Thursday, May 26, 2011

Old Main: The History of a Penn State Landmark

Michael Bezilla writing for the Alumni Library:

"Old Main surely ranks as one of the most photographed sites on the University Park campus, perhaps second only to the Nittany Lion shrine in this respect. Why? Because, like the Nittany Lion, it is instantly recognizable, symbolizing a bond shared by hundreds of thousands of Penn Staters worldwide..."

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Friday, May 20, 2011

E-Records Case Study: Ingesting Faculty Senate Course Proposals

Penn State University Archivist Jackie Esposito presented this case study at the Midwest Archives Conference meeting in St. Paul on April 29, as part of the session entitled, "Streams in the E-Record Workflow: Developing Elements of the Archival Process for Electronic Records of Historical Value". Her co-presenters included Lisa Schmidt of Michigan State and Patricial Michaelis of the Kansas State Historical Society. Approximately 150 archival professionals attended the session.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Online Exhibit: Juniata County History Project

Featuring several thousand images, this collection encompasses the range of lifetime experiences in Juniata County over the course of the 20th century.  Highlighting both exceptional photographs as well as portraits that could easily have been taken from any family mantelpiece, the images illustrate rural Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage.  The Juniata County History Project was a long term ethnographic research project dedicated to understanding the various forms of visual communication in Juniata County (Pa.).  These exhibit panels showcase customary scenes from everyday life in central Pennsylvania, including agriculture, marriage, childhood, and the rural tradition of the estate auction.

Tim Pyatt Named New Head of Special Collections

From Penn State Live:

Timothy D. Pyatt will begin his appointment as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of The Eberly Family Special Collections Library in the University Libraries on June 1. Pyatt comes to Penn State from Duke University where, since 2002, he has been the university archivist in the Perkins Library and, from 2006 to 2010, he served as associate director of the Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library.

Read the article in its entirety here.