Daily Archives: March 16, 2020

New display on Purple Lizard Maps and GPS in the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information

By: Tara Anthony:

A new display on Purple Lizard Maps showcases how these popular maps of the region are used in hikingand outdoor recreation activities. The second part of the display is on global positioning systems (GPS). The GPS display highlights examples of the use of GPS and information on available GPS units to checkout from our unit. This display was created by two Maps and GIS Assistants, MilanLiu and Jamie Friedken.

Photo of New display on Purple Lizard Maps and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

New display on Purple Lizard Maps and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Display Celebrating Female Engineers in the Engineering Library

By: Kelly Beck

Display Celebrating Female Engineers in the Engineering Library

As part of the Engineering Library’s rotating student displays, the March display brings together history, engineering, the libraries, and student successes. In celebration of Women’s History Month the library worked with SWE (Society of Women Engineers) to look back on the history of women in engineering at Penn State, and the accomplishments of recent graduates. The display also highlights resources available through the Engineering Library and Penn State for women in engineering, as well as encouraging current students to go to SWE events on campus.

One of the display posters focuses on the first women to graduate from Penn State with engineering degrees. Graduating in 1945, four women received degrees from the College of Engineering and Architecture, two in electrical, one in mechanical, and one in industrial engineering. In total that year, 56 engineering degrees were awarded to women from all universities in the United States. The Penn State graduates that year were Dorthea Pauline
Harrington, Althea June Schaffer, Margret Phillips Haden, and Mary Eileen Stroup. Facing significant pushback, these women helped pave the way for more than 1,000 women to graduate with an engineering degree from Penn State each year. It also highlights the bigger picture of women in engineering, and how many more opportunities there are today, thanks to pioneers like the first four graduates.

The second poster highlights four recent female engineering graduates to show the successes of Penn State, SWE, and the engineering program. The women all have varying occupations,
fields of work, and degrees, and highlight the different paths possible for students as they enter the workforce. For this display, material and information was provided by SWE Penn State, from their alumna listserv and other historical material. The Libraries’ resources we highlight include different materials on success and mentorship for women in engineering, as well as several historical pieces that highlight women in engineering. The books and materials highlighted are available for checkout and use by patrons throughout March. We also feature SWE information, to encourage more participation in SWE, as well as the LibGuides related to diversity within engineering on two iPads.

Kelly Beck, a student in Community, Environment, and Development and an Engineering Library employee, was connected with SWE by Instruction Librarian Paul McMonigle, to develop and create the posters for this display. Her interests are in sustainable design and engineering, and in encouraging women to pursue STEAM degrees and interests.

Five new Wish List items are live

By: Sarah Bacon

The following five wishes submitted by our colleagues are now LIVE on Let’s Grow State’s crowdfunding page!

African American Photograph Album (conservation treatment), $450
submitted by Caitlin Rizzo

Fund an Open Access Monograph, $15,000
submitted by Brandy Karl

Health & Wellness Collection at Berks Thun Library, $500
Submitted by Alexandria Chisholm

Spring Break Writing Retreat, $1,500
submitted by Linda Musser

Student Study Package, $200
submitted by Amy Paster

Find us on social media, please use and tag – #PSUlibsWishList
@RaisePennState @PSUlibs.

Customer Service Tip: The Power of putting people first

By: RASMUS HOUGAARD (submitted by Carmen Gass)

“If we take care of our people, they will take care of our customers, and the customers will come back.” Marriott’s business philosophy is crystal clear. Their people-centered approach is what have made them one of the world’s largest hotel chains.

Companies are increasingly realizing the power of creating people-centric organizations that value the happiness of employees as much as the bottom line. Read more here.

Events: March 16

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

UPDATE: In light of the University’s March 11 announcement regarding measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic, nonessential events and meetings scheduled at University Libraries locations through April 6 are being canceled, rescheduled or offered virtually. 

ZOOM ONLY — Wednesday, Feb. 12- Apr. 8, Spring 2020 Scholarly Communications and Copyright Workshops.
CANCELED — Tuesday, March 17, Film: Not for Ourselves Alone. The University Libraries Diversity Committee and the Women’s subcommittee of the Finance and Business Diversity Committee present “Not for Ourselves Alone” in celebration of Women’s History month through film. 2:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
CANCELED — Wednesday, Mar. 18, Voices 2020: The Share Your Story Showcase at Penn StateA series of 45-minute individual storytelling sessions where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. A Showcase event in Foster Auditorium is scheduled for 11 a.m., with sessions throughout Paterno Library and Pattee Library from 1-5 p.m.. 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. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., University Park.  
CANCELED — Wednesday, Mar. 18, Restorative Justice Initiative: Higher Education in PrisonsA film screening of “College Behind Bars,” directed by Lynn Novick, explores the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees. 5:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
CANCELED — Thursday, Mar. 19, Women’s History Zine Workshop. Use the Special Collections archives to create a zine to celebrate Women’s History Month in this hands-on workshop including a brief history of zines and a presentation by University Archivist Angel Diaz on preserving and archiving. You’ll leave with your own zine! 5-7:30 p.m. in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.
CANCELED Thursday, Mar. 19, Barbara Jordan Lecture Series presents Dr. Ibram Kendi. Dr. Kendi, author, historian and professor at American University will speak about his bestselling book, How to be an Antiracist” A book sale and signing will follow the event. 6 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
CANCELED Monday, Mar. 23- Friday, Mar. 27, Wiki Edit-a-thon. A cross-campus Wikipedia Edit-a-thon week in honor of Women’s History Month. No experience is necessary. Information on each campus edit-a-thon can be found on the meetup page.
CANCELED — Wednesday, April 8, Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. Free and open to everyone, 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.
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 

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