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Libraries’ 2016-2017 annual report now online

cover of Penn State University Libraries 2016-2017 annual report, "Transformative Partners for Knowledge Outreach and Innovation" title, with six images of students in the Libraries, studying, readingThe University Libraries’ 2016-2017 annual report, “Transformative Partners for Knowledge Outreach and Innovation,” is now available online as an accessible PDF.

Print copies of the annual report are mailed to ARL peer institutions by the dean’s office and are shared with the Provost, other members of Penn State leadership and with select donors at the discretion of Libraries leadership and the Libraries’ Development team.

University Libraries 2015-2016 Annual Report: Partners in Advancing Scholarship and Discovery

The University Libraries is pleased to share its 2015-2016 annual report, “Partners in Advancing Scholarship and Discovery.” The report highlights some of our accomplishments and initiatives during the past academic year as they relate to our strategic plan programmatic areas of Teaching and Learning; Discovery, Access, and Preservation; and Advancing University Research.

A University Libraries-wide committee, appointed by the Libraries leadership team, contributed content and reviewed the report, which also was informed by the dean’s annual activity report, the Ithaka S+R survey and additional data-driven sources. Committee members included Steve Borrelli, Chris Holobar, Joe Fennewald, Brent Hurley (succeeded by Nicki Hendrix), Athena Jackson, Sue Kellerman, Binky Lush, Tom Reinsfelder, Emily Rimland and Jill Shockey. Committee members sought input from units in an effort for content to be as widely representative of the  Libraries’ achievements and activities as possible.

The annual report may be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF file. Print copies of the annual report are sent to targeted donors and prospective donors, peer institutions and others at Libraries leadership and Development’s discretion. The PDF also has been shared with members of Penn State’s academic leadership.


Annual Report/ACRL award committee to highlight Libraries’ best

by Jill Shockey, Public Relations and Marketing

What do you believe are among the University Libraries’ greatest, and measurable, achievements during the 2015-2016 academic year? How can the Libraries’ annual report inclusively represent all of our units’ top-level activities and superlatives equitably, while supporting the Libraries’ and the University’s strategic plan goals? And how can the Libraries stand out among its Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) peers on paper to help its assessors understand what we already know — that we are an academic library of excellence, worthy of such a title?

An administration-appointed, Libraries-wide committee aims to answer those questions — and welcomes your ideas to support its efforts.

The committee began convening in summer 2016 to help identify and elevate the position of the Libraries’ most prominent, inclusive, and worthy projects for promotion. The committee’s charge was to recommend and review these subjects for its upcoming and third consecutive annual report as well as for submission to the ACRL’s Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. (The committee believes the University Libraries is deserving of such recognition and would like to put our professional community and colleagues’ collective accomplishments in the best light to achieve it.)

Committee members include:

Patricia Hswe, digital content strategist, head of ScholarSphere User Services and co-director of the department of Publishing and Curation Services, also had served on the committee.

Members have been reviewing peer institutions’ annual reports, and are now assessing content to be included in the final version of the Libraries’ 2015-16 Annual Report. They soon will be doing the same for the ACRL award. The latter recognizes “an outstanding community college, college, and university library each year. This award is to recognize the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution.”

The criteria for the award is provided on the organization’s website.

Committee members welcome Libraries’ employees submissions of suggestions for both the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award application — especially noting this listed criteria — and the annual report, both to be produced by Public Relations and Marketing.

Please reach out to any of the committee members with ideas for projects by Friday, Sept. 30.