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Penn State University Press announces new Acquisitions Editor for Eisenbrauns imprint

By: Cate Fricke

Penn State University Press is pleased to announce that Jennifer Singletary will join the Press as the new acquiring editor for the Press’s Eisenbrauns imprint. She will succeed Jim Eisenbraun, who has remained with the imprint during its transition to Penn State University Press. Singletary brings to the position a wealth of experience in the fields of ancient Near Eastern and biblical studies. She holds a PhD from Brown University in Religious Studies, with a focus on ancient Near Eastern religions and Hebrew Bible. Most recently, she served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Göttingen in Germany. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph, Objects of Their Trust: Manufactured Objects, Divine Qualities, and Attributes as Deities in the Ancient Near East, and coeditor of the forthcoming collection “As It Is Written”? Uses of Sources in Ancient Mediterranean Texts. She is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Oriental Society, the International Association for Assyriology, and the Old Testament Studies: Epistemologies and Methods network.

“I look forward to working with the dynamic and dedicated team at Penn State University Press to continue to build and shape the high-quality catalog for which Eisenbrauns has been recognized since 1975, bringing innovative and important new books to the list, and upholding the imprint’s tradition of scholarly excellence,” said Singletary.

Established in 1975 by Jim and Merna Eisenbraun primarily as a means for students to purchase affordable books in ancient Near Eastern studies, Eisenbrauns grew over the years to include a publishing program, a pre-press house, and a book distribution and sales service. In 2017, Eisenbrauns secured the future of its highly regarded publications in ancient Near Eastern studies, biblical studies, biblical archaeology, Assyriology, linguistics, and related fields by becoming an imprint of Penn State University Press, where the books and journals have complemented PSU Press’s lists in religious studies and Jewish studies.

Publisher Jim Eisenbraun will retire in October. “Jim has been a publishing force in the field for decades now, leaving not only a strong legacy but also very large shoes to fill,” said Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief Kendra Boileau. “Jennifer Singletary’s impressive scholarly credentials and true commitment to providing top-notch service to Eisenbrauns authors will offer exciting new publishing leadership for the field.”

Jennifer Singletary will join the Press in her new role on Nov. 1.

For more information, contact PSU Press Associate Marketing Director Cate Fricke at crf16@psu.edu or 814.865.1329, or visit https://www.eisenbrauns.org/

 

 

Development’s Wish List for Students re-Launch

By: Alex Boyda

Libraries' Development Wishlist graphic

This fall, the development team is thrilled to announce the re-launch of our refreshed Wish List for students. The University Libraries team came together and submitted their department’s specific and most critical needs. The Wish List includes your requests for resources, events, new technology, internships, and even the preservation of rare historical literature. They range in price from $200 to $14,000.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their students’ wishes: Alexandria Chisholm, Amy Paster, Brandy Karl, Carmen Gass, Christina Wissinger, Elise Gowen, Jamilyn Houser, Janet Hughes,
Jason Reuscher, Jean Voigt, Jennie Knies, Linda Musser, Megan Gilpin, Sandy White, Sue Kellerman, Torrie Raish

The more we all share the Wish List and collaborate, the more student wishes will be granted. How can you help? Share our Let’s Grow State page: c-fund.us/LibrariesWishList, with colleagues, friends, post on your Campus Library’s pages, and share all across social media. Please use hashtag: #PSUlibsWishList

As wishes are granted and funded, new items will rotate onto the list, so please check back frequently and keep submitting your requests via Qualtrics. Thank you!

Events: October 14

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. 16, Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year. Nora Krug, 2019 winner of the Lynd Ward Prize for “Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home,” will receive the award during a ceremony and author talk, which is free and open to the public. 7-8 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.
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.
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

 

 

 

ITech Interns to help maintain library classrooms

By: Rebecca Peterson

ITech’s new student interns will be performing routine checks on the library classrooms through the semester every Tuesday and Friday. They will restart the computers, check all three internet browsers, check Solstice, check Zoom and cameras, and make sure the room instructions are available on the podium. We’re so grateful for ITech’s help in keeping our technology running smoothly!

Please keep in mind that technology has a tendency to stop working at the most inconvenient of times. While ITech’s checks should reduce technology struggles, it’s always a good practice
to arrive to your classroom at least ten minutes early to make sure that all of the equipment is working properly.

Libraries Open House 2019

By: Rebecca Peterson
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this year’s Open House! We hosted 3,223 students over two days and could not have pulled off such a spectacular event without all of our volunteers.
Please enjoy photos from the event courtesy of Jennifer Funk as well as student feedback about the event!
“Everybody was approachable and really helpful.”
 
“It was very well organized and I got to learn so much about the library, which I didn’t know before.”
 
“My favorite part about the Open House was learning about the resources that could be taken advantage of in the library like placing a book on hold from the dorm or the music and media place or the study desks in the stacks.”
 
“It was great! I didn’t even realize how cool the PSU libraries are!”
 
“I enjoyed the tour very much overall. I feel comfortable with the library now and am looking forward to coming during my years at Penn State! Thank you!”
 
“I love PSU and Pattee and Paterno Library!”
 
“Open House is brilliant!”
 
“The volunteers working are very friendly and helpful.”
 
“I was required to come for a class, but I really enjoyed it.”
 
“I really liked the Open House and how friendly and passionate everyone was about their station.”
 
“It was absolutely amazing. Not only was it informative but it was interactive as well.”

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

Tech Tip: Improvements to Penn State email protection beginning Oct 1

By: Ryan Johnson

Beginning on Oct 1st, all email sent to Penn State Email addresses will begin to flow through the Office 365 Online Threat Protection. Office 365’s Advanced Threat Protection scans inbound email for spam, malware, phishing and viruses completely.

This protection features:
• Deep inspection of all attachments.
• Safe Links/URL inspection
• Spoof intelligence
• Anti-phishing
• User Self Service – users can mark email as spam, “not spam,” block senders, or whitelist senders.

This change should improve the email experience for all Office 365 email users as the ability to train your email for what is junk or not will start working after this change.

If you notice that email is not being delivered properly after this change, please call the IT service Desk at (814)865-4357 or send an email to office365@psu.edu

Focus on Assessment: Fall 2019 Update

By: Steve Borrelli

Focus on Assessment: Fall 2019 Update
The Assessment Department had a busy summer and is busy preparing a number of studies to conduct this fall and spring. Now that the term is well underway, we wanted to give an update about what we’ve been up to and let you know about a few upcoming events and new/updated products you might find useful.

Welcome Leigh Tinik, analysis and planning consultant
In July, Leigh Tinik joined the Assessment Department as a new analysis and planning consultant. Leigh spent over 10 years as a research associate and manager of the Research and Analysis Unit with the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. She was brought on to add support for collection assessment and assistance with library and institutional data. She’s new to libraries but has a strong background working in complex data and reporting environments. In addition to supporting collection assessment projects, Leigh will be leading external reporting efforts. For those who contribute statistics for Data Gathering Weeks or external reporting efforts, Leigh is your new contact.

Fall Data Gathering Week
Data Gathering Week for fall 2019 is scheduled to begin Monday, October 21, and will run through Sunday, October 27. Please direct questions to Leigh Tinik, law222@psu.edu.

LAMC Speaker: Maurini Straub, director of library assessment, University of Rochester
University of Rochester Director of Library Assessment Maurini Straub will be speaking to the Library Assessment and Metrics Council (LAMC) at our next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m., via zoom. Straub will be discussing her approach to assessment and the assessment program she’s developed.  Please consider joining us on 11/5 at https://psu.zoom.us/j/543101396

Historical ARL Statistics and Benchmarking Dataset Updated
The Assessment Department maintains a publicly available benchmarking dataset and visualizations of Penn State Libraries’ and BTAA institutions’ statistics derived from the Association of Research Libraries Annual Statistics Survey. The statistics have been updated with the most recent data available, 2018.

Peer Group developed to assist with benchmarking
This summer, at the request of Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies Karen Estlund, Lana Munip led on the development of a peer group to assist with future benchmarking efforts. Estlund recognized that benchmarking efforts often focus on other BTAA institutions, and that larger institutions like those of the BTAA are often slow implementing organizational change. While most peer groups are created at the institutional level, our new peer group was developed using available library data (e.g., ARL, ACRL, and IPEDS), in addition to university data. The resulting peer group is based on institutions with similar characteristics but which outperform the University Libraries based on key performance and organizational indicators and is informed by Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. The report is available in the Assessment Archive.

Ithaka Graduate Survey, spring 2019 Brown bag report outs, and visualizations
This spring, we conducted the Ithaka Survey of Graduate and Professional Students. The results have been visualized in Tableau and are available on the Libraries’ intranet. Two brown bag meetings are scheduled to discuss the results. Both are scheduled to be hosted in the Dean’s Conference Room and over zoom (see associated links). The first, scheduled for Thursday, October 10, from noon to 1:00 p.m., will provide an overview of participation, key findings and a brief review of the STEM module results (Zoom Link). The second, scheduled for Friday, October 18, from noon to 1:00 p.m., will provide  highlights from the Role of the Libraries and Library Space modules (Zoom Link).

If you have any questions about any of the information in this post, are interested in support or just want to discuss an assessment project, reach out to Steve Borrelli (smb96@psu.edu).

Libraries award inaugural Global Partnerships International Travel Grants

Penn State University Libraries’ Global Initiatives is thrilled to announce the inaugural Global Partnerships International Travel Grant recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year. Two travel awards have been granted for this year:

Christina Riehman-Murphy, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Abington, will be traveling to Monash University in Melbourne, Australia to explore themes of internationalization of library pedagogy and curriculum, information literacy, and diversity and inclusion.

Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Specialist, and Amanda Larson, Open Education Librarian, will be travelling to the University of Cape Town, South Africa, to build on the connections that have already been established between the library publishing programs of the University of Cape Town and Penn State, and explore the possibility of expanding these connections into the open educational resources area. In addition to this goal, Ally and Amanda will also be attending the SPARC Africa conference that will be hosted by our colleagues at the University of Cape Town.

The purpose of the Global Partnerships International Travel Grants is to foster meaningful working relationships between Penn State Libraries employees and our colleagues at our partner institutions within Penn State’s Global Engagement Network. Each year, Libraries employees who are currently involved in the Libraries’ international partnerships initiative with our partner institutions are eligible to apply for one of two awards of up to $4000 each. The funds can be used for travel to any of our partner institutions or to bringing a colleague from a partner institution to PSU. The Libraries official sister-libraries currently include:

  • Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Lima, Peru)
  • Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul, South Korea)
  • University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany)
  • University of Split (Split, Croatia)

For more information about PSU Libraries’ international partnerships or the Global Partnerships International Travel Grants, please contact Mark Mattson, Global Partnerships and Outreach Librarian.

Tech Tip: Web Access and 2FA – “Software is out of Date notification” – please dismiss or skip

By: Ryan Johnson

The message you see below should be dismissed or skipped when logging into WebAccess and 2FA.

Enterprise IT recently updated the 2FA screen to include such enhancements including a “Remember my Device” feature.  It also included a prompt if your web browser, operating system(Windows or Mac) or other software is out-of-date.

I-Tech pushes out all updates to your machines (including browsers) after thorough testing.  These updates are sent to your machines periodically during non-working hours.  Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome update sometimes 3-4 times a month, which doesn’t allow the latest version to be on your machine after testing in most cases.  However, if a critical security update is required, I-Tech will push it out immediately to your machine.

To receive these and other updates, please remember to sign out (log off) of your machine every day, please don’t lock or power-down your machine.

"Authentification Requited" screen shot for tech tip

Events: Sept. 23

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.

Mar. 11-Sept. 26,The Future is Now, exhibit graphic 2019, Exhibit: “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.
Thursday, Sept. 26, Maps and Geospatial Information Series: Geospatial Online—ArcGIS Online. An introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web mapping application used to communicate spatial research interests across disciplines. 3-5 p.m. in 200A Pattee Library, University Park.
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.

Collaboration Commons: Post-construction questions

By: Dace Freivalds 

Judging from the high usage as well as comments on the whiteboards, the Collaboration Commons, Central Atrium and new Terrace have been extremely well received since the day they opened to students on August 22. As with any new construction, a number of questions have come up over the last few weeks. Responses to the questions are below. If you have additional questions, please send them to the Space Steering Committee (ul-space-committee@psu.edu) or attend the next Space Brown Bag from noon-1 p.m.on October 9, 2019 in the Dean’s Conference Room.

Q & A

Why didn’t the Libraries install the fancy Starbucks vending machines or the Smart Market machines like those in Career Services?

Our intent from the beginning was to install the “fancy” Starbucks vending machine. Unfortunately, Dave Gingher, Director of Campus Retail Dining and Campus Catering, has notified us that Starbucks is no longer making that machine due to functional problems.

What other vending machines are going into the Collaboration Commons?

We will install at least one more machine (two if they fit) opposite from the present vending machines. They will offer canned drinks (soda and Starbucks canned products). We expected delivery of the vending machines at the end of last week (week of September2), but they have not yet arrived. We will continue to reach out to Housing and Food Services for updates on this.

Will there be bathroom signs?

Yes, signs are coming that will make it easier to locate the restrooms in the Collaboration Commons.

Why didn’t they put a door release (power-assist) button inside the bathrooms like there is outside them?

This is how the previous bathrooms were set up. Alexander Construction will explore the cost of adding an internal, power-assist door release button. The bathrooms in the Knowledge Commons have both internal and external power-assist, door release buttons.

There seems to be poor ventilation in the bathrooms.

Alexander Construction evaluated the ventilation system and it has improved.

I’m concerned with the metal ramp near the bathrooms; somebody might trip.

Usually the ramp would be covered with carpet as it is in other parts of the building. With this being a tiled area, the ramp is exposed. Alexander Construction is exploring alternatives, and the ramps have been modified.

It seems strange that the automatic door at the West Pattee entrance is not the one that is closest to the door release button. Why is that?

We can’t make the door that is closest to the door release button be the automatic door since you would be hit by the door as it opens (if you haven’t moved away from the door release button in time). The automatic door is labeled so users are aware of which door will open. The closer speed of the door has been modified, and it will close within 15 seconds.

Can it be cooler in the Collaboration Commons on Mondays? It seems warm, especially in the Group Study Rooms.

Campus policy is to reduce the temperature in buildings over weekends as an energy saving measure. The set points are established by the Office of the Physical Plant (OPP), and the design and building are set to those standards.

Shouldn’t there be a railing on the first landing in the Atrium?

This landing was designed as an additional seating area. Students are able to sit on the platform as well as on the chairs in this area.

The pads on the chairs in the Atrium stick to the floor. Are these being replaced?

The pads are temporary until more permanent ones come from the furniture company. They were installed to lessen the noise of moving the chairs across the tile floor.

How do students reserve a group study room in the Collaboration Commons?

Students will use the same online reservation system, LibCal, as they have been using for other group study room reservations.. The group study rooms are numbered starting with a zero (W024, W025, etc.). They are also labeled as Collaboration Commons.

How will we reserve the Multi-Purpose Meeting Room?

Libraries faculty and staff will be able to reserve the Multi-Purpose meeting room via 25Live. We are in the process of finalizing the policy for the room’s use; once that is completed, the room will be added to 25Live.

Can the door to the vending machines opposite of Maps be removed? Or, be made easier for someone in a wheelchair?

The doors are rated and need to be in place to establish the appropriate fire separation between spaces. A request can be submitted for the installation of a door operator. Once submitted it will go to Disability Services for consideration for funding.

Will there be any more Space Brown Bags so that we can continue to get information about space initiatives?

Yes. Space Brown bags are scheduled for 2019: Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Dec. 11 and 2020: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 4, Apr.8. All Space brown Bags will be in the Dean’s Conference Room (510A Paterno) from noon – 1 p.m.

Penn State University Libraries again ranked among top research libraries in North America

By: Steve Borrelli

Penn State’s University Libraries again have been recognized among the top research university libraries in North America, according to the recently released 2017-18 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index Rankings. Among the top ten are Harvard, Yale, Toronto, Columbia, Michigan, New York University, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Penn State.

The Investment Index ranking is based on the four variables of total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, total library materials expenditures and the number of
professional plus support staff employees.

Student Employee Display Space in Engineering Library (325 Hammond)

By: Makenzie Coduti

New to the Engineering Library is a rotating display of student employee exhibits on topics related to University Libraries services and resources. The displays will allow us to utilize our
library space as best as possible with material that is relevant to patrons. We want to engage our student employees and our patrons in a creative way. The main goals of the rotating display
are to provide more information about University Libraries’ services, highlight the Engineering Library’s collection and services, and to highlight our students’ interests and research.

ILL Display

We converted two columns of shelving near the entrance of the library into a display space. There is room for two large posters. Currently, only one display shelf is being used for props, but varying numbers of display shelving can be added or removed depending on the needs of each display. We are lighting the display with dimmable LED lights, attached magnetically under
the top shelf. However, we are open to changing the lighting depending on the need of the display. The converted display space is incredibly malleable, but still looks and feels integrated
with the rest of the space. The display space also includes room for a small author biography. We want to give student employees a space to tell what they do at the library, what they study, why they chose their display topic, etc.

Our first display, “Get to Know: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)”, was created by former student employee and current Library Assistant, Makenzie Coduti. Often, patrons, especially engineering students, are not aware Interlibrary Loan is available. Makenzie used Interlibrary Loan frequently as an
undergraduate at Penn State and wanted to raise awareness of this service. The display posters explain the basic contours of ILL, and the hope is patrons will ask for more information at the
service desk after looking at the posters. Additionally, there are dummy book props with fake ILL bands on them. Makenzie duplicated the basic layout of the stickers and included important notices on them, such as do not remove the yellow/pink bands, the difference between yellow and pink bands, where condition notes are located, etc. We have already received questions on Interlibrary Loan from patrons who have looked at the display, and hope to continue to engage patrons with future displays.

Fall 2019 Maps and Geospatial Sessions

By Tara LaLonde
Open to students, faculty, staff, and community to learn more about maps and geospatial information relevant to projects, research, and teaching activities. Sessions are offered both in person and via Zoom. Please share with those interested.
Geospatial Online: Overview of ArcGIS Online
Thursday, September 26, 3-5pm, 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom (https://psu.zoom.us/j/802227975)
An introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web mapping application which can be used to communicate many spatial research interests across the disciplines. Participants will explore applications created with ArcGIS Online and work with a sample dataset. Come learn about additional products of the Esri Geospatial Cloud authorized through your ArcGIS Online account. More information on ArcGIS Online is available on the Maps and Geospatial: ArcGIS Online guide.
Launch your geospatial projects: Foundations and Searching for Geospatial Data
Thursday, October 3, 3-5pm, 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom (https://psu.zoom.us/j/802227975)
This session will provide an overview of geographic information systems (GIS) concepts, geospatial data, geospatial software, and an introduction to geospatial analysis topics relevant for multiple disciplines. In addition, this session will focus on searching geospatial data resources using library resources and additional data sources. Examples of resources and data for this session are on the Maps and Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) guide
 
Geospatial Analysis: ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro
Thursday, October 10, 3-5pm, 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom (https://psu.zoom.us/j/802227975)
This session will highlight the use of introductory geospatial processes in ArcGIS ArcMap and ArcPro software.This informational session introduces and utilizes key software terminology, along with examples of the functionality within the software. Maps and geospatial examples will be provided in an interdisciplinary manner for participants. More information is available on the Maps and Geospatial: ArcGIS Pro guide and the Maps and Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) guide.

Save the Date: United Way Book and Craft sales — Also seeking craft donations

By: Heather Ross

The United Way Committee is hosting its annual book and craft sales:
Book Sale – Tuesday 10/29 from 11-4pm.
Craft Sale – Tuesday 12/3 from 11-4pm.

We are accepting donations for either sale, so please get crafting! Please contact Heather Ross if you have items to donate.

From the University Libraries United Way 2019-2020 Committee:
Heather Ross
Donna Dean
Laura DeAntonio
Robert Freeborn
Matthew Mangarella
Kelly Riley

Tech Tip: How to view what distribution lists (Groups) you belong to

By: Ryan Johnson

With University Library Listservs (ULL’s) being retired and Distribution Groups becoming the new way to send emails to groups, how do you know which ones you are a member of or groups you own?

screen shot for tech tip

To view Distribution Lists in Outlook, click on your settings icon and type Distribution Groups in the search box.

outlook settings screen shot for tech tip

Select Distribution Groups.  This will display all groups you are a member of or own.