October 24, 2011

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News from Around the Libraries
- Digital Public Library Proposal
- Enter For The Chance To Use An iPad2
- HathiTrust Update
- Japanese Studies Librarian in Minnesota
- New Communications Resources
- UMN Receives $8M NSF Grant For First-of-its-Kind Integration of Global Population and Environment Data
 
Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Bill DeJohn Recognized
- Congratulations Google Project Staff
- Congratulations to Paul Zenke
- Farewell Madonna
- Kudos to Scott Spicer and Jenny Veile
- Laurel Haycock Publishes With Faculty Collaborator
- Thank You to Caroline Lilyard
 
Upcoming Events
- Third Annual Libraries Emerging Tech Expo
 
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Digital Library Federation (DLF) e-Science Webcast
- Information Access and Delivery Services (IADS) Forum
- Intercultural Communication: Communicating With International Students Workshop
- Learn More About Orientation Efforts
- Rapid Capture in Special Collections and Archives: OCLC Research Webinar
- 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"
- The Old Wooden Synagogues of Lithuania: An Artist's Perspective
- Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Garden in America

News from Around the Libraries
 
Digital Public Library Proposal
The Libraries, with partners the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and HathiTrust, recently submitted a Beta Spring proposal entitled, Government Publications: Enhanced Access and Delivery through Open Linked Data and Crowdsourcing.  The project was one of nine selected to be presented at the public plenary session in Washington DC and will be presented by John Butler and Wendy Lougee.  The proposal addresses issues of discovery of government documents which are challenged by inaccuracies in cataloging records and by metadata that inadequately represents the publications and their critical relationships to other resources.
 
Congratulations to staff whose hard work has resulted in this initial and promising recognition:  Kirsten Clark, Amy West, Kristi Jensen, Paul Zenke, Stephen Hearn, John Butler, and Karen Williams.   Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
- Linda Greve
 
Enter For The Chance To Use An iPad2
Three staff members will each be given an iPad2 to use for the life of the iPad and a small stipend for applications.  All you have to do is write a brief statement telling us how you would use the iPad to enhance your productivity and expand your professional capabilities . A three- member panel will review the statements and the iPad2s will be awarded to the lucky staff members at the Tech Expo.  Please write your statement on the entry form at: https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dHdiOEV5eVltN0FJTGVvWXJFMWx3Tnc6MQ&pli=1 , and submit it by October 28, 2011.
- Jan Roseen
 
HathiTrust Update
The September 2011 update is now available at: http://www.hathitrust.org/updates_september2011 .
- Marlo Welshons, on behalf of the HathiTrust Communications Working Group
 
Japanese Studies Librarian in Minnesota
This week, Setsuko Noguchi will be visiting the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Ms. Noguchi is the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Japanese Studies Librarian we share with the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin as part of a pilot project.  She will be meeting with students and faculty, teaching classes, working on subject guides, and meeting with staff in the Libraries.  She will be using an office in the East Asia Library for her visit.
- Jennie Burroughs
 
New Communications Resources
A new six-foot tablecloth with the Libraries logo is now available for Libraries staff to use when they are promoting the Libraries at events on or off campus.  Reserve it through the (EQ) UL resources in Google calendar.  Be sure to add one full day before and after the day(s) needed to allow time for you to get the tablecloth to and from the Communications Office.  Contact Marlo Welshons or Tim Cronin to arrange for pick-up.  Also, the sidewalk signs previously reserved through the Communications Office now have their own equipment calendars.  Book them directly through Google calendar and then contact the relevant building managers for delivery.  Details are listed under "Equipment" at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Communications/Templates-Resources .
- Marlo Welshons
 
UMN Receives $8M NSF Grant For First-of-its-Kind Integration of Global Population and Environment Data
The project, Terra Populus: A Global Population/Environment Data Network or TerraPop for short, was awarded a five-year, $8M grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of  Cyberinfrastructure.  TerraPop will combine two centuries of census date with global environmental data including land cover, land use, and climate records.  Beyond the goal of integrating this information into a common database, the team plans to disseminate the newly available data to researchers around the world.  The Libraries' role is threefold:
1) Assistance in designing the web layer.
2) Guidance in working the ICPSR on establishing a digital preservation policy and program.
3) Work in remediating/improving/overhauling the bibliographic database component of their current architecture.
 
The Minnesota Population Center will lead the effort with support from the Institute on the Environment, the Libraries, and the faculties of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).  Additional partners include the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.
- Linda Greve
 
 
Staff Tidings and Kudos
 
Bill DeJohn Recognized
Bill DeJohn was presented with an award while attending the Upper Midwest Ex Libris User Group meeting  this past week.  The conference was hosted by Minitex in 2006, 2007 and 2009.  The award recognizes the efforts of Bill and the Minitex staff in sponsoring this event in the past by providing both staff and financial resources.  This year, the conference was hosted by the ODIN office and  took place from October 16 through October 17 in Fargo, North Dakota.  The next conference will take place in 2013 and be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  We are still engaged in this event, as Becky Ringwelski represents Minitex as a member of the Planning Committee for the conference.
Congratulations to Bill and the rest of the staff who assisted in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 meetings!
- Becky Ringwelski
 
Congratulations Google Project Staff
Congratulations and a special thank you to staff working on the Google project - they have accomplished a great deal over the summer and early fall.
 
During that time the shipment schedule was increased from every four weeks to every three week.  The September shipment itself included 19,000 items (a project record!) and was pulled and packed in just under one weeks time (also a record!).
 
Information Access and Delivery Services (IADS) had all hands on deck to accomplish this ambitious goal and the goal was accomplished in short order.  Thanks to all of the staff who contributed to the effort  including Wendy Kieser, Emily Randall, Jerrie Bayer, Chris Rose, Amy Gmur, Sue Schumacher, Jackie Gulbranson, Dana Peterson, Emily Riha, Elena Carrillo, Jessica Mattson, Dave Ashley, John Barkman, Kevin Poss, Francine Dupont-Crocker, and student staff from throughout the system including Amanda Brown, Megan Jurek, Nick Yates, Sean Schultz, Turner Barrowman Casey, Ashley Kes, Alice Richardson, Neven Selimovic, and Chelsea Mattos
 
With the September shipment, the team has completed pulling from the Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife (EFW) Library, including the collection of distinction and much of the Forestry collection of distinction.  Since the non-destructive scanning process began in early 2010, just under 200,000 items have been sent for scanning from the UMN Twin Cities campus libraries including 85,852 from Wilson Library, 47,619 from Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC), 27,872 from Forestry, and 23,699 from the EFW Library, and 10,836 from the Law Library.
 
Thanks everyone for a job well done.  You Rock!!
- Sue Hallgren
 
Congratulations to Paul Zenke
The Libraries have extended the contract of Paul Zenke, Instructional Designer, through the end of the fiscal year, at which point he will be moved to the annually renewable appointment cycle.  In short, we want Paul to stick around.  Please thank Paul for his stellar work thus far and continue to consult with him on project ideas.
- Jennie Burroughs
 
Farewell Madonna 
I am sad to announce that Madonna Smith is leaving the St. Paul branch libraries for a permanent opportunity elsewhere.  Although only with us for a year, Madonna made a bright, positive mark and will be much missed by all.  Madonna's last day with us is Friday, October 28, 2011.  Please join me in wishing her all the best in her new endeavor.
- Linda Eells
 
Kudos to Scott Spicer and Jenny Veile
A student in Cell Physiology thanked Scott Spicer and Jenny Veile for their assistance with a course assignment:
 
"I just wanted to say thanks for all the help on our podcast for Dr. Palmer's class.  I have zero previous experience in working with video and was overwhelmed by this project.  But your prompt and helpful emails, flexible scheduling, and expertise got me through!  I never imagined the video could be as great as it is (I know it's not videographer quality - but pretty good for someone who can barely work powerpoint!)  Jennifer, especially, was so kind, patient and helpful.   . . . I may even try to make a video just for fun!  (Once the semester is over).  Although I was intimidated by the project (and almost dropped the class because of it) I'm really glad we persevered and ended up with both a new skill and a project we're proud of.  Thanks for everything!"
 
Great work, Scott and Jenny!
- Kristine Fowler
 
Laurel Haycock Publishes With Faculty Collaborator
Congratulations to Laurel Haycock on the publication of her article, "Collaborating with Library Course Pages and Facebook: Exploring New Opportunities."  See the article at: http://collaborativelibrarianship.org/index.php/jocl/article/view/145 .  After a successful course collaboration with Professor Andy Howe, Laurel initiated a publication to share the insights gained throughout their work together.  The article provides the unique perspectives of both the librarian and the faculty member.  Kudos to Laurel on her efforts to share her innovative practices more broadly!
- Kristi Jensen
 
Thank You to Caroline Lilyard
Professor Robert Hansen recently wrote to me to praise Caroline Lilyard's efforts on behalf of his MBA students this fall.  Congratulations to Caroline on the positive results of her work with Professor Hansen and his students.  An excerpt from his remarks:

"I am writing to offer high praise and a sincere thank you to Caroline Lilyard.  I asked her to prepare a short presentation for my three sections of MBA 6210 ......and she incorporated the topic information into her presentation and she included the specific on-line sites into a portal she created for my classes.  I just finished reviewing the class exercise report created by my students and more than 75% of the teams included information from the sites that Caroline identified for my classes.  I have long held the opinion that our MBA graduates do not have an adequate grasp of the amazing resources available at Wilson Library and now thanks to Caroline's efforts, 120 students have been made aware of these resources."
- Kristi Jensen
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Third Annual Libraries Emerging Tech Expo
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Mississippi Room, Third Floor, Coffman Memorial Union
 
Register at: https://webapps-prd.oit.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0308 by Friday, November 4, 2011, to be eligible for the prize drawing.
 
The third annual Libraries Emerging Tech Expo, sponsored by the Libraries IT Council and Organization Development, has something for everyone.  There will be tables on cameras and photography, Google, mind mapping, improving meetings and presentations, managing your technology, various Library initiatives and technologies, video conferencing, and, of course, the ever-popular Petting Zoo with lots of new gadgets!  This year's speakers will be Nancy Sims, John Butler, and a representative from ExLibris.
- Jan Roseen
 
 
Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, Etc
 
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Digital Library Federation (DLF) E-Science Webcasts
Please drop-in to one or more of the following webcasts.  No reservations necessary.
 
Sustainability for Library e-Science Programs
Jim Mullins, Purdue University
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room S-30B, Wilson Library
 
e-Science Data Governance
MacKenzie Smith, MIT
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library
 
Ontologies for e-Science Data
Melissa Haendel and Chris Shaffer, OHSU
Friday, December 9, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room S-30B, Wilson Library
 
Data Curation Operations in Libraries
Sayeed Choudhury, JHU
Friday, December 16, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room S-30B, Wilson Library
 
Cyberinfrastructure for e-Science
David Minor, UCSD
Wednesday, January 4, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room S-30B, Wilson Library
 
- John Butler
 
Information Access and Delivery Services (IADS) Forum
Wednesday October 26, 2011
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library
 
Sergeant Jo Benson, UMN Police Department, and Matt Bowers, Libraries Safety and Security Coordinator, will lead a presentation and discussion about how we can more effectively deal with difficult situations.  All staff are welcome to attend.
 
More information may be found at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/IADSForum/October2011
- Jackie Gulbranson, IADS Forum Coordinator
 
Intercultural Communication: Communicating With International Students Workshop
Thursday, November 3, 2011
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room 120B/C, Andersen Library
 
Register at: https://webapps-prd.oit.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0306
Refreshments will be served
 
This workshop, sponsored by the Diversity Outreach Collaborative, aims to explain the cultural roots of some communication obstacles, to heighten awareness of the importance of intercultural communication in an international educational institution like the University of Minnesota is now, and to provide library staff with some tools to address those obstacles.
 
Beth Isensee, International Students and Scholars Office, will lead this workshop, designed to be inter-active.  She will address issues of verbal and non-verbal communication with international students, and will share tips, such as how to pose questions, non-verbal language to be aware of, and how to say no effectively.
- Rafael Tarrago, on behalf of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative
 
Learn More About Orientation Efforts
Here are two ways to learn more about the Libraries work with Orientation this year:
 
Orientation Program Report
Learn more about our work this summer with First Year, Transfer, and Graduate student orientation.  We interacted with over 1980 students through fairs and over 1200 through face-to-face sessions.  We shook up student expectations about librarians through our Research Ninjas logo and introduced students to some of the mysteries of the Libraries.  We garnered attention through our use of iPads at student fairs and hosted a game night in Walter Library.  When you get a chance, take a look at the full report at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/learninglibraries/OrientationProgramsReport2011%20%281%29%20%281%29.pdf .  Note that many librarians and libraries staff who participated in a variety of Orientation activities, for example orientation for new students in departments, are not reflected in the report.
 
Brownbag:  Orientation Redux
Monday, October 24, 2011
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 123, Science Teaching and Student Services Building
 
We will share the twenty minute interest day session for first year students titled "Sherlock Holmes, Secret Caverns and Ninjas: What the...?"
 
- Kate Peterson

Rapid Capture in Special Collections and Archives: OCLC Research Webinar
Thursday October 27, 2011
10:00 am
 
The recent report, Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections, focused on the actual moment of digitization of non-book materials and on innovative ways to speed things up.  But speeding things up in one part of the process often uncovers bottlenecks elsewhere.  In this webinar, experts from special collections and archives, including our very own Erik Moore, will offer up creative ways to speed up other parts of the process to provide greater access to library and special collections materials.  For more information and to register, go to: www.oclc.org/research/news/2011-10-06.htm .
- Beth Kaplan
 
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 
 
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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