- AskMN: The Librarian is In!
- Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Group
- Desk Tracker Improvements Coming Soon
- IADS Check it Out! News - January 2010
- IT Council December 2009 Meeting Notes Now Available
- Libraries IT News - January 2010 Monthly Update
- Libraries Security Committee Members for 2010monda
- New E-Resources
- Tech Services Ten Cents: December 2009
New Appointments and Departures
- Michelle Brasure Departs, Welcome Der Yang
- University Libraries Planning Speaker Series: Clifford Lynch on E-Scholarship
Exhibits at the Libraries
- The Machine That Changed the World: ACM and the History of Computing, 1947-2010
- Nothing Unattempted: The Voyages of Captain James Cook
- Robert Bly Revealed
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Libraries Planning Speaker Series Brown Bags
- Student Supervisors Toolkit
- Staff Education and Development
AskMN: The Librarian is In!
Minitex is delighted to announce the release of our FY 08/09 report on AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota's statewide digital reference service. AskMN is funded by Minitex with appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature and is staffed by participating libraries and Minitex.
The report summarizes who is asking questions, who is answering them, what time of day questions are being asked, the reach of our libraries to Minnesota residents, and how satisfied patrons were with AskMN: The Librarian Is In! 8109 questions were received and answered between April 2008 and June 2009. 64% (5184) were from Minnesota patrons, and 36% (2925) were questions received from non-Minnesota patrons that Minnesota library staff answered for the QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Cooperative. The 24/7 coverage provided by the AskMN service benefits Minnesota patrons at their point and time of need, giving them access to reference services when their libraries are typically closed.
In the words of Pat Conley, "our pioneering virtual librarians" are providing a much needed, much appreciated service to Minnesota citizens. The collaboration among Minnesota libraries and the global library community is a success. To view the full report, go to: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/reference/askmn.pdf .
For more information about participating in AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, please contact Bill DeJohn at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or Carla Steinberg Pfahl at: email@example.com .
- Mary Parker
Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Group
The Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Group (CAPIM) has been working to identify individuals who will serve as point people for more in-depth reference questions about citation managers. They are:
EndNote: Jon Jeffryes
RefWorks: Jan Fransen and Virginia Bach
Zotero: Jody Kempf
Questions can be directed to these individuals through Question Point.
Happy New Year from the Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Group! Is one of your New Year's resolutions to be more organized, or are you just wishing 2010 had more hours in a day than 2009? We get it, and we're here to help! Starting right now, the CAPIM group would like to share a "Life Could be Easier" tip of the month: Wish your bookmarks were accessible on the Web? XMarks at: http://www.xmarks.com/ is a free tool to do that. It can automatically sync from a variety of browsers, and it is an easy way to make your bookmarks available on your mobile phone.
- Kate Brooks
Desk Tracker Improvements Coming Soon
s a result of recent user input and data analysis, the Reinventing Reference Collaborative has simplified the Desk Tracker form. The new form is designed to offer users the same functionality within a more streamlined interface. The biggest change is a reduction in the number of Transaction Type choices from four to two: Reference and Not Reference.
We expect the new form to be ready by the start of Spring Semester at the same URL. See a mock up image at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/ul/Divisions/AcaProg/DivisionWide/Groups/Reference_Collaborative/DT_mockup.jpeg
We hope you find the changes beneficial to your data gathering. As always, please contact us if you have questions.
- Tony Ihrig and Mary Schoenborn, Co-Chairs, Reinventing Reference Collaborative and the RRC members
IADS Check it Out! News - January 2010
Fall 2009 Highlights:
- Staffing Changes in Wilson Circulation, Course Reserves, and Stacks Services
- Assessing Customer Service Training Project Effectiveness
- Community Involvement Programs at Walter Library
- New UniPrint Printers Arrived
- Binding Application Development
- Get It Service Requests and Searches
- New Walter Library Circulation Student Blog
- Guy Peterson Completes MLIS
All this and more at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/CheckItOut/HomePage
- Communications Coordinating Group: Francine Dupont-Crocker, Jackie Gulbranson, and Dana Peterson
IT Council December 2009 Meeting Notes Now Available
- New Employee Orientation Program Update
- Emerging Tech Expo Event Review and Looking Ahead
- Discussion of Lorcan Dempsey's "Discovery and Delivery" Presentation
- Updates from IT Directors - including on course integration developments, update on URCHIN web stats application, DCU's Internal Granting Program, a new Omeka test site, Media Repository, Windows 7, and Minitex's Research Calculator tool.
The notes, by Francine Dupont-Crocker, are available at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/ITCMeeting55
- John Butler
Libraries IT News - January 2010 Monthly Update
Aleph 20.1 Upgrade Planning
Library Enterprise Operations (LEO) has successfully upgraded our test environment from v19 to v20 and testing has begun in the new environment. All testing will be completed by January 29, 2010, when a recommendation for upgrading our production environment will be presented to the administration. Training for staff will be provided in recorded, self-service modules, available for viewing in the month leading up to the upgrade. The target date for a switch to production is the last weekend of Spring Break, March 19 to 21, 2010.
Aleph Training on ebook Record Loads
Connie, Betsy, and Heather have teamed up to train John Halvorson (Acquisitions) and Kristi Bergland (Music Cataloging) on the process of loading ebook records into Aleph. The training schedule includes seven classes - with practice exercises in between - and the necessary follow-up time needed to ensure a smooth transition to working independently. Shifting this responsibility will allow for better distribution of this work and create a foundation for future crossover opportunities.
LEO has provided the first file of nearly 85,000 U of M records to the University of Michigan for inclusion in the HathiTrust digital repository ( http://www.hathitrust.org/ ). These records represent items that have been scanned by Google and that will be made discoverable in the HathiTrust catalog and Google Book Search. We will continue to provide records to the repository on an ongoing, monthly basis in 2010. With appreciation to Erik Biever for his work on this project.
LEO has successfully installed the 4.3 minor release for both installations of MetaLib (i.e., Articles search, OneSearch): our local service for Twin Cities and Duluth (November 29, 2009), and our external customer, the Bridge Consortium of Carleton and St Olaf (December 27, 2009). LEO is in the process of configuring some of the features available in this new release. With appreciation to Janet Arth for her work on this project.
Over the December holidays, LEO installed three service patches for our Primo installation (MNCAT Plus, QuickSearch in Duluth). Among other changes, the installation of these patches has improved "real time availability" checking against the Aleph system and introduced better performance monitoring.
Windows 7 Pilots
Ask your Computer Support technician what the latest buzz is with computer desktop support and you'll undoubtedly hear, "Windows 7!" Surf the web or your favorite IT media sources for first impressions on the new operating system from Redmond, and be prepared for the deluge of positive responses. It looks like this time around, Microsoft got it right! Three years ago when Microsoft released Vista, with hopes of Windows XP's retirement soon to follow, the computer world was buzzing a different tune. Vista's need for fast processors and maximum memory caused many IT managers to ask, "Is it worth it?" The usual response was, "XP has been working just fine...We're staying put!" With the Vista debacle behind them, Microsoft hopes that they now have a worthy reason for steadfast XP users to upgrade. They do! Here in the Libraries, most Computer Support technicians have installed Windows 7 on their work computers to start the learning process. We are in the process of testing all Libraries' software for compatibility. Our plan is to load Windows 7 on all new computers deployed to the Staff Education and Development (SED) rooms (Wilson, Walter, and Magrath) this year. We currently have one new SED computer with Windows 7 installed, setup in the cubicle outside of Denise Gamble's office (Wilson S30) for evaluation. It will soon travel to Walter Library for a week's stay, then end the tour in Magrath Library.
Mobile Web Site
The Digital Library Development Lab released an improved mobile library web site ready for Spring semester. The new mobile web site includes inviting and user friendly icons to assist with navigation, a list of mobile friendly library databases, and browser detection capabilities that will forward people to the site when a mobile browser is identified. The URL of the mobile site is: http://www.lib.umn.edu/mobile/ , but if you are on a mobile device, try going straight to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/ . Please take an opportunity to test this out and send John Barneson, the creator of the new mobile site, your feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Nice work John!
IT Master Calendar
The IT Division maintains a high-level calendar of major project implementation, upgrade, and deployment milestones in Libraries IT at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/IT/MasterCalendar .
- Submitted by John Butler, on behalf of the Libraries IT Directors
Libraries Security Committee Members for 2010
New two-year term members of the Libraries Security Committee for 2010 are Steve Koehler, Lynn Tran, Dave Paulson (reappointment), and Del Reed (reappointment). They join Jerrie Bayer (chair), Matt Bowers, Bernadette Corley Troge, Linda DeBeau-Melting, Jon Jeffyres, Michael Winters, and Justin Yarrington, all currently serving on the committee.
Thank you to departing members Laura Krueger and Mark Desrosiers.
- Scott Smith
Los Angeles Times backfile: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16256
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=11335
Sage E-ref collections for 2007-08: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=14534
Travel Writing, Spectacle, and World History: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16245
- Jim Stemper
Tech Services Ten Cents: December 2009
Winter arrived ferociously in December with wicked snow storms followed by fierce cold. The clocks announcing the arrival of the New Year were surrounded with snow and ice, but throughout December the Technical Services (TS) staff members were on the clock in all kinds of weather: Counting the days... Timing the projects... Ringing out the old...
Catch up with TS at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/Newsletter
- Technical Services
New Appointments and Departures
Michelle Brasure Departs, Welcome Der Yang
The Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) said goodbye to Michelle Brasure at the end of December as she completed her two year NLM Informationist Fellowship and received her MLIS degree from St. Catherine University. Michelle is not going far, however - she has accepted a full-time position at the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (http://www.mnepc.org/ ), where she will put her knowledge and training to work by leading review projects on various medical topics. While at HSL, Michelle had key roles in our consumer health outreach activities, including My Health Minnesota → Go Local and was the principle investigator (PI) of our grant project, Health Literacy Program for Minnesota Seniors, to design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a Health Literacy training program for seniors. Anne Beschnett will take over as PI on the grant.
The Health Sciences Libraries welcomes Der Yang as Administrative Assistant. Der just received her undergraduate degree from the University in Strategic Communications, with a minor in Management, and has been working as a student assistant in HSL Administration since October.
- Linda Watson
University Libraries Planning Speaker Series: Clifford Lynch on E-Scholarship
Monday, January 25, 2010
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management
Register at: https://onestop2.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0254
For information about the speakers and UMConnect and link instructions, please visit the Libraries Planning Speaker Series page at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/UniversityLibrariesSpeakerSeries . You will also find the webcasts for our first three presentations of the Speaker Series on the Libraries wiki.
- Jennifer Reckner
Exhibits at the Libraries
The Machine That Changed the World: ACM and the History of Computing, 1947-2010
Through Friday, March 5, 2010
Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Nothing Unattempted: The Voyages of Captain James Cook
Through Sunday, March 7, 2010
T. R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library
Robert Bly Revealed
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Libraries Planning Speaker Series Brown Bags
The working groups for each of the strategic themes presented in the Libraries Planning Speaker Series are holding brown bag discussions. Each brown bag will provide an opportunity to share thoughts on the themes raised in the presentation, to share main points that emerged from the afternoon working group session, and to anonymously share information gathered in the surveys. If you have not completed the surveys for each session, please take a moment to do so. Information gathered in the surveys is proving useful for future planning by the working groups and the Libraries' planning process.
Brown Bag on Content and Collections and Jim Neal's Presentation
Monday, January 11, 2010
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Room S30B, Wilson Library
Survey on Content and Collections: https://umsurvey.umn.edu/index.php?sid=93625&lang=um
Brown Bag Discussion on Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Paul Courant's Presentation
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Room S30B, Wilson Library
Survey on Scholarly Communication and Publishing: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8WSVSBK
Brown Bag on Discovery and Delivery and Lorcan Dempsey's Presentation
Date and Location TBD - info coming soon!
Webcasts of each presentation are available on the staff wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/UniversityLibrariesSpeakerSeries
- Jennifer Reckner
Student Supervisors Toolkit
Supervisors: Student Employees sessions will be held:
Monday, January 11, 2010
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Room S30A Wilson Library
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Room 555, Diehl Hall
Thursday, January 21, 2010
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Room 2, Macgrath Library
Register at: https://onestop2.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0045
Training Description: An introduction for new supervisors of student staff members about the University and University Libraries policies, procedures, and resources available - not only to hire, but also to manage your student staff members so that you both get the most out of the employment experience. This training is also recommended as a refresher for experienced supervisors.
Objectives: To help supervisors navigate key segments of the employment relationship.
- How to hire a student
- How to manage expectations: orientation, training and development, and managing performance
- Where to find additional resources
- Eva Nsereko
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 University Libraries Monday Memo, please send all announcements to email@example.com, before 12:00 pm the preceding Friday.