November 2009 Archives

HathiTrust: Shared Digital Repository

Have you begun to follow the developments around what is emerging as the world's largest digital library? Did you know that the University of Minnesota is a charter partner in this enterprise? Now you can search the entire digital library collection using their just released "Full Text Search" at

The HathiTrust is a massively scaled digital repository providing both access and preservation services for a growing number of research institutions, including all of the CIC, the University of California system, the University of Virginia, and more to be announced. Launched a little more than one year ago, the HathiTrust already contains an impressive 4,619,395 volumes or 1,616,788,250 pages (all full-text searchable) or 172 terabytes or 55 miles of shelved materials. Of these volumes 710,961 are in the public domain and are fully displayable.

The University of Minnesota Libraries are in the process of adding tens of thousands of scanned government documents into HathiTrust and anticipate adding hundreds of thousands of items over the next few years. The current catalog for searching the holdings of HathiTrust is available at: . A collaborative project is underway to build a longer-term discovery interface for HathiTrust with OCLC using WorldCat Local technology.

An impressive list of other initiatives around HathiTrust, including data mining, ingest of image and audio files, understanding the relationship between digital and print repositories for the purposes of preservation, and many more are underway. Monthly progress reports are published via RSS feeds at: . Check it out; HathiTrust is certain to be part of our "shared digital future."

Libraries Host 1st Emerging Tech Expo

The 1st Emerging Tech Expo was a huge success. We have over 100 library staff attend this event today in Anderson Library. As a member of the planning committee I was fortunate to be a part of the amazing planning that went toward creating a fun and energizing expo.

Here's the community blog version of the Expo. We list all of the emerging technologies that were on display for our staff along with links to some of the handouts. Please enjoy!

Presentations (120A Andersen Library)

11:15 am-11:45 am Libraries in Second Life
Denise Gamble (Staff Education & Development)
11:45 am-12:15 pm Power of the Google Apps Collaborative Suite
Susan McKinnell (University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology)
12:15 pm-12:45 pm UThink: Blogs in Action
Shane Nackerud (Information Technology - Digital Library Development lab)
12:45 pm-1:15 pm The Drupal CMS at the U of M Libraries
Cody Hanson (Academic Programs/Coordinated Educational Services) 

Exhibits and Demonstrations (120 B/C Andersen Library)
Table 1

Registration and Sign-in Table
and pick up your event materials here!

Table 2 Augmented Reality
Lisa Johnston (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)
Table 3

Firefoxier: Improving Firefox With Add-ons
Andrew Palahniuk (Academic Programs - Coordinated Educational Services)

Table 4 Citation Managers:


Julia Kelly (Academic Programs - Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences)
Jody Kempf (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)

Kate Brooks (Academic Programs - Arts & Humanities)
Jon Jeffryes (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)
Table 5

Social Bookmarking and YouTube
Kristen Mastel (Academic Programs - Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences)

Table 6 Video Production, Editing, and Storage: Sanyo Xacti, iMovie, YouTube
Scott Spicer (Academic Programs - Coordinated Education Services)
Tony Ihrig (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)
Table 7

iPhone / iPod Touch:  Mobility in Education
Mike McGraw, Gary Gruba (Apple)

Table 8

Instructional Technology:

Web Conferencing with UMConnect
Kirsten Clark (Government Publications Library)

Class Capture using Webcams, Microphones, and Camtasia Relay
Kate Petersen (Academic Programs - Coordinated Education Services)

Table 9

Screen Capture with SnagIt and Jing
Jan Roseen (Staff Development & Education)

Table 10

Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn. ALA Connect
Liya Ai (Information Technology - Library Enterprise Operations)
Amy West (Academic Programs - Data Services)

Table 11

Online Multimedia Authoring with Pachyderm
Claudia Sueyras (Academic Programs - Archives and Special Collections and Information Technology - Digital Collections Unit)
Jason Roy (Information Technology - Digital Collections Unit)

Table 12 Google Tools: GMail, Documents, Chat, Sites, Survey, Wave
Janet Fransen (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)
Jon Jeffryes (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)
Jody Kempf (Academic Programs - Science & Engineering)
Table 13 Gadget Sandbox: Kindle, iPodTouch, Sony Reader, Dell Netbook, Android TTS, Pico Projector, Flip HD
Mike Sutliff (Information Technology - West Zone Computer Support)
Peter Weinhold (Information Technology - East Zone Computer Support)
Table 14 Technology Connections (tentative)

SciFinder Scholar Now Available Online

If you're a SciFinder user than you know that in the past you've had to download client software onto your desktop to search SciFinder's database and use VPN if you wanted to access it off-campus.

Now SciFinder has recently made an online version available to UMN Library users.

To use SciFinder online you'll have to set up a SciFinder's the steps that our Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty sent out:

  • Log in to
  • Click on (or paste it into the address bar in your browser).
  • If you come to an Access Denied page, click on the "Please login..." link.
  • Use your e-mail address when filling out the registration form, .
  • Because only current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff are permitted to use SciFinder Scholar, please do not share registration/log-in information.

For those of you who currently use the client software, it will continue to work...but they are planning on phasing it out in late 2010.

We only have a limited number of SciFinder seats so please make sure to log out when you are finished using it.

The Peer Research Consultant (PRC) program is now available to give students peer help on their research questions. PRCs can help students narrow a topic, find articles and books, select academic sources, and more. Students looking for additional help or feeling overwhelmed by their research papers will be good candidates for the program. The PRCs will also refer students to subject librarians if needed.

For the fall 2009 pilot phase, the program will concentrate on supporting First Year Writing and SEAM (Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism).

Fall 2009 Walk-in Hours
Monday: 10:30 to 1:30 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)
Tuesday: 1:30 to 4:30 (Wilson Library-SMART Commons)
Wednesday: 1:30 to 3:00 (Walter Library-SMART Commons) and 1:30 to 2:30 (MCAE in Appleby Hall)
Thursday: 12:00 to 2:00 (MCAE in Appleby Hall)
Friday: 1:30 to 4:00 (Wilson Library-SMART Commons) and 1:30 to 4:30 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)

For more information, visit or contact Jody Gray at

The Peer Research Consultant program was developed in partnership with the University Libraries, MCAE: Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and the SMART Learning Commons.

New Geology Books September

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.

QE26.2 .S64x 455
VanArsdale, R. B.
Adventures through deep time : the Central Mississippi River Valley and its earthquakes
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2009.
vii, 107 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE26.2 .S64x 456
Crustal cross sections from the western North American cordillera and elsewhere : implications for tectonic and petrologic processes
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2009.
vi, 314 p.
Link to MnCat Record