The Information Management staff supports the research conducted by researchers at the Population Studies Center (PSC) and the Population Aging Research Center (PARC) and supports the administration of both centers. Staff maintains the PARC and PSC working papers series among others, websites, and provides consultation to Research Associates on research projects and website development. In addition, the staff manages the Demography Library, the online library catalog EOS, provides support to students in the Graduate Group in Demography, and coordinates services with Social Sciences Computing staff.
Reference & Research Services
- Data requests and searching: Information Services staff assists researchers with locating data relevant to their research, including performing searches for data sets, variables and documentation.
- Document acquisition and retrieval: We will locate, retrieve, and/or acquire reserach material for researchers via InternLibrary Loan, pick up from Penn Libraires, or purchase research material online for the Demography Library collection.
- Literature Searching: Information Services staff perform electronic searches for literature on specific topics as well as in-depth literature searches to survey the literature on broad and interdisciplinary topics as requested.
- Create bibliographies for researchers and grants: Information Services staff performs electronic searches for literature on specific topics as well as in-depth literature searches to survey the literature on broad and interdisciplinary topics as requested. Maintain bibliographic databases for researchers at the center for use with grant reporting and on the website.
- Citation verification: We provide assistance with locating complete citations for items where there is missing bibliographic information.
- Assistance with special research projects: We provide assistance with research projects and with locating research material, organizing information or documents, and other similar types of services. In some cases additional staff is required to carry out the work for the project and hiring a student worker may be needed.
- Obtain and interpret journal guidelines and instructions: We'll locate the guidelines and instructions for submitting papers to various journals for researchers and assist with interpreting the rules for references.
- Library services: Maintain the physical collection, the online catalog, and course reserves. Manage circulation, aquisitions, and the physical space.
Training & Instruction
- Develop and Present Workshops: Information Services staff works with researchers to schedule appropriate workshops for the PSC and PARC community.
- Bibliographic Instruction: We provide assistance on how to use, identify, and evaluate relevant electronic and print resources for individuals, small groups, and for courses.
- Develop Handouts, Guides and Links of Web Resources: As needed we will compile lists of resources useful for researchers.
- Help with Desktop Publishing Training and Troubleshooting: There are several common software programs that the Information Services staff uses frequently and we can provide minimal assistance with problems. We especially help with using the programs that we give workshops on.
- Poster and Powerpoint presentation help: We assist researchers with Poster design, creating and manipulating information in Powerpoint and with obtaining graphics for use in presentations.
- Create and Publish the Penn Population Studies Newsletter & Penn Population Studies Bulletin The newsletters contains information about PSC news and events, awards and new information to share with a board audience of constituents. The Bulletin is aimed at an internal audience and contains lists of events relevant to the PSC community including colloquiua, conferences, services, funding, emploment and other resources.
- Design, manage, and maintain the PSC/PARC/GGD Websites: Please email us with updates or information to post at: email@example.com.
- Design, Create and Produce Brochures: These services are limited to PS Research Associate research projects and special events.
- Provide research project website consultation: Please contact the Information Services staff for more information.
- Manage the PSC/PARC Working Paper Series housed in the ScholarlyCommons@Penn:
- The Population Center Working Papers (PSC/PARC) series accepts papers by PSC/PARC Research Associates as well as papers by other scholars at our research centers with Research Associate sponsorship. It serves as an outlet for pre-prints, for papers under journal review, and for background papers.
- The Population Center Research Briefs contains research, data, paper highlights, project summary, and policy briefs by scholars at the PSC/PARC.
- Global Age Patterns of Under-5 Mortality (GAPU5M) Site Profiles Series
- Completed Series:
- A Forum on Interdisciplinarity
- The Asia-Pacific Education, Language Minorities and Migration (ELMM) Network Working Paper Series contains working papers for the ELMM Network, a joint initiative of the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center and Graduate School of Education.
- The Gansu Survey of Children and Families Papers contains papers by researchers using data related to the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF), which is a longitudinal, multi-level study of rural children's welfare outcomes, including education, health, and psycho-social development.
- The Grand Challenges Canada Work Paper Series contains papers written by members of the Team1000+, an international interdisciplinary consortium of leading scholars with considerable expertise on many facets of both determinants and impacts of early childhood development (ECD).
- The Korean Millennials Research Briefs contains briefs by researchers of the Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Era of Inequality research project which investigates multifaceted challenges faced by Korean Millennials in their pathways to adulthood in the context of rising inequality.
- The Korean Millennials Working Paper Series contains papers by researchers of the Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Era of Inequality research project which investigates multifaceted challenges faced by Korean Millennials in their pathways to adulthood in the context of rising inequality.
- PSC African Demography Working Paper Series
- PSC Analytical and Technical Report Series
- We've retained a small portion of our once very large Demography Library collection of relevant volumes in population studies, demography, and methods, books by our research associates, and books on statistical methods and statistical programming. The Demography Library Catalog contains a record of our holidngs including items we've recently deaccessioned, it is in the process of being updated.
- Please email the Information Services Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 215-898-5375 for assistance with literature searching, submitting a working paper, sharing news and events for dissemination on the website, in the newsletter, or on social media. Nykia M. Perez Kibler is the Director of Information Management & Laura VanDruff is the Scholarly Communications & Information Coordinator.