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Diversity 2.0 with ARL’s Mark Puente

The public is invited to “Diversity 2.0: The New Imperative for Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Libraries,” by Mark Puente, on Monday, February 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park. The program will also be streamed on MediaSite Live.

Mark Puente is the director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The presentation is part of the Dean’s Diversity Forum, an annual event hosted by Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Amber Hatch at alt16@psu.edu or 814-865-8869.

Penn State Libraries rank among top ten

According to most recent reports for 2013, Penn State University Libraries rank 8th among North American research libraries, measured on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index Rankings for 2011–2012.

The ranking system is based on dollars spent for total library expenditures, salaries and wages and library materials plus the number of professional plus support staff employees. Among the top ten are Harvard, Yale, Toronto, Columbia, Michigan, California Berkeley, New York University, Penn State, Princeton, and Cornell.

“The recognition of the scale of our Libraries is good news for Penn State in the recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students as well as attracting and meeting the needs of top-notch faculty,” notes Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. “It also reinforces our role as a leader in research projects with other top libraries in North America.”

For more information about the Libraries collections and services, go to www.libraries.psu.edu or contact Catherine Grigor at 814-863-4240 or cqg3@psu.edu

Dean’s News

By Barbara I. Dewey

I learned this week that we have approximately 16,000 Penn State freshmen (8,000 at University Park and 8,000 at the Commonwealth Campuses) which is about 700 more than last fall. I am sure you have met many of them in our libraries and on our campuses.

Posted on the Dean’s intranet page (https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/admin/intranet.html) under the heading of Assessment-Related Topics is the excellent report “Moving Forward: Envisioning Instructional Services for the Future“ completed by our first cohort of Library Leaders – Anne Behler, Ellysa Cahoy, John Meier, John Shank. Congratulations to them for their fine work and for completing the program. I hope you saw the call for interest for our next Penn State Library Leaders cohort.

Loanne Snavely reported (from work done by Alan Shay) that Penn State was the top University Library (for the past two years) and the 2nd in the last several years in teaching and outreach efforts among ARL libraries as per the ARL Instruction Statistics. We Are!! Thank you to everyone who made this outstanding statistic possible. Our students and faculty are very lucky to have this extensive and valuable teaching expertise in their Penn State Libraries.

I hope you will save the date, October 2, 2013, 2-3 p.m. for the first Dean’s Forum of the year in Foster Auditorium and on Mediasite Live. The agenda will be on our strategic planning and space planning work. Let me or Sandy know if there are other items you would like to hear about or if you have good news I can share in the Kudos section.

Upcoming webcast on how libraries create value

By Sherry Lonsdale

Note: This upcoming Library Value Webcast Series is related to Common Spaces Value, offered by ARL and LibValue Project

LibValue: Commons Spaces Value
Thursday, March 21, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Teresa Walker, associate professor and head, Integrated User Services, University of Tennessee Libraries
Gayle Baker, professor and electronic resources coordinator, University of Tennessee Libraries
Steven Smith, professor and dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee Continue reading

Reserve Your Spot In New Webcast Series – Library Value

By Sherry Lonsdale, database specialist

A new Library Value Webcast Series has been launched by ARL and LibValue Project. The series of webcasts will be held from February through August.

Topics include: Undergraduate Student Success, Commons Spaces Value, Books and E-Books, Comprehensive Approaches to Defining Library Value, Success in Teaching and Research, and Digitized Special Collections.

The LibValue project is a collaboration among the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries, with partners at Syracuse University and Bryant University. The webcasts will highlight the findings and results of a three year study outlining the various ways Libraries create value.

The first topic in the series focuses on Undergraduate Student Success. Thursday, February 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Presented by: Rachel Fleming-May, assistant professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee; Regina Mays, assistant professor and assessment librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries; Teresa Walker, associate professor and head, Integrated User Services, University of Tennessee Libraries. You can sign up for one or all six sessions and see them live. To register for the series or obtain more details, please see the program website. There is no fee for attending these webcasts, and they will be recorded and available on ARL’s YouTube channel after each live event.

Dewey to Serve on ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee

Dean Barbara Dewey was recently invited to serve on the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee. This committee sets ARL’s statistics and assessment agenda and advises on issues and priorities. Members serve for three year terms (2013-15).

In extending the invitation, ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs Director Martha Kyrillidou said Dewey would bring a “helpful perspective on many issues on which the committee is working.”