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