January 2009 Archives

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

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(Image provided by lumaxart via Flickr. CC ).

Are you working on a project and tired of keeping track of multiple versions of a document? Are you looking for an easy way to share Internet links with your colleagues around the world?

If these types of troubles are besetting your group work you may be interested in attending the following workshop:

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively
When: Wednesday, February 4 @ 11:15-12:15
Where: Walter Library, Room 310
Register: Yes! Here

Science and Engineering Librarians will share some of their favorite collaboration tools--both University-sponsored tools and tools that are available for free on the Internet. The workshop will cover Google Docs, del.icio.us, Uthink and much more!

If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email

The New Assignment Calculator

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The libraries have been developing an upgrade to the existing assignment calculator. A Beta version is now being released for faculty, students and staff to use. The Assignment Calculator Beta can be found at https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/.

Some new features include:
• New Assignment Templates (Lab reports template is in development!)
• Add/Remove/Rearrange individual assignment steps.
• Instructors can customize an assignment and share with class.
• Ability to add personalized notes and links to assignment steps.

If you'd like a quick overview of how to use the tool with classes that you're teaching a short online movie is available to view.

If you'd like help customizing a template or have any questions, just let me know.

Walter's Wikipedia Workshop

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Making an Impact with Wikipedia
Presented by Jan Fransen, Librarian

In this new workshop you'll learn how:

• To get the most out of Wikipedia
• Wikipedia articles come together
• To use Wikipedia as a launch pad for further research
• To write and edit quality Wikipedia articles

The workshop is on Thursday, January 29 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Walter Library, Room 310

Visit our Registration Site to save yourself a spot!

New Books at Walter

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Here's a selection of books that have recently arrived at Walter Library. Visit our catalog to check current availability.

ME-1-21-Encyclopedia.jpg ME-1-21-Energy.jpg

ME-1-21-Moral-Machines.jpg ME-1-21-Robotics.jpg

1.) Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
By Dongqing Li
TJ853 .E53 2008

2.) Energy: Its Use and the Environment
By Roger A. Hinrichs and Merlin H. Kleinbach
TJ163.9 .H55 2006

3.) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong
By Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen
TJ211 .W36 2009

4.) Robotics: State of the Art and Future Challenges
By George A. Bekey
TJ211 .B45 2008

Welcome Back!

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(Image from mcclouds via Flickr. CC).

Welcome Back to the Spring 2009 Semester!

Walter Library will have reduced hours on Monday, January 19 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The library will be open from Noon-6 pm, but the reference desk will be closed.

Starting on Tuesday we'll be back to our standard hours.

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

Quick Survey for Faculty, Grad Students, and Researchers

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(Image from Manchester Library via Flickr. CC).

The University Libraries are looking at how researchers keep up to date with developments in their fields and how they manage the information they find. We would like your input to inform us as we develop and promote tools and services aimed at addressing these issues. We invite you to complete our survey.
It should only take about 5 minutes of your time.

Please contact Jon Jeffryes (jeffryes@umn.edu) or Meghan Lafferty (mlaffert@umn.edu) with any questions.
Thank you!

Walter Winter Workshop Series

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These workshops are located in Walter Library Rm 310. Many more workshops are available through the University Libraries. Find out more by clicking links below!

Monday, January 12, 2:00-3:00: Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Tuesday, January 13, 2:00-3:00: Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 3:00-4:00: Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Wednesday, January 14, 3:00-4:00: RefWorks Basics
Thursday, January 15, 3:30-4:30: Collaborative Web Tools

Morning workshops are also available at Magrath Library.

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science

Unlock doors to countless research articles in the sciences and beyond in one of the most powerful cross-disciplinary citation indexes available: the Web of Science. This introductory workshop is ideal for undergraduates or graduates beginning their research process who are looking for a better way of searching, one that goes beyond simply skimming the surface! Plus, with the unveiling of a new interface, even experienced Web of Science users will learn new tricks that will make their literature research a seamless and continuous process.

We will cover search strategies, article retrieval, journal ranking, and exporting citations to Endnote. Subject examples will focus on the sciences, but arts, humanities and social sciences are also covered by this index.

Google for Researchers

With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's 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 just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborate environment.

Getting Published

This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.

RefWorks Basics

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See http://www.lib.umn.edu/refworks/ for more details about RefWorks.

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

Whether working with your colleagues across the University or around the world, it can be challenging to collaborate when you are in separate locations. Learn about web-based resources, both at the University and freely available on the web, that can help you to effectively collaborate. We will include resources such as Google Docs, del.icio.us and UThink.