Category Archives: Exhibits

Libraries virtual exhibition highlights 100 years of national disability rights movement and legislation

By: Angel Diaz

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2020, a new online exhibition, “Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State,” which explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Pennsylvania State University community is available for view at

Image: Physical Plant series, Greg Grieco photographs, 07488

Image: Physical Plant series, Greg Grieco photographs, 07488

This exhibition is the result of a February 2020 conversation between University Libraries and Student Disability Resources seeking to enhance cross-campus collaboration in building awareness and providing support to the Penn State community. Shortly after that meeting, in response to COVID-19 and transitioning to a remote work environment, a physical exhibition to recognize the 30th Anniversary of the ADA became impossible. This virtual exhibition is curated by a team from Penn State University Libraries and features digitized archival collection materials largely from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library to highlight the University community’s awareness and efforts towards accessibility.

In June 1920, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Smith Fess Act” (also known as the Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act) which expanded vocational rehabilitation opportunities and services to include, in addition to World War I Veterans, all Americans with disabilities. In the 70 years following the Smith Fess Act, a multitude of legislative actions were adopted that
focused on recognition of the civil and employment rights of those with disabilities. The passage of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 criminalized discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The ADA is a civil rights law intended to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as any other individual. The civil rights protections of the ADA for individuals with disabilities are similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. Learn more about ADA here.

This exhibition invites viewers to simultaneously reflect on the legacy of disenfranchisement and marginalization in the US toward individuals based upon “ability” that encouraged attitudes
and bias supportive of exclusion and denial of opportunities with historical and present advocacy and activism to shift environments, cultures, and climates to prioritize the needs and
rights of individuals with any disability. The hope is that individuals and researchers can utilize these sources, thematically organized to reflect historical national context as Origins of Advocacy (1920-1969), Activism and Seeking Equality (1970-1989), The First 30 Years of the ADA (1990-1999), ADA in the 21st Century (2000-2010) and ADA Now (2011-2020), to foster and sustain discourse on diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to individuals with different visible and invisible abilities.

Highlights of the exhibition include virtual representations of varied documents and works such as former Penn State President John W. Oswald’s correspondence and reports related to activism response and legislative compliance; Office of Physical Plant and Office of Residence Life images, maps and records of assessment and mitigation of physical accessibility barriers on campus; relevant Daily Collegian articles; photographs from United Steel Workers Association (USWA); children’s drawings from the papers of Dale Harris (Department of Psychology 1959- 1978); and records of Association for Barrier-free Living, Environment and Design (ABLED), a student organization focused on the needs of students with disabilities at Penn State, in addition to sources focused on other distinctive individuals, initiatives, and resources.

“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State” is curated by Racine Amos, Engagement and Equity Librarian, Angel Diaz, University Archivist, and Robyn Dyke, Collection Services Specialist and is open for viewing at For more information, questions, comments or suggestions about this exhibition, please contact Racine Amos at, Angel Diaz at or Robyn Dyke at


Events: May 18

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.


buttons from INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY: Highlights From the Ken Lawrence Collection

EXHIBITION: International Solidarity: Highlights from the Ken Lawrence Collection. A virtual look at the visual culture of political protest in the late 20th-century, to provoke thought about international solidarity in our own time, including human and civil rights, immigration, and independence movements.


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

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.

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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.

HUB Gallery A→CHROMATIC: Drawings and Paintings, 2013–2018 by J. Harlan Ritchey

By: Carmen Gass

On display May 29 – July 28, 2018, in the HUB Gallery

A→CHROMATIC represents a comprehensive overview of painter J. Harlan Ritchey’s artistic development and coincides with the 5-year anniversary of his introduction to the gallery world.

The subject matter of A→CHROMATIC can be divided into four broad genres: landscape, still life, floral, and abstract. Within each of these genres Ritchey works to explore specific themes and emphasize the elements that he considers to be most conducive to those themes. In the landscape genre, those themes are a connection to perspective and place while the floral genre
explores a connection to rhythm and color; the still life genre emphasizes a connection to composition and form, and the abstract genre’s theme focuses on a connection to pattern and theory. Each image carries a range of art-historical, cultural, and biographical influences but invites the viewer to arrive at their own aesthetic or critical judgements.

J. Harlan Ritchey is an Information Resources and Services Support Specialist in the Engineering Library. He received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. He is a self-taught artist and has for the past several years done fine art and illustration commissions for a range of local and national clients. Ritchey’s first public exhibition was in 2013, and in 2015 he began teaching art classes. He currently lives and works in State College, PA.


April 25 is opening reception for student-curated “1968” exhibit

To celebrate the launch of the student-curated exhibit “1968: Student Activism at Penn State and Beyond,” Penn State University Libraries and The College of the Liberal Arts are sponsoring an opening reception 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Barbara Hackman Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library. Donuts and drinks will be served.

Opening remarks will begin at 1 p.m., with speakers including Athena Jackson, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections, Lauren Nogay, Stelts/Filippelli intern and Paterno
Fellow, and Kathryn Salzer, associate professor of history.

The exhibit showcases various items from The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, including photographs, books and student publications. Lauren Nogay, a senior majoring in history and international politics, curated the exhibit with support from Clara Drummond, exhibition coordinator. Additional materials from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library will be on display during the reception.

The exhibit ties into a larger project, “Remembering ’68: Moments of Change”, which is spearheaded by the College of the Liberal Arts, specifically through the college’s Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship. The college’s project includes new courses, film screenings, an oral history project with alumni, and numerous other events. For details and resources about the college’s project, visit The exhibit also is directly related to a new history course titled “The World of 1968: Moments of Change.”

Events: Oct. 30

Fall 2017
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

horizontal exhibit graphic for The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B & H Henisch Photo-History Collection, extended through September 30, 2017, room 201A Pattee Library, displays five black-and-white historic photo portraits and their encased frames


Extended! Now through Saturday, Dec. 8, “The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection exhibit,” Pattee Library operating hours, Paterno Family Reading Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park.

book jacket front and back of novel "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron, plus black-and-white photo of author



Through Jan. 7, 2018: “William Styron: Books and Biography” exhibit, guest curator Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III, Styron expert and biographer, Eberly Family Special Collections Library Exhibition Room, 104 Paterno Library, University Park.


snowy black and white photo with label in front, text reads "The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library," exhibit, Aug. 21, 2017 through Jan. 15, 2018, in Pattee Library central entrance exhibit cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, first floor Pattee Library, University Park.


Through Jan. 15, 2018: “The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library” exhibitPattee Library’s central entrance exhibit cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, first floor Pattee Library, University Park.


Tuesday, Oct. 31: Geospatial Online: Overview of Online mapping options (ArcGIS Online and more)3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday–Sunday, Nov. 5-12: Penn State Military Appreciation Week and Homecoming Week.

Monday, Nov. 6–Saturday, Dec. 16: NLM/NIH Traveling Exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons, Life Sciences Library, 4th floor Paterno Library.

Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

Monday–Friday, Nov. 13-17: International Education Week, details TBA.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Penn State GIS Day, 1:30-5 p.m. speakers and lightning talks with 9 a.m.-5 p.m. poster display, Pattee Library and Paterno Library, University Park.

Nov. 19-25: Thanksgiving week break, no classes Nov. 20-24.

Thursday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday, Dec. 8: Last day of fall classes. 

Sunday–Tuesday, Dec. 10-12: De-Stress Fest, University Park locations.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Tech Update, by I-Tech, 10-11 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday–Wednesday, Dec. 12-20: Hanukkah.

Saturday, Dec. 16: Fall commencement, University Park and other Penn State campuses; details and speaker information at multiple Penn State campuses TBA in December.

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‘William Styron: Books and Biography’ offers curated glimpse of novelist’s life

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library will host a talk at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, by Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III in conjunction with the opening of its new exhibition, “William Styron: Books and Biography.” West, an expert on Styron and his works and donor of the collection from which the exhibition was curated, will trace the collection’s development and discuss the interrelationships and similarities between the disciplines of bibliography and biography.

West’s lecture will be held in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. A reception will follow in the Mann Assembly Room, 105 Paterno Library.

“It is a rare and ambitious feat to bring in a guest curator to curate an exhibit with our collections,” said Athena Jackson, Dorothy Feohr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. “We are delighted to have Professor West’s expertise and unique lens as a scholar to learn more about Styron and his oeuvre.”

Styron was one of the most prominent writers of his generation and the author of “Lie Down in Darkness,” “The Long March,” “Set This House on Fire,” “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “Darkness Visible.” During his career Styron won the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, the National Book Award and the Legion of Honor. Three of his books topped the bestseller lists in the U.S., and he enjoyed a wide readership in Europe, Asia and South America.

West, a Penn State English professor since 1986, is a biographer, book historian and scholarly editor. He was Styron’s bibliographer and his biographer, an unusual combination. West’s books include William Styron: A Life and an edition of Styron’s collected nonfiction, titled My Generation, published by Random House in 2015. The Special Collections Library exhibition features items from the James L.W. West III Collection on William Styron, formed over a period of nearly 50 years during the professor’s scholarly pursuits. West has donated his Styron materials, along with collections on H.L. Mencken, Theodore Dreiser and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to the University Libraries.

His Styron collection was initially a bibliographer’s assemblage, composed not only of first editions but also of book-club editions, paperbacks, translations, magazine appearances and ephemera, all of which he began forming as a graduate student. Later, West’s collecting was reoriented toward biography — letters, manuscripts and proofs were added, along with photographs, recorded interviews and other materials relating to Styron’s life and career.

West also is the general editor of the Cambridge University Press Fitzgerald Edition. His edition of “Trimalchio: An Early Version of The Great Gatsby” appeared in 2000, and his edition of “Tender Is the Night” was published in 2012. He authored “The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King” and is at work on a monograph about Fitzgerald and the profession of authorship, to be published by Harvard University Press. His most recent book is a collection of essays from Penn State University Press titled “Making the Archives Talk.”

Also of note in the Special Collections Library is the recent addition of Clara Drummond as its new curator and coordinator of exhibitions. Drummond most recently served as assistant curator of Literacy and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

“We are looking forward to future exhibits with Clara’s unique expertise. I anticipate our exhibitions continuing to educate and inspire visitors for years to come,” Jackson said.

The exhibition “William Styron: Books and Biography” will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 7. 2018. For further information, contact Athena Jackson, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, at

Unique abecedarium showcased in new exhibit

Starting with something as simple as the “ABCs,” the Penn State University Libraries is presenting “ABC: An Abecedarium from the 15th to the 21st Century,” an exhibit that showcases typography, calligraphy and the re-imaging of letters throughout history. While a traditional abecedarium displays the alphabet in order, this exhibit, located in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, University Park, features a mix of items by chronology, style, format and medium. Open through Sunday, Sept. 10, this fascinating exhibit is available for viewing during the Special Collections Library’s operating hours.

Sandra Stelts, curator of rare books and manuscripts, selected examples from the collections that ranged from an early hornbook (a primer for children’s study), pieces of metal type and metal signboard stencils, to medieval manuscript leaves and ornate book chapter initials featuring decorations and images related to the text. For example, one elaborate chapter initial from an 18th-century Italian architecture book features a cherub, coat-of-arms and an imaginary architectural background.

Of the 60 items in the exhibition, some are books opened to a single page with a spectacularly decorated initial and others are paper constructions that show the alphabet in its entirety. Twenty-six items have been identified with a Scrabble letter that enables viewers to engage in a scavenger hunt by locating each letter of the alphabet somewhere in the display.

One of the most recent additions to the Special Collections Library was a perfect fit for the Abecedarium exhibit — Stelts purchased an ABC book published in four languages, German, Dutch, French and English, from a visiting Dutch bookseller. One of the hand-colored illustrations from the 1816 book, “Gallery of Theodore, with 24 Coloured Engravings,” was added to the exhibit in June. Another item, directly tied to the history of Penn State, is a knitted Penn State varsity letter sweater representing the letter “S.” The sweater, a part of the University Sports Archives’ “relics” collection, was worn by gymnast J. Curtis Hoyt, a 1932 graduate in electrical engineering, and donated by his son, Curtis W. Hoyt, class of 1968.

The entire Penn State News article can be viewed online. An 8.5×11 promotional PDF with information about this exhibit is available for download to print or share with colleagues.For more information or for questions about accommodations provided for this exhibit, contact Julie Porterfield at 814-865-1793 or in advance of your visit.

Savvy searchers win Libraries’ Information Literacy Awards

promotional graphic for research poster display from June 5 through September 30, 2017

A visual display went up last week in the Franklin Atrium in Pattee Library, University Park, to further recognize the Information Literacy Award winners from this year’s Undergraduate Research Exhibition. I invite you to check out the students’ research posters as you pass through!

The display will be up through September 30, 2017 and is in a high traffic area in hopes of inspiring students to participate in the Exhibition.

A huge thanks to all who made this display possible!

Nathan Valchar
Christina Coyle
Terry Williams
Len White
Rick Riccardo
Rebecca Miller

– submitted by Rebecca Peterson, Library Learning Services

‘Painted Photograph’ exhibit reveals unique treatment of images

graphic illustration with exhibit title and examples of painted photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries

Long before Photoshop and Instagram filters, photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries enhanced their work with water colors, oil paints, chalk, charcoal and crayon. A new exhibit, “The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection,” features a selection of these overpainted photographs, showing the rich variety and range of techniques and materials used.

The exhibition is located in the Henisch Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park, and available for viewing through July 30, 2017 during the Pattee Library’s summer operating hours.

Eighty-five of the more than 300 overpaintings in the Henisch Collection are featured in the display, including early daguerreotypes and a memorial roundel from the early 20th century. While the overpainted photographs in this collection portrayed everyday life, each one is unique in that a colorist painted it by hand. One of the rarest items in the Henisch Collection is a photographer’s advertising scroll of overpainted samples from the 1890s. The scroll contains overpainted gelatin silver prints on canvas, charcoal and crayon-enhanced portraits, and advertisements for frames.

Curated by Candice Driver, Stelts/Filippelli intern in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, the exhibit is staged in the Henisch Room, which presents educational information and examples of 19th-century photographic processes. Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, ivorytypes and imprinted enamel and glass are displayed in this exhibit, as well as large, framed gelatin silver prints and overpainted photographs on paper in the form of cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards.

The entire Penn State News article on this exhibit is available online.

For more information or for questions about accommodations provided for this exhibit, contact Julie Porterfield at 814-865-1793 or in advance of your visit. An 8.5×11 promotional poster PDF is available for download or sharing with colleagues.

Curators of Pulitzer exhibit offer ‘Learn at Lunch’ program and tour April 17

promotional graphic for learn at lunch program on Pulitzer Prize

Five panelists, all affiliated with the University Libraries, will present a “Learn at Lunch” panel discussion on the Pulitzer Prize at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. The prestigious Pulitzer Prize, its centennial celebration, and the exhibit “100 Years of the Pulitzer: Celebrating our Humanity” will be the focus of the hour-long discussion. A guided tour of the exhibit in the Diversity Studies Room will begin following the discussion. The “Learn at Lunch” talk and docent tour are free and open to the public, and walk-in guests are welcome.

The panelists for this “Learn at Lunch” event are Jeff Knapp, Larry and Ellen Foster Communications Librarian; Jose Guerrero, diversity resident librarian; Alia Gant, diversity resident librarian; Pembroke Childs, information resources and services support specialist; and Nonny Schlotzhauer, acting head, Social Sciences Library.

The docent tour following the discussion will provide a review of the “100 Years of the Pulitzer” exhibit materials, which include more than 50 Pulitzer-winning display items. The exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Humanity,” is available for viewing through Aug. 30, and the complementary exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Musicality,” will be on display through May 7. Operating hours for Pattee Library vary day to day, so consult the

The exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Humanity,” is available for viewing through Aug. 30, and the complementary exhibit, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Musicality,” will be on display through May 7. Operating hours for Pattee Library vary day to day, so consult the online list of hours for the most up-to-date information.

The Penn State News article about this event with detailed information about the panelists may be read online. An 8.5×11 downloadable PDF for this event is available to print or share with colleagues.

For more information on this event, or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Knapp at 814-867-6051 or in advance of your visit.

New exhibit explores the world of plastics

promotional graphic with colorful plastic letters spelling out PLASTICS

A new exhibit, “Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape,” offers an in-depth exploration of University Libraries’ materials related to plastic and demonstrates how plastics are now an indispensable part of our daily life. On display through Wednesday, Aug. 9, the exhibit is free and open to the public and is available for viewing during spring semester Pattee Library operating hours.

Curated by J. Harlan Ritchey, Penn State information resources and services support specialist at the Engineering Library, and Graham Berg, Media Commons consultant, the exhibit explores the various manifestations of plastic, from plastic surgery to the plastic arts.

Posters in Sidewater Commons detail a wide breadth of information on plastic production and engineering, recycling and sustainability, and environmental impact. Two central exhibit cases in Pattee Library also feature materials related to plastics. The first case focuses on moments from the “Great Book Move.” The other exhibit case focuses on the Makers Commons, a University-wide initiative to enrich the Penn State teaching and learning experience through 3D printing.

The Penn State News article about this exhibit includes additional details and accommodation information.

Libraries’ THON weekend events Feb. 17-19

From its 1973 inception with 78 dancers dedicated to raising money for a worthwhile cause, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) has grown into the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. This year, when the 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon is held Feb. 17-19, the University Libraries will be participating with three events, in addition to serving in its role as the official archives of THON.

The University Libraries events for THON weekend are:

THON Museum and THON History Tour
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Bryce Jordan Center concourse

The University Libraries five-panel display, titled “THON Then and Now,” will be in the THON Museum throughout THON Weekend on the Jordan Center concourse.

Final Four-Hour Viewing
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park

The final four hours of the THON event will be live streamed on the big screen for students from all Penn State campuses, parents, community members, visitors, and everyone who wants to watch and celebrate with Penn Staters as the final fundraising total is revealed.

THON Exhibit
noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park

In conjunction with the live viewing of THON, the Mann Assembly Room will be transformed into an exhibit space featuring THON images, artifacts, and video from the past 40 years.

Visit for more information about the event. To donate to THON, visit




Exhibit shows how Penn State research influenced popular solar design technique

A new Penn State exhibit in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in the Stuckeman Family Building shows how research at the University in the 1950s influenced a passive solar design technique widely used today. “Research Wrapped in Aesthetics: The Air Wall” will be on display through May 5.

model of the Air Wall Test Building, at one inch to one foot scale

The research team has constructed a ½”=1’ model of the Air Wall Test Building, as well as several computational models, all of which help the researchers analyze different set-ups proposed by Hajjar in 1959 and better understand how this early technology compares to the technology of today.

The exhibit will include images and documents from Penn State’s libraries and archives, as well as a newly built model, all showing how Penn State faculty were among the first to explore solar design techniques intended to make the new
glass buildings more comfortable and efficient.

The current exhibit is the result of
research by an interdisciplinary team of Penn State faculty and graduate students who, in 2015, rediscovered the story of
the Air Wall when California architect
Mark Hajjar, William Hajjar’s son, gifted
his father’s architectural records to Penn State’s Special Collections Library.

The Raymond A. Bowers Program for Excellence in Design and Construction
of the Built Environment has funded the research into the history of the Air Wall
and development of computer

Ute Poerschke, associate professor of architecture and leader of this project, was joined by research team members Henry Pisciotta, arts and architecture librarian, Moses Ling, associate professor of architectural engineering, David Goldberg, practitioner instructor in landscape architecture, Laurin Goad, doctoral candidate in art history, Mahyar Hadighi and Mina Rahimian, doctoral candidates in architecture, and Anthony Vischansky and Marie McKenna, both 2016 master of architecture graduates.

Read the entire Penn State News article about this exhibit online.

New exhibit ‘From the Trenches: The Great War in Sepia’ opens

World War I soldiers standing in trenches

This image is one of 55 on display from original glass-plate stereographic photographs in the Keystone View Company’s World War I Stereographic Views Collection.

A view into the humanity and tragedy of World War I through rare battlefield images comprises “From the Trenches: The Great War in Sepia,” a new exhibit located in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 103 Paterno Library. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, May 5.

“From the Trenches: The Great War in Sepia,” recognizes the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into the “Great War,” and captures the perspective of the common foot soldier. The images on display draw from more than 350 archived images taken from the original glass-plate stereographic photographs in the Keystone View Company’s World War I Stereographic Views Collection.

Also on display in the Special Collections Library are World War I patriotic recruitment posters digitally reproduced from the originals in the War Posters Collection. The posters highlight the significant role women played in supporting the Allied war effort and reveal the government’s skillful appropriation of the feminine ideal for wartime propaganda.

The full article is available on the Penn State News website.

Anime exhibit showcases Libraries’ collection

The Penn State University Libraries’ 2016-17 exhibit season begins with “Japanimation: Exploring Anime,” on display through Friday, Dec. 16, in the Pattee Library central entrance exhibit cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, located on the first floor of Pattee Library. The exhibit, which highlights perspectives ranging from anime’s historical origins to scholarly analysis and pop culture impact, is free and open to the public and available for viewing during regular fall semester Pattee Library operating hours.

The exhibit, curated by Penn State Information Literacy Librarian and anime expert Glenn Masuchika, samples the library’s comprehensive collection of books and documentary films about anime. Masuchika will present a talk on anime from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, in the Mann Assembly Room, 104 Paterno Library, University Park. Attendees should note that some content for the talk includes adult themes and grotesque imagery.

Read the full article on the exhibit on the Penn State University news site.