April 2010 Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries send Google first shipment

Contacts: Marlo Welshons, University Libraries, welsh066@umn.edu, (612) 625-9148
Patty Mattern, University News Service, mattern@umn.edu, (612) 624-2801

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/20/2010) -- The University of Minnesota Libraries are sending the first shipment of books to Google this month, to be digitized as part of the Google Books project (books.google.com). When complete, the multi-year project will have digitized more than 1 million volumes (books and bound journals) from the Libraries' general collections.

Among the volumes included will be selections from Minnesota's distinctive collections related to forestry, bee-keeping and Scandinavian literature and area studies. Other titles identified as candidates for digitization are the 1916 document "A preliminary survey of the more important archives of the territory and state of Minnesota," a 1918 book "Minnesota election laws in theory and practice," and an undated volume titled "Economic development of Minnesota: 1849-1873, from the messages of the governors."

The scanning project is part of a 2007 agreement between Google and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC, the academic arm of the Big Ten Conference) to digitize upwards of 10 million unique volumes from the collections of CIC libraries that signed the agreement.

When the works scanned are determined to be in the public domain, Google will provide the libraries with copies of the digital files created through the project, which will be archived in the HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a non-profit shared digital repository launched by the CIC with an ever-expanding number of supporting institutions.

According to Peggy Johnson, associate university librarian, "This initiative is an example of the kinds of cooperation -- both among peers and with outside parties--that will further access to the collective resources held in our libraries. The Google project, coupled with programs to coordinate preservation of print collections, offers promise for effective and sustained access to library collections in the future."

Learn more on the Google Digitization Project Website.

Press Links:

Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/21/google-digital-books-uofm/

The Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/91797274.html

KARE  -TV: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=848595

KSTP - TV: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S1524704.shtml

WCCO - TV: http://wcco.com/local/books.google.archive.2.1649265.html

A story is also slated to appear this week on Minnov8 at: http://minnov8.com/

All media hits are being gathered on delicious at: http://delicious.com/marlowelshons/buzz+google

winner's pic

Winner: The Gung-ho Guns

Congratulations to team "The Gung-ho Guns", 2010 Science Quiz Bowl Champions!

The 7th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl kicked off IT Week on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 with 32 teams teams playing a double-elimination tournament in Walter Library. The Gung-ho Guns bested TBΠ in the final game to become the Science Quiz Bowl Champions! Congratulations to both teams. Check the tournament grid (final) to see how your favorite team did.

Runner-Up: TBΠ runner's up pic

New Books: Feb/Mar 2010

Here's a selection of the new Geology books in Walter Library. You can view the entire list on our New Books Website.

Aerospace Eng | Astronomy | Automotive Eng | ChemEng | Chemistry | CivilEng                                                                                           


GB651 .I63 328 
Ecohydrology of surface and groundwater dependent systems : concepts, methods and recent developments : proceedings of Symposium JS.1 at the Joint Convention of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) held in Hyderabad, India, 6-12 September 2009 / edited by Martin Thoms ... [et al.]. 
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK : IAHS Press, c2009.
234 p.
Link to MnCat Record

GB651 .I63 330 
Improving integrated surface and groundwater resources management in a vulnerable and changing world : proceedings of Symposium JS.3 at the Joint Convention of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) held in Hyderabad, India, 6-12 September 2009 / edited by Günter Blöschl ... [et al.]
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK : IAHS Press, c2009.
x, 377 p.
Link to MnCat Record

GB651 .I63 331 
Hydroinformatics in hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources : proceedings of Symposium JS.4 at the Joint Convention of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) held in Hyderabad, India, 6-12 September 2009 / edited by Ian D. Cluckie ... [et al.]
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK : IAHS Press, c2009.
viii, 525 p.
Link to MnCat Record

GB2514.M97 M97 2010
The Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap, Iceland : glacial processes, sediments and landforms on an active volcano.
1st ed.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2010.
211 p. ; 31 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

GC29 .M55 2009
Mills, Eric L., 1936-
The fluid envelope of our planet : how the study of ocean currents became a science.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
xii, 434 p. ; 24 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

GC228.5 .H83 2010
Huang, Rui Xin.
Ocean circulation : wind-driven and thermohaline processes 
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
xiii, 791 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Reference, Non-Circulating GE55 .M63 2009
Modern American environmentalists : a biographical encyclopedia 
Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2009.
xv, 557 p. ; 24 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

E Book
McGraw-Hill dictionary of geology and mineralogy [electronic resource].
2nd ed.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2003.
x, 420 p.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.knovel.com/knovel2/Toc.jsp?BookID=2202
Link to MnCat Record

QE22.M8 C65 2010
Collie, Michael.
Science on four wheels : the travels of Roderick Murchison (1840-45) 
Bethesda : Academica Press, c2010.
xi, 199 p. ; 24 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

QE48.85 .G43 v.39 
Geoscience Information Society. Meeting (43rd : 2008 : Houston, Texas)
Libraries in transformation : exploring topics of changing practices and new technologies 
Alexandria, VA : Geoscience Information Society, 2008.
v, 123 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE99 .B8x no.69 
Regional and statewide trends in Florida's spring and well groundwater quality (1991-2003) 
Tallahassee, Fla. : Florida Geological Survey, 2009.
xxii, 203 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE471.5.C3 C37 2010
Carbonates in continental settings : geochemistry, diagenesis and applications.
1st ed.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2010.
xii, 319 p. ; 24 cm. + 1 CD-ROM.
Link to MnCat Record

QE516.4 .N34 2010
Nagy, Noemi M.
Interfacial chemistry of rocks and soils 
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2010.
xiv, 229 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE604 .S44 2010
Segall, Paul, 1954-
Earthquake and volcano deformation 
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.
xxiii, 432 p.
Link to MnCat Record

E Book
Nemcok, Michal.
Thrustbelts [electronic resource] : structural architecture, thermal regimes and petroleum systems 
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
xii, 541 p.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.knovel.com/knovel2/Toc.jsp?BookID=2316
Link to MnCat Record

QE701 .S644x no.92 
External controls on deep-water depositional systems 
Tulsa, Okla. : SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), c2009.
402 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE701 .S644x no.93 
Geologic problem solving with microfossils : a volume in honor of Garry D. Jones 
Tulsa , Oklahoma : Society for Sedimentary Geology. 2009.
347 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Next week: SCImagine! 2010, May 7

  2010 Kerlan Award Recipient Nancy Carlson 

Friday, May 7, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m. Student Poster Session 
4:00 p.m. Brief remarks by Dr. Julian Marshall
101 Walter Library
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Free and open to the public

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How do you combine skills in problem solving and business development with a desire to make the world a better place?

Villagers in the Himalayan foothills prepare their food over smoky indoor wood fires, resulting in poor air quality that is one of the top 20 global causes of death. Student teams from the Institute of Technology, Carlson School of Management, and the School of Public Health have partnered with students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee to create a business plan that addresses this issue.

Teams from 14 universities in the U.S. and India are competing in the Acara Challenge 2010 for the opportunity to turn their plan into a sustainable business. Join us to find out how they met the challenge and what they learned about collaborating across continents.

See a video and all the details on the Sci/Eng Library webstie: http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/scimagine/index.phtml

SCImagine emphasizes the Science & Engineering Library's role as an intellectual gathering place on campus. Each spring, the Library showcases University teaching, learning and research in the physical sciences and engineering, offering fascinating presentations and lively discussions.

The Office of International Programs is hosting a free seminar "Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus" on Tuesday May 25, 2010, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, CSOM Honeywell Auditorium (L-110) (UMTC campus), by Professor Gavin Sanderson, Deputy Director of Academic Learning Services, at the University of South Australia. Dr. Sanderson will speak about the models of internationalizing the curriculum in Australia universities, which are considered to be some of the most innovative models worldwide.

This seminar is free and open to all University of Minnesota faculty and staff. To register, go to: http://umabroad.umn.edu/fmphp/ciregistration/index.php

The seminar will be recorded and posted this summer on-line. For more information about the seminar, please contact  Mandi Miller, mill3214@umn.edu

umlibs_logo.jpgWith a renewed focus on the first-year experience, a strong emphasis on capstone and design projects in the senior year, and renowned graduate programs, the Institute of Technology is committed to producing well-rounded students with a skill set that includes critical thinking, managing and synthesizing scientific information and data to create and effectively communicate new knowledge.

To help you and your colleagues more fully integrate these skills into your courses and curriculum, the University Libraries invite you to an intensive one and one-half day seminar.

A $250 honorarium is offered to those who participate.

Through presentations, small group discussion with colleagues, and individual consultations with science and engineering librarians, you will...
  • Reflect on teaching practices and assignments to improve your students' ability to  navigate the literature of your field, critically evaluate information, turn data into meaning, and effectively convey new knowledge
  • Explore issues around scientific scholarship, including publishing, copyright and open access to help prepare students to negotiate the publishing world themselves
  • Consider strategies for managing your data and be able to advise UROP students and members of your research group on this topic
  • Learn how to keep up with the literature and increase your productivity with information gathering and organizational tools

When: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Thursday, May 20, 2010, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will also be a short follow-up meeting in late fall.

Where: 101 Walter Library

Space is limited. Please fill out the registration form below by Monday, May 3. You will receive a confirmation email in early May.

Questions? Please contact Kate Peterson (katep@umn.edu, 612-626-3746)