May 17th, 2010

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News from Around the Libraries
-Libraries IT News - May 2010 monthly update
-Road Closure for Weisman Art Museum Construction
-West Bank Security Project
-Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
-More Images and Posters from Below the Surface Companion Exhibits
-New Form and Resource for Event Planners  

Upcoming Events
-ARL/ACRL scholarly communication webinar
-Redesign of Libraries' Web Presence
-Census 2010: Power, Money, Data - Brown Bag Lunch and Hands-on Workshop

Exhibits at the Libraries
- Below the Surface: Ten Years of Archives and Special Collections in Elmer L. Andersen Library
- Robert Bly Revealed
-With Distinction: A Look at University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology Outstanding Alumni

Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.

- Library Course Page Brown bag
- Staff Education and Development
- Minitex
News from Around the Libraries

Libraries IT News - May 2010 monthly update

Libraries-OIT Partnership Framework
The Libraries and the Office of Information Technology recently reached agreement on a framework within which specific partnerships can be formed.   The framework calls for specific partnership agreements to be pursued when there is 1) identification  of commonly held strategic or operational goals in alignment with University strategic goals; 2) recognition that the core business strengths of each unit is complementary in support for the endeavor; 3) mutual recognition that a partnership approach holds stronger potential for achieving desired outcomes than would be available to each unit functioning independently;  and 4) willingness to share risk, accountability, and attribution.  The first partnership agreement achieved within this framework is one related to OIT system administration support for Libraries enterprise systems.

Social Welfare History Archive Digitization Surpasses 160,000 scans

Under the coordination of Ahnna Mahoney, the SWHA digitization project surpassed the 160,000 scan Health Association.  Started this past August, the scanning portion of this project is scheduled to conclude within the next 4-6 weeks. The next phase of the project will involve uploading all of the images to the UMedia Archive. The entire project is scheduled to be completed later this Fall. Congratulations  to Ahnna and her group of hard working students on reaching this milestone.

-John Butler, on behalf of the Libraries IT Directors

Road Closure for Weisman Art Museum Construction

Starting on May 17, the clover leaf around the Museum (from Washington Ave to East River Road) will close.  The road will stay closed until sometime in August. Traffic will be detoured to continue on Washington Ave until reaching Oak St, and then be diverted down Oak St to East River Road.

-Kristia Davern

West Bank Security Project

Starting on May 17th, the hallway in the lower level between Blegen/Social Sciences and into Anderson Hall will be closed for the installation of new doors, frame and associated hardware, electrical etc. as part of the West Bank Security project.  This is scheduled to last through the week.  The elevators will still be accessible.  But you will have to go to first floor to get through from Social Science/Anderson to Blegen.

-Barb Smith

Greening the Libraries Fun Fact

Green Your Water Use! Consider taking some small steps to improve the energy efficiency of your water use at home. According to the University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems (, using a low flow shower head can offset your carbon footprint by 350 pounds per year. Setting your hot water heater to 120° F can also help improve its efficiency.

For more resources and information on how to go green at work and at home, visit the Greening the Libraries Project website:

-Greening the Libraries Project

More Images and Posters from Below the Surface Companion Exhibits

We are pleased to share images and posters from Bio-Medical, Magrath, Walter, Wilson (Ames Library of South Asia, Government Publications, East Asian Library and the John R. Borchert Map Library) highlighting the hidden stories from their collections.

These exhibits were created after a discussion in the Instruction Coordinators Group and the work and expertise of many library staff. Enjoy:

-Kate Peterson on behalf of Instruction Coordinators Group

Event Planning Depot Wiki: revised event planning form and new resource  

The Events Planning Depot wiki page ( has been evolving over the course of the past months and we hope some of the revisions make your event planning easier.  The events planning form has been revised to streamline the information you are being asked.  The Events Team has also developed a new spreadsheet template to help you keep track of your event related expenses.  Check them both out on the Event Depot:  If you have questions or comments about either of the documents, the wiki, or the events planning process, please don't hesitate to ask the Events Team.

-Jennifer Reckner

Upcoming Events

ARL/ACRL scholarly communication webinar

Please join us for the next ARL/ACRL scholarly communication webinar, "Translating Government Policy into Campus Services"

Thursday, May 20, 2010
12:00-2:00 pm
Wilson Library S30A

As the United States and other governments pass open-access policies, there is a growing need to develop library services to support faculty in understanding and complying with these mandates. This program will discuss the changes that are happening in the public policy arena, with a focus on US policy and touching on international policy issues.  Case studies of libraries working directly with their academic communities to educate and support compliance will share their experiences of what is effective. The presentations will be followed by an online discussion; in the last half hour, we will discuss implications for our local efforts.

Scheduled Speakers:

·         Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
·         Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
·         Cathy Sarli, Scholarly Communications Specialist, Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine

This is the third in an 8-part webinar series designed to help libraries take their scholarly communication programs "to the next level."

Please mark your calendars for the next two webinars:

June 15, 2010, 11 am - 1 pm on "Changing Role of Libraries: Journal Hosting and Support"

July 27, 12-2 pm on "Transitioning from Subscriptions to Open Access: Article Processing Fees and Combined Licensing/Author's Rights Approaches"

Details are available at The recorded sessions will be available afterward if you're -not able to join the group viewing and discussion.

-Scholarly Communications Collaborative

Redesign of Libraries' Web Presence

The group redesigning the Libraries' web presence invites all staff to an open forum on:  

Friday, May 21, 2010
10 - 11:30 am
120 Andersen Library

We will offer a short presentation about the rapid prototyping process we are using (we plan to roll out the new site on August 16) and the principles that are guiding us.  And then we would like to hear from all of you.  To prepare, consider the following questions:

1.  Think about a web site you really like.  What is one aspect or function of that web site that you would like us to know about?
2.  What would you like our web site to do that it does not do now?

For some background, check out a couple of articles from Smashing Magazine:

·         10 Principles of Effective Web Design (
·         5 More Principles of Effective Web Design (

And for more information about our work, see our wiki:

-Janice Jaguszewski, on behalf of the Redesign Group

Census 2010: Power, Money, Data - Brown Bag Lunch and Hands-on Workshop

During April and May of this year, Amy West and Kirsten Clark presented several Minitex webinars entitled Census 2010: Power, Money, Data.  They will be reprising the webinar as a Brown Bag Lunch, with a hands-on session following the next day, for University Libraries' staff.  The hands-on session will cover the resources discussed at the Brown Bag.  Attend both or just one - whatever works for your schedule!

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, June 7th
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
S30A Wilson Library or through UMConnect at

Hands-on Session
Tuesday, June 8th
1:30 - 3:00 pm
S30C Wilson Library

The 2010 Census is more than just a count of the number of people in Minnesota. It helps determine the political power of our Congressional representatives and the amount of federal money that comes to our state. Its data are used by multitudes of state, federal, and local agencies to determine policy for the state's citizens.  And it determines all of these things for the next ten years!  The presentation will provide some background into the history of the Census; what types of questions were asked over time; and where to find historical, current, and future Census data.  Questions?  Contact Amy West ( or Kirsten Clark (

Exhibits at the Libraries

Images of Madness: Selections from the Wangensteen Historical Library
Through Summer 2010
Wangensteen Historical Library

This exhibit contrasts interpretations of madness from the past with societal views of mental illness today.  The guest curator, Lisa Olson, recently completed her BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography.  She worked in consultation with Matthew McGeachy, History of Medicine graduate student to produce an exhibit that illustrates attempts to define madness through the study of a person's facial expressions and physiognomy. Phrenology, descriptions of the "melancholic person", physiological studies of the brain, and case studies of asylum patients with photographs are included.

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

Join us in celebrating the first decade of the Elmer L. Andersen Library as we look deeper into the archives and special collections held in the caverns below. Explore unexpected themes and untold stories from the rich archives of our collective past. Learn more about the building and how archival materials are found, processed and made available for research. Come and discover the treasures kept below the surface.

In addition, Bio-Medical, Magrath, Walter, Wilson, Government Publications, and the John R. Borchert Map Library will have the following companion exhibits highlighting the hidden stories from their collections.

High Impact Research Behind Car Safety
Walter Science and Engineering Library

James "Crash" Ryan was a professor in the University of Minnesota's Mechanical Engineering department. Ryan's research on the retractable seatbelt and advocacy of legal requirements for installation of seatbelts in automobiles has saved countless lives. Learn about the resources that helped to inform his research, the work he did and the next generation of research that has followed from Ryan's work. View this exhibit online.

Under the Skin
Bio-Medical Library

Anatomical models, known in the library world as "realia," are an important part of health care education. They provide the student with three-dimensional, hands-on experience of various parts of the human (or animal) body that cannot be realized from either the flat pages of a book or a computer monitor. Models can be either life-size or enlarged to allow the student to study the intricate workings of a heart, kidney or skeletal system.

Exploring Minnesota's Native American Tribes
Government Publications Collection in Wilson Library

Minnesota is known as a land of Scandinavian and German descent. These groups, however, were not the first to settle here. Resources within the government publications collections detail the history of Native American tribes that made this region home for centuries. Hidden gems within the collections provide a glimpse at the initial responses, cultural identity, and changing attitudes and treatment of one group by another, both historically and today.

Seeds Are No Small Thing
Magrath Library, Saint Paul Campus

From seed to sprout, these embryos have a long history from sowing methods to seed research. Learn about Professor Helene Muller-Landau's research on seed size, seeds' nutritional values, and discover organizations that have assisted the State and country in improving yield and crop quality, such as the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. The display will also highlight samples from the Andersen Horticulture Library's renowned seed catalog collection. Seed it for yourself, specimens from the Herbarium and botanical drawings will be on display.

Collections and Connections
Wilson Library

The collections in Wilson Library support the understanding of and connect with the unique primary sources and objects found in the Elmer L. Andersen Library. The Wilson exhibit highlights these connections with Special Collections and Archives through materials from our diverse, multilingual circulating collection. Staff and collections in Wilson Library lead students and researchers to explore new topics, sparking curiosity that can lead to further explorations of the rare objects in Andersen Library.

Exploring the History of Minnesota Places and Spaces through Maps and Air Photos

John R. Borchert Map Library in Wilson Library

Ever wondered: What did my city look like in the past? What was my "neighborhood" like before my neighborhood existed? What existed in the location of my grandparent's farm when settlers first came to Minnesota? How has the space around the University changed over time? The John R. Borchert Map Library provides a window into the past using both maps and air photos to show what "was" way back when and how a location has changed in the recent past as well. One fascinating example is the history of the University of Minnesota football stadiums. View our in house and online exhibits to get a demonstration of the types of information you can gather about any particular location using the extensive and unique materials available from this very special University Libraries' collection.

Robert Bly Revealed
Online exhibit

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.

Library Course Page Brown Bag

We have been working on an updated and enhanced interface around individual courses pages that brings together CourseLib pages (, RQS/Subject lists, and reserves in one easy-to-access site. In June we are planning a soft roll out of the Library Course Page (LCP) on the Libraries homepage. Please come and learn more about the roll out and next steps.

Monday, May 24, 2010
Lunch at 11:30 to 12:00 and Program at 12:00-1:00
Wilson Library S30B

Also check out the wiki page to take a look at example LCPs and more information:

-Kate Peterson on behalf of LCP Implementation Group

Staff Education and Development

Check out upcoming classes offered by Libraries Staff Education and Development (SED) at: .


Minitex offers a dynamic schedule of webinars and training sessions.  The full schedule may be found at: .

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For items to be included in the University Libraries Monday Memo, please send all announcements to , before 12:00 pm the preceding Friday.


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