- Furniture and Non-Computer Equipment Requests: Coming Soon!
- Libraries IT News - August 2010 Monthly Update
- New Libraries Homepage Launching Soon
- Public Workstation Access Implementation Group
- Search Committee for Director of Enterprise Technology
- Tech Services Ten Cents: July 2010
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Current Issues Coffee Club: What Do Faculty Members Really Know About Their Author Rights?
- Library Issues Seminar: E-Science and the Libraries: Summer Recap
- Staff Education and Development
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
- Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
Exhibits at the Libraries
- Images of Madness: Selections from the Wangensteen Historical Library
- The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes
- With Distinction: A Look at University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology Outstanding Alumni
Furniture and Non-Computer Equipment Requests: Coming Soon!
The request period for the Furniture and Non-Computer process is coming up soon. It's not too early to talk to your Facility Manager to pick out products and get estimates completed - the sooner the better! More information will be coming out soon on the actual deadlines. Reminder: This process is designed for items and projects costing between $500 and $5,000.
- Rob Strnad
Libraries IT News - August 2010 Monthly Update
Library Course Pages Now Available in Moodle
After months of work and negotiation with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and in fact, years of discussing this possibility with OIT, Libraries' Information Technology and Academic Programs are proud to announce that Library Course Pages have been integrated into the Moodle course management system. In a collaborative effort between Web Development and Academic Programs (AP), the Moodle "block" was built as part of the Library Course Page development project. As part of the "Library Resources" block, instructors and professors can now easily add course appropriate library resources and reserves for their classes with the click of a button. And this is only the first step of IT and AP plans for integration of library resources into campus course management systems. Before the beginning of the fall semester, Library Course Pages will also be integrated into the MyU portal as part of the myCourses tab. The myCourses tab is by far the most heavily utilized tab on MyU system, used by students to find everything they need for their classes. We also hope that getting our foot in the door with Moodle will enable us to integrate library resources even more into this important campus tool. Thanks to the Library Course Page development team of Kate Peterson, Kristi Jensen, Lisa Johnston, Jon Jeffryes, Jerilyn Veldof, Cody Hanson, Susan Gangl, Wayne Loftus, Paul Bramscher, and John Barneson, for shepherding through this important breakthrough! For additional information, please contact Shane Nackerud.
Archival Digitization Projects
Digital Library Services staff and students recently completed the scanning portion of the American Social Health Association's records. A total of 238,014 items were scanned from this collection. The final goal is to have all of these materials available to users through the UMedia Archive and linked from their finding aid record. Pushing on, we have now transitioned to our next grant project, digitizing the records surrounding Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution, with 10,000 items converted to date. For additional information, please contact Jason Roy.
Online Ojibwe Dictionary
The Digital Library Services department with be partnering with John Nichols, professor of American Indian Studies, to create an online dictionary of the Ojibwe language. When completed, this resource will provide users with extensive access to an English-Ojibwe dictionary along with access to numerous sound files to aid in proper pronunciation. This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For additional information, please contact Jason Roy.
- Submitted by John Butler, on behalf of the Libraries IT Directors
New Libraries Homepage Launching Soon
The Libraries Web Redesign group is on target to meet our August 15, 2010 launch date. Please watch for an all-staff message later this week with details about what to expect on that day and beyond.
- Marlo Welshons, on behalf of the Libraries Web Redesign group
Public Workstation Access Implementation Group
Members of the group have been busy developing the pilot implementation program. To date, we have developed draft technical and business rules, as well as a communication plan. We are now actively testing these technical and business requirements with the next step of setting up staff feedback sessions, likely in September. In addition, we are meeting with many other campus and community stakeholders. You can find the group's charge, planning materials, and ongoing updates at our wiki site at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/AP/PublicWorkstationImplementation .
- Peter Weinhold and Mary Schoenborn, co-chairs, for the Public Workstation Access Implementation Group
Search Committee for Director of Enterprise Technology
The search committee for Director of University Libraries Enterprise Technology (formerly LEO) has been formed and the search will soon begin. Philip Herold will chair the committee. Members are Heather Hessel, Betsy Friesen, Darlene Morris (UMD), Chris Rose, Shane Nackerud, Becky Ringwelski, and Arvid Nelson. Marilyn McClaskey will serve as search process consultant to the committee. Please watch for the position posting and consider submitting nominations to the committee.
- John Butler
Tech Services Ten Cents: July 2010
July was brought to Technical Services by the letter "Z." The month rolled out some lazy vacation days, but mostly hazy, humid days and many crazy, busy days of summer for various Technical Services (TS) staff members. People were: Clearing the haze from RDA... Dazzling publishers... Cataloging as if crazed...
Read all about those lazy, hazy, crazy days at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/Newsletter
- Technical Services
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Current Issues Coffee Club: What Do Faculty Members Really Know About Their Author Rights?
How does the viewpoint of "Journal Authors' Rights: perception and reality" ( http://www.publishingresearch.net/documents/JournalAuthorsRights.pdf ) compare/contrast with what you have read, heard, or experienced talking with your own faculty? What differences are there among disciplines and do they match your own perceptions? How could you use these survey results when you talk with faculty members about their rights as authors? Come share your insights on these and other possible discussion questions at Tuesday's Coffee Club, sponsored by the Scholarly Communications Collaborative.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room 101, Walter Library
Refreshments will be provided
To add this event to your Google Calendar, click on http://bit.ly/aOqSaU . If you can't attend in person, you can join the UMConnect meeting at: https://umconnect.umn.edu/ulcoffeeclub10aug2010/ .
- Katherine Chew, Kris Fowler, and the Scholarly Communication Collaborative: Deborah Boudewyns, Julie Kelly, Nancy Sims, Charles Spetland, Jim Stemper, Rafael Tarrago
Library Issues Seminar: E-Science and the Libraries: Summer Recap
Presented by Layne Johnson and Lisa Johnston
Monday, August 16, 2010
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Room S30B, Wilson Library
Come learn what's been happening with E-science in the libraries. Lisa and Layne will recap summer activities, including two talks that were given at the International Association of Science and Technology University Libraries (IATUL) Conference on E-science held at Purdue, and a national conference on VIVO - a scientist networking tool.
- Jan Roseen
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 .
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Greening the Libraries Fun Fact
Green Your Electronics!
Shopping for a computer or other electronics? The EPA's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) helps consumers select efficient computer desktops, laptops, and monitors. Product comparisons are also available. Visit the site for a purchasing guide, calculator, and more tools.
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
Exhibits at the Libraries
Images of Madness: Selections from the Wangensteen Historical Library
Through August 2010
Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall
The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes
The Sherlock Holmes Collections present two exhibits in conjunction with its triennial conference.
Through August 29, 2010
T. R. Anderson Gallery, Wilson Library
Through October 15, 2010
Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
With Distinction: A Look at University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology Outstanding Alumni
Through August 2010
Room 395, Plant Pathology Library, Borlaug Hall
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.