Monthly Archives: December 2018

Tech Tip: Windows update to Libraries machines over break

By: Ryan Johnson

Windows Update to Libraries Machines Beginning This Week

I-Tech will be updating Libraries PC machines beginning this week to a new version of Windows.  The changes are minor, but you will notice a few differences when you log into your machine.

IMPORTANT: Please sign out of your machine when leaving for break(Don’t power down or lock the computer)

Below are the two major differences you will see on your desktop:

Cortana (Windows Search) will revert to a Full Search Box in your Taskbar:

windows search bar screenshot

To change this back to an icon or hide it completely, simply right-click on your Windows taskbar and Select Cortana and make your selection.  The default setting is to Show Cortana Icon.

show Cortana icon screenshot

  1. A People icon will also be added to your task bar in the new Windows update .  Show People icon for screenshot - tech tip              To remove this, right-click on your taskbar and click on “Show People on the taskbar”.

SAT Steering Committee wants to hear from you

By: Rachel White

Greetings Everyone from the Supervisor Action Team Steering Committee!
SAT Steer is working on compiling information on our part time staff, both student and non-student. For the purposes of this survey, we are including Bednar Interns, graduate students, work study, and wage under the umbrella of student staff. If you fall into any of the following categories, we want to hear from you:

• Currently supervise part time staff
• Have previously supervised part time staff in the past 3-5 years
• Would like to hire part time staff in the future
• Do not directly supervise part time staff, but work closely with part time staff

The survey should only take about ten minutes to complete and your feedback is greatly appreciated. The data compiled will be used to create a landscape of the current part time staff and foster a discussion about internal promotion for our part time staff. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Rachel White (rhw135) If you have any questions about SAT Steer’s interest in a part time tiered staff system, please feel free to reach out to the SAT Steering Committee. Thank you in advance for your time!

ul-up-sat-steer@lists.psu.edu
Doug Burchill drb152
Shane Burris sdb8
Yesenia Figueroa-Lifschitz yuf3
Chris Holobar jch4
Liz Long eal17
Dawn Oswald djo10
Linda Struble lms27
Rachel White rhw135

Giving Tuesday: A record-breaker for the Textbook Fund!

By: Sarah Bacon

Giving Tuesday 2018 logo

What an incredible outpouring of support, time, and gifts were given on Nov 27 to the Textbook Fund. On behalf of the Development team, I’m very pleased to present our campaign debrief (attached), with a few highlights below.

• 170 gifts – 29 more, and 21% increase over 2017
• $44,708 raised for the Textbook Fund – $12,705 and 40% increase over 2017
• More than twice as many University Libraries employees gave this year (43) vs. 2017 (19)!
• 10 Libraries All Stars have given to the Textbook Fund each campaign (’15-’18):
The Penn State Bookstore, Jane and Jack Casey, Barbara and Bill Dewey, Dace and Andris Freivalds, Nicki Hendrix, Sue Kellerman, Michael Shanafelt, Jill Shockey, Linda Struble, Pattie and Ray Tiley
• With your help – University Libraries was #1 (out of 66) for money raised and tied for #2 for number of gifts. GO TEAM.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lee R. Glatfelter Library team in York led by Barb Eshbach. They had the most gifts of any CCL. 15 of the 34 CCL gifts were from York. And, they were the only CCL with 5 or more gifts. As a result, they earned both $500 awards and will get $1,000 transferred to their collections budget for textbooks. Way to go!!

P.S. A few student thank you’s pulled from cards written at the Giving Tuesday event in Paterno Library…..

Dear Penn State Library Donors, Thank you so much for the services, events, and materials the library has to offer! I love the library and was very grateful today for help from IT services. – Carli

I would love to say thank you from all of Penn State. You are funding and shaping us for a  brighter future. Thank you and I hope I would be able to give back one day as well!! – Maquiyyah S.

Thank you for not only providing great education and experiences, but encouraging students to succeed academically and socially. – Tiffany V.

Dear Donor, Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion. College is a large financial burden for many and your contribution will greatly help Penn State families. Thank you & we are! – Caterina

Thank you so much for the text books! I never knew that you did this, but I think I will take advantage of it next semester. Thanks – Elena

Events: December 17

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!

 

Dec, 15-16: Commencement weekend.

Wednesday, Jan 9: Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries. Every first Wednesday of each month, Docunight screens a documentary about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. Films are free and open to everyone, and all films have English subtitles.

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.*

Libraries Open Publishing announces 100 Years of Western Pennsylvania History

By: Michele Barbin

Western Pennsylvania History ooverThe collaboration between the Western Pennsylvania Historical Society, Senator John Heinz History Center and Penn State Libraries Open Publishing reached a milestone — one hundred years of Western Pennsylvania History online and open to the public.

Published since January 1918, Western Pennsylvania History continues to document the region’s history through scholarship for a broad audience. This quarterly is believed to be the oldest continuously-published magazine west of the Allegheny Mountains. Originally titled Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, then Pittsburgh History in the 1990s, Western Pennsylvania History records the historical figures, towns, neighborhoods, archaeology, culture, sports, literature, architecture, railroading, industry, folk art, music and much more that embodies the diversity within the evolution of Western Pennsylvania.

Brian Butko, Editor of today’s award-winning Western Pennsylvania History, started as a volunteer in 1986: “When the historical society got its first computer, a little Macintosh, it was shared by four departments each day, literally by being carried between floors. The printing has evolved from lead linotype to computerized design and publishing. The only thing that has not changed is the corps of skilled researchers, writers, and editors all passionate about history.”

Thanks to the partnership between the Senator John Heinz History Center and Penn State University through Penn State Libraries Open Publishing, Western Pennsylvania History provides free online access to every issue of the journal published between January 1918 and January 2018, with more on the way. Each issue is a fully searchable PDF, making it easier than ever to research 100 years of articles and columns that chronicle Western Pennsylvania.

Browse through or search all 100 years of Western Pennsylvania History online. This resource is ideal for all educators and students from K-12 through higher education as well as a general audience. The transition to a larger magazine format in 1989 allowed for more photographs, illustrations and a wider range of articles in both subject and length. The Western Pennsylvania Historical Society’s commitment to scholarship from prehistory, frontier days, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, industrialization, two World Wars, the Renaissance and beyond endures.

The Libraries Open Publishing Program, a part of the new Digital Scholarship and Data Services department, currently publishes eight Open Access journals, five bibliographies, a Topical Web Portal publication, and an open access monograph. For more information on the Open Publishing Program, please visit openpublishing.psu.edu, or contact Ally Laird at alaird@psu.edu.

 

Fall 2018 edition of ‘The Library’ newsletter available online

The Fall 2018 issue of University Libraries newsletter “The Library: The Heart of the University” has been published on the Libraries website as an accessibility-friendly PDF.

cover page image of Volume 64 Fall 2018 newsletter edition of The Library: The Heart of the University. Title text Encouraging Student Success with collage of four horizontal images showing Libraries employees and students in multiple library locations looking at and discussing exhibit materials and other content.

Penn State University Libraries’ Fall 2018 edition of “The Library: The Heart of the University,” highlights the theme “Encouraging Student Success” throughout its pages.

The newsletter, published twice a year, is sponsored by the Libraries’ Office of Development and Alumni Relations, with content and design provided by members of its own team as well as the Public Relations and Marketing team.

In this issue, two feature stories support the “Encouraging Student Success” theme in depth:

  • “Focus on Interns” catches up with several former Bednar interns, noting where they are now are how their engaged scholarship experiences with the Libraries have benefited them.
  • “Open House” is a photo essay that walks readers through a brief timeline of students’ experience at the annual University Park event, what they learn about the Libraries at multiple multiple stations along their self-guided tours, and how Libraries volunteers introduce them to the role of an academic library in supporting their learning.

A new column, “Tech Knowledge,” aims to explain to readers some of the many ways today’s Libraries’ technology-based services and resources impact students’ academic success. The inaugural edition examines the Libraries’ connections to Canvas through e-reserves, embedded librarians, and the dedicated Libraries Resources tab. It also explains the functions of online consultations and the Ask a Librarian service.

The “Facts and Figures” column complements “Tech Knowledge” in this issue with data-driven charts and graphics illustrating the success of the Ask a Librarian service.

The 16-page newsletter PDF also features the Middlemas Arts& Humanities Library, the “Press Picks” column from Penn State University Press, and more.

It is accessible by clicking on the thumbnail above or by visiting the link https://libraries.psu.edu/sites/default/files/2018/12/11/LibraryNewsletter_Fall2018.pdf. It also is in the process of being posted to the Development and Alumni Relations page and the News and Events page on the Libraries website.

The print version is scheduled to be mailed by the end of this week to friends who have supported the University Libraries with gifts of $100 or more across the last five years.

LHR News: Arrivals and Departures

By: Rob Harris

This is a monthly update of full-time employees that have joined or left the University Libraries.

In November we welcomed the following new employees:
Angel Diaz – University Archives
Brett Wilson – Penn State Press
Tatiana Zwerling – I-Tech

We said good-bye to:
Brendan Berthold – Access Services
Angela Caldwell – Harrisburg
Jennifer Hunter – Abington
Lamonica Wiggins – Business

Customer Service Tip: Building rapport with customers (Lydna.com)

By: Carmen Gass

“Want to set yourself up for success each time you interact with a customer? Take steps to establish a genuine, human connection with the person you’re speaking with. In this course, instructor Myra Golden helps customer service reps accomplish this by stepping through how to establish rapport within the first few seconds of a customer service interaction.

The course is available here.

 

Events: December 10

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!

 

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.*

Getting to Know You: Matt Ciszek

Submitted By: Tracy Reilly

Headshot - Matt CiszekDuring the winter, it’s not unusual for the Penn State Behrend campus to be buried under a blanket of snow. For Matt Ciszek, Head Librarian at the John M. Lilley Library, it’s just like being home. Growing up in Niagara Falls, NY, Matt saw his share of blustery, freezing cold days. But in the summertime, he could open his windows and faintly hear the rush of water over the Falls, which were a mere 15 blocks from his childhood home. He says it was a great place to grow up, even with all the tourists.

Matt came to Penn State Behrend in January 2018 after spending 11 years as the Head Librarian at the Penn State Shenango campus. Before starting his career at Penn State, Matt spent several years troubleshooting problems at a company that produced library-related software, much like Workflows. Later, he decided to move into the academic side of library work. He spent a year working at the law library of The University of the District of Columbia, the only historically black, public land grant university in Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed the rich culture and long history of the university.

Matt has spent the last 8 years working in the policy making body of the ALA council. He says he finds it truly worthwhile to work with the leadership and members to create initiatives and policies. It’s also given him a chance to meet a lot of great people. But ALA isn’t the only place where he’s met great people. When it comes to being at Penn State, Matt says “the people at Penn State are what makes it worth the working.” He’s currently looking to do some renovations to the Lilley Library, as well as being in the beginning stages of developing a Knowledge Commons.

In his spare time, you can find Matt singing in the tenor section of his church’s choir. An avid photographer, he likes to take pictures of nature and, especially, buildings and architecture. Something else that Matt enjoys doing is working with stained glass. He took a class on making it and has loved it ever since. He hopes to soon have a house where he, along with his husband Michael, can have the space to create stained glass pieces and have an adorable miniature schnauzer running around the yard.

Joint borrowing partnership: University Libraries and Schlow Centre Region Library

By: Ann Snowman

University Libraries recently took the next step in our collaboration with Schlow Centre Region Library when we instituted joint borrowing. Schlow patrons can borrow from University Libraries by registering their public library card at the circulation desk, and Penn State patrons can register their University ID at Schlow to borrow there. Borrowers at either institution can return their books at either library.

More:

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/schlow-psu-partnership-continues-expansion,1478559/

https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/state-college-easier-library-use/1621144956?fbclid=IwAR28FveVBcu8Gxgdd_zPzm24J_Q_F8YHkt48vXeofL4xfxJdG2bhgUffsxY

 

2019 University Libraries United Way Calendar

By: Nicole Gampe

Now is the time to purchase your 2019 University Libraries Calendar that benefits the Centre County United Way!

Go to: https://goo.gl/forms/tY3jHQ7exGRC5rbn1 to order yours today!

Calendars will also be available for viewing and purchase at the Craft Sale on December 18th in Mann Assembly Room.

Payment information is on the Google form. Contact Heather Ross (hdr10) or Nicole Gampe (nmg110) if you have any questions.

Eisenbrauns, an imprint of Penn State University Press, announces new books for spring/summer 2019

By: Cate Fricke

Eisenbrauns, a renowned publisher of books on biblical and Near East studies, has unveiled its spring/summer 2019 catalog featuring new titles on Hebrew scriptures, ancient languages,  archeological reports, and more. The publishing house, which became an imprint of Penn State University Press in Nov. 2017, celebrated its 43rd anniversary this year.

Notable new titles include the third volume in Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni’s Textbook of Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea; Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East, a collection of scholarly essays providing a model of a more productive agenda for understanding gender in ancient Near Eastern societies; Cuneiform in Canaan: The Next Generation, an updated version of the original volume published by the Israel Exploration Society and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2006; A Glossary of Old Syrian by Joaquín Sanmartín; and additions to the Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement series and Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures series. The new catalog also includes distributed titles from Åbo Akademi University, the American Oriental Society, and the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.

To see all of Eisenbrauns’s new and forthcoming Spring/Summer 2019 titles, visit
https://www.eisenbrauns.org/catalogs/PDFs/Eisen_catalog_WEB.pdf
or https://www.eisenbrauns.org/

Tech Tip: Connecting to Roo on a Mac

By: Ryan Johnson

If you need to connect to network shares, press cmd-K or Connect to Server from the Finder’s Go menu. This will get you here:

Roo screenshot #1 for tech tip

From here you can select any of your saved favorites or manually type in the server address, and click Connect. However, there were some changes made via a Windows update (on the server) some months back. You must specify the full name of the server in the Server Address Field. (smb://roo.psul.psu.edu/). If you are using a saved favorite that does not have the full server name, you should recreate it and remove the old one.

If you just use the server name without a share name, you will get an authentication dialog:

Roo screenshot #2 for tech tip

Please add “@dce.psu.edu” after your username (ex: phb1@dce.psu.edu).

This will display a list of all the available shares. You can pick the one you want from here.

roo screenshot #3 for tech tip

Of course, if you typically only connect to one share, you can add it to the end of the server address field and save it as a favorite (the + sign) for use with one click later.

 

roo screenshot #4 for tech tip

Please review your saved favorites and recreate any that do not have the full server name.

Events: Dec. 3

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!

 

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.

Sunday, December 9 — Tuesday, December 11: Destress Fest. Various locations across University Park campus Libraries. Games, stress-relieving activities, free coffee. snacks and extended hours.

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.*