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.