April 30, 2012

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News From Around the Libraries
- Behind the Scenes at the Libraries
- Forestry Library Closes May 13; Natural Resources Library Opens May 14
- Libraries Facilities and Operations Managers (FOM) Emergency Contacts
- Reminder of Call For Nominations to Libraries Governance Committees
- The Research and Publication Committee Want to Hear From You!

Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Philip Herold Elected to United States Agricultural Information Network Board

Upcoming Events
- Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner Featuring Jane Smiley
- Join Us For the May First Friday
- Libraries Civil Service Spring Semi-annual Meeting
- Open Research and Learning: Collaboration, Connections and Communities

Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.
- Alma Webinar Reminder
- Online Archive of Research and Publication Workshop Available

Exhibits at the Libraries
- Government Printing Office: Over 150 Years of Publishing and Distributing Government Information
- Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
- Pacific Encounters (ca. 1250 to ca. 1850)
- Wild Green Things: The Art of Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden

News From Around the Libraries

Behind the Scenes at the Libraries
At the end of last week's Libraries Assembly, Wendy Pradt Lougee shared a set of professor Dr. Vic Bloomfield's photographs taken behind the scenes in a few select library locations(see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84029090@N00/sets/72157629527490736/ ).  The Libraries Communications Office is working to schedule more sites for Dr. Bloomfield to photograph.  If you have ideas for locations, please contact Marlo Welshons at: welsh066@umn.edu .
- Libraries Communications Office

Forestry Library Closes May 13; Natural Resources Library Opens May 14
As of Sunday, May 13, 2012, the Forestry Library will close permanently.  On Monday, May 14, 2012, the Natural Resources Library will open in Hodson Hall, and the names "Forestry Library" and "Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife Library" will be retired.  The location code for the new Natural Resources Library will be TNRL.  In Fall 2012, a Natural Resources Library Grand Opening party will be held to celebrate the new library and its continuing mission to serve natural resources disciplines.  Stay tuned for further announcements!

In the meantime, the TNRL project team is in high gear as they begin the final phases of the move.  Over the course of one month, the team will be moving approximately 50,000 monographs, with the help of staff and students from Minnesota Library Storage (MLAC), Libraries Shipping and Receiving, and Information and Delivery Services (IADS).  As with any move, there will be plenty of cleanup taking place afterwards and the project team will continue working in TNRL and Magrath Libraries throughout the summer.
- Mary Miller

Libraries Facilities and Operations Managers (FOM) Emergency Contacts
Do you need immediate assistance from your building manager?   In addition to paging your building manager, via phone, a second option is to send an email message to their pagers.  Please do not send a regular email in a situation requiring an immediate response or during a water emergency.

Libraries FOM pager email addresses:
East Bank Libraries: Kristia Davern: 6126401409@usamobility.net
Wilson and Music Libraries: Barb Smith: 6126403001@usamobility.net
Andersen Libraries and MLAC: Rob Strnad: 6126404006@usamobility.net
St. Paul Libraries: Krista Brickbauer: 6126401896@usamobility.net

In their absence: Bernadette Corley Troge: 612-640-1774@usamobility.net
- Bernadette Corley Troge

Reminder of Call For Nominations to Libraries Governance Committees
Last week, the Committee on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments sent out a call for nominations for Libraries governance committees.  Please note that there will be a separate call for Civil Service Committee and Academic Professionals and Administrators Senate elections.

UMN Libraries staff may submit their own name or that of someone you feel would be a good candidate, with their permission.  This year's elections will again be conducted through an electronic ballot using UM Survey.  Expect to receive ballot notifications specific to the elections for which you are entitled to vote.  A wiki page will be provided at which candidates may add information about themselves or link to an existing profile.  Send nominations to Kimberly Clarke at: clark078@umn.edu , by Wednesday May 2, 2012.  Don't hesitate to contact her with questions.
 
Nominations are sought for:

Library Assembly Secretary
One position, one year term
 
Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Three positions, one year term
 
The Executive Committee serves as an advisory body to the University Librarian and as the collective representative of the library personnel groups to which it is responsible.  They shall make recommendations to the University Librarian and the Assembly upon all matters of Libraries policy and serve as the executive body of the Library Assembly. At large Executive Committee members shall serve no more than three consecutive one-year terms.
 
Committee on Research and Publication
Two positions, two year term
Continuing members: Jonathan Koffel, Van Houlson, Kate McCready
 
The Committee on Research and Publication is responsible for encouraging research and publication activities by Library staff, maintaining records of staff accomplishments, and for advising the Executive Committee regarding distribution of any available funds in support of these activities.

Committee on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments
To positions, two year term
Continuing members: Elaine Challacombe, Cecilia Genereux, Jonathan Koffel
 
The Committee on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments is responsible for conducting elections of the Libraries Assembly Secretary, Executive Committee at-large-members, University Senate Representatives, and members of the Standing committees.

University Senate
One senator, three year term
Continuing senators: Malaika Grant, Caroline Lilyard
 
The University Senators represent the Libraries at the University Senate meetings.  The senior senator shall submit quarterly reports to the Library Assembly.  Other senatorial duties shall be in accordance with Senate rules.

Submit nominations to Kimberly Clarke at: clark078@umn.edu , by May 3, 2012.
- Committee on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments: Kimberly Clarke (chair), Ellaine Challacombe, Cecilia Genereux, Jonathan Koffel, Rafael Tarrago

The Research and Publication Committee Want to Hear From You!
For a few years now, the Research and Publication committee has been organizing and sponsoring semi-annual staff development opportunities to help support staff members in their written contributions to the profession.  The focus of these workshops was derived from a needs assessment survey produced in 2009.  We wanted to take this opportunity to check in again and make sure that we're providing support in areas valuable to Libraries staff.

To that end, please take a minute or two (or longer, if you wish!) to fill out a Google Survey at: http://z.umn.edu/rpsurvey .  If you'd like to talk about any Research and Publication topics more informally, a list of current committee members can be found on the Research and Publication Committee wiki page at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/ResearchPublicationsCommittee.
- Jon Jeffryes, on behalf of the Research and Publication Committee


Staff Tidings and Kudos

Philip Herold Elected to United States Agricultural Information Network Board
Congratulations to Philip Herold, who has just been elected to a two year term on the Board of Directors of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN).  USAIN is an organization for information professionals that provides a forum for discussion of agricultural issues, takes a leadership role in the formation of a national information policy as related to agriculture, makes recommendations to the National Agricultural Library on agricultural information matters, and promotes cooperation and communication among its members.
- Karen Williams


Upcoming Events

Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner Featuring Jane Smiley
Celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens with Pulitzer-Prize winning author and Dickens biographer Jane Smiley.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
McNamara Alumni Center

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels including Moo and A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.  Her essays have been published in Vogue, The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and others.  She is also the author of the nonfiction books A Year at the Races, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, and a biography of Charles Dickens.  In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PENā€ˆUSA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.

Program
5:30 pm: Awards presentation and reception (with cash bar)
6:15 pm: Dinner and business meeting
8:00 pm: Program featuring Jane Smiley.  Author signing will follow with books available for sale courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

Tickets
Cost is $46 for members of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries, $56 for the general public (price includes dinner).  Purchase tickets by May 3, 2012 at: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=0BF0A761-CC66-4EBC-9C7B-9CF3EC6AD44 or by telephone at: (612)624-2345.
- Libraries Communications Office

Join Us For the May First Friday
Call It Character: A Selection of Stars from Archives and Special Collections
Friday, May 4, 2012
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public

Squee, Simon, and the Brainiac: Edmund Berkeley and Machines That Think
Presented by the Charles Babbage Institute

Edmund Callis Berkeley, a mid-twentieth-century computer professional, mathematician, and anti-war activist, also maintained a strong interest in robotics and teaching machines.  Berkeley developed machines such as, the Brainiac and robots such as, Simon and Squee to help teach people to think logically, based on the premise that the spread of logical thought would lead to the end of the threat of nuclear warfare.  Join Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) staff for a talk about this remarkable character in the CBI collections.

Dr. Justus Ohage, St. Paul Legend
Presented by the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Truant, adventurer, veteran of the Civil War, stretcher-bearer during the Franco-Prussian War, and eventual surgeon and public health commissioner for St. Paul, Justus Ohage has left a legacy of innovation and public service.  In 1900, he purchased Harriet Island for the benefit of the public and gave it to the city of St. Paul.  He was an outstanding surgeon and staff member of St. Joseph Hospital, specializing in gastrointestinal procedures.  This presentation will bring to light some of the accomplishments of this colorful character's personal and professional life and display some of his medical arsenal that is part of the Ramsey County Medical Society collections.

From childhood superheroes to explorers of the Pacific and collectors of Sherlockiana, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are home to many unique characters.  Join us this year as First Fridays presents a wide variety of distinctive personalities, not all of them human!

View the full season of First Fridays at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/call-it-character-a-selection-of-stars-from-archives-and-special-collections.html .
- Libraries Communications Office

Libraries Civil Service Spring Semi-annual Meeting
The Libraries Civil Service Committee (LCSC) will be holding it's Spring semi-annual meeting:
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 120B, Andersen Library

Hopefully you had the opportunity to attend the Libraries Assembly to view the updated plans for a Libraries reorganization. The LCSC would like to hear your questions and concerns about the Libraries reorganization.  The LCSC would also like to receive feedback regarding the University Wellness Program.   Brochures and links to a wellness program video will be provided.

Nominations will be taken for new representatives for next years LCSC.  Volunteers are needed to help run the elections with committee member, Matt Bowers.  Election committee members cannot be nominated to serve on the Libraries Civil Service Committee.  Contact Matt Bowers at: mattb@umn.edu , LaVon Beseman at: besem005@umn.edu , or Nick Banitt at: banit006@umn.edu , if you would like to serve on the nominations committee.  The meeting is open to all Civil Service employees in the Libraries.
- Nick Banitt

Open Research and Learning: Collaboration, Connections and Communities
An event for faculty and researchers:
Monday, April 30, 2012
2:00  pm to 4:00 pm
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Free and open to the public.  Reserve your seat at:http://staff.lib.umn.edu/communications/email/2012/open_research/rsvp.html 

The "open" movement provides fertile ground for innovation and collaborations that advance research and enrich the learning environment.  Through open-source tools and initiatives, students and faculty are reaping the benefits of free-flowing knowledge and data.  Dr. Jason Baird Jackson, folklore professor from Indiana University, will be joined by UMN Faculty and staff Dr. David Ernst, Dr. Lucy Fortson, and Doug Armato on a panel moderated by copyright librarian Nancy Sims.  A description of the presentation is available at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/open-research-and-learning-col-1.html .  Among the questions they will address are:
- What social dynamics or institutional cultural shifts lead to successful open research partnerships?
- In what ways are open textbooks a potential solution to the issues facing the traditional textbook publishing model?
- What predictions can you make about monographic publishing practices?
- What are issues surround the concept of open data?

Attendees may ask questions and contribute to the discussion with their fellow colleagues.  All perspectives and experiences are welcome. 

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.  Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Department of Anthropology
- Libraries Communications Office


Workshops, Training Sessions, Brown Bags, etc.

Alma Webinar Reminder
If you would like to know more about the current functionality of Alma, please join us for an Ex Libris webinar:
Wednesday, May 2,2012
9:00 am
Room S-30B, Wilson Library

There will be time for questions for the UMN Libraries Alma team, following the webinar.  This webinar is a repeat of one offered on April 5, 2012.  It is a fast-paced tour of current Alma functionality.  If you can not attend this viewing, you may register to view it online at: http://exlibrisgroup.com/category/alma_webinar_050212 .
- Betsy Friesen, on behalf of the Alma Leadership Team

Online Archive of Research and Publication Workshop Available
There was a great turnout last Tuesday at Jerilyn Veldof's presentation, "How to Get a Paper Written and Published: Designing a Work Plan to Avoid Procrastination," sponsored by the Research and Publication Committee.  If you missed the workshop and are interested in the topic, the presentation was recorded and archived on the Research and Publication Workshop Archive Wiki page at: https://.wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/Workshops .  Jerilyn provided lots of great motivational ideas to keep you on track for publication, provided in the session handout.
- Jon Jeffryes


Exhibits at the Libraries

Government Printing Office: Over 150 Years of Publishing and Distributing Government Information
Through Friday, May 11, 2012
Government Publications Exhibit Case, Basement, O. Meredith Wilson Library

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
Through Friday, May 11, 2012
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/nazi-persecution-of-homosexual.html

Pacific Encounters (ca. 1250 to ca. 1850)
T. R. Anderson Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library
Through Monday, June 25, 2012
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/pacific-encounters-ca-1250-to.html

Wild Green Things: The Art of Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden
Through Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Andersen Horticultural Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/andersen-horticultural-library/wild-green-things-the-art-of-a.html

 

 

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