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August 15, 2007

RefWorks Users: Pilot project to attach documents to RefWorks records

Are you an active RefWorks user? The University Libraries are conducting a pilot project involving the ability to attach documents to RefWorks records. We'd like to recruit current RefWorks users to pilot adding objects (such as PDFs, Excel spreadsheets etc.) to references in a RefWorks account. We can allow up to 200 MB of space per account for the pilot, and we're looking for feedback about this service.

Some caveats to keep in mind:
* This is a pilot project that could end at any time.
* Export options for objects out of RefWorks are not yet known.
* We're moving towards broader support of this kind of functionality, but haven't committed to a long-term strategy.

If you're interested in learning more or participating in the project, contact me at evfine@umn.edu. Thanks!

E-Reserves Reminder

Just a reminder to submit E-Reserves requests soon if you'd like the library to create an electronic reserves page for your fall classes. I'd be happy to help with questions, or you can contact Pat Seeley, our reserves coordinator (p-seel@umn.edu or 612-626-5967). Read on for more information:

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Since its inception in 2002, the University Libraries' electronic reserve system has enabled over 300 faculty to place materials on reserve in hundreds of courses. E-Res, as the system is known, accommodates many different formats--pdf, jpg, mp3, and direct links to the Internet--and is a quick and convenient way for instructors to present a wide variety of course materials online to their students.

The Bio-Medical Library invites faculty to use the E-Res system when planning your courses for this fall. We encourage you to submit materials at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order for materials to appear online by the first day of classes. Submissions may be made by filling out a request form in person at the library or using the online request form at http://www.lib.umn.edu/pdf/eressubform.pdf.

For a complete description of e-reserve and a discussion of related copyright issues, go to http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/services/reserves#ereserves. Please contact Pat Seeley with questions (p-seel@umn.edu or 612-626-5967).

August 13, 2007

Library instruction in fall classes - schedule now!

If you're teaching a class this fall and would like me to give your students a session on literature searching, library resources, etc. please let me know ASAP (if you haven't already), as rooms and my calendar and filling up quickly. I can tailor the presentation to an assignment, a certain group of resources, reference management with RefWorks, advanced research needs, or anything else you have in mind. If you're considering this, let me know and we'll figure out something that works best for you and your students.

FYI - I'll be on vacation beginning Thursday 8/16 and won't be back until Monday 8/27, so it would be a good idea to express interest before I leave so I can hold dates for you. We can work out the details later.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

August 9, 2007

Journal requests for 2008 - let me know by 8/15/07

The Library can generally add journal subscriptions once a year - we request them by the beginning of September, to subscribe at the beginning of the coming calendar year. When people send me journal requests during the year, I hold them and make sure they get on our wish list for the next year.

If you have any journal requests, either for new electronic journals or for other electronic resources, please send them to me by August 15th so I can get them on this year's wish list. We will consider the requests and subscribe to whatever our budget can handle.

One-time purchases, such as books or DVDs, can be made at any time during the year, so let me know if you have recommendations for our collection!

Contact me if you have questions. Thanks!

August 6, 2007

Welcome!

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Welcome to my blog! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Liz Fine, the Health Sciences Libraries' liaison to the School of Nursing. I've set up this blog as an easy way for me to communicate with faculty and staff about news and issues related to library resources, collections and services. Also, if I get frequently asked questions, I'll post the answers here in case others were wondering the same thing.

I have added all faculty and staff to the notification list, so that you'll get an email with new content every time this blog is updated. You can also search the blog at blog.lib.umn.edu/evfine/nursingliaison for old entries, so you don't need to save the notification emails.

If you'd like to be removed from the notification list, please let me know. Also, if you know of someone who isn't on the list who you'd like me to add, please let me know that as well!

My aim is to keep this blog targeted, so you can stay up to date without being buried in extra information. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks!

Liz