August 2010 Archives

How To: Faculty Open Access policy

According to DigitalKoans, Science Commons has released Opening the Door: How Faculty Authors Can Implement an Open Access Policy at Their Institutions.

Here's an excerpt:

This White Paper is intended as a companion to the "Open Doors and Open Minds" SPARC/Science Commons White Paper of April 2008. The purpose of this companion paper is to provide the legal and statutory bases for implementation of an open access policy, as well as to explain best practices for implementation of that policy. It is intended to be used by faculty and administrators interested in implementing an open access policy at their own educational institutions. Read the entire PDF.

See also: Open Doors and Open Minds: What Faculty Authors Can Do to Ensure Open Access to Their Work through Their Institution.

New Grad Orientation

Today we had a great orientation session at the Library with the new geology grad students. I want to thank them for their participation. If you have more questions please let me know.

Here are the slides from our "Choose your Adventure" Library Orientation!

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"Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers" arrives in Walter Library Sep. 24

Gagliardi photoA photography exhibit featuring women faculty in the College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology) opens Sep. 24 at Walter Library (2nd floor Great Hall), East Bank and will run through fall semester. The exhibit, formerly on display at the Minnesota History Center, is a collection of black and white portraits by Nancy G. Johnson, a communications specialist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Each portrait is accompanied by a statement written by the faculty member about her research. Johnson received an IDEA (Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement) grant from the University's Office of Equity and Diversity to produce the exhibit. A public exhibit opening reception is Sep 24, 3-3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a History of Science and Technology Colloquium Presentation by one of the featured faculty, Sally Kohlstedt, on her latest book, Teaching Children Science.

Where: Walter Library, 2nd floor Great Hall Map
Time: Opening reception Sept 24, 2010 3:00pm and exhibit runs through December 2010
Online: View the interactive web version http://it.umn.edu/students/women/inventive/index.html

Reception presented by the Science & Engineering Library will include refreshments and be followed by a History of Science Colloquium presentation by one of the featured faculty, Sally Kohlstedt, http://www.hst.umn.edu/events/colloquia.html.

Please register on our Workshops Registration Web page.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tuesday, August 24
2:00 - 3:00 (p.m.)
Walter 101

Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. 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. Note: Recorded Workshop Available.


RefWorks: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Learn to add citations to RefWorks and create in-text citations and bibliographies in your Word documents using different citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.). Note: Online Workshop Available.


EndNote: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

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. Note: Online Workshop Available.


Zotero: Basics

Wednesday, August 25
3:00 - 4:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

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. Note: Online Workshop Available.


Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Thursday, August 26
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management. Note: Online Workshop Available.


Google: Advanced Searching for Researchers
Thursday, August 26
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Google is a research tool! Explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond the World Wide Web. Learn advanced search techniques and tools such as Google Scholar, Google Books, Alerts and more that will help you access, evaluate, and share information.

You can register for these classes and learn when and where they'll be taught again by going to our Workshops Registration Webpage.

New Libraries Web Site

The new redesigned University Libraries web site is now active! While we are (very) excited about this, and while we have tried to dot every
"i" and cross every T, there is a very good chance that you will
encounter some problems. Of course, if you find any problems please let
me know. We will do our best to fix these problems ASAP.

We will also continue to tweak this design over the course of the next
two weeks, and into the Fall semester. .