February 2009 Archives

Beta Assignment Calculator

New tools added to the UMN libraries Assignment calculator will appeal to students and instructors alike.
Try is https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/

The new features include:

  • New assignment templates (Video/Media, Speech/Presentation) - Lap/scientific reports are coming soon as is an advanced research paper assignment.
  • Instructor control possible over steps to reflect actual due dates.
  • Add/Remove/Rearrange individual assignment steps.
  • Ability to add personalized notes and links to assignment steps.

At this point it is only a BETA tool, so we're looking for feedback from you on how to improve it. Also, I'm happy to help set up your assignments in the new system so they can be shared with students in Moodle/WebVista. Contact me!

Watch the video to learn more

If not working, try here

Spring Workshops at Walter

Jumpstart Your Research
Science & Engineering Library Spring Workshops
Walter Library 310

Join us for hands-on workshops to learn about library and web-based tools that can give you a head start on your research. http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/workshops.phtml

February 25 Making an Impact with Wikipedia 11:00-12:00 pm
February 26 Keeping Up: Web-based Tools 2:30-3:30 pm
March 4 Google for Researchers 11:15-12:15 pm
March 5 Getting Published 11:15-12:15 pm
March 9 Zotero: An Introduction 1:25-2:25 pm
March 10 Google for Researchers 2:30-3:30 pm
March 11 Formatting your Dissertation in Word 9:00-10:00am
March 17 Grant Funding for Grads 2:00-3:15

Please register at http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration

IT Library Committee Update

The following message was sent out to the IT Library Committee Members on 1/30/2009.

Members of the IT Library Committee,

Much has been happening in the Libraries since we met last fall. Here is a quick summary:

1. Walter Library now has a presence on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Minneapolis-MN/Walter-Library/59595392200. It includes our current workshops and events, news items, and photos. We currently have 17 fans, but would love more!

We also have a Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/umsciref

2. In addition, our own Kris Fowler, who has spoken at previous meetings of the IT Library Committee about changing models in scholarly publishing and retaining authors' rights, has co-authored an online guide entitled, "Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library," which is being promoted widely by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries. It's available at: http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/fair/scprog/

3. Finally, I'm pleased to report that the University of Minnesota Libraries have received the prestigious "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" for 2009, given by the Association of College and Research Libraries . A description of the award is available at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/news/.

I encourage you to read our actual nomination, which summarizes all that the Libraries have contributed to the University and beyond in recent years: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/wupl/Staff.HomePage/2009%20ACRL%20Award%20Application.pdf.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information on anything I mentioned.



Janice Jaguszewski
Director of Academic Programs, Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Minnesota Libraries
108 Walter Library
117 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The UMN-Twin Cities Libraries have received the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries award. This award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA)/Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), recognizes the accomplishments of library staff “as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution.”

See the ALA press release about this award http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/january2009/acrlexcellence1.cfm. The actual award is to be presented by the President of ACRL (Erika Linke of Carnegie Mellon University) at a campus wide celebration ceremony to be planned for sometime in spring.

British Library warns of 'black hole' in history if websites and digital files are not preserved. "Historians of the future, citizens of the future, will find a black hole in the knowledge base of the 21st century." In addition to dead file formats and lost information from government websites, Lynne Brindley also points to the habits of individuals. "I call it personal digital disorder. Think of those thousands of digital photographs that lie hidden on our computers. Few store them, so those who come after us will not be able to look at them." Read on....

Hmmm. It's worth noting that there are several initiatives working toward preserving online information. The Internet Archive is first in my mind, a non-profit organization preserving the web, including their invaluable Way-Back Machine (good for a laugh at 90's web design).

But I think the immediate issue facing us is the loss of digital data. Data storage, even at the highest level of importance encompassing our scientific breakthroughs and historical archives, are already in danger due to their digitally-flimsy format. Here at the University, the libraries are working on the later issue by preserving textual-based records in our University Digital Conservancy.

Digital data, however, presents more of a problem. Security, format, lack of metadata standards, and size are just a few issues being addressed, slowing, with joint-discussion between the libraries, OVPR, OIT and various data centers, like MSI. If you have any comments on how to preserve scientific data sets for sharing, reuse, and discovery, whether for grant funding compliance or long-term preservation, please let me know! I'm a member of the libraries E-science and Data Stewardship Collaborative that is wrestling with some of these problems.

New Book for December

For a complete list of all the new books received at Walter Library go to http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/newbooks/

Geology Books

GB661.2 .O44 2008
Ojha, C. Shekhar P.
Engineering hydrology.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
xiii, 445 p. ; 24 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

QE11 .A48 2009
Alvarez, Walter, 1940-
The mountains of Saint Francis : discovering the geologic events that shaped our earth
1st ed.
New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
xiii, 304 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE26.3 .I58 2008
An introduction to our dynamic planet
Co-published ed.
Cambridge : The Open University ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
390 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE38 .I57 2008
Geo-environment and landscape evolution III : Third International Conference on Evolution, Monitoring, Simulation, Management and Remediation of the Geological Environment and Landscape
Southampton, UK ; Boston : WIT, c2008.
246 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE38.5 .R85 2008
Ruffell, Alastair.
Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
xii, 332 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE501.3 .H38 2008
Hauck, C.
Applied geophysics in periglacial environments
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
xv, 240 p., [8] p. of plates
Link to MnCat Record

QE538.5 .N65 2008
Nolet, Guust, 1945-
A breviary of seismic tomography : imaging the interior of the earth and sun
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008
xiv, 344 p. ; 26 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

Copyright Workshop-Feb 16, 2009

Who Owns Your Scholarship
A Workshop for Authors and Creators of Academic Works
Monday, February 16, 2009
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
Free to University of Minnesota community.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Reserve your seat now!

Got ArcGIS? The library does!

If it's difficult to get your hands on Arc GIS software, to make your own maps and create your own mapping applications, there are several options around campus- including the libraries.

The Borchert Map Library has ArcView software installed on the ten computers in our Automated Cartographic Information Center. The hours for the Map Library can be found here on their website. They also provide some assistance for creating and manipulating your data. Also, I've been told that ArcView software is on the computers in lab HHH 50 (open 8am to 6pm, M-F) in Blegen.

We have GIS data too. Take a look at the list of GIS information that the library subscribes to at http://map.lib.umn.edu/gisdata.html

Try the Updated Science.gov

Science.gov 5.0 includes a single-interface access science and technology information from 17 separate federal science organizations and searches:

Also, for those interesting in unlocking more government data and information, get your opinions submitted to Show Us the Data by March 9, 2009. The project will result in a report that will recommend documents and data that the federal government should make more freely available to the public in usable formats.