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Second Annual Research Exhibition Poster Competition Is Underway

This year’s event includes a digital version

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

The Second Annual Research Exhibition will occur on June 6 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

The research exhibition is led by librarians Diane Porterfield and Emily Reed.

The purpose of this exhibition is, “For students to show off their work and let the faculty seen how hard they work, and to let faculty and staff at Central Penn College come and interact with students,” Reed said.

Last year, there was only a poster division in the competition. The research exhibition will have a digital version and a poster version.

In the digital version, students can create a PowerPoint and record their voice at each slide of the presentation and upload it using VoiceThread.

VoiceThread is a part of Blackboard in the forum created by the librarians.

Click here to see the guide on the digital version.

For the poster board, it’s the same as last year. Students can use any type of arts and crafts material, and be creative when making the poster and pamphlet.

There will be a lot of competitors. As of May 30, 36 posters had been submitted, Reed said.

Below are tips from Reed.

Tips for poster board

Reed offered the following advice.

  • The poster board is provided by the library, so participants don’t have to worry about deciding what size or color of poster board. Participants are encouraged to be creative with the board, and there are rules that need to be followed.
  • Don’t forget to prepare a 1-2 minutes speech, rehearse the speech and ask for feedback about the speech to be delivered to the judges.
  • Don’t forget to create a handout for the judges. Participants are allowed to be creative in making the handout.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to dress professionally for the presentation.

Tips for digital presentation

Reed offered these bits of advice for digital submissions.

  • For the digital version, be creative on the slide show and don’t put too much information into one slide.
  • The presentation can’t exceed 10 minutes, including the voice-over. It’s best to shoot for 8 -10 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to create scripts for the slide show.
  • Remember to rehearse the scripts to make the tone and rhythm interesting, to avoid the voice being monotone.
  • Don’t be casual – keep it in academic language, because this is a professional presentation.

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News.

To comment on this story, or to suggest a story, contact the KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Knightly News co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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Research Exhibition Day is Coming to Central Penn College

By Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

Central Penn College is making plans for their first ever Research Exhibition Day, held June 6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Summerdale campus, to promote student’s research on the subject of diversity.

The Knightly News podcast welcomed Library Director Diane Porterfield and Instruction and Reference Librarian Emily Reed on a recent podcast to discuss everything the students will need to know in order to register and enter the competition, which gives the students opportunity to earn experience and even cash prizes.

In the conversation that took place on the podcast, the librarians discussed many reasons why students should want to be involved with Research Exhibition Day.

“Poster sessions are not simply limited to colleges,” Reed said.  “This is something that happens at professional events nationwide in every discipline.”

Reed went on to discuss how they are used by professional organizations as a way to share research with other influential people in their field and also is something that can be put on a resume.

The Knightly News will be involved in the Research Exhibition Day, as members of the club will discuss the importance of diversity in podcasting, and how the barrier of entry is much lower now to hear diverse perspectives through podcasts.

To register, simply fill out the form at the Libguide link below, or visit the library and speak with a librarian.

The registration deadline is May 20.

More information can be found at the Research Exhibition Day Libguide:  http://guides.centralpenn.edu/researchexhibition


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Knightly News Campus Spotlight on Reference Librarian Emily Reed

‘It’s all about availability to students.’

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter


Imagine you attend a small college in Central Pennsylvania.

You’re one of about 1,100 students.

It has a high-quality library staffed by several expert librarians, one of whom is dedicated to instruction and reference.

Yes, it’s Central Penn College.

And, as some of you may know, that librarian is Emily Reed.

Reed attended Taylor University, Muncie, Ind., where she earned her undergraduate degree in music education. She also holds a master’s degree in library information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Six months after she graduated from Pitt, Reed got a call from Central Penn College, and accepted the offer to be the school’s instruction and reference librarian. She started last spring.

Reed sat down recently with Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College to talk about what she does, and why.

Knightly News:  What was it like when you received the call from Central Penn College that you would be the instruction and reference librarian?

Reed: I was so excited! I was just ecstatic. I could not wait to come here, to just start.

On any day, Reed faces many challenges assisting students. Central Penn students come from various backgrounds and stages in life, and not all are of traditional college age, so Reed is available to all students, including adult learners.

Central Penn College's Reference Librarian Emily Reed.  Photo by Norman Geary

Central Penn College’s Reference Librarian Emily Reed. Photo by Norman Geary

Knightly News: As far as projects, what is a standard day like for you? Please explain getting ready for the students.

Reed: We have online guides, and each online guide is pinpointed to that major. Each major has a subject guide that gives tips about researching just for that major. We also have a variety of online resources, and some resources are better for certain majors. Then you have instructional sessions, which will instruct students how to use the database that make the most sense for that major. Then we show them the subject guides for that major, so they know what supporting materials are available to them, to guide them to help that is specific to that major.

Reed also conducts seminars on APA (American Psychological Association) format, along with many other projects.

Knightly News: Tell us more about you getting ready for the instructional sessions that you conduct at the library.

Reed: So, for whatever session I am preparing, I have a lesson plan that I develop. I base that lesson plan on whatever those faculty members and I talked about, because every session is different. So sometimes, a faculty member will say, “I’m giving my student an assignment. Can you go over APA formatting for that assignment?”  And in that case, I will teach about APA formatting.  Some students will want APA formatting and citations, which is the whole shebang. And this process takes about an hour – to do the citation and formatting lesson. It just depends on what that faculty member wants.

Knightly News: How do you make adjustments in your day to accommodate student and faculty needs, given you have only so much time?

Reed: As librarians, a large part of our job is availability. Being available to answer questions, and spend that quality time helping students with … assignment(s). So, we have ongoing projects we have to complete, but our first priority is the student’s success. And whatever you need, we will assist you when it comes to research and assignments.

The Knightly News encourages our students, regardless of delivery method, to seek out Emily for help with research.  Remember, there are always plenty of ways to contact the library.  Find out more information at their library website at:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/library/

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