I. The Pennsylvania State University

Academic and Research Support Units

University Libraries

The University Libraries constitute a major resource for students and researchers in all fields of study. The Libraries rank among the top ten research libraries in North America by the Association of Research Libraries.

The Libraries include a central facility and five other libraries at University Park campus, plus libraries at 22 Penn State locations throughout the state. At University Park, the Arts and Humanities, Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, Maps, Life Sciences, Special Collections, and News and Microforms libraries are maintained in Pattee Library and Paterno Library. Other Libraries at University Park include the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Law, and Physical and Mathematical Sciences libraries.

Faculty members may recommend books and other library material purchases by contacting the Libraries directly at https://secureapps.libraries.psu.edu/questions/ask.cfm or through the faculty member in their department who serves as the library representative. Libraries subject specialists are listed on the Web at www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/colldev/selectorsinfo.html. Faculty at locations other than University Park can also contact their head librarian.

Access to holdings is obtained through The CAT, a computerized catalog available on the Web at www.libraries.psu.edu. The CAT is a dynamic, integrated information system that provides electronic access to a great variety of materials in many subject areas. LionSearch, available on the Libraries' homepage, offers a single search box function for library resources, including books, articles, newspapers, databases and more.

The Libraries maintain a comprehensive program of general and specialized reference and instructional services. The Libraries' faculty teach credit courses as part of the Library Studies Program and offer a variety of topical seminars. Introductory sessions, offered by Library Learning Services, are scheduled on a regular basis to familiarize faculty, students, and other library users with library resources. Class sessions designed for specific courses can be arranged in the library to help students learn how to find, use, and evaluate relevant books, articles, Web sites, and other information resources. Assistance is available to help design assignments that use library resources to enhance student research skills and critical thinking. Library instruction rooms (hands-on labs or traditional classrooms) can be reserved for on-site instruction in the use of library resources. For information, go to: www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls.html.

Media and Instructional Support

Media and Technology Support Services (MediaTech), a division of the University Libraries, assists with the design of technology classrooms, and can provide information and demonstrations for data projectors, video switching systems, audio systems and cabling. There is a recording studio at MediaTech's office at Wagner Annex that can be reserved for producing video/audio and photographic projects. Phone: 814-865-5400.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) ensures that faculty, students, and staff have the information technology tools and infrastructure necessary to carry out the University's mission. ITS is working to achieve five broad goals: help faculty improve the way education is delivered; provide students with resources to enrich their educational experience; create and sustain an environment that enables leading-edge research; help to improve productivity; and establish the information technology infrastructure necessary to maintain Penn State's prominence in integrating high-quality programs in teaching, research, and outreach. For additional information, see its.psu.edu on the Web.

Statistical Consulting Center

The Statistical Consulting Center (SCC) is a team of faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students in Statistics. We provide advice, project management and statistical analysis for research projects in collaboration with the University and industry communities. Service consists of long-term, contract-based consulting with faculty and external constituents, short-term consulting services for Penn State graduate students, and Stat-on-Call (one hour) consulting services. Penn State graduate students are entitled to two short-term visits and one hour of Stat-on-Call free of charge. However, the SCC does not consult on class assignments.

The Statistical Consulting Center is located in 323 Thomas Building, University Park.

University Arts Services

Each of the units of University Arts Services is an educational and artistic resource for the University and the Commonwealth. The Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse series of professional arts programming and a full spectrum of professional arts management services to other University producing and programming agencies. The Palmer Museum of Art has the special responsibility for developing and preserving a permanent collection of works of art that demonstrate the broad sweep of art history from ancient civilizations through contemporary times. Temporary exhibitions reinforce the strength of the collection and support instructional programs. Penn State Centre Stage is the professional arm of the School of Theatre. Each summer, students, faculty, and staff from Penn State work alongside guest artists to create and present first-class professional productions, including musicals, comedies, mysteries, and modern classics. These productions augment the extensive production season presented by the School of Theatre during the fall/spring academic year. The School of Music offers a wealth of concerts and special events featuring faculty and guest artists, as well as student soloists and ensembles. Bringing superior performance of music at low or no cost to campus audiences, School of Music concerts are held throughout the year in Esber Recital Hall and other campus locations.

University Office of Global Programs

The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) provides support and oversight for all of Penn State's international engagements. The office oversees education abroad programs; hosts international students, scholars, and international visitors; and provides support for the University's international partnerships and collaborations around the world.

Advisory Groups and Boards

Advisory groups exist in every academic and research unit of the University. These groups review programs, make recommendations, and provide valuable guidance and input to help the unit reach its goals.

The advisory boards at the Commonwealth Campuses, established under policies and procedures set forth by the University's Board of Trustees, make recommendations concerning matters of financing, programming, and public relations affecting their respective campuses. They organize support for capital financing of the campus and participate in the control of the program of acquisition, construction, or repair of physical facilities as available funding permits. The advisory boards make recommendations through the chancellors to the vice president for Commonwealth Campuses concerning matters of importance to the local community.




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