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March 31, 2008

Trends, Fads or Folly: Spotting the Library Trends That Really Matter

Soaring to Excellence Teleconference
Speakers: Tom Peters and Lori Bell
Broadcast Date: April 11, 2008
Time: 11:00am - 12:30 pm

In surveying the landscape of our profession and the technological trends that impact it, it is simple to identify several new technologies that “could? be used by libraries to improve or enhance the patrons’ experience with and perception of the Library. This program will investigate new trends in libraries such as patron-created folksonomic cataloging (del.cio.us, LibraryThing & the new breed of OPAC’s), libraries and librarians in virtual environments such as Second Life, as well as give an update on libraries and social networks (mySpace & facebook). Are these trends? Just fads? Plain old Folly? We’ll deal with a central question in this teleconference: To what extent do Libraries need to quickly adopt new technologies into their programs? Or, “just because you can do it, does that mean that you should??

March 27, 2008

e-Books from the Online Library of Liberty

Last November, Rory asked me if it is possible to include selected titles of the Online Library of Liberty in our library catalog. I believe that free e-books are a new source that we should tap into and assigned the task to Deb.

The Online Library of Liberty is a project of Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, non-profit educational foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The aim of the OLL is to provide thousands of titles about individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and the free market, free of charge to the public, for educational purposes.

I’m pleased to report that Deb has finished cataloging of what Rory has selected: 142 titles, from The Lyrical Dramas of Aeschylus and Beowulf in the original language to The Life of George Washington.

Of the 142 titles, about half of them required original cataloging, as there are only bib records for the print version in OCLC.

Thanks, Deb!

Shixing Wen
Head of Technical Services

Student Appreciation Week is April 14th- 18th

Events the Library is sponsoring:
• Sandwich day with sandwiches from Jimmy Johns to be distributed on Wed., April 16th , emails are going out to the students with the url for registration
• After Dark game night celebration on Friday April 18th, from 7 – 11 pm, with WII, DDR, and assorted board games. Prizes include an ipod shuffle and $5 gift cards
• Photo display of library students working in the library
• Thank you ad in the Statesman

Things we would like staff to help with:
• Each unit is strongly encouraged to do something special for their students
• Sign up to help hand out sandwiches on April 16th between 11 and 2. Two people for each shift. Sign up sheet will be by the staff mail boxes.
• Sign up to be a Door Monitor for the After Dark game night. The event is held after the library is closed so we need people in ½ hour shifts to let people in and hand out tickets. Sign up sheet will be by the staff mail boxes.
• Please attend the After Dark event, students like the opportunity to “hang out? with the staff in a non-work environment. Feel free to bring a family member
• Volunteer to help Sue with the photo display. Contact Sue for details.

Submitted by Heather

March 26, 2008

Recycling in the Library

In the next few weeks you should see new recycling receptacles in the public areas of the Library. They will be placed on each floor of the Library, including the Library Annex. There will be three bins: office mix, newspaper and bottle/cans. I am hoping this will help eliminate the current problem of everything getting mixed in one bin.

If there is a place in the Library that currently doesn’t have a recycling bin and should, please let me know.

My goal is to empty the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors once a week.

My tentative schedule is:

Monday – 4th floor
Tuesday – 2nd floor and Annex
Wednesday – 3rd floor
Friday – Large bins on the loading dock, if possible.


Staff recycling responsibilities:

~ Staff should contact Admin office at X8130 when large recycling bins are ½ to ¾ filled. Anything more than this and the bins are difficult to move.
~ Staff is responsible for putting recycling in the correct bin. If bins are contaminated with other materials, the whole bin will have to be thrown away. Nothing is recycled.
~ Staff must contact Admin office when working on a project that will produce extra recycling. This is so extra bins can be brought over to the Library.
~ Personal office recycling is individual staff’s responsibility.
~ Cans and plastic bottle recycling need to go to the front of Library by the telephones in the front entrance, not to the loading dock. Cans and plastic bottles are picked up Friday afternoon or Saturday.

The big, black bins are available Tuesday – Thursday on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here for the different types of recycling.

If you have any questions, please contact me at X7486.

Sue

March 19, 2008

Taking care of sick plants

If you have sick plants please take them home to doctor them.

Do not use any chemicals, e.g. plant fertilizers, pesticides, or plant foods in shared office spaces or communal spaces such as the loading dock.

Some Library staff are extremely sensitive to the chemicals in these products and become ill when exposed.

17th Annual MINITEX Interlibrary Loan Conference

Professional Development Opportunity for Library Staff

Monday, May 5, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota—St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(formerly known as the Earle Brown Center)

Registration deadline: Friday, April 25, 2007.

For complete program and registration information go to http://www.minitex.umn.edu/events/conferences/ill2008.aspx

Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times

Professional Development Opportunity for Library Staff

Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times: The 16th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries

May 20, 2008 at the Radisson University Hotel, Minneapolis

The $75 registration fee is waived for University of Minnesota Libraries registrants.

The complete program and registration form are available at: http://staff.lib.umn.edu/eqs


March 18, 2008

Completion of Teaching Materials' Withdrawal

Brenda has finished the withdrawal project of Teaching Materials. Altogether, 1,432 volumes have been withdrawn from the collection.

Thanks, Brenda!

Shixing

March 13, 2008

March 7th "Library Spaces: Future Needs" teleconference

If you missed the teleconference on March 7th "Library Spaces: Future Needs" , below is the link of the teleconference. This link will be active for approximately 30 days.

http://www.collegeofdupagepress.com/index.php?id=1670


Submitted by Sue

March 6, 2008

New 24/7 Reference service is about to be launched


Greetings!

If all goes to plan, on March 24th, the UMD Library will be offering our students, faculty, and staff extended 24/7 online reference assistance via the new Minnesota statewide cooperative know as "AskMN." (See press release below). UMD Library patrons will still access our reference librarians at any time the Reference Desk is open via our Instant Messaging Chat service. That will remain the same. However, during the hours our Reference Desk is closed, people who have need for information can use the new AskMN service.

As part of UMD's contribution to the cooperative, Sunshine Carter, Pam Enrici, and Jim Vileta will be answering AskMN questions at certain hours each week, as will librarians from the other cooperating institutions. In return, these institutions will be receiving 24/7 reference service from OCLC's QuestionPoint service via AskMN.

AskMN librarians are still receiving training from Minitex staff and we are hopeful that we can meet the March 24th start date. If not, the launch will be very close to that date.

The new service will require changes to our "AskUs" page and to the UMD Library Home page. Doreen Hansen will be providing our AskMN team web and other technical assistance.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jim Vileta.


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January 10, 2008
AskMN: Minnesota's Statewide Cooperative Virtual Reference Service

MINITEX Library Information Network, working in collaboration with eight participating libraries, is delighted to announce the creation of AskMN: The Librarian Is In, Minnesota's new statewide cooperative virtual reference service!

In December, eight academic and public libraries came together to discuss the issues involved in cooperatively creating and running a Minnesota statewide virtual reference service. It was decided to move forward with the initiative to provide quality reference service and assistance online to all Minnesota residents with the use and support from the ELM databases (elm4you.org). Initially, the service will be operated by the eight libraries: Hennepin County Library -- Suburban and Minneapolis locations; Rochester Public Library; Minnesota State University, Mankato; St. Cloud State University; Joint Libraries of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University; College of St. Catherine; and University of Minnesota, Duluth, as well as MINITEX Reference Services, with plans to extend participation to many more interested libraries in the near future.

The service will use OCLC's QuestionPoint virtual reference management software, which is well suited to handle multiple-library and cooperatively run programs like Minnesota's. Staff members of participating libraries will work together to answer questions from residents during selected hours Monday-Saturday with backup service provided by the QuestionPoint national cooperative virtual reference program to give us 24/7 coverage for anywhere, anytime answers. The service will be launched sometime this Spring.

Submitted by Jim

New 24/7 Reference service is about to be launched


Greetings!

If all goes to plan, on March 24th, the UMD Library will be offering our students, faculty, and staff extended 24/7 online reference assistance via the new Minnesota statewide cooperative know as "AskMN." (See press release below). UMD Library patrons will still access our reference librarians at any time the Reference Desk is open via our Instant Messaging Chat service. That will remain the same. However, during the hours our Reference Desk is closed, people who have need for information can use the new AskMN service.

As part of UMD's contribution to the cooperative, Sunshine Carter, Pam Enrici, and Jim Vileta will be answering AskMN questions at certain hours each week, as will librarians from the other cooperating institutions. In return, these institutions will be receiving 24/7 reference service from OCLC's QuestionPoint service via AskMN.

AskMN librarians are still receiving training from Minitex staff and we are hopeful that we can meet the March 24th start date. If not, the launch will be very close to that date.

The new service will require changes to our "AskUs" page and to the UMD Library Home page. Doreen Hansen will be providing our AskMN team web and other technical assistance.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jim Vileta.


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January 10, 2008
AskMN: Minnesota's Statewide Cooperative Virtual Reference Service

MINITEX Library Information Network, working in collaboration with eight participating libraries, is delighted to announce the creation of AskMN: The Librarian Is In, Minnesota's new statewide cooperative virtual reference service!

In December, eight academic and public libraries came together to discuss the issues involved in cooperatively creating and running a Minnesota statewide virtual reference service. It was decided to move forward with the initiative to provide quality reference service and assistance online to all Minnesota residents with the use and support from the ELM databases (elm4you.org). Initially, the service will be operated by the eight libraries: Hennepin County Library -- Suburban and Minneapolis locations; Rochester Public Library; Minnesota State University, Mankato; St. Cloud State University; Joint Libraries of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University; College of St. Catherine; and University of Minnesota, Duluth, as well as MINITEX Reference Services, with plans to extend participation to many more interested libraries in the near future.

The service will use OCLC's QuestionPoint virtual reference management software, which is well suited to handle multiple-library and cooperatively run programs like Minnesota's. Staff members of participating libraries will work together to answer questions from residents during selected hours Monday-Saturday with backup service provided by the QuestionPoint national cooperative virtual reference program to give us 24/7 coverage for anywhere, anytime answers. The service will be launched sometime this Spring.

Submitted by Jim

New 24/7 Reference service is about to be launched

Greetings!

If all goes to plan, on March 24th, the UMD Library will be offering our students, faculty, and staff extended 24/7 online reference assistance via the new Minnesota statewide cooperative know as "AskMN." (See press release below). UMD Library patrons will still access our reference librarians at any time the Reference Desk is open via our Instant Messaging Chat service. That will remain the same. However, during the hours our Reference Desk is closed, people who have need for information can use the new AskMN service.

As part of UMD's contribution to the cooperative, Sunshine Carter, Pam Enrici, and Jim Vileta will be answering AskMN questions at certain hours each week, as will librarians from the other cooperating institutions. In return, these institutions will be receiving 24/7 reference service from OCLC's QuestionPoint service via AskMN.

AskMN librarians are still receiving training from Minitex staff and we are hopeful that we can meet the March 24th start date. If not, the launch will be very close to that date.

The new service will require changes to our "AskUs" page and to the UMD Library Home page. Doreen Hansen will be providing our AskMN team web and other technical assistance.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jim Vileta.


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January 10, 2008
AskMN: Minnesota's Statewide Cooperative Virtual Reference Service

MINITEX Library Information Network, working in collaboration with eight participating libraries, is delighted to announce the creation of AskMN: The Librarian Is In, Minnesota's new statewide cooperative virtual reference service!

In December, eight academic and public libraries came together to discuss the issues involved in cooperatively creating and running a Minnesota statewide virtual reference service. It was decided to move forward with the initiative to provide quality reference service and assistance online to all Minnesota residents with the use and support from the ELM databases (elm4you.org). Initially, the service will be operated by the eight libraries: Hennepin County Library -- Suburban and Minneapolis locations; Rochester Public Library; Minnesota State University, Mankato; St. Cloud State University; Joint Libraries of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University; College of St. Catherine; and University of Minnesota, Duluth, as well as MINITEX Reference Services, with plans to extend participation to many more interested libraries in the near future.

The service will use OCLC's QuestionPoint virtual reference management software, which is well suited to handle multiple-library and cooperatively run programs like Minnesota's. Staff members of participating libraries will work together to answer questions from residents during selected hours Monday-Saturday with backup service provided by the QuestionPoint national cooperative virtual reference program to give us 24/7 coverage for anywhere, anytime answers. The service will be launched sometime this Spring.

Submitted by Jim

March 3, 2008

"Library Spaces: Future Needs" teleconference

College of DuPage presents "Library Spaces: Future Needs"

Presented by Alan Kirk Gray, Jeffrey Hoover, Elisabeth Martin

Friday, March 7, 2008
11:00am - 12:30pm
L410