Daily Archives: May 13, 2019

Discovery Day Session Highlight: Penn State Supervision Series – Our experiences

By: Carmen Gass

Come and learn more about the Penn State Supervision Series from some participants in the current and past programs. Each of us will talk about our memorable experiences and the benefits we saw after the program in our jobs or careers. We’ll share our advice on how to prepare in order to benefit the most from the program. There will be quite a bit of time left for us to answer your questions, hear from you, and talk about management and leadership skill development at Penn State.

Presenters: Ally Laird, Jackie Dillon-Fast, Meg Massey, John Meier, Nathan Tallman, Paul Burnell

Buddy Program

By: Carmen Gass

The Onboarding Oversight Group is excited to announce the kickoff of the Buddy Program! In response to survey results from you this program will give current library employees the opportunity to welcome and “onboard” new employees. By buddying up with a seasoned employee, new library employees will gain insight to inside information and receive the encouragement they need to get comfortable in their new workplace.

We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing employees who would like to be a buddy to a new employee. If you feel you would be a positive and informative influence to a new library employee, please take a minute to look over the buddy program as well as the role of a buddy. This opportunity is available for all part-time, full-time, faculty and staff.

Can you meet the expectations of a buddy and are you interested in welcoming new employees to the library?

Please contact the Onboarding Oversight Group, UL-ONBOARDING@lists.psu.edu, if you are interested in this opportunity. Thank you so much for your interest in this important endeavor!

Green Tips: Get Outside!

By: Pembroke Childs

Now that the weather is better, it’s time to get outside!

• You can feel healthier and greener by just spending a few minutes of your work day in the fresh air. “Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways
to improve your health and happiness,” says Time Magazine, staff writer, Jamie Ducharme.

• A new study shows that people who visit some kind of park/green outdoor space, even for a short time, experience mental and physical recuperative effects. More information about
the corroborating, scientific study by Dr. Hon K. Yuen, PhD, OTR/L are detailed in this article published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research.

• In his book, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv, outlines “500 ways to enrich the health and happiness of your family and community”, while combating a
“nature-deficit disorder.” Be inspired by fun projects, fusing tech and the outside world like “Wild snapping.” Invent your own nature gym. Learn about how libraries play an essential role in creating nature-rich communities.

Can’t get outside?

• A micro-break consisting of stretches and desk yoga can incorporate health in your workday. For example, a simple computer reminder on your e-calendar or cellphone can encourage
you to get up every few hours and move.

• Bring the outside, in, with a simple low-light plant.

Spend time outside during your weekend, consider one of these great local destinations:
• Penn State Arboretum
• Snetsinger Butterfly Garden
• Centre Region Parks and Recreation
• Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
• Whipple Dam State Park
• Bald Eagle State Park
• Black Moshannon State Park
• Canoe Creek State Park
• Prince Gallitzin State Park

Remember to protect yourself and family from ticks.

Tech Tip: New Penn State IT Alerts Page

By: Ryan Johnson

The previous Penn State IT alerts system and website was recently replaced by a new subscription page.

The service page will provide information on any current outages or degradations, as well as planned service maintenance and historical service information. Users may elect to subscribe to email notifications by service to ensure that they receive service status information about services that are important to them.

tech tip: IT Alerts screen shot

tech tip: IT Alerts screen shot

To learn more about the system status page and how to subscribe to alerts, take a look at the following video.

Events: May 13

Summer 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.

Wednesday, May 29, Research Coffee Hour: family and Local History. Join us in Special Collections for an overview of the library’s family history and genealogy resources, and a lively discussion between researchers who use our collections and those who are just getting started on family history research. Share your research challenges and gain ideas from others at this interactive gathering. Open to the public. 10-11 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, May 30, Discovery Day. A day-long program for faculty and staff that emphasizes employee development through planning and participation in a conference- style event comprising a broad spectrum of topics to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities. Various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
Tuesday, June 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested11 am to noon, 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Thursday, July 18, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 2-3 p.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.
Tuesday, August 13, Public Tour: Secret Lives of Girls and Women. Curated free tours of the Special Collections exhibit “The Secret Lives of Girls and Women” will offer background information and provenance to the books and objects on display, as well discussion about the their meaning and importance. Registration requested. 10-11 a.m., 104 Paterno Library on the University Park Campus.

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