December 2009 Archives

What to do with digital data?

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How to Prepare Your College for an Uncertain Digital Future
digital.jpg"How can a university organize and preserve the deluge of digital data before it washes away--and preserve it for uses that have not been imagined yet?
The data could be anything from student-produced course work to raw research results to informal material like blogs and wikis."

Paolo U. Mangiafico does a job that is not easy to describe. Duke University calls him director of digital information strategy. But the work isn't just information technology, or scholarly communication, or library services. It's all of them...

http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Prepare-Your-College/49455/

image by ecstaticist

Try a January Workshop

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Library Workshops-January 2010
Take advantage of our great selection of workshops to help you learn new skills and tools for your library research, academic writing and teaching. To register go to http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration.

January 4-8
Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Time: Tuesday, 01/05/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 101 Walter Library

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. This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Wednesday, 01/06/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Zotero: Basics
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.
This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library


January 11-15
Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
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.
Time: Monday, 01/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

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. This class is also available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Monday, 01/11/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

How do I Know I Found Everything?
Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Explore ways to approach the search, and identify useful--and perhaps unusual--resources.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Zotero: Basics
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. This class is also available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

EndNote: Basics
An introduction to using EndNote. 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. Find a self-paced online version of this course at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint
Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
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.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

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 collaborative environment.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

RefWorks: Advanced
For RefWorks users who would like to learn more about linking to full text documents, editing styles, and other specialized tasks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their RefWorks questions to the session. A list of advanced features may be found at http://courses.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=2603
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Focus on your research instead of your formatting! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently. We'll cover inserting images and charts, getting your page numbers in the right place, generating tables of contents and figures; and more. Please note that this workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines. Participants should have basic experience using MS Word. Note this version of the workshop specifically uses Office 2007; an instruction manual is available for Word 2003. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations. Class materials can be found on the Moodle page, at: https://moodle.umn.edu/course/view.php?id=5102. This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Time: Thursday, 01/14/2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

EndNote: Basics
An introduction to using EndNote. 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. Find a self-paced online version of this course at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Time: Thursday, 01/14/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Time: Friday, 01/15/2010 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: S30B Wilson Library

Leveraging Archival Materials into the Curriculum
With a world of materials from art, images, books and reports to maps, blue prints, letters, and more; Archives and Special Collections (http://special.lib.umn.edu/) at the U will broaden a student's experience in any class. This workshop will help faculty and instructors to navigate the logistics of using archival material in your instruction. Get ideas for the possibilities of using primary materials to enrich the classroom experience. A tour will be offered at the end of the workshop.
Time: Fri, 01/15/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 120b Andersen Library

Assignment Idea: Sherlock Holmes

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holmes.jpg
Have you seen the movie? Did you know the University of Minnesota has over 60,000 items related to Sherlock Holmes? You could have students analyze the letters and other items--what do they say? What do they mean?

Learn more: http://special.lib.umn.edu/rare/holmes.phtml

Concern over Google Books

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Google_book.jpg"Three library associations have asked the Justice Department to oversee Google's plans to create a massive digital library to prevent an excessively high price for institutional subscriptions, the groups said on Thursday.

The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries said that there was unlikely to be an effective competitor to Google's massive project in the near term.

It asked the government to urge the court to use its oversight authority to prevent abusive pricing of the online book project."

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/12/17/technology/tech-us-google-books-libraries.html

A Big New Old Map for the U

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map_rici.jpg"One of the world's rarest maps -- a massive print from 1602 showing the world with China as its center -- will soon be on permanent display at the University of Minnesota.

The James Ford Bell Trust announced this week that it has acquired the "Impossible Black Tulip," the first map in Chinese to show the Americas, from a London books and maps dealer for $1 million. Only six copies of the map remain and several are in poor condition."

It is 12 feet by 5 feet. I think I see a writing assignment in here somewhere...

Read more: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/16/tulip-map/

bit of humor

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STANDARDS FOR GRADING THE LIFE OF AN ADJUNCT COMPOSITION PROFESSOR.
BY AMY L. CLARK

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2009/11/9clark.html

Are you excellent, average or failing?

FYW blog

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Write or Wrong: Does Technology Benefit the Writing Process?
First Year Writing students at the U of M reflect on successful academic writing in the age of new media
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/grif0167/write_or%20wrong/

Learn about Google@UMN

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Check out the recording of the recent 20 by 20: An OIT Pecha Kucha Event about Google@UMN


If you don't know "Pecha Kucha (pronounced "peh-CHAK-cha") presentations are narrated slideshows that are meant to be concise, informative, and entertaining. Pecha kucha
means "chit chat" or "the sound of conversation" in Japanese and was
developed by two architects from Tokyo who were fed up with bad
PowerPoint presentations. Presentations move quickly as each presenter
narrates 20 slides that are displayed for 20 seconds each." Crazy!

The whole thing is good (see the complete program) but here are the Library folks:

  • Shane Nackerud--Google Wave
    (starts at ~46:00)
  • Jon and Kate--Google for Researchers (~53:00)
  • Jason Roy--Google Book Search, Haiti Trust and Digitization (~60:00)
  • Nancy Sims--Google | Engineering | Copyright (~67:30)












What do you think?

Assignment idea: rating the story

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newstrust.jpg
Take a look:http://newstrust.net/
I think this would be an interesting model for a class assignment/blog. If you had a themed class you could have students build a class bibliography/blog and then have them "rate" the quality of each story. It would be interesting if you could somehow give it a cumulative score so multiple students could give input. I also like how these are categorized (e.g. world, opinion, etc.)--you could do the same by type (academic, popular, etc.) or author (scholar, journalist, etc.)
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copyright and plagiarism

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Read more at http://corecopyright.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/plagiarism/
"In this post, I address another common confusion -- the conflation of copyright (or copyright infringement) and plagiarism -- and rationalize why I think being the subject of plagiarism allegations is much more damaging."