Daily Archives: April 27, 2020

All Staff Conference postponed

By: Angel Peterson

Community • Connection • Collaboration

We hope this post finds you doing well and staying healthy. Now, more than ever, we want to prioritize the importance of community.

The All Staff Conference would like to announce that due to Covid-19 and the remote learning environment that we find ourselves in, we are postponing the All Staff Conference until June 2021. The committee continues to prepare for this future event.

The Nittany Lion Inn took care of cancelling all room reservations for our block. You don’t need to do anything else.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the planning committee at 2020Staffretreat@psu.edu.

Tech Tip: Getting audience feedback during your meeting

Wanting to know whether the audiences are ready to move on or if they have any question without asking them to talk over each other, you may consider turning on the Nonverbal Feedback feature in Zoom.  Nonverbal feedback feature allows participants/students to click an icon to provide nonverbal feedback such as Raise Hand, Yes, No, Go Slower, Go Faster, Agree, Disagree, etc.

As a presenter, nonverbal feedback feature allows you to quickly and efficiently receive participants’ feedback without any interruption, especially in large class meetings.

participant panel screenshot for tech tip

To use the feature as a host, you first need to make sure its enabled:

1.Sign into the Zoom web portal and click Settings 

Zoom Settings screenshot for tech tip

  1. Scroll down and verify that the Nonverbal Feedback setting is enabled.

Zoom nonverbal feedback screenshot for tech tip

  1. If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.

Note: To use Nonverbal Feedback during a meeting, a participant must select the Participants button.

Events: April 27

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 throughout the spring semester have been canceled, rescheduled or will be offered virtually. 

Earth Archives exhibition posterEXHIBITION: Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Archives explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record. Highlights of the virtual exhibition include representations of varied print, manuscript, and art works that invites the viewer to consider a range of environmental-related topics and will serve as a growing, centralized resource. 


Wednesdays, Apr. 22-June 10, Remote Research Webinar Series. Free webinars to assist Penn State researchers with shifting their research from onsite to offsite. The series highlights various University services and infrastructure to support remote research. All sessions will be held via Zoom. Additional resources for remote research may be found at https://remoteresearch.psu.edu.

Thursdays, Apr. 23-June 4, Research Data Skills for Graduate Students. Learn more about and improve skills in the areas of data management, data analysis, data visualization and data publishing. in collaboration with the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the free virtual seminars highlight essential data skills that graduate students can utilize throughout the research data life cycle.All sessions begin at 3 p.m. Advance registration is required.  

Thursday, Apr. 23, Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop. An overview of data analytics and some commonly used software tools for demonstrating data analysis and visualization based on a sample data set. Download a free version of SQL Server 2014 Express before the workshop. Advance registration is recommended. 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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.