News from Around the Libraries
- Communications Strategic Planning Road Show
- Tech Services Ten Cents: August 2011
- Minitex at the Fair
- New Collections in the UDC
- Data Conservancy Presentation: September 15
- Student Employment Fair
- Diversity Events on Campus
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Congratulations to Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
- Life Could Be Easier: On the Go
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Staff Education and Development
Exhibits at the Libraries
- Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: A Legacy of Greatness
News from Around the Libraries
Communications Strategic Planning Road Show
Thanks to all the units who have invited me to upcoming staff meetings for a discussion of the draft communications strategic plan. I've posted the schedule of these on the communications wiki (https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Communications/Strategy). If there are other staff groups or collaboratives who would like to be added to this schedule, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-9148.
Tech Services Ten Cents: August 2011
August usually flies by in a blaze of heat, culminating with the State Fair. The beach still beckons, but everyone knows that fall awaits. And though summer's not over, in Technical Services change was already in the air, with: Transitions... TS saw people coming, and people going. Endings... As the summer days grew shorter, so did our project list. Beginnings... TS began preparation for a new school year. Details at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/Newsletter
Minitex at the Fair!
Minitex staff members were on hand to talk to fair-goers about statewide library resources available through MnKnows (www.mnknows.org) in Carousel Park at the Minnesota State Fair on August 31. In collaboration with the MELSA libraries, the Minitex display was a part of the activities for "Read and Ride Wednesday." Thanks to Carla Dewey Urban for organizing our participation. In addition, staffers Bill DeJohn, Kathy Drozd, Matt Lee, Carol Nelson, and Dave Paulson also worked at the booth. Check out Minitex on Facebook or Flickr to see photos from our day at the fair.
New Collections in the UDC
The University Digital Conservancy (UDC) has collected digital scholarship from over 70 units across campus! If you know of a unit that could benefit from our UDC repository services, let us know. Here are two recent additions:
St. Anthony Fall Laboratory: The St. Anthony Falls Lab is headed for a major renovation and wanted to preserve their project reports and technical papers which they scanned in-house. Search the collection which has grown to over 400 items over the summer: https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/107504
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Research Group: This lab in the Department of Aerospace Engineering needed a solution to preserve and publicly distribute their research data and they included the UDC as part of their Data Management Plan in a recent NSF grant proposal. View these new data collections: https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/101457
-UDC Team: Lisa Johnston, Beth Kaplan, and Beth Petsan
Data Conservancy Presentation: Thursday September 15
A presentation about the Data Conservancy will be made to the CIC Data Storage group and will be Webcast. This will be a chance to hear details on this NSF data net project. The Data Conservancy (DC) embraces a shared vision: scientific data curation is a means to collect, organize, validate and preserve data so that scientists can find new ways to address the grand research challenges that face society. DC infrastructure development will occur in an iterative manner with testing and prototyping of systems informed directly by user-centered design and feedback from information science and computer science research.
Thursday, September 15th
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
At every stage, the Data Conservancy will engage deeply domain scientists, generate substantive broader impacts and focus on sustainability planning. More:http://dataconservancy.org/about
Student Employment Job Fair
Library supervisors who are still recruiting and hiring student employees are invited to attend this year's Freshmen Job Guarantee Fair. The fair will be held in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Union on Wednesday, September 14, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Five hundred freshmen, many of whom have received Work Study allocations, have been accepted into this year's program.
Supervisors may stop by the Libraries' table anytime during the fair and interview applicants. Hiring decisions may be made on the spot, or more formal interviews may be scheduled. Questions may be directed to Steve Koehler at 625-9269 or email@example.com .
Diversity Events on Campus
The Office for Equity and Diversity and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance have many workshops and lectures throughout fall semester. For a complete listing please check the Diversity Outreach Collaborative Blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/grayjl/doc/2011/09/fall-semester-2011---diversity-outreach-collaborative---campus-events.html or the DOC Google Calendar.
-Jody Gray, on behalf of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative
Staff Tidings and Kudos
Congratulations to Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
Christine DeZelar-Tiedman served on the formerly RLG, now OCLC Research Library Partners Social Metadata Working Group whose members reviewed social media sites analyzing success metrics, content, policy, vocabulary and other issues. They also conducted a survey of site managers to identify factors contributing to successful or less than successful sites. The first of the planned three reports based on their findings is entitled: Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums Part 1: Site Reviews. It is available at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-02r.htm. Congratulations to Christine for her collaboration on this report.
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Life Could Be Easier: On the Go
Wondering whether you should get a smart phone? Have a mobile device you'd like to get more out of? The PIM collaborative (Personal Information Management) asked our colleagues to recommend their favorite apps, and to tell us what's so useful about them. Chime in with your own recommendations and questions at the PIM Blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/capim/pimblog/.
From Amy West, Data Services Librarian, Device Type: Android
RememberTheMilk - app is free, but only available for RTMPro subscribers ($25/year)
RTM Pro does cost $25 a year, but for the absurdly absentminded like me, that's a bargain. I have my todo list right on the home screen of my phone, installed as a plug-in next to my email and integrated into my calendar. Since I've got it on my phone, then when I think of something that I should do for work or home (usually on the bus coming or going), I can note it right then. I still forget things, but way, way, way less than before. Since the phone's always with me, RTM makes a nice bridge tool between work and home.
Tweetdeck - free
Best Twitter client for Android. You can specify notifications by type, e.g. do nothing for new tweets, flash a light for @ replies, make a noise for a DM, etc. You can also receive updates from Facebook when someone comments on a post of yours - better notifications than the native Facebook application. I do find the fonts a little small and you can't choose which photo upload service to use, but these problems haven't been enough to make me switch. Tweetdeck also supports multiple accounts.
PowerNote for Android - free
PowerNote is a tool developed by Diigo the bookmarking service. I don't care for PowerNote as an independent app, but once it's installed you can save things from other applications like Tweetdeck to your Diigo account via PowerNote. Diigo is fabulous - it supports bookmarking, annotations and notes. I now use it over del.icio.us. In the mornings while I throw cat food for Leopold to hunt down, I get caught up on Twitter. Any substantive tweets get saved to PowerNote so I can read them later at work. Since it's already added to my Diigo account, this means I only have to decide if I want to make it a public bookmark and if so, add tags. I have found that this is the single most efficient way to manage bookmarking & professional reading. For what it's worth, I have a standing reminder in RTM to check Diigo each day for items I saved!
Weatherbug Elite - $1.99
Very nicely laid out screens, displays temp in notification bar at the top of the phone and, for those days when I want to make sure to tell my family about all the character I'm building up here in February, built-in screen capture that I can then post to Facebook.
OurGroceries - free with ads
Shopping list application. Unlike RTM or other tools, this one remembers previous entries and displays the most commonly listed ones first. Turns out that makes it worth having a separate application just for lists. You can have multiple shopping lists and they'll be rearranged based on whether they have anything in them and/or how recently they were modified. I've also found it very handy for packing since ALA Midwinter because once I've entered "ipod charger" the first time, it comes right up every other time I put together a packing list. You're supposed to be able to share lists, but at the moment I'm the only one in the household w/a smartphone so I haven't tried that.
From Paul Zenke, University Libraries Instructional Designer Device: Paul uses a (self described) dilapidated iPhone 3G.
Good reader (iPhone/iPad) $4.99
My favorite iOS application for reading, highlighting, managing, and syncing .pdf and .doc files. GoodReader has so many advanced features it feels like a desktop app.
Sample workflow: Save a .pdf article in Dropbox, sync to GoodReader, download the article into GoodReader, highlight sections and make comments, zip the original and the marked-up version, then email the zipped files to a colleague for their review.
Tweetbot (iPhone) $2.99
My favorite Twitter interface on any device.
Simplenote (iPhone/iPad) $0.00
A simple multi-platform writing tool.
Dropbox (iPhone/iPad) $0.00, web service has free and paid subscription options
Access your files on the go.
Apps previously mentioned by my colleagues on the PIM blog, that I also use:
Evernote (iPhone/iPad) $0.00, web service has free and paid subscription options
Where I keep my notes, images, and audio files.
Sample workflow: After a meeting, or while walking across campus, I'll create a new audio file and will record audio straight into my phone. I use this when I want to talk through an idea, or to avoid forgetting something while I'm not able to write it down. The audio file then syncs with Evernote's desktop and web interfaces so my audio note will be ready for my review on my desktop when I get back to my office.
Another Sample workflow: I use the iPhone's camera to capture whiteboard drawings directly into Evernote. I'll often paste them into the same note I was using to take notes during a meeting so I'll have all my media together in one place. I can also email these notes to a group directly from the application.
App to watch:
Mendeley (iPhone/iPad) $0.00
I use the Mendeley desktop app daily, however the current version of the iPhone app (1.3.1) consistently crashes. I can't wait for them to fix the bugs.
Again, share your own recommendations and questions at the PIM Blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/capim/pimblog/.
-Amy West and Paul Zenke
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc.
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
Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: A Legacy of Greatness
Through Friday, October 21, 2011
Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
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