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There is now a "easy" button that makes the article or paid resource you want to read on the web...act as if you went through the library web site. (if we purchased it). This will work the same as if you went though the library web site to access it.

Just drag the bookmarklet below to your browser toolbar. When you're on a publisher's webpage, click the UMN Access button. The code will update links on the page to use the University Libraries's proxy and you'll be able to download full text just as if you were on campus, 

UMN Access

The idea and code for this bookmarklet came from Daniel Feldman, a graduate student in Software Engineering. Thanks, Daniel! And Thanks Jan, our Engineering Librarian for discovering!

The libraries offer a great workshop on the various citation managers that are available and recently we've posted this workshop online as a concise comparison chart.

So whether you manage you literature references as a personal library or through a collaborative group, you can choose the right tool. And new with RefWorks, university alumni may take their account with them when they leave the university.

With this interactive digital archive, the University of Minnesota Libraries honors the history of Memorial Stadium. Photos, game footage, programs, correspondence, reports, and blueprints from the University Archives' collections were scanned by the Libraries' Digital Library Development Lab and uploaded into Omeka, a free, open source, interactive web-based publishing platform which allows visitors to the site to share their own stories and recollections of Memorial Stadium. The result is a lasting resource reflecting the history of Memorial Stadium from a wide variety of perspectives.

Share and reflect at

You have probably noticed a change in the blog interfaces of your favorite UMN pages. The latest UThink blog upgrade completely changed the look and added new functionality which might be useful to you.

UMN blogs now have:

  • New templates that display recent activity, file uploads (like podcasting), comments, etc.

  • Widgets including tag clouds, slide show presentations, and tagging.

  • Interface upgrades like WYSISYG editing capabilities and easy media upload.

If you have an older blog and would like to upgrade to use the new features, try these instructions.

Do you need a website for your lab or group? Since the change on June 15th UThink blogs are now capable to four blog "types" that can be customized to:

  1. Classic: traditional blog with upgrades listed above

  2. Forum: This type of page creates treads where multiple people can add entries and make comments on. Each member of the forum can upload avatars, limit access (private space), and vote on topics to rise them to the top of the page.

  3. Community: This type has similar features to the forum, but orders the posts chronologically, perfect for a class. Students can interact on the assignments throughout the semester.

  4. Website: the content management system allows uploads and management of assest(images, files, media), a database widget can be customized to organize your information, and the built-in pages (Home, About, Contact, Blog) can be easily customized to give you a professional-looking website quickly and easily.

To learn more about how UThink might fill you web-presence needs, check out the FAQ .

I love Seed Magazine's Science Blogs. But today I really love it:

"A new channel makes its debut today on ScienceBlogs: Information Science. Through feedback from the approximately 10,000 librarians who regularly visit ScienceBlogs, we came to realize that information and library scientists are positioned to offer a unique perspective on subjects that are pertinent to all working scientists: Open access and open science; digital and print publishing; information property and ownership, and more. Check out the newest bloggers on ScienceBlogs, John Dupuis of Confessions of a Science Librarian and Christina Pikas of Christina's LIS Rant, to get a taste of what the new Information Science channel will be like, or just visit it directly. "

For more on my love of Science Blogs, see my earlier post on Science Blog Aggregators

How are you "Keeping Current" ?

Do you get monthly email alerts from a choice selection of journals? Organize your electronic pdf download's using Papers? Have a personal system that only works for you!

The University Libraries are looking at how researchers keep up-to-date with developments in their fields and how they manage the information they find. We would like your input to inform us as we develop and promote tools and services aimed at addressing these issues. We invite you to complete our survey at
It should only take about 5 minutes of your time.

Please contact me ( or Meghan Lafferty ( with your thoughts or questions!