November 30th, 2009

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News from Around the Libraries
- HathiTrust: Shared Digital Repository
- November CNI Conversations Recording Available
- Security in 499 Wilson

Upcoming Events

- 20 by 20: A Pecha Kucha Event
- The Friends of the Libraries Proudly Present Lewis H. Lapham
- Join Us for the December First Fridays
- Paul Courant on Scholarly Communication and Publication

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?
- Staff Education and Development
- Minitex

News from Around the Libraries

HathiTrust: Shared Digital Repository

Have you begun to follow the developments around what is emerging as the world's largest digital library?  Did you know that the University of Minnesota is a charter partner in this enterprise?  The HathiTrust (see: ) is a massively scaled digital repository providing both access and preservation services for a growing number of research institutions, including all of the CIC, the University of California system, the University of Virginia, and more to be announced.  Launched a little more than one year ago, the HathiTrust already contains an impressive 4,619,395 volumes or 1,616,788,250 pages (all full-text searchable) or 172 terabytes or 55 miles of shelved materials.  Of these volumes 710,961 are in the public domain and are fully displayable.  The University of Minnesota Libraries are in the process of adding tens of thousands of scanned government documents into HathiTrust and anticipate adding hundreds of thousands of items over the next few years.  The current catalog for searching the holdings of HathiTrust is available at: .  A collaborative project is underway to build a longer-term discovery interface for HathiTrust with OCLC using WorldCat Local technology.  An impressive of other initiatives around HathiTrust, including data mining, ingest of image and audio files, understanding the relationship between digital and print repositories for the purposes of preservation, and many more are underway.  Monthly progress reports are published via RSS feeds at: .  Check it out; HathiTrust is certain to be part of our "shared digital future."

- John Butler

November CNI Conversations Recording Available

An audio archive of the November CNI Conversations session, which coincided with the Libraries Emerging Tech Expo, is now available at .  Executive Director Clifford Lynch reported on the recent ARL/CNI special collections forum, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and a new book on the Fourth Paradigm (a collection of essays dedicated to the memory of Jim Gray, edited by Tony Hey, et al, and published by Microsoft Research).  Participant questions included the revised Google Books settlement, Lawrence Lessig's EDUCAUSE keynote on copyright, and an update on the Open Annotation Collaboration.

- John Butler

Security in 499 Wilson

In light of recent security incidents in 499 Wilson, Libraries Administration has taken this opportunity to review and revise our current security practices.  We are balancing the desire to have a welcoming environment with the necessity for increased security precautions.  The primary change that may affect you is that we are asking people to check in at the front desk.  If you are coming to 499 Wilson for a meeting, to meet with a staff member, or to used shared resources, or other, please stop at the front desk to inform reception who you are and the purpose of your visit.

- Jennifer Reckner

Upcoming Events

20 by 20: A Pecha Kucha Event

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) are hosting a pecha kucha-style event on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, in the Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union.  Ten short presentations (each having 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each) will be given by faculty, staff, and students on the topic, "Google@UMN."  Four of the ten presentations will be given by Libraries staff.  These are "Google Book Search and the Google Digitization Project" (Jason Roy), "Google for Research: Scholar and Direct Linking to Scholarly Articles" (Kate Peterson and Jon Jeffryes), "Google Wave" (Shane Nackerud), and "Google * Engineering * Copyright" (Nancy Sims).  A full description of the program is available at: .

- John Butler

The Friends of the Libraries Proudly Present Lewis H. Lapham
Thursday, December 3, 2009
7:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library

The New York Times has likened him to H.L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain, and best-selling author Tom Wolfe compared him to Montaigne.

Lewis Lapham is Editor Emeritus of Harper's Magazine and the Founding Editor of Lapham's Quarterly, a journal of the history of ideas.  The author of thirteen books, among them Theater of War and Money and Class in America, Mr. Lapham is the host of Bloomberg Radio's weekly program, "The World in Time."

On December 3, 2009, Lapham's speech, "Mixed Media," will account for the tribulations of the printed word in the wilderness of cyberspace.

Dessert reception and book signing follows, with books available for sale courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

- Communications Office

Join Us for the December First Fridays

Virtue & Vice in the Stacks: Liberality, Greed & Thrift
Friday, December 4, 2009
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library

"Please sir, I want some more!" So said Oliver Twist, Dickens' famous orphan.  The master of the orphanage considered Oliver to be greedy; to Oliver, more gruel was a necessity.  Greed--its definition, interpretation, and impact--is the focus of this presentation by the James Ford Bell Library.  Join us as we take you from piracy to slavery, from exploration to conquest, from debate to debate about greed.

Tzedakah is a Hebrew term meaning "righteous giving."  American Jewish communities have an imperative to be generous in pursuit of the common good.  The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives will outline the legacy of a century and a half of local liberality.

In a related topic, the Kautz Family YMCA Archives will present on thrift.  In 1916 the YMCA began a concerted effort with various partners to promote thrift.  The thrift movement sought to inform Americans of the virtues of being fiscally prudent through a variety of formats including articles, cartoons, exhibits, public lectures, and mass advertisement.

Also, this Friday at 1:00 pm, following the talk, staff from Andersen Library will be available to give tours of the caverns below the public building.

- R. Arvid Nelsen, First Fridays Chair

Paul Courant on Scholarly Communication and Publication

Thursday, December 17, 2009
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

Register at:

As increasing attention to processes of scholarship replaces an exclusive focus on products of scholarship, libraries are experimenting - and in some cases fully embracing - new partnership roles in the creation, management, and sharing of intellectual resources.  In 2007, the Libraries launched the University Digital Conservancy as a venue for deposit and dissemination of faculty works and administrative content.  Since then, the Libraries have received a steady trickle of inquiries from members of the University community interested in a potential partnership in dissemination or publication of faculty and student works.  Most recently, the 2008 revision to the University's copyright policy has explicitly encouraged faculty to provide "the greatest possible scholarly and public access" to their works.  Additionally, the development and release of increasingly robust, open-source software, such as Open Journal Systems, provide a rationale and means for dissemination and publication.

- Can libraries effectively demonstrate to scholars that the publishing status quo is unsustainable?
- What compels scholars to change their publishing practices - economics, accessibility, author's rights?  Does change need to be driven by structural changes in administrative policies and, if so, where should libraries focus their efforts (tenure policies or open access mandates)?
- What is the library's role in supporting the creative process and enabling the dissemination of intellectual assets?  Are the libraries a support mechanism or an intellectual partner?  Specifically, what activities can the Libraries or librarians undertake to play a more active role in the research and publishing processes?
- If libraries seek to take on a more active role in publishing scholarly work, what strategic opportunities should we pursue?  Who are likely partners or collaborators?
- What is the university's role in changing the economic model of scholarly publishing?  In facilitating greater public access to research funded in large part by taxpayers?

For information about the speakers, including short bios, blog links, and recommended readings, please visit the Libraries Planning Speaker Series page at: .  You will also find the webcast and powerpoint presentation for Lorcan Dempsey's presentation on Discovery and Delivery on the Libraries wiki.  Presentations will be available via UMConnect.

- 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

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

Online exhibit

Winter Celebration

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

Staff Education and Development

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