- Demand Driven Acquisitions E-Book Initiative
- New E-Resources
- University Libraries Participating in OCLC Pilot
- Update on St. Paul Branches Consolidation
- Upgrade to MNCAT Coming Soon
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Kate Peterson Accepted to 2011 Assessment Immersion
- Mary Huismann Published
- Andersen Library Research Forum
- University Digital Conservancy Update and Listening Sessions
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Moodle and the Libraries Working Meeting
- 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
Demand Driven Acquisitions E-Book Initiative
This spring, the University Libraries have been working with YBP, our primary vendor for English language monographs, and ebrary, a major e-book aggregator, on developing a prospective demand driven acquisitions (DDA) initiative, to allow our users to self select e-book titles which will be transparently purchased and added to the collection. The process will be completely integrated with our existing selection, record loading, and invoicing routines with YBP, with full GOBI history and duplication control. The initial parameters have been finalized and the plan will start up in the next week or two. Details are posted at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/CDM/EbraryE-bookDemandDrivenAcquistionsInitiative .
- Charles Spetland
Gale additions: Illustrated London News Historical Archive: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=17855
Making of the Modern World: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=17854
State Papers Online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=17856
Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/
Sage Research Methods: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=17849
Also, the Books tab on the Libraries home page has two new elements:
- Link to Book Review Index
- Electronic Book Collections
The latter is a counterpart to the Electronic Journal Collections section in the Journals tab. It builds on the Libdata description of our major e-book packages to include information on Simultaneous User limits (if any), printing and downloading instructions, the ability to create chapter-level deep-links, whether the book is viewable using an iPad, Kindle, or Nook, and links to publisher help and tutorial pages. A work group, including members of the Collection Strategic Steering Committee, the Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Group, Enterprise Technology, and Information Technology, will be working on enhancements, including a search box that limits results to e-books.
- Jim Stemper
University Libraries Participating in OCLC Pilot
Beginning this summer, the University of Minnesota Libraries will participate in an OCLC sponsored pilot project to test mechanisms for sharing information about institutional print retention and preservation commitments in WorldCat. Among the other participating pilot institutions are Arizona State University, multiple campuses of the University of California, the University of Oregon, Stanford University, and Washington State University.
OCLC is embarking on the Shared Print Archives Disclosure Project. Through WorldCat, pilot participants will share data about the condition and completeness of journal titles, whether an institution plans to retain the title, and the length of time in which an institution is committed to retention. The goal of the project is to enable libraries to better judge the relative risk of local de-duplication efforts or, conversely, where maximum preservation benefit might be gained through a distributed archiving effort. The Libraries will initially contribute data for approximately 120 titles to the project. These are the titles that were transferred from Walter to the Printing Services building for dark storage. Minnesota's lending status for these titles (OCLC institution code MNUDS) will be non-supplier.
Many thanks to Cecilia Genereux for providing cataloging advice and holdings clean-up.
- Mary Miller and Betsy Friesen
Update on St. Paul Branches Consolidation
A final meeting last week with College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) department heads and associate deans has resulted in a decision on St. Paul branch consolidation. The high use collections from Forestry and Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife (EFW) will be consolidated in Hodson Hall (present EFW Library) and renamed to reflect a new interdisciplinary collection. In the Libraries we have been using the term Natural Resources Library as a placeholder, but will be consulting with relevant constituents to decide on a final name. Our very optimistic time frame is to "open" the Natural Resources Library in Hodson for the spring semester 2012. There is much work to be done to implement this decision, involving many Libraries staff and units. We held an initial planning meeting last Friday morning which included folks from Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences (ABES), Information Access and Deliver Services (IADS), Technical Services, Enterprise Technology (ET), and Facilities and Operations Management (FOM). Mary Miller will facilitate this process. In a few weeks we'll have a much better sense of what a realistic time frame will be. Mary will be establishing communication mechanisms (likely including a wiki site), so stay tuned to the Monday Memo for more information on updates.
This has been a long and challenging process and I want to extend my profound thanks to our Libraries staff who have been working hard with faculty and students to come to a resolution - and living with ambiguity for some time. We will plan for a farewell to the Forestry Library and a welcome to the Natural Resources Library. Please let Karen Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Philip Herold at: herol008@umn,edu know if you have questions.
- Karen Williams
Upgrade to MNCAT Coming Soon
A major upgrade to MNCAT is coming soon. It comprises a set of enhancements, known collectively as OPAC via Primo, that will allow more complete holdings, item, and availability information to display in MNCAT, and give users the ability to request items from within the Primo interface. It is available for preview on our test server at http://bit.ly/nP4cUb .
The Primo Management Group would like to encourage Libraries staff to familiarize themselves with the new version and welcomes your comments or questions, which you may send us via a form at: http://bit.ly/plg29l . The group would especially like staff to try the new requesting features. Please note that the test server includes only part of the content of the real MNCAT catalog and the data you see may not be up to date. In addition, response time for various functions may be slower on the test server than they will be in production. Please note also that the HathiTrust tab that you may see on some records is still under evaluation and will not be part of the OPAC via Primo upgrade.
The target date for the new version is August 4, 2011. Please watch for further news as this implementation date approaches. For more information on recent changes in MNCAT, go to: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/ET/Primo .
- Chew Chiat Naun, on behalf of the Primo Management Group
Staff Tidings and Kudos
Kate Peterson Accepted to 2011 Assessment Immersion
Kate Peterson has been accepted to the ACRL Immersion 2011 Assessment Track. Application to ACRL Immersion is a competitive process, and the Assessment track is geared toward librarians with significant experience with instruction. The Assessment track focuses on improving knowledge and practice of both classroom and program assessment. She will attend the program in Nashville in November. Congratulations, Kate!
- Jennie Burroughs
Mary Huismann Published
Congratulations to Mary Huismann on the publication of her new book, Gustav Holst: A Research and Information Guide. It was published by Routledge as part of the Routledge Music Bibliographies series. Mary's first book on Frederick Delius is in its second (revised) edition.
- Fariha Grieme
Andersen Library Research Forum
The Charles Babbage Institute will host an Andersen Library Research Forum presentation:
Friday, July 22, 2011
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 308, Andersen Library (the IHRC conference room)
Rachel Lee, a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Rochester, will be presenting "Media of the Imagination: From Lyrical Ballads to The William Blake Archive." All are welcome. Coffee and cookies will be served.
- Stephanie Crowe
University Digital Conservancy Update and Listening Sessions
Tuesday, July 29, 2011
9:30 am to 10:30 am
Room 2, Magrath Library
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Room 555, Dielh Hall
New users and experienced contributors, please join us to discuss the University Digital Conservancy (UDC). We want to hear your successes, technical problems, and user feedback. This summer the UDC will be migrating off DSpace to a Fedora-Drupal platform. The co-directors will give an update on the status of our institutional repository and ask for your feedback to inform our decisions about the functionality and promotion of the conservancy in the coming years. Feedback will be collected and posted to the UDC Wiki. Questions to consider:
- What UDC questions do you hear from users?
- What are the main benefits of the UDC do you promote? How can we help you do this better?
- What resources do you need to use/promote the UDC more effectively?
- When uploading items to the UDC, how do you find the submission interface (admin)?
- When searching for items in the UDC, how do you find the discovery interface (public)?
- What cool thing should the UDC do that it currently doesn't?
Since its launch in 2007, the University Digital Conservancy (UDC), http://conservancy.umn.edu, has served as the University of Minnesota's institutional repository. The repository contains over 18,800 digital works, as of July 2011. The UDC has served as a venue for faculty to deposit copies of their works for long-term preservation and open access. It is also available for original student works, such as dissertations, Master's Plan A and professional papers, and honors theses. Perhaps more uniquely, the UDC has functioned as the digital arm to the University Archives - i.e., a centralized, searchable access to institutional digital resources that would have traditionally gone to the University Archives.
- Beth Kaplan, Lisa Johnston, and Beth Petsan, UDC Team
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
Moodle and the Libraries Working Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Room S-30C , Wilson Library
As you may know, class instructors and internal student and staff trainings are using Moodle more and more. Here's a chance to spend ninety minutes collaborating with this tool along with your colleagues. Come and learn what others are doing, share shortcuts, and do some hands-on work on your own Moodle page or explore an existing page. We will begin with twenty minutes of "show and tell" about how folks have used "assessments" in Moodle with Becky Adamski, Megan Kocher, and Jon Jeffryes), a few minutes sharing information, and hands-on exploration time.
- Kate Peterson
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