- University Libraries Planning Speaker Series
- Customer Service Survey in the Branch Libraries
- Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
- New E-Resources
- New Wiki Resources
- Preservation Planning Update
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- A Researcher's Day Brightener
- Emerging Tech Expo: Explore • Play • Learn!
- Third Annual Borchert Lecture
Exhibits at the Libraries
- A Century of Accomplishment
- African American Studies & American Indian Studies - Celebrating 40 Years
- Dewey Thorbeck: Travel Sketches
- Kerlan Collection's 60th Anniversary
- Nothing Unattempted: The Voyages of Captain James Cook
- Robert Bly Revealed
- Winter Celebration
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Staff Brownbag Presentation: How Deep are Geoscientists Willing to Dig?
- Webinar: Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users
- Staff Education and Development
University Libraries Planning Speaker Series
Lorcan Dempsey on Discovery and Delivery
Monday, November 23, 2009
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
Register at: https://onestop2.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0251 !
The Libraries' classic roles in providing collections and information access have undergone fundamental changes in the context of new models of distributing content, new technologies and players in the discovery environment, and changing expectations for delivery among our users.
- When "discovery happens elsewhere" and users expect discovery and delivery to coincide, how should libraries respond? What mechanisms should be developed to meet the needs of students and faculty?
- What roles do major players (such as Google and Amazon) currently have in the overall search and discovery environment and how will these roles evolve? In the years ahead, how will the library interact with these players and their services?
- What is the future role of the local library catalog? Does it exist? What should it contain? How should it be defined?
- What are library staff roles in this new discovery and delivery environment? Where are the future alignments for library expertise?
The wiki page for the University Libraries Speakers Series now includes suggested readings for this presentation. The Executive Summary of the Libraries' Discoverability Phase 1 Report is on the list and would be an excellent place to start. For recommended readings, speaker bios, and blog links, please visit the Libraries Planning Speaker Series page at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/UniversityLibrariesSpeakerSeries . Presentations will be available via UMConnect at: https://onestop2.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0251 .
- Jennifer Reckner
Customer Service Survey in the Branch Libraries
Information Access and Delivery Services (IADS) Customer Service Training has been offered since 2006. The past three Novembers, we have conducted a survey of users in the Branch libraries and in the Law Library to gather baseline data of user perceptions of service. It is time to repeat that survey for this year to see if user perceptions of service have changed relative to the baseline. The survey will be an overall effort to measure customer satisfaction and will not be intended as critiques of individual units. In order to get a good response rate while classes are still in session, this one-page customer service survey will begin Monday, November 16 and run through Sunday, November 22, 2009. Surveys will be distributed in:
- Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library
- Entomology, Fisheries & Wildlife Library
- Forestry Library
- Law Library
- Mathematics Library
- Music Library
- Plant Pathology Library
- Veterinary Medical Library
Please contact Jerrie Bayer at 4-8530 or Steve Llewellyn at 5-7940 if you have any questions.
- Jerrie Bayer and Steve Llewellyn
Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
Save Water at Work
Save water by closing taps tightly after use. A single tap dripping at a rate of one drop per second can waste 10,000 liters per year! Make sure faucets in common areas are completely turned off, and report any stubborn dripping taps to building maintenance.
For more resources and information on how to go green at work and at home, visit the Greening the Libraries Project website: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/greenlibraries/
- Greening the Libraries Project
Accounting Research Manager -- add-ons: Internal Controls, Government Accounting Standards: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=15388
Audit Bureau of Circulations: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16147
- Jim Stemper
New Wiki Resources
Want to stay updated on the latest happenings around the Libraries? Two new wiki pages will help you keep track of news and events. Click on the "Blogs by Staff" link in the sidebar ( https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/LibrariesBlogs/LibrariesBlogs ) to access a list of blogs authored by Libraries staff for Libraries related topics. These blogs are a great source of updates and information. Please add a link to your Libraries blog! To create your own blog or to search for other blogs, visit the UThink homepage at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ .
A new link to the Libraries Master Calendar has also been added. Look for the Master Calendar link in the sidebar to see a full monthly schedule of workshops, meetings, and events.
- Jennifer Reckner
Preservation Planning Update
Consultant Sam Demas and the Preservation and Conservation Planning Task Force are studying the needs and options for providing enduring access to the UMN Libraries collections. Their charge is to produce a forward-looking framework for continued preservation planning and an outline of options by mid-February 2010 that will guide fundraising efforts and resource allocation for implementation of a greater preservation capacity over the next few years.
In the past two months Sam has focused on meeting with Libraries staff to learn about the collections and about preservation needs of the libraries, and has been talking with outside specialists about opportunities for collaboration and the experience of other ARL (Association of Research Libraries) libraries in strengthening their preservation capacities. Specifically, Sam has been:
1) investigating the current capacity and future options for collections care (book repair and conservation treatments, as well as commercial binding).
2) exploring preservation priorities for the collections.
3) discussing the potential for cooperation within the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) and with other partners.
4) wrestling with the challenges and opportunities of preservation in the age of mass digitization and tight resources.
Task Force members are: Charles Spetland, Kris Kiesling, Scott Marsalis, Amy Boemer, Arvid Nelsen, Linda Greve, and Sam Demas (consultant).
For links to further information on these matters, visit the Task Force's wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/PreservationConservationTaskForce
- Linda Greve
Staff Tidings and Kudos
A Researcher's Day Brightener
A history professor from Whittier College recently sent this little day brightener about her research trip last summer:
"I am writing to express my appreciation for the Social Welfare History Archives at the Elmer Andersen Library. I spent two days there this past July, and I have to say it was one of the best research experiences I have had. The prompt and professional service of Linnea Anderson and Dave Klaassen made my short visit go very smoothly. In fact, their informative and speedy service started well before I even arrived to do research. I was able to get very useful information through email exchanges and with on-line finding aids. That enabled me to keep my visit on the short (and less expensive side), and to quickly peruse what I needed to collect on that trip and then to assess whether a second, longer trip would be necessary."
"I have researched at government, university, and private archives around the country, so I can say with confidence that Dave, Linnea, and all the folks at the SWHA provided an exceptionally professional and congenial work environment. I have recently worked in libraries that are having to make hard choices about budget priorities, and this research trip reminded me what is lost when cuts in staff and resources are made. Dave and Linnea's broad experience and enthusiasm for what they do really made my tasks easier. They not only helped me with my specific requests, they gave me other ideas about what to search, introduced me to additional staff who might be of assistance, and were available to answer any questions that popped up. This kind of help is invaluable to the researcher."
- Kris Kiesling
Emerging Tech Expo: Explore • Play • Learn!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Room 120, Andersen Library
The Emerging Tech Expo is a special event for all Libraries staff that will host a combination of technology presentations and exhibits. You are welcome to come and go as you please throughout the event. Presentations are scheduled in room 120A, Andersen Library:
11:15 am: The Virtual World of Second Life in Libraries, presented by Denise Gamble
11:45 am: The Power of the Google Apps Collaborative Suite, presented by Susan McKinnell, Office of Information Technology (OIT)
12:15 pm: UTHINK: Blogs in Action, presented by Shane Nackerud
12:45 pm: The Past, the Present, and a Future of the Library Website with Drupal, presented by Cody Hanson
Also explore exhibits on augmented reality, social networking, citation management, video production, screen and class capture, Google Apps, online Web authoring, plus gadgets and mobile technologies... and all staff who register will be eligible for our prize drawings!
Don't miss this exciting event sponsored by SED and IT Council. Register now at: https://onestop2.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0250
Visit the Expo blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/emergingtexpoblog/
- Emerging Tech Expo Planning Committee: Liya Ai, John Butler, Francine Dupont-Crocker, Denise Gamble, Lisa Johnston, Jan Roseen, and Scott Spicer
Third Annual Borchert Lecture
Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control
Friday, November 20, 2009
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center
As part of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day and Geography Awareness Week activities on the Twin Cities campus, Dr. Mark Monmonier will give the third annual Borchert Lecture. Dr. Monmonier is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University and recent recipient of the German Cartographic Society's Mercator Medal.
This lecture honors the late John Borchert (for whom the Map Library is named), University of Minnesota Regents Professor in Geography and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science.
For more information on GIS Day, go to: http://www.gisday.com/about/index.html
- The John R. Borchert Map Library Staff
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
Kerlan Collection's 60th Anniversary
Through December 31, 2009
Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Nothing Unattempted: The Voyages of Captain James Cook
Through December 31, 2009
T. R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library
Robert Bly Revealed
Through December 31, 2009
Andersen Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Staff Brownbag Presentation: How Deep are Geoscientists Willing to Dig?
How Deep are Geoscientists Willing to Dig? - A Citation Analysis Addressing the Changing Information-Seeking Behavior In The Digital Age
Lisa Johnston, Science and Engineering Library
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - bring your lunch at 12:00 pm, presentation begins at 12:30 pm
Room S30A, Wilson Library
To better understand the information-seeking behavior of geoscientists, due to ever-changing research habits, an exhaustive citation analysis was performed on a local population of geology dissertations from a large academic research university spanning the years 1888 through 2008. Past studies have shown that literature-use in the geosciences declines more slowly than in other scientific disciplines, therefore geology dissertations present an interesting litmus test on how changing information-seeking behavior can affect the obsolescence of scientific literature over time. This diasynchronous review analyzes citation patterns of dissertations by comparing the average citation age for each year and normalizing this data with the earliest citation year (potential) to establish an "average citation depth" for the last 120 years of the university's geoscience PhD graduates. The results indicate that citations have become increasingly younger, suggesting that information-seeking behavior has shifted in the last ten years. These shifts are discussed in terms of potentially disruptive events including the physical location change of the geosciences library, the increased reliance on electronic bibliographic databases, and the role of individual dissertation advisors as affecting the average citation depth of dissertations.
- Jan Roseen
Webinar: Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 555, Diehl Hall
The Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) will be hosting the Medical Library Association's (MLA) educational webcast, Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users. The focus of this webinar is on the use of mobile technologies in the health sciences setting, but all are welcome to attend. This is a free event and 2 MLA CE credits will be awarded to participants. To register, please contact Anne Beschnett at: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, November 17, 2009.
- describe mobile technology and its value for librarians and health care professionals
- demonstrate mobile technology devices and innovative applications
- explore programs that illustrate the potential of mobile technology for health professionals
- discuss funding opportunities to create and sustain mobile technology programs
The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- Anne Beschnett
Staff Education and Development
Check out upcoming classes offered by Libraries Staff Education and Development (SED) at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/SEDP/HomePage .
Minitex offers a dynamic schedule of webinars and training sessions. The full schedule may be found at: http://www.Minitex.umn.edu/events .
For items to be included in the Libraries Monday Memo, please send all announcements to email@example.com, before 12:00 pm the preceding Friday.