October 26th, 2009

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News from Around the Libraries
- Community Fund Drive
- Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
- Health Sciences Libraries Celebrates Staff and Students
- New E-Resources
- Technical Services at Upper Midwest Ex Libris Users Group

New Appointments and Departures

- Margaret Borg Transfers
- Welcome to Layne Johnson
- Welcome to Megan Kocher

Upcoming Events

- Opening Reception: African American Studies & American Indian Studies - Celebrating 40 Years
- Save the Date: Emerging Tech Expo: Explore - Play - Learn!
- Wiki Authors Group Meeting

Exhibits at the Libraries

- A Century of Accomplishment
- African American Studies & American Indian Studies - Celebrating 40 Years
- Dewey Thorbeck: Travel Sketches
- Muslim Spain: Conquest, Expulsion, Legacy, 711-2009
- Robert Bly Revealed

Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.

- Staff Education and Development
- Minitex
News from Around the Libraries

Community Fund Drive

Many thanks to the Libraries staff for continued support to the Community Fund Drive.  We are seeing amazing results!  In the first week of the Community Fund Drive, over 17% of staff have contributed for a total amount of $24,666!  (Our Giving Tree is growing with every donation.  To view the current tree visit the Libraries wiki).

Join your colleagues Thursday for a speaker event and lunch from Emily's Lebanese Deli in the Upson room (room 102), Walter Library, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  We will be hearing a speaker from Open Your Heart and lunch.  We will also continue to gather gloves, hats, and scarves for first-winter refugees for donation to the International Institute of Minnesota, and will continue to do so through the month of October.  To support Open Your Heart or any 501(c)3, visit: http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/ .  We hope to see you Thursday!

- Charlie Heinz and Kristen Mastel, Lead Volunteers
Greening the Libraries Fun Fact

Save Energy While You Eat!
Did you know that an LCD monitor uses approximately 35% of the combined energy consumed by a monitor/CPU combination?  By turning your LCD monitor off when you are away for lunch (or in a meeting), you will reduce your energy consumption by 35% during that time!  If you have an older-style, CRT monitor, you will be saving 50% or more.

Also remember that a screen saver only saves the screen and does not reduce energy usage - so switch that screen off when you leave your desk!

For more resources and information on how to go green at work and at home, visit the Greening the Libraries Project website at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/greenlibraries/

- Greening the Libraries Project

Health Sciences Libraries Celebrates Staff and Students

On October 23, 2009, the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) enjoyed a celebration luncheon, on the occasion of the Medical Library Association's National Medical Libraries Month and National Information Literacy Month, which was recognized recently in a proclamation by President Obama.  Dr. Frank Cerra, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, was unable to join us in person, but he sent a letter of congratulation in which he stated, "I've always believed it is critical to either have - or work with people who have - skills in acquiring, organizing, and making sense of the ever increasing amount of data and information we encounter today.  All of you, and the library you support, are critical to our future here in the University's Academic Health Center.  Through your work every day, you ensure we retain access to quality information that is at the foundation of all we do in the health sciences - from educating the students who are future health professionals, to the care of patients, to the health research that discovers new knowledge which you will then be responsible for organizing.  And the circle continues.  I value your contributions to our community and want you to know that I add my sincere thanks and appreciation [on this occasion]."   Wendy also joined us to add her words of congratulations, and to engage in discussion with our HSL staff and students.

- Linda Watson

New E-Resources

Congressional Research Digital Collection - Prospective Service: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16133

Royal Society of New Zealand e-journals (selected titles): http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=14038

- Jim Stemper

Technical Services at Upper Midwest Ex Libris Users Group

Technical Services will be well represented at the Upper Midwest Ex Libris Users Group Meeting on Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27, 2009.  Among the speakers and presenters are Kristi Bergland, Naun Chew, Betsy Friesen, Fariha Grieme, John Halvorson, Stephen Hearn, and Michael Johnson.

- Christine DeZelar-Tiedman

New Appointments and Departures

Margaret Borg Transfers

Margaret Borg, library supervisor in the Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife and Forestry Libraries, will transfer to the Archives and Special Collections staff as assistant curator of the James Ford Bell Library on November 2, 2009.  Please join me in welcoming Margaret to her new position.

- Maggie Ragnow, Curator, James Ford Bell Library

Welcome to Layne Johnson

The Health Sciences Libraries and the Institute for Health Informatics welcome Layne Johnson to the University in a new, shared position of Translational Science Information Specialist.  The purpose of this position is to develop and expand information specialist support of the translational research taking place at the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).  In addition, Layne will work closely with other University Libraries staff to support University-wide initiatives in Interdisciplinary Informatics, E-Science, Data Services, and Research Cyberinfrastructure.  Layne is also the first Library Fellow in the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) where he will teach, conduct informatics research, and be involved with the work of the Institute.  The IHI has its home on the third floor of Diehl Hall, which will facilitate the collaboration between our staffs.  Layne is a Minnesota native, and grew up on a farm near Northfield.  He has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Dana College in Nebraska, an MS in Bacteriology, and a PhD in Microbiology from Iowa State, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oklahoma.  His research experience includes bench research in environmental microbiology, discovery oncology, infectious disease, and animal and plant disease.  His experience in information science includes performing the duties of a Senior Biomedical Information Scientist, managing global information groups and individuals and programs at several pharmaceutical companies including Lederle, Wyeth, Pharmacia, and Pfizer.  For the past year he has been serving as a Scientific Informationist and Consultant at The Rockefeller University in New York City, NY, including work to assist in the development of an online system for managing the deposit of NIH-funded scientific publications into PubMed Central to meet the legal obligations of the NIH Public Access Policy.  Please join me in welcoming Layne!

- Linda Watson

Welcome to Megan Kocher

The Science & Engineering Library would like to welcome our new LAII in reference, Megan Kocher, who started with us on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.  Megan comes to us from the Pre-college Programs in of the College of Continuing Education and is currently working on her MLIS through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies.  Here is Megan's Contact information:

Megan Kocher
342 Walter Library

Welcome Megan!

- Tony Ihrig

Upcoming Events

Opening Reception: African American Studies & American Indian Studies - Celebrating 40 Years

Exhibit through December 5, 2009
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library

Opening Reception
Free and open to the public
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
4:30 pm program featuring remarks by:
- Nancy "Rusty" Barceló, Vice President & Vice Provost, Office for Equity & Diversity
- Carolyn (Carrie) Schommer, Retired Dakota Instructor, Department of American Indian Studies
- John S. Wright, Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor, Departments of African American & African Studies and English
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library

In 1969 the University of Minnesota established the African American and American Indian Studies Departments, the second and first such departments respectively to be founded in the United States.  To celebrate the anniversary of this historic event, the University Libraries, with the African American & African Studies Department and the American Indian Studies Department, have put together a display of archival materials commemorating 40 years of history.

- Communications Office

Save the Date: Emerging Tech Expo: Explore - Play - Learn!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Room 120, Andersen Library

Zotero, Twitter, Pachyderm, Kindle, Drupal, Google Docs... As new tools and technologies constantly advance over the horizon, it becomes harder to keep up.  The Libraries Information Technology (IT) Council and Staff Education and Development (SED) are sponsoring an Emerging Tech Expo to give all Libraries staff a professional development opportunity to explore these emerging technologies, play with cool gadgets, and learn about the latest tech initiatives here in the library.  Whether it's new to the world or new to you, there'll be something for everyone... Plus, there will be snacks!

Register at: https://onestop2.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0250

- Emerging Tech Expo Planning Group: Liya Ai, John Butler, Francine Dupont-Crocker, Denise Gamble, Lisa Johnston, Jan Roseen, Scott Spicer

Wiki Authors Group Meeting

The next Wiki Authors Group Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, in room S30B, Wilson Library.  Agenda items will  include new wiki tips and tricks, survey of staff wiki needs and use, and statistics gathering and evaluating.  Anyone welcome - please come if you have an interest in participating!

- Jennifer Reckner

Exhibits at the Libraries

A Century of Accomplishment
A Century of Accomplishment, 1909-200: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Through December 15, 2009
Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall

African American Studies & American Indian Studies - Celebrating 40 Years
Through December 5, 2009
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library

Dewey Thorbeck: Travel Sketches
An Architect's Recordings of Natural and Human Landscapes
Through December 27, 2009
Architecture Library, Rapson Hall

Muslim Spain: Conquest, Expulsion, Legacy, 711-2009
Through October 30, 2009
Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library

Robert Bly Revealed

Online exhibit

Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.

Staff Education and Development

Check out upcoming classes offered by the Libraries' Staff Education and Development (SED) office at https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/SEDP/HomePage


Minitex offers a dynamic schedule of webinars and training sessions, and the full schedule can be found at http://www.Minitex.umn.edu/events

For items to be included in the Monday Memo, please send all Monday Memo announcements to Scott Smith at smit0387@umn.edu before 12:00 pm, the preceding Friday.

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