April 16, 2015

Data Sharing in the Sciences

Description: Most researchers already share their findings using traditional formats such as journal articles, conference presentations, and reports. But digital data in machine-readable formats afford new dissemination possibilities that go beyond these print-based formats and allow us to also publish the underlying data from our research so that others can replicate our findings or derive new results of their own. In addition, it is increasingly expected by journals (eg. PLOSOne, Nature) and federal funding agencies (eg. NIH or NSF) that researchers make their data publicly available, such as depositing to open data repositories. However, if not planned in advance, sharing data can sometimes be difficult and time intensive. In this session we will explore the options that you have for "publishing" your digital research data in ways that facilitate reuse and help you get appropriate attribution.

In the first half of the session, we will discuss the many considerations for publishing your digital research data, such as copyright issues, applying appropriate licenses, persistent citations, and documentation formats.

In the second half, a range of data publishing options will be explored, including subject-specific and institutional repositories for data. Using the new Data Repository at the University of Minnesota (DRUM) as an example, participants will experience the data publishing workflow from selection, to curatorial review, to final publication. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on guidance from DRUM data curators on their own data publishing needs.

Recommended for U of M researchers (faculty, post-docs, graduate students, staff). Participants with existing data that they would like to make more publicly available are encouraged to stay after the session for one-on-one consultation and bring their data files and existing data documentation.

Monday, May 18, 2015
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
310 Walter Library, East Bank
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
9:00 am - 10:30 am
310 Walter Library, East Bank
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room 2 Magrath Library, St Paul Campus
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March 4, 2015

Digital Detox Week March 2-7

This week the University Libraries will participate in the National Digital Detox campaign to disconnect from our electronic devices.

Magrath Library is hosting digital detox areas that will feature unplug challenges, puzzles, origami, free books, and cookbooks to checkout.

By disconnecting from our electronic devices we reconnect with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Consider taking a study break and join us!

January 6, 2015

Free workshops starting Monday, January 12

Below is a sample of our upcoming workshops. Please view all offerings and register. If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, explore our online workshops and tutorials. Also please contact us to request a session for your department, lab, work group, class and more (katep@umn.edu).


Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Focus on your research instead of your formatting! Learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently to insert images and charts, get page numbers in the right place, generate tables of contents and figures; and more. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations.
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81), St. Paul

Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. This workshop will look at four common citation managers: Mendeley, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

This session will demonstrate how to find books, journals, and scholarly articles at library. Learn how to access the print and online collections using the MNCAT Discovery search engine. Plus some additional databases to get the most out of the content available from the University Libraries.

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
S30C Wilson Library, West Bank Or Online through UM Connect

This hands-on class will cover how to use the free software Mendeley to better organize and access your electronic article library. Mendeley can automatically locate, rename, and organize your PDFs. It includes a fast PDF reader and your library can be synced to the cloud and easily shared with others. It can even create bibliographies in any of hundreds of styles. Come and learn more about this great tool.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81), St. Paul

Zotero is a research tool that collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and more. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

We are also offering workshops on Zotero, RefWorks (in person and online) and EndNote in January.


Learn how to use Pivot (from Community of Science), SciVal Funding and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources.
Monday, January 12, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81), St. Paul

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
310 Walter Library, East Bank

We have one of the richest and most diverse collections of archival material in the U.S. However, connecting your students to these treasures can be challenging. This workshop is designed to demystify the Archives and provide real examples of engaging students with unique research experiences. An optional tour of the building and underground caverns will be offered following the workshop.
Monday, January 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
120 Andersen Library, West Bank


Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81), St. Paul

Complete all five sessions for certificate in UMN training records.
January 22-February 19 (Thursdays OR Fridays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in 310 Walter Library)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
S30C Wilson Library, West Bank

DASH (Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities)
DASH aims to bring together students, faculty, and staff from across disciplines and campuses, in order to promote innovative tools and methods for scholarly, pedagogical, and creative projects, including: Text and data mining, Digital archives, GIS and spatial research, Data visualization and arts, Digital storytelling, Mobile app development, Multimodal scholarship, Digital archives, Critical code and algorithm studies. For more information, visit https://www.lib.umn.edu/digital/dash or follow DASH on Twitter @umndash.

November 26, 2014

Study Break Activities Schedule for the St. Paul Campus

buttonmaking.jpgAs the semester winds down and finals begin, the St. Paul Campus libraries will offer "distraction-free" study spaces as well as stress-reducing activities. Magrath Library will also have extended hours, staying open until midnight Dec. 11-17 and an extended study area open until 2:00am with UCard access.
Magrath Library

  • Button Making, 10am-2pm, December 8-9.
  • Library Bingo (fill in your card to win candy), all day, December 8-11.
  • Take a Free Book, all day, December 8-11.
  • Free Coffee and Tea, 10am-1pm, December 10-11.

Natural Resources Library

  • Inspiration Chain (add study tips and words of inspiration), all day, December 8-9.
  • Origami Insects and Birds, all day, December 8-11.

Veterinary Medical Library

  • Free Tea (bring your own mug), all day, December 8-11.

To see a complete listing of activities across the Libraries, visit: https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/finals

October 27, 2014

Vote Posters displayed in Wilson and Magrath Libraries

Copy of Riley.DuBois.jpgEach major election year the University Libraries works with the GDes3312 class, Color & Form in Surface Design, to use their screen-printing skills for promoting voter participation. Stop by and view this year's wonderful display of thought-provoking posters in Magrath Library and Wilson Library (Basement Level by Government Publications) as designed by professor James Boyd Brent's very talented students. The posters can also be viewed online at https://www.lib.umn.edu/vote.

Pledge to vote and you may win an Itunes card!

October 13, 2014

Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) are back for fall semester!

The Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance to students to help them develop the library and academic research strategies needed to find sources for an excellent research paper. We have drop-in hours in Walter SMART or in MCAE (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence) in Appleby Hall or students can make an appointment.

October 2, 2014

Finding Your Way in the Maize of Government Information for Agriculture Research

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00pm CST / 3:00 EST
Join us for this webinar to learn more about government information related to agriculture. Participants will learn about the Census of Agriculture and the agencies within the United States Department of Agriculture; we will discuss how these organizations collect and distribute their information as well as their different glossary terms and types of data. Participants will also learn about agricultural statistics and how to access other information related agriculture such as food security and weather.

Registers at: http://minitex.umn.edu/Training/Details.aspx?SessionID=559

Amy Neeser, Research Services & Plant Sciences Librarian, and Marlys McGuire, Government Documents Librarian

September 23, 2014

Free Workshops Online from U Libraries

Also please contact the CCE Librarian, Kristen Mastel (meye0539@umn.edu) to request a personalized consultation in-person or online! These webinars will be online through UMConnect (https://umconnect.umn.edu/umnlibworkshop).

Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. This workshop will look at four common citation managers: Mendeley, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Monday, September 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Managing your professional identity goes beyond making sure the Facebook party photos from your undergrad years are private. In this presentation, we'll talk about separating your online personal and
professional identities and bringing all your professional work together in a place people will find it.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This workshop will show some great apps/programs, such as Evernote, iAnnotate, Dropbox, Zotero, and more that will help keep your life in control. We will also go over notetaking apps such as Evernote and iAnnotate. We will also talk about managing your PDFS and other documents with Dropbox and Zotero. We will describe the formats each app can use for notetaking and PDF markups. Feel free to share your favorite program or app as well with attendees!
Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 14, 2014

Free Workshop and Events from U Libraries in August and September

Below is a sample of our upcoming workshops. Please register and view all dates and times. If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, explore our online workshops and tutorials. Also please contact us (katep@umn.edu) to request a session for your department, lab, work group and more.

Attend mini-versions of four of our most popular workshops in two hours! You will learn about:

Tools to organize your research, create in-text citations and bibliography (e.g. Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, EndNote)
Literature review 101
Tips and tools for finding grant funding, and
Ideas on how to organize your PDF's.

Monday, 8/18/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Nicholson Hall (East Bank) Room 35 (bring a laptop or tablet for hands-on) OR online through UMConnect(https://umconnect.umn.edu/umnlibworkshop)

Tuesday, 8/19/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Hanson Hall (West Bank) Room 1-102 (bring a laptop or tablet for hands-on) OR online through UMConnect(https://umconnect.umn.edu/umnlibworkshop)

April 29, 2014

St. Paul Libraries Stress Buster Events

Magrath Extended Hours:
Open until midnight May 9 to May 16 and extended study area until 2 a.m.

Study Break Activities

  • Pop your stress away! Grab a sheet of bubble wrap and take out your stress in a positive manner. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for your last week of classes with Magrath Library on Tuesday, May 6 from 11 am-1 pm.
  • Destress with personalized aromatherapy sachets at the St. Paul Student Center from 11 am-1 pm on Wednesday, May 7 (or Ruttan Hall as a rain back-up).
  • Relieve some stress by getting your hands dirty by planting Bachelor's Buttons to take home. Join Magrath Library and the Hort Club at the St. Paul Student Center from 11 am-2 pm on Thursday, May 8 (or Ruttan Hall as a rain back-up; while supplies last).
  • The Natural Resources Library will be offering free, freshly brewed coffee and tea May 12-May 16. Grab a cup and study for your finals with us! Treats will also be provided on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16, along with free coffee.
  • May 9-11 stop by Magrath Library to grab a free book for summertime reading.

April 8, 2014

April 17 Bringing back penmanship through free postcards


When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend or family member? Join Magrath Library in celebrating National Library Week on Thursday, April 17 for free postcards. We will provide the postcards, you provide the text, and we will mail them on your behalf.

March 26, 2014

Copyright Workshops - RCR Credit

March 20, 2014

Trying to Find Tax Forms and Tax Help?

Tax form locations as well as tax help can be found by visiting the Libraries tax resource page

March 18, 2014

Data Management Workshops - RCR Credit

The University Libraries are here to assist you with research data management issues including data sharing and digital curation. These workshops offer tools and solutions for creation, storage, analysis, dissemination, and preservation of your research data.

More info and signup links at https://www.lib.umn.edu/datamanagement/workshops

Managing Your Research Data

Remember when all our data could fit on a flash drive and if you lost it on the bus, no problem, you can just start over? Those days are over! The digital research data that we generate is complex, messy, in obscure formats, and, there is a lot of it! How can we ensure that the data we create for our research will be usable in 5, 10, or 20 years? In this workshop we will identify data management resources available to you at the UMN and discuss key considerations and best practices to help you manage the data deluge.

Creating a Data Management Plan

Federal funding agencies (NSF, NIH, etc.) now require a data management plans with all new grant proposals. This workshop will provide an overview of the questions to consider when creating a data management plan with a focus on data preservation issues and tools for sharing your data, like the University's digital repository, the University Digital Conservancy. This workshop is discussion-based and we work through each of the data management topics via group and paired activities.

Primarily intended for faculty, researchers and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing and publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

January 23, 2014

New Librarian in Magrath!

Amy_snake_cropped.jpgAmy Neeser started working Magrath in January; she is the Research Services Librarian and liaison for Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, and Agronomy & Plant Genetics.

Amy is originally from St. Paul, MN but has spent significant time living abroad in Germany. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota in German Studies, Global Studies, Cultural Studies, and Cinema & Media Studies. She got her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing with computers, volunteering at the Trylon Microcinema, traveling, gaming, mini golfing, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her cats.

Stop by her office in Magrath 85 if you'd like to talk about plant sciences, research, film, gaming, or anything else on your mind!

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