Give to the Libraries
"Our Wish List provides community members the opportunity to fund a selection of priority Libraries projects and resources that will enhance the educational experiences of our students and inspire them on their way to earning a Penn State degree. With your gift of $250 or more, you create a direct link between the Libraries and our services and the student body."
- Dean Barbara I. Dewey
Inspiration through Generosity
“Code for Her was so fun! The learning environment was relaxed and supportive, and our instructors, Joss and Katie, made it super easy to ask questions. Even though people were at different levels, we helped each other. I liked that the workshop was project-based; we got to create something WE wanted to make and were interested in. Working towards a final product made it easier to learn.” – Erica Fleming, spring 2019 Code for Her participantRead More about Inspiration through generosity
Erica Fleming, an Instructional Designer with Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), describes herself as a person that, “likes to know how stuff works.” In her previous role, she was involved in creating classes for the College of the Liberal Arts that involved using a programming language called Python. Erica began trying to learn Python on her own through various methods, but soon became frustrated knowing her learning style wasn’t simply, “her and her computer.” Erica craved the live interaction with an instructor and peers, and the ability to ask questions.
Fast-forward to the spring semester of 2019. Through word-of-mouth, Erica learned about a coding workshop series sponsored by the University Libraries called Code for Her. The nine-week workshop series was targeted to women and gender-diverse individuals, and specifically noted on the marketing materials, “No prior coding experience necessary!” Erica felt that because Code for Her was affiliated with the University Libraries, and not a specific college or department, she wouldn’t need a baseline knowledge of coding or feel as intimidated.
Erica’s Code for Her project was an e-portfolio which she displayed on her resume when applying for her current role in TLT. She was excited to showcase her ability to learn a new technology.
“I feel like I can walk into a room with people who do technical things and feel less lost. Code for Her provided me the opportunity to do something really great over the course of only nine weeks!”
Because of the generosity of the Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship for Learning Innovations endowment, founder, developer, and leader of Code for Her, Carmen Cole, is able to realize her mission of providing a space to amplify the voices of traditionally underrepresented populations in information technology and computing fields. The Early Career Professorship is an endowment that makes it possible for librarians, in the first decade of their careers, to develop new resources and services for Penn State students and faculty. Potential and innovation are the core foundational elements that drive this endowment. The possibilities and opportunities are endless and inspirational – Erica’s experience is just one of many successful outcomes because of the generosity of donors.
WHAT A MATCH!
“Giving Tuesday is a moment in time to make a difference for our students. The University Libraries is a longtime supporter of the course reserves; we believe that students at Penn State should always have access to use the best scholarly resources for their education and research.” – Dean Barbara I. DeweyRead More about Giving Tuesday
Long-time Giving Tuesday matching partner, the Penn State Bookstore, increased their commitment by 50% with a $15,000 matching gift for the Libraries’ fifth Giving Tuesday campaign. What a match, indeed!
Why this matching gift is so important: Each year on this global day of giving, the University Libraries raises money for the Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment. This endowment purchases textbooks, electronic course materials, and other required educational resources for the University Libraries Course Reserves for students to borrow. Buying textbooks and other course materials is very costly – this endowment makes it possible for students to access the materials they need without the prohibitively expensive price tag. At past Giving Tuesday events, students always point out how thankful they are for such resources.
Please join us on December 3 to give to this important endowment to support our students and their access to the resources they need to succeed by visiting our online giving page at: https://c-fund.us/nme The University Libraries’ goal for this year is to achieve 175 gifts.
This year, Giving Tuesday starts on Monday, December 2 at 6:55 p.m. (1855, to commemorate the year Penn state was founded) and continues until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3. Thanks to the generous match, your gifts will double, and if you are a Penn State graduate of the last decade (GOLD alum), the University will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $100.
For your social channels, use the hashtags #GivingTuesday, #TextbookFund, #PSUGivingTue and #PSUGOLD. Follow @psulibs and @RaisePennState for updates.
Want to learn more and discover how you can Raise Your Voice to help more students this Giving Tuesday? Come to the Libraries Giving Tuesday Kickoff Party Nov 20, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park. The kick off will feature a Giving Tuesday exhibit, giveaways, and refreshments. This event is open to the public.
We share a special thank you to our friends of the Libraries who have generously donated every year for the past four years: The Penn State Bookstore, Barbara and Bill Dewey, Jane and John Casey, Dace and Andris Freivalds, Nicki Hendrix and Christian Olmstead, Sue Kellerman, Michael Shanafelt, an anonymous donor, Linda Struble, and Pattie and Ray Tiley.
Libraries Wish List for Students: Creating a Lasting Impact
The Wish List gives librarians the freedom to explore cutting edge, nontraditional and innovative resources for the students that may not be entirely covered in operating budgets. These unique opportunities give students a competitive advantage on their way to earning their Penn State degrees.Read More about the Wish List Technology
The Penn State University Libraries team is thrilled to announce the new and improved Wish List for our students. With gifts ranging from $250 to $14,000, the Wish List reflects the most compelling needs of students across our Commonwealth Campus and Branch Libraries.
The Wish List is a special opportunity for donors to fund important resources, events, new technologies, internships, and even the preservation of rare historical literature that may not have been possible otherwise. One of the items for purchase includes the two-day Annual Fall Open House, which is the largest student engagement event of the year, boasting attendance of over 3,000 students!
As each wish is granted for students, new and impactful needs are added, so keep checking back. Use the hashtag #PSUlibsWishList on social media to show your support for Penn State students and help the libraries grant more wishes. View the Wish List.
"Donors are vital in allowing the Library to purchase resources that are more cutting edge, innovative, and nontraditional. I have a responsibility to be a good steward of our state money and to use it purchase essential and traditional materials like databases, journals, and books. Gifts and endowment funds give me the freedom to explore what will give our students a boost without sacrificing any of the essentials." – Christina L. Wissinger Ph.D., Health Sciences Librarian
Marion Mackinnon’s Gift Leads the Way for Students With Disabilities
"As an international student who is blind and pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology, I am deeply indebted to University Libraries’ Adaptive Technology & Services. All tactile graphs as well as alternative text materials required for my course work are always provided to me in a timely manner, making my academic experience very enjoyable. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to those who have supported me –giving me the strength to not give up but to keep moving forward." -Jooyoung Seo.Read More about Adaptive Technology
The University Libraries’ Marion MacKinnon Adaptive Technology and Services (ATS) facilitates inclusive access for differing students’ needs and disabilities. The private and quiet space gives students the opportunity to excel in their coursework with the technologies and assistance needed for them. The main goal of this service is to make textbooks, syllabi, and other materials for courses accessible and readable to all students.
Because of the kind generosity of Marion MacKinnon, ATS provides a unique space in Pattee Library comprised of private study rooms, extensive software, and adaptive resources – all overseen by a caring team of experts. Thanks to donor support, ATS is able to provide students with a wide range of software and hardware needed to succeed in the classroom. These services and resources allow students the independence and confidence to excel during their time at Penn State..
ATS also allows students to borrow different devices during the school year. There are graphic calculators that read aloud the numbers and solutions for visually impaired students. ATS provides a printer that prints tactile graphics and maps for visually impaired students when a visual is too hard to describe in words. This tactile graphic gives students the ability to feel the image in order to understand it better.
Jamilyn Houser, Alternative Text Specialist, assists in creating and distributing materials to students who use the services. She converts textbooks, exams, and other reading material into the appropriate forms for students.
The services support students who have registered with Student Disability Resources (SDR) in the office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. These students have access to the space 24/7 with the use of their student ID cards. Staff makes it comfortable and welcoming for students to work in the space and ask questions.
Want to learn more? Please contact Jamilyn Houser, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Lifelong Connection: The Alumni Library Online
"The Alumni Library Online provides yet another lifelong connection to Penn State – similar to the connection many of us feel through Penn State football or other athletic programs. The Alumni Library, however, offers a virtual space for lifelong learning. In today’s society, it is increasingly important to have a place where we can go to access reliable information...Read More about Adaptive Technology
...As a result, I frequently use the Alumni Library Online to support one of my favorite hobbies – photo collecting. I am able to photo match Penn State sources to identify and confirm people, places, events, and dates. One of my most favorite places to investigate is the LaVie yearbook online database. It has been a wonderful resource for photos and general historical data, most notably from the first 2 or 3 decades of the 20th century... it was also fun to look up my grandfather who was a member of the class of 1920!” – Ross MacCallum, Penn State Alum; Consultant, TV News Production & Training, HA Design Group
Now that's a lifelong connection!
As a Penn State Alumni Association member, you have access to a large selection of online databases and resources not available to the general public through the Alumni Library Online. Established in 2005, this library is a partnership between the Penn State Alumni Association and the University Libraries. Members have access to Libraries’ Digitized Collections, as well as a selection of online databases. Since its beginning, the Alumni Library Online website has expanded to include access to University Archives, including course curriculum archives and the La Vie Yearbook, among other valuable resources.
Today, the Penn State Alumni Library Online outranks our peer institutions in services offered to alumni. Among other services, Penn State offers free Libraries card registration, Interlibrary book borrowing, and off-campus access to select journals and databases to all alumni. These provisions outpace our peer institutions across the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and those universities in the Association of Research Libraries’ Top 10 North American Research Libraries. We are the only school, among these 21 other institutions, to offer these resources to our alumni.
Looking forward, the Penn State Alumni Library Online is looking for opportunities to better elevate its resources and generate an increasingly welcoming environment for our alumni. We are proud of the partnership between the Penn State University Libraries and the Penn State Alumni Association, and we will continue to provide lifelong educational resources as the digital version of the heart of the University.
A Young Alum's Passion to Give
“University Libraries has always been an important part of my life. I used the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library as a place to decompress and work while I was on campus during my undergraduate and graduate studies. I want to do my small part to ensure that the library is accessible and a nice place to “get away” from our fast-paced lives.” -- Phil Morath, B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2007), Geosciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS)Read More about The Textbook Fund
Phil relied heavily on the wealth of information and resources available to him within the Earth and Mineral Sciences library, and utilized its expert staff led by Distinguished Librarian and Head of the EMS Library, Linda Musser. Phil’s story is not uncommon, as millions of students have depended on the library during their time at Penn State, but what makes Phil’s special is how his passion for the University Libraries –the EMS Library in particular –was the catalyst behind his philanthropic legacy here.
Phil took full advantage of the resources and services University Libraries has to offer to support his success as a student and as he began his career.“Penn State truly has a world-class library system. You can access information from any publication from any time period –digitally or through Interlibrary Loan. It is tough to fathom just how much information you can retrieve through the libraries at Penn State. My undergraduate thesis advisor (Dr. Tim White) and Linda Musser taught me as a first-year student how to fully utilize the resources that I had at my disposal while at Penn State. This made me a better student because I was able to thoroughly research topics for reports, even outside of my EMS classes.
I utilized these skills while I was working on my MBA and at my current employer. Just knowing what exists and how to get it provides me an advantage over my peers.”As a University Libraries donor, Phil’s generosity directly contributes to the strength and success of our student services and resources –ensuring that current and future learners have the tools they need to enrich their Penn State experience at the Libraries and beyond.