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June 11, 2007

Anne Kenney Presentation

Special Presentation This Friday by Anne Kenney of Cornell University*

Please join your Libraries and MINITEX colleagues on Friday, June 15, for a special presentation by Anne Kenney, Interim University Librarian at Cornell University. Anne will be speaking on “Research Libraries in the Age of Google� at 10 a.m. in 120 Andersen Library.

Anne is the co-author of three award-winning monographs and over 50 articles and reports. Active in the archival and preservation communities, Anne is a Fellow and past president of the Society of American Archivists. She currently serves on the Social Science Research Institute's Committee on Libraries and Archives of Cuba and is a member of Advisory Committee of Portico, a non-profit digital preservation service supported by Mellon and JSTOR. For the past 15 years she has led research and training initiatives in digital imaging and digital preservation. Previously Anne served as a Commissioner of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (National Archives), the National Science Foundation/European Union Working Group on a Digital Preservation Research Agenda, and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team. Her current research interests include public services and assessment in research libraries.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an outstanding leader in the research library community.
-- Wendy Pradt Lougee

June 10, 2007

Welcome Stephanie Horowitz -- Summer Intern

Stephanie Horowitz began an eight-week internship with the University of Minnesota Libraries on Friday, June 8. She is a library school student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the recipient of an ARL Academy Fellow grant, which will fund her internship and provide course credit for her work.

Stephanie will work with Karen Williams and Janice Jaguszewski on a project that builds on the work AP did last year with the position description framework and will help us establish a body of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary for librarians and staff at the University of Minnesota Libraries. These KSAs will describe present practice and anticipate future needs. We will, of course, need the input of all AP staff during this process. This project is similar in concept to the IT skills assessment everyone completed a year or so ago, but we do not intend to be quite so granular in identifying this set of KSAs. Operating at a little higher level, we'll be able to identify those areas where we are rich already, and those where we need to provide staff development opportunities or recruit and hire new skills. We are working with Denise Gamble on this project.

Stephanie's email address is sahoro@email.unc.edu and she will be sharing an office with Leslie Delserone on the third floor of Walter Library (room 335). For those departments that don't live in Walter, we'll arrange for Stephanie to pay a quick visit to department meetings.