Monday, December 17, 2012

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News From Around the Libraries
- HathiTrust Update: November 2012
- Magrath Library Hosts Therapy Animals Stressbusters Event
- Security Process Review Update
- University Travel Policy

Staff Tidings and Kudos
- ABES Welcomes New Science Librarian
- Excellent Service Brings Recognition
- Libraries' Diversity Award
- University Libraries Projects Publicized

Upcoming Events
- January Webinar: Key Factors of Project Success
- Personal Archiving Boot Camp
- Stress Busters at Bio-Medical Library

Exhibits at the Libraries
- Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
- Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine
- If we can get the beast out of his lair...
- Seeing Symmetry


 

News From Around the Libraries

HathiTrust Update: November 2012
Top news this month includes preparation of technical systems to offer access to out-of-print and brittle works at partner institutions, work with several institutions on deposit of locally-digitized materials, continued work on projects such as Zephir, mPach, and updates to HathiTrust Web applications, and there was also a story with a happy ending, apt for the holidays, about full-text search.  Also, please note there is a special message this month regarding bibliographic corrections.  The November issue can be accessed at: http://www.hathitrust.org/updates_november2012 .
- John Butler, relaying information from the HathiTrust Communications Working Group

Magrath Library Hosts Therapy Animals Stressbusters Event
Last week, Magrath Library partnered with the Center for Spirituality and Healing to offer a stress-reducing event over three days featuring trained therapy animals, including many therapy dogs and Woodstock the therapy chicken.  The event garnered lots of media attention.  Read more at:

Minnesota Daily: http://www.mndaily.com/2012/12/11/students-chill-cute-overload
Twin Cities Daily Planet: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/patrice/therapeutic-chicken-among-stress-busting-visitors-university-minnesotas-st-paul-campus
WCCO-TV: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/12/11/weird-chicken-offers-u-students-stress-relief/#at_pco=cfd-1.0

KSTP-TV also aired footage during their nightly news.  Thank you to Kristen Mastel, for planning and coordinating the event, and to the many Libraries staff members who volunteered to help students with this novel and stress-reducing study break.
- Philip Herold

Security Process Review Update
The Security Process Review Group has completed its charge and has come up with a number of recommendations.  These include:
- An updated University Libraries Security Committee page, which will include a link to the revised UMN Police Department (UMPD) page.
- A redesigned and simplified incident report form, which will be placed in a more prominent position on the staff wiki, student blogs, and other pages.
- An enhanced weekly incident report digest to include tips and training opportunities, along with any pertinent security concerns.
- Greater emphasis on staff debriefing after the occurrence of serious incidents (e.g. witnessing violence in the library).  Staff will be encouraged to request a debriefing whenever necessary.
- Occasional brown bag lunches about topics such as trespasses or dealing with difficult patrons.

Thanks to Security Process Review Group members Amy Boemer, Matt Bowers, Kristia Davern, Mark Desrosiers, Tim Engelstad, and Robert Katz for their great ideas and hard work.  The full report will be released to Libraries staff soon, but we thought we'd let you know about some changes you may start seeing already.  Any questions about this process review can be directed to Mark Desrosiers via email at: desro004@umn.edu .
- Mark Desrosiers

University Travel Policy
This is a reminder that the University Travel Policy now requires pre-travel registration of all staff and faculty that will conduct international travel for University purposes.  To register travel and review travel resources , visit: http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/Finance/Travel/TRAVEL_PROC04.html .  Note that this is not an approval process.  Any travel approval requirement is still managed within departments, units, or colleges.  For answers to other questions regarding travel on behalf of the University, visit: http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/Finance/Travel/TRAVEL_FAQ02.html .
- Emily Goff


Staff Tidings and Kudos

ABES Welcomes New Science Librarian
Please join me in welcoming Shannon Farrell to the Libraries in the Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences (ABES) Department, starting Monday, December 17, 2012.  Shannon is our newest Science Librarian and liaison to Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Forest Resources, and Entomology.  She will have offices in both the Natural Resources Library, room 375, Hodson Hall, (612)624-4799, and Magrath Library, room 85, Magrath Library, (612)624-7210.  Welcome Shannon!
- Philip Herold

Excellent Service Brings Recognition
The Libraries recently received a generous check from Hess Roise Historical Consultants, enclosed in a letter that said, "Hardly a week goes by that our office does not contact Barb Bezat for some information, and she is unfailingly knowledgeable and helpful.  The NAA [Northwest Architectural Archive] is a unique and invaluable collection, a great asset for the University and Minnesota."

The Libraries often get donations to support the collections, but rarely do we get one for excellent service.  Kudos to Barb and thanks for her expertise and unflagging service to researchers!
- Kris Kiesling

Libraries' Diversity Award
At last week's Libraries' Assembly, we shared the description of the Libraries' Diversity Award.  The Office of Equity and Diversity has now posted the text of the award at: https://diversity.umn.edu/outstandingunitaward .

We all share in this great recognition.  As the award notes, we contribute to the University's equity in diversity goals through our collections, our services, and our special programs that engage diverse communities.  I want to specifically recognize the great work of our Diversity Outreach Collaborative, chaired by Jody Gray.  Her colleagues on the group include Rafael E. Tarrago, Jody Kempf, David Peterson, Scott Marsalis, Lara Friedman Shedlov, and Kimberly Clark.

Thank you for all that you do to support this important work.
- Wendy Pradt Lougee

University Libraries Projects Publicized
"Developing E-Science and Research Services and Support at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries," an article by Layne Johnson, John Butler, and Lisa Johnston, that includes a review of the broader e-science initiatives within UMN, has just appeared in the Journal of Library Administration.  See the article at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01930826.2012.751291 .

Jon Jeffryes' and Kate Peterson's article, "Toward Engineering Integration: Building a quick and effective faculty seminar," is also out in the latest issue of Communications in Information Literacy.  See the article at: http://bit.ly/TJYyzT .

Congratulations to the authors for sharing the Libraries' initiatives with the profession.
- Kris Fowler


Upcoming Events

January Webinar: Key Factors of Project Success
January's Project and Group Management (PGM) Forum will be a webinar called "Key Factors of Project Success.  If you lead or participate in projects, please join us.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Followed with a discussion from 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library or online by registering at: http://request.cce.umn.edu/?web_display_code=pmei

Projects need a wide spectrum of conditions to be successful.  This webinar will address the full gamut of project prerequisites necessary to support project success and will provide examples of these conditions for different project types.  Participants will:
- see examples of needs by project type.
- learn how to ensure all elements for project success are in place and understand what might happen if they are not.
- discover how to develop and implement a checklist for assessing your project inputs and conditions.

Instructor Mark Waldof is a project management expert with over forty years of industry experience.  He is currently employed by a Fortune 50 company specializing in project management process development, training development, and project management assessment activities.  Mark also provides project management and systems engineering consulting services to a variety of U.S. and state government organizations.  The webinar is hosted by the College of Continuing Education.
- Jerilyn Veldof

Personal Archiving Boot Camp
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Register at: https://webapps-prd.oit.umn.edu/training/courseDetail.jsp?course=LB0326

Sign up for the next Personal Information Management (PIM) Boot Camp.  The topic is Personal Archiving (aka, organizing and archiving your digital items) and we will be discussing PDFs, notes, photos, and more.  For a taste of the topic, see the Library of Congress page at: http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/ .

If you haven't done so already, please help the PIM group out by taking the short survey on personal archiving at: http://z.umn.edu/pabootcamp .
- Julie Kelly

Stress Busters at Bio-Medical Library
Monday, December 17 through Wednesday, December 19, 2012
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
 
To relieve student stress as they study for finals, the staff in the Health Sciences Libraries is offering a series of wellness amenities, or Stress Busters.  In addition to cookies and lemonade, the Libraries is offering pet therapy, Boynton Health Services is offering on-site chair massages on Tuesday and Wednesday only, and the Libraries display, Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Magic, Science, and Medicine, located on the second floor of the Bio-Medical Library in Diehl Hall will be open.  Pat Seeley's beautiful husky, Gabe, is a therapy dog, and people just love spending time with him.  Gabe was a hit at the Bio-Medical Library Spring Stress Buster event.
- Michelle Orr


Exhibits at the Libraries

Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
Through Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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


Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine
Through Saturday, January 26, 2013
Second floor tunnel entrance, Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/index.html


If we can get the beast out of his lair...
Through Monday, 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


Seeing Symmetry
Through Friday, March 8, 2013
Great Hall, Second Floor, Walter Library
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/seeing-symmetry-math-has-never.html


 

 

 

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