Daily Archives: May 29, 2018

Getting To Know You: Victoria Rose Raish

By: Jen Cywinski and Tracy Reilly

Victoria Raisch

If you’re a student or instructor in World Campus, you may know Victoria Rose Raish, or “Torrie” as she’s known by her friends and colleagues.

Torrie received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mercyhurst University before earning her Master’s degree in Secondary Science Teaching in USC’s online graduate program through the
Rossier School of Education. Hired by Penn State in 2016 for Library Learning Services, she is the Online Learning Librarian where she collaborates with World Campus. Torrie also assists
with teaching campus courses. Prior to being hired for the Libraries, Torrie was a graduate assistant for three years.

Sometimes people say librarians are “lifesavers”, so maybe it’s no surprise that Torrie was a lifeguard at the Sandcastle Waterpark in Pittsburgh while growing up outsidethe city limits.
Another fun fact is that Torrie went to school with Cameron Thomaz, who is better known as the rapper Wiz Khalifa!

Victoria Raish

Torrie and her husband, Adam have a very busy personal life raising five little girls. Emma, Ella, Elsa, and Elka are ages eight through one, and the fifth is Etta, who arrived after we interviewed Torrie! When she has free time, she loves to run in the mornings and used to compete in a collegiateathletics team for running.

When you ask Torrie what she likes about working for Penn State she says, “Everyone is very supportive and wants to help you to be successful”.

Access Services recognizes employees at annual luncheon

Access Services staff photo 2018

Access Services (pictured in the Franklin Atrium) held its annual award luncheon on May 22, 2018

Submitted by: Meg Massey

Access Services held its 14th Annual Service Awards and Luncheon on May 22, 2018.  Staff  enjoyed lunch together and had the opportunity to welcome new colleagues and celebrate those that reached library service milestones.

New staff members: Matthew Cinquino, Jamilyn Houser, Matthew Mangarella, Meg Massey, Michael Petrisko , Carrie Vance, Gabriel Uriarte and Jean Voigt

Staff member library service milestones:
15 Years: Ann Snowman
10 Years: Nichole Corrigan, Melody Gehlbach and Erica Noel
5 Years: Benjamin Blakeslee-Drain and Yelena Likhonina

Barbara Dewey, Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, was a special guest at the luncheon.

University Libraries’ Information Literacy Award spring 2018 recap

By: Hailley Fargo

This spring, the University Libraries were active participants in our undergraduate (and graduate) research exhibitions across the Commonwealth. Seventeen of our campus libraries participated in giving out a University Libraries’ Information Literacy Award. In total, 74 Penn State students received this award.

In preparation for awarding these 74 students, a team of Library employees got together in January to begin planning. This group was able to not only coordinate the award at their campuses, but also helped to make two great strides in this program. The group:

Revised and re-envisioned our rubric for evaluating student posters and research. While this rubric is iterative, the group this year made significant, impactful, and sustainable changes.

Created a shared poster creation workshop that was used at five campuses. We are excited to expand these numbers in the coming year.

A big shout out goes to the following colleagues who helped with creating the rubric — Joel Burkholder, Jen Jarson, Amy Rustic, Andrew Marshall, Beth Seyala, Erin Burns, Jen Hunter, Jo DePolt, and members of Library Learning Services. Additionally, the Poster Creation 101 workshop was created by Amy Deuink, Megan Mac Gregor, Christina Riehman-Murphy, Emily Mross, and John Siegel.

Additionally a round of thanks needs to go to everyone who helped judge for the Information Literacy Award across the Commonwealth. We could not have given out the award without you! Here at University Park, I’d like to thank Amanda Clossen, Carmen Cole, Claire Gianackos, Athena Jackson, Rebecca Miller, Rebecca Peterson, Kat Phillips, and Julie Porterfield for their efforts in helping choose our winners at UP.

To see a sampling of these Information Literacy Award winners, check our our 2018 Scholarsphere collection.

And although the exhibitions are over for the spring, the team will meet up at the end of May to debrief and begin setting goals for 2019. We look forward to expanding our award and the support we provide our students engaged in undergraduate research in the coming years! If you’re interested in getting more involved with this initiative, please reach out — hmf14@psu.edu!

Cato – 2 Library Annex completes the Penn State Green Paws Program

By: Verne Neff and Steve Houck

Green Paws Program photo

The Cato – 2 Annex staff successfully completed Level 4 of the Green Paws Program. The Level 4 Green Paws Certificate and a letter signed by President Eric Baron was presented to the Annex staff by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute Director Paul Shrivastava, Associate Director of Employee Engagement and Education Sustainability Institute Lydia Vandenbergh, and institute member Daniella Espinoza on April 18, 2018.

The Cato – 2 Annex is staffed by members from Access Services and the Inactive Records Center. The Cato – 2 Annex adopted the Penn State Green standard on day 2 of opening its doors in 2008. The Green Paws Program has helped to develop a sense of comradery among the Annex’s staff relating to our environmental footprint.

The Annex staff are open for questions or guidance to any libraries units or departments that are interested in the program.

Research Coffee Hour @ Special Collections

By: Rachael Dreyer

Are you working on a research project using archives or Special Collections materials? Are you thinking about using archives or Special Collections in your research? Yes? Excellent!

Join us for our first Research Coffee Hour on May 30 from 10am to 11am in Mann Assembly Room, first floor Paterno Library.

Find out how to . . .
-Enhance your research project using the collecting strengths of the Special Collections Library
-Incorporate a Special Collections instruction session into your course this fall
-Start the primary source research process at the Special Collections Library

Talk about your research and gain ideas from others, share your research challenges, and learn more about the collections and research assistance available in the Special Collections Library
over coffee and pastries. Participants will also have the option to engage in research consultations with members of the Research Services Team.

This event is open to all Penn State students, faculty, staff, and community members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tech Tip: New Enhanced Sidebar in Box

By: Ryan Johnson

New enhanced sidebar in Box, screenshot

Box recently introduce a new, simpler navigation sidebar that includes all of your favorite files and folders.

You’ll now see your favorite files and folders directly in your navigation sidebar. Don’t have any favorites yet? Simply drag any file or folder into the sidebar to mark it as a favorite.


Customer Service Tip: Why channel switching Is a good thing

By: Jeff Toister (submitted by Carmen Gass)

Channel switching gets a bad rap in customer service.

If you are not familiar with the term, it refers to situations where a customer starts an interaction with a company in one channel and the interaction moves to another channel.

The customer sometimes initiates this. For instance, a customer might email a company with a question and then call a day later when she does not get a response. Read more here.

Events: May 29

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

"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–Aug. 26, “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 photograph


exhibit logo - 1968


Mar. 27-July 31, “1968: Student Activism at Penn State and Beyond” exhibit, Highlighting archival documents, photographs, and books from The Eberly Family Special Collections, this exhibit ties into a College of the Liberal Arts project titled Moments of Change: Remembering ‘68. Learn more about this project at 1968.psu.edu. Barbara Hackman Atrium, Pattee Library.

Thursday, May 31: Discovery Day, a full day conference-style event created to increase understanding of University Libraries, the library profession, and the campus and community environment in which we work. 8:45am – 4:15pm, various locations around Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
Wednesday, June 6: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, Documentary films about or filmed in or around Iran, or made by Iranian filmmakers. All films have English subtitles and are free and open to the public. Every first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium.

Thursday, July 12: 2018 Lee Bennett Hopkins Award event: Join winner Nikki Grimes, who will receive her award and read from her award-winning book, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Downsbrough Community Room at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College.  .

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