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First Ever Teaching and Learning Baseline Assessment Survey

The Strategic Plan Working Group on Teaching and Learning has been charged with implementing the Teaching and Learning portion of the strategic plan, and our first step in doing so will be to gather quantitative information to develop a profile of the teaching and learning activities we already perform. This will allow us to develop an action plan for the future. We will gather this information via an online survey that will be sent to Unit Heads on Monday, April 13th.

Unit Heads will distribute copies of the survey to all the Librarians and staff who do instruction in their units, then they will gather the data, compile it, and submit it via the online survey. Please do your best to answer the questions and use your best judgment about how your activities fit in to the definitions we have come up with. Our goal is merely to create a picture of what we do and identify how we can best move forward to implement our goals.

We realize that the quantitative nature of this survey leaves out many important components such as assessment of effectiveness, but it is just a beginning.

A copy of the survey in Word document form can be found on the Strategic Plan Intranet at:
(Scroll all the way to the bottom)
Please contact Jennifer Gilley ( with any questions.

•Jennifer Gilley, (Chair) Head Librarian, Penn State New Kensington
•Dawn Amsberry, Reference Librarian, Library Learning Services
•Megan Gilpin, Outreach Coordinator, Library Learning Services
•Lauren Reiter, Business Liaison Librarian
•Sandy Stelts, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
•Alessia Zanin-Yost, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona

Leadership Attainment by Asian Americans Academic Librarians: Challenges and Development

submitted by Binh P. Le, Associate Librarian


Binh P. Le, Associate Librarian, presented a paper “Leadership Attainment by Asian Americans Academic Librarians: Challenges and Development” at the ACRL 2015 Conference. Portland, OR. March 25 – 29, 2015. The same paper “Leadership Attainment by Asian Americans Academic Librarians: Challenges and Development” has also been published in Dawn M. Meuller (ed.), Creating Sustainable Community: ACRL 2015 Conference Proceedings. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015, pp. 28-39.

Binh’s poster presentation proposal “Leadership Aspirations of Asian American Academic Librarians” has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association. San Francisco, CA, June 26 -30, 2015.

Binh has been selected to serve as a co-mentor in the ALA International Mentoring Pilot, a joint IRC/ IRRT initiative. Binh’s mentee was a Fulbright scholar and Peace Corps volunteer, and currently is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Currently, Binh chairs the ALA International Relations Committee/East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee.

Binh P. Le has been appointed as Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Eiche Library’s Zanin-Yost to present keynote speech at conference in Italy

arz10Alessia Zanin-Yost, reference and instruction librarian and coordinator of library Instruction at Penn State Altoona, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2015 National Conference “La biblioteca partecipata: collezioni, connessioni, comunità” (The engaged library: collections, connections, community) conference in Milan, Italy, in March. She will discuss the critical role academic libraries play in developing lifelong learning skills through the incorporation of information and visual literacy in the curriculum. While in Italy, Zanin-Yost will also guest lecture at both the University of Parma and the University of Florence.

Faculty News

University Park Librarian Glenn Masuchika, in keeping with the Penn State Libraries’ tradition of advocating a wide range of academic interests for their librarians, had published a number of peer-reviewed articles in 2014 and has articles scheduled for publication in 2015 on various subjects:

  •  “Problems of Scholar-Created, Synonymous Subject Terms in Buddhism” was published in Library Review, 63:4/5 (2014)
  • ”Profiles in Science for Science Librarians: “Now We Are All Sons of Bitches!”: The Atomic Life of Kenneth Bainbridge” was published in Science & Technology Libraries, 33:3 (2014)
  • “Applications of Business Presentation Techniques to One-Shot, Library Instruction” is in press for College & Undergraduate Libraries, and is scheduled for publication in vol. 22:1 (2015)
  • “Japanese Cartoons, Virtual Child Pornography, Academic Libraries, and the Law” has been accepted by Reference & User Services Quarterly, and is scheduled for publication in vol. 54:4 (2015)

Diversity Resident finds her niche working with students

In August 2013, the University Libraries appointed Rachel Smith and Mohamed Berray as  resident librarians under a new two-year Diversity Residency Program, designed to help  prepare recent graduates for leadership positions in the field of librarianship. This week, Smith talks about her experience at Penn State.

Smith has an MLIS  from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a bachelor’s degree in theatre performance from North Carolina Central University. She was an Academic and Cultural Enrichment Scholar from 2011 to 2013 and an ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow in 2013.

Rachel Smith

Smith restoring old issues of Penn State Froth in Digitization and Preservation. — photo by Ann Passmore

Please talk about some of the initiatives and activities that you have been working on in the past year.
Over the past year, I have worked via rotations in various departments within the Libraries. I have worked in the University Research Hub providing advanced research help for upper-level students and faculty researchers in business and the behavioral and social sciences. I have led two specialized library instruction sessions for courses in the African American Studies department as well as four specialized library instruction sessions for the SAIL program (Student Athletes in Libraries). I have and continue to create video tutorials for databases such as ThomsonONE and Hoover’s Online as well as tutorials for library tools, such as the Research Project Calculator. I have also completed a rotation in Adaptive Technology Services, during which I translated textbooks into accessible formats for blind Penn State students and facilitated library visits from visually impaired Pennsylvania high school students.

What responsibilities are you currently assigned to?
Currently in the department of Digitization and Preservation, I am managing a digitization project for The Penn State Froth , a student-led magazine published from 1910 to 1982 that will soon be loaded and accessible for the public online. I am also heavily involved with library instruction within the department of Library Learning Services, I have taught over 30 sessions this year alone.

What have you learned about yourself during this appointment? Has it changed you, and if so, how?
I have learned so much about myself during this residency. I came to Penn State in August of 2013, only three months after graduating from library school. I knew then that I wanted to pursue academic librarianship, but I had no idea of the particular area in the field I would call my own. I have since realized that I absolutely love interacting with students via instruction and reference assistance. I have also learned that I am much more of a self-starter than I had previously believed myself to be. One of the wonderful things about the Diversity Residency Program is that Mohamed and I have been able to fulfill our rotations based on our own interests. I have never experienced that level of freedom in a professional sense and it has led to self-discovery.

At the completion of your residency in 2015, what will you hope to have accomplished?
At the completion of my residency, I hope I will have accomplished all of the goals and expectations set by my supervisors and administrators, both concrete and abstract. The great thing about being an inaugural resident is that you can blaze your own trail and lead the way for others. I hope that I will have made all of my colleagues proud.

Faculty News

Penn State Abington Librarian Binh Le has a number of recent achievements of note:

  • His article, “Academic Library Leadership in the Digital Age,” has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue (vol. 36, issue 1/2) of Library Management. This paper was previously presented at the Seventh Shanghai International Library Forum, held in Shanghai, China, July 9 -11, 2014.
  • His proposal, “Asian American Academic Library Leadership Attainment: Challenges and Development,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 ACRL Conference to be held in Portland, OR, March 25-28, 2015.
  • He presented a poster session, “Vietnam’s Library Resource Centers: A Model for Developing Modern Academic Libraries in Developing Countries,” at the 2014 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Lyon, France, August 16 – 22, 2014.
  • He has been appointed as chair of ALA IRC East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee.

Faculty News

Submitted by Paige Andrew

Lee Ann Nolan, Paige Andrew and former head of the Donald W. Hamer Map Collection, Marcy Bidney, recently had a peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries.

“The Digital Atlas Dilemma: Outlining the Challenges for Libraries” discusses in detail several unique challenges that digital atlases, compared to their physical counterparts, present to librarians and libraries. Nolan, Andrew and Bidney state in the abstract “We describe the issues that arise from digital atlases and how they impact both the user and the librarian, and we provide a call to arms for anyone charged with collecting, describing, utilizing, storing, or preserving these evolving new types of atlases.”

The article appears in the volume 10, number 2 (May-August 2014) issue and was published in July. Lee Ann Nolan is the information resources and services support specialist at the Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library and Paige Andrew is the maps cataloging librarian in the Cataloging and Metadata Services Department.

Faculty News

Article Published

Linda Musser, head of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, had two articles out recently:
“Power to the People: Loaning Batteries to Users” PaLA Bulletin 69(3):10-11. (this was a description of a project funding by one of the UL microgrants, read more about the project on this page:
and “Copyright Status for Sanborn Maps” base line 35(4):25-26.

Faculty News


Faculty News

Courtney Young, head librarian at J. Clarence Kelly Library, Penn State Greater Allegheny, recently appeared in an article about photographer Kyle Cassidy’s latest project, a collection of images of librarians from which he intends to create series of gallery shows called “Alexandria Still Burns.”

Faculty News

The following faculty were elected to positions in the American Library Association:
Matthew Ciszek, Officers/Council councilor-at-large
Bernadette Lear, ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section vice-chair/chair-elect
Ellysa Stern Cahoy, ACRL Instruction Section vice-chair/chair-elect
Tom Reinsfelder, RUSA Reference Services Section secretary
Matthew Ciszek, Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Round Table director-at-large
Stephen Woods, Government Documents Road Table assistant-chair/chair-elect
Eric Novotny, Library History Round Table vice-chair/chair-elect

Faculty News

Spring 2014 issue of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) includes articles from three Penn State Librarians:

  • “Beyond the Letter of the Law: Accessibility, Universal Design, and Human-Centered Design in Video Tutorials,” by Amanda Clossen
  • “Three-Dimensional (3-D) Scanning Within Academic Libraries: Exploring and Considering a New Public Service,” by Jason Reuscher
  • “Basic Online Pennsylvania Legal Research for Librarians,” by Laura Ax-Fultz

Article published
Bonnie Imler and Michelle Eichelberger. “Commercial Database Design vs. Library Terminology Comprehension: Why Do Students Print Abstracts Instead of Full-Text Articles?” College & Research Libraries May 2014 75:284-297. See:

Faculty News

Nancy Adams’ article, “A Comparison of Evidence-Based Practice and the ACRL Information Literacy Standards: Implications for Information Literacy Practice” was published in the March 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. Another article, “Collaborating to increase access to clinical and educational resources for surgery: a case study,” co-authored with surgery faculty, was published in the Jan-Feb 2014 issue of Journal of Surgical Education.

Faculty News

Librarians edit book on collection development and management

“Rethinking Collection Development and Management” (Becky Albitz, Christine Avery, and Diane Zabel, editors) has been published by Libraries Unlimited.This collection of 29 essays demonstrates how collection development has changed in academic and public libraries. Chapters discuss current trends, best practices and future scenarios. Contributors include five Penn State colleagues: Robert Alan, Anne Behler, Linda Musser, Christopher Walker and Sue Kellerman. More information can be found at

Faculty News

  • Crawford receives reviewing award
    For the fourth time, Greg Crawford, director of Capital College Libraries, has received the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the journal Collection Building. The award was presented by Emerald Publishing. Crawford has now received the award in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014.
  • Reinsfelder article published
    Tom Reinsfelder, Mont Alto reference librarian, had his article “E-Books and Ethical Dilemmas for the Academic Reference Librarian” published in the most recent volume of The Reference Librarian. An open access version of this article is available in ScholarSphere at
      • Shank’s new book published
        shanks bookJohn Shank, instructional design librarian at Penn State Berks, has written the first book on interactive open educational resources, “Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching” (published by JB, a division of Wiley). A book signing will be held 4 to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, April 9, in the Berks Campus Bookstore. Light refreshments will be served. Read the full story on Penn State News.

Faculty News

Jane Ingold, reference librarian at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, was recently elected to the board of the Harborcreek Historical Society. Penn State Erie is located in Harborcreek Township.