October 2009 Archives


The Peer Research Consultants are now advertised on the Undergraduate Virtual Library: http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad/.


More hours available!!

We are pleased to announce more walk in hours available to students. Take a look at the calendar on the PRC site for the most current availability: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc.

If you are interested in making an appointment feel free to contact any of the PRCs.

Thank you,

October 7, 2009 - December 5, 2009
Andersen Atrium Gallery
Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd & 3rd floors

Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
4:00-6:00 p.m.
120 Andersen Library
4:30 p.m. program featuring remarks by:

Nancy "Rusty" Barceló
Vice President & Vice Provost, Office for Equity & Diversity

Carolyn (Carrie) Schommer
Retired Dakota Instructor, Department of American Indian Studies

John S. Wright
Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor, Departments of African American & African Studies and English

Learn more

October is Information Literacy Awareness month

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Every day, we are inundated with vast amounts of information. A 24-hour news cycle and thousands of global television and radio networks, coupled with an immense array of online resources, have challenged our long-held perceptions of information management. Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication
technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decisionmaking. National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.

Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.

Our Nation's educators and institutions of learning must be aware of -- and adjust to -- these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.

This month, we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

PRC Hours

We are pleased to announce the hours for the PRCs beginning October 12:

Fall 2009 Hours:
Monday: 10:30 to 1:30 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)

Tuesday: 1:30 to 4:30 (Wilson Library-SMART Commons)

1:30 to 3:00 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)
                    1:30 to 2:30 (MCAE in Appleby Hall)

12:00 to 2:00 (MCAE in Appleby Hall)

1:30 to 4:00 (Wilson Library-SMART Commons)
            1:30 to 4:30 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)

What does Google know?

google.jpgGoogle, Google Scholar, Google Books and the other Google tools are useful for personal and academic research. However, it is worth thinking about how Google works and what their agenda is and how that might effect their tools. Here is a recent story from NPR:

Google Knows A Lot About You, Then Forgets
All Things Considered, National Public Radio
oct. 2

"The core principle of Google since its founding was a separation of editorial and essentially advertising," Schmidt says. "From our perspective, we work very, very hard to keep the answers -- the natural search answers -- completely unbiased with respect to economics."

While advertisers can pay more in an effort to get a higher ranking of their ads, they do not have any impact on the answers the search engine generates, he says.

So how does Google rank its search content? Jonathan Rosenberg, a senior vice president from Google, wrote this in a blog post: "We won't and shouldn't try to stop the faceless scribes of drivel but we can move them to the back row of the arena."

Schmidt says a Google search recognizes that a lot of content is not useful. "We want our algorithm to recognize the stuff which has one view or one reader versus the stuff that is really used by an awful lot of people. And that's how we do our rankings."

Who are the PRCs?

We are pleased to announce the PRCs for Fall 2009:


Francisco Maldonado
My name is Francisco Maldonado and I am a Junior studying Physiology. I am originally from Bogot√°, Colombia but now reside in the town of Saint Cloud,
Minnesota. With my degree in Physiology I plan to pursue a career in medicine and would love to go into pediatrics or anesthesiology. In my spare
time I enjoy spending time with friends, meeting new people, talking with family, and playing sports. The people I admire the most are my parents and
two brothers. I was interested in the Peer Research Consultant position because of the opportunity to interact with students and provide a service
that would have helped me a great deal during my first couple of years here at the U!
Read Francisco's PRC blog.

Katy Schultz
Hi! My name is Katy Schultz. I am a senior in the U of M
Geography department. My studies are focused primarily on local topics and
social justice. I am originally from south-central Wisconsin and I really enjoy
living in and learning about the Twin Cities. My social science degree has put
me in a position to write many research papers and gain a good deal of
experience with the University's library system. After graduation this coming
spring I plan to apply for an Americorps position with a literacy focus, and go
on to do a Library Information Science masters program. Read Katy's PRC blog.

Tony Tian
My name is Tony Tian and I am a Junior studying psychology
and pre-pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. My hometown is Eden Prairie,
MN and in my spare time I enjoy reading, watching T.V., surfing the internet.
and playing soccer or basketball. Read Tony's PRC blog.

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