be eligible for $200 stipend (see news release for details), 10 a.m.-noon session for faculty (available University-wide via Mediasite Live), 1:30-3 p.m. session for librarians and instructional designers (available University-wide via Mediasite Live), Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Geospatial Analysis:Introduction to working with location data and demographic data, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 302 Paterno Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: “What the Libraries Can Do for You,” library resources talk for Penn State faculty and staff, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University and livestreamed via Mediasite Live.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Geospatial Online: Overview of Online mapping options (ArcGIS Online and more)3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday–Sunday, Nov. 5-12: Penn State Military Appreciation Week and Homecoming Week.

Monday, Nov. 6–Saturday, Dec. 16: NLM/NIH Traveling Exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons, Life Sciences Library, 4th floor Paterno Library.

Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

Monday–Friday, Nov. 13-17: International Education Week, details TBA.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Penn State GIS Day, 1:30-5 p.m. speakers and lightning talks with 9 a.m.-5 p.m. poster display, Pattee Library and Paterno Library, University Park.

Nov. 19-25: Thanksgiving week break, no classes Nov. 20-24.

Thursday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday, Dec. 8: Last day of fall classes. 

Sunday–Tuesday, Dec. 10-12: De-Stress Fest, University Park locations.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Tech Update, by I-Tech, 10-11 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday–Wednesday, Dec. 12-20: Hanukkah.

Saturday, Dec. 16: Fall commencement, University Park and other Penn State campuses; details and speaker information at multiple Penn State campuses TBA in December.

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

October is United Way Kick-off Month

By Heather  Ross

October is the Kick-off for the Centre County United Way campaign. The Libraries United Way Committee has lots of events coming up in the next few months to raise money for the campaign.

What does the Centre County United Way do? 

They work with partner agencies to establish the needs of our community and then works with the community to meet those needs through fundraising and volunteers.

What are our needs in Centre County?

The Centre County United Way has three main goals:
1. Education (Early intervention services, child care, libraries, literacy, after school programs, etc.)
2. Financial Stability (food bank, housing, living expenses, etc.)
3. Health (counseling, medical and dental, hospice, etc.)

I already give directly to a charity.  

Great!  We don’t want to stop you from doing that, but here are the benefits of donating through the United Way. United Way knows more than me about what the community’s needs.
Low cost of raising funds through the use of volunteers, so more money goes to the people who need it. United Way can distribute my dollars, with other combined donations, to
impact a greater number of viable needs. Most people who are getting assistance from one agency typically need more help.  Donating to the United Way means you can help that same person over several agencies.

I want to choose where my money goes.  Can I do that?  

YES! You can choose to donate to 4 individual agencies OR choose to not donate to
an agency. Unspecified donations are best, but it’s up to you.

Who uses funds raised through the United Way?  

Chances are you do and don’t even know it!
• Centre County Library
• American Red Cross
• Many more!

Upcoming events

Payroll deduction forms distributed
Most of the funds Penn State raises for the United Way is through continuous
giving via payroll deductions.  Annually in October the forms are delivered
and you can elect to make a monthly donation on the form.  If you have
questions about payroll deductions, please contact Heather Ross

Calendar photo submissions – due Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.
Please upload your photos here
Photo requirements:
YOU TOOK IT (it must be your photo).
High resolution – preferred resolution is > 2550 x 3300 (or 3300 x 2550)
around 9 megapixels.
Of the Penn State University Libraries (inside or outside) or surrounds.

Order your calendars here – https://goo.gl/forms/zaqcrHNHiLwcxxcE3

Library clothing sale
We are in the process of finalizing the sale items.

Book Sale: Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mann Assembly Room
Please send books, puzzles, CD, DVD, Magazine and Games to Heather Ross, 1
Pattee Library

Craft Sale: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mann Assembly Room 
Please send handmade crafts and craft supplies to Heather Ross, 1 Pattee Library

Your Libraries United Way Committee 2017-18

Heather Ross, Co-Team Leader
Ann Kopesky, Co-Team Leader
Donna Dean
Robert Freeborn
Nicole Gampe
Lily Huang
Matthew Mangarella
Kelly Riley