August 2010 Archives

Grad Student Orientation

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On Monday I met with the new graduate students and gave a short presentation highlighting the services and collections offered by the library.

If you interested to see (or review) what was covered you can access the PowerPoint Presentation here:


Here are all the links that I mentioned in the presentation:

Also if you want a refresher on connecting Google Scholar to U of M Library Resources you can find that information on the Orientation Handout.

Women in Sci/Eng: Photo Exhibit Sep 24th in Walter

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"Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers" arrives in Walter Library Sep. 24

Gagliardi photoA photography exhibit featuring women faculty in the College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology) opens Sep. 24 at Walter Library (2nd floor Great Hall), East Bank and will run through fall semester. The exhibit, formerly on display at the Minnesota History Center, is a collection of black and white portraits by Nancy G. Johnson, a communications specialist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Each portrait is accompanied by a statement written by the faculty member about her research. Johnson received an IDEA (Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement) grant from the University's Office of Equity and Diversity to produce the exhibit. A public exhibit opening reception is Sep 24, 3-3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a History of Science and Technology Colloquium Presentation by one of the featured faculty, Sally Kohlstedt, on her latest book, Teaching Children Science.

Where: Walter Library, 2nd floor Great Hall Map
Time: Opening reception Sept 24, 2010 3:00pm and exhibit runs through December 2010
Online: View the interactive web version

Reception presented by the Science & Engineering Library will include refreshments and be followed by a History of Science Colloquium presentation by one of the featured faculty, Sally Kohlstedt,

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Back to School Workshops @ Walter Library

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(Image from Kristal Kraft via Flickr. CC)

We'll be offering a variety of workshops this week to help you prepare for the upcoming academic semester. Listed below are the workshops...if one sounds interesting you can register on our Workshops Registration Webpage.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tuesday, August 24 (Tomorrow!)
2:00 - 3:00 (p.m.)
Walter 101

Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. This workshop will look at three common citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs. Note: Recorded Workshop Available.

RefWorks: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Learn to add citations to RefWorks and create in-text citations and bibliographies in your Word documents using different citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.). Note: Online Workshop Available.

EndNote: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a Web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Note: Online Workshop Available.

Zotero: Basics

Wednesday, August 25
3:00 - 4:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations. Note: Online Workshop Available.

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Thursday, August 26
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management. Note: Online Workshop Available.

Google: Advanced Searching for Researchers
Thursday, August 26
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Google is a research tool! Explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond the World Wide Web. Learn advanced search techniques and tools such as Google Scholar, Google Books, Alerts and more that will help you access, evaluate, and share information.

You can register for these classes and learn when and where they'll be taught again by going to our Workshops Registration Webpage.

New Books At The Library

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(Image from justmakeit via Flickr. CC)

It's been a while since I blogged about new books at the library...but even without the blog posts they've continued to come in.

Here's a recap of books that have come in the past months:

With the fall semester coming up please let me know if you'd like the library to purchase any titles to support courses being offered in CE.

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.

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