September 2009 Archives

New geology Books July/August

Here are the new geology and geophysics books received at Walter. As always you may check our new books list for all the new books received in Science and Engineering subjects.

G1021.N852 2008
World atlas of atmospheric pollution [cartographic material]
London ; New York : Anthem Press, 2008.
1 atlas (xxii, 120 p.)
Link to MnCat Record

GB406 .Y687 2009
Young, R. W.
Sandstone landforms.
[New ed.] / Robert W. Young, Robert A.L. Wray, Ann R.M. Young.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
ix, 304 p. ; 26 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

GB621 .T48 2009
Thorson, Robert M., 1951-
Beyond Walden : the hidden history of America's kettle lakes and ponds
1st U.S. ed.
New York : Walker Pub., 2009.
308 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Many more....keep reading

Library Update to Geology Faculty

This week I attended the geology faculty meeting to present a few new and not-so-new library updates. There I also got the chance to introduce the libraries new Copyright Librarian who gave a wonderful presentation of the new services we offer. Here is her contact info:

Nancy Sims,

If you missed my update or want more info on what I highlighted, I've added some l links to the topics I mentioned at the meeting:

  • Library Budget
    The Geology budget remains level this year, however, things might change for FY10, so please get any requests to me ASAP. I can manage most one-time purchases, such as books, e-books, online reference material, or journal back-files. Journal subscriptions, that require an ongoing commitment, will be harder to instate at this time, but I'm happy to hear about them so that I can prioritize.
  • Retiree
    Gary Fouty, past Geology Librarian, retired in May 2009. We miss his expertise in everything already!
  • Pillsbury hours
    Librarian Office hours in Pillsbury continue throughout the regular school year. I'm available for library research questions from 1-3 on Tuesdays in the reading room. Otherwise I'm happy to meet with you or students by appointment when convenient.
  • Moved Reference
    The reference room in Walter underwent a change this year. We "moved" the reference desk, staffed by full-time librarians, from Walter room 206 to a more prominent location at the 2nd floor circulation desk in the Great Hall.
  • Blogs
    Uthink Blogs, managed by the library, has been upgraded. New features include the ability to easily build a forum (closed or open) and a custom website.
  • GMail
    Google Apps Suite will be offered to students from the freshman class this fall. If you are curious to know more about what these apps are all about, sign up for a library workshop to find out.
  • Maps
    Did you know the maps can be checked out just like a book? Now they are easier to find since the geology map collection in Walter is halfway complete with cataloging all maps into the online catalog. We now have the US state maps added. We are working on the foreign collection next. Try searching our mashup application which uses google maps to present the cataloged collection, including all maps in the TC libraries, called MapHappy, still in beta. I'm been the lead developer on this project and would love your feedback!
  • Student help
    Tutoring services have been moved to Walter smart learning commons in math, physics, and other subjects. Geology Tutoring is also available in other smart commons library locations.
  • Research data
    I've been involved with a campus initiative to look at cyberinfrastructure and how the future of digital data will affect the archiving, preservation, and sharing of important research. If you have a digital data collection that you are interested in preserving, we would love to have some preliminary examples of what issues you face, how you manage you data, and what grant funding agencies are requiring you to do to make sure your data stands the test of time. Email me to discuss this important topic.

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Workshops at the Library for September


The Sci-Eng librarians teach 50-min workshops in Walter Library through-out the year. Here are this months free learning opportunities. All you have to do is sign-up to attend.

These workshops take place in Room 310 Walter Library. Contact Jody Kempf ( if you have questions. View the full list at

Introduction to Citation Managers
Sept 14 1:30 - 2:30pm | October 6 11:15 - 12:15pm
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will
look at three common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and
Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which
citation manager best meets your needs. Register Here

RefWorks Basics
Sept 15 2:30 - 3:30pm
Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager
that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding
references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to
Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. Register Here

EndNote Basics
Sept 21 1:30 - 2:30pm
An introduction to using EndNote. Learn to import citations,
customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text
citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with
EndNoteWeb, a web-based version of EndNote available for free to
current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Register Here

Grant Funding for Graduate Students

Sept 22 3:30 - 4:15pm
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate
students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and
the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up
e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as
how to find internal U of M funding sources. Register Here

Zotero : Basics
Sept 23 1:30 - 2:30pm
Zotero is a *free* Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and
website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show
you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize
your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations. Register Here

Create Posters Using PowerPoint

Sept 28 1:30 - 2:15pm
Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn
pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant
slide, and send it to a large-scale printer. Register Here

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively
Sept 29 1:30 - 2:30pm
Whether working with your colleagues across the University or
around the world, it can be challenging to collaborate when you are
in separate locations. Learn about web-based resources, both at the
University and freely available on the web, that can help you to
effectively collaborate. We will include resources such as Google
Docs, and UThink. Register Here

Engineering : Find Better Information Faster
Sept 30 2:30 - 3:30pm
A quick tour of the resources available for finding the best
information for your engineering research. We'll demonstrate how
to find journal articles and conference papers using Engineering
Village and Web of Science, show how to access reference books
online using Knovel, and discuss best practices in patents and
standards searching. Register Here

Formatting Your Dissertation in *Word 2007*

October 5 1:30 - 3:30pm
Learn how to use Word features effectively and efficiently, including:
inserting images and page numbers, generating tables of contents
and figures; and more! Participants should have basic experience
using MS Word. This workshop covers the basic formatting you'll
need to comply with Graduate School guidelines. For advanced
formatting questions, please consult the Writing Center. Register Here

Solar Decathlon House Up and Ecofriendly

At last May's SCImagine1 event hosted by the Sci-Eng Library, the U of M's first ever Solar Decathlon team presented their engineering, and green-architectural design for what promises to be a winning house at the competition in Washington DC this fall.

But first, you can get free tour of the house on the St. Paul Campus from September 16-18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Visit the Solar Decathlon Web site for more info.)

The house if located at the north side of Buford Place (just east of Gortner Avenue), U of M St. Paul campus. Visitors should park in the University's Gortner Avenue Ramp. From the ramp, turn left onto Gortner Avenue, walk past Buford Avenue, and turn right onto Buford Place.