Daily Archives: November 12, 2018

Events: November 12

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

Into the Woods exhibit logo


Sept. 5-Feb. 11, Exhibit: “Into the Woods: Nature in Your Library” Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, Explore the Eastern Forest, its wildlife and botanical wealth. Libraries’ resources, services, unique collections and course materials will guide you on the trails of nature education and exploration. Discover local environmental programs. Be inspired by the instrumental work of women conservationists. Check out the related books, maps, movies and more, and get … Into the Woods.


A Full Course: Encounters with Food exhibit flyer

Sept. 10-Jan. 13, 2019, Exhibit: “A Full Course: Encounters with Food” Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 102 Paterno Library, and Sidewater Commons, first floor Pattee Library. To survive and thrive, we must all consume food every day; eating is, therefore, one of the few universal human experiences. The exhibition will consider the more contested and continuing questions surrounding food: where does it come from, what and how do we cook and eat, and what role does food play in our collective imaginations? The books, manuscripts, posters, and ephemera on view will offer a feast for the eyes and food for thought!


Tuesday, Nov. 13: Penn State GIS Day. A one-day seminar for individuals working with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps, and location-based research on campus to foster greater geospatial awareness on campus, within the community, and beyond. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library and Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library, University Park campus.
Tuesday, November 13: The Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue. To encourage Intercultural understanding and collaboration across the Penn State campus and the local community, 15 International students and their Penn State student partners will share posters about what they have learned from each other and their respective cultures during a program in Franklin Atrium, central Pattee Library. Questions and feedback is encouraged to foster dialogue. 3-4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16: Ithaka Faculty Survey brown bag on data management. Cynthia Vitale, Digital Scholarship and Data Services head, will present on findings related to questions on data management from the spring 2018 library survey of Penn State faculty. Noon – 1 p.m., Dean’s Conference Room, 510 Paterno Library, University Park campus.

Sunday, Dec. 2: International Write-In. Use dedicated time to work on and complete writing assignments and projects throughout the evening, with reference librarians and writing consultants on hand for support, with snacks, coffee and pizza. Two sessions to choose from: Session One is 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Session Two is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Registration is recommended at http://tinyurl.com/psuwritein.

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries. On the first Wednesday of every month, featuring a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. Docunight events are open to everyone, and all films have English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Iranian Student Association and the University Libraries. 7 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Dec, 15-16: Commencement weekend.

Please submit event information — and all Library News submissions — to Public Relations and Marketing via the Library News submission form. *Please note: The content submissions process may be changing soon; please stay tuned for updates.*

University Libraries supports Centre County United Way!

University Libraries staff and faculty show support for United Way outside Pattee Library

University Libraries staff and faculty show support for United Way outside Pattee Library

Last week, UP Libraries employees posed for a group photo to show our support of the Centre County United Way. The photo is part of the #LIveTheShirt social media fundraising event. For every #LiveTheShirt media post, the CCUW received $25 from a targeted gift. Each share received $15 and $1 for each like or comment.

On Thursday afternoon I posted the photo, tagged my friends, and made it public ($25.) By Friday afternoon it has 14 shares ($210), 3 comments and 45 likes ($48.) That’s $283 from just my post!  The photo has been posted by many employees who also have shares and likes and comments. The photo has gone viral all for a good cause.  Feel free to post to your social media (making it public) and watch the money roll in!

The United Way provides Health, Financial Stability and Educational assistance to our Centre County neighbors. Whether it’s the Food Bank, after school programs, job retraining or health care, we all benefit when our neighbors stable.

Consider some of your small expenses like a cup of coffee. Just one $5 cup of coffee per week gives 25 meals to a family of four.

At University Park, you should have received a payroll deduction form in the mail. If you give monthly through payroll, Thank you! If you have questions about how to donate, contact me (hdr10@psu.edu.) You can tailor your gift in many ways to meet your vision (to another county, to a specific agency.) You can send a lump sum to the United Way on their website and reference Penn State to have it count against our campaign.

To view the Penn State campaign, you can track the progress here. http://unitedway.psu.edu/

You can view details on where the money goes here. http://www.ccunitedway.org/

Thanks you for your continuing support of the United Way.

University Libraries United Way Committee
Heather Ross, co-chair
Nicole Gampe, co-chair
Donna Dean
Robert Freeborn
Matthew Mangarella
Kelly Riley

University Libraries holiday clothing sale

By: Heather Ross

It’s winter time and time to bundle up! This time we are selling long sleeve t-shirts with the UL mark, hoodies, zippered sweatshirts and athletic jackets, vests and ladies blazers and cardigans. The t-shirt and hoodie are both screen printed and everything else is embroidered.

See prices below and more details on the order form.

United Way clothing order form and pricing

Orders are due by 11/19 at noon. Payment is due by delivery. Payment by cash and PayPal is preferred. If paying by check, please make the checks out to Heather Ross, and send to Donna
Dean, 3 Paterno Library.

If paying by PayPal – Click on Send or Request money –>Send money–>enter email  hdr10psu@gmail.com–>sending to a friend. Enter the amount and put your name in the notes field. You may be charged a small fee if you are using your bank card to pay but it’s a small amount. There is no fee if link your PayPal account to your bank account.

All proceeds benefit the Centre County United Way. Thank you for your continued support.

Heather Ross for the UL United Way Committee

Tech Tip: Kaltura —Tagging media best practice and tips

Name: Ryan Johnson

katura tags screen shot

When you first upload a video to My Media in Canvas or Penn State’s MediaSpace, Kaltura gives you the opportunity to add tags to your video so you and your viewers may easily find it. You can also add tags to your media after you upload it.

A tag is a label attached to something, in this case a video or media file. Tagging something classifies it to make it easier to find. Kaltura uses metadata, like tags, to classify and describe items, making browsing and searching easier. Tags are a great way to navigate and find your content in Kaltura. You should make tags as meaningful and relevant to the media as possible so that they can provide useful search results.

Unlike hashtags, which omit spaces, tags in Kaltura allow spaces between words. For example, a hashtag like #libraries in social media could just be libraries in Kaltura. You don’t have to worry about capitalizing your tags either. You can capitalize if you choose, without changing the search results.

Whenever you upload a media file to Kaltura, you can add your tags in the Tags field. You can also add tags later by editing the media details page.

Here are a few more tips:

  • Tags can be a useful way to group media. Using Kaltura in Canvas, instructors may want to choose tags related to their course syllabus. For example, if you want your students to watch a reading of The Tell-Tale Heart in your section on Edgar Allen Poe, an appropriate tag might be poe. Your students can search the course Media Gallery for poe and find all the media files with that tag attached.
  • If you have several pieces of media for one course, it is a good idea to tag them with the same course title/code and semester so that they can be located together in a search. This allows you to quickly locate specific course media on your My Media page. For example,ENG30 Fall 2018.
  • You can also tag media by topic. Some examples of topics include “weekly summaries,” “lab demonstrations,” “lesson number,” and “lectures.”
  • If you are collaborating on media with others, consider establishing a common tagging system with your development team to ensure that tags are consistently created and applied to your group’s media. Having a tagging system in place makes finding your content faster and easier.
  • If you are creating content for faculty, a good method of tagging is to use the course number, the instructor’s last name, and a subject area. Using this method, an appropriate tag for course EE200 taught by James Murphy, may look like this:
    ee200 murphy electrical engineering.
  • If you have content that is captioned for accessibility, you can add the tag “ADA” to your regular tags so people know it is accessible to viewers with disabilities.


Customer Service Tip: Three lessons from Apple on how to amaze your customers

By: Shep Hyken (submitted by Carmen Gass)

There is a lot we can learn from great companies, big and small. Many books have been written about companies like Disney, Nordstrom, Ritz-Carlton and Apple. And, once we learn how they do it, the key is making it work for our companies. It’s not about just learning, but also about  executing what we learned. Read more:

Three Lessons from Apple on How to Amaze Your Customers