September 7, 2009

New librarian for Writing Studies

There's been a shift or responsibilities in the library. Sarah Beaubien has taken over from Rory Litwin as library liaison to the Writing Studies Department. Therefore, Rory will no longer be maintaining this blog for the Department. Please contact Sarah if you would like to suggest ways that she could communicate library news to the Department:

Sarah Beaubien
Library 266

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:

  • GTalk:

  • 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 Composition 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. Among them are a good number of reference books of interest to the Composition program.

There is a collection of English dictionaries and thesauruses that includes:

  • The New Oxford American Dictionary
  • The Canadian Oxford Dictionary
  • The Oxford American Dictionary of Current English
  • The Concise Oxford English Dictionary
  • The Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd edition revised)
  • The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English
  • The Oxford Paperback Thesaurus

There is a collection of other English language reference books that includes:

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
  • The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar
  • Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
  • A New Dictionary of Eponyms
  • The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics
  • Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes
  • The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style
  • Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

April 30, 2007

Spring 2007 UMD Library Newsletter

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....

November 14, 2006

UMD Library Newsletter Fall 2006

UMD Library Newsletter Fall 2006: The Library Connection: A Newsletter for Friends of the UMD Library.

November 9, 2006

Citation Linker

I want to just mention a little-known service of the library website: the Citation Linker. This allows you to put in a citation to an article, and the system will attempt to link you directly to that article in one of our databases. Take it for a spin...

October 4, 2006

Google Scholar and Find-It!

We now have Google Scholar working with our Find-It system, which is very very nice!

Google Scholar is Google's effort to provide access to scholarly resources of the kind needed in college. It's searchable like regular Google, but what it comes up with is (mainly) all scholarly and reliable.

Among the results in Google Scholar are a lot of things that we only have access to through our subscription databases. But in order to get from Google Scholar to the full text of these articles via our databases, you have to set up some settings in Google Scholar to connect it with us. This page explains the steps, but I will repeat them here:

1. Go to

2. Click on Scholar Preferencesto the right of the search box.

3. In the Library Links field type in UMD.

4. Click on Find Library.

5. Put a check next to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

6. Click on Save Preferences.

Once you have done that, when you search Google Scholar you will often see a Find-It link next to a citation. If the link is in large type, it will lead you directly to the full text of that article in one of our databases. If it's in small type, it will lead you to the other steps you can take for getting the article (e-journal locator, library catalog, ILL form).

September 5, 2006

RefWorks Ad

For a while now the library has been offering access to RefWorks, which is an online bibliography manager similar to Procite and Endnote, but web-based. We have a campus-wide subscription to it. Students in Advanced Comp may find it especially useful for managing their citations and creating their bibliographies. (It automatically formats your references according to the citation format you're supposed to use.)

Anyway, I ran across something rather amusing related to RefWorks, this YouTube video advertising the service at Arizona State. I think it's kind of cute.

August 10, 2006

Research help by instant messaging

In mid-April we announced an instant-messaging IM service, where you can chat with the librarian who is working at the reference desk during the times that the desk is staffed.

I have decided to offer research help by instant messaging from my office as well. So if you are working on a writing project or a project in journalism, linguistics, or information design that requires some kind of research, or if you want to recommend a book or a database or ask a question that I might know the answer to, you can IM me in my office as long as I'm here.

My IM screennames at work are:

AIM: umdlibraryrory
MSN: umdlibraryrory
YM: umdlibraryrory

Pop me a message just to let me know you are reading this.... I don't know if anybody is reading this blog at this point....