Daily Archives: February 24, 2020

MS Access and Excel workshop to be offered on Feb. 27

By: Xuying Xin

Join the university Libraries’ Research Informatics and Publishing department for informational sessions highlighting data analytics and visualization and geospatial data and mapping services, free to all Penn State faculty, staff and students. All sessions held in W312A Pattee Library, with online access via Zoom.

Data Analytics and Visualization

  • Introduction to Databases: MS Access and Excel — Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Business Analytics with MS SQL Server and Business Intelligence (BI)/SSIS, SSAS, SSRS — Thursday, March 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop — Thursday, April 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

These sessions are designed to provide an overview of data analytics, as well as explore some commonly used software tools for demonstrating data analysis and visualization based on a sample data set. Advance registration is recommended but not required.

Maps and Geospatial Analysis

  • Getting to Know Geospatial Data and Mapping — Wednesday, Feb. 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in W13 Pattee Library, with online access via Zoom.

This session will introduce participants to geospatial data from U.S. and international sources, along with information on geospatial software access at Penn State, including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS ArcMap, and ArcGIS Pro. Participants will receive a brief introduction to geospatial data techniques and analysis. Additional resources will be provided to help participants get started using geospatial software in projects. Resources from these Maps and Geospatial guides will be highlighted: Global Partners: International Geospatial DataArcGIS OnlineArcGIS Pro, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


2020 All Staff Conference highlighted sessions

By: Angel Peterson

Connection • Collaboration • Community

Are you still on the fence about attending the 2020 All Staff Conference? Over 100 people have registered so far! Take a look below to see some of the sessions that will be offered:

  • Advancing your Career: Setting Goals, Mentorship, and your Resume with Bob Orndorff
  • Creating an Exhibit: From Inception to Realization with Clara Drummond
  • Dealing Positively with People in Challenging Situations with Jodi Himelright

If these sessions tickle your fancy, please join us for the conference on June 3-4, 2020. Don’t forget to register by April 24, 2020!

And don’t forget the deadline to make reservations at the Nittany Lion Inn is Sunday, March 1. Please take a look at the 2020 All Staff Conference Staff site for more information.  

Thank you,
2020 All Staff Conference Committee

Events: February 24

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
Tuesday, Mar. 3, Moments of Change: A Century of Women’s Activism A two-part launch event examining the impact of women’s activism since the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification in 1920 gave women the right to vote. A pop-up exhibit takes place from 2-5 p.m. in Mann Assembly Room, concurrent with a talk entitled “Perspectives on Women’s activism: Questions and Conversation at 3-4 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 and 103 Paterno Library, University Park.
Wednesday, Mar. 4, Discovering Marginalized Populations in the Maps Collection. An informal look at items from the map collection by and about underrepresented groups, including African Americans, Native Americans and women, including a discussion about the pitfalls of the lack of diversity in these collections and how to view them through this lens when using them. 3-4:30 p.m. in W13 Pattee Library, University Park. Register via Learning Resource Network for this free workshop.
Wednesday, Mar. 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.
Wednesday, Apr. 8, A presentation with Bayan abu Sini, head of Library User Services Department at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan. Ms. Bayan will discuss her experiences as a librarian in Jordan, differences between librarianship in the U.S. and Jordan, and her research project as a Humphrey Fellow. Noon-1 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
Thursday, Apr. 9, Student Employee Showcase. Lighting talks from the Libraries’ Bednar interns, Stelts-Filippelli intern, and other student employees at 1:3-0 p.m. in Foster Auditorium and via MediaSite Live, followed by Outstanding Student Employee Awards at 2:45 p.m. A small reception will be held at 3-4 p.m. in Mann Assembly room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.
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.