August 2, 2010

Google Training

A variety of training options are available to help you learn everyday tasks in Google Calendar and Gmail. Staff Education and Development (SED) is focusing on shorter, overview sessions now. Look for longer, 2.5 hour workshops, to be made available beginning in late August.

Google Calendar and Gmail One Hour Overview
- Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, room 81, Magrath Library
- Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 10:00 am to 11:00 am, room 310, Walter Library
- Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, The Pit, Diehl Hall
- Thursday, August 12, 2010, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, room S30C, Wilson Library
- Friday, August 13, 2010, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, room S30C, Wilson Library

Register at: . These classes are filling quickly - when a class is full, it no longer appears as an option. Going forward, SED will continue to offer this workshop on a regular basis.

Self-Directed Training Spotlight
There are many self-directed online training options via the University Technology Training Center (UTTC). Go to: to see what's available . The following thirty minute video seminars offer training on common everyday tasks in Gmail and Google Calendar:
- Communicating via Gmail and Chat: Seminar recording includes information on basic tasks, such as composing and formatting a message, adding attachments, how to save time using filters, labels and starring, and how to find an email you are looking for. Go to:
- Using Contacts and Groups: Recorded seminar that shows how to create and manage groups in Gmail, and demonstration of how to send an email to a group. Go to:

- Denise Gamble, on behalf of the Google Migration Planning Group (From the Monday Memo, August 2, 2010)

May 6, 2010

Assessment of Student Learning: Tips, Tools and Strategies

Please join us for a workshop sponsored by the Information Literacy Collaborative:

Title: Assessment of Student Learning: Tips, Tools and Strategies
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Time: 3:00-4:30
Location: Wilson S30B or watch online:

Dr. Jane O'Brien, Center for Teaching and Learning

This session will focuses on tips, tools, and strategies to assess how well students are learning in one-shot and other instructional sessions.
Throughout this interactive session, we will share ways to develop and use a myriad of formative and summative assessment strategies.

Please let us know if you have any questions and please feel free to share this announcement,

Kate Peterson, Lynne Beck, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Malaika Grant, Kristen Mastel, Jon Jeffryes, Scott Spicer, Caroline Lilyard
Learning in the Libraries Blog

October 20, 2009

Today is National Day on Writing

Take a moment today to do some reflective writing in celebration of National Day on Writing.

Follow what U students have to say about writing, on twitter and ipods at:

Take a look or submit work to the National Gallery on Writing.

At a loss for words, or need help crafting that thesis statement? Check out the Writing Center for appointments.

October 19, 2009

Celebrate Open Access Week

Open Access Week broadens awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public.

For information regarding Open Access at the U, visit:

April 8, 2009

AP Division Restructuring April 2009

Background Document
Draft Models

February 17, 2009

Wilson place-based help services group

The Wilson place-based help services group represents a collaborative effort between Access Services and Academic Programs to evaluate the distinct service points housed in Wilson library with the goal of formulating a possible scenario for reorganization which will enhance service and gain efficiencies. As information becomes available, the site will be updated.

February 6, 2009

Check out the new Assignment Calculator Beta

April 30, 2008

AP Open House May 2, 2008

A reminder that we'll have an AP Open House this Friday from 9:30-11 am in Andersen 120 to review and discuss the draft division goals. The first half hour will be informal, have some coffee and make comments on post-it notes. Then we'll have a discussion as a group of the whole. Here are some questions for the discussion:

* What do you think are the biggest challenges facing higher education today? UMN in particular?
* Do our goals help to address these challenges?
* What are the biggest challenges facing research libraries?
* Do we have enough stretch in our goals?
* Are they doable?
* Are we missing anything important?

August 20, 2007

Check out Primo!

A pre-production version of the Libraries new Primo interface is available for your review at:

Try it out!

August 3, 2007

Keep Informed about the LRC

The LRC Implementation Project is moving full steam ahead. To keep up with major decisions, visit the LRC Transition Wiki.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact anyone in the Implementation Group:

Peggy Johnson
Jerilyn Veldof
Charles Spetland
Bernadette Corley Troge
Stacie Traill
Christopher Rose
Virginia Gunville Bach
Karen Williams, Lead

August 1, 2007

Interviews for PSE Candidates

Interviews Continue for Science Librarian Position

Jennifer Papin-Ramcharan will interview on Monday, August 13. Her presentation will also be 10-11 a.m. in 310 Walter Library. Jennifer serves as Librarian II at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Division of the Main Library at the University of the West Indies. Her MLS is from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). She also holds a B.Sc. in Math and Physics from the University of the West Indies, a National Diploma in Computer Science from San-Fernando Technical Institute, and an M.Phil in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Hong Kong. The PSE staff session will be 2:30-3:00 p.m., 314 Walter Library.

Zoe Chao will interview on Wednesday, August 22. Her presentation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. in 310 Walter Library. Since 2006 she has served as Portal Librarian, Illinois Harvest, at the Grainger Engineering Library, University of Illinois. She earned her MSLIS at Illinois, and also holds a BS in biology from Tunghai University, Taiwan, and an MS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. The PSE staff session will be 1:45-2:15 in 338 Walter Library.

Candidate resumes are available at

Please send feedback to Marilyn McClaskey as search committee chair at no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24.

July 26, 2007

E-Learning Project Update

The new University Writing Program's First-Year Composition Program has explicitly stated outcomes related to information literacy. Because of more stringent requirements, the program also anticipates a 20% increase in student enrollment over the current composition programs at the University. Given these changes the demand for Unravel workshops will outstrip our ability to provide effective support. The result of this is the Libraries' E-Learning Project. If you are interested in learning more, please see the brief report about this project.

The E-Learning Project group is now in the process of designing quality interactive learning tutorials. The first modules to be designed are:

* Library Organization and Services Overview
* Popular vs. Scholarly
* Effective Keyword Searching
* Using Source Material (aka Avoiding Plagiarism)

If you have any questions or are interesting in helping, please contact Lynne Beck (l-beck) or Jerilyn Veldof (jveldof)

July 18, 2007

International Student Outreach

I have added a page to staff Wiki about International student outreach. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

You can find the link under CES/Diversity.

Jody Gray

July 7, 2007

Environmental Scan for Scholarly Communication

The Scholarly Communication Collaborative asks all liaisons to complete an environmental scan of each of their departments. This information will help liaisons in their work with faculty on author’s' rights issues and will also help identify faculty champions who can join with us in advocating for change in the scholarly communication system. Liaisons are asked to complete their scans by August 15.

Reappointment Review Process Begins

We will soon begin the academic review process for reappointment, promotion and continuous appointment actions. Librarians who intend to seek continuous appointment before their mandatory decision year must notify their supervisor and Linda DeBeau-Melting in writing on or before August 6, 2007. Librarians on annual appointments or Associate Librarians who intend to seek promotion must also notify their supervisor and Linda in writing on or before August 6.