April 27, 2010

New database - CAMIO

We have a new database of art images, called Camio. We are getting it for free through a statewide consortium of which we are a member. It is composed of digitized museum collections, similar to ArtStor. Here is an official description:

OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of 24 prominent museums including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center. Paid for by Electronic Library of Minnesota.

Good news for us...

December 2, 2009

New issue of the UMD Library Connection Newsletter

There's a new issue out of the bi-annual Library Connection Newsletter, now an online publication.

Contents include:

Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country
Call for NEMBA Nominations
Memo from the Director
Writing Tutors Set Up Shop
A Dedication and Passings
Library Guides
Student Fees Move to UM Pay Accounts
Hours: Finals Week and Winter Break

November 24, 2009

DAAI arrives and ARTstor leaves

The university is going through a budget crisis and the library is not an exception. One of the ways we have decided to save money has been to end our subscription to ARTstor, the database of art and design images. Advice from the Art and Design department here helped us make the decision.

The cost of ARTstor was high, and cutting it saved us more money than we needed to save. This has allowed us to add a subscription to a less expensive database, the Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI), which is the major database of articles in the literature on Design. We've been interested in this one for a long time and are happy to have the opportunity to add it, as unfortunate as the circumstances are.

If you want to use DAAI, you can find a link to it on our LibGuide for Design, here: http://libguides.d.umn.edu/content.php?pid=67962&sid=502316.

November 20, 2009

New Books and Videos

We maintain a page on the library website where you can always go to see what books and videos have been purchased recently. We update it monthly, and keep the lists archived on the site.

I like to go to that page regularly to see what we've been getting that I didn't know about.

November 3, 2009

At Your Service

Note to Art and Design students:

I just want to let you know that I'm available to help you with your research on projects in your major. Part of what I do, besides helping students at the reference desk, selecting books, and teaching instruction sessions, is helping students with their research in my office. So if you're stuck trying to find good resources for a project or just want to improve your research skills, contact me and make an appointment. Here is my contact info:

Rory Litwin
Librarian for Art & Design
Office: Library 268 (2nd floor)
Phone: 726-7896
Email: rlitwin@d.umn.edu

I hope to hear from you.

September 8, 2009

Welcome Back

Greetings to Art + Design students and faculty at UMD. I hope you had a great summer. I did.

Here you will find news about the library's services, especially new resources for the study of Art + Design.

I look forward to assisting you with your research. Feel free to drop by my office in the library, room 268, on the second floor.


July 10, 2008

Fancy Linking Guide

This is for faculty....

I have been working on a collection of web pages on the UMD Library website that give instructions on some fancy ways to link to library resources. We have a lot of things you might want to link to in your course web pages or course WebCT or Moodle sites that require a bit more than copying and pasting a link. To explore what those are and get the instructions, visit my Guide to Linking to Library Resources. I'd appreciate any feedback you have to offer.

April 28, 2008

Recent Acquisitions

The Library has added a web page listing our new acquisitions from the previous month. The list includes regular books, children's literature, teaching materials, reference books, bestsellers, and multimedia items. There will be a new list each month at the same location on the website. It's a very nice way to get a sense of what we are buying to support the University's needs.

April 25, 2008

UMD Library Connection Newsletter

The new issue of the UMD Library Connection newsletter is out. It includes items on the upcoming Northeast Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA), the kids from the Children's Place who come in and use the library on Tuesdays, the new statewide 24-hour online reference service AskMN, profiles of three of our student employees, and other interesting news.

November 20, 2007

New Library Newsletter

The new issue of the UMD Library's Newsletter, the Library Connection, is out. It's out in print and online as well. This issue has items about this semester's Student Video Contest, the transfer of the Media Hub to the library, the call for nominations for next year's Northeast Minnesota Book Awards, an article on the David Berman exhibit and event, and other news.

November 14, 2007

Library Collections page

The library website has an updated section about the various collections in the library. There is a page for each collection, and the majority of these collections can be searched separately from those pages.

The collections you'll find there include:

Center for Economic Development
Children's Literature
Government Documents
Music Recordings
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center
Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Museum
Reference Collection
Special Collections
Teaching Materials
Tweed Museum Library
Voyageur Collection

October 31, 2007

Instant Messaging update

The reference department has set up a "chat widget," which allows anyone to chat with a librarian at the reference desk by going to the "Ask Us" page. This chat doesn't require the user to have any kind of account with any instant messaging service. I think this is pretty nifty.

Additionally, I offer chat service from my office to students and faculty in my subject areas. My IM accounts:

  • AIM: umdlibraryrory

  • MSN: umdlibraryrory@hotmail.com

  • GTalk: umdlibraryrory@gmail.com

  • ICQ: 347078118

I hope some folks find these services useful.

August 31, 2007

Library Acquisitions, 2006-2007

Here is an Excel file listing all of the books we acquired for Art + Design last year.

August 27, 2007

Electronic reference books from Oxford University Press

We have a nice collection of electronic reference books from Oxford University Press that are kind of hidden away within our databases. Here are some links to some of the reference books on Art subjects:

Access will require a login if you are off campus, using your regular x.500 login and password.

These are in addition to the extensive Grove Art Online (formerly called the Grove Dictionary of Art, but now expanded to include some Oxford titles).

April 30, 2007

UMD Library Connection Newsletter, Spring 2007

The Spring issue of The Library Connection, the UMD Library's newsletter, has been sent out in print form and uploaded to the web. Enjoy the news from the library....