December 2011 Archives

Minnesota Crop News reported on Dec 21, "University of Minnesota Releases Performance Trial Results on Plant Varieties" for 2012. The trials are published by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES). Previous trials from 1948-1998 are available in the University Digital Conservancy: Minnesota Varietal Trials of Selected Crops .

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"Promoting Institutional Repositories" webinar

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For those of you who were unable to attend the screening of this webinar, here are the slides. There were lots of useful ideas in it, so we hope you will take a look!

ALCTS "Promoting Institutional Repositories" webinar presented by Dan Kipnis.

•  Presentation Slides:

- PowerPoint plus supplemental brochure in Thomas Jefferson University's Institutional Repository: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/aisrpubs/26/

- PowerPoint only: http://alcts.ala.org/ce/1130_2011_Promoting_IR_Slides.ppt

-Beth Petsan, on behalf of the UDC Team
As many of you know, Beth Kaplan is leaving the Libraries and moving to Washington, DC.  Beth has made many contributions to the Libraries, serving first as archivist for the Charles Babbage Institute, then as interim head of Archives and Special Colelctions, and finally as University Archivist and Co-director of the University Digital Conservancy.  We will miss her many talents, and wish her all the best in DC!  
 
Please come to a farewell party for Beth from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday, December 2, 2011, in the Atrium and Room 120 of Elmer L. Andersen Library .  We'll celebrate Beth's twelve years in Archives and Special Collections with music, refreshments, and a short program beginning at 4:15 pm.  We hope you can join us!  And if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Erin George at:georg038@umn.edu or Susan Hoffman at: s-hoff@umn.edu , by Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
- Kris Kiesling
Effective December 5, 2011, Erik Moore will step in as Acting University Archivist and Co-director of the Digital Conservancy.  Erik has worked with University Archives through the Academic Health Center's history project for several years, and last year transitioned into a position as assistant archivist in University Archives.  He initiated a rapid-capture scanning project to enable University Archives to put more holdings into the Digital Conservancy, and is ideally suited to step in after Beth's departure.  Please join Archives and Special Collections in welcoming Erik to his new role!
- Kris Kiesling
You asked and we delivered.  The UDC Recruitment Toolkit provides you with a "Content Proposal Form," email templates for several audiences, and UDC handouts to share with your communities!  Visit the Toolkit on the UDC wiki at:https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/UDC/Resources.  Also included are slides and notes from last week's roundtable session.  Thanks to all those who shared their UDC experiences with us.  Please share the ToolKit Handout with your Libraries colleagues who were unable to attend.
- Lisa Johnston, on behalf of the UDC Team
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Room S-30B, Wilson Library

Join the UMN Digital Conservancy team to watch a webinar by  Jefferson University at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/ , who have been doing very interesting things with their digital repository, such as personal researcher pages (example at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/david_nash/), and journal publishing (example at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/bodinejournal/ ).  This webinar will consider strategies for promoting the institutional repository to on campus and off campus constituencies.  Results of surveys carried out at institutions with IRs will be reviewed and information based on the speaker's experience at Thomas Jefferson University will be provided.
- Lisa Johnston, on behalf of the UMN Digital Conservany Team

Monday, November 7, 2011
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library
Refreshments provided

As a follow-up to the successful "UDC Update and Listening Sessions" this past summer, the UDC team will be hosting a content recruitment discussion that provides library staff with the tools and strategies to help with their UDC recruitment activities.  We plan to unveil a suite of new tools including checklists, cheat sheets, and decision trees, and we hope to hear experiences from librarians and share our successful UDC recruitment stories.  We'll also talk about some of the common roadblocks.
- Lisa Johnston, on behalf of the University Digital Conservancy Team

FAQ Now Available for Staff
This summer's University Digital Conservancy (UDC) update and listening sessions were an opportunity for staff to ask questions and hear about the future changes with our DSpace platform.  Now, the UDC team has pulled together a list of frequently asked questions for library staff at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/UDC/FAQ .
 
Featured UDC Collections: Faculty in the Health Sciences
Jim Beattie created two new faculty collections in the UDC.  These professors were looking to publish non-traditional scholarly communication and found the UDC directly met their needs.
 
Department of Microbiology, Dr. Martin Dworkin, at:http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/115580 
Department of Medicine, Dr. Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., at:http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/116138 
 
- Lisa Johnston, on behalf of the University Digital Cconservancy Team

Monday, November 7, 2011
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Room S-30A, Wilson Library
Refreshments provided

As a follow up to the successful "UDC Update and Listening Sessions" this past summer, the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) team will be holding a recruitment strategy session that provides liaisons with the tools and strategies to help with their UDC recruitment activities. We plan to demonstrate a suite of new tools - checklists, cheat sheets, decision trees, etc. - and hope to hear experiences from liaisons who have had recruitment success experiences.  We'll also talk about some of the common roadblocks.
- Lisa Johnston, on behalf of the University Digital Conservancy Team

As of September 1 2011, the UDC includes a total of 20,194 full-text-searchable titles.  To celebrate this milestone, we put together some approximate numbers that express growth rate and use over the last few years. 
Approximate item count at June 1 of each year:

2009: 9,000 items total
2010: 14,000 items total
2011: 18,000 items total
Download rates, indicating legitimate uses of UDC content (gaming and robot downloads excluded) for May 30th - June 1 of each year:

2008-2009: 142,601
2009-2010: 249,420
2010-11: 476,539
Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the success of the UDC!
-- Beth Kaplan and Lisa Johnston, UDC Co-directors

Three Listening Sessions were held in July to discuss the University Digital Conservancy (UDC), in Magrath Library, Wilson Library, and Deihl Hall.  The aim of these sessions was to hear about successes, technical problems, and user feedback.  Participants were also asked for suggestions on new functionality and promotion in the coming years.  The UDC co-directors began each session with an update on the status of the UDC and its upcoming migration off DSpace to a Fedora-Drupal platform.  The notes that were captured on flip charts and whiteboards during these sessions are now available on the UDC Wiki at: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/UDC/ListeningSessions .  Contact us if you have additional feedback or questions.  Thanks for your participation!
- UDC Team: Beth Kaplan, Lisa Johnston, and Beth Petsan

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