October 25, 2010

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What's News in the Monday Memo

News from Around the Libraries
- Community Fund Drive Update
- Google Project Update
- IT Council September 2010 Meeting Notes Available
- Libraries to Partner with Michigan on IMLS Grant
- New HathiTrust Book Download Capability
- Peer Research Consultants Now Available
 
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Carla Urban Elected as Minnesota Library Association President Elect
- Kris Fowler Completes Research Project
- Scott Spicer Begins Research Project
- Trio Featured in Star Tribune Newspaper
 
Upcoming Events
- Open Session to Discuss the Budget Planning Process
- Candidate Presentation and Upcoming Interviews: Director, Arts and Humanities
- Calling All Instructors, Trainers, and Teachers!  Libraries Instruction Forum Today!
- Tech Expo 2010
- Tretter Tenth Anniversary Celebration
- Bite Me
 
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- LexisNexis Congressional Database Training
- Library Issues Seminar: Are We Loaded Yet?
- Staff Education and Development
- Minitex
 
Exhibits at the Libraries
- 50th Anniversary of the University of Minnesota Women's Center
- Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians
- Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers
- Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits in China
- Researching the Past: Historical Newspapers at Wilson Library

News from Around the Libraries

 
Community Fund Drive Update
Thank you all for coming to the Andersen event last Thursday.  I hope you felt, as we did, some personal connection to the needs of our community.  There are so many ways to support Twin Cities' charities.  If you'd still like to make a financial contribution to the charity of your choice, you can find a link to the online form at: http://wiki.lib.umn.edu/CFD .  Not sure which charity to give to?  See the resources linked from our Wiki, in the green "Evaluating Charities" section.  We've received four wonderful volunteer stories from you on our blog, which we hope will inspire our colleagues to seek out their own volunteering experiences.  See the blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/heinz062/cfd .

As of October 17, 2010, 15.82% of library staff have made a donation, coming to a total of $25,095.00.  Well done!
- Charlie Heinz and Tony Fang, Lead Volunteers
 
Google Project Update
Fall is here and the seventh shipment of materials being sent to Google for scanning is out the door.  Materials are currently being pulled from the Wilson Annex and the team is nearly half way through that collection.  A third of each monthly shipment is coming from the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC), with those items being pulled by MLAC staff.

Enterprise Technology staff working on the Google project recently produced an updated full catalog of books and bound serials, which Google will use to refresh metadata and to provide new candidate lists.  Improvements were made to the selection process to accurately reflect items available for scanning.  Additional item data fields were also included to streamline the process for creating updated pick lists locally.  According to Connie Hendrick, "We believe the 2,202,150 bibliographic records written provide a more accurate reflection of the items we could offer for scanning than the previous full catalogs sent.  We did make efforts to ensure that boundwith records and analytic records were included where the data structures were available to provide for their discovery."   We plan to produce an update of the full catalog for Google on a quarterly schedule from here on out.  Thanks you Connie Hendrick and Erik Biever!
- Sue Hallgren
 
IT Council September 2010 Meeting Notes Available
Highlights include:
- Planning for the Emerging Technology Expo in Fall 2010
- Updates from the IT Directors - redesigned website launch, MN Digital Library granting process, HathiTrust-Minnesota Digital Preservation Project, Online Ojibwe Dictionary project, Primo upgrade, and more.
 
The complete notes, by Francine Dupont-Crocker, are available at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/ITCMeeting61 .
- John Butler
 
Libraries to Partner with Michigan on IMLS Grant
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced their Library Leadership Awards, including a $674,722 award to the University of Michigan for "Validating Quality in Large-Scale Digitization: Metrics, Measurement, and Use-Cases."  The University of Michigan's School of Information and their University Libraries, in collaboration with the HathiTrust and the University of Minnesota Libraries, will investigate possible methods for detecting and measuring errors and other quality issues within mass-digitized literature, and analyze the potential impact of found errors on educational and scholarly use of these digital collections.  The findings of this study will be a significant contribution to the field of information quality, and will inform digital repositories about assessing the quality of objects they have committed to preserving on a large scale.  Minnesota's role in the project will be as part of the error coding team, which will will record the frequency (error counts) and severity (ordinal scale) of error in images and full‐text data at the page level, over a sample of approximately 5,000 volumes.  In the first two years of HathiTrust, numerous quality expectation and control issues around the digital surrogates have been raised and wrestled with.  This grant holds the potential to be very instrumental in assessing quality levels in HathiTrust, as well as addressing quality standards, in the context of scholarly purpose.  Minnesota's participation in the grant is expected to begin in March 2011.
- John Butler
 
New HathiTrust Book Download Capability
Through a new authentication method, UMN users of HathiTrust can now:
- download full PDF of public domain and open access works
- create permanent collections using HathiTrust's Collection Builder tool

By contrast, unauthenticated users cannot download public domain of Google scans to comply with HathiTrust's requirement to guard against systematic downloading.  This new authentication method to HathiTrust, called Shibboleth, is accomplished through the use of the user's UMN x.500 ID and password and not credentials specific to HathiTrust.  Try it out at: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/wayf?target=https%3A%2F%2Fbabel.hathitrust.org%2Fcgi%2Fmb or click on the Login link from either the Full-Text Search or Collection Builder pages.
- Sue Hallgren
 
Peer Research Consultants Now Available
Peer Research Consultants: Research Your Way to an A!  We are pleased to announce drop-in hours are now available for the Peer Research Consultants (PRC).  Our goal is to support first year writing and all undergraduate students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writings and projects.  Students can sit down, one-on-one, and get personalized research help on their topics from their own peers, extensively trained on library and academic research.  The PRCs are focused on teaching students as they help them with their research questions.  New this semester, we are offering PRC hours in the St. Paul SMART Learning Commons location.  Please share this availability with staff and any students who work at service points or reference desks, both as a service that they can recommend and in case a student is trying to find where the PRC is sitting - Walter SMART Learning Commons, Wilson SMART Learning Commons, St. Paul SMART Learning Commons, and MCAE (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence) in Appleby Hall.  For more information, including drop-in hours, visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc .

This program was developed in partnership with the University Libraries, MCAE, and the SMART Learning Commons.  If you are interested in print fliers or posters, a download is available at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-16869565_1) or contact Jody Gray at: grayjl@umn.edu or Kate Peterson at: katep@umn.edu and they will send copies through campus mail.
- Kate Peterson
 
 
Staff Tidings and Kudos
 
Carla Urban Elected as Minnesota Library Association President Elect
I am very pleased to announce that Carla Urban, Minitex Assistant Director for Bibliographic and Technical Services, has been elected as President Elect of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA).  Carla will begin her three-year commitment to MLA by serving as President Elect for 2011.  She will serve as President in 2012 and Past President in 2013.  She has already served as MLA secretary in 2007-2008 and was awarded the 2007 MLA President's Award for service to the Association during a time of significant upheaval and transition.  She is looking forward to learning the ropes under the new MLA management structure and working to attract and retain a broad spectrum of MLA members.
 
Congratulations, Carla!
- Bill DeJohn
 
Kris Fowler Completes Research Project
Congratulations to Kris Fowler, Mathematics Librarian, on the completion of a research project with Professor Douglas Arnold, School of Mathematics.  Kris and Professor Arnold explored how ISI impact factors, a typical indicator of journal quality, can be manipulated.  To prove their point, they examined a specific journal in applied mathematics.  In addition, Kris reinforced her work with the Scholarly Communication Collaborative, posting their paper online, in the open access e-print server, arXiv.org, for physics, mathematics, computer science, etc.  You can read their article, titled "Nefarious Numbers," free of charge at: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1010/1010.0278.pdf .
- Janice Jaguszewski
 
Scott Spicer Begins Research Project
Scott Spicer is beginning a research project with Professor Linda Buturian, Department of Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning, to examine the self-efficacy of first- and second-year students producing video digital stories.  The results will help inform further development of the Libraries' multimedia program and the support we provide our students in the SMART Learning Commons.  I look forward to the publication of Scott's results!
- Janice Jaguszewski
 
Trio Featured in Star Tribune Newspaper
The Monday October 10, 2010 Star Tribune newspaper Variety section has an article, "Shedding Light on the Night," about the trio that produced "Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night."  Author Joyce Sidman is a member of the Kerlan Friends Board, illustrator Rick Allen lives in Duluth, MN, and editor Ann Ryder lives in Lutsen, MN.  The manuscript drafts reside in the Kerlan Collection in the Elmer L. Andersen Library.
- Karen Hoyle
 
 
Upcoming Events

 
Open Session to Discuss the Budget Planning Process
Staff are invited to attend an open session to discuss the budget planning process with University Librarian Wendy Lougee.
 
Monday, November 1, 2010
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Room 402, Walter Library
 
Thursday, November 4, 2010
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Room 202, St Paul Student Center
 
- Jennifer Reckner
 
Candidate Presentation and Upcoming Interviews: Director, Arts and Humanities
Monday, November 8, 2010
10:00 am
Room S30A, Wilson Library
 
Please join us for the public presentation by Angela Courtney, candidate for Director, Arts and Humanities, who will address the topic, "Planning the Future Roles of Library Liaisons in the Arts and Humanities."  .
 
Ms. Courtney currently serves as the Head of the Arts and Humanities Department for Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, where she has also worked as the Head of the Subject and Area Studies Librarians Council and Librarian for English Literatures, Theatre, Film Studies, Communication and Culture, Comparative Literature and Philosophy.  She earned her Master's in Library Science at the University of Texas, Austin, and has also completed doctoral coursework in English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University.  Ms. Courtney's CV materials may be viewed at https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/wupl/HR.CurrentSearches/ResumeACourtneyUL270.  A position description is available at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/wupl/HR.CurrentSearches/UL270PositionDescription.pdf .

A second interview for an additional candidate is being scheduled.  The date will be announced as soon as it is set.  Please feel free to contact search committee chair Kristi Jensen at:
kjensen@umn.edu with any questions.  We hope to see you there!
- Kristi Jensen and Cheryl Hulting, on behalf of the UL270 search committee
 
Calling All Instructors, Trainers, and Teachers!  Libraries Instruction Forum Today!
Monday, October 25, 2010
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Room 432A, Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS)
 
Wondering how your colleagues teach a specific tool or concept?  Want new ideas to liven up your teaching?  Have an instruction question you wanted input on?  Take this opportunity to share your experiences and techniques for teaching at the Instruction Forum in the new Science Teaching and Student Services building, which you can reserve too - learn how.  Part of the session will focus on a selection of tools that you can use in instruction and then, we will open it up for general discussion and idea sharing.  This event is sponsored by the Instruction Coordinators and the Information Literacy Collaborative.  We look forward to a lively discussion.
- Kate Peterson
 
Tech Expo 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union
 
Tech Expo buzzword of the week: Web-scale Discovery: a search engine like Google, Google Scholar, WorlkCar.org, or Summon that brings together, in a single index, a massive amount of information of all kinds from sources ditributed across the web.
 
Whether its new to the world or new to you... we'll have something for everyone at the 2010 Libraries Emerging Tech Expo.  Check out the blog and register at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/emergingtexpoblog/ .
- Linda Eells, on behalf of the Tech Expo Planning Group
 
Tretter Tenth Anniversary Celebration
The tenth anniversary of the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota will be celebrated with several important events.  First, a new exhibit, "Saving Our Lives," will open with a special reception and First Friday presentation on November 5, 2010.  A private fundraising dinner on Saturday, November 6, 2010, will honor Jean Tretter and the Collection.  On Saturday, November 13, 2010, a Community Open House, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, will feature the Minnesota Philharmonic Chamber Group and a program with Jana Shortal, KARE 11 News Reporter, iwhich s expected to attract students and supporters from across the metro area.  Both the dinner and the open house will feature two special opportunities to contribute to the Tretter Collection in a very meaningful way.  The Tretter Time Capsule and the Video Oral History project will document life in the GLBT community of today through contributions that you and those who attend choose to donate.  The capsule will be sealed until the Tretter 50th anniversary in 2060.
 
There are a limited number of tickets available to the dinner.  We invite you to call Kathy McGill at (612)624-8207 to purchase tickets.  Please mark your calendars for these special events and share the following link with important details and time capsule guidelines with your family and friends: http://z.umn.edu/tretterevents .
- Linda Greve
 
Bite Me
Monday, October 25, 2010
7:00 pm
Mill City Clinic
 
"Bite Me", the Hippocrates Cafe Halloween-themed show, will include a dramatic reading from "A Treatise on the Medicinal Leech; Including Its Medical and Natural History" from the Wangensteen LIbrary.  This family friendly show takes place at the Mill City Clinic, 901 2nd St S, Minneapolis, and features Guthrie Theater actor Mark Nelson, performer Simone Perrin, and St. Paul Chamber Orchetra (SPCO) musicians.  Check out the facebook site at: http://z.umn.edu/biteme and learn more at: http://z.umn.edu/hippocratescafe.  If you can't make the show, be sure to listen to it on Thursday,October 28, 2010, 10:00 am, on Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR) Midmorning with Kerri Miller.
- Lois Hendrickson
 
 
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
 
LexisNexis Congressional Database Training
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Room S30B, Wilson Library
 
Over the past couple years, the University Libraries, in conjunction with the Law Library, have purchased several supplemental pieces to LexisNexis Congressional including full-text Congressional Hearings back to 1824, the full text of the Congressional Record back to the 1700's, and the Congressional Research Service Reports Full-text.  Andrea Sevetson, a trainer from LexisNexis, will be at Wilson Library to do in-depth training on LexusNexis Congressional and answer any questions you might have about the database and the resource.  This will be a great training for anybody that works at a reference service point, as well as for those interested in learning about the incredible depth of publications now available through this resource.  Contact Kirsten Clark at: clark881@umn.edu with any questions.
- Kirsten Clark
 
Library Issues Seminar: Are We Loaded Yet?
Monday, November 1, 2010
11:30 am to 1:00 pm - presentation begins at 11:45 am to allow adequate time for the topic and questions
Room S30B, Wilson Library

Are we loaded yet?  More than you ever wanted to know about ebook record loading presented by Kristi Bergland, Betsy Friesen, and John Halvorson.  The Libraries purchase access to an ebook set and apparently there are records available.  We should be able to fetch and load them in no time flat, right?  So, why doesn't it happen that way?  Please join our ebook record load team and find out what's involved in loading ebook records, including the process used, communication issues, cataloging quality, and future options for record loading.
- 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
Minitex offers a dynamic schedule of webinars and training sessions.  The full schedule may be found at: http://www.Minitex.umn.edu/events .

 

 

Exhibits at the Libraries

50th Anniversary of the University of Minnesota Women's Center
Through Saturday, October 30, 2010
Atrium Gallery, Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/2010/03/50th_anniversary_of_the_univer.html

 
Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians
Through Sunday, December 5, 2010
Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/2010/03/changing_the_face_of_medicine.html
 
Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers
A photography exhibit featuring female College of Science and Engineering faculty
Through Friday, December 24, 2010
Second Floor Great Hall, Walter Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/2010/03/inventive_women_portraits_of_s.html
 
Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits in China
Through Wednesday, November 10, 2010
T. R. Andersen Gallery, Wilson Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/2010/03/matteo_ricci_and_the_jesuits_i.html
 
Researching the Past: Historical Newspapers at Wilson Library
Samples of newspapers from previous centuries that highlight the preservation issues and collections at Wilson Library.
Through Thursday, December 23, 2010
Periodical Room, Wilson Library
 

 

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