Category Archives: LHR News

LHR News: April 3

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
Trish Notartomas – Access Services

Internal Moves:
Sarah Billman, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library to Life Sciences Library

LHR News: March 13

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
Beth Thomsett-Scott, Head, Engineering Library

Part-time:
Sarah Rossino – Penn State Berks
Nadia Porter – Penn State Berks

 

LHR News: March 6

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
Meghan Hill, Information Resources and Services Support Specialist, Penn State Fayette

Part-time:
Dwight Landis – Access Services (Annex)
Luis Lopez – Penn State Hazleton
Gregory Tapia – Penn State Worthington Scranton

LHR News: Feb. 20

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Part-time:
Bryan Gallagher – Penn State Worthington Scranton
Hannah Conroy – Welcome Desk, Knowledge Commons
Zackary Rider – Welcome Desk, Knowledge Commons

LHR News: Feb. 13

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
Nathan Tallman, Digital Preservation Librarian

Part-time:
Matt Agboola – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Amanda Toll – Penn State Abington

LHR: Feb. 6

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
Julia Proctor, Collections Services and Strategies Librarian

LHR News: Jan. 30

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Part-time:
Joanna Charles – Interlibrary Loan
Harrison Fetter – Intern, Public Relations and Marketing
Kendra Hepler – Intern, Public Relations and Marketing
Bailey Hursh – Welcome Desk, Knowledge Commons
Arazi Lubis – Welcome Desk, Knowledge Commons
Aimee Pizarchik – Interlibrary Loan
Ruiqi Zhang – Commons Services

LHR News: 2017 Personal holiday hours

Full-time employees should add eight hours of personal holiday time (for 2017) when submitting the January attendance records at the end of this month. This is done on the accruals page that comes up when you click “Submit.”

New employees must wait until they have completed their first two full months of employment before they may add in the 2017 personal holiday time. Please keep in mind, if not used, the
personal holiday shall be carried over into the next calendar year but not thereafter.

LHR News: Jan. 23

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Part-time:
Hyeo Heo – Welcome Desk, Knowledge Commons
Hope Wilson – Interlibrary Loan Lending
Siddharth Yelwanda – Commons Services

LHR News: Jan. 16

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Full-time:
Susanna Cronin, Associate Director, Development

Part-time:
Alonso Alzua – Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Sujata Chhetri – Penn State Behrend
Sudesh Kesarkar – Commons Services
Sakthi Kumar Arul Prakash – Commons Services
Cassandra McCowin – Penn State Shenango
Kevin Mechlenburg – Peer Educator Intern, Schreyer Business Library
Luke Nero – Penn State Behrend
Douglas Uhazie – Peer Educator Intern, Schreyer Business Library

Quarterly HR Climate Report

In July 2016, Libraries HR started sharing quarterly reports about climate-and civility-related issues that are reported. Below is a summary of issues reported in 2016, by quarter.

Issues included in the report are those that involved conduct contrary to the Libraries’ Civility Statement, incidents of bullying, concerns about work climate, and similar issues. Concerns brought directly to Libraries HR or Libraries Administration are included, as well as concerns shared through other reporting mechanisms that are brought to our attention (such as the Employee Relations department, Affirmative Action, or the Ethics Hotline).

Outcomes are categorized as:

  • Corrective Action/Performance Discussion – the employee committing the action is advised that their behavior is unacceptable. Expectations for the future are shared. Consequences of further inappropriate behavior are explained.
  • Coaching and/or Counseling – the employee committing the action is provided with coaching and advice on how to improve their interactions with others
  • Provided advice/support for employee to take action – some employees bring issues seeking advice on how they can take action themselves to address and improve the situation
  • No action desired/required – this could include situations in which the employee expressing the concern has asked that no action be taken at this time, where there is a lack of supporting information to substantiate that the concern is valid, or where there is not enough information to act on. Additional categories may be added if needed in the future.
 Incidents reported in 2016 are summarized as follows: 4Q 2016 3Q 2016 2Q 2016 1Q 2016
# Reported Incidents Characterized as culture-related (incivility or bullying)  2  5 3 2
Status: ;
Open 0 0 0 1
Resolved 2 5 3 1
Outcome:
Corrective Action/Performance Discussion 0 1 1 0
Coaching and/or counseling 0 0 0 1
Provided advice/support for employee to take action 0 1 0 0
No action desired/required 2 3 2 0

– submitted by Rob Harris, Human Resources

LHR News: Jan. 9

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Part-time:
Arrick Lanfranchi – Pattee/Paterno Welcome Desk
Addeson McAninch – Penn State Behrend
Laura Presby – Penn State Great Valley

Reminder: Dec. 20 deadline for faculty and staff achievement awards

The nomination deadline for the 2017 Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards is on Tuesday, Dec. 20. These awards are a great way to recognize faculty and staff who go beyond their basic duties to bring about positive and lasting change to the university and/or the community. Please consider making a nomination!

2017 Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards
This is your chance to recognize colleagues who go “above and beyond!” All Penn State faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a fellow Penn Stater for an award.

The six awards that comprise the Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards are the following:

To make a nomination or to view descriptions, eligibility requirements, and the intended purpose of the awards, please go to awards page located on the Office of Human Resources website.

At the time of making a nomination, nominators will be asked to upload a letter of support and list the names of up to three additional individuals who will provide documentation that supports the nomination.

– submitted by Rob Harris, Human Resources

LHR News: Dec. 19

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

Part-time:
David Woytowich – Annex

Wishing the following employees well as they leave us:
Eric Delozier – Penn State Harrisburg
Patricia Mrozowski – Penn State Behrend
Sharon Romaniello – Penn State Worthington Scranton
Russ Souchak – Social Sciences Library

LHR News: December 2016 and January 2017 holidays: your ESSIC attendance record

For full-time faculty and staff, the University holidays this year are Dec. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30; and Monday, Jan. 2.

This year, Dec. 25 will fall on a Sunday, as will Jan. 1, 2017. University policies provide, however, that if a holiday falls on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off, the employee receives another day off with pay to be used at another time. Thus, employees who normally do not work Sundays will receive a holiday compensatory day off for the Dec. 25 holiday.

Friday, Dec. 23 is not a University holiday and offices ordinarily would be open that day. However, in order to provide a generally more desirable and efficient application of time off, University offices and facilities except for essential services will be closed for this day as well. Therefore, the University will be closed from the end of normal operations on Thursday, Dec. 22, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The holiday compensatory day earned for the Sunday, Dec. 25 holiday will be used for the work absences on Dec. 23 because of University offices and facilities not being open. This day closed, however, will not be an official University holiday. Employees in essential services who qualify for compensatory days, but who must work Dec. 23 will still have their compensatory day off for use at a later time.

For all employees scheduled Monday through Friday during this time period, the attendance record should be completed as follows for the holidays:*

list of holiday dates with hours for attendance system

heading for attendance system submission for paid time off for December 2016example of compensatory hours to submit for attendance system

list of holiday dates with hours for attendance system for January 2017

*Employees in HR-88 positions would apply the holiday time according to their FTE, per policy HR-88.

Note: Dickinson School of Law Libraries and George T. Harrell Library employees are provided with this information as employees of the University Libraries; however, day-to-day operational practices are guided by their respective Colleges. Dickinson and College of Medicine Library employees should speak to their immediate supervisor or local HR Representative for guidance, as necessary. Conditions of employment for Technical-service employees are further described in the “Agreement between The Pennsylvania State University and Teamsters Local Union No. 8.”  Technical-service employees should refer to the Agreement for information related to the above topics.

– submitted by Wendy Stodart, Library Human Resources