Write and Cite

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Biomed Reference Blag has the following suggestion:

We've been getting questions at the Reference Desk recently from patrons who are installing version 4 of Write-N-Cite and wondering whether they should install the 32-bit or 64-bit version. Here's RefWorks' answer to that question:
Q. How do I know whether my version of Word on my computer is 32-bit or 64-bit? A. You can check which bit version of Microsoft Word 2010 you are running by opening Word and navigating to File -> Help. Microsoft Word 2007 has only one version - the 32-bit edition. Write-N-Cite 4 does not work with Word 2003.
More help for WNC installation, including additional related FAQs, is available online. One last thing - it is possible to have to have a 64-bit processor or operating system and a 32-bit installation of Word. If you're curious and would like some additional background, here's a pretty decent overview. Bottom line - the patron should check the Word's File > Help menu to find out which version they need to install. View the entire entry: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/medref/refblog/2013/07/32_or_64_bits.html
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Service desk

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Please do not allow patrons to store their personal belongings at any service desks. We do not have the staff to provide that kind of service. We also do not want to be held liable for any items that may go missing. Students may contact the student unions for information about renting a locker.

Lisa Berg honored

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Lisa's plaque.jpgRecently, Dr. Carl Osborne and a group of colleagues hosted a special recognition assembly for a crowd of current and former faculty, staff, and students in the Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. "Having a gathering of colleagues at the time of retirement is a global tradition," Carl wrote in a special invitation distributed via e-mail. "However, since I have decided not to retire, this is an opportune time for me to personally thank others for Caring About Others." The event included food, sing-a-longs, jokes, the distribution of memorial bricks from the Veterinary Anatomy building, and more. Vet Med Library Assistant M. Lisa Berg was specially recognized with an elaborate plaque.  The clearly personalized inscription: To Mary Lisa Berg in appreciation Of your love of knowledge, Of your love of wisdom and most of all... Of your love of living beings, Animal and human." Lisa was delighted to see several former CVM staff who'd returned to campus for the ceremony.  

Pet-a-Palooza to feature experts from Veterinary Medical Center

The first Pet-a-Palooza event in Minnesota, to be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., will feature live music, animal events, local rescue/adoption groups, exhibitors, and veterinarians from the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). Visitors to the VMC booth will have an opportunity to talk with veterinary professionals about maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle for their pet. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at http://cbsradiompls.com/clients/Petapalooza.

Twin City Polo Classic will benefit Equine Center

The 22nd Annual Polo Classic, to be held at the Twin City Polo Club Sunday, July 31, will benefit the University of Minnesota Equine Center. One of the longest-running fundraisers in Minnesota, the Twin City Polo Classic has raised more than $2 million for a variety of charities over the last two decades. The festive event includes a hat competition, champagne, and polo match with the best players in the Midwest. Learn more at www.thepoloclassic.com.

Veterinary Medical Library to discontinue some document delivery service

The Veterinary Medical Library will be discontinuing its document delivery service for print materials only residing at the Bio-medical Library starting on July 1. The reason for this is because bound journal volumes are now allowed to circulate, so these print materials can now be ordered over to the Veterinary Medical Library using the "Get-It button," explains AndrĂ© Nault, veterinary medical librarian. Users simply locate the item they wish to obtain in the library catalog, click the "Get It/Recall" link displayed on its availability page, and select where they would like to pick the item up. Get-It services includes delivery to any Twin Cities campus library location and an on-campus office delivery option for University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) faculty and staff for materials at UMTC Libraries. For more information, visit www.lib.umn.edu/services/getit or contact Andre at naulta@umn.edu.

University receives $51 million Clinical and Tranlational Science Award

The University of Minnesota has been granted a $51 million Clinical and Translational Science Award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award is the largest single-institution award ever received by the University, and will support programs that bring new treatments, therapies, and clinical trials outcomes to patients faster. With the award, the NIH is recognizing the strength of the U of M to translate scientific breakthroughs into improved health and well-being. Learn more 

All library public computers ready to play DVD formats with VLC

I previously wrote a note about how I'd placed VLC, a utility for playing back multi-media files (video, audio, and such)--including DVD-formatted disks in particular-- on the first PC in the library. I warned that other PCs would try to play back DVDs using the built-in Windows Media Player, which would result in a fine video image, but no available sound (with headphones, of course, as we've disabled the existing speakers in the PCs in the library).  I originally described this as a temporary fix.  Well, it's now it's permanent and installed on all 7 PCs.  Most of you probably knew that I had put round, blue stickers on some of the PCs for purposes of indicating that some of the PCs had VLC, some did not. I've removed the stickers, as they all have VLC, which has an icon that looks like a little yellow & white striped megaphone or traffic cone.  

Depending upon things that I'm not even sure about, when a DVD is put into the PC, it may start up VLC and start playing on its own, or the user may have to start it.  This can be done in at least two ways:  A. Double-click on VLC, and once that starts, find the DVD and tell it to start playing from within that program.  B.  Go to "My Computer" and find the DVD drive, where the name of the disk will probably be displayed.  Double-click on that and VLC should start up to play the DVD.  --IF-- instead Windows Media Player starts up, it's just possible that it will work fine (I found a DVD that WOULD play with WMP the other day, including sound), in which case you probably won't even hear about it.  More likely, the patron will have trouble with sound, in which case, you should quit WMP and follow A to get the DVD playing properly.  If you start having other problems, consider switching to a different PC.  AND LET ME KNOW.  Get me or tell me or leave me a note or email if I'm not available.  

Note that the old headphones that we use, with an adaptor, can result in difficulty determining if the sound problem is the computer output or just with the headphones connection.  You have to screw the connections around or pull them slightly looser or push them in more snugly, sometimes to get those old headphones to work. If patrons use their own headphones, as from their iPods, they will probably work more reliably.

Monday Memo: RefWorks News


RefWorks News



Do you know students or faculty who would like to share citations from their RefWorks account with people outside the University or publish a list of citations that others can see and import?  RefShare might be just what they need.  With RefShare enabled on a RefWorks account, you can choose to share a folder or the entire account.  Sharing a folder or account results in a unique URL you can send to others.  Attachments are not shared, but viewers can print bibliographies or export citations for use in their own accounts.  To see what a shared folder looks like, go to: http://www.refworks.com/refshare?site=016671128744000000/RWWEB1031047486/AEM .


We're introducing RefShare to the University community selectively: If you or someone you know would like to try out RefShare, contact Jan Fransen, Laurel Haycock, or Julie Kelly and one of us will turn on access for you.  Be sure to let us know what you think.  We will likely turn on RefShare access for the entire University community this summer.


RefWorks 2.0

As you may know, RefWorks has been working on a new version.  The new version looks very different, but supports the same feature set you already know.  Moving to RefWorks 2.0 will work like this: Once RefWorks switches our institutional account to the new version, any new accounts will default to the 2.0 interface.  Account owners can switch back to 1.0 if they prefer.  Existing accounts remain in the 1.0 interface, but owners can choose to switch to 2.0.  At some point in the future, RefWorks will eliminate the 1.0 interface.


The current RefWorks 2.0 beta release appears stable, but we would like more people to test it before making the switch.  If you'd like to set up a test account, contact any member of the Current Awareness/Personal Information Management Collaborative (CAPIM) for instructions.  If you do set up an account, please let us know what you think.  If all goes well, we will likely switch to the new interface after May term.

- Jan Fransen, on behalf of the Current Awareness/Personal Information Management Collaborative

Monday Memo: Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Season

Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Season
We are moving into the severe thunderstorm and tornado season.  Take a moment to review the emergency procedures from the University of Minnesota Emergency Preparedness website at:http://www1.umn.edu/prepared/weather.html .  Then review the specific procedures for notifying patrons/staff in your specific building by visiting the Libraries Facilities and Operations Management (FOM) wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/FOM/EmergencyProcedures .
A tornado or severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are right for severe weather to develop rapidly.  If a watch is issued for Hennepin or Ramsey Counties, the following steps should be taken:
- Monitor the local emergency alert radio station, the Twin Cities media, or the National Weather Service Web site.
- Supervisors with employees working outdoors should consider instructing them to go inside the closest building with safe areas.
- Supervisors with employees working indoors (such as in offices or laboratories) may instruct employees to close windows and blinds and be ready to move to safe areas.
- Faculty with classes in session should close windows, inform students of their building's safe areas, and be ready to relocate to those areas.

A tornado or severe thunderstorm warning means that severe weather is happening and the situation is dangerous.  The National Weather Service will sound sirens in the event of a tornado warning, but not in the event of other severe storms.  The University will activate tone-alert radios.  If a tornado or a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for Hennepin or Ramsey Counties, the following steps should be taken:
- Move students and staff to a safe area immediately.  Safe areas include basements, pedestrian tunnels, or interior hallways on the lowest floor.  Avoid large, poorly supported roofs and structures such as auditoriums or gymnasiums.
- Close classroom, laboratory, or office doors, and stay away from windows.
- Remain in a safe area until the warning expires or until the all-clear signal has been issued.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building facilities manager.
- Bernadette Corley Troge

Monday Memo: New Website


New Website for the Health Sciences Libraries

On Wednesday, March 16, 2001, the Health Sciences Libraries officially cut over to our new website: hsl.lib.umn.edu .  The old domans (biomed.lib.umn.edu, vetmed.lib.umn.edu, and wangensteen.lib.umn.edu) have officially been replaced by hsl.lib.umn.edu/biomed , hsl.lib.umn.edu/vetmed , and hsl.lib.umn.edu/wangensteen , respectively.  Redirects are in place, but any links to the old domains should be updated as soon as possible.


This transition is the culmination of a year-long project on the part of the Health Sciences Libraries Web Services Committee (Lisa McGuire, Emily Reimer, Anne Beschnett, David Peterson, Laura Krueger, Lois Hendrickson, and Chacko Kuruvilla) which moved through user surveys, targeted interviews, wireframing, prototyping, usability testing, and, finally, to production.  Thanks are also due to our able systems administrators, Paul Bramscher and Eric Forbis, whose assistance allowed us to smoothly transition to OIT servers with no interruptions of service.


If you'd like to know more about how we did it, you can find out at: hsl.lib.umn.edu/news/2011/jan24/welcome . If you have any feedback on the new design, please fill out a form at: https://spreadsheets0.google.com/a/umn.edu/viewform?hl=en&hl=en&formkey=dERLUE9aam9jVEZIOHFmVlVUSElUSWc6MA#gid=0 .

- Wayne Loftus, Web Services Coordinator, Health Sciences Libraries

Monday Memo: Google Project Update


More from the Monday Memo

Google Project Update

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) libraries, including the UMN Libraries, recently reached a significant milestone with Google, one million scanned volumes.  The press announcement follows:


One Million books scanned and returned to CIC University Libraries

Friday, February 04, 2011 at 7:42 am

Posted by Kim Armstrong, Deputy Director, Center for Library Initiatives, Committee on Institutional Cooperation


Today we're celebrating an important milestone: Google has digitized one million books from member libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).  The CIC is the consortium of the Big Ten member universities and the University of Chicago.  Each of these volumes has been scanned, translated from image to text with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and added to the Google Books index.  Once digitized, the books are shipped back to our originating libraries to resume their journeys from bookshelves to backpacks.


While Google preserves library books in digital form, and makes them more accessible to more people as a result, it also sends participating libraries (at no cost to us) digital copies for our own archives or other non-commercial use.  Accordingly, the CIC libraries are making hundreds of thousands of the recently digitized public domain volumes accessible through their partnership with the HathiTrust Digital Library.


We became Google's 16th Library Project partner in June 2007.  Google Books has now partnered with more than 40 libraries and scanned more than 15 million books worldwide.  Books that have only been available for use within the walls of our libraries have found new readers now that they are open to the world.  Some examples of CIC titles available for reading include: An Unwritten Account of a Spy of Washington, published in 1892; The 1901 Pipe and Quid: An Essay on Tobacco; and The Sun: a familiar description of his phaenomena, published in 1885.  While we are pausing to celebrate this moment with Google today, we're not resting on our library laurels.  We have a long way to go to digitize all of our books.  In fact, CIC libraries have agreed to provide as many as 10 million volumes to this ambitious project, out of total collections approaching 85 million volumes. -- so this is just the beginning.

- Sue Hallgren

Monday Memo: Guide for International Students


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I'm not sure how often issues relating to International students come up at the desk, but they do sometimes.  It might be good to be aware of this online guide for those students.   --David

Now Online!  Library Guide for International Students

go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=3692


The Diversity Collaborative has created an updated and enhanced web-based version of its print brochure for international students.  Please consider including this introductory guide in Course Pages for classes with international students.  The print brochure, also available as a PDF, is available in English, Chinese, and Korean and has been reprinted many times.  We welcome any suggestions for changes or additions.

-       Laura Dale Bischof, on behalf of The Diversity Collaborative

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