Category Archives: Events

GIS Day connects students, staff, and faculty to geospatial examples

By: Tara Anthony

This year was the 6th Penn State GIS Day held at University Park on November 12th. This event co-sponsored by the University Libraries and Department of Geography offered attendees an opportunity to learn about GIS resources on campus, examples of geospatial applications, and connect with others on geospatial topics. This year’s events included the use of the Central Atrium on the ground floor to host representatives from Maxar,  Esri, and the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information. Presentations included keynote by Keith Swavely, Account Executive for Local Governments at Esri, entitled “ArcGIS Online: Changing the Way Governments Do GIS.” Lightning talk speakers shared about the range of geospatial research topics being studied and implemented at Penn State. A recording of presentations is available on Media Site Live.

photo of GIS dayGIS event photo

Penn State GIS Day Geospatial Technology Demonstration

Penn State University Press announces annual holiday sale & new titles for spring 2020

By: Cate Fricke

PSU Press Kern sale

Penn State University Press will host a Holiday Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Kern Building lobby at University Park. The one-day sale, featuring more than 70 new and
bestselling PSU Press titles, is open to the University community and the general public.

An annual tradition, the sale will include recently published books such as “Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront” by eminent art historian Jonathan Weinberg, “Paul
Verlaine: A Bilingual Selection of His Verse, ” translated by Samuel N. Rosenberg, and “Picatrix: A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic,” edited by Dan Attrell and David Porreca, as well as graphic novels such as “Us Two Together” by Belgian artist Ephameron and “The Lady Doctor” by Graphic Medicine pioneer Ian Williams. The sale will also include classic PSU Press books
such as “Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic,” “Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium,” and many more.

All books will be available at 30–50 percent off the regular list price. There will also be a $5 book table featuring backlist titles on Pennsylvania history and other topics. Shoppers can also purchase books at 30 percent off through the Penn State University Press website by using discount code NR18. The Press offers free shipping to on-campus addresses; regular shipping charges apply everywhere else.

The Press’s new catalog, featuring forthcoming books slated for release in Spring/Summer 2020, will be available at the sale as well as on the PSU Press website. Highlights include “Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community,” by William Burton and Barry Loveland; “Algériennes: The Forgotten Women of the Algerian Revolution,” a graphic novel by Swann Meralli and Deloupy; “Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History,” a visually rich exploration of the iconic cathedral by Dany Sandron and the late Andrew Tallon; and titles in Art History, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Anthropology, Medieval Studies, and more.

Visit psupress.org to view the Spring/Summer 2020 catalog.

Save the Date: Giving Tuesday 2019

By: Alexandra Boyda

Giving Tuesday logo

Giving Tuesday 2019 is almost here!

Help empower students on the global day of giving by supporting our Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment – frequently referred to as the “Textbook Fund.” The funds provided by the endowment each year allow the University Libraries to purchase more textbooks, electronic and educational materials. Students can borrow these materials, which may make the difference between taking and not taking a class, and helps make Penn State more affordable and accessible to our students. This year, we are partnering with The Lion’s Pantry and collecting canned goods for students at the two University Park events below.

The Libraries Giving Tuesday page is viewable but not live until 6:55pm Dec 2nd through 11:59pm Dec 3rd. The Libraries goal is 185 gifts – with gifts starting at $5. Every gift makes a difference. Help share the Giving Tuesday page far and wide at http://c-fund.us/nme

Maximize your impact by using hashtags like #TextbookFund, #PSUGivingTue, @PSUlibs, and tagging @RaisePennState. With your support, we can make this the best Giving Tuesday yet!

Lookout for some of our University Park hosted events on campus. All are invited!

November 20, 3-5pm: Giving Tuesday Kickoff Party Come celebrate Giving Tuesday by attending our kickoff event in the Mann Assembly Room (103 Paterno Library). Enjoy FREE FOOD and meet past donors, students, and librarians. Also available for viewing is the “gallery of student impact,” which includes various forms of media showcasing the importance and significance
of philanthropy and the Course Reserves. Make sure to bring a canned good to support The Lion’s Pantry!

December 3, 10am-3pm: Giving Tuesday Student Outreach Event A Giving Tuesday station will be set up in the Franklin Atrium (Pattee Library). Games, prizes, coffee, cider, and snacks for
students will be available! Students will be invited to sign thank you cards to be mailed to Giving Tuesday donors. Volunteers will work the station: handing out flyers, interacting with students, talking about the importance of the Course Reserves and the Textbook Fund, and most importantly, having fun! Make sure to bring a canned good to support The Lion’s Pantry!

Penn State GIS Day: Exploring the world through geovisualization: Tuesday, Nov. 12

By: Tara Anthony

Penn State GIS Day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with events that are open to faculty, staff, students, and the community.

Penn State GIS Day is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the University Libraries. Penn State GIS Day events aim to create geospatial awareness of geospatial technologies across disciplines, and serve as a way to connect with others who are using geospatial technologies.

This year’s events include speakers from Esri, Maxar, and multiple Penn State departments. See full listing of speakers on the Penn State GIS Day site.

Events include:
11 a.m.–noon: Geospatial Technology Demonstration, Collaboration Commons Atrium.

1:30–2 p.m.: “ArcGIS Online: Changing the Way Governments Do GIS.” Keith Swavely, Esri. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library; viewable via Mediasite Live.

2–3 p.m.: Lightning Talk Presentations. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library; viewable via Mediasite Live.

3–4 p.m.: Networking and Refreshments. Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information, 1 Pattee Library.

3–6 p.m.: Center for Immersive Experiences Open House. Collaboration Commons Atrium, 3 Pattee Library.

 

 

Libraries Halloween Party!

Halloween_Party_Invite

You are invited to the ULIBS Halloween Party!

Thursday, Oct. 31 at 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Health and Safety Committee, this years’ event will be held on the Garden Level Paterno, Join us for food, fun, and safety information.

All University Park Employees are welcome.
Supervisors, Please share with your Student Employees.

Best,
Pembroke, on behalf of Health and Safety Committee

Events: October 28

Fall 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences exhibition graphic

Sept. 16 – 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.

Thursday, Sept. 12-Thursday, Nov. 21, Fall Scholarly Communications Workshops. Featuring in-person workshops at Penn State Behrend, Penn State Scranton, and Penn State Harrisburg, as well as a full roster of Zoom workshops, including our popular trainings on complying with public access policies from federal agencies. Specialized workshops for thesis and dissertation writers, instructional designers, and scholarly authors are included.
Monday, Sept. 30-Friday, Nov. 1, Libraries Short Edition fall writing contest: “Brunchin’ Around.” Submissions are being accepted for the  Short Stories’ fourth writing contest , open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff on the theme “Brunchin’ Around.” Winners will have their short stories or poetry displayed on all Penn State Short Edition story dispensers and win $100.
Monday, Oct. 28, Data Visualization Session: Introduction to Data Visualization. Services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. 1-2 p.m. in 315 Pattee Library, University Park.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, Miracles and Wonders from Deaf Worlds: An Ethnographic Film Showing and Discussion Panel. An intimate exploration of the social and communicative worlds of deaf children. This event will feature a short ethnographic film of a typical day in an internationally-celebrated deaf bilingual kindergarten classroom,  followed by a discussion panel that includes an all-deaf panel composed of experts on sign languages, bilingual/multilingual education, and deaf-led advocacy. 6-8 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
Thursday, Oct. 31, Dungeons & Dragons/Halloween Secrets in the Archives. Visit the Special Collections Library at 4-5 p.m. for a Dungeons & Dragons Character building workshop for new players, then join a quest to discover the halloween secrets within the archives from 5-7 p.m.—including your chance to examine the Aliester Crowley papers.
Wednesday, Nov. 6. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All events are open to everyone, and 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, Penn State GIS Day. Open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, an event to bring together those who work with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps and location-based research across disciplines. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the University Park campus. Visit Penn State GIS Day for information and schedule of events.
Wednesday, Dec. 4. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All events are open to everyone, and 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.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 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.

The Iconic Modern Chair Collection kickoff

By: Henry Pisciotta

Iconic Modern Chair Collection kickoff flyer

Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space (1st floor)

Prof. Craig Zabel of the Department of Art History was honored with the Penn State Teaching Fellow Award: Alumni Association and Student Award Recognizing Teaching Excellence, which includes funding to be used “for the improvement of undergraduate teaching and learning.” He chose to start a teaching collection of historically significant modern chairs for the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. Prof. Zabel will present an illustrated lecture about the history and design of these seven chairs and two stools.

A reception will follow in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, where testing chairs is encouraged.

Data Visualization Session: Monday, Oct. 28

By: Tara Anthony

Members of Research Informatics and Publishing will be presenting an Introduction to Data Visualization session open to any student, faculty, or staff member on Monday, October 28th from 1-2pm, 315 Pattee Library and via Zoom.

Introduction to Data Visualization
This data visualization session highlights services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. This session is aimed to provide an introduction to the resources and expertise for above mentioned areas.  Presenters will introduce software applications for which we provide consultation services, such as ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcPro; JMP, RStudio, Adobe Illustrator; MS SQL Server/BI, Tableau; and Interactive Visualizations using Jupyter Notebooks, BinderHub, Zenodo, and ScholarSphere. A tour of the Digital Lab of Research Informatics and Publishing will follow after the session for those who are interested.

Contact: Presenters: Tara Anthony/GIS Specialist, Lizhao Ge/Statistical Information Specialist, Briana Ezray/Research Data Management Librarian, Xuying Xin/Data Analyst, Seth Erickson/Software Curation Librarian

Events: October 21

Fall 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences exhibition graphic

Sept. 16 – 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.

Thursday, Sept. 12-Thursday, Nov. 21, Fall Scholarly Communications Workshops. Featuring in-person workshops at Penn State Behrend, Penn State Scranton, and Penn State Harrisburg, as well as a full roster of Zoom workshops, including our popular trainings on complying with public access policies from federal agencies. Specialized workshops for thesis and dissertation writers, instructional designers, and scholarly authors are included.
Monday, Sept. 30-Friday, Nov. 1, Libraries Short Edition fall writing contest: “Brunchin’ Around.” Submissions are being accepted for the  Short Stories’ fourth writing contest , open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff on the theme “Brunchin’ Around.” Winners will have their short stories or poetry displayed on all Penn State Short Edition story dispensers and win $100.
Monday, Oct. 28, Data Visualization Session: Introduction to Data Visualization. Services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. 1-2 p.m. in 315 Pattee Library, University Park.
Thursday, Oct. 31, Dungeons & Dragons/Halloween Secrets in the Archives. Visit the Special Collections Library at 4-5 p.m. for a Dungeons & Dragons Character building workshop for new players, then join a quest to discover the halloween secrets within the archives from 5-7 p.m.—including your chance to examine the Aliester Crowley papers.
Wednesday, Nov. 6. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All events are open to everyone, and 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, Penn State GIS Day. Open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, an event to bring together those who work with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps and location-based research across disciplines. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the University Park campus. Visit Penn State GIS Day for information and schedule of events.
Wednesday, Dec. 4. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All events are open to everyone, and 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.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 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.

Libraries at the Great Insect Fair!

By: Janet Hughes

For the first time  ever, the University Libraries was asked to participate in the Great Insect Fair, held on Saturday Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Snider Ag Arena.

Great Insect Fair, Libraries booth

The Great Insect Fair is an annual event hosted by the Department of Entomology in the Snider Ag Arena (https://ento.psu.edu/public/kids/great-insect-fair). It celebrates insects with lots of activities, games, crafts, tasty treats, learning opportunities, displays, and other fun stuff. This year, the Life Science Library was asked to participate by staffing a booth. We set up a trifold displaying book covers from our collections. We had coloring pages and crayons, Libraries swag (mini-Sharpies, sticky notes, and pencils), and games for visitors to play. The game “Match-A-Bug”, from the Education Library, was especially well received, with lines of kids waiting to play.

There were very few quiet moments throughout the day (estimated 4000-5000 visitors). It was a great opportunity to let folks know that, not only do we have a wonderful collection of books for all ages, we also have teaching materials, games and other cool stuff.

Great Insect Fair, booth closeup

 

 

 

Rock Ethics Institute Conference: Forgiveness and the Unforgivable Conference, Oct. 3-4

By: Chuck Jones

The Rock Ethics Institute invites you to attend the Forgiveness and the Unforgivable Conference on October 3-4.

The aim of this conference is to explore the complexity of reconciliation, reparation, and restoration in the face of events which are judged to be unforgivable: moral atrocity, genocide,
and the destruction of sustained potential for life.

In addition to examining this theme with reference to historical events, this conference seeks to expand the scope of reflection on the unforgivable to include:

the devastation of the planet the semantics and practice of forgiveness in non­ Western
cultures the possibility of asking forgiveness for the future third­ party forgiveness and apology
whether the dead can be forgiven / can one forgive in the name of the dead?

The conference will bring together philosophers, literary scholars, and religious thinkers from different traditions and theoretical approaches. For more information, download the Forgiveness Program.

We hope to see you there!

Kazim Ali

 

Ashraf Rushdy

Events: Sept. 30

Fall 2019
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences exhibition graphic

Sept. 16 – 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.

 

Ongoing The Future is Now, exhibit graphicExhibit: “The Future is Now.” Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library. Highlights from current and forthcoming equipment and assistance available to support students’ academic success from the Libraries’ Media and Technology Support Services and Adaptive Technology and Services departments.

Thursday, Sept. 12-Thursday, Nov. 21, Fall Scholarly Communications Workshops. Featuring in-person workshops at Penn State Behrend, Penn State Scranton, and Penn State Harrisburg, as well as a full roster of Zoom workshops, including our popular trainings on complying with public access policies from federal agencies. Specialized workshops for thesis and dissertation writers, instructional designers, and scholarly authors are included.
Monday, Sept. 30-Friday, Nov. 1, Libraries Short Edition fall writing contest: “Brunchin’ Around.” Submissions are being accepted for the  Short Stories’ fourth writing contest , open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff on the theme “Brunchin’ Around.” Winners will have their short stories or poetry displayed on all Penn State Short Edition story dispensers and win $100.
Wednesday, Oct. 2. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All events are open to everyone, and 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.
Thursday, Oct. 3, Maps and Geospatial Information Series: Launch Your Geospatial Projects: Foundations and Searching for Geospatial Data. An overview of geographic information systems (GIS) concepts and geospatial data, software and analysis topics relevant to multiple disciplines. 3-5 p.m. in 211A Pattee Library, University Park.
Thursday, Oct. 10, Maps and Geospatial Information Series: Geospatial Analysis: ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. Learn the use of introductory geospatial processes in ArcGIS ArcMap and ArcPro software. 3-5 p.m. in 211A Pattee Library, University Park.
Monday, Nov. 4, Data Visualization Session: Introduction to Data Visualization. Services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific and software data visualizations. 1-2 p.m. in 315 Pattee Library, University Park.
Wednesday, Nov. 6. Docunight: Iran Via Documentaries.On the first Wednesday of every month, Docunight features a documentary film about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. All events are open to everyone, and 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, Penn State GIS Day. Open to faculty, staff, students, and the public, an event to bring together those who work with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps and location-based research across disciplines. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations throughout Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the University Park campus. Visit Penn State GIS Day for information and schedule of events.

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.