Winter Workshops in the Library

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The Library is hosting a week of workshops to kick-off the new year and give you the research advantage. Each session is free to register and held in Walter Library.

If you have any questions or would like to be put on a waiting list for a class, please contact Jody Kempf ( ), Sci/Eng instruction coordinator.

Libraries and the University Closure

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Here's the information from the University Libraries Website concerning library services and the University Closure: 

While the University of Minnesota Libraries will be closed along with the rest of the campus from December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011, some services will continue to be available. These include:

  • E-resources, including article databases and online journals, will remain available to the campus community through the Libraries website.
  • Users will be able to search for and request print materials in the MNCAT catalog during the closure, however GetIt and recall requests will not be processed until January 3.
  • Although due dates have been set to not fall within the closure period, users will be able to view their account and renew materials using the "My Account" feature.
  • Books from any U library can be returned at book drops in Magrath, Walter, and Wilson.
  • Chat reference will be available, but service will be provided by staff from the national consortium of which the Libraries is a member.
  • Because the Academic Health Center will keep certain clinics open during the closure period, the Bio-Med Library will have staff available to respond to questions coming in through the MedRef email service.

More information is available on the University Winter Closure site.

So Walter Library will be closed between Friday, December 24 - Sunday, January 2.

The hours for the rest of this week are:

Tuesday, December 21:  8:00AM -Midnight (Great Hall open 24 hours)
Wednesday, December 22:   8:00AM -6:00PM (Great Hall 24 Hour Access Ends at 6PM)
Thursday, December 23: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday, December 24 - Sunday, January 2: UNIVERSITY CLOSURE

November 2010 New Books List Now Available

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Check out our new books as of November!

Notes from CSE Library Committee Meeting

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We had a CSE Library Committee meeting last week, we had a good turnout of faculty, students and librarians.  Here are the topics we discussed.  Let me know if you have questions!

  1. Collections Update
  2. New Libraries Web Site
  3. Contract considerations when publishing a book
  4. Negotiating a copyright transfer agreement when publishing a journal article
  5. NSF requirement to include a data management plan in all grant proposals
  6. Other topics

Walter Library Great Hall Open 24 Hours (Dec. 16-22)

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Dec. 16, 2010 to Dec. 22, 2010

Study Days/Finals Week (Dec. 16-22)
OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Th, 12/16 through W, 12/22, 6 pm


Study Days/Finals Week (Dec. 16-22)

M-F 8:00 am-12:00 am

Sa, Su 8:00 am-12:00 am

(Image from delgrosso via Flickr.  CC)

End of Semester Study Break

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Wednesday December 15
7:00 pm

Join us in the first floor lobby for our annual finals week study break!

We'll have free soda and cookies, free books for fun reading over Winter Break, snacks from the Wise Owl Cafe, and the chance to win prizes in our trivia challenge.

Visit our Facebook event page for more information.

Tell your friends, students, colleagues

CrossFire Commander Access Ends December 31, 2010

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Elsevier will discontinue all access to Beilstein and Gmelin via CrossFire Commander as of December 31. Reaxys will provide access to the content from Beilstein and Gmelin as well as patent information. I will keep you updated as things change.

Current and Future Publishing Practices

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University of Minnesota Libraries wordmark and Block M logo

An event especially for, but not exclusive to, faculty editors

The University of Minnesota Libraries and 
the Office of the Vice President for Research present

David LevinsonCurrent and Future Publishing Practices
Thursday, December 2, 2010 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota

U Faculty Joshua Feinberg, David Levinson, and Patricia Lorcin will present and have a conversation about current and future publishing practices. The panel will be introduced and moderated by University Librarian Wendy Lougee. Questions they will address include:

  • What is your journal's greatest challenge?
  • What rights do you give your authors? (e.g. ability to create derivative works, post or distribute pre/post-print, archive in the University Digital Conservatory or a subject repository)
  • At what point after publication is most of your journal's content made available free of charge to the public?
  • How important are library subscriptions to your journal's revenue flow?
  • What predictions can you forecast about future publishing practices of your journal?

The forum will offer the opportunity for attendees to ask questions and contribute to the discussion with their fellow colleagues. All perspectives and experiences are welcome.

Organized by the Scholarly Communication Collaborative, a group formed by the Libraries to inform and educate the campus on policy and practical issues surrounding scholarly communication.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Reserve your seat now!
(registration requested by Friday, November 19)

For more University of Minnesota Libraries events, please visit our website.

Advanced EndNote Q&A

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Advanced EndNote Q & A with EndNote Rep, Doug Nguyen.
Thursday, November 18
9-10:30 AM
Walter Library, Room 310

Doug will showcase new features in EndNote X4 and answer any other EndNote questions you have. Doug is an EndNote expert and advanced questions are welcome.

Register at

National Open Access Week, 10/18-10/22

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Open access to research and scholarship has been facilitated by digital technology. For several years NIH-funded medical research has been freely accessible online. Today many open access peer reviewed academic journals are included in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

The University Libraries will hold a series of activities during National Open Access Week, October 18-22, in order to promote awareness.

Selected Activities & Events

MONDAY 10/18
11am-1pm: Coffman Union, awareness table
NOON: 310 Walter Library, Webcast address by Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute, for National Open Access Week kickoff
1:30-3:30pm: Walter Library, awareness table

2-4pm- Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall) awareness table
FRIDAY 10/22
12:30-1:30pm - 310 Walter Library, workshop "Making Your Own Work OA"