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Libraries' Virtual Open House offering digital badges through Sept. 24

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., — Now that the fall semester has begun, Penn State University Libraries is offering its annual Open House for students and faculty who wish to acquaint themselves with services, collections and resources available to them at the libraries.

The 2021 fall Open House will again follow an online format that features a digital badge — a visual representation of a skill of competency that has been learned — for all participants who complete the virtual event. Students will be asked to perform a series of tasks (read a page, perform a search, watch a video) and provide a response or answer to questions that will be evaluated by Libraries staff and faculty. Students can watch this video to learn more about digital badges.

The Open House digital badge will be open to students for completion through Friday, Sept. 24, with evaluations completed by the Libraries before the end of October.

The Virtual Open House digital badge should take approximately one hour to complete and can be completed at the student’s own pace between Sept. 13-24. Once participants have submitted all their work and all steps have been verified, they earn the badge that can be shared with instructors by a link to the earned badge, a screenshot of the completed badge or a screenshot to the student’s profile. 

Students must complete five steps that reflect the University Libraries current event learning outcomes, minus the location aspects such as a stacks tour. They include:

  • How do I read a call number? 
  • What are library guides?
  • What is LionSearch and how do I use it?
  • What are course reserves?
  • How can I get help?

Faculty is encouraged to consider including student participation in the online Open House, either as a homework assignment or extra credit. By doing so, students gain an overview of the library that helps support their confidence in conducting research.

Questions about the Open House should be directed to


Last Updated September 15, 2021