Daily Archives: April 22, 2019

Diversity Retreat 2019 Coming Soon

By: Brent Stump

Diversity Retreat 2019 is fast approaching and space is filling up quickly! Luckily, you can still register at https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Vj269wbedlhHc9

  • Highlights of the retreat include:
    Dr. Alina Wong, Assistant Vice Provost of Penn State University, presenting ​​”From Ally to Advocate to Accomplice: Accountability for Action”
  • Dr. Joy Cox of Rutgers University, presenting “What to Do When the Chairs Don’t Fit,” a discussion on weight bias
  • Shakoor Ward of the Penn State Affirmative Action office, presenting “Cultural Competency Intervention in the Workplace: From Knowing to Doing”

Please visit https://staff.libraries.psu.edu/diversity-day-2019-awareness-action
to read more about these programs and several other though-provoking events during the day.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The Diversity retreat is open to all employees, and arrangements for travel funding can be made HERE.

Anyone not able to attend in person is encouraged to view all presentations via Media Site Live (no registration required)

April COP Online Discussion: Critical Librarianship

By: Emily Mross

Join your colleagues for the April COP Online Discussion on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 am.

What is critical information literacy and how can we put it to practice in our instruction? This month, we will prepare for the upcoming COP Workshop by discussing critical information literacy and Workshop speaker Eamon Tewell’s article, “The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic Librarians’ Involvement in Critical Library Instruction,” in the January 2018 issue of Colleges and Research Libraries.
Access the discussion via zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/410789702

Discovery Day Testimonial

By: Carmen Gass

“We’re experiencing a tremendous renaissance in the field of gaming, and I love introducing people to it. There’s such a plethora of game mechanics and environments that there’s
literally something for everyone. The only limit is our imagination.”
Robert Freeborn, Music and AV cataloging librarian


Customer Service Tip: Motivating your team (lynda.com)

By: Carmen Gass

“Knowing how to motivate a customer service team is more important than ever, given the pace of change, competitive demands, and increasing diversity of most organizations. This course shows you how to bring out the best in every member of your team, using proven motivation and employee engagement techniques.

Customer strategy expert Brad Cleveland explains how
to create a strong foundation built on a shared vision and values and empower each team member to deliver excellent service.” Watch the class here.


Tech Tip: How to Create a Group in Office 365

By: Ryan Johnson

How to Create a Group in Office 365

With the ULL interface going away, the University Library has several options to use in its place.  One is Office 365 Groups. Think of an Office 365 Group as a collaborative mailing list. When you create an Office 365 Group, you create a convenient mass-mailing list that you and others can use to email the Group. Your group also gets a bunch of other useful stuff, including a shared mailbox, shared calendar, and shared file space in SharePoint. In addition, Office 365 Groups integrate with other useful Microsoft apps. You can also create a Team for your Group in Microsoft Teams.

  1. Open Outlook on the web

2. In the navigation pane, next to Groups, select the + button

Office 365 screenshot for Tech Tip

3.  Fill out the group information

  • Group name: Create a name that captures the spirit of the group.
  • Once you enter a name, a suggested email address is provided. “Not available” means the group name is already in use and you should try a different name. Note that once you choose a group name, it cannot be changed.
  • Description: Optionally, enter a description that will help others understand the group’s purpose. This description will be included in the welcome email when others join the group.
  • Privacy: By default, groups are created as Private. This means only approved members in your organization can see what’s inside the group. Anyone else in your organization who is not approved cannot see what’s in the group.
  • Select Public to create a group where anyone within your organization can view its content and become a member.
  • Select Private to create a group where membership requires approval and only members can view group content.
  • Classification: Choose a classification. Options available depend on what your organization has set up.
  • Send all group conversations and events to members’ inboxes Optionally, check this box to enable members to see all group conversations and events in their inbox without having to visit separate group workspaces. Members can change this setting for their own mailboxes.

4.  Select Create.

Events: April 22

Spring 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

promotional poster - Secret Lives of Girls and Women


Jan. 28-Sept. 1, 2019, Exhibit: “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Through the examination of books, letters, hand-written diaries and other archival materials, The Secret Lives of Girls and Women exposes a wide spectrum of feminine mysteries. The exhibition includes many hidden or concealed aspects of female life found within beauty secrets, secret languages created by women, literary secrets, social taboos and more throughout history. On display during Special Collections Library hours.


The Future is Now, exhibit graphic


Mar. 11-Sept. 26, 2019, Exhibit: “The Future is Now.” Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library. Highlights from current and forthcoming equipment and assistance available to support students’ academic success from the Libraries’ Media and Technology Support Services and Adaptive Technology and Services departments.


Tuesday, Apr. 23-Friday, May 3, Destress Fest. Extended hours throughout University Park Libraries locations, including activities, free coffee and snacks, and games to help relax and de-stress studying students during finals week. All locations have varying activities and hours, more information here.

Wednesday, Apr. 24, International Write-In. Open to Penn State students, faculty, and staff, offering quiet writing spaces and areas for small-group collaboration, as well as support from reference librarians and writing consultants. Snacks, coffee and tea provided throughout the event, as well as free pizza midway through the evening. 3-10 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, University Park campus.
Thursday, Apr. 25, MediaTech Open House. Stop in to see how MediaTech can help you; learn about the many equipment and technologies options are available for student use, plus register for prize giveaways. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wagner Annex, behind Wagner Building on Curtain Road. For more info, call 814-863-3202.
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5: Spring Commencement, University Park.

Technology Expo 2019 graphic, Monday, May 6 11 A M to 3 P M Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in Innovation Park


Monday, May 6: Technology Expo 2019. The annual Technology Expo hosted by Media Technology Services and Support (MediaTech) to bring vendors and state-of-the-art technology equipment to regional I.T. specialists, facilities managers, and others interested in the latest multimedia and related devices and products available for educational, nonprofit and commercial use. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Presidents Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Innovation Park, State College, Pa. 

Please submit event information — and all Library News submissions — to Public Relations and Marketing via its Staff Site request form and selecting the “Library News blog article” button.