April 9, 2012

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News From Around the Libraries
- Alma Update
- Friends of the Libraries Winners Announced!
- Learn Something and Win a Prize!
- Tech Services Ten Cents: March 2012
- U Card Replacement Reminder
- University Libraries Labor Management Committee (ULLMC) Meeting Notes
- Update on Core Leadership: Supervisor Fundamentals
- Volunteers Needed for Poster Selection

Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Wayne Loftus Published

Exhibits at the Libraries
- 365/365: Photographs By Matthew Traucht
- Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books
- Forty Years of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota
- Government Printing Office: Over 150 Years of Publishing and Distributing Government Information
- Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War
- Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
- Pacific Encounters (ca. 1250 to ca. 1850)
- Wild Green things: The Art of Ophelia Todd Dowden

News From Around the Libraries

Alma Update
Four members of the Alma Leadership Team attended the March Ex Libris Alma meetings in Boston.  The first two days were devoted to change management and were led by John Larson, Ex Libris, and Maureen Sullivan, human resources consultant and incoming American Libraries Association (ALA) president.  The last two days covered Alma readiness and included an in-depth view of Alma functionality and a review of Ex Libris' implementation plans for early adopter sites.  Alma development partners, Boston College and Purdue University, will be the first to go live with Alma in July.  They will be followed by early adopter institutions Boston University, Fort Hays University, and Virginia Commonwealth University (the only other Aleph institution) in the the early fall.  Minnesota is included in the fourth and final cohort scheduled to 'go live' in the summer of 2013.  Minnesota's cohort institutions are University of Texas, Dallas and the Getty Research Institute.  Formal implementation for the fourth cohort is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

The Alma Leadership Team and Working Groups have been meeting on a regular basis.  The tasks ahead of each group are quite daunting, but all of them are making progress.  On May 22, the entire Alma Implementation Team will meet in the Twin Cities for the second time to review progress and work on issues.  All of the groups are submitting regular notes of their meetings.  These notes, other Alma documentation, and links to webinars are posted on the Alma wiki site at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/AlmaImplementationProject/HomePage.

If you would like to know more about the current functionality of Alma, please join us for an Ex Libris webinar on May 2,2012, at 9:00 am, in room S-30B, Wilson Library.  There will be time for questions for the UMN Libraries Alma team after the webinar.  This webinar is a repeat of one offered on April 5, 2012.  It is a fast- paced tour of current functionality.  If you can not attend this viewing, you may register to view it at your desk at: http://exlibrisgroup.com/category/alma_webinar_050212 .
- Betsy Friesen, on behalf of the Alma Leadership Team

Friends of the Libraries Winners Announced!
The first ever Friends of the Libraries Student Video Contest has come to an exciting conclusion.  The goals were to connect with students in a new way and to give them a chance to tap their creativity.  Both goals were enthusiastically and artfully achieved.
First place: "Through the Halls"
Second place: "It All Starts at the Library"

Fourteen teams entered, representing 60 students who consider the Libraries an important part of their education!  The contest was judged by a prestigious panel including Milton Chin (George Lucas Foundation), Amy Matthews (Scripps Network, HDTV/DIY), Karen Gibbs (National Geographic), Aaron Doering (UMN Learning Technologies Media Lab), Karen Williams (UMN Libraries), Jan Price (Friends of the Libraries, Minneapolis Metropolitan Council), and student judge Radu Ciocan-Fontanine (UMN Libraries James Ford Bell Library).  To see the video entries, go to: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/news/2012/04/2012_video-contest_winners.html .

The Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee also announced recipients for two annual awards:
- Staff Development Grants: Lois Hendrickson, Assistant Curator of the Wangensteen Library and  Darren Terpstra , Exhibit Designer/Special Projects for Archives and Special Collections.  Lois will attend Rare Book School this summer and Darren will attend a workshop to learn new methods to repurpose images in our collections into original works of art.
- Student Employee Awards ($250 scholarships): Artie Byron, Wilson Circulation, Reserve and Stacks Services and Christine Avery, Northwest Architectural Archives.

Congratulations to all winners and a very special thank you to the Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee who volunteered many hours to develop and implement these important award programs on our behalf.
- Linda Greve

Learn Something and Win a Prize!
The Personal Information Management (PIM) Collaborative had so much fun sharing and learning with our colleagues at the Citation Manager Boot Camp in January that we've found a way to add an online component.  Today we're rolling out five Online Boot Camps:
- Data Management (content provided by Lisa Johnston)
- Feeds and Alerts
- Citation managers
- Social Networking
- Productivity and Efficiency
 
Each Online Boot Camp is a Google form with scenario questions.  If you would like to learn about recommendations for approaching a scenario, select "Tell me more" as your response.  You'll then receive an email listing resources you may use for that scenario.
 
Bonus: For each Online Boot Camp you complete, you'll be entered in a drawing for a Doxie Go scanner, donated by Apparent Corporation.  The winner will be announced at the next Live Boot Camp, tentatively scheduled for late May.

You can find all the Online Boot Camps, plus the resources they recommend, at: http://z.umn.edu/pimbootcamp .
- Jan Fransen, on behalf of the Personal Information Management (PIM) Collaborative

Tech Services Ten Cents: March 2012
Yes, folks, it's that time of year.  March Madness is upon us as we in Technical Services enter the final countdown to the end of the Fiscal Year.  Maybe we didn't win the Frozen Four like the Gopher women or chant, "Rock Chalk Jayhawk!" but we've been cheering on our colleagues... Cheer with us at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/TS/Newsletter .
- Libraries Technical Services

U Card Replacement Reminder
This is a reminder to staff not to carry their U card in their wallet, unless it is in the original Tyvek sleeve received from the U card office.  If you are carrying it in your wallet, the card will wear out quickly and you will be responsible for replacing it.  The replacement cost is $25.

Departments are not permitted to purchase replacement cards for staff, per University policy.  The following are guidelines for replacement: The U Card office will replace all cards over five years old, as long as the card holder brings in the non-working card at the time of replacement.  Five years is the life expectancy of all cards.  A Tyvek sleeve is provided to protect the card magnetic strip and chip.  If the card has product failure, meaning it is a malfunction of the card and not card holder created wear and tear, the card will be replaced at no charge, as long as the malfunctioning card is brought in at the same time a replacement card is issued.

Libraries building Facilities and Operations Managers have a supply of Tyvek sleeves and U Card approved plastic card holders.  If you would like one, contact your building manager.
- Bernadette Corley Troge

University Libraries Labor Management Committee (ULLMC) Meeting Notes
The approved meeting notes from the February 2012 University Libraries Labor Management Committee (ULLMC) have been posted on the Libraries wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/ULLMC/MeetingNotes .
- Scott Smith

Update on Core Leadership: Supervisor Fundamentals
This past winter Libraries Leadership Committee (LLC) members experienced an intensive, three month long core leadership seminar called "Supervisor Fundamentals" designed to provide supervisors with common techniques, approaches, and language for effective staff supervision, as well as a clear understanding of key University and Libraries policies and practices.  The next round of "Supervisor Fundamentals" will start in late September and run through the end of the fall semester.  All staff supervisors who have not yet taken the seminar will be invited.  Additional information will be shared in the coming months.  Questions may be directed to Jerilyn Veldof, Organization Development, at: jveldof@umn.edu .
- Jerilyn Veldof

Volunteers Needed for Poster Selection
Have you noticed the undergraduate poster presentations in Wilson, Walter, the Biomedical, and Magrath Libraries?  Do you want to see what sort of high-quality research our undergraduates are conducting?  A feew more volunteers are needed to help select posters to be displayed from this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The posters displayed in the Libraries are selected by a group of volunteers from the Libraries, who spend part of the day of the Symposium evaluating the posters and talking with the student-presenters.  The Symposium is on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Coffman Memorial Union.  There will be three shifts: Session 1 from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm, Session 2 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm, and Session 3 from 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm.  Volunteers from all subject areas are needed.

A brief list of criteria for selecting the posters will be shared before the symposium, as well as the abstracts from the presenters.  On the day of the symposium, you can visit the students and learn about their research and processes.  This opportunity will also be used to promote the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) and encourage the students to deposit their poster in the UDC after the symposium.  This is a fun opportunity to learn about the amazing research that University of Minnesota undergraduates are involved in.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jody Kempf via telephone at: (612)626-1676 or via email at: j-kemp@umn.edu by April 11, 2012.  Learn more about the Undergraduate Research Symposium at: http://www.urop.umn.edu/symposium.html .
- Jody Kempf


Staff Tidings and Kudos

Wayne Loftus Published
Congratulations to Wayne Loftus who recently had an article published in the Journal of Web Librarianship: Wayne Loftus (2012): Demonstrating Success: Web Analytics and Continuous Improvement, Journal of Web Librarianship, 6:1, 45-55. doi: 10.1080/19322909.2012.651416
- Lisa McGuire

 

Exhibits at the Libraries
 

365/365: Photographs By Matthew Traucht
Through Friday, April 27, 2012
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Rapson Hall
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/365365-photographs-by-matthew-2.html


Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books
Through Friday, April 20, 2012
Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/bibliophilia-collecting-black.html


Forty Years of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota
Through Monday, April 30
Reference Display Cases, O. Meredith Wilson Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/forty-years-of-chicano-studies.html


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


Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War
Through Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/life-and-limb-the-toll-of-the.html


Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
Through 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 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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The exhibit - 365/365: Photographs By Matthew Traucht was more than spectacular, I will come and see it again! No doubt about it! Storing

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