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January 31, 2012

Free Tax Help for International Students

This year, as we have in past years, Wilson Library will host free tax help sessions for international students. Well qualified tax practitioners and students with experience in preparing complicated international student tax returns volunteer their time for this free event. International students wishing to get free tax preparation help should have attended an Orientation Session in the 3M Auditorium, Carlson Building, Saturday, January 28, 2012. After that, international students are invited to attend clinics for free personal assistance with their tax returns Tuesdays, between February 7, 2012 and April 10, 2012, except for spring break (March 13, 2012), between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm, in room S-30B, Wilson Library.

Students need to bring their W2's, 1042's, a completed federal return using Glacier Tax Prep, and they should try to begin filling in the state M1 and M1PR returns. These tax help sessions have been very popular in past years. The Libraries web page explaining where to get free tax help and free tax forms is at: http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=1043 .

January 23, 2012

Winter bug may offer climate clues

UMN made the front page of the Star Tribune with this article about
the Midge (Diamesa mendotae), an insect that survives in the Minnesota
winter. U of M Entomology professor, Len Ferrington and Fisheries
professor, Bruce Vondracek are leaders in this study along with many
graduate students and countless others.

"Researchers from the University of Minnesota are working to
understand more about the relationship between these unusual
freeze-resistant insects and the fish that eat them in streams in the
southeastern part of the state. The three-year project is primarily
about brown trout, a popular target for anglers. "We're thinking that
a changing climate and increasing air temperatures will affect water
temperatures, and that could reduce [fish] populations," said
entomology professor Len Ferrington, principal investigator on the
project."

January 10, 2012

Sampling the Census Exhibit

census.jpgSnapshots of the American Population, 1880-2010

Making an accurate count of our nation's population was never a simple project. From the first census, the nation debated who to count, what questions to ask, and how to conduct the count. The debates over who was counted and why are reflected in the publications produced by the Census Bureau. The library's collection of census-related print publications dates back to the count of 1880 and includes materials published every decade since. In addition to preserving important historical data on the nation's population, these volumes document changes in graphic design, printing techniques, and enumeration technology over the centuries.

We would love to partner with classes to design assignments or projects around census data. If you are interested, please contact Marlys McGuire, our governemnt documents librarian.

This exhibit is based on the Carleton College's Gould Library exhibit.

Free workshops from the Libraries for January!

Below is a sample of workshops we offer. To see the complete list and register go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration.

Moodle: Integrating Library Resources Wed, 01/11/2012 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Grant Funding for Graduate Students Wed, 01/11/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Microsoft Word* Thu, 01/12/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Mendeley: Get Organized Thu, 01/19/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

EndNote: Basics Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Zotero: Basics Thu, 01/26/2012 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

RefWorks: Basics Tue, 01/31/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

To see the complete list and register go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration.
If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, we also have a number of recorded workshops and tutorials at http://z.umn.edu/ultutorials.

January 3, 2012

EFW Welcomes Back Madonna Smith

The EFW Library welcomes back Madonna Smith as a Library Assistant 3 up on the Hill. Please stop by and say hello. Madonna is looking forward to assisting students, faculty and staff as they prepare for Spring semester.

Study Break Winners

Congratulations to Paul S. and Chris F. who won our study break caffeine molecule t-shirts. Also, to Jennifer V. who won the travel mug.