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Library Systems Downtime *This Weekend*

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Library Systems Downtime: October 1-2, 2011

A significant downtime period affecting many library systems and numerous university-wide applications supported by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st, and conclude with all systems expected to be returned to service by 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 2nd.

Please see OIT's IT Service Disruption: October 1-2, 2011 page for more information.


NOTE: this listing is subject to change, pending testing and availability variables; please check the list periodically.


Walter Library Computer Policy Changing: Guest Users

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This computer policy change will only affect guest users. That is users who are not currently affiliated with the University as students, staff or faculty.

Starting next week (I believe the start date is currently set for Tuesday, July 19) guest users will need to stop at a service desk to sign up for a guest account to use library computers in Walter Library. Guest/Community users will be limited to 2 hours of computer usage a day.

Students, faculty and staff should not encounter any change in their computer using experience here at Walter.

Alumni are considered Guest Users.

Just a heads up on this change in policy.

There are some options (such as subscribing to Special Borrowing Privileges Access Friends of the Library) to gain more access.

Any questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know.

*Image from UBC Library. CC

RefWorks 2.0 and RefShare

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RefWorks recently launched an updated version, RefWorks 2.0. RefWorks 2.0 is now available to our students, faculty and staff. If you already have a RefWorks Account and want to upgrade it's easy--just click on the RefWorks 2.0 link in the top right of your account screen.


The change is largely cosmetic...changing the RefWorks interface from:




There is also a new feature offered by RefWorks to facilitate collaboration, RefShare. Refshare allows sharing of citations with others regardless of their university affiliation.


Refshare is available now.

The classic interface of RefWorks will eventually go away...once we have an exact timeline I'll share it here. But upgrading will have to occur at some point.

If you have questions about this upgrade or want to learn more about the RefShare feature, please let me know!

May Break Hours

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The Walter Library Great Hall 24 Hour Access will end tomorrow afternoon at 6pm.

Starting on Sunday, May 15 going through Sunday, May 22, we'll be open our break session hours.

Saturday and Sunday Noon - 6PM
Monday - Friday 8AM - 6PM

Once again that is just from May 15 - May 22. May Session hours will start on May 23.

You can check out all the summer hour changes on our website.

Image from ToniVC via Flickr. CC

Finals News and Feedback

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ExamJam sponsored by SMART

Tutors and consultants will be out in force all day Saturday, May 7. Work with knowledgeable peers as your prep week winds down. Snacks and free selected practice exams will also be available.

* Saturday, May 7, 2011
* 9am to 1pm at MCAE (140 Appleby Hall)
* 1pm to 5pm at SMART Learning Commons - Walter (204 Walter Library)

A series of review workshops, led by SMART's trained Peer-Assisted Learning facilitators, will take place throughout the week in a number of East Bank classrooms. Check here for the schedule and additional information.

Walter Library Great Hall Open 24/7 During Finals Week

Walter Library 2nd Floor Great Hall will be open for studying 24 HOURS/DAY from Sunday, May 8, 8:00 am through Saturday, May 14, 6:00 pm

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Spring Break Hours

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Walter Library will have reduced hours over Spring Break. Here's what do expect:

First Weekend of Spring Break
3/12 (Saturday) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
3/13 (Sunday) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Spring Break (Mar. 14-18)
M-Th 8:00 am- 9:00 pm

Second Weekend of Spring Break
3/19 (Saturday) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
3/20 (Sunday) 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

The reference desk will be open regular hours on Monday - Thursday. With no reference service on Friday, March 18 (because the library is closed).

Enjoy the break!

The blog image comes from gr33n3gg via Flickr. CC.

Library Closed on Monday, January 17

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Walter Library will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2011 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The library will be open on Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 6pm.

 We will resume regular academic year scheduling on Tuesday, January 18.

Enjoy the weekend!  See you in the Spring Semester.

Libraries and the University Closure

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Here's the information from the University Libraries Website concerning library services and the University Closure:

While the University of Minnesota Libraries will be closed along with the rest of the campus from December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011, some services will continue to be available. These include:

  • E-resources, including article databases and online journals, will remain available to the campus community through the Libraries website.
  • Users will be able to search for and request print materials in the MNCAT catalog during the closure, however GetIt and recall requests will not be processed until January 3.
  • Although due dates have been set to not fall within the closure period, users will be able to view their account and renew materials using the "My Account" feature.
  • Books from any U library can be returned at book drops in Magrath, Walter, and Wilson.
  • Chat reference will be available, but service will be provided by staff from the national consortium of which the Libraries is a member.
  • Because the Academic Health Center will keep certain clinics open during the closure period, the Bio-Med Library will have staff available to respond to questions coming in through the MedRef email service.

More information is available on the University Winter Closure site.

So Walter Library will be closed between Friday, December 24 - Sunday, January 2.

The hours for the rest of this week are:

Tuesday, December 21:  8:00AM -Midnight (Great Hall open 24 hours)
Wednesday, December 22:   8:00AM -6:00PM (Great Hall 24 Hour Access Ends at 6PM)
Thursday, December 23: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday, December 24 - Sunday, January 2: UNIVERSITY CLOSURE

I will be working remotely next Wednesday and Thursday (December 29 and 30).  I'll be available to answer questions via email both of those days.

Happy Holidays and enjoy the break!

Walter Library Great Hall Open 24 Hours (Dec. 16-22)

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Dec. 16, 2010 to Dec. 22, 2010

Study Days/Finals Week (Dec. 16-22)
OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Th, 12/16 through W, 12/22, 6 pm


Study Days/Finals Week (Dec. 16-22)

M-F 8:00 am-12:00 am

Sa, Su 8:00 am-12:00 am

(Image from delgrosso via Flickr.  CC)

CSE Library Committee Meeting

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We had our semesterly CSE Library Committee meeting last week, we had a good turnout of faculty, students and librarians.  Here are the topics we discussed.  If you're interested in learning anymore about these topics feel free to send me an email or give me a call.

Notes and Handouts from the CSE Library Committee Meeting, Dec. 9, 2010
Prof. Paul Garrett (guest, Mathematics)
Prof. Andrew Odlyzko (Mathematics)
Prof. Friedrich Srienc (Chemical Eng)
Prof. Tryphon Georgiou (Electrical and Computer Eng)
Prof. Chun Wang (Biomedical Eng)
Prof. Steven Girshik (Mechanical Eng)
Prof. Sandy Lipsky (Chemistry)
Ben Stanley (Council of Graduate Students, Geology Dept)
Janice Jaguszewski (Dir. of Science & Engineering Library)
Jon Jeffryes (Librarian for Biomedical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
Meghan Lafferty (Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Eng/Materials Science)
Jody Kempf (Librarian for Instruction and Outreach)
Nancy Sims (Copyright Librarian)

1.  Collections Update (Meghan Lafferty)
  • The University Libraries were asked to model budget cuts of 3% and 5%
  • The collections budget is a part of that planning, with a tentative target of about $750,000
  • We must also plan for inflationary increases as well, potentially another $750,000
  • Planning and data gathering has just begun; subject librarians will be communicating with departments about what might be cut
  • Please consider how you now use the collection; for example, are subject databases as core your library research as they once were?  Do you use alternatives such as Google Scholar or arXiv or Web of Science instead?
2.  New Libraries Web Site - (Janice Jaguszewski)
  • Libraries web site includes new features for those who log in:
    • Customized Library Course Pages for every course a student is taking or an instructor is teaching (can include specialized e-resources to support assignments ,and links to print and online Reserves)
    • Ability for users to save databases, journals and other e-resources for easy access
    • Direct link to the subject librarian's contact information through the "Ask a Librarian" tab
    • Recommendations based on books checked out or articles read
  • Questions raised
    • Can the recommendations be "turned off"? 
      • Currently, you may opt out of journal and database recommendations.  I forwarded the suggestion to be able to opt out of book recommendations to our web development staff, and they will work on it.
    • How do these features relate to MyLibrary on the Portal?  
      • MyLibrary combines many of the customized/personalized features on the web site into one page; however, the web site has many additional links and options.
    • Do you still need a separate ID and password to request items through Interlibrary Loan?
      • Yes, but web development staff are working on the authentication process for the ILL system so that your x.500 ID and password will eventually also work for ILL -- stay tuned
3.  Contract considerations when publishing a book (Nancy Sims)
  • Nancy Sims, Copyright Librarian, discussed the trend of print books now being published in an electronic format and the implications for authors.  See her handout for an outline of the issues (attached).
  • Prof. Paul Garrett described how he posted the contents of his textbook, Abstract Algebra, on the web (both on the University Digital Conservancy,, and on his own web site) and then negotiated to have a print copy sold by CRC Press.
4.  Negotiating a copyright transfer agreement when publishing a journal article (Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical Engineering)
  • Prof. Georgiou described his experience negotiating with Taylor & Francis to retain some of his rights to post his article on a web site
5.  NSF requirement to include a data management plan in all grant proposals (Meghan Lafferty)
  • Meghan distributed a handout (attached) describing the requirement and ways in which the Libraries can support you:

Managing Your Data

Bringing together tools and resources including data repositories in various disciplines, research computing tools available on campus,


Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers

Hour-long recorded workshop

6.  Other topics

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

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(Image from dracobotanicus via Flickr. CC.)

The Library will be running some reduced hours this week in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are the reduced hours--They start on Wednesday:

Wednesday, November 24: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, November 25: Closed
Friday, November 26: Closed

Normal hours resume on Saturday.

I'll also be on vacation starting if you email/call my office I won't respond until next Monday (November 29)

Enjoy the long weekend!

Walter and Mathematics Libraries Closed, Saturday October 23

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(Image from tonx via Flickr.  CC)

Walter Library and the Mathematics Library will be closed on Saturday, October 23rd for President Obama's visit to campus. Walter Library will re-open Sunday 10/24 at noon.  The Mathematics Library will re-open on Monday 10/25 at 8:00AM.

Open Access Week 2010

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Open access to research and scholarship has been facilitated by digital technology. Today there are many open access peer reviewed academic journals represented in the Directory of Open Access Journals ( and many more journals allow archiving of your work in web accessible places, see this site for details on a particular title (

In order to foster awareness of the open access movement on campus, the University Libraries are organizing a series of activities during the week of 18-22 October, designated as National Open Access Week. These activities will include webcasts, workshops, and awareness tables. Below you will find the time and place of those activities.

Register for events here

Monday, October 18

11am-1pm: Coffman Union, awareness table
noon: 310 Walter Library, webcast of address by Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute at the kickoff of National Open Access Week
1:30-3:30pm: Walter Library, awareness table

Tuesday, October 19

10:30am-12:30pm: St. Paul Student Center, awareness table
1-3pm: Magrath Library, awareness table
3:15-4:15pm- 81 Magrath Library, workshop "Making Your Own Work OA" (register)

Wednesday October 20

2-4pm: Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall) awareness table

Thursday, October 21

11am-1pm: Wilson Library awareness table
noon: S30B Wilson Library, replay of address by Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus at the kickoff of National Open Access Week

Friday, October 22

12:30-1:30pm: 310 Walter Library, workshop "Making Your Own Work OA" (register)

NSF announced more DMP details

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From Lisa Johnston's Physics and Astronomy Library News:

As appeared in the DigitalKoans Blog: The National Science Foundation has released its revised NSF Data Sharing Policy. As of January 18, 2011, NSF proposals must include a two-page (or less) "Data Management Plan" in accordance with the Grant Proposal Guide, chapter II.C.2.j (see below excerpt).

Here's an excerpt from the Award and Administration Guide, chapter VI.D.4:

b. Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. Privileged or confidential information should be released only in a form that protects the privacy of individuals and subjects involved. General adjustments and, where essential, exceptions to this sharing expectation may be specified by the funding NSF Program or Division/Office for a particular field or discipline to safeguard the rights of individuals and subjects, the validity of results, or the integrity of collections or to accommodate the legitimate interest of investigators. A grantee or investigator also may request a particular adjustment or exception from the cognizant NSF Program Officer.

c. Investigators and grantees are encouraged to share software and inventions created under the grant or otherwise make them or their products widely available and usable.

d. NSF normally allows grantees to retain principal legal rights to intellectual property developed under NSF grants to provide incentives for development and dissemination of inventions, software and publications that can enhance their usefulness, accessibility and upkeep. Such incentives do not, however, reduce the responsibility that investigators and organizations have as members of the scientific and engineering community, to make results, data and collections available to other researchers.

Here's an excerpt from the Grant Proposal Guide, chapter II.C.2.j:

Plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan". This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results (see AAG Chapter VI.D.4), and may include:

  1. the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
  2. the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
  3. policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
  4. policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
  5. plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

A May 2010 NSF press release ("Scientists Seeking NSF Funding Will Soon Be Required to Submit Data Management Plans") discussed the background for the policy:

"Science is becoming data-intensive and collaborative," noted Ed Seidel, acting assistant director for NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate. "Researchers from numerous disciplines need to work together to attack complex problems; openly sharing data will pave the way for researchers to communicate and collaborate more effectively."

"This is the first step in what will be a more comprehensive approach to data policy," added Cora Marrett, NSF acting deputy director. "It will address the need for data from publicly-funded research to be made public."

The New Library Website is Live!

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If you've visited the Libraries Website since yesterday you may have noticed something new:


Our new site has gone live. We've given the new site a tab format that makes it easier to locate exactly what you're looking for, such as books, articles or journals.

Also you can now log in and find all sorts of personalized features:

  • On the Books tab find a list of all the books that you've checked out as well as some suggested titles generated by

  • On the Articles and Databases tab find databases that you've saved to your MyLibrary account and recommended databases from librarians and your peers.

  • On the Journals tab find journals you've saved to MyLibrary in the past and other recommended titles.

  • On the Course Resources tab you'll find a list of the Library Course Pages that have been created for classes you are taking or teaching each semester.

  • On the Ask A Librarian tab you'll find your subject specialist librarian.

We'd like your if you have time to take a look and want to tell us what you think please take this short survey.

Sneak Preview: The New Library Website

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The University of Minnesota Libraries are in the process of a website redesign project and would like to share a sneak peek with you--you may have already seen an email about this project.

Review the beta site here:

To provide feedback, please complete our brief survey before Monday, August 2.

Please note our beta site is still under active development, so you may encounter broken links or other similar issues with the content. Thank you in advance for your help, which will inform our work to launch the site in mid-August.

If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch.

A Note to Users of SciFinder

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A note, from our Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty, about SciFinder Scholar:

Hi everyone,

This is a heads up that a new site.prf file will be distributed for
off-campus access to the client software for security reasons related to
recent unauthorized access to U of M user accounts. Within the next
couple of days, when you open SciFinder off campus, you will see a
message ( with
instructions on getting the new file. An automated system issues the new
file, and you should receive it immediately after emailing the address
in the message. (The address shown is for Windows; there is a different
one for Macs.)

Also, I wanted to remind everyone that access to SciFinder via the
client software will be phased out around the end of this year and only
web access will be available. I don't yet have a firm date from CAS, but
I will let you know when I do.

Questions? Feel free to let me know!

Searching Within "Cited By" Search in Google Scholar

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Google Scholar has long given the researcher the ability to find articles that cite a specific reference by clicking the Cited By link in the Google Scholar Citation Record:


Now Google Scholar allows you search within those citing articles:


If you're interested in learning more about this feature you can check out Google Scholar's blog.

If you want to learn more about how to use Google's Tools in your research, you may be interested in checking out the online version of our Google For Researchers Workshop.

Library Building News

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(Image from Mulad via Flickr.  CC)

Here's some news about the physical spaces in the Science and Engineering Library.

Shortened 4th of July Weekend Hours
The library will be having some unusual hours this coming weekend due to the 4th of July holiday.  Here's the schedule for the next few days (on Tuesday, July 5th we'll resume regular summer session hours).

Friday, July 2:  8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 3:  11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 4:  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 5:  CLOSED

Foundation Level Temporarily Closed
With the heavy rains of last Friday, Walter Library sustained a mini-flood on the foundation level.  All the books are safe but we've had to close the "F" level to the public while the water-damaged carpet and drywall get repaired.

You can still access the books--here's how:

To request books located on the foundation level, either use the Get It button in the MNCAT catalog or fill out a request form at a Walter circulation desk.

We hope to have the Foundation open again soon!

We've been warned that Walter Library may feel vibrations throughout next week (Tuesday, July 6 - Friday, July 9) due to jackhammer usage in nearby construction.

Have a great 4th of July Weekend!

Summer Hours

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(Image from Margarida_Sardo via Flickr. CC.)

Here are the summer hours from now until August 6

May and Summer Sessions (May 24-Aug. 6)
M-Th 8:00 am- 9:00 pm
F 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Sa 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
Su 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm


5/31 (M) CLOSED
7/5 (M) CLOSED

Note the library will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

Summer Hours Starting Saturday

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(Image from Chad_Johnson via Flickr. CC.)

Starting on Saturday, May 15 the Science and Engineering Library will move to May Term Hours.

Here's how they break down.

Saturday, May 15: 8:00 am- 6:00 pm (6:00 p.m. will mark the end of the 24/7 Study Hall in the Great Hall).

Sunday, May 16: 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Then from Monday, May 17 - Sunday, May 23 the hours will be:
M-F 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Sa, Su 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

The reference desk will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Good luck with the end of finals! Enjoy your break!

NSF to Require Data Management Plans

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News from Science Magazine Insider...

NSF to Ask Every Grant Applicant for Data Management Plan

 on May 5, 2010 2:09 PM 

"Scientists seeking funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will soon need to spell out how they plan to manage the data they hope to collect. It's part of a broader move by NSF and other federal agencies to emphasize the importance of community access to data."

 Read full article Very interesting! A data management plan with each grant would help researchers share their data more easily and also help combat loss of potentially irreplaceable digital data. What do you think about this?

Luckily, the libraries are here to help! We have put together this page to gather tools and other resources to help researchers manage and share their data: Managing Your Data - Library Guide

Also, this summer we will be offering our workshop "Data Management for Scientists and Engineers". Look here to register.

Full article on NSF data plan:

*From Lisa Johnston's Physics and Astronomy Library News

(Image from mtsofan via Flickr. CC.)

Starting on Sunday, May 9 the Great Hall of Walter Library will be open 24 hours for your studying convenience.

The 24 hour study hall will last until Saturday, May 15 @ 6:00 p.m.

You'll have to bring your own coffee--the coffee shop will only be open standard hours :)

Good luck with finals!

If you are studying late (or even if it's not late!) don't forget about the Campus Escorts Service. On campus you can call 4-WALK (4-9255).

Spring Break Hours and Library System Maintenance

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Spring Break Hours

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(Image from h.koppdelaney via Flickr. CC)
The Science and Engineering Library will have reduced hours over Spring Break starting on Saturday, March 13,

Here are the hours:

3/13 (Sa) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm (No reference desk service)
3/14 (Su) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
3/15 (M) 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
3/16 (Tu) 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
3/17 (W) 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
3/18 (Th) 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
3/19 (F) CLOSED
3/20 (Sa) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

The Library will resume regular hours on Sunday, March 21.

Library System Maintenance this Sunday (3/14)
From the libraries' website

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will be performing system maintainance in the WBOB data center this Sunday, March 14, beginning at 6am and possibly lasting until 12 noon. We expect that there will be brief intermittent outages of some OIT-hosted library systems as a result of this work. Outages are expected to last no more than a few minutes at a time. The stated completion time is 12 noon, but - barring complications - the expected completion time is much earlier.

Some major library systems will be affected:

* Libraries Web Site(s) -- the Twin Cities University Libraries main web site
* Find It / E-Journals A-Z / Citation Finder
* OneSearch / article search box
* UThink: U of M Blogs
* AgEcon Search
* University Digital Conservancy
* HarvestChoice
* EthicShare

Headlines: Springer Books, Mobile Library, Monday Hours

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Here's a round up of recent library news stories that might be of interest to you.

Springer E-Books Print-on-Demand Deal

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Currently the library's have a subscription with Springer e-books that gives us access to every book published by Springer from 2005-present in an electronic format. You can search for available titles in our online catalog or SpringerLink.

Springer is now offering a deal to our library users where if you find an electronic book that you find really useful and want to order a print copy...they'll print you a copy and bind it for $24.95 including shipping. A much reduced rate than purchasing a full price book!

Since the book is for your personal collection you have to pay...but it might be a money saver for you. When you're in SpringerLink just look for this link
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The Library on Your Mobile Device
Library programmer, John Barneson, has developed a more mobile friendly web site for your smart phone or iPod Touch.

You can check it out by visiting the mobile site at or typing into your mobile device.


Let us know what you think!

Library Hours on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 18)

The library will have reduced hours on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The library will be open from 12-6 and there will be no reference service.

Starting on Tuesday we'll resume regular semester hours.

To get a refresher on library hours visit our website

Enjoy your last few days of break!

Winter Break! (Library Hours)

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(Image from k.landerholm via Flickr. CC.)

Winter Break hours will start at the library tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23, when Walter Library will close at 6:00 p.m. The library will then be closed on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25.

The library will resume regular intercession hours on Saturday, December 26.

Those intersession hours are

M-F 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Sa, Su 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

There will be some exceptions:
12/23 (W) 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
12/24 (Th) CLOSED
12/25 (F) CLOSED
12/31 (Th) 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
1/1 (F) CLOSED
1/18 (M) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

I'll be away from the library from December 23 (in the afternoon) until January 4. So if you have any Biomedical Engineering-specific questions--I'll be around today and part of tomorrow to field them.

Have a great break!

Walter Library Great Hall Open 24x7 For Finals

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(Image from mag3737 via Flickr. CC.)

Walter Library will have some increased hours during Finals Week. We'll be keeping the Great Hall on Walter's second floor open 24 hours a day starting Thursday, December 17 at 8 a.m. until Wednesday, December 23 at 6 p.m.

Our reference and circulation hours will remain the same.

Good luck with your exams! (And don't forget about our Study Break at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall on December 16!)

IT Library Council Meeting

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The Institute of Technology Library Council held its biannual meeting last Thursday, December 3. Here's the agenda for the meeting some links will take you to slides presented at the meeting or online resources that we discussed.

If you would like to learn more about any of these topics, feel free to send me an email or give me a call...or just post a comment.


1. Collection Updates -- Kris Fowler

2. Patron-driven acquisition of materials - Kris Fowler and Jon Jeffryes

3. Technical reports and the University Digital Conservancy - Jan Fransen

4. Assignment Calculator - Janice Jaguszewski

5. Library Course Page - Lisa Johnston

6. Patent tutorials and other workshops available online - Jon Jeffryes

Library Closed on Thursday and Friday

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(Image from stevevoght via Flickr. CC.)

Walter Library will have shortened hours this week including being closed on Thursday and Friday of this week (November 26 and 27).

The library will open again on Saturday. Reference services will start up on Monday.

Here's the full schedule for the weekend:
11/25 (W) 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
11/26 (Th) CLOSED
11/27 (F) CLOSED
11/29 (Sa) 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11/30 (Su) 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Enjoy the long weekend!

Changes To Google Scholar

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If you've accessed Google Scholar in the past few days you may have noticed some changes.

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For those of you new to Google Scholar--it's a Google search engine that allows you to search for scholarly material. And they've now added the ability to include patents in the search results in Google Scholar.

Google also has a search engine that searches only patents and patent applications at Google Patents.

To learn more about the changes you might want to read this blog post.

If you're interested in learning more about some of Google's uses for research check out the new online version of the Walter Library Workshop: Google for Researchers. (Note: The workshop is still in beta--if you have any feedback feel free to send me an email or leave a comment below.)

And don't forget when using Google Scholar to link it to the University of Minnesota's rich online journal collection.

Summer Hours

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(Image from Natmandu via Flickr. CC)

Just wanted to keep you posted about the new summer hours for the Physical Science and Engineering Library.

This week (Today through May 24):
May 20-22: 8am - 6pm
May 23-24: Noon - 6pm

Exception: Memorial Day: Monday, May 25: CLOSED

May and Summer Sessions (May 26 - Aug. 7)
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: Noon - 6pm

Friday, July 3: CLOSED
Saturday, July 4: 11am - 4pm

Summer Break (Aug. 8 - Sept. 7)
Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday-Sunday: Noon - 6pm

Exception: Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 7: Noon - 6pm

Reference Desk
The reference desk will be open over the summer (from now until Sept.4)
Monday-Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

The reference desk will also be closed on Monday, May 25; Friday, July 3 and Monday, September 7.

That's a lot of info...any questions, let me know.

New Free Technologies

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This past Monday I went to the Teaching and Learning Conference. The Digital Media Center gave an interesting presentation highlighting emerging technologies that may impact teaching, learning, and research. I thought I'd highlight some technologies that were new to me.


Co-ment is a free, online text annotation tool. You upload your document and you can either send it to a limited amount of collaborators or open your text to the public for comments and evaluation. A new collaboration tool.


SplashUp is a free online photo editor. It was described as an easier version of Photoshop--and it's online and free! SplashUp is compatible with a lot of social media like Flickr, Picasa and Facebook

There are some size limitations...Files sizes must be less than around 6.25 MB and image size is limited to 1250 x 1250 p.


Visual Understanding Environment (or VUE) is an open source software developed by Tufts that allows you to create mind maps and then create a presentation from the mind map. VUE is a little different from the other tools because you have to download the software onto your computer and you can only watch VUE presentations if you have VUE downloaded onto your computer.

But they showed the final project and it looked mighty nice.


Ustream is an online tool that allows you to create broadcasts and your own broadcast channel. All you need is an Internet connection and a web camera. Ustream is compatible with a lot of social media like YouTube and Facebook.

The Digital Media Center also talked about Google Documents, Zotero and Flickr. The library offers workshops on Google Docs and Zotero...I'll post more info on this blog the next time these classes are held. Or you can check out our Workshops Website.

Enjoy the Spring Break!

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(Image from Rene Erhardt via Flickr. CC).

Enjoy the week off next week! The library will be open...but at reduced hours. Here are the Spring Break Hours:

Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15: Noon - 6:00 pm
Monday, March 16 - Thursday, March 19: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday, March 20: CLOSED
Saturday, March 21: Noon - 6:00 pm

We'll resume regular hours on Sunday March, 22. The Science and Engineering Library Hours can always be found on our website.

Starting Monday: The Reference Desk in Walter is Moving!

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As of Monday we'll be moving the reference desk out to the Great Hall on the Second Floor of Walter Library. The new reference desk location will be right next to the current Second Floor Circulation Station.

This a move from our old location of Room 206 in Walter.

Stop by and say hi or ask a question!

The new home of the reference desk:

New Ref Desk