Monthly Archives: December 2019

Access Services Bulletin #26: Ethical practices for borrowing privileges and holds

By: Lisa Moyer

Article Text: Please announce that a new Access Service Training Bulletin has been added to the Access Services Training Bulletin Intranet web page at

The bulletin is #26 and titled, Ethical Practices for Borrowing Privileges and Holds, and can be found under the Holds heading on the above web page.

Tech Tip: New Two Factor Authentication(2FA) features

By: Ryan  Johnson

On December 3rd, all users noticed a change to the 2FA prompt.  While the authentication process remains the same, the new 2FA prompt offers users the option to add a new device or manage their settings and devices directly from that prompt when they log in to WebAccess.

Users are also able to enroll and manage devices through a new 2FA management page that will be integrated into the Account Management portal.

Finally, included in the update is the ability to use a security key (such as YubiKey) or a Touch ID to login.

Arrivals and Departures

By: Robert Harris

In November we welcomed the following new employees to the Libraries:
Chris Blaska – Multi-Media Specialist, PRaM
Kevin Clair – Digital Collections Librarian
Carol DeArmitt – Financial Assistant
Jackie Rhule – Information Resources and Services Supervisor, Altoona
Jen Singletary – Technical Communications Specialist, Penn State Press
Lisa Weller – Financial Manager, Penn State Press

We said good-bye to:
Karen Estlund
Megan MacGregor

Green Tips: Green Paws Program update

By: Harlan Ritchey

Green paws photo

Hello all,
Last July the Engineering Library reached an important sustainability milestone when it completed the Green Paws program in its entirety. Penn State’s Sustainability Institute describes its Green Paws program as a way to “incorporate sustainability learning opportunities into daily life across the University.” It consists of four Levels, each with a checklist of  progressively challenging goals/activities for your office to reach. In order to meet the participation requirements, the Engineering Library had all employees (including students) choose the goals that interested them the most. After achieving each goal through research, meeting guidelines, and raising awareness, they shared their results with all coworkers. This process brought everyone on board and ensured the entire unit’s mutual commitment to

Upon completion of each Level, the Engineering Library received a certificate recognizing its accomplishment—and, upon completing the program, a personalized letter of recognition from President Barron.

If your unit is interested in starting its own Green Paws program, visit for more information, and other ways to become an advocate for sustainability.

Harlan Ritchey
Engineering Library
Chair, Green Team

GIS Day connects students, staff, and faculty to geospatial examples

By: Tara Anthony

This year was the 6th Penn State GIS Day held at University Park on November 12th. This event co-sponsored by the University Libraries and Department of Geography offered attendees an opportunity to learn about GIS resources on campus, examples of geospatial applications, and connect with others on geospatial topics. This year’s events included the use of the Central Atrium on the ground floor to host representatives from Maxar,  Esri, and the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information. Presentations included keynote by Keith Swavely, Account Executive for Local Governments at Esri, entitled “ArcGIS Online: Changing the Way Governments Do GIS.” Lightning talk speakers shared about the range of geospatial research topics being studied and implemented at Penn State. A recording of presentations is available on Media Site Live.

photo of GIS dayGIS event photo

Penn State GIS Day Geospatial Technology Demonstration

Events: December 9

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 10-Thursday, Dec. 19, Destress Fest. During finals week, Penn State University Libraries is offering fun and relaxing De-Stress Fest activities, coffee and snacks to help students at the University Park campus relax and ease stress as they study for finals and complete end-of-semester papers and projects. Extended hours at all University Park Libraries branches, as well as continuous 24-hour access at Pattee and Paterno Libraries. End-of-semester hours at all Libraries locations University-wide are available at
Wednesday, Dec. 11, Pop-up Exhibition: Witches and Magic and Ghosts, Oh My! Curated by students in HIST 292N: The History of Witchcraft, Magic, and the Supernatural, the exhibit features rare books and manuscripts fro the Occult Collection. Lightning talks begin at 12:20 p.m. Noon-2 p.m. in the Special Collections Library and Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.
Saturday, Dec. 21, Commencement

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