Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

Reminder: Nominations for Outstanding Student Employee Award

By: Paul Burnell

Do you know of a student employee who consistently exhibits a deep understanding of the library while providing excellent patron service? Do you work with a student employee who is
passionate about their responsibilities, and often provides constructive feedback? Is there a student employee who produces quality work, and is viewed as a leader among their peers and

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck! Nomination letters for the Libraries’ Outstanding Student Employee Award are being accepted until March 13, 2020.
Nominations can be submitted by a student’s supervisor, full-time employees, or student employee peers. Student employees are any student working in the library (including work study, wage payroll, interns, and graduate assistants). For more information on eligibility and the nomination process, please visit the award’s Intranet page.

Four student employees will be recognized on April 9, 2020, at our Student Employee Showcase event. These four student employees will each be awarded with a certificate and a cash stipend

The nomination and letters of support may be submitted electronically or in print. To submit electronically, email the Awards Committee at:
To submit in print, send the letters via interoffice mail to Hailley Fargo, W216 Pattee Library. For more questions on the award, feel free to follow up with one of the committee members
listed below.

We look forward to reviewing a great slate of eligible students who have done incredible work for the Libraries!

The 2020 Student Employee Awards Committee
Hailley Fargo, chair
Erik Angel
Paul Burnell
Alan Mays
Christina Wissinger
Danica White
Rachel White

Giving Tuesday Report

By: Alex Boyda

View the quick report online, with details below as well.

On Dec. 3, 2019, more than 90 featured campaigns at Penn State University helped recognize the importance of giving back. This year the University Libraries saw significant success with this
campaign, garnering $34,340 from 144 donors. These record numbers made the University Libraries 3rd overall for total dollars raised, and 5th overall for number of donors.

Generous gifts came from every realm of the Penn State community and ranged from $5 to $2,000. Seventy-three alumni, 43 staff and faculty, 7 friends, 4 parents, and 4 students helped make this year a success. Among this large pool of dedicated alumni, 15 were graduates of the last decade (GOLD) and received a 1:1 match from the university up to $100. Another matching opportunity from the Penn State Bookstore allowed for an additional $15,000 to support the Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment!

2019 has certainly made its impact. Over the years, the Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment has created the momentum to inspire 9 more textbook endowments to support this student need. 2020 is off to a good start with endowments totaling $1,212,680.71. The resources made available through this these endowments will help ensure student success in their education and future careers.

View the quick report HERE.

Useful things I learned about gamification and instruction at Cuny Games 6.0

By: Elizabeth Nelson

Interested in gamification, gamified instruction, game design learning, or any of the other many names for teaching students through games? You’re in the right place!

I recently attended the CUNY Games 6.0 Conference in New York, and I’ve created a document of the takeaways, resources, and new ideas I learned about.

  • Here’s a quick look at some of the presentations and workshops covered in the notes:
  • How to start from a commercial game and create a gamified lesson
  • The key elements to designing an engaging learning game
  • A simple game mechanic to simulate inequality, privilege, and economy
  • Rewarding students with customized learning for repetitive practice
  • Simplifying a real-world concept into a realistic but playable game
  • Creating a game-space for practice of career skills in real situations
  • Students plagiarize to learn that cheating is extra effort for extra risk
  • Multiple examples of library-specific gamified content in various settings

You can read my notes here.

I’d love to hear from anyone else interested in these specific notes or gamification in general! I couldn’t go into full detail with every aspect of the conference, so if you’re interested in learning more or talking about gamified instruction projects, please email me at ezn80@psu.edu!

Elizabeth Nelson
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Penn State Lehigh Valley

Tech Tip: Sharing One Drive files and folders

By: Ryan Johnson

You can use OneDrive to share photos, Microsoft Office documents, other files, and entire folders with people. The files and folders you store in OneDrive are private until you decide to share them and you can see who a OneDrive file is shared with or stop sharing at any time.

  1. To begin, go to the Office 365 Web site and sign in.  Select OneDrive.
  2. Pick the file or folder you want to share by selecting the circle in the upper corner of the item. You can also pick multiple items to share them together.
  3. Select Share at the top of the page.

OneDrive screenshot, techtip

4.  Select Anyone with the link can editto customize the link options.
5.  Set the options you want on your link, then select Apply when you’re done.

OneDrive link settings screenshot for tech tip

    • Allow editing – When you share items with this type of link, people can edit files, and can add or delete files in a shared folder. Recipients can forward the link, change the list of people sharing the files or folder, and change permissions for recipients. If you’re sharing a folder, people with Edit permissions can copy, move, edit, rename, share, and delete anything in the folder.

Unchecking this box means that people can view, copy or download your items without signing in. They can also forward the link to other people. However, they cannot make change to the version on your OneDrive.

    • Set expiration date – The link will only work until the date you set. After that, the link will be invalid, and you will need to create a new link for users requiring access to your file or folder.
    • Set password – When a user clicks the link, they will be prompted to enter a password before they can access the file. You’ll need to provide this password separately to users.

Events: February 17

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.
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 

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.