- Circulation/Reference Service Point Exploration Group Launched
- Goals Presentations at LLC
- Libraries Assembly
- New E-Resources
- Ramps to Close For Construction of Central Corridor Light Rail
- Research Support Services Collaborative (RSSC) Launched
- Web Services Steering Committee is Sunsetted
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Karen Nelson Hoyle Receives Bridge Award
- UMN Libraries at ACRL Conference
- Welcome Jonathan Koffel
- Join us for the April First Friday
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Library Issues Seminar
- Staff Education and Development
Exhibits at the Libraries
- A Heart Connects Us: The Experience of Migration and the 'Minnesota School' Immigration History
- The Arts of Social Justice
- Layering Time and Motion: Paintings and Installation by Joonja Lee Mornes
- RESOURCE • RETURN • RECYCLE
- Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America
- Visual Spaces, Literary Places
News from Around the Libraries
Circulation/Reference Service Point Exploration Group Launched
As Wendy Lougee pointed out in her most recent Budget Update email message on March 17, 2011, an exploratory group focusing on reviewing models for staffing service points within the libraries has been launched as part of the ongoing budget planning process. In addition, this review is also part of an ongoing review of services, in an attempt to reduce confusion for users, strengthen and create consistent training programs for our service point staff, and redirect staff efforts to services benefiting a greater number of users.
The Circulation/Reference Service Point Exploration Group was launched March 9, 2011, and immediately began work. Group members have been gathering data and information about activities at service points and will review other service point models implemented in academic libraries, devise recommendations for alternative service point staffing models, create opportunities for staff to provide feedback on the proposed models, and make recommendations to the sponsors. Please keep your eyes open for announcements about how you will be able to contribute feedback to this process in the next few weeks. For additional details about the work of the group, please review the complete charge at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-18347089_1 . Much thanks to the group members who have already been working hard to provide the fast turn around requested on this project: Jennifer Ashkenazi, Nick Fugate, Jackie Gulbranson, Tony Ihrig, Emily Reimer, and Mary Schoenborn.
- Sue Hallgren and Kristi Jensen, Project Managers
Goals Presentations at LLC
Divisions, Collaboratives, and Administrative Departments have just finished a review of goals at the March 24, 2011 Libraries Leadership Council (LLC) meeting. Each group was asked to report priorities, challenges, and areas of near-term focus using PowerPoint slides. Presentations at the meeting included Communications, the Business Office, the Organization Development Division, the Organization Development Collaborative, the Web Services Steering Committee (WSSC), and an introduction to the newly formed Research Support Services Collaborative (RSSC). You can check out the PowerPoint slides at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-18417610_1 and you can find links to previous presentations LLC on the Monday Memo blog.
- Jennifer Reckner
The March 23, 2011 Libraries Assembly agenda included Pecha Kucha presentations on open access and data management, an overview of work underway in the Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Collaborative, an introduction to the Libraries' newest group called the Research Support Services Collaborative (RSSC), and a presentation on collection management, preservation, and space. The PowerPoint presentation and archived UMConnect presentation are both available on the Wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/AssemblyMarch23 .
- Jennifer Reckner
SAGE Reference Online Encyclopedia Collection -- 2011: http://www.sagepub.com/reference/collections/2011/main.sp and http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/14534
- Jim Stemper
Ramps to Close For Construction of Central Corridor Light Rail
35W Ramps to Close for Several Months
Two Interstate 35W ramps will close for several months as crews prepare to build a bridge over the interstate to join Central Corridor and Hiawatha Light Rail Transit tracks. On Wednesday, the 4th Street ramp to southbound I-35W will close until July 2011. The alternate route is the entrance ramp from eastbound Washington Avenue to southbound 35W.
On April 4, the ramp from northbound I-35W to the Washington Avenue East Bank exit will close until the end of November 2012. An alternate route to the East Bank will be the Fourth Street SE/University Avenue SE exit from I-35W.
West River Parkway to Close for Two Days in April
Other closures are in store for adjacent areas to the east. Work to strengthen the Washington Avenue Bridge to carry Central Corridor trains will close West River Parkway and the adjacent bike trail April 5 and 6. These closures will be from 7 am to 7 pm both days. The closures will facilitate work on the bridge piers.
Cedar Ramp to Westbound 3rd Street to Close Mid-April to Mid-September
In mid to late April, work will close the Cedar Avenue ramp to westbound 3rd Street until mid-September 2011 when it will reopen in a new configuration with two-way traffic. Detour information will be provided in future weekly construction updates for Minneapolis at www.centralcorridor.org under the construction section. The work will relocate the Metro Transit bus stop to the southwest ramp; no other changes are planned to bus service as a result of the ramp closure. This work is the first phase of rebuilding the ramps and creating a signalized intersection just west of Cedar Avenue. Central Corridor tracks will be built in the middle of Washington Avenue under Cedar Avenue where they will turn and head south to where they will merge with Hiawatha tracks on an existing bridge over I-35W between the Cedar Riverside and Metrodome stations.
More detailed information will be made available about additional ramp closures and detours for this area at: www.centralcorridor.org . The public can sign up for these updates online at: http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/CCLRTSubscribe.htm .
- Bernadette Corley Troge
Research Support Services Collaborative (RSSC) Launched
One of the Libraries fiscal year strategic themes includes a goal related to Research and Scholarship: The Libraries will provide life-cycle management solutions for digital content and support of researcher networks through engagement in strategic partnerships, leveraging of Libraries' (and campus) assets, developing and sharing our expertise, and collaborating to develop essential infrastructure. In support of this goal, the Research Support Services Collaborative (RSSC) was launched on March 3, 2011. RSCC consists of three working groups: 1) Data Management, Access, and Archiving; 2) Digital Arts and Humanities; and 3) Research Communities and Networks. RSSC builds on the work of the Libraries E-Science and Data Services Collaborative and its successor the E-Scholarship Collaborative. Members of RSSC are: Kate Brooks, Jennie Burroughs, Jan Fransen, Stephen Hearn, Philip Herold, Kristi Jensen, Layne Johnson, Lisa Johnston, Meghan Lafferty, Kate McCready, Shane Nackerud, Jon Nichols, Beth Petsan, and Amy West. Sponsors are John Butler, Linda Watson, and Karen Williams. The complete charge, which includes scope, principles, and a description of the three working groups, will be posted on the Libraries wiki in the near future.
- Linda Watson
Web Services Steering Committee is Sunsetted
Established in the fall of 2007, and with sustained intensity through the Web Redesign project of Summer 2010, the Web Services Steering Committee (WSSC) had an impressive run. The several initiatives that WSSC initiated and fueled through its use of subgroups, including Discoverability, Course-Integration, Current Awareness and Personal Information Management, and the Web Resedesign, were highly successful and have now taken root in other groups, collaboratives, and projects. The enormous charge of WSSC has been completed and it is time to retire the group with kudos and gratitude. Thanks to co-chairs Janice Jaguszewski and Shane Nackerud, and members Naun Chew, Cody Hanson, Wayne Loftus, and Jerilyn Veldof for their many and lasting contributions!
- John Butler
Staff Tidings and Kudos
Karen Nelson Hoyle Receives Bridge Award
Karen Nelson Hoyle, curator of the Children's Literature Research Collection, is the Bridge Award winner of the Annual Carle Honors. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art, located in Amherst, MA, was founded by Eric and Barbara Carle as the first full-scale museum devoted to national and international picture book art. 2011 marks the sixth annual awards, which includes categories of "Artist," "Angel," "Mentor," and "Bridge." The Carle Honors awards celebrate the creative vision and long-term dedication of key individuals and organizations to the world of picture books and the many ways they open minds to art and literacy. Karen's award, the "Bridge," honors "individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields." Karen was nominated by Kerlan Friends Board chair Jean Stevenson, who teaches at UMN Duluth. The Carle honorees will be feted at New York City's Guastavino's on September 22. Congratulations, Karen!
- Kris Kiesling
UMN Libraries at ACRL Conference
The Libraries are well represented at the ACRL conference this week in Philadelphia.
Jan Fransen, Kate Brooks, and Julie Kelly are presenting a poster on the work of the Current Awareness/Personal Information Management Collaborative titled, "Taming the Tempest: An Initiative to Help Users Cope with the Information Flood."
Jon Jeffryes and Kate Peterson are offering a panel presentation titled, "A Library Page for Every Course? A Debate on Macro-level vs. Micro-level Integration."
Peggy Johnson is part of a panel presentation on, "Stepping Up The Ladder: Succession Plans In Academic Libraries in the 21st Century"
Nancy Sims is presenting a contributed paper titled, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Copyright (Mis)Information: Empowering Faculty by Addressing Key Points of Confusion."
Scott Spicer is part of a panel presentation titled, "Connecting to the Campus through Creativity: Libraries, Media, and Knowledge Production."
And Jim Stemper is presenting a poster, "Defining the Disciplinary Differences: Implementing an Environmental Scan of Scholarly Communication."
- Janice Jaguszewski
Welcome Jonathan Koffel
Please join me in welcoming Jonathan Koffel to the Health Sciences and University Libraries in his appointment as liaison and informationist librarian, a position that has been vacant since Chad Fennell transitioned to DLDL. Jonathan comes to us from the Hardin Health Sciences Library at the University of Iowa where he had both collegiate and clinical level liaison responsibilities. Jonathan will be liaising with clinical departments within the Medical School, and adds to our efforts to influence, where possible, the libraries' role in electronic health records and clinical and translation sciences. He and his wife, and nearly two-year old daughter live in the Como Park area. I would also like to to thank again Marilyn McClaskey and the UL273 search committee for their fine work.
- Jim Beattie
Join us for the April First Friday
Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo
Friday, April 1, 2011
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Censorship and Silence in Early Maps and Atlases
Presented by the James Ford Bell Library
Our perception of historical maps is usually that they are a graphic representation of geographic knowledge, as accurate for its time as possible. In reality, maps redescribe the world in terms of relations of power and of cultural practices, preferences, and priorities. Who determined its form and content? What was the map maker's intention? Cartographers were rarely independent decision makers or free of financial, military, or political constraints. Margaret Borg, Assistant Curator at the James Ford Bell Library, will present images from the Bell Library collection to illustrate the concepts of silence and secrecy in early maps.
Secrecy and Censure in the History of Health Care
Presented by the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine
Censorship was a valuable tool for maintaining control of the professions in seventeenth century England, and London in particular. In Nicholas Culpeper, we find the greatest challenge to that censorship with his fight for his profession, the common man, and the political rule of his country. A brave and confident soul, he spared no one's reputation or profession in his fight to empower all Englishmen to care for themselves. His publications remained in wide use well into the twentieth century and his name was magic for book sales for centuries to come. This presentation is a brief look at his life, his impact, and his works.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served.
- Libraries Communications Office
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Library Issues Seminar
What do you mean by diversity? A Discussion.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Bring your lunch at 11:30 am, presentation begins at 12:00 pm
Room S30B, Wilson Library
In this session, Jody Gray, University of Minnesota Libraries' Diversity Outreach Librarian, will provide an overview of how the Office for Equity and Diversity's Framework for Transforming the University has influenced the work done on behalf of the University Libraries' and how it affects the broader campus community. On a practical note, what do we mean in the Libraries' when we talk about diversity outreach will be discussed. Members of the Diversity Collaborative will also be in attendance to discuss the current trends, tools, and tips that can be applied to our work in diversity.
- 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 .
Exhibits at the Libraries
A Heart Connects Us: The Experience of Migration and the 'Minnesota School' Immigration History
Through Friday, April 8, 2011
Elmer L. Andersen Library
The Arts of Social Justice
The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature
Through Friday, May 20, 2011
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Layering Time and Motion: Paintings and Installation by Joonja Lee Mornes
Through Friday, April 29, 2011
Architectur and Landscape Architecture Library
RESOURCE • RETURN • RECYCLE
Art in Libraries
Through Friday, May 6, 2011
Throughout Wilson Library and Music Library, Ferguson Hall
Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America
Through Sunday, May 15, 2011
Reedy Gallery and Andersen Horticultural Library, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Visual Spaces, Literary Places
Gorman Rare Art Book Exhibit
Through Friday, May 6, 2011
T.R. Anderson Gallery, Wilson Library
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