The IT Library Committee met on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in 314 Walter Library.
Faculty and Student Attendees:
Tryphon Georgiou - Electrical Engineering
Mike Grove - Council of Graduate Students rep
David Holt - IT Student Board rep
Alex Kamenev - Physics
Sanford Lipsky - Chemistry
Walter Littman - Mathematics
Friedrich Srienc - Chemical Engineering/Materials Science
Donovan Woldt - IT Student Board rep
1. Collection Updates -- Kris Fowler
The collections focus has been on managing the budget to maintain our access to databases and journals, along with the recent increased investment in books and e-books. The outlook for the next couple of years is uncertain, but it is encouraging that the Provost explicitly protected the Libraries' collections budget for FY 2010.
2. Patron-driven acquisition of materials - Kris Fowler and Jon Jeffryes
- An unrelated e-book development is the newly-available option for UMN faculty and students to buy individual print copies of Springer books for only $25, as a result of the Libraries' purchase of all Springer e-books from 2005 to the present. A link to this option shows after opening the e-book, whether starting from MNCAT or elsewhere.
3. Technical reports and the University Digital Conservancy - Jan Fransen
4. Assignment Calculator - Janice Jaguszewski
- The Assignment Calculator is a tool that breaks down a variety of student assignments in manageable steps based on due date.
- It provides students with reasonable deadlines, specific instructions, and guidance for each step of an assignment, and may be customized by an instructor.
- Students may sign up to receive email reminders for each step to keep them on track.
- Assignment templates include lab reports, papers, speeches/presentations, and videos/media.
- A template for the development of UROP proposals is underway.
- Other ideas for science-focused templates: grant proposals, engineering design projects
5. Library Course Page - Lisa Johnston
Library Course Pages are being developed for every course offered at the University and will replace CourseLib pages. They will include key resources to support classes, including links to reserve readings, and faculty may ask librarians to customize these pages for specific assignments. Soon, Library Course Pages will be linked automatically from Moodle and WebVista course pages.
6. Patent Searching tutorial and other workshops available online - Jon Jeffryes
Along with library intern, Julia Demasi, we've been developing tutorials on patents and patent searching.
The library can create tutorials to help instruct students in library research skills. If you have ideas for tutorials that you'd like to see contact your subject liaison.