Web Scale Discovery What and Why?

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Here is the persistent link to the article Nicole recommended.


from Abstract... web scale discovery services for the library environment have the capacity to more easily connect researchers with the library's vast information repository. This includes locally held and hosted content, such as physical holdings, digital collections, and local institutional repositories. Perhaps more significantly, web scale discovery also accesses a huge array of remotely hosted content, often purchased or licensed by the library, such as publisher and aggregator content for tens of thousands of full-text journals, additional content from abstracting and indexing resources, and content from open access repositories.

horizon wiki

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I saved a copy of the 2011 report under O:\TechServices\Goals\HorizonReport2011

If anyone wants to add related documents to this folder, feel free!

Also the link to the Horizon wiki if you are interested:



OCLC Cloud Library Project

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Read more about the project and the report at


from the monday memo
Cloud-Sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-Digitized Library Environment
Thursday, February 24, 2011

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library

RDA study group

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The RDA study group holds its last meeting of the year this Thursday,
December 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. in S30B Wilson.

We're now up to 18 pages of records and annotations! You can read them
here: https://netfiles.umn.edu/ul/Divisions/AccServ/TechServ/Cataloging/RDA/Study%20group/RDAtestrecords.docx.


Shifting Sands: Science Researchers on Google Scholar, Web of Science, and PubMed, with Implications for Library Collections Budgets

link to free full text:



Science researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz were surveyed about their article database use and preferences in order to inform collection budget choices. Web of Science was the single most used database, selected by 41.6%. Statistically there was no difference between PubMed (21.5%) and Google Scholar (18.7%) as the second most popular database. 83% of those surveyed had used Google Scholar and an additional 13% had not used it but would like to try it. Very few databases account for the most use, and subject-specific databases are used less than big multidisciplinary databases (PubMed is the exception). While Google Scholar is favored for its ease of use and speed, those who prefer Web of Science feel more confident about the quality of their results than do those who prefer Google Scholar. When asked to choose between paying for article database access or paying for journal subscriptions, 66% of researchers chose to keep journal subscriptions, while 34% chose to keep article databases.

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

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Interesting articles on Open Knowledge Foundation Blog


Open Bibliographic Data: How Should the Ecosystem Work?


guest post from John Wilkin, Executive Director of the HathiTrust, a Librarian at the University of Michigan and a member of the OKF's Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data.

Salary information is available on the UM Reports website for use by University faculty and staff. To use it:

1. Go to http://www.umreports.umn.edu.
2. Click on User Login. You will be prompted for your University Internet ID (referred to there as your X.500 ID) and password.
3. You will need to read and agree to the University's privacy policies.
4. Click on the Search Reports link in sidebar on the left.
5. Set the Filter By Category box to HR & Payroll and the SubCategory to HR Reports.
6. Find Personnel Basic Information in the alphabetical results list, and click on it.
7. Click on Select a College/Admin Unit.
8. Select the College or Admin Unit in which you are interested, and follow the prompts.
9. To find average salaries for a job classification, search UM Reports for "Job Code Average Salary."

It also had the following statement, " If you are not (student/staff/faculty), you will need to e-mail back and tell us the information you need. We will do one look up for those outside the U." I was trained that we should check up to three individuals, beyond which we should refer the patron to the Office of Institutional Research.

I thought it might be useful/interesting to learn what people across the system do and maybe try to standardize our approach. What do you think?

Thanks for your feedback,

Emily Reimer
Bio-Medical Library

HathiTrust for UMN users

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from mondaymemo~

New HathiTrust Book Download Capability

Through a new authentication method, UMN users of HathiTrust can now:

1) download full PDF of public domain and open access works

2) create permanent collections using HathiTrust's Collection Builder tool

By contrast, unauthenticated users cannot download public domain of Google scans to comply with HathiTrust's requirement to guard against systematic downloading. This new authentication method to HathiTrust (called Shibboleth) is accomplished through the use of the user's UMN x.500 ID and password and not credentials specific to HathiTrust. Try it out at: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/wayf?target=https%3A%2F%2Fbabel.hathitrust.org%2Fcgi%2Fmb or click on the Login link from either the Full-Text Search or Collection Builder pages.

Sue Hallgren

RDA study group

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Email from Chew Chiat Naun:

The RDA study group will be holding its first meeting on Friday,
October 1, at 10 a.m. in Wilson S30B. This will be the first of a
series of meetings, held twice a month, to review and discuss records
that U of M cataloguing staff have created in RDA. These are the
records we will be submitting to LC as our contribution to the RDA

All are welcome to attend, including Minitex and coordinate campus
staff. For anyone not able to attend in person we will have a
UMConnect and conference line hookup option. The UMConnect link for
the first meeting will be https://umconnect.umn.edu/rdatest20101001/.
If you want to join on the conference line please send me an email.

The initial members of the group are Tony Fang, Cecilia Genereux,
Stephen Hearn, Mary Huismann, Linda Lomker, Karen Olson, Doris Seely,
and Stacie Traill. However, anyone who would like to participate in
the group or who would like to try their hand at producing an RDA
record is welcome to do so.

For documentation relating to record requirements for the RDA test see
here: https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/document/edit?id=1_fo81q0s-vyrPsocvQsIyRpZ6gpT_evO0vizqP_cNto&hl=en_GB&authkey=CMS21-IG.
We have a wiki page at https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/RDA. Notes from our
initial planning meeting are at

RDA for Non-Catalogers: A Gentle Introduction

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From Minitex:

New Course

RDA for Non-Catalogers: A Gentle Introduction


Implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new manual of cataloging rules designed to succeed AACR2, has the potential to affect many library activities outside of the cataloging department: from the acquisition of new materials to reference interactions with the catalog user. This brief webinar will introduce participants to RDA, describe how to locate RDA records in OCLC's WorldCat database, and highlight some of the changes the new guidelines may bring to your library catalog.

And we still have seats available for these early winter sessions of RDA: What It Is, and What It Means to You.


-Browse all Minitex's upcoming training sessions: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Training/

View our complete calendar: http://apps.minitex.umn.edu/forums/calendar.php

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