Daily Archives: November 11, 2019

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) is now a publication of Penn State University Libraries

The Libraries Open Publishing Program is pleased to announce the publication of Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO), an open access resource for educators. EMRO, which was previously published by the State University of New York at Buffalo Libraries, has been transferred to the Penn State University Libraries, with Angela Davis, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State Behrend, serving as the new editor. Davis served as the social media editor since 2011, and has now taken on the role of Editor for the full publication.

Former Editor Lori Widzinski commented, “Little did I know when I started EMRO that my Editorship would last 22 years. As I transitioned to a new role as Technology Project Manager for the University Libraries at UB, it was time for EMRO to change as well. Having worked with Angela for several years, I knew the database would be in good hands and I was thrilled to see it move to the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing Program where it would retain its focus on open access.”

“EMRO is a unique resource that is used by libraries and educators of all types,” said Angela Davis, editor of EMRO. “It is one of the only places to find reviews of media produced by all the major distributors and from independent filmmakers, which may not be reviewed anywhere else. I am pleased that Penn State can continue on the important work EMRO does.”

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) is an open access database of critical reviews of media from major educational and documentary distributors and independent filmmakers. The reviews are written by librarians and teaching faculty from across the United States and Canada. The EMRO database began in 1997 as the AV Review Database, part of the peer-reviewed publication, MC Journal: The Journal of Academic Media Librarianship, an electronic journal devoted to issues in media librarianship. When the journal ceased publication in January 2002, the AV Review Database continued on as Educational Media Reviews Online. Each review is given one of five ratings, from “Highly Recommended” to “Not Recommended”.

“EMRO is a fantastic resource that serves numerous educators across the country and around the world. We are so happy to be providing support for this publication, and are especially thankful that EMRO has been publishing Open Access since its inception,” said Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Specialist. “Publishing the content openly, without a subscription, allows for educators from all types of institutions, both public and private schools, to access quality reviews of educational media.”

EMRO is always looking for new reviewers, and encourages those who are interested to contact Angela Davis at emro@psu.edu. EMRO reviews published in 2019 or later are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC BY 4.0), which means that anyone can use these reviews, so long as they comply with the terms of the license. Earlier EMRO reviews are not under the CC BY 4.0 license, but distributors are able to use portions of earlier reviews for promotional purposes, as long as the name of the database and the name of the reviewer are cited.

The Libraries Open Publishing Program, a part of the Research Informatics and Publishing department, currently publishes ten Open Access journals, five bibliographies, EMRO and other topical web portal publications, and two Open Access monographs. For more information on the Open Publishing Program, please visit openpublishing.psu.edu, or contact Ally Laird at alaird@psu.edu.

Arrivals and Departures

By: Robert Harris

In October we welcomed the following new employees to the Libraries:
Marty Coyle – Music and AV Cataloger
Mihoko Hosoi – Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communication
Brendan Johnson – Reference and Instruction Librarian, Abington
James McCready – Information Resources and Services Support Specialist
Robert Scheller – Information Resources and Services Support Specialist, Scranton

We said good-bye to:
Cheri Banks
Ruben Calvo
Pam Reed

Penn State GIS Day: Exploring the world through geovisualization: Tuesday, Nov. 12

By: Tara Anthony

Penn State GIS Day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with events that are open to faculty, staff, students, and the community.

Penn State GIS Day is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the University Libraries. Penn State GIS Day events aim to create geospatial awareness of geospatial technologies across disciplines, and serve as a way to connect with others who are using geospatial technologies.

This year’s events include speakers from Esri, Maxar, and multiple Penn State departments. See full listing of speakers on the Penn State GIS Day site.

Events include:
11 a.m.–noon: Geospatial Technology Demonstration, Collaboration Commons Atrium.

1:30–2 p.m.: “ArcGIS Online: Changing the Way Governments Do GIS.” Keith Swavely, Esri. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library; viewable via Mediasite Live.

2–3 p.m.: Lightning Talk Presentations. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library; viewable via Mediasite Live.

3–4 p.m.: Networking and Refreshments. Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information, 1 Pattee Library.

3–6 p.m.: Center for Immersive Experiences Open House. Collaboration Commons Atrium, 3 Pattee Library.



Customer Service Tip: Is automation good or bad for customer experience?

By: Jeff Toister (submitted by Carmen Gass)

The discussion about automation often focuses on jobs.

A 2019 study by Indeed showed 60 percent of Americans think automation will put a significant number of jobs at risk. This certainly includes customer service jobs. You see machines replacing humans in parking garages, at supermarkets, and in customer service departments.

But is automation making customer experience any better? Read more here.

Tech Tip: Open Multiple Windows in Outlook (Desktop)

By Ryan Johnson

You can open Outlook in multiple windows – one window displaying your inbox, for example, one window displaying your calendar, one window displaying your contacts. It can be far easier to switch between windows than to switch from one section of Outlook to another.

The simplest way to do that: right click on the name of an Outlook folder and click on Open in New Window.

Note: On a Mac use CTRL+Mouse Click

tech tip Outlook screen shot


Events: November 11

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.
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.
Thursday, Nov. 14, Military Appreciation Week: MRE Breakfast & Pop-up Exhibition. Join us for breakfast and get the opportunity to sample the MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) that our armed forces eat in the field. After, view a curated selection of materials from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library celebrating the Greatest Generation. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mann Assembly Room and Special Collections Exhibition space, 103-104 Paterno Library, University Park campus.
Tuesday, Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday. A global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity across communities. Every year, the University Libraries raises money for the Textbook and Educational resources Endowment, aka: the “textbook Fund,” with matching from a variety of sponsors!
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.
Sunday, Dec. 8, International Write-In. Free and open to Penn State undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff members, the write-in offers quiet writing spaces and areas for small-group collaboration, as well as support from reference librarians and writing consultants. Snacks, coffee and tea is provided throughout the event, as well as free pizza midway through the evening. 3-10 p.m. in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park campus.
Saturday, Dec. 21, Commencement

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