Daily Archives: January 27, 2020

New display in the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information focuses on women in GIScience

By: Tara Anthony

This new display in the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and GeospatialInformation highlights key cartographic and geographic information science (GIScience) contributions of women cartographers, geographers, and scientists.

Four women are profiled: Dawn Wright, Diana Stuart Sinton, Aileen Buckley, and Mei-Po Kwan. Each of these women have contributed to different areas of the GIScience field. Dawn Wright has been a leader in oceanography and mapping the world’s oceans. Diana Stuart Sinton has made key contributions to GIS in higher education and curriculum. Alieen Buckley has been a leader in cartographic design. Mei-Po Kwan has made significate contributions to the study of human mobility, space, and health.

Examples of their works are highlighted to demonstrate how women are playing key roles with geospatial information to further our understanding of geographic phenomena.

Display photo for: Significant Achievements of Women in the GIScience Field Display

Significant Achievements of Women in the GIScience Field Display

World Campus student access to resources

By: Victoria Raish

Did you know that there are around 16,000 World Campus students?
Some of these students live in Pennsylvania while others live across the country or are even stationed on naval ships! Regardless of where these students are located, we are committed
to providing them with resources they need for their studies and research. You might be wondering how we provide access to these students and what exactly they can access. We follow the Access Entitlement principle from the ACRL Distance Library Services section to make sure that we are providing equivalent access to these resources. This article will provide a basic overview of what World Campus students can access.

Digital Resources. World Campus students have access to all of our digital resources including things like databases, journals, e-books, guides, and digitized materials from special libraries.
World Campus students also have access to e-reserves.

Physical Resources. World Campus students who live in North America can get physical materials shipped to them. This includes things like books but also DVDs or other items in the CAT. World Campus students who live outside of North America or who do not want to pay for return shipping or wait for materials can request partial digital access through Interlibrary Loan. The ILL team is fantastic at working with World Campus students and getting them whatever access they can. World Campus students do not have access to physical course reserves.

Obviously, this does not cover the nuances and details of World Campus students gaining access to materials so if you have additional questions make sure to email me and I will be happy to chat further about this!


Giving Tuesday 2019 Impact Video

By: Alex Boyda

On Giving Tuesday, Penn Staters raised their voices in support of over ninety fundraising campaigns on Dec 3. The Libraries celebrated this day of Philanthropy by heading the campaign for the Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment. 2019 marks the fifth Giving Tuesday campaign for the University Libraries. The Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment began as a response to a student need for more affordable textbook options.

This year’s event was a success with the Libraries garnering $34,340 overall in gifts from 144 donors! This makes the Libraries 5th overall for number of gifts out of 90 campaigns,
and 3rd overall for total money raised!

The University Libraries started funding for this project beginning in 2015 through Penn State’s Giving Tuesday pilot program. The money raised on this first Giving Tuesday created the momentum needed to establish the endowment officially in 2016. In 2017, Penn State University recognized the need for more affordable course materials for students and gave a $1 million match to the endowment. Since 2015, $169,410 in generous gifts has been raised on Giving Tuesday to aid the expansion of the Course Reserves for students.

The legacy of the the Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment, spurred by the efforts of the Libraries community on Giving Tuesday, will impact students for years to come. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year a success! Check out our Giving Tuesday 2019 Impact Video to get a glimpse of how critical the Course Reserves are to students and their education.

Customer Service Tip: Batteries included

By: Shep Hyken (submitted by Carmen Gass)

“There are two kinds of people: Batteries Included and Batteries Not Included.”

That quote comes from Dan Sullivan, founder and president of the Strategic Coach program. If you’ve been following my work, you’ll probably recognize his name. I’ve learned a lot over the years by attending his workshops and coaching sessions. He recently released a book that included many of his quotable words of wisdom. This one—about Batteries Included or Batteries Not Included—resonated with me. If it doesn’t already resonate with you, I bet it will in just a moment. Read more here.

Tech Tip: New password settings for Zoom meetings

By: Ryan Johnson

Zoom password screenshot

With the most recent update to Zoom, passwords are now enabled by default for newly scheduled meetings and instant meetings.  However, this will not apply to any meetings previously scheduled.

Personal Meeting ID sessions are not enabled by default, but can be if desired.

To verify or make changes to your settings, log into Zoom at the following URL:

Events: January 27

Spring 2020
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences exhibition graphic

Through 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.

Saturday, Feb. 1-29, Blind Date with a Book. Book lovers can check out a surprise title when they choose a wrapped book rom the “Blind Date with a Book” displays, located in Pattee Library’s Franklin Atrium and other locations throughout the University Park campus in February. A variety of fiction and nonfiction titles are available, but books may not be unwrapped until after they are checked out at the lending services desk.
Tuesdays, Feb. 4-Mar. 31, Code for Her – Faculty and Staff workshop. Join other dedicated female and gender-diverse participants in this 9-week beginner coding workshop. Become familiar with HTML, CSS and JavaScript with no prior coding experience necessary! Limited seats are available, apply by Jan. 26 at sites.psu.edu/codeforher.
Thursdays, Feb. 6-Apr. 2, Code for Her – Student workshop. Join other dedicated female and gender-diverse participants in this 9-week beginner coding workshop. Become familiar with HTML, CSS and JavaScript with no prior coding experience necessary! Limited seats are available, apply by Jan. 26 at sites.psu.edu/codeforher.
Friday, Feb. 14, Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon.  Presented by the Colored Conventions Project, celebrate Frederick Douglass’ “birthday” and help preserve Black history during a day-long transcribe-a-thon with the papers of Anna Julia Cooper. Visit douglassday.org for more information. Noon-3 p.m. in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park. Additional events take place at Fayette, Scranton, and Brandywine campuses.
Wednesday, February 26, Instruction Community of Practice: Out-of-Classroom Instruction. Beyond one-shot instruction, what can you do to share library resources and librarian expertise with students? Join Penn State Harrisburg Librarians for an online discussion to learn about successful out-of-classroom instructional programs and share or develop programs for your library. Presenters: Emily Reed, Andrea Pritt, and Emily Mross. 2 p.m. om Zoom. Zoom link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/148124396
Wednesday, March 18, Voices 2020: The Share Your Story Showcase at Penn State.  Attendees sign up for 45-minute individual storytelling sessions where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. A Showcase event is scheduled in Foster Auditorium. Sponsored by the University Libraries in cooperation with Adult Lerner Programs and Services, Schreyer Honors College, the Gender Equity Center, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the Center for the Performing Arts. More information and a sign-up link coming soon.
Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, Spring 2020 Commencement 

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