October 17, 2011

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News from Around the Libraries
- New E-Resources
- Update on the St. Paul Branches Consolidation
 
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Bill DeJohn Receives Friend of the Library Award
- Thank You To Kris Fowler
 
Upcoming Events
- Libraries Civil Service Committee meeting
- Open Access Week
 
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Brownbag: Orientation Redux
- Staff Education and Development
- Minitex
 
Exhibits at the Libraries
- Classified! Naturalists on the Voyages of Discovery
- Hispanic History Month: Hispanic Images
- The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper"
- Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: A Legacy of Greatness
- The Old Wooden Synagogues of Lithuania: An Artist's Perspective
- Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America

News from Around the Libraries
 
New E-Resources
 
The BBC Shakespeare plays: http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/18050
 
E-journals:
- Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment
- Heat Transfer Research
- Advances in optics and photonics
- Biomedical Optics Express
- Sculpture journal
- Social forces
- Foundations and trends in technology, information, and operations management
- Southern forests
- International journal of sustainable development and world ecology
 
- Charles Spetland
 
Update on the St. Paul Branches Consolidation
As you may imagine, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done when consolidating collections and the expertise needed comes from many departments across the Libraries.  The Coordinating Group for the consolidation has been working for a couple of months and has consisted of Bernadette Corley Troge, Chris Rose, Linda Eells, Philip Herold, Fariha Grieme, Betsy Friesen, Jerrie Bayer, Sue Hallgren, and karen Williams.  Mary Miller is our convener and fearless facilitator.  Amy  Boemer will join the group going forward.  The group has been using a large and complex spreadsheet of collection holdings to analyze what we have and develop a set of criteria for which materials will live where in the future, what to do with duplicates, etc.  Many, many thanks to Betsy, Chris, and Michael Johnson for their wizardry with programming and producing reports - especially Michael's Super Duper De-duper program.  Most of the St. Paul staff are contributing to this effort in a variety of ways and many thanks go out to them.
 
The Coordinating Group has charged two sub-groups to date.  The Barcoding Project is at work cleaning up some significant barcoding problems that were discovered through-out the St. Paul libraries.  Amy Boemer is providing project oversight, Amy Gmur has the lead, and the team is rounded out by Cecilia Genereux and Laureen Boutang.  Consultants include the Collections staff, Enterprise Technology (ET) staff and Chris Rose.  This work is expected to be done by March 31, 2012.
 
The Swat Team will coordinate the myriad moves that need to take place, do some problem solving, and refer problems that need specialized attention.  Amy Boemer is also coordinating this group.  Our very skilled project team includes Emily Randall, Wendy Kieser, Laureen Boutang, and Krista Brickbauer.  Madonna Smith is their contact in the St. Paul branches and the group will consult other Technical Services (TS), Inormation Access and Delivery Services, Collections, and ET staff as needed.  Records changes will be handled as batches by ET as much as possible, with TS taking care of things that can't be done that way.
 
Our intention to is have everything out of Skok Hall by the end of the Spring semester.  Meetings are underway between the Libraries, the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, and other campus units about repurposing the Skok Hall space, with the intention of having it ready for its future use by the beginning of fall semester.  We don't have any details about this yet, but we will keep you posted.  Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
- Karen Williams
 
 
Staff Tidings and Kudos
 
Bill DeJohn Receives Friend of the Library Award
Bill DeJohn, who will retire as Minitex Director in January, received the "Friend of the Library Award" from the South Dakota Library Association during the Association's annual conference in Spearfish, SD earlier this month.  The Award was presented by Ronelle Thompson, Director, Mikkelsen Library, Augustana College, and Chair, South Dakota Library Network Executive Council, who noted that DeJohn was receiving this award for the second time:
 
"Friends.  They are essential to libraries and librarians, and we in South Dakota have been blessed with many.  Six years ago, in fact, we honored one such individual, and tonight we are going to 'replay' that moment.  Organizations don't flourish by accident.  The people who are brought together as employees to deliver services are individuals with many different perspectives.  It takes thoughtful and consistent work to nurture and direct a staff, of any size, to obtain the agreed upon results.  It takes commitment and sincerity to repeatedly discover goals for improved service and visions for what the future might hold to bring all those staff colleagues along on the adventure."
 
"It is no accident that in South Dakota when we, as librarians, have questions about nearly anything we think of one organization.  It is an organization that has reflected the enthusiasm and courage of its director for more than a quarter of a century; well-positioned for continued strength.  It is said that great leaders are like the best conductors, they reach beyond the notes to find the magic in each player.  Tonight, South Dakota librarians wish to say thank you to retiring Minitex Director, Bill DeJohn, for finding the magic that has sparked a beautiful relationship between our libraries and your organization.  You will always be our friend."
- Cecelia Boone
 
Thank You To Kris Fowler
Professor William Messing, School of Mathematics shared the following message he sent to Kris Fowler thanking her for her help.  I echo his thanks and recognition.
 
"Dear Kris,  Let me first repeat what I had said implicitly: I am very impressed by both your skill and dedication in assisting me and other Mathematics Department people in dealing with the intricate aspects of the Library system and, in particular, MNCAT, in terms of ascertaining what the University Library system possesses and has electronic access to.  The link that you provided to me to [Project Euclid] is a real goldmine in terms of access to papers of  Masayoshi Nagata.  His work, as represented in his marvellous book, Local Rings (published by Interscience in 1962), has been for 46 years a treasured resource for me.  Now with electronic access to many of his papers, extending and/or complementing the results of this book, I will have much additional material to read and (eventually) understand and absorb.  Thanks very much again."
- Karen Williams
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Libraries Civil Service Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
2:00 pm
Room 308, Andersen Library
 
The agenda is posted on the Libraries Civil Service wiki-page at: http://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/LibrariesCivilServiceCommittee .  Topics for discussion will include the upcoming health care changes and topics for the Fall Libraries Civil Service semi-annual meeting.
 
Meetings are open, with any Civil Service staff member particularly welcome to attend.  In addition, staff are invited to propose topics or items for the committee meeting agenda.  Please contact, via email, Chairs LaVon Beseman at: besem005@umn.edu or Nick Banitt at: banit006@umn.edu or any member of the committee with suggestions.
- Nick Banitt
 
Open Access Week
Open Access Week is October 24 through 30, 2011, and the University of Minnesota Libraries are celebrating!  Please join us in the celebrations, and pass this info on to others!
 
Decorate your space, give away goodies!
Open Access Week posters with UMN logos, as well as bookmarks, are available in Netfiles at: https://netfiles.umn.edu/ul/Projects/ActiveProjects/OpenAccessWeek/2011Printables , or use the folder path to navigate at: U:\Projects\ActiveProjects\OpenAccessWeek\2011Printables .  We also have pens, buttons, and stickers to give away.  Contact one of the Open Access Week planners if you would like some to give away.
 
Graduate Student Scholars Discuss the Future of Scholarship
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Pizza at 4:30 pm, Panel at 5:00 pm
Room 120, Andersen Library
 
A panel discussion featuring graduate student scholars who have participated in open access publishing, editing open access journals, producing open educational resources, and more!  Panelists include: Alfonso Sintjago, a PhD student in Comparative International Development Education, and Megan Corbin, a PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

Open Access Publishing: Making your Work Available to the World
Monday, October 24, 2011
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Room 310, Walter Library
 
Discover how to take advantage of open access publishing, which makes your scholarly work available to the broadest audience possible.  We will explore journals that are partly or fully open access, plus what you are able to do with previously published work.  There will also be awareness/outreach tables in some of the libraries on campus, and the Data Management group is planning an informational email to faculty on providing open access to research data.
 
The Open Access Week planning team is Rafael Tarrago, email at: r-tarr@umn.edu , Jon Jeffryes, email at: jeffryes@umn.edu , and Nancy Sims, email at: nasims@umn.edu , on behalf of the Scholarly Communications Collaborative.
- Nancy Sims
 
 
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc
 
Brownbag: Orientation Redux
Monday, October 24 , 2011
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 123, Science Teaching and Student Services Building
Bring your lunch
 
Want to learn more about how the Libraries participated in orientation for first year, transfer, and graduate students?  We will share the twenty minute interest day session for first year students titled "Sherlock Holmes, Secret Caverns and Ninjas: What the...?", designed using the "Cephalonian Method" at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalonian_method .  During this session, we answered questions such as, "My friend is a vampire...but needs help from a librarian.  Any ideas?"  We will also share the highlights of orientation this fall and answer your questions.
- 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
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
 
Classified! Naturalists on the Voyages of Discovery
Through Friday, November 18, 2011
James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/classified-naturalists-on-the.html 
 
Hispanic History Month: Hispanic Images
Images of Hispanic stars of American film and television, and books on the presence of Hispanics in American film and media
Through Monday, October 31, 2011
Reference Display Cases, Wilson Library
 
The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper"
Through Saturday, October 29, 2011
Wangensteen Library, Diehl Hall
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/the-literature-of-prescription.html 
 
Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: A Legacy of Greatness
Through Friday, October 21, 2011
Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/minnesota-roots-of-the-green-r.html 
 
The Old Wooden Synagogues of Lithuania: An Artist's Perspective
Through Friday, December 30, 2011
Room 210, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Rapson Hall
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/architecture-landscape-archite/the-old-wooden-synagogues-of-l.html 

Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America
Through Friday, October 28, 2011
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/seed-stories-catalogs-of-life.html

 
 
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