December 2009 Archives

Stats on AskMN

Saw this in the Streaming News, State Library Newsletter....

"AskMN, the online interactive reference service available 24 hours a day to Minnesota residents and students, responded to 8,109 questions between April 2008 when the service began and June 2009. The service uses an Internet chat function to answer patron questions and help them find information. AskMN is a partnership of six public libraries, four public academic libraries and three private academic libraries in Minnesota. The Minnesota libraries are part of a worldwide cooperative whose members, because they operate in different time zones, offer their services when other member libraries are closed. Minnesota residents and students enter the identification digits of a Minnesota library-issued borrower's card to
access the service. Locate the AskMN website here.

Minnesota patrons asked 5,184 (64%) questions and 2,925 (36%) were questions from non-Minnesota patrons that Minnesota library staff answered for the QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Cooperative. The highest times of use in the academic queue come between 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; requests peak between 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The public queue shows a similar pattern. The majority of requests come between 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; midday between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. has the most activity. Typically, AskMN librarians staff the service between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours coverage of 5 p.m. - 9 a.m. weekdays and
weekends are handled by the 24/7 Reference Cooperative.

The participating academic libraries are: University of Minnesota libraries on the campuses at the Twin Cities, Duluth and Mankato; St. Cloud State University; DeWitt Library, Macalester College; and Joint Libraries of the College of St. Benedict/St John's University. The participating public libraries are: Dakota County Library, Hennepin County Library, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Rochester Public Library, Saint Paul Public Library and Washington County Library."

OIT's Pecha Kucha

Check out the recording of the recent 20 by 20: An OIT Pecha Kucha Event about Google@UMN

If you don't know "Pecha Kucha (pronounced "peh-CHAK-cha") presentations are narrated slideshows that are meant to be concise, informative, and entertaining. Pecha kucha means "chit chat" or "the sound of conversation" in Japanese and was developed by two architects from Tokyo who were fed up with bad PowerPoint presentations. Presentations move quickly as each presenter narrates 20 slides that are displayed for 20 seconds each." Crazy!

The whole thing is good (see the complete program) but here are the Library folks:

  • Shane Nackerud--Google Wave (starts at ~46:00)
  • Jon and Kate--Google for Researchers (~53:00)
  • Jason Roy--Google Book Search, Haiti Trust and Digitization (~60:00)
  • Nancy Sims--Google | Engineering | Copyright (~67:30)

What do you think?

Kudos to CES Staff

From a recent Monday Memo:

Jody Gray Honored by the American Indian Student Cultural Center

Each year the American Indian Student Cultural Center honors women of the community who have "displayed outstanding achievements."  This year Jody Gray received this award at a lovely luncheon hosted by the Center that publicly recognized her many valuable contributions to the community and the Center.  Please join me in congratulating Jody!

Peer Research Consultants Stats Breakdown

This is for the period of October 12, 2009 - November 30, 2009.

PRC Breakdowns.docx




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