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June 14, 2009

100th Birthday Celebration in Honor of Elmer L. Andersen 6/17

What: 100th Birthday Celebration in Honor of Elmer L. Andersen
When: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Where: Willey Hall
Free and open to the public.

The evening will feature:

* music by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers;

* remarks by University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee, Andersen's son Julian Andersen, and Star Tribune columnist and Andersen biographer Lori Sturdevant;

* showing of "Legacy of a Leader: Elmer L. Andersen," a new documentary on Andersen's life and legacy;

* opening dessert reception for A Man's Reach: A Transforming Life, our new exhibit exploring Andersen's broad interests, his philosophies regarding government and business practices, and his impact on the University, the state, and the nation.

May 10, 2009

Minnesota's supercomputer: IBM's Blue Gene 5/20

May 20th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120
University of Minnesota (West Bank)

How did Minnesota engineers develop IBM’s Blue Gene, the world’s fastest
supercomputer? This informal evening event is the ninth in a year-long series
of public lectures sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute. The centerpiece
is Blue Gene itself, donated by IBM–Rochester to CBI and headed for a public
exhibition in the EE-CS building.

FFI

April 30, 2009

SCImagine 2009: Solar House on the Prairie 5/8

Friday, May 8th, 2009
3:00-4:30 p.m.
101 Walter Library

Over 150 students in 10 teams from all over campus working to build one house completely powered by the sun! The University of Minnesota's team is one of 20 international teams invited to compete in Washington D.C. , this group is developing a house that relies only on solar power that is tailored to the Minnesota climate. Learn more about this project at SCImagine 2009. FFI

April 25, 2009

Institute of Technology Library Committee Meeting

The IT Library Committee held their spring meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 10:30-11:30 am in 310 Walter Library.

Faculty and Student Attendees:

  • Prof. Sandford Lipsky, Chemistry
  • Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Walter Littmann, Mathematics
  • Rrof. Roger Arndt, Civil Engineering
  • Prof. Freidrich Srienc, Chemical Engineering
  • Joao Boavido, Mathematics graduate student
  • Ben Hardt, Geology graduate student

Here are the meeting notes with links to resources. Please share broadly throughout IT.

To recommend agenda items for our Fall 09 meeting, contact the Director of the Science & Engineering Library, Janice Jaguszewski.

  1. Collection Updates

    Presented by Kris Fowler

    The Libraries have no definite information yet about next year's budget but have developed contingency plans for various budget-reduction scenarios, from flat funding, which would mean absorbing estimated 7% inflation on journals, to a 5% cut in addition to inflation. The Physical Sciences and Engineering group's priority is to protect journal subscriptions as much as possible and otherwise minimize adverse impact on students and researchers. The first targets for cancellation would probably be some article indexes, in areas where the material is discoverable in other ways; followed by measured reduction in book purchases, especially when we already have online access. Any cancellation project would involve consultation with students and faculty members in affected departments.

  2. The Library's Role in Supporting Teaching and Learning

    Presented by Janice Jaguszewski

    Presentation Slides
    Designing Effective Assignments Handout

April 19, 2009

Congratulations to the University Libraries for winning the "Excellence in Academic Libraries" Award! 4/22

The Libraries have received the award, a national tribute to a library and its staff, in recognition of their success integrating their expertise and resources into the life of the campus. Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of the American Library Association) and Blackwell’s Book Services, the $3,000 award and a plaque will be presented by ACRL President Erika Linke to Provost Tom Sullivan and University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, April 22 in Walter Library.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:00 in Walter Library's Great Hall; the award presentation will begin at 3:15. The campus community and members of the public are invited to attend.

April 13, 2009

Minnesota's Gopher: The web before the WWW 4/15

April 15th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120

Could the University of Minnesota’s Gopher client have become “the” world wide
web? This informal evening talk is the eighth in a year-long series of public lectures
sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute. It examines the creation and spread of
Mark McCahill’s remarkable hyperlinked, multimedia, searchable, web-like filesharing
system. Gopher was the standard means to access information on the
Internet in the early 1990s, and it is still supported by (some) web browsers today.

FFI

March 30, 2009

Congratulations to Team Joe Don Baker 2009 Science Quiz Bowl Champs!

The 6th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl kicked off IT Week on Sunday, March 29th, 2009 with 28 teams teams playing a double-elimination tournament in Walter Library. "Joe Don Baker" bested "The Thrust Faults" in the final game to become the Science Quiz Bowl Champions! Congratulations to both teams. FFI

March 23, 2009

Last chance to register for the Science Quiz Bowl!

Register by March 25!

Quiz Bowl information

When: Sunday, March 29, 1-8 pm
Where: Walter Library

IT students are invited to play in an intramural quiz competition in Walter Library, to kick off IT Week. The 6th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl is a double-elimination tournament. Register your team and learn more about the Quiz Bowl here.

March 22, 2009

Watch the Science Quiz Bowl Championship game 3/29

All are invited to watch the Championship Game at 7:30PM on Sunday, March 29th, in Walter Library room 101. See which IT student team comes out on top! For more information on the Science Quiz Bowl visit the website.

March 5, 2009

Register by 3/25 for the Science Quiz Bowl!

When: Sunday, March 29, 1-8 pm
Where: Walter Library

IT students are invited to play in an intramural quiz competition in Walter Library, to kick off IT Week. The 6th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl is a double-elimination tournament. Register your team and learn more about the Quiz Bowl here.

February 11, 2009

Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing IBM Rochester: A Half Century of Innovation 2/18

February 18th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120 (West Bank)

This informal evening talk, the sixth in a year-long series of public lectures given by staff at the Charles Babbage Institute, will briefly explore IBM’s broader history and then focus on some of the many important and innovative contributions of IBM Rochester—from midrange computer systems of the 1970s and 1980s to the powerful servers, path breaking game chips, and embedded computing solutions of the past decade.

FFI

February 9, 2009

Who Owns Your Scholarship? Copyright, Publication Agreements, and Good Policy 2/16

Monday, February 16, 2009
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University

Free to University of Minnesota community. Register here.

Attend this short workshop to discuss how to manage your copyrights while increasing the impact of your work by providing the greatest possible visibility and access. FFI.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

December 8, 2008

Walter Science & Engineering Library Study Break 12/11

7 pm December 11
Walter Library First Floor Lobby

Join us for refreshments, pick up a used book to read over the break, and enter a drawing for a free drink from the Wise Owl Cafe!

November 20, 2008

Institute of Technology Library Committee Meeting

The IT Library Committee held their fall meeting on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, from 2:00-3:00 pm in 310 Walter Library.

Faculty and Student Attendees:


  • Prof. Sandford Lipsky, Chemistry
  • Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Steven Girshick, Mechanical Engineering
  • Prof. Walter Littmann, Mathematics
  • Rrof. Roger Arndt, Civil Engineering
  • Hal Peterson, Computer Science graduate student
  • Joao Boavido, Mathematics graduate student
  • Megan Schroeder, Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student
  • David Holt, Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student

We had a productive discussion! Here are the meeting notes with links to resources. Please share broadly throughout IT.

To recommend agenda items for our Spring 09 meeting, contact the Director of the Science & Engineering Library, Janice Jaguszewski.

  1. Collection updates

    Presented by Kris Fowler >>Handout

    New resources for Spring/Summer 2008 totaled approximately $123,462 including:


    • Springer E-Books
    • Landolt-Bornstein Numerical Data online
    • International Journal of Modern Physics A-C backfile
    • Modern Physics Letters A-B backfile
    • Treatise on Geophysics
    • Society of Automotive Engineering Digital Library (reinstated)

  2. IT Contributions to the University Digital Conservancy

    Presented by Jan Fransen
    >>Presentation Slides

    http://conservancy.umn.edu/


    • Publications of individual faculty
    • Preprints from the School of Mathematics and the Institute on Mathematics and Its Applications
    • Conference papers from the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
    • Papers from the AIAA student conference
    • Evaluation of reports from the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

  3. E-Science and Data Services Initiative

    Presented by Lisa Johnston and Gary Fouty
    >>Presentation Slides

    E-science or “cyberinfrastructure? is science increasingly done through distributed global collaborations enabled by the Internet, using very large data collections, terascale computing resources and high performance visualization.

    We discussed how individual departments would benefit from the Libraries expanding their collections and services to include data? Want to add your comments? Please contact presenters.


  4. Web Services Initiatives

    Presented by Janice Jaguszewski

    Goal: To develop and sustain library tools, resources and services that are integrated into student and faculty workflow, any time, any place.

    Three groups are currently working in the following areas:

    • Discoverability
      Make relevant resources more visible and easier to find, particularly within the student/faculty work flow

    • Current Awareness / Personal Information Management
      Help researchers keep current in their disciplines; provide tools to help them manage the information they find

    • Course Integration
      Examine the educational technology used in courses; recommend how library tools, resources, learning objects and e-learning modules may be integrated into these technologies

  5. Key workshops

    Presented by Jon Jeffryes
    >>Handout
    View upcoming workshops at http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration

    • Google for Researchers
    • Grant Resources
    • Creating Posters in PowerPoint
    • Getting Published: A workshop for graduate students
    • EndNote for Scientists and Engineers
    • Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

November 19, 2008

Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing: Lives and Legends at Control Data Corporation 11/19

November 19th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120
University of Minnesota (West Bank)

This informal
evening talk, the third in a year-long series of public lectures given by staff at the
Charles Babbage Institute, examines the Control Data Corporation. Organized in
1957, this prominent Twin Cities company built world-leading supercomputers and
developed innovative educational computing. This talk also unveils CBI’s on-line site where you
can help document CDC photographs, part of CBI’s massive CDC corporate archive.

FFI

November 11, 2008

International Education Week Library Information Fair 11/18

When: Tuesday, November 18, 11 am-2 pm
Where: 1st floor, Walter Library

Join us for an informal opportunity to learn more about how the libraries can help you. Library staff will provide international students a personal introduction
to useful, important, and free library resources and services. Light refreshments will be available.


For more information contact Jody Kempf at j-kemp@umn.edu
or visit the IEW Library Information Fair website.


October 1, 2008

Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing 10/8

When: October 8th, 7-8 pm
Where: Andersen Library 120, West Bank

This informal evening talk, the second in a year-long series of public
lectures given by staff at the Charles Babbage Institute, examines the pioneering
Engineering Research Associates. For further information visit the Babbage Institute website.

July 17, 2008

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

What: Exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons
Where: Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall
When: Through July 31, 2008
Free and open to the public.

This exhibit is the joint effort of the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (Baltimore).


June 17, 2008

Gendered Bits: Identities, Practices, and Artifacts in Computing

What: Exhibit: Gendered Bits: Identities, Practices, and Artifacts in Computing
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
When: Through July 23, 2008
Free and open to the public.

This exhibition, presented by the Charles Babbage Institute, explores how gender has shaped the professional identities and material culture of computing. It examines issues and raises questions about gender broadly as well as specific matters of masculinity and the contributions, struggles, and shifting roles of women.

May 22, 2008

History | Gender | Computing 5/30

30 May 2008
Charles Babbage Institute
Andersen Library, University of Minnesota

Computing persists as one of the most gender-segregated domains of modern life. How and when did a male-coded world of computing emerge? How and why has it has continued?

The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota presents a day-long public conference devoted to a much-needed examination of these questions. This international conference, with participants from six countries, examines gender and the diverse uses of computing in offices, libraries, schools, mass media, and the computing profession.

For further information and registration visit the conference webpage.

May 5, 2008

SCImagine! 2008: Robots Take Over the Library 5/9

Three robots, three student groups…a battle of the intelligent versus the artificially intelligent.

What: SCImagine! 2008, the Science & Engineering Library's annual spring event.
Where: Upson Room, Walter Library 102
When: Friday, May 9, 2008 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Come see live robot demonstrations and the latest creations of artificial intelligence by students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The presentations will be accompanied by light refreshments and stimulating conversation.

SCImagine! emphasizes the Science & Engineering Library's role as an intellectual gathering place on campus. Each spring the library showcases university teaching, learning, and research in the physical sciences and engineering offering fascinating presentations and lively discussions.

FFI

March 3, 2008

Create your Poster in PowerPoint 3/10

Time: Monday, March 10, 2008 11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location: Walter 310

Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer. Register here for the workshop.

February 20, 2008

Team "Bob Saget" wins the Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to team "Bob Saget," 2008 Science Quiz Bowl Champions! "Bob Saget" bested "The Red Wagon" in the final game on February 19 to become the Science Quiz Bowl Champions.

February 8, 2008

Win up to $700: University Libraries Student Book Collection Contest

The Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries are pleased to announce the 8th Annual Student Book Collection Contest. We want to celebrate University students who are excited about reading and collecting books, paperbacks, maps, manuscripts, or other published collections, and give them an opportunity to meet other collectors. Describe your collection in a short essay and win a cash prize. Prizes will be awarded in undergraduate and graduate categories.

Contest Awards

First Prize Second Prize
Undergraduate: $700 $500
Graduate: $700 $500

For additional information visit the contest website.

February 7, 2008

Science Quiz Bowl registration deadline 2/13

If you want to participate in this year's Science Quiz Bowl you will need to register your team by February 13. Go to the Quiz Bowl website for more information and to register your team.

Science Quiz Bowl finals at 6 pm today

"Bob Saget" will square off against "The Red Wagon" today at 6:00 pm [an hour later than previously announced] to determine the winner. All are welcome to come watch the championship game, at 6 pm today in 101 Walter Library.
For further information on the Quiz Bowl visit the Science Quiz Bowl website.

February 2, 2008

Science Quiz Bowl starting 2/17

The 5th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl is a friendly competition among IT students to test their science knowledge. The double-elimination tournament runs from Feb 17th to the 19th. For further information visit the Quiz Bowl website.

January 22, 2008

RefWorks Basics 1/29

Time: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM
Location: Walter 310

Prepare for your upcoming papers and research by learning about RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is freely available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff.

RefWorks allows you to import references from most databases, keep track of your references in a searchable database and then add those references to your papers with RefWorks doing the work of formatting your references in the appropriate style.

You can register for the workshop at this address.

December 11, 2007

Study Break event (12/13) was a success!

7 pm, Walter Library First Floor Lobby
150 students joined us for cookies and soda in the 1st floor lobby. There were samples from the Wise Owl Cafe and a drawing for Wise Owl coffee coupons and coffee mugs.

November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Walter library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The weekend hours will follow the usual schedule.

Circulation/Reserve
612-624-3366

M-Th 8 am-12 midnight
F 8 am-9 pm
Sa 10 am-9 pm
Su 12 noon-12 midnight

Exceptions
W (11/21) 8 am-6 pm
Th, F (11/22, 11/23) CLOSED

October 30, 2007

The Map that Named America: 1507-2007

What: Exhibit: The Map that Named America: 1507—2007
Where: T.R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota
When: October 1—December 31, 2007, Monday—Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.—8 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
A public exhibit of rare, original documents related to early travel, including the James Ford Bell Library’s original 1507 Waldseemüller gores globe. The exhibit also includes an original version of the Cosmographiae Introductio (the 1507 book printed to explain and accompany the Waldseemuller map), original 16th century manuals and texts on navigation, and other period documents.

October 4, 2007

Introducing LibrarySearch beta

LibrarySearch is a new information discovery tool that lets you search the Libraries’ online catalogs or journal articles. Over time, we’ll add more resources like locally-created digital collections.

Some key features of LibrarySearch:

* Google-like searching. Just enter a keyword or two and hit Go to get started

* Relevance ranking for results (or re-sort results by publication date).

* Faceted browsing to narrow your search results. Once your search has returned results, review and click the facets on the right side of the screen to limit your results

* Direct access to free online materials and access to restricted online materials via FindIt

* The ability to post reviews of items you’ve used or tag items for later retrieval

Let us know what you think! Leave us a comment at the Feedback or comments link at the bottom of the LibrarySearch page.

July 26, 2007

My Health Minnesota -- Go Local

This database allows you to search for Minnesota health care services and resources at no charge over the Internet. There are links to our database from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus consumer health information website. You will be able to look up a topic, such as diabetes, on MedlinePlus, then click on a link for Minnesota to find resources, such as diabetes patient support groups, in your local area (county, city or zip code) in Minnesota.

July 16, 2007

Victorian Secrets and Edwardian Enigmas: The Riddles of the Rooms of 221B Baker Street

An exhibition of materials from the Sherlock Holmes Collections, June 11-August 20, 2007
Elmer L. Andersen Library

For further information visit the website.

June 14, 2007

U joins the Google Book Search Project

The University of Minnesota and 11 other Midwest universities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) have entered into a groundbreaking collective agreement with Google to digitize up to 10 million bound volumes, nearly doubling the number of universities participating in the Google Book Search Project. The distinctive collections the U of M will have digitized could include, for example, Scandinavian history, literature and culture; forestry; bee-keeping; medicine, including oncology, radiology and pediatrics. Read more.

June 13, 2007

RefWorks Basics 7/11

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, ACS, etc) for your bibliography. Register here for the workshop.

April 30, 2007

Great Hall Study Space open 24 Hours/day 5/4-5/12

The 2nd Floor Great Hall Study Space is OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Friday, May 4, 8 am through Saturday, May 12, 6 pm.

The hours for the rest of Walter Library are listed below

Study Days (May 5-6)
Sa, Su 8 am-12 midnight

Finals Week (May 7-12)
M-F 8 am-12 midnight
Sa 8 am-6 pm

April 16, 2007

Mark Seeley discusses the Minnesota Weather Almanac 4/27

Minnesota Weather Almanac
04/27/2007 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Great Hall, Walter Library
Minneapolis Campus

Join Professor and Minnesota Public Radio commentator Mark Seeley as he discusses his book "Minnesota Weather Almanac." Seeley's comprehensive reference guide explores Minnesota's history through patterns in its weather, stories from local climate stations, and biographies of well-known Minnesotan figures in the weather. The talk is followed by a reception and book signing.

April 15, 2007

Science Quiz Bowl champions

CHAMPIONS: The P-Branes!

Learn more about the Quiz Bowl here.

April 10, 2007

Science Quiz Bowl final match 4/17

The championship round will be on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:00 pm in Walter 102. Spectators are welcome!

March 26, 2007

PubChem: Informatics Backbone of the NIH Roadmap Initiative 4/12

Evan Bolton, NCBI
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 3:30 pm
402 Walter Library

PubChem is a free online database of information on small molecules. Learn more about this resource and why the American Chemical Society found it so controversial.

March 22, 2007

U Libraries Science Quiz Bowl 4/15-4/17

An IT Week activity sponsored by the Mathematics and the Science & Engineering Libraries, with the assistance of Plumb Bob.

The 4th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl, a friendly competition among IT students, will be held April 15-17 in Walter Library. The games begin at 2:00 pm Sunday, April 15, and will continue Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, April 16, as needed. The championship round will be on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:00 pm in Walter 102. Spectators welcome! Prizes will go to the top teams.

To participate, form a team of four IT students, and email the team name and group members' names to Kristine Fowler (fowle013@umn.edu) by Wednesday, April 11 or sign up as an individual with Kristine Fowler and let our Random Team Generator put together a team for you.

For further information see this webpage.

November 27, 2006

Animals in the Archives 12/1

12/01/2006 12-1 PM
Room 120
Elmer L. Andersen Library

Animals are the focus of this installment of First Fridays, the University Libraries' monthly series of discussions featuring items from the Libraries' special collections and archives. For further information, check here.