Three $1,200 travel grants are currently available to researchers who use collections from The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, located in Paterno Library, within the University Libraries at Penn State. Application deadline is Feb. 28, and grant recipients will be announced March 29. The grants cover expenses incurred with travel to use University Park resources. Any faculty member, graduate student or independent scholar with a research project that utilizes the Special Collections Library and lives beyond a 100-mile radius of State College, Pa., may apply for the grant. All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposed projects with Special Collections staff prior to submission.
Penn State soon will name two librarians to positions intended to keep the University Libraries a leader in the evolving information world, thanks to a commitment from Librarian Emeritus and alumna Sally W. Kalin and her husband, State College attorney Richard L. Kalin. The Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship for Technological Innovations and the Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship for Learning Innovations are the first positions of their kind at any U.S. research library, and the funds will support the efforts of librarians in the first decade of their careers as they develop new resources and services for Penn State students and faculty.
Thanks to landmark gifts in support of the University Libraries and the Palmer Museum of Art, campaign commitments from present and former Penn State employees during For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students now total more than $43 million. That figure now exceeds the entire sum raised from faculty and staff during the Grand Destiny campaign, which concluded in 2003, and beyond the $43 million target that the For the Future campaign aimed to reach by 2014. The goal-breaking commitment came from Librarian Emeritus and alumna Sally W. Kalin and her husband, State College attorney Richard L. Kalin.
Michael Evans, nursing instructor, and Tierney Lyons, reference librarian, recently presented their research titled, "The Use of Asynchronous Discussion Boards to Increase Student Learning: An Interdisciplinary Approach" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Sigma Chapter Research Day at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa. The study was conducted with the help of a Teaching Project Grant from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.
The pair's research focused on whether the use of asynchronous discussion boards as an adjunctive teaching strategy to traditional classroom lecture in an undergraduate nursing research course leads to differences in student satisfaction and reflective thinking.
Penn State's Eberly Family Special Collections Library has long served as a resource for researchers having a wide range of professional and personal interests. Timothy D. Pyatt has served as DorothyÂ Foehr Huck Chair and head of Special Collections since June 1, 2011. We asked him to discuss the role Penn State's special collections play in facilitating scholarship.
Advisers and honors college students are reminded that March 19 is the deadline to submit nominations for the Penn State University Libraries Schreyer Honors College Scholars Annual Competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis. The winner will receive an award of $1,000. Schreyer Scholars graduating in summer 2011, fall 2011, or spring 2012 from throughout Penn State are eligible for the spring 2012 award. Details, including submission forms, are available at: www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/admin/schreyer.html
For more information, contact Susan Walker at 814-863-4723 or email@example.com
Tierney Lyons, MLS, a reference librarian at Penn State Worthington Scranton, has written an article that was published in the national library journal, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.
The Paterno Library and central Pattee Library on Penn State's University Park campus will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 7, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, because of construction. Pattee Library west, including the News and Microforms Library and Course Reserves will remain open until 9 p.m. The entrance to this area is adjacent to MacKinnon's Cafe. Those who have questions can call 814-863-4240.
An electrical shutdown will close Pattee and Paterno libraries on Penn State's University Park campus from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on Friday, May 21. Employees in these areas should not report to work until 8:30 a.m. The shutdown will not affect normal operating hours on Thursday, May 20.
How does a guy in a mountain lion suit inspire a shrine, a book, and 107,000 screaming fans? There's something about mascots that stir up powerful emotions. Penn State's Nittany Lion is a larger-than-life symbol of the pride that fans feel, says Jackie Esposito, University Archivist and co-author of The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale.
During Thanksgiving break, the University Park Libraries will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 22. They will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday Nov. 23 to Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Libraries will then close for Thanksgiving and reopen on Sunday, Nov. 29, at noon, when the regular fall semester schedule resumes. All University Park branch libraries and the "study all night" area in the ground and first floors of Pattee Library, west, will follow this schedule.
The Center for Democratic Deliberation will present Hooman Majd, author and speaker about Iran, in a talk at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, in Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library on Penn State's University Park campus. Majd's talk is titled "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: Culture, Politics, Ethics, and the Making of Modern Iran." All Penn State students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend.
Two of the biggest champions of University Libraries are Joe and Sue Paterno. Since the 1980s, they have led by example by investing their own money in Penn State's libraries and encouraging noteworthy contributions from others. Now, the Paternos are rallying support for Pattee's new Knowledge Commons. Read about the Knowledge Commons (and how it will prepare Penn State students) and library benefactors, including the Paternos, this month on Alumni Library online.
This fall, Ellysa Stern Cahoy, assistant head of Library Learning Services, is developing ways to help students acquire literacies they need to succeed in college and the workplace -- beyond traditional reading and writing. Cahoy works with faculty to help students build skills in finding and evaluating information, creating and critiquing multimedia, and choosing the right technology tools for the right task.
For those of us of a certain age—no need to put a number on it, thank you—the word "library" still conjures forth memories of solid wood cabinets filled with hand-typed cards, each pointing to a book housed on imposing, steel-blue shelves. All those books—representing centuries of learning—took up a lot of space and gave the library a slightly intimidating air. It was a quiet, austere space devoted to solitary thought and research.