Skip to content

We Should Envision Innovative Initiatives as a Horizon for Our Libraries

August 17, 2018

EDUCAUSE has taken on the challenge of producing the annual Horizon Reports, which have for many years shed light on the trends, challenges, and technology developments likely to have an impact on academic libraries and Higher Ed.

• A plan has been announced by EDUCAUSE on welcoming the NMC community, preserving its assets, and beyond:

• EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has already archived past reports:

David Thomas, Director of Academic Technology, University of Colorado Denver described himself in a recent Webinar as “an avid reader of the Horizon Report.” In that same Webinar he proclaimed, “I got excited about the report being published and this is my chance to learn and find out what innovations stick, what innovations work and test myself to innovate in my area.” Thomas went on to say, “We do need to think about innovation as that front, that kind of moving front between new stuff and future practice and help people cross that divide”

Three exemplar projects from the 2018 Horizon Report were discussed in the same August 9, 2018 EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar.

• Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL):

• Paramedic VR Training Experience:

• X-Labs:

C&CS Accessibility Awareness and Technologies video link is now available

August 17, 2018

Thank you to everyone who registered and attended the online session from the Connect & Communicate Series, Accessibility Awareness and Technologies. Despite our own technological issues for the session, everyone did a great job and I am so happy that so many of you showed up. Particular thanks to our speakers, Scott Meneely and Patty Petronello, who were the ones who had the power outage, but came back to finish the session, and to Amy Snyder, who moderated the session.

The link to watch is available here,

As a reminder, the C&CS team is looking for new sessions. Feel free to contact me or any member of the team listed on the C&CS page here: , or fill out the Google form on the same page. That page also has some of our past programs available for watching at your convenience.

Happy Friday, ya’ll!


Last Call for Registration!

August 14, 2018

Last call for registration for this CRD sponsored program!

The College & Research Division presents ACRL Roadshow: Assessment in Action.

When: August 17, 2018
Where: Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Description: In this day-long workshop on strategic and sustainable assessment, participants will identify institutional priorities and campus partners, design an assessment project grounded in action research, and prepare a plan for communicating the project results. This workshop is based on the highly successful ACRL Assessment in Action program curriculum.

Registration deadline: Friday August 10th. No registrations are accepted at the door. Attendance is limited to 100 people so register early.
PaLA Members – $45.00
Students – $25.00


More details and the full program schedule can be found at

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor, through the College and Research Division ( of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!

Library Crawl

August 13, 2018


Register by using this ink…

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference Registration Open

August 13, 2018

Registration is now open for #BUDSC18, Bucknell University’s fifth annual Digital Scholarship Conference.  The conference will take place at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA from October 5th-7th. The theme of the conference is “Digital Scholarship: Expanding Access, Activism, and Advocacy.”

The schedule along with travel and hotel information are now available on the conference website.

#BUDSC18 will bring together a community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others–committed to promoting access to and through digital scholarship. We consider “access” in the broadest possible terms: accessible formats and technologies, access through universal design for learning, access to a mode of expression, access to stories that might not otherwise be heard or that might be lost over time, access to understanding and knowledge once considered beyond reach.

If you are considering implementing a Digital Scholarship program in your library, if you’re thinking about running a DS summer research program with students, or if you just want to know more about DS, I encourage you to join us at the conference! Please feel free to contact me (Jill Hallam-Miller) with any questions at

Promoting Information Fluency

August 5, 2018

I have been fortunate to have a good relationship with most of the faculty in the Schools where I am the library liaison.   However, there have been a few people who have never worked with me.   While not openly hostile, they just never seem to see a need for a librarian to assist their students with research. This year, I decided to find another way to build relationships.

I reviewed our fall course schedule and prepared a list of potential classes where my services might be helpful.   These included:

  1. Classes where I had conducted sessions in the past.
  2. Writing Intensive courses.
  3. Introductory courses for the major.
  4. Any class that I knew had a substantial research component.

I distributed this list at the final School meeting of the Spring Semester.   It served as a reminder for those professors who had used me in the past to schedule their sessions early.   It also was an invitation for others to contact me.   I emphasized that I knew class time was precious and told them that if they did not want an in-class session, I could create a course-specific LibGuide, prepare a module that could be embedded in Canvas, or schedule individual meetings with their students.

For several specialized classes, I went ahead and created course guides and contacted the professors with the following email.

I have created a LibGuide that I think will be useful for your class.   Of course, I would be happy to do an in-class session if you think that would be helpful.

 Right now the guide is private and may be accessed using this URL:


 I welcome your comments for additions or deletions.   I may add some websites, but except for your suggestions, I think it is complete.

The response has been very positive.   I have several classes scheduled for the fall and many who have not scheduled classes have thanked me for the guide and made suggestions for things to add.   For the ones who have not responded, I think that I have a “foot in the door” and I hope to build on that for the future.

As soon as the Spring Course Schedule is available, I plan to do this again, as we have a six weeks between semesters to contact faculty and prepare.

Strategies for serving international students at your library

August 2, 2018

Over a million international students studied at US universities last year–50,000 of them in Pennsylvania–and that number has been steadily increasing for decades, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). Libraries are seeking ways to support these students.

Some suggestions for transforming libraries into “multilingual-friendly” spaces appear in Frans Albarillo’s recent College & Research Libraries article analyzing language preferences of foreign-born students. He mentions customized library instruction/orientation, linguistic diversity training for staff, computer labs with multilingual keyboard formats, collection development plus LibGuides focused on non-English scholarly sources, multilingual signage, and employment of multilingual librarians.

At Penn State Altoona, librarians have used some of these strategies, such as specialized orientation programming, name pronunciation workshops, and signage to welcome international students. Penn State is ranked 10th in the US for hosting international students, with over 9,000 in 2017 (IIE). According to Penn State’s Fact Book, 259 of these international students were enrolled at the Altoona campus, making up 7% of the student body.

New Student Orientation for International Students

Penn State Altoona hosts a customized orientation for incoming international students and their parents the week before classes begin. As part of the event, Library Director Bonnie Imler teaches a 3-hour Tech Academy that introduces the students to technology at Penn State and includes a tour of the library and its Media Commons. Plus, librarian Alessia Zanin-Yost partners with the Writing Center to share information about library services and tutoring resources, tips for acculturating to their new community, student success skills, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. In addition, the library works with staff from Student Affairs to provide access to scanners for international students as they finalize their student visa paperwork.

Name Pronunciation Workshops

Last year, the library hosted two workshops designed to help faculty and staff learn how to correctly pronounce the names of international students. In February, the library worked in partnership with librarians at Penn State University Park to publicize and remotely host a webinar on Indian Name Pronunciation taught by Ritu Jayakar, lecturer in Hindi at Penn State. In May, Chunyuan Di, lecturer in Chinese at Penn State, taught a Chinese name pronunciation workshop at the Altoona campus. Over 60 faculty and staff members attended the event, which was co-hosted by the library and the Internationalization Committee. Why these two languages? According to the IIE, the leading places of origin for international students were China and India.

Multilingual Welcome Signage

A poster designed by the ALA that says “Welcome” in 27 languages is posted near the entrance of the library to create an inclusive atmosphere. This poster is still available at the ALA store.

The Penn State Altoona library continues to seek ways to reach out to the growing number of international students on campus. Please share your suggestions in the comments.

Jessica Showalter is an Information Resources and Services Support Specialist at Penn State Altoona’s Eiche Library. Say hello on Twitter @libraryjms