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 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 Theatre and Dance 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 the Theatre Department
Office: Library 268 (2nd floor)
Phone: 726-7896

I hope to hear from you.

September 8, 2009

Welcome Back

Greetings to Theatre and Dance 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 Theatre and Dance.

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.

December 10, 2007

Finding Plays in the Library

This semester we created a new way to find plays in the library catalog.

Actually, we have a mini catalog for plays:

The plays themselves are not all in one physical location in the library; they are mixed throughout the P's on the fourth floor, separated according to nation of origin, time period, and other factors. But the play catalog can give you a call number that lets you go right to it. It also has ways of browsing the collection, letting you see a list of all of our plays.

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 the Theatre Department last year.

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....

April 10, 2007

Click to see musicals!

I have created an automatic catalog search for videos and DVDs of musical theatre, including stage productions broadcast on TV and movie musicals as well. Click to try it! You can find this link down the page with some other links to pre-composed searches on the Resources for Theatre & Dance page.

February 6, 2007

Play collection

Great news.

It is now possible to search the catalog just for plays, or to get a list of just plays. This is because we have done some new magic in the library catalog, thanks to Shixing Wen, our new head of Technical Services in the library.

The page of resources for theatre and dance now has the search interface for searching just for plays right near the top. It also has links to an automatically updated list of all of the plays that we have, in print, on video, or both.

We do have some plays that have yet to show up with this method, and we're working to get them all included. Contact me if you find any plays that don't show up in this search.

You can also search for plays directly in the main library catalog for doing an "all subject" keyword search (lower search box) for the subject keyword "plays." It works if you use it in the Advanced Search, too.

I think this makes our collection of plays, which is spread throughout the Ps on the fourth floor, along with other literature, much more accessible.