Daily Archives: June 24, 2019

Utopian Literature in English bibliography added to Library of Congress e-Resources Catalog

By: Ally Laird

Penn State University Libraries’ Open Publishing program recently learned that its flagship bibliography, Utopian Literature in English: An Annotated Bibliography from 1516 to the Present by Lyman Tower Sargent, was recommended and added to the Library of Congress (LOC) e-Resource Online Catalog.

“I became aware of this resource in connection with a Researcher and Reference Services-sponsored lecture entitled ‘African Americans and Utopia: Visions of a Better Life,’” notes Sibyl E. Moses, reference specialist and recommending officer, African American History and Culture. “This is the richest online database in existence on the topic of Utopia and Dystopia, and it is compiled by a leading international Utopian scholar.” Sargent gave the lecture on May 14, at the Mary Pickford Theater in the Library of Congress James Madison Building, in Washington, DC.

Fast approaching 10,000 entries, Sargent updates this seminal work of utopian and dystopian literature in its myriad forms regularly with new citations and revisions. Sargent’s thoughtful use of keywords to identify authors’ nationalities and gender, when known, adds an additional demographic resource for political science, literary, and other humanities research.

Following the confirmation that the LOC cataloged the bibliography in the e-Resources Online Catalog, the Open Publishing program was again approached by the Library of Congress, this time requesting permissions to include the bibliography in their web archives. The LOC notes that they “preserve important cultural artifacts and provide enduring access to them,” and that content is considered important and thus chosen “because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were ‘born digital’ and never printed on paper.” This marks the first publication by the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing program to be archived and catalogued by the Library of Congress in this way.

Penn State Libraries Open Publishing is the Open Access imprint of The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, and is a unit within the Research Informatics and Publishing department. We provide tools and support for Penn State-affiliated authors and groups to publish full-featured electronic scholarly journals, searchable annotated bibliographies, monographs, and topical web portals using a variety of digital platforms. All of the publications are free to view online and download. Copyright is retained by the individual authors, journals, or sponsoring entity, and almost all publications are licensed for use under a Creative Commons license. For more information about the program, please visit openpublishing.psu.edu/, or contact Ally Laird at alaird@psu.edu.

Register now for Library Data Days 2019 at University Park — Friday, Aug. 2

By: Steve Borrelli

Registration is now open for the third annual Library Data Days. Data Days provide a full day to learn from each other about the use of data in decision-making. This Library Assessment and Metrics Council event is scheduled for Friday, August 2nd at University Park and is open to faculty, staff, and administration from all campuses. Library Administration is funding travel for anyone interested in attending from outside of University Park.

See the tentative schedule below or on the intranet for information on sessions. Additional information about each session is forthcoming.

Register here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ctYRxmkmiEescBv

Join us for part of, or the full day and learn from colleagues about different approaches to working with data, the data we collect, how it’s used, and how it informs our decisions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? – contact Steve Borrelli (sborrelli@psu.edu)

9:00 am – 9:20 am Light Refreshments Mann
9:20 am – 9:30 am Welcome Remarks – Steve Borrelli Foster Auditorium
9:30 am – 11:00 am Faculty OA Deposits into Scholarsphere, Cynthia Vitale (20)

Data Visualization Drop-In Hours – Ben Hoover (20)

Connecting Grades and Library Use to Badges – Mukund Srinath (20)

Library Instruction LLS Reboot – Anne Behler (30)

Foster Auditorium
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break Mann
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Nursing Grey Literature, Kat Phillips, Stephen Woods, Andrew Dudash W-013
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Aspirational Peer Groups – Lana Munip (20)

DeStress Fest, Open House – Megan Gilpin (20)

OER Data, Amanda Larson (20)

Foster Auditorium
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch  
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Why Patrons Count, The Connection Between Library Usage, Hours, and Outreach – John Shank (30)

Gimlet, Reference – Theresa Slobuski (30)

Foster Auditorium
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break  
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Digital Badges and Artificial Intelligence – Emily Rimland, Torrie Raish (30)

Investigating Emotional Connections to the University Libraries to inform a toolkit for the Library Development Board – Steve Borrelli, Lana Munip (30)

Twitter Data: Endgame – John Russell, Ben Goldman (30)

Foster Auditorium


Getting to Know You: Dawn Oswald

By: Gale Biddle

Have you ever met someone for the first time and you just knew that you were going to like them? Dawn Oswald is that kind of person. I met her at a Tech Liaison Retreat a few weeks ago,
and it didn’t take long to see that she’s a fun and nice person. So, I was very happy when she agreed to do this interview. I expected the interview to be fun, and Dawn didn’t disappoint.

Dawn is the Information Resources and Services Supervisor/Manager at the Penn State York campus. Initially, she began working part-time, and in September 2002, she became the
manager. Her job entails supervising the staff and Circulation area and overseeing the daily operations of the library. Since it’s a small staff at her library, she needs to be a “jack of
all trades,” meaning she needs to be well versed in multiple systems, such as Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and even Course Reserves, and the procedures and policies for each.

Raised in the small town of Havre De Grace, Maryland, which is located at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the top of the Chesapeake Bay, Dawn graduated and went on to a school outside of Boston. She majored in Clothing and Textiles, which led her to a 10-year career in costume design. For a time, she worked in a regional theater in Connecticut where some future stars would go to try out shows before they made it to the big time. It was a lot of work, especially dealing with directors, managers, and the artists themselves, but she enjoyed it. Although she may have technically left the costume design world behind, it still sometimes finds its way to her. When Dawn’s daughter was recently in a play, she may have volunteered her mom to create a costume for Cinderella!

Speaking of family, Dawn is married to Joel, an 8th grade math teacher. Together, they have 2 children—a daughter, Corinne, and a son, Christian. They also have 2 rescue cats named Terry
and Mordecai. But family can be more than just those genetically related to you. The best part of being at Penn State for Dawn is the family she’s made with her co-workers. Especially with a
small staff, she says it’s almost impossible not to get involved in each other’s lives. Just like our own family, there are good days and some, well, less than great days. But in the end, it’s that family-like bond with a little bit of humor thrown in that makes it all worth it.

For fun, Dawn likes to play mini golf, cook, cheer for the Steelers, read, and sew. But do you know what is her favorite hobby? Napping. She loves a good nap and will take one wherever
and whenever she can. Sitting up. Laying down. It doesn’t matter. Any place is a good place for a nap. So, if you ever get the chance to meet Dawn, be sure to say hello. You won’t regret it. But if she happens to be napping, let her sleep.

Ten Random Questions with Dawn Oswald:
1. Favorite Color? Purple
2. Best gift you ever received? A George Seurat mug
3. If you deserted on an island, what one item would you have to have with you? A pillow!
4. Is a hot dog a sandwich? Yes
5. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Sentimental Reasons” by Sam Cooke
6. Talent you wished you had? To be able to sing opera
7. Favorite food? Maryland steamed crabs
8. Favorite movie? The Sound of Music
9. Caramel—pronounced like care-a-mel or car-mel? Care-a-mel
10. If you could trade places with any person for a day, who would it be? My husband–he seems organized and ready, and I would love to experience that!

Tech Tip: Who is the Captain?

By: Ryan Johnson

Tech Tip: The Captain screenshot

Have you ever come back to your desk and noticed something called thecaptain is logged into your machine?  The captain is simply I-Tech’s name for an admin account on your machine.  This account is typically used to log into your machine when you are not available to troubleshoot an issue or update a program on your machine.

To log back into your Libraries account, simply click Other user located in the bottom left hand corner of the login screen and enter in with your Penn State ID along with @dce.psu.edu and your password.

Tech tip: Other user screnshot


Events: June 24

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.

Monday, June 3-Tuesday, Aug. 13  Summer Scholarly Communications Workshops. Students, faculty and staff, join Ana Enriquez, scholarly communications outreach librarian, for communications workshops that cover topics such as open access, copyright and fair-use policies.Workshops take place via Zoom and in various locations across Penn State’s campuses. Registration is free but required for all workshops by clicking on the links provided.
Thursday, June 20-Friday, August 23, 2019 Research Travel Awards winning “brown bag” presentations. Seven informal, one-hour lunchtime presentations offered by traveling researchers on a variety of topics, hosted by the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.  All presentations are open to the public and take place in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.
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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