- Are We Loaded Yet?
- Discoverability Phase 2 to Launch
- Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
- IADS' Check it Out News: Spring 2010
- Libraries IT News: April 2010 Monthly Update
- Libraries Security Committee March Meeting Notes Available
- Life Could Be Easier Tip of the Month
- Minitex Policy Advisory Council March Meeting Minutes Available
- New E-Resources
- Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Season Arrives
- Tech Services Ten Cents: March 2010
- Wiki Authors Group Meeting
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Dustin Platte Receives Outstanding Student Employee Award
- New Arrival for Jackie Gulbranson
- 2010 Kerlan Award: Nancy Carlson
Exhibits at the Libraries
- Below the Surface: Ten Years of Archives and Special Collections in Elmer L. Andersen Library
- Native View Points: Paintings and Drawings by John Koepke
- Ritual of Reading: Religion and the Illustrated Book
- Robert Bly Revealed
- Tangible Digital Matter
- United States Census Bureau: 220 Years of Counting Americans
- With Distinction: A Look at University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology Outstanding Alumni
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- ARLD-Day Pre-Registration Ends April 16, 2010
- Disability Services Adaptive Technology Workshop
- Scholarly Communication Webinar
- Webinar: RFID in Libraries Standards and Expanding Use
- Staff Education and Development
Are We Loaded Yet?
- ECCO2: 46,577 records added, April 5, 2010
- Synthesis digital library 3 (Jan-Mar): 25 new records added, April 9, 2010
- GOBI ordered ebooks: 24 new records added, April 5 and 9, 2010
See sets and statistics for e-book batch record loading at: /ul/Divisions/InfoTech/LibEntOps/Aleph/Record Loads/EbookLoads/EbookTitleLevelCataloging.xls . E-book load problems or questions may be reported by filling out a Help Desk ticket at: https://helpdesk.lib.umn.edu/
- Kristi Bergland, Betsy Friesen, John Halvorson
Discoverability Phase 2 to Launch
The Web Services Steering Committee (WSSC) is very pleased to announce that "Discoverability Phase 2" is about to launch. Phase 2 will build on some of the principles and activities identified in Phase 1 and will support the Libraries' goal to enhance discovery and delivery. More specifically, the charge asks that the group "develop recommendations for strategic disclosure of metadata from our local systems to external discovery environments, and articulate a vision and rationale for the discovery services we privilege through a local web presence." We are delighted that Cody Hanson and Heather Hessel have agreed to again provide their leadership as co-chairs. Other members of the group are Deborah Boudewyns, Jan Fransen, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Stephen Hearn, Nancy Herther, Darlene Morris (Duluth campus), Nicole Theis-Mahon, Stacie Traill, and Amy West. The charge is available at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-14503028_1
- Janice Jaguszewski and Shane Nackerud, WSSC Co-chairs
Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
Recycle as much plastic as possible! Most recycling bins and home pickup only accept plastic bottles for recycling. The East Side Food Co-op recycles many more types of plastic, including yogurt containers, plastic bags, and much more. They will take plastics labeled #1, #2, #4, #5, and #6 (No foam!). See: http://www.eastsidefood.coop/content/plastics-recycling-eastside for more information. Consider having a drop-off point in your staff area, and taking turns bringing the plastic items to the Co-op!
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
IADS' Check it Out News: Spring 2010
Information Access and Delivery Services (IADS) top stories include:
- Binding System & Process Improvements
- Speedy Shelving with LEAN Stacks Management
- Libraries Spring Customer Service Evaluations
- Marketing Libraries eReserves Services
- April 2010 Tidbits
- Staff Interview with Jason Iversen, Wilson Circulation
All this and more at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/CheckItOut/HomePage
- IADS Communications Coordinating Group: Elena Carrillo, Francine Dupont-Crocker, Jackie Gulbranson, Dana Peterson
Libraries IT News: April 2010 Monthly Update
Aleph v20 Upgrade
With the help of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and our library testing group, Library Enterprise Operations (LEO) successfully completed the transition from Aleph v19 to Aleph v20 over the weekend of March 20, 2010. Many thanks to all involved for a very smooth upgrade.
Improved MNCAT Plus Performance
LEO has been working with Ex Libris to improve the search speed in MNCAT Plus and we are very happy to announce that the average response time for a "Books & More" search has gone from 1.1 seconds to .55 seconds. Individual mileage may vary, but overall this represents a big improvement in searching and it has made a noticeable difference.
HathiTrust Catalog Development
The HathiTrust Discovery Interface Working Group (with UMN's John Butler, co-chair; Naun Chew, cataloging resource expert) has been collaborating with OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) for one year now on developing and implementing a HathiTrust catalog within WorldCat using the WorldCat Local software. Among many other things, this requires systematically moving all HathiTrust records into WorldCat. As of the end of March 2010, 1.1 million HathiTrust records have been added to WorldCat through OCLC's eContent Synchronization mechanism, and the loading process continues. Additionally, as part of planning this implementation, HathiTrust and OCLC recently completed a first round of usability testing for the version 1 HathiTrust catalog in WorldCat Local at Penn State University. We are aiming for an early summer beta release.
E-Book Record Loads
Last December, LEO and Technical Services initiated a project to expand resources allocated to e-book loads: fully documenting the process, adding two new staff members responsible for record loads, and beginning new communication procedures. We would welcome feedback and comments from library staff on how effective these changes have been. Do you have suggestions for improvement? Please email: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Submitted by John Butler, on behalf of the Libraries IT Directors
Libraries Security Committee March Meeting Notes Available
The notes from the March Libraries Security Committee Meeting have been posted at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/wupl/SecurityCommittee.Minutes/March2010Minutes.docx . If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Libraries Security Committee.
- Jon Jeffryes
Life Could Be Easier Tip of the Month
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- Kate Brooks
Minitex Policy Advisory Council March Meeting Minutes Available
The Minitex Policy Advisory Council minutes and member reports from the March meeting are now available. Check out both the new website and the March Minutes at: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Committees/Advisory/
- Jennifer Reckner
MNCAT Survey Report and Results Available
The MNCAT survey report, presentation, and feedback session notes are now available at the Primo Management Group wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/LEO/PMGWorkArea . Also available is a queryable database of survey results including user comments. Thanks to all those who attended.
- Naun Chew
- Parliamentary Papers (Proquest): http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16523
- Social Science Electronic Data Library: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16525
- Jim Stemper
Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Season Arrives
We are moving into the severe thunderstorm and tornado season. Take a moment to review the emergency procedures from the University of Minnesota Emergency Preparedness website at: http://www1.umn.edu/prepared/weather.html . Then review the specific procedures for notifying patrons/staff in your specific building by visiting the Facilities and Operations Management (FOM) wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/FOM/EmergencyProcedures
A tornado or severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are right for severe weather to develop rapidly. If a watch is issued for Hennepin or Ramsey Counties, the following steps should be taken:
- Monitor the local emergency alert radio station, the Twin Cities media, or the National Weather Service Web site.
- Supervisors with employees working outdoors should consider instructing them to go inside the closest building with safe areas.
- Supervisors with employees working indoors (such as in offices or laboratories) may instruct employees to close windows and blinds and be ready to move to safe areas.
- Faculty with classes in session should close windows, inform students of their building's safe areas, and be ready to relocate to those areas.
A tornado or severe thunderstorm warning means that severe weather is happening and the situation is dangerous. The National Weather Service will sound sirens in the event of a tornado warning, but not in the event of other severe storms. The University will activate tone-alert radios. If a tornado or a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for Hennepin or Ramsey Counties, the following steps should be taken:
- Move students and staff to a safe area immediately. Safe areas include basements, pedestrian tunnels, or interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid large, poorly supported roofs and structures such as auditoriums or gymnasiums.
- Close classroom, laboratory, or office doors, and stay away from windows.
- Remain in a safe area until the warning expires or until the all-clear signal has been issued.
Questions or concerns - please talk to your facilities manager.
- Bernadette Corley Troge
Tech Services Ten Cents: March 2010
March has been a glorious month, the beginning of spring, the start of daylight saving time. In Technical Services, the staff members are busily plotting the work that has to be done and looking for novel ways to do it. They have been: Writing final chapters... Developing the plots... Authoring collaboratively... Cracking the books...
Read all about it at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/Newsletter
- Technical Services
Wiki Authors Group Meeting
The next Wiki Authors Group meeting will be held on April 21, 2010, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in room S30B, Wilson Library. Please join your colleagues to share best practices, tips and tricks, and get your wiki questions answered!
- Jennifer Reckner
Staff Tidings and Kudos
Dustin Platte Receives Outstanding Student Employee Award
Dustin Platte, University Librarian's Office, has received the Outstanding Student Employee Award at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. This award recognizes the top 10% of student employees on campus for outstanding contributions to their
department and the University community during the 2009-2010 academic year having demonstrated the skills and characteristics that exemplify strong leadership and outstanding service. Congratulations on this wonderful recognition!
- Scott Smith
New Arrival for Jackie Gulbranson
Jackie and Matt Gulbranson are proud to announce the arrival of Penelope Danger Gulbranson who was born at 12:50 pm on Friday March 19, 2010. She weighed in at 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. Matt, Jackie, and Penelope are all doing great! Congratulations!
- Lois Stuedemann
2010 Kerlan Award: Nancy Carlson
Saturday, April 24, 2010
12:00 pm: luncheon ($20; $15 for Kerlan Friends)
1:15 pm: ceremony with speech by Nancy Carlson (free and open to the public)
Elmer L. Andersen Library
Please register for the luncheon by Friday, April 16, 2010 at: http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/AwardRegistration2010.pdf
The Kerlan Award is presented annually in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature.
CEU credit certificates will be available for the Kerlan Award Ceremony.
- Communications Office
Exhibits at the Libraries
Below the Surface: Ten Years of Archives and Special Collections in Elmer L. Andersen Library
Through Friday, June 25, 2010
Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Native View Points: Paintings and Drawings by John Koepke
Through Friday, May 14, 2010
Room 210, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Rapson Hall
Ritual of Reading: Religion and the Illustrated Book
Through Friday, May 14, 2010
T. R. Anderson Exhibit Gallery, Fourth Floor, Wilson Library
Robert Bly Revealed
Tangible Digital Matter
The Art in the Libraries 2010 exhibition celebrates digital media in the work of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota.
Through Sunday, May 15, 2010
Basement, First, and Fourth Floors, Wilson Library
United States Census Bureau: 220 Years of Counting Americans
Through April 2010
Government Publications Collections Display Case, Basement, Wilson Library
With Distinction: A Look at University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology Outstanding Alumni
Through August 2010
Plant Pathology Library
Room 395, Borlaug Hall
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
ARLD-Day Pre-Registration Ends April 16, 2010
Be sure to register now for this years' ARLD-Day to reserve your space and take advantage of the off-site registration rates. Please join us on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to talk about collaboration in academic libraries.
The full conference schedule and registration form are available at: http://mnlibraryassociation.org/news-and-events/calendar/event10_0423/
- Linda Eells, ARLD Board
Disability Services Adaptive Technology Workshop
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 120, Elmer L. Anderson Library
Limited Space. Register soon!
This class, presented by Disability Services' Computer Accommodations Program, is designed to familiarize library staff with adaptive technologies.
- View live demos of adaptive technology
- Learn more about the Adaptive Technology Labs and campus resources
- Discuss the most efficient and successful ways to assist blind/low vision library users
- Meet the staff from Disability Services' Computer Accommodations Program
Any questions please contact Jody Gray at: email@example.com .
- Jody Gray
Scholarly Communication Webinar
Please join us for the next ARL/ACRL scholarly communication webinar, "Managing Transformative Change: Campus Policy and Politics, or: So we're not Harvard..."
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room 101, Walter Library
This session will focus on campus mandate and policy issues, specifically exploring the roles that libraries play in advocating for and supporting campus mandates and policies. Case studies discussing how libraries and academic institutions have prepared their communities to consider policy changes and how policy changes have transformed behaviors on these campuses will be presented. The scheduled speakers are Ada Emmett, Asssociate Librarian for Scholarly Communications,University of Kansas; Lorraine Aricombe, Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas; Marisa Ramirez, California Polythechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Campus.
The presentations will be followed by an online discussion; in the last half hour, of implications for our local efforts.
This webinar is part of a series. Future webinars are listed at: wiki.lib.umn.edu/ScholarlyCommunication
- Rafael Tarrago, for The Scholarly Communication Collaborative
Webinar: RFID in Libraries Standards and Expanding Use
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (you are welcome to bring your lunch)
Minitex Conference Room, Andersen Library
To register for this on-site webinar, go to: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/events/niso/#rfid
This webinar will look at the latest developments in standardization regarding the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in libraries and share the experience of an actual implementation of RFID. There will presentations on "ISO Standard on RFID in Libraries" by Paul Sevcik, Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M Library Systems; "U.S. Implementation of RFID in Libraries" by Vinod Chachra, CEO, VTLS, Inc; and "Case Study of RFID Library Implementation" by a speaker to be determined. The webinar will be archived and available for viewing after April 14, 2010.
- Mary Parker
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 previous issues, visit the University Libraries Monday Memo blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mondaymemo/ .
The University Libraries Monday Memo editorial policy can be found at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Communications/InternalCommunications .
For items to be included in the University Libraries Monday Memo, please send all announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org , before 12:00 pm the preceding Friday.