- Circulation/Reference Services Point Exploration Group Report Available
- Libraries Assembly on July 13, 2011
- Libraries Security Committee June 2011 Meeting Notes Available
- New E-Resources
- RefWorks 2.0 and RefShare Now Available
- Tech Services Ten Cents: June 2011
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Congratulations to Warren Mason
- Greta Bahnemann Hired as Minnesota Digital Library Metadata Coordinator
- Mary Parker Serving as Chair Elect of ALA CODES
- Kerlan Event
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
- Life Could Be Easier: On the Go
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Brown Bag Discussion: The 2011 Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) Conference
- Staff Education and Development
Exhibits at the Libraries
- Resonance: 21st Century Art Students and the Commerce of the Ancient Mediterranean
- Take Two Lyllie Rootes and Call Me in the Morning: Botanicals and Medical Receipt Books in 17th Century Domestic Medical Care
Circulation/Reference Services Point Exploration Group Report Available
We are pleased to let you know that the final report and recommendations from the Circulation/Reference Services Point Exploration Group have been reviewed and accepted by Cabinet. The report can be accessed at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-19233237_1 . A special thank you to the Services Group who worked very hard and accomplished their work, held listening sessions throughout the library, and revised the recommendations in a very short time period this spring. Group members included Jennifer Ashkenazi, Nick Fugate, Jackie Gulbranson, Tony Ihrig, Emily Reimer, and Mary Schoenborn, with Sue Hallgren and Kristi Jensen as co-chairs.
In the coming months, next steps related to the implementation of the various recommendations will be determined. The Cabinet and the Services Group recognize that a more thorough analysis may need to happen before some recommendations can be implemented.. and therefore, we expect that this work will happen over the next year (or more if needed). Given the reporting structure changes scheduled to occur in August, Sue Hallgren will begin to meet with the Academic Programs Directors and this group will take responsibility for working on the timing of the recommendations. This group will consult with other appropriate management staff throughout this process and will regularly communicate with staff throughout the libraries. Changes in Service desk configuration have already been underway in the BioMedical Library and will continue to be implemented.
- Kristi Jensen and Sue Hallgren
Libraries Assembly on July 13, 2011
Please join your colleagues on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Andersen Library for our summer Assembly including our annual year-in-review presented this year in a poster session before the Assembly agenda begins.
1:30-2:30: Year-in-Review Poster Session and Refreshments
2:30-4:30: Assembly Agenda to include a Pecha Kucha on QR Codes, Alma/D3, Hot Topics in Copyright, and Collaborations: the National Scene
Please visit the Assembly Wiki page: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/AssemblyJuly13 for minutes from the last Assembly, committee reports and the link to watch the Assembly via UMConnect.
Libraries Security Committee June 2011 Meeting Notes Available
The minutes from the June 2011 Libraries Security Committee Meeting have been posted at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/SecurityCommittee/Minutes . If you have any questions about the meeting or the committee, please contact Del Reed at: firstname.lastname@example.org or any committee member. The current Libraries Security Committee roster is at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/SecurityCommittee/HomePage .
- Del Reed
Oxford Handbooks - Political Science: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=17852
Oxford Handbooks - Religion: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=17853
- Jim Stemper
RefWorks 2.0 and RefShare Now Available
RefWorks has introduced a new, user-friendly interface called RefWorks 2.0. Current RefWorks account holders have the option to move to the new interface now. RefWorks 2.0 will become the only interface by the start of fall semester. In addition to a new interface, account holders will now be able to easily share citation data with internal and external folks via RefShare. Find more information on these, at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/news/2011/06/new_refworks_interface.html .
- Jody Kempf and Lisa McGuire, on behalf of the Current Awareness and Personal Information Management (CA/PIM) Collaborative
Tech Services Ten Cents: June 2011
It's not news to some that Technical Services (TS) runs on sweets, chocolates mostly, though we don't fudge on our data and we don't trifle with our colleagues or our work. June had the delectable taste of success as members of TS were: Munching their way through deadlines... Nibbling away at projects... Tucking away a whole lot of meetings...
Taste the news at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/Newsletter
- Libraries Technical Services
Staff Tidings and Kudos
Congratulations to Warren Mason
Congratulations to Warren Mason, Minitex Information Technology, for being named to the University Computer Management Group Steering Committee. The Computer Management group develops computer management standards and practices for the campus, and the steering committee provides direction and oversight for the group. Warren has been working with the Computer Management group from its beginnings in 2009 and has been an active participant since. He was voted onto the steering committee by his peers in the group, reflecting both his hard work and the talents that he has for computer management. Congratulations Warren!
- Paul Swanson
Greta Bahnemann Hired as Minnesota Digital Library Metadata Coordinator
Greta Bahnemann has been asked to continue on in her role as MDL Metadata Coordinator. Greta had previously been appointed on a one year contract. Over the past year, Greta has done an incredible job in helping to enhance the quality of metadata of the over 125 organizations participating in the Minnesota Digital Library. The Libraries are grateful for all her efforts in support of this valuable statewide digital library initiative.
- Jason Roy
Mary Parker Serving as Chair Elect of ALA CODES
Mary Parker, Minitex Associate Director, was elected Chair Elect of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of the American Library Association (ALA) Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). CODES is the ALA home for reference/user services librarians and staff from all types of libraries to discuss the rapidly changing landscape of collection development, readers' advisory, and publishing. A few of the many committees in CODES include Collection Development Education Committee, Collection Development Planning and Assessment Committee, Collection Management in Public Libraries Discussion Group, Liaison with Users Committee, Materials Reviewing Committee, Notable Books Council, RA Research and Trends Forum, Readers Advisory Committee, and more. In addition, CODES offers five awards for outstanding books and reference works:
- Notable Books for Adults: the year's 25 most important works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- Outstanding Reference Sources: outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries
- The Reading List: top fiction in eight genres
- The Sophie Brody Award: achievement in Jewish literature
- Dartmouth Medal: the most significant reference work
CODES also offers two achievement awards:
- Zora Neale Hurston Award: demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature)
- Louis Shores Award: acknowledgement for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries)
Mary began her three-year commitment to CODES after the close of ALA Annual in New Orleans. She will serve as Chair Elect for 2011/2012, Chair in 2012/2013, and Past Chair in 2013/2014. She was elected to and served on the RUSA Board of Directors from 2007 through 2010.
- Cecelia Boone
Speaker author-illustrator Anne Rockwell
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Room 120, Andersen Library
Free and open to the public
Reservations are encouraged via email at: email@example.com or telephone at (612)624-4576.
Anne Rockwell studied at the Sculpture Center in New York, New York and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Connecticut. Her children's books received awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education, and Children's Book Council, among others. Rockwell donated original art from more than seventy titles to the Kerlan Collection. A selection will be on exhibit.
- Karen Hoyle
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Life Could Be Easier: On the Go
Are you wondering whether you should get a smart phone? Do you have a smart phone that you'd like to get more out of? This summer, we're asking our colleagues from across the University to recommend their favorite apps, and to tell us what's so useful about them. You can chime in with your own recommendations and questions on the Personal Information Management Blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/capim/pimblog/ . Our first two app recommenders come from the University Libraries' Web Development department:
Mobile device type: Android (Optimus V)
- Gmail: "Android's overall Google integration is, not surprisingly, quite good for Google email, calendars, contact information, etc."
- Google Maps Navigation: "This is kind of a greedy application in terms of battery life, but for that you get an exceedingly useful navigation application. It's probably not as robust as, say, a Garmin Nuvi, but it's getting there."
- Google Voice: "Even though the message transcription is often fairly garbled, it's nice to be able to actually be able to read voicemails. Google Voice also allows me to decouple my phone number from the device I happen to be using at the moment, so I won't have to rely upon carriers to get my number transferred to a new phone when I migrate off of my Optimus V."
- GQueues (task manager): "I just started using it, but it's one of the best "Getting Things Done"-ish task managers I've seen with a nice mobile user interface."
Mobile device type: iPhone
Recommended personal apps:
- SMS (text messaging): "The only way many of my family and friends communicate."
- Twitter: "Easy to randomly browse on the go."
- iPod: "Music and podcasts for the bus ride."
Recommended work apps:
- Google/Google Apps: "Not much else to say here."
- TouchTerm (secure network for data transfer): "SSH terminal client if I need to access a server in a pinch."
- Evernote: "Keep track of everything across multiple devices."
- Megan Kocher, on behalf of the Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Collaborative
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Brown Bag Discussion: The 2011 Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) Conference
What's in Store: Collaborative Strategies for Managing CIC Print Collections
Monday, July 11, 2011
12:00 pm, Bring your lunch at 11:30 am
Room S30A, Wilson Library
UMConnect at: https://umconnect.umn.edu/r70586707/
Jennie Burroughs, Kathy Drozd, Scott Marsalis, Mary Miller, Charles Spetland, and Rafael Tarrago will share highlights from the CIC CLI conference held at Michigan State University between May 23 and 24, 2011. More information may be found at: http://www.cic.net/Home/Calendar/Conferences/Library/2011/Program.aspx .
- Charles Spetland
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
Resonance: 21st Century Art Students and the Commerce of the Ancient Mediterranean
Through Monday, August 15, 2011
T. R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library
Take Two Lyllie Rootes and Call Me in the Morning: Botanicals and Medical Receipt Books in 17th Century Domestic Medical Care
Through Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wangensteen Library, Diehl Hall