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)

April 8, 2009

AP Division Restructuring April 2009

Background Document
Draft Models

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.

July 4, 2007

"Get It" Button Soon to Be Implemented!

Users should see a new "Get It" button on MNCAT this fall. For details, see the Interlibrary Lending Group's final report and recommendations.

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 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.