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January 28, 2013

Meet Shannon Farrell, the new Natural Resources Librarian

ShannonFWeb.jpgHello from the new Natural Resources Librarian, Shannon Farrell!

I am the new liaison librarian to the departments of Entomology, Forest Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology. As liaison to these departments, I provide assistance with accessing databases, finding and evaluating resources, or helping with any kind of library-related research. I am also responsible for purchasing new materials for the above subject areas, so any new requests should be sent to me. Finally, I am available to speak with classes about the library and library research and can offer consultations on library-related assignments.

I joined the University Libraries in December 2012, having just moved from Colorado State University, where I worked as the Agricultural and Biological Sciences Librarian. Although I am new to the University of Minnesota Libraries, I am not new to the University of Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and worked in several research laboratories, conducting research on insect and avian systematics, sustainable agriculture and invasive species. I am excited to be back at the University and look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to meet their research needs.

January 24, 2013

PEOPLE, PLANTS, ANIMALS AND THE (RE-)CONNECTION TO HEALTH

Thursday, March 14, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, March15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fees:
♦ $85 early bird (by Feb. 15) and members of the Arboretum & Center for Spirituality & Healing
♦ $95 general registration
♦ $250 Patron-level contribution includes two-day event pass and invitation to VIP reception with authors on Thursday evening

More details and to register is available at: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013NatureHeals.aspx

The conference will take place in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


"...The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope."

- Wendell Berry, The Art of the
Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

A connection to nature is essential to human health and well-being. Nature Heals is a conversation about the neuroscience of human bonds with the natural world, including plant and animal interaction, and the ways that connecting with nature increase individual health and community well-being. Nature Heals will provide participants with new, research- based information to integrate into programming, policy-making, and fundraising in government, corporations, non-profits, social services, healthcare industry, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools and families.

Nature Heals will feature authors Eva Selhub, Your Brain on Nature, and Meg Olmert, Made for Each Other. On Thursday, the authors will engage in a discussion about their journeys to understand the health impact of nature on humans. On Friday, the University will roll out its new NBT offerings and the audience will engage with the authors in experiential interactions and conversation about how individual health and community well-being can increase through interaction with plants and animals.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

1. Education about the powerful role nature brings to individual health and community well-being
2. Provide empirical evidence into the bonds between people, plants and animals
3. Engage audience in experiential conversation
4. Disseminate scientific research to applied practice
5. Further the conversation in public policy dialogues

January 22, 2013

Peace Corps Information Table Event

Come learn about the opportunity to live, learn and work abroad!

WHAT: Peace Corps Information Table Event
WHEN: Friday, February 8th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Natural Resources Library

Meet with the Peace Corps Campus Representative to learn about what it means to be a volunteer and the benefits of service.

For more information, contact:
Deanna Camell, Campus Representative
230 Heller Hall
612-626-5311
peacecor@umn.edu
facebook.com/UMNPeaceCorps

January 15, 2013

Arboretum short courses & events

Sustainable Agriculture Public Policy Symposium
Feb 15 & 16
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013SustainAgSummit.aspx

Schoolyard Gardens Public Policy Symposium
Feb 22
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013SchoolyardGardens.aspx

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Short Course
March 2 & 3
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/beekeeping.aspx

Nature Heals Public Policy Symposium
March 14 & 15
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013NatureHeals.aspx

Arboretum short courses & events

Sustainable Agriculture Public Policy Symposium
Feb 15 & 16
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013SustainAgSummit.aspx

Schoolyard Gardens Public Policy Symposium
Feb 22
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013SchoolyardGardens.aspx

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Short Course
March 2 & 3
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/beekeeping.aspx

Nature Heals Public Policy Symposium
March 14 & 15
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013NatureHeals.aspx

January 11, 2013

Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library Speaker Event

Monday, January 28
Snyder Building, Classroom 1 (Arboretum)
Business meeting 1-1:30 (all are welcome), followed by the speaker from 1:30-2:30.
SPEAKER: Greg Brick, author of Subterranean Twin Cities, speaking on Mushroom Caves and signing copies of his book.
To become a member and register for the event, please visit: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/friendsofthelibrary_events.aspx

January 8, 2013

Free workshops from the Libraries for Spring

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.


ORGANIZE AND FORMAT YOUR RESEARCH

Introduction to Citation Managers
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.
Mon, 1/14/2013- 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: Wilson Library S30C
Thurs, 1/31/2013- 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: Magrath Library 81

Mendeley: Get Organized
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.
Tues, 1/15/2013- 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Location: Walter Library 310

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2011*
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.
Tues, 1/15/2013- 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: Walter Library 310
Wed, 1/16/2013- 10:00am -12:00pm, Location: Magrath Library 81

*NEW* Tools for Organizing Your PDFs
There are a variety of new tools that allow you to annotate and organize your collection of PDFs. This workshop will familiarize you with some of the options for doing so and suggest best practices for organizing and maintaining your PDF collection.
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am, Location: 310 Walter Library

Note: We offer more workshops on RefWorks, Zotero and EndNote!

Presenting your Research

Showcasing your skills with an online portfolio
This workshop will get you oriented to using eFolio as a platform for showcasing your skills to future employers and collaborators. Get hands on experience for customizing an online portfolio, with practice adding images and files to exhibit the accomplishments you've achieved while at the U of M.
Fri, 1/18/2013- 10:00am-11:00am, Location: Walter Library 310

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint
Getting ready to do a poster for your course or at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint and tips for large-scale printing.
Wed, 1/16/2013- 1:00pm -2:30pm, Location: Magrath Library 81


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. Please contact us to request a custom session for your department, lab, work group and more.

Please let us know if you have any questions (meye0539@umn.edu) or comments.
Thank you,
Kristen Mastel

January 4, 2013

Waite Library & Learning Commons Open House

OPEN HOUSE!

WAITE Library & Learning Commons

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THIS COMPLETELY RENOVATED SPACE!

When: Thursday, January 24, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: 232 Ruttan Hall
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul Campus

Features include:


  • Multiple seating areas designed for group work, comfortable collaborative conversations, or quiet study

  • Teaching/research module with large curved white board and 27" flat screen monitor - perfect for working on group presentations, hosting TA "office hours", or small staff working meetings

  • Public computers that also serve as computer lab terminals, enabling UMN affiliated users to connect to popular networked resources such as STATA

  • Cafe Corner for informal chats with colleagues

  • Mobile furnishings, including shelving, enabling swift and easy reconfiguration of the entire space for events