Monday, October 22, 2012

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News From Around the Libraries
- Community Fund Drive Trivia Week Three Winner
- Community Fund Drive Week Four
- Furniture and Non-Computer Wishlist Process
- Libraries Now Has Twitter Account
- Libraries Register 1,899 Voters!

Staff Tidings and Kudos
- Sarah Morean Departing the Libraries
- Wendy Pradt Lougee New President of ARL

Upcoming Events
- Libraries Civil Service Committee Meeting
- Paul Conway Returns to Present Study on Measuring Quality in Large-Scale Digital Libraries

Exhibits at the Libraries
- Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
- For the Common Good
- If we can get the beast out of his lair...


 

News From Around the Libraries

Community Fund Drive Trivia Week Three Winner
The Community Fund Drive trivia winner from week three is Ji Kim.  Ji was randomly chosen from the pool of correct responses.  Her unit will receive a bagel breakfast this week.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone for their participation.

The organization that protects many "wild" spaces in Minnesota, including the Paul Bunyan Savanna, one of only five remaining jack pine savannas in the state, is The Nature Conservancy, a member of the Minnesota Environmental Fund.  Julie Kelly shared why she gives to The Nature Conservancy on the Libraries Community Fund Drive blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cfd2012/2012/10/julie-kelly----bridging-and-the-nature-conservancy.html .

Watch for the final trivia question this Thursday, October 25, 2012.  In the meantime, participate in the Libraries Community Fund Drive by donating online at: http://www.umn.edu/cfd .  It's a community effort, so everyone please pitch in.
- Carolyn Rauber

Community Fund Drive Week Four
Welcome to week four of the Community Fund Drive.  At the end of the second week of the drive, the Libraries had over 13% participation.  We can push that even higher during these last days of the drive.  You can give any time at: http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/ .  Any amount makes a huge impact.  For inspiration, take a look at some of your colleagues' giving stories on the Libraries Community Fund Drive blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cfd2012/blog/ .  You can also give back to our community by bringing a new, unused toiletry item for Wayside House and drop them in one of the collection stations located in the staff lounges of Wilson, Walter, and Magrath Libraries any time this month.  Finally, you can nurture your spirit of giving by attending our final Community Fund Drive event this week on the St. Paul campus where we will be serving sandwiches from Nelson Cheese Deli.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Room 2, Magrath Library

Thank you for all that you do to create a culture of caring.
- Megan Kocher

Furniture and Non-Computer Wishlist Process
The 2012/2013 Furniture and Non-Computer Equipment request process has begun.  See: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/FOM/FurnReq for information about the request process and submission forms.  The first due date is November 5, 2012.  Talk to your building Facilities and Operations Manager as soon as possible for assistance securing work cost estimates.
- Rob Strnad

Libraries Now Has Twitter Account
The Libraries now has a central Twitter account (@umnlib).  Launched nearly a month ago, the tool will be used to promote our news, events, workshops, and more.  If you have ideas you'd like to share or information that you would like tweeted, please contact Libraries Communications Director Mark Engebretson at: enge@umn.edu .
- Mark Engebretson

Libraries Register 1,899 Voters!
The Voter Registration Drive by the University Libraries proved to be very popular with the University community, with a total of 1,899 completed forms turned in for delivery to the Secretary of State.  Throughout the Voter Registration Drive, the Libraries received attention from across campus, including an October 4, 2012 Minnesota Daily letter from a student who praised our efforts by saying, "The University Libraries are going out of their way to make sure students can represent themselves in our democracy."

Although preregistration ended October 16, 2012, the importance of voting continues to be highlighted through an exhibit of student-designed posters from a Graphic Design 3312: Color and Form in Surface Design class at the University.  These posters are in display cases at Magrath and Wilson Libraries, and a laptop slide show presentation runs in the first floor lobby of Wilson Library.  The Libraries voter information page, which tells students about the voting process and allows them to submit a pledge to vote, will remain available through election day.  The web page also features the student posters at: https://www.lib.umn.edu/vote/ .

Our thanks to everyone involved in this year's Voter Registration Drive!  Your efforts helped students engage in the election process.
- Jerrie Bayer and Jim Stemper


Staff Tidings and Kudos

Sarah Morean Departing the Libraries
Best wishes to Sarah Morean, Library Assistant 3 in the Plant Pathology Library, who has accepted a position as Communications Manager for the Medical School at the University of Minnesota.  Sarah has made many great contributions to both the University Libraries and the Plant Pathology Department during her tenure here, including, the migration and development of several websites and design expertise for many liaison and department projects.  Sarah's last day will be October 26, 2012.  Please join me in wishing Sarah the best of success in her future endeavors.
- Mark Desrosiers

Wendy Pradt Lougee New President of ARL
Congratulations to Wendy Pradt Lougee, who begins a one-year term this month as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  ARL is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the United States and Canada.  Read more at:   http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/news/2012/10/wendy_lougee_begins_term_as_arl_president.html .
- Mark Engebretson


Upcoming Events

Libraries Civil Service Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 25, 2012
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library

The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to committee business and discussing issues.  The second hour of the meeting will be a discussion about the Libraries reorganization with Karen Williams, John Butler, and Linda DeBeau-Melting.  This discussion has been on-going and the committee appreciates the time and effort that Karen, John, and Linda have put into our meetings.
- Lynne Beck and Matt Bowers

Paul Conway Returns to Present Study on Measuring Quality in Large-Scale Digital Libraries
In a follow-up to his well-received presentation in Minnesota in May 2011, University of Michigan Professor Paul Conway is returning to present "Validating the Quality of Digitized Books for Long-Term Preservation: Findings from Research on Image Error."  This is work that the Digital Library Services staff has contributed to along with HathiTrust in an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant awarded to the University of Michigan's School of Information.  The Principal Investigator for this grant is Professor Paul Conway.  More information can be found at: http://www.si.umich.edu/press/conway_IMLS.pdf .  Paul's presentation on this important research is open to all Libraries staff.
Monday, November 5, 2012
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library
 
Please come hear about this very interesting work.
- John Butler


Exhibits at the Libraries

Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
Through Tuesday, January 15, 2012
T. R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, O. Meredith Wilson Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/celebrating-venice-on-land-and-1.html


For the Common Good
Through Friday, November 30, 2012
Atrium Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/for-the-common-good.html


If we can get the beast out of his lair...
Through December 31, 2012
Andersen Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/university-libraries-exhibits/if-we-can-get-the-beast-out-of.html


 

 

 

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