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2015 Conference Tours and Special Events

Informal networking to build or foster relationships with other librarians or library suppliers is one of the perks of conference attendance and conference special events provide the perfect vehicle to network, experience the local area and have fun!


Below you will find a list of planned events that require additional registration fees and have limited space but there are many, many more activities to do while in the State College area on your own or with colleagues: hike up Mount Nittany, visit Palmer Museum of Art, enjoy the fall harvest at the Farmers Market, taste a local microbrew (or two), explore the Victorian homes in Bellefonte, learn military history in Boalsburg, or shop and dine in Downtown State College. For more ideas on things to do and see, visit the Local Information Desk at the conference.

Tour of Penn State’s Knowledge Commons and More
Sunday, 3:00 – 5:45 p.m.

The Tombros & McWhirter Knowledge Commons renovation project opened in 2012 and is an innovative collaboration between Penn State University Libraries, Media Commons, and Information Technology Services.  The tour will begin with a presentation by WTW Architects to review current learning and collaboration trends, and the types of spaces, furniture and equipment available today that supports these trends.  Following the presentation, one-half hour tours of The Commons and other key areas of Penn State Libraries will be provided. 
Tour options included:

1.) Experience, first-hand, the spaces, furniture and equipment that support the latest teaching pedagogies, as you move through the various phases of The Tombros & McWhirter Knowledge Commons renovation project.  There will also be an opportunity to see a demonstration of the One Button Studio, a simplified video-recording studio used by both students and faculty.

2.) See highlights from the Sister Joan Chittister papers in the Special Collections Library.  The Benedictine nun is a well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women's issues and contemporary spirituality in the church and in society and was recently featured on Oprah’s Soul Sunday. 

3.) Go behind the scenes to see how the Department of Digitization, Preservation and Conservation manages the tasks of treating, restoring, preserving maintaining, converting, stabilizing and preventing decay and damage to collections.  A highlight of the tour will be the newly acquired, Phase One digital capture device.


Paint Space: A Metamodern Approach to Makerspaces

Sunday, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Paint Space is a program that allows patrons to utilize technology while they immerse themselves in the time-honored art of painting. This program allows the patron to learn how to learn, using iPads to access Youtube to paint their own creations. Unlike traditional art classes, participants in Paint Space are free to learn, practice, relax, or utilize the space and materials however they wish.  Come learn how this program works, how you can start your own Paint Space program, and experience the program first hand, leaving with your own painting.


Tour of the Arboretum at Penn State

Monday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. or Tuesday, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour through Penn State Arboretum and its beautiful and peaceful gardens and groves. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the famous Berkey Creamery for a sweet treat for participants to enjoy during the tour.


Big Spring Spirits Reception & American Philatelic Society Tour

Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Spend your evening at the lovely Match Factory Place in Bellefonte, located just minutes from the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. Tour the Big Spring Spirits Distillery, enjoy some light fare and handcrafted spirits in the Big Spring tasting room, and take a walk to the adjacent American Philatelic Society for a tour of their library. Tour includes round-trip transportation to Match Factory Place and food. A cash bar will be available.


PaLA Trivia Competition

Monday, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Come one, come all!  Test your trivia skills against those of your colleagues from across the state at the 5th Annual PaLA Trivia Competition.  Bring a team or come and meet some new friends.  Proceeds will benefit the David Roberts Best of the Best Practices Award.

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