Monday, March 14, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Pi(e) Day Contest, Mann Assembly Rm. Do you love to bake or eat pie? In honor of Pi Day (3/14) the United Way Committee is hosting a Pi(e) contest. Bake your best pie, torte, tart, or quiche and/or buy a $5 voting package. All proceeds benefit the United Way.
Tuesday, March 15, 10-11 a.m.: “Mommy, Where Does Metadata Come From?” Mann Assembly Room. The presentation will discuss the two basic kinds of metadata, the two basic kinds of searches our patrons conduct, and then examine in detail the metadata ecosystem and its ever-more-rapidly-proliferating series of silos (The CAT, LionSearch, CONTENTdm, Google Scholar, WorldCat, ScholareSphere, HathiTrust, DPLA, etc.). We’ll see how the silos are linked, or not, who creates what metadata where, and how the complex relationships that exist and evolve between silos directly impact discovery and access, collection development and assessment, and the user experience both here at Penn State and around the world. The presentation will be recorded and made available on the Web one week after the event. Presented by Metadata Man. For more, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKIqmTeFlzI
Tuesday, March 15, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: Hiring for Diversity presented by Rob Harris, Libraries Human Resources manager, Mann Assembly Room, and Adobe Connect (https://meeting.psu.edu/diversity-in-hiring/). Content will include search committee formation, issues to be aware of in the hiring process, the interview, and more. If you area is hiring or planning to hire in the future, this presentation will be a useful primer on what you need to know before and during the hiring process. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. No registration required for this program.
Wednesday, March 16, noon–1:00 p.m.: Annual Diversity Potluck, Mann Assembly Room. Everyone is welcome to join us! (Note: You don’t need to bring a dish!) Sign up sheet: https://surveys.libraries.psu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=983M3ol&Preview=true!
Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m.: Spring Clean Financial Clutter, Mann Assembly Rm. Spring cleaning can clear clutter in your personal financial life just like it does for your closets and garage. In this workshop, learn how to take control of your finances and simplify financial record-keeping for year-end tax purposes, reducing stress and saving time in the long run.
Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.: An Evening with Karen Abbott, John Bill Freeman Auditorium, 117 HUB. A book signing will follow the event.
Thursday, March 17, 1-2:30 p.m.: Publishing social science data: your other publication 211A Pattee Library, University Park. Stephen Woods, social sciences librarian, will provide an overview of the process for publishing social science data in ICPSR, a premier data archive. Participants will be introduced to Nesstar Publisher and Collectica tools that will assist in describing data using DDI, a core meta-data standard for social science data. There will also be a brief introduction to Open ICPSR, a data archive solution and a comparison of Open ICPSR with other, fee-based solutions. In this session, participants will learn about data discovery solutions that utilize elements of data description to highlight ways a researcher’s data can potentially be discovered. Available for remote participation at https://meeting.psu.edu/ul-dlc.
Friday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.-noon: Data Day 2016, Social Science Library and Data Learning Center, 208 Paterno Library, with lightning talks in Foster Auditorium. More information at http://sites.psu.edu/dataday.
Monday, March 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: GIS Interest Group meeting, 126 A Paterno Library. Discussion topics include updates from the last Penn State GIS users group, library geospatial activities, and current geospatial events and news.
Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 a.m.: Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit, hosted by University Libraries and the OER Task Force. Early adopters of OER share their experiences. Foster and MediaSite Live. Keynote address by Nicole Allen of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
Thursday, March 31, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: A world of census data, 211A Pattee Library, University Park. This session, conducted by Stephen Woods, will explore the wealth of census data from around the world that are available to Penn State researchers as well as from free sources outside of the library’s collection. The presentation will discuss limitations such as language, format and reporting. Available for remote participation at https://meeting.psu.edu/ul-dlc.
Tuesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.: Dean’s Forum, Foster Auditorium and Media Site Live. More information to come.
Wednesday, April 6, noon: Linguistic Knowledge and Language Use in the Yucatan Peninsula, Foster Auditorium and MediaSite Live. Presented by Lindsay Butler-Trump.
Monday, April 11,11:00 a.m. – noon: Collections Forum on Floating Collection Data Analysis by Aaron Dennis, Access Services Research Assistant. Floating Collection has been active at 19 campus libraries since 2013. A Floating Collection is a group of books that are not housed permanently at one specific library, but instead are shelved in the library where they were most recently discharged. Approximately one million books fall under Floating Collection. Our Access Services research assistant, Aaron Dennis, has been analyzing data derived from SirsiDynix Symphony on floating books from a collections perspective and will present his findings. Members of the Collections Mobility Task Force will be on hand to answer questions. Foster Auditorium and Media Site Live.
Tuesday, April 12, 2;30–3:30 p.m.: Speak Up for Civility workshop, Mann Assembly Room. More information to come.
Wednesday, April 20, noon: Indigenous, Natural, Esoteric: The Presence of Indigenous Knowledge in Urban Colombia. Presented by Richard Stoller, Foster Aud.
Monday, May 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m.; Annual Diversity Colloquium, Foster Aud. and MediaSite Live.