January 2010 Archives

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The Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the National Library of Medicine Exhibit, 'Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health.'

This traveling exhibit highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world. The exhibition explores the shared basic needs required for a good quality of life, including nutritious food and clean water, a safe place to live, and affordable health care.

Using historical and contemporary photographs, the banners tell stories of collaboration between families, scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, all taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve medical care.

This exhibition raises awareness of the sources and effects of health inequalities and invites each of us to join the global campaign for health and human rights.

January 19 - February 19, 2010
Bio-Medical Library
2nd floor, Diehl Hall

Opening Reception
Study Abroad Information Fair
Thursday, January 21, 10am-12 pm
2nd floor, Diehl Hall

Unravel the Library workshops for First Year Writing

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Challenges - Realities of student research skills:

  • Many students have used Google/Wikipedia to find information/sources for the majority of their papers in high school and they have gotten A's.
  • Students have a wide range of experience with library research (budget cuts in the last 10 years have affected the number of media specialists and librarians in Minnesota's school libraries).
  • First year students can suffer from "library anxiety" including feelings of inadequacy, intimidation, and extreme reluctance with asking for help which all lead to procrastination.
  • The University Libraries, websites, and tools are complex.

Solutions - Unravel the Library Workshops

Include Unravel the Library workshops into your class to help your students learn to use the Library and to find academic sources. We offer two ways to do this:

1. Online Unravel the Library 2: Finding Scholarly Articles
Require students to take this online tutorial either in-class or on their own time (takes about 45 minutes). Students take a quiz and can print it to turn in to you for credit or extra credit.

2. Face-to-Face Unravel the Library 1, 2, or 3
These sessions are held at various times throughout the semester. Students can be required to attend specific workshops by a given date. Students get a certificate to turn in to you for credit or extra credit. Learn more about the content of each of these at about Unravel the Library.

Next Steps for You:

1. Include one of the Unravel the Library workshops into your syllabi and course.
2. Contact me with any questions (Kate Peterson, liaison to Writing Studies at katep@umn.edu or 612-626-3746).

Exhibit: The Machine That Changed the World

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One of the two largest computing societies in the world, the Association for Computing Machinery has been dedicated to the advancement of computing as a profession since its founding in 1947. This exhibit will explore the impact and importance of the ACM in an arena that has had a profound impact on modern life and society.

Monday, January 11, 2010 - Friday, March 5, 2010
Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, January 29, 2010 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium

Beginning Spring Semester 2010, walk-in government information-related research help will be provided at the main first floor reference desk in Wilson Library, rather than from the present service desk in the basement of Wilson Library. This will increase the number of hours government information help is available, and make it easier for faculty and students to get Library help, as more librarians and Libraries staff will be trained in government information research.

This is in keeping with other ways the Libraries is working to enhance access to government information. Recently the Libraries provided 85,000 government documents to Google for digitization. Access to these documents is being made available through the Google Book Search and eventually through the Hathi Trust (http://www.hathitrust.org/).

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Kirsten Clark, Government Information and Regional Depository Librarian (clark881@umn.edu / 612-626-7520). We are also happy to meet with individual faculty and staff, or to speak at departmental meetings about this change in service.

Digital De-cluttering and updating

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The task for this week? Find and clean up all those digital profiles that are lurking out there on the Internet. Chances are, you haven't ever really given it much thought, but you might have as many as twenty profiles collecting cobwebs in cyberspace. When someone finds you, do you want them to see outdated photos, website information, marital status, or job status? Heck no! Not only would that be unprofessional, but it might lead to some pretty awkward conversations.

Read more: http://teachingcollegemath.com/?p=1881

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