- 2011 Staff Recognition - Call for Volunteers
- Drupal Unit Migration Update
- Health Science Libraries Announces New Web Site
- Minnesota Department of Health Library Update
- Nominations Open for Minnesota Academic Innovators Award
- Join Us for the February First Friday
- Libraries Assembly - Save the Date!
- Save the Date for a Cloud Library Project Presentation!
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Collaborative To Host Current Issues Coffee
- Mathematicians' Views on Current Publishing Issues: A Survey of Researchers
- Staff Education and Development
Exhibits at the Libraries
- At the Center of the World: Istanbul Past and Present
- Saving Our Lives: Celebrating Ten Years of the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota
- Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America
News from Around the Libraries
2011 Staff Recognition - Call for Volunteers
The Staff Recognition Planning Group is starting its work for 2011 and we'd love your help. Each year, the group comes together with veteran and new members, so we're always glad to have more Libraries and Minitex staff join us. If you're interested in this year's staff recognition, please contact Jennifer Reckner via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at (612)624-9338.
- Jennifer Reckner on behalf of the Staff Recognition Group
Drupal Unit Migration Update
Since last October, the Libraries Drupal Unit Migration Team has been hard at work figuring out how to migrate the rest of our web sites from Wilson fifth floor servers to the Office of Information Technology (OIT) server/Drupal environment. The team has been inspecting and evaluating all the unit web sites and subdomains, identifying both areas of commonality and areas of uniqueness, determining requirements, and creating templates that we think will enable (hopefully) a relatively smooth migration. We have created three broad template categories (Location, Special Collection, and Research Area/Collection) and we have finally reached the stage where we have selected two web sites to migrate first: Science and Engineering and YMCA. We hope to finish the migration of these two sites by the end of February or the beginning of March. We expect to learn a lot from these efforts, which will help us determine the strategy for migrating the rest of the web sites and subdomains. It is our hope that we can start migrating the rest of our web sites at the end of March. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the members of the Drupal migration team: Amy West, Brent Allison, David Faust, Tony Ihrig, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Emily Riha, Wayne Loftus, Sarah Morean, Jen Tantzen, Cody Hanson, or Shane Nackerud.
- Cody Hanson and Shane Nackerud, Co-Chairs of the Drupal Unit Migration Team
Health Science Libraries Announces New Web Site
The staff of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) has been engaged in a redesign of the Bio-Medical Library web site. The beta version of the new site is now available at: http://www.hsl.lib.umn.edu/biomed . The current site for the Bio-Medical Library will remain live until March 16, 2011, when the new site replaces it.
Our new site retains many of the features that users have come to rely on such as, quick links to commonly-used resources such as, Ovid Medline and Micromedex, but with a simpler, more cohesive design, which makes accessing library resources and services easier than ever before.
We invite you to visit the new site and send us your feedback at: http://z.umn.edu/hsl2010user .
- Lisa McGuire
Minnesota Department of Health Library Update
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced in August 2010 that severe budget constraints would affect its Barr Library operations, which could have resulted in closure. Since that time, the department has consulted with Linda Watson, Todd Fenton, and Nicole Theis-Mahon from the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) about ways to continue meeting the information needs of MDH staff and others served by the library. In November, HSL formalized an agreement with MDH for consulting and other services, and will also provide limited support for the Department of Human Services (DHS) who contracts with Barr for library services.
Following this consultation, MDH decided to continue offering limited library services, with a few specific changes:
- Barr Library will convert all of its print journal subscriptions to online only and will continue to support the interface for online journals for DHS. Nicole Theis-Mahon has managed this renewal process with Barr's subscription vendor, Ebsco. Electronic journals and databases will continue to be accessed through Barr Library's website and online catalog.
- The library will have a significantly reduced budget and limited staffing. HSL will work with MDH to determine a process for referring requests that may exceed the Barr Library's capacity to the University Libraries' fee-based service, InfoNOW.
- The library will have a smaller collection ad will soon move to a smaller space at Snelling Office Park.
MDH will continue evaluating its library services, and further changes could be made as the budget challenges that prompted the initial library changes are likely to continue.
HSL is pleased that the Barr Library remains open for business, and that we are in a position to help make this a smooth transition for them. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Linda Watson at: email@example.com , Todd Fenton at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or Nicole Theis-Mahon at: email@example.com .
- Linda Watson
Nominations Open for Minnesota Academic Innovators Award
Please consider self-nominating or a coworker/team for the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award. This award recognizes academic librarians or academic project teams who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota through an innovative project, program, or service. Innovation will be considered very broadly. The award is sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD). The recipient of the Innovators Award is recognized and presented with a plaque and $300 award at ARLD Day. For more information and the nomination form, please visit: http://mnlibraryassociation.org/innovators-award/ .
- Kristen Mastel
Join Us for the February First Friday
Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo
Friday, February 4, 2011
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Literary Resistance and Talking Out Loud
Presented by the Givens Collection of African American Literature
Curator Cecily Marcus will highlight works by African American artists, activists, intellectuals, and their allies committed to the struggle for social change. Exploring major themes found within the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature, these "Arts of Social Justice" include representations of family, community, cultural preservation and heritage, the arts, and social justice found in book art, photography, performing arts, epistolary communications, ephemera, and other archival materials.
Controlling Information in the Age of Discovery
Presented by the James Ford Bell Library
Sheer silk veils from Bologna, glittering mirrors and glass from Venice, and sumptuous velvets from Genoa: manufacturing supremacy in these and other cities in Northern Italy in the Early Modern Age was jealously defended by the protection of knowledge needed to produce these products. Most European states created laws and regulations intended to reward and safeguard invention, and guilds and patents became an "institutional pairing" in control and innovation. The Bell Library is fortunate to have a number of these early laws and statutes in its collection.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served.
- Libraries Communications Office
Libraries Assembly - Save the Date!
The next Libraries Assembly will be held:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library
If you are unable to attend the Assembly in person, you can check it out on UMConnect at: https://umconnect.umn.edu/lib-seminar/ .
- Jennifer Reckner
Save the Date for a Cloud Library Project Presentation!
All staff are invited to attend a Libraries presentation on the Cloud Library Project by guest speaker Constance Malpas, Program Officer, OCLC Research. This promises to be an interesting presentation and discussion about the future of academic libraries collections in a consortial environment, including large-scale and digital repositories. Malpas is visiting the Libraries as part of a Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC) Planning project, and will meet with the MLAC Advisory Committee and the Libraries' Collections Strategic Steering Committee.
Cloud-Sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-Digitized Library Environment
Thursday, February 24, 2011
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Read more about the project and the report at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-01.pdf
- Peggy Johnson, on behalf of the MLAC Advisory Committee
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Collaborative To Host Current Issues Coffee
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Room S30A, Wilson Library
The Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Collaborative will be hosting a Current Issues Coffee to discuss the article, "Stuff Goes into the Computer, and Doesn't Come Out: A Cross-tool Study of Personal Information Management". The article is available at: http://www.iis.ee.ic.ac.uk/~rick/research/pubs/boardman-chi04.pdf .
Coffee and treats will be provided.
- Janet Fransen
Mathematicians' Views on Current Publishing Issues: A Survey of Researchers
Thursday, February 3, 2011
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Room 16, Vincent Hall
[click http://z.umn.edu/mathsurveyresults2 to add to your Google calendar]
Kris Fowler will report on research mathematicians' attitudes about and activity in selected scholarly communication areas, as captured in her recent survey of more than 600 randomly-selected mathematicians worldwide. Key findings include:
- Most mathematicians have papers in the arXiv, but posting to their own web pages remains more common.
- A third of mathematicians have published papers in Open Access (OA) journals, with speed of publication being seen as the primary advantage over traditional journals, but there is substantial philosophical opposition to OA journal models that charge author fees.
- Tenure and promotion criteria influence publishing decisions even among tenured faculty members.
- Mathematicians want to keep more rights to their publications than they've been allowed, but they have a high success rate in negotiating with publishers for more.
- Online collaboration tools, such as Google Groups, are not yet widely used for research, but their use is expected to rise in the next year.
Reasons behind the mathematics culture of openness are also explored.
- Kristine Fowler
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 .
Exhibits at the Libraries
At the Center of the World: Istanbul Past and Present
Through Saturday, February 26, 2011
T. R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library
Saving Our Lives: Celebrating Ten Years of the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota
Highlighting the importance of preserving GLBT cultural heritage and the significant impact it can have on the lives of individuals and our community
Through Saturday, February 5, 2011
Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (closed on University holidays)
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America
Through Sunday, April 3, 2011
Reedy Gallery and Andersen Horticultural Library, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
For previous issues, visit the University Libraries Monday Memo blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mondaymemo/ .
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