Alumni Library to offer special access to popular University Libraries' offerings

June 27, 2006

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State alumni now have special online access to many of the most popular offerings of the University Libraries through the new Alumni Library at online. The Alumni Library is a joint project of the Libraries and the Penn State Alumni Association.

Through the new Alumni Library site, alumni can access thousands of pages of information, readily organized on the Web site. The majority of the Alumni Library site is available to all Penn State alumni, but several sections within the site are for Alumni Association members only.

"The Alumni Library is a tremendous benefit to Penn Staters," said Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. "To have access to all of this information in one easy-to-use online location is something alumni have been wanting, and we are thrilled to work with University Libraries in putting this site together."

The Alumni Library is organized into easily accessed sections. "Resource Centers" offer career tools, including business and employer ratings; online research tools with Internet search tools, education and funding resources, almanacs, genealogy topics and more; and a travel center that includes a worldwide ATM locator, a hiking trail finder and other useful site links for travelers.

In the "Penn State Room," alumni can search through the historical Digital Collegian archives (1887-1955), read current issues of the Digital Collegian (1988-present), and access digital archive information about Penn State sports through the years, the 150-year evolution of the University Park campus, and a link to Penn State history and traditions.

"Featured Collections" presents exhibits and collections that will change bi-monthly. Currently this section features the University's Pennsylvania German broadsides and fraktur collection with more than 270 images, the Mira Lloyd Dock collection, Depression-era photos, Fred Waring's America collection, Pennsylvania Civil War newspapers and more.

Alumni Association members can access a number of unique features on Alumni Library, including past and current issues of hundreds of newspapers such as full editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. They will also be able to use ProQuest, an integrated search engine that features business, interdisciplinary, medicine, psychology and communications resources. ProQuest also includes full-text articles from more than 1,000 top business publications, which can be accessed by browsing news options or through keyword search. Two other members-only sections are the Penn State antiques show, where experts can evaluate Penn State antique memorabilia, and an online bulletin board where members can post photos and notices of upcoming gatherings.

"New information technology has made it possible to open the virtual libraries' doors to Penn State alumni and friends, and we are excited to have this opportunity to partner with the Penn State Alumni Association," said Nancy L. Eaton, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State.

With more than 156,000 members, the Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service. The Penn State Alumni Association organizes hundreds of annual events and programs designed to inform, involve and inspire Penn State alumni. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to .

Penn State University Libraries, with more than 4.9 million volumes, 5 million microforms, 68,000 serial subscriptions, 420 online databases and 13,700 e-journals, most of which have full-text articles, constitute a major resource for students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The largest research library in Pennsylvania, it is one of four resource libraries that provide service and collections to all other libraries and citizens of the Commonwealth. For more information about the University Libraries, go to .

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