Daily Archives: February 26, 2018

Events: Feb. 26

Spring 2018
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

vertical graphic, collage of black-and-white images Martin Luther King Jr. poster with text “Deconstructing the Dream: At Whose Expense?”

MLK 2018 poster by Addie Ruston



Through Feb. 28: “Deconstructing the Dream: At Whose Expense?” student poster exhibition, Sidewater Commons, with adjacent central entrance exhibit case chronicling the life and work of King using University Libraries resources, first floor Central Pattee Library, University Park.

"What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales" exhibition, image from "The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault," illustration by Harry Clarke



Jan. 16–May 13, “What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales”exhibition, Eberly Family Special Collections Library Exhibition Room, 104 Paterno Library.


Depth of Field exhibit poster


Feb. 18-Aug. 13, “Depth of Field” exhibit, Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, seeks to highlight the intersections of war in the Middle East with the history of war photography.



Monday, Feb. 26: Text Analysis training/Workshop, with Heather Froehlich; 3-5 p.m., 211a Pattee Library.

Wednesday, Feb 28: Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop – Hadoop, a way to process very large datasets efficiently, with Juniun Yin. Bring a bag lunch; noon-1 p.m.  403 Paterno Library and via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/914950827.

Wednesday, Mar. 7: Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop – PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), a popular program for encryption and authentication of digital messages like email, with Andrew Singer. Bring a bag lunch; noon-1 p.m., 403 Paterno Library and via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/914950827.

Wednesday, Mar. 14: Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop – ggplot2, makes pretty, easily reproducible and modifiable graphs for publication, with Nathan Piekielek. Bring a bag lunch; noon-1 p.m., 403 Paterno Library and via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/914950827.

Wednesday, Mar. 21: Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop – Pandoc,  convert documents from one file type to another and back again, all from the command line, with Grant Wythoff. Bring a bag lunch; noon-1 p.m., 403 Paterno Library and via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/914950827.

Wednesday, Mar. 21: Poetry Without Borders – A multicultural night of poetry hosted by the Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature; 6-7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Reception following in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

Tuesday, Apr. 3: Jillian Cantor to read as part of the Mary E Rolling Reading Series, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, 7:30-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 4: Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop – IIIF, with Karen Estlund. Bring a bag lunch; noon-1 p.m. 403 Paterno Library and via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/914950827.

Thursday, Apr. 5: Lecture by Professor Leo Bersani, “Force in Progress”, 5-7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Wednesday, Apr. 11: Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop – OpenRefine, a free and open-source resource for cleaning, regularizing, and organizing complex data, with Jose Guerrero. Bring a bag lunch; noon-1 p.m. 403 Paterno Library and via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/914950827.

Sunday, Apr. 22: International Write-In. Two sessions, 3:30-7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight. Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Interested writers can sign up today at: http://tinyurl.com/psuwritein

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Tech Tip: Add related staff posts to staff site pages with Keywords

By: Ryan Johnson

A new field has been added to the staff site basic pages.  Now when creating or editing basic pages on the staff site you will see a field called Keywords:

"Keywords" screenshot for tech training

This field has been added to allow related staff posts to appear (by keyword) on staff site pages in a related posts section in the left hand navigation (see below).

"Related Posts" screenshot for tech training

This new field is optional.

Getting To Know You: Tracy Reilly

By: Jennifer Cywinski and Tracy Reilly

Meet Tracy Reilly, Information Resources and Services Support Specialist at Penn State Altoona’s Robert E. Eiche Library, in her own words….

I began working at Eiche library in 1999 while I was a student, and became a weekend supervisor and was eventually hired full time after I graduated in 2003. As Information Resources and Service Support Specialist, I supervise our Work study students. I am in charge of hiring training and overseeing their payrolls, and I also cover the desk and help with patrons.

I was born in Altoona, then we moved to the country when I was a child, and I grew up in the East Freedom/Claysburg area. My very first job was at Pappy’s Pizza in Altoona. We sold a lot of cheap pizza and it was popular with younger people. The thing I remember the most was the fireplace that was in the middle of the restaurant.

Photo of couple

Tracy Reilly and husband, Tim

I have two granddaughters who are ages 3 and 7. They are the highlight of our lives! I also have a 12 year old Aussie/Sheltie Mix and he is the best dog ever. I love being outdoors so kayaking, hiking camping and gardening are some of my favorite things to do. In the winter I will work on sewing projects. I am also the chair for a local park in Altoona. I started this project last year when the city was forced to tear out a bunch of equipment in all the parks due to a lawsuit filed. I wanted my grandkids to have a place to play where they could walk to.

photo of two people kayaking on a river

kayaking in Michigan 2016

One thing you may not know about me is that my significant other, Timothy Klock, is an  international Competitor for wood sculpting/chainsaw carving. It makes our lives pretty interesting. We have made friends from all over the world and we also get to visit some pretty cool places. I went to Scotland a few years back and I am hoping to make it across the pond again to see other countries like Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

My favorite thing about working at Penn State would most definitely be the students! I love people I have met, watching them grow into adults and the mix of personalities makes this work interesting! 

Text Analysis Workshop today!

By: Heather Froehlich

Join me today for a Text Analysis training/workshop at 3-5 p.m. in Pattee 211a.

Text analysis has rapidly become a big buzzword in the liberal arts, especially surrounding discussions of the Digital Humanities. But what is it and why are people so excited about it?  This 2-hr introductory workshop will offer an overview of what we talk about when we talk about text analysis.

We will discuss how several common methods of text analysis work, beginning with simple word frequencies and moving into more advanced discussions of statistical relationships such as topic modelling. We will also think about why this is a potentially useful methodological approach for humanities researchers to consider – and when humans are better than computers at certain tasks.

No prior experience with quantitative methods is expected.

Poetry Without Borders

By: Tara  Murray

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State invites you to join us for a night of poetry. Students, faculty, and all members of the Penn State community  are invited to share poems from all languages and cultures which connect with this year’s theme: Echoes of ’68: Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment

6-7 p.m., March 21
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park
Followed by reception in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

For more information, or to volunteer to read a poem at the event, see

Poetry Without Borders flyer

The Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures;  the Department of Comparative Literature; the Department of Asian Studies; the Department of French and Francophone Studies; the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; the Woskob Family Endowment in Ukrainian Studies; the School of Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Center for Language Science; and the Penn State University Libraries.


The 2018-19 Strategic Action Plan Team survey update

By: Paul C Burnell

The Strategic Action Plan team is pleased to announce that the “Submission details, FAQ, and ideas received so far” Intranet page is now live! This features information about the Libraries Strategic Plan, last year’s action items, a FAQ section, and most importantly, a list of ideas received  from colleagues.

We are looking for suggestions for action items that the University Libraries can work on in the next fiscal year to support the goals and objectives of the Libraries Strategic Plan. If you have a great idea, big or small, that you think should be explored as an action item, we want to hear about it! These action items help us to further our efforts in Discovery, Access and Preservation, Teaching and Learning, and Advancing University Research. Please submit as many ideas as you would like by Wednesday, March 21. :https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tqYzTHwENHVy9D

Questions? Please email the Strategic Action Plan Team at ul-action-team@lists.psu.edu or contact team members directly.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Paige Andrew, Maps Cataloging Librarian
Paul Burnell, Information Resources and Services Support Specialist,
Knowledge Commons
Amanda Clossen, Learning Design Librarian
Matt Ciszek, Head Librarian, Penn State Erie
Jen Jarson, Head Librarian, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Glenn McGuigan, Head Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg
Binky Lush, Manager Discovery Access and Web Services (co-chair)
Lana Munip, Analysis and Planning Consultant (co-chair)
Martha Ney, Proposal and Awards Generalist
Billie Walker, Head Librarian, Penn State Great Valley
Rachel White, Information Resources and Services Supervisor-Manager, Lending

An “in-depth” look at the Libraries newest exhibit, Depth of Field: A conversation with Hailley Fargo & Rachel White

Depth of Field exhibit poster

By: Hailley  Fargo

In May 2017, Hailley Fargo (Student Engagement Librarian) and Rachel White (Information Resources and Services Supervisor-Manager) began the process of putting together a Libraries’ exhibit. Our motivation to create an exhibit came from the Penn State Reads 2017 selection, It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario.

Based on our previous experiences and areas of expertise, we thought creating an exhibit would be a great way to explore some themes found in Addario’s memoir, along with leveraging the great selection of resources the library has on these topics. To learn a little more about how this exhibit came to be, Rachel and Hailley had a little conversation below. We hope you’ll stop by the Diversity Studies Room and see the exhibit (it’s up until August 2018).

Hailley: Rachel, can you tell me a little bit more about why you here interested in creating this exhibit?

Rachel: Of Course! It’s sort of two-fold. A good portion of the men on both sides of my family have had military experience. When my mom went back to school to get her Masters in Counseling she did some work with war veterans so in a sense I’ve always been interested in war and conflict. I am fascinated by the impact that war has on people and the environment. My undergraduate degree from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) is in Photography. My
sophomore year, I think it was, I did a photojournalist spread on veterans who frequented the local VFW.  Spring of my junior year was spent in Ireland studying Peace and Conflict issues.  That culminated in doing an independent study on the visual elements left over from the Northern Irish Troubles. A few years later, I completed my Masters in Textual and Visual Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. My thesis explored the relationship between text and image through the lens of war photography.  I could elaborate on it, but once you get me started, it’s hard to get me to stop. Given all that background, when we started discussing the book It’s What I Do, the exhibit felt like a natural project to do. It combines many things that I am interested in, war, photography, and books!

Hailley: Yes, I love how jazzed you get when you talk about war and photography! If you haven’t had a conversation with Rachel about this topic, you definitely should! And when we were discussing the Penn State Reads book, it seemed like a great choice to combine forces and really leverage your expertise in creating this exhibit. And from those initial discussions, you’ve always had a vision for what Depth of Field could be. Rachel, can you share that vision with us?

Rachel:  Uh, it’s probably a bit of a lofty vision, but I wanted to create the space for viewers to become what Ranciere calls “the emancipated spectator.” Basically, the creator of the artwork presents material in such a way that the viewer has to literally pause in order to digest everything that is going on within the image/exhibit. The viewer learns to ask questions and
not blindly stare at a photograph.

Hailley: You know I love a good old lofty vision. And it has been so exciting see this exhibit come to life since those initial conversations. To see that visual literacy in action, you need to check out the horseshoe cases up in the Diversity Studies Room. It really takes you through the process of how we digest images. I also remember in some of those initial conversations the question was posed to us, “Does the library have resources to support the making of this exhibit?” What was the final answer on that question?

Rachel: The library is jammed packed with resources.  Discussing war falls under many disciplines photography, history, geography, economics, culture, gender studies etc so really the library is in many ways the perfect location for this exhibit.

Depth of Field exhibit in the Diversity Studies Room, Pattee Library

Hailley: Yeah I don’t think there was ever a moment where we said, “Oh man, we just don’t have enough material.”  And the exhibit space is great in the fact that we have a whole bookshelf full of resources that you and other viewers can check out if you want to learn more about what you see and read about in the cases.

Rachel: Absolutely. And don’t forget we also have two kiosks in the space, with more online resources for viewers to check out.

Hailley: Great point! We really get the opportunity to feature elements of visual literacy and some great war photographers, in and out of the cases. Now Rachel, who would be your favorite war photographer and why?

Rachel: Ha, that’s like asking what’s your favorite movie or band. I like many photographers and for many reasons.  I’ll say that one of my favorite photographers is Dan Eldon. Unfortunately, he was stoned to death in Somalia in the early 90s. He was only twenty-three when he was killed, but he left behind a large amount of black journals full of artwork. His family published
some of the work from his journals and it’s just really interesting to his progression as an artist/photographer.

Hailley: Dan sounds like a fascinating photographer. Rachel, I always feel like I learn something new about war photography when I hang out with you. And I know the visitors to Depth of Field will also walk away with a lot to think about. If there was just one thing you wanted every visitor to walk away with, what would that thing be?

Rachel: I want visitors to be more conscious of the world they live in. Let’s be honest, how many times a day are we plugged into social media? I’m guilty of the vast amount of time I spend on Instagram.  Collectively, we get sucked into this social media reality that is not real. I want people to begin to ask questions when they see an image. An image doesn’t exist all by itself.

Hailley: Yeah I totally agree. Personally, I spend a lot of time on Twitter…whoops! I’ve enjoyed working on this exhibit with you because it has really forced me to think about how images and text work together so thanks for making me stop and think. I guess my final question for you is why do you think Depth of Field is important to our target audience for this
exhibit, undergraduate Penn State students?

Rachel: State College is a bit of bubble and hopefully this exhibit pops that bubble a little. I would say that the majority of the incoming freshman class was born in 2000.  They have grown up in a post 9/11 world which depending on who you talk to means different things. There have been more violent conflicts, domestic and international, than I can count since 9/11. Collectively, we need to acknowledge the pain and destruction that we have seen and figure out how to rebuild the human connection.

Hailley: It fascinates me that the students we work with probably don’t have that crystal clear moment of where they were when 9/11 happened (which I know us older folks have). I know that we talked a lot about this idea while we were building this exhibit and that helped us decide what to include and what context we needed to provide.

Well thanks Rachel for sharing your insight. I had a blast collaborating with
you and I hope many of our colleagues have the opportunity to check out this

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