Monthly Archives: October 2019

Libraries Halloween Party!

Halloween_Party_Invite

You are invited to the ULIBS Halloween Party!

Thursday, Oct. 31 at 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Health and Safety Committee, this years’ event will be held on the Garden Level Paterno, Join us for food, fun, and safety information.

All University Park Employees are welcome.
Supervisors, Please share with your Student Employees.

Best,
Pembroke, on behalf of Health and Safety Committee

Libraries’ Wish List Update – 1st re-launched item purchased

By: Sarah Bacon

wish list graphic

Heartfelt thanks to Mr. Leonard Strong who granted the first wish, from the newly re-launched Libraries Wish List for Students. Check out @PSUlibs on Facebook and Twitter to see more.

Please keep sharing our Wish List for Students link everywhere,
with everyone! #PSUlibsWishList @PSUlibs @RaisePennState

Each wish has it’s own campaign page, so we encourage you to share your own item(s) too! Folks at Ciletti Memorial Library, Penn State Schuylkill are promoting their page, to fund a Looking Glass Pro Holographic Display for students in their nursing program.

Don’t forget we are always accepting your requests for the Wish List. Submit your wish through Qualtrics: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEXfzHbg3MDQW9v.

25Live Pro Coming Soon!

By: Rebecca Peterson

On November 5, the University will launch 25Live Pro, and updated version of 25Live!

For those of you unfamiliar with 25Live, it is the university’s scheduling system. The Libraries uses it to schedule the classrooms as well as Foster Auditorium.
how to schedule instructional classrooms in 25Live

Training Sessions:
Wednesday, November 6 10:00-11:00 a.m. in W211A Pattee
Monday, November 11 1:00-2:00 p.m. in W211A Pattee

Michelle Oliver who manages Mann and Foster and Rebecca Peterson who manages the instruction classrooms will be doing a couple of training sessions. If you’re new to 25Live, if you would like a refresher and some more information about the update, or if you would like some demonstrations on using the Resources calendars please plan on attending one of the sessions.

To get an account:
If you ever schedule the Library spaces for meetings or classes, you need an account. You can get one by following this link and then selecting “RESERVE SPACE IN 25LIVE…” That’s it! Entering
the website pings the system to create an account for you, which usually takes 24 hours. The system will not notify you when your account is verified. Simply login after 24 hours and you will be able to book rooms using 25Live.

25Live Pro:
On November 5, 25Live will be switching to a new version, 25Live Pro. Most of the updates are just in the appearance of the program, but there are some changes to the scheduling page. I’ve
updated the documentation accordingly. It’s on the Intranet on the Instructional Classrooms page.

You can also check out updated training resources on the registrar’s page.

Resource Calendars:
Administration has set up several calendars listed under the Resource category in 25Live. We would like everyone to add their classes and events to the Resource calendars. I’ve included
instructions on how to use the Resource calendars in the updated instructions.

If you have any questions about the instruction rooms, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rebecca Peterson. Michelle Oliver will be able to answer any questions you have about Mann and Foster.

Customer Service Tip: Bad timing or bad decision?

By: Shep Hyken (submitted by Carmen Gass)

Bad timing isn’t really bad timing if you have control of the situation. Think of the things you and others around you in your organization have control over that might cause a problem or inconvenience for someone else. You may not have power over everything, but you do have the power to make good decisions. Know the difference between bad timing and bad decisions. Read more here.

Tech Tip: Sharing multiple screens simultaneously in Zoom

By: Ryan Johnson

Hosts using the Zoom desktop client can allow multiple participants share their screens simultaneously during a meeting. This can be useful for a real-time comparison of documents or other materials by participants. To make full use of this feature, enable the dual monitors option in the Zoom client settings.

Enabling Simultaneous Screen Sharing as the Meeting Host

  • Start your Zoom meeting as the host.
  • Click the arrow to the right of Share Screen, then select Multiple participants can share simultaneously.

Zoom screenshot

This allows multiple participants to share their screen at the same time.

Sharing Screens at the Same Time
Any participants (including the host) using the Zoom desktop client can click Share Screen to begin sharing. Even if a someone is already sharing a screen, another participant can begin sharing. Learn more about sharing your screen.

Depending on their setup, participants will see the following:

  • Participants using dual monitors can see the two most recently shared screens on each monitor.
  • Participants using a single monitor see the most recently shared screen. Participants can select View Options to change the screen they are viewing.
  • Participants using the Zoom mobile app see the most recently shared screen. They cannot change the screen they are viewing.

As the host, you can choose to switch to the option One participant can share at a time for any portion of the meeting. See the instructions on how to share a screen when only one participant can share at a time.

Limitations
Sharing multiple screens simultaneously has the following limitations:

  • When you enable the option to share multiple screens simultaneously, the options Share computer audio and Optimize for full-screen video clip are not available.
  • Participants using the mobile app cannot share when anyone else is sharing.

Events: October 28

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

Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences exhibition graphic

Sept. 16 – Mar. 15, 2020, Exhibit: “Indigenous Roots/ Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences.” Special Collections Exhibition Space, 104 Paterno Library. Reflections on the past five centuries of colonization and cultural exchange between Indigenous Peoples. Europeans, Africans, and later, Americans.

Thursday, Sept. 12-Thursday, Nov. 21, Fall Scholarly Communications Workshops. Featuring in-person workshops at Penn State Behrend, Penn State Scranton, and Penn State Harrisburg, as well as a full roster of Zoom workshops, including our popular trainings on complying with public access policies from federal agencies. Specialized workshops for thesis and dissertation writers, instructional designers, and scholarly authors are included.
Monday, Sept. 30-Friday, Nov. 1, Libraries Short Edition fall writing contest: “Brunchin’ Around.” Submissions are being accepted for the  Short Stories’ fourth writing contest , open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff on the theme “Brunchin’ Around.” Winners will have their short stories or poetry displayed on all Penn State Short Edition story dispensers and win $100.
Monday, Oct. 28, Data Visualization Session: Introduction to Data Visualization. Services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. 1-2 p.m. in 315 Pattee Library, University Park.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, Miracles and Wonders from Deaf Worlds: An Ethnographic Film Showing and Discussion Panel. An intimate exploration of the social and communicative worlds of deaf children. This event will feature a short ethnographic film of a typical day in an internationally-celebrated deaf bilingual kindergarten classroom,  followed by a discussion panel that includes an all-deaf panel composed of experts on sign languages, bilingual/multilingual education, and deaf-led advocacy. 6-8 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
Thursday, Oct. 31, Dungeons & Dragons/Halloween Secrets in the Archives. Visit the Special Collections Library at 4-5 p.m. for a Dungeons & Dragons Character building workshop for new players, then join a quest to discover the halloween secrets within the archives from 5-7 p.m.—including your chance to examine the Aliester Crowley papers.
Wednesday, Nov. 6. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, Penn State GIS Day. Open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, an event to bring together those who work with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps and location-based research across disciplines. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the University Park campus. Visit Penn State GIS Day for information and schedule of events.
Wednesday, Dec. 4. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All 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.
Saturday, Dec. 21, Commencement

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.

The Iconic Modern Chair Collection kickoff

By: Henry Pisciotta

Iconic Modern Chair Collection kickoff flyer

Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space (1st floor)

Prof. Craig Zabel of the Department of Art History was honored with the Penn State Teaching Fellow Award: Alumni Association and Student Award Recognizing Teaching Excellence, which includes funding to be used “for the improvement of undergraduate teaching and learning.” He chose to start a teaching collection of historically significant modern chairs for the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. Prof. Zabel will present an illustrated lecture about the history and design of these seven chairs and two stools.

A reception will follow in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, where testing chairs is encouraged.

Save the Date! Tech Update

By: Melody Gehlbach

Please join us on Oct 30th at 2pm in Foster Auditorium and online on Mediasite Live for the Fall Tech Update.

Topics will include updates on:
• Workstation Changes and updates
• Green Glass
• Simba
• Lib Staffer
• Libraries Website
• Catalog
• New Software Request Form

See you then!

Data Visualization Session: Monday, Oct. 28

By: Tara Anthony

Members of Research Informatics and Publishing will be presenting an Introduction to Data Visualization session open to any student, faculty, or staff member on Monday, October 28th from 1-2pm, 315 Pattee Library and via Zoom.

Introduction to Data Visualization
This data visualization session highlights services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. This session is aimed to provide an introduction to the resources and expertise for above mentioned areas.  Presenters will introduce software applications for which we provide consultation services, such as ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcPro; JMP, RStudio, Adobe Illustrator; MS SQL Server/BI, Tableau; and Interactive Visualizations using Jupyter Notebooks, BinderHub, Zenodo, and ScholarSphere. A tour of the Digital Lab of Research Informatics and Publishing will follow after the session for those who are interested.

Contact: Presenters: Tara Anthony/GIS Specialist, Lizhao Ge/Statistical Information Specialist, Briana Ezray/Research Data Management Librarian, Xuying Xin/Data Analyst, Seth Erickson/Software Curation Librarian

Tech Tip: Fill in the blanks in Excel

By: Ryan Johnson

Let’s say your boss wants you to apply a specific formula to every blank cell in a column.  If this was only a few cells this would be easy but what if a sheet had thousands of rows, what can you do?

To fill in any blank cell with the string “N/A” for example, follow the steps below:

  1. Select all the data in a column. Then go to the Home menu, select the Find & Select icon, select Go To Special.

2. In the next window, select Blanks.

tech tip screen shot

3. On the next window, you can enter the formula into the first blank cell. In this case, you’ll  just type N/Aand then press Ctrl + Enter so that the same thing applies to every blank cell found.

If you wanted to, instead of “N/A”, you could type in a formula into the first blank cell (or click on the previous value to use the formula from the cell just above the blank one), and when you press Ctrl + Enter, it’ll apply the same formula to all of the other blank cells.

This one feature can make cleaning up a messy spreadsheet very fast and easy.

Customer Service Tip: The top 5 viral moments In customer service from 2019

By: Blake Morgan (submitted by Carmen Gass)

In a world often filled with chaos and negativity, people love to share positive, uplifting stories. Stories of people caring for others and showing great customer service often go viral. These great acts aren’t performed by employees looking to make it big on the internet, but by people who genuinely care about customers and want to make their lives easier and happier. Here are five stories of great customer service and caring that have gone viral in 2019.

Read more here.

Events: October 21

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

Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences exhibition graphic

Sept. 16 – Mar. 15, 2020, Exhibit: “Indigenous Roots/ Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences.” Special Collections Exhibition Space, 104 Paterno Library. Reflections on the past five centuries of colonization and cultural exchange between Indigenous Peoples. Europeans, Africans, and later, Americans.

Thursday, Sept. 12-Thursday, Nov. 21, Fall Scholarly Communications Workshops. Featuring in-person workshops at Penn State Behrend, Penn State Scranton, and Penn State Harrisburg, as well as a full roster of Zoom workshops, including our popular trainings on complying with public access policies from federal agencies. Specialized workshops for thesis and dissertation writers, instructional designers, and scholarly authors are included.
Monday, Sept. 30-Friday, Nov. 1, Libraries Short Edition fall writing contest: “Brunchin’ Around.” Submissions are being accepted for the  Short Stories’ fourth writing contest , open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff on the theme “Brunchin’ Around.” Winners will have their short stories or poetry displayed on all Penn State Short Edition story dispensers and win $100.
Monday, Oct. 28, Data Visualization Session: Introduction to Data Visualization. Services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. 1-2 p.m. in 315 Pattee Library, University Park.
Thursday, Oct. 31, Dungeons & Dragons/Halloween Secrets in the Archives. Visit the Special Collections Library at 4-5 p.m. for a Dungeons & Dragons Character building workshop for new players, then join a quest to discover the halloween secrets within the archives from 5-7 p.m.—including your chance to examine the Aliester Crowley papers.
Wednesday, Nov. 6. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, Penn State GIS Day. Open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, an event to bring together those who work with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps and location-based research across disciplines. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the University Park campus. Visit Penn State GIS Day for information and schedule of events.
Wednesday, Dec. 4. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All 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.
Saturday, Dec. 21, Commencement

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.

Penn State University Press announces new Acquisitions Editor for Eisenbrauns imprint

By: Cate Fricke

Penn State University Press is pleased to announce that Jennifer Singletary will join the Press as the new acquiring editor for the Press’s Eisenbrauns imprint. She will succeed Jim Eisenbraun, who has remained with the imprint during its transition to Penn State University Press. Singletary brings to the position a wealth of experience in the fields of ancient Near Eastern and biblical studies. She holds a PhD from Brown University in Religious Studies, with a focus on ancient Near Eastern religions and Hebrew Bible. Most recently, she served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Göttingen in Germany. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph, Objects of Their Trust: Manufactured Objects, Divine Qualities, and Attributes as Deities in the Ancient Near East, and coeditor of the forthcoming collection “As It Is Written”? Uses of Sources in Ancient Mediterranean Texts. She is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Oriental Society, the International Association for Assyriology, and the Old Testament Studies: Epistemologies and Methods network.

“I look forward to working with the dynamic and dedicated team at Penn State University Press to continue to build and shape the high-quality catalog for which Eisenbrauns has been recognized since 1975, bringing innovative and important new books to the list, and upholding the imprint’s tradition of scholarly excellence,” said Singletary.

Established in 1975 by Jim and Merna Eisenbraun primarily as a means for students to purchase affordable books in ancient Near Eastern studies, Eisenbrauns grew over the years to include a publishing program, a pre-press house, and a book distribution and sales service. In 2017, Eisenbrauns secured the future of its highly regarded publications in ancient Near Eastern studies, biblical studies, biblical archaeology, Assyriology, linguistics, and related fields by becoming an imprint of Penn State University Press, where the books and journals have complemented PSU Press’s lists in religious studies and Jewish studies.

Publisher Jim Eisenbraun will retire in October. “Jim has been a publishing force in the field for decades now, leaving not only a strong legacy but also very large shoes to fill,” said Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief Kendra Boileau. “Jennifer Singletary’s impressive scholarly credentials and true commitment to providing top-notch service to Eisenbrauns authors will offer exciting new publishing leadership for the field.”

Jennifer Singletary will join the Press in her new role on Nov. 1.

For more information, contact PSU Press Associate Marketing Director Cate Fricke at crf16@psu.edu or 814.865.1329, or visit https://www.eisenbrauns.org/

 

 

Development’s Wish List for Students re-Launch

By: Alex Boyda

Libraries' Development Wishlist graphic

This fall, the development team is thrilled to announce the re-launch of our refreshed Wish List for students. The University Libraries team came together and submitted their department’s specific and most critical needs. The Wish List includes your requests for resources, events, new technology, internships, and even the preservation of rare historical literature. They range in price from $200 to $14,000.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their students’ wishes: Alexandria Chisholm, Amy Paster, Brandy Karl, Carmen Gass, Christina Wissinger, Elise Gowen, Jamilyn Houser, Janet Hughes,
Jason Reuscher, Jean Voigt, Jennie Knies, Linda Musser, Megan Gilpin, Sandy White, Sue Kellerman, Torrie Raish

The more we all share the Wish List and collaborate, the more student wishes will be granted. How can you help? Share our Let’s Grow State page: c-fund.us/LibrariesWishList, with colleagues, friends, post on your Campus Library’s pages, and share all across social media. Please use hashtag: #PSUlibsWishList

As wishes are granted and funded, new items will rotate onto the list, so please check back frequently and keep submitting your requests via Qualtrics. Thank you!