Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, July 6, 2015

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Planning Update

Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

Planning Update

We recently shared the draft Libraries Strategic Plan.  The Plan provides a framework for advancing priority themes for the next three years and aligns with the University’s plan. During the summer, Libraries’ divisions will be addressing divisional goals in the context of the new organizational plan.  Divisions will also propose near-term goals that cut across divisional boundaries. These goals are ones that necessarily require expertise from several sectors of the Libraries and will require structures that reflect this multi-divisional frame.

Divisions will also be identifying organizational priorities that need attention in our goals –- for example, issues of capacity, multi-divisional planning, and developmental needs. 

In September, we will bring together representatives from the planning process and from units across the Libraries in a retreat, with a focus on reviewing the divisional as well as proposed cross-divisional and organizational goals. 

Thank you to all who have contributed to this important process. 

Wendy Lougee

News from Around the Libraries

Libraries Computer Support Alignment with Campus CDS
Last Tuesday afternoon, St. Paul Libraries' staff computers were transferred over to campus Computer & Device Support (CDS) and starting last Wednesday morning, CDS provided technology support to those computers and the staff that use them. It was rather quiet last week in St. Paul - only three service calls came in and one of those calls came back to Libraries T2 Computer Support for a particular software issue.  For the record, we are making our software file repository accessible to the appropriate zone CDS techs to help expedite software upgrades and installs in the future. 

We continue with the Phase 2 discovery process for staff computers in the East Zone which includes BioMed, Architecture, Math, and Walter Libraries. Phase 2 transfer to CDS is still on schedule for the beginning of August which falls on a weekend so actual dates are still being determined.

-Mike Sutliff

Upcoming Farmer's Market Pop-Up Library
The University Libraries will be hosting a Pop-Up Library event at the University of Minnesota Farmer's Market, located this year in front of the McNamara Alumni Center.  The first pop-up will take place Wednesday, July 8th from 11-2.  To promote the Libraries, we will showcase collections from Bio-Med, Magrath, Walter, and Wilson focusing on health and wellness, cookbooks, food sustainability, fun reads, and the Summer Reading BINGO Challenge.  If you're interested in volunteering, we have a few slots left to fill. Or stop by to visit, spin our prize wheel, and see if you can answer any of our wellness related trivia questions!

-Ashley Kes, on behalf of the Farmer's Market Pop-Up Library Planning Team

Suggestions for the 2nd Annual Diversity Shorts Festival due July 17
Diversity Salons wants your help.  Inspired by the Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center, we are planning a festival of short (5 minutes or less) videos related to diversity. We're looking for the kind of great things you come across in social media or discussions with friends and think, "Oh, we should talk about this at work!"  Topics can cover anything relating diversity, especially those areas identified by the Office for Equity and Diversity:

  • People of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations
  • People with both visible and invisible disabilities
  • People who identify as women
  • People of various gender, sexual identities, and expressions
  • First-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds

If you have a piece you would like to suggest, please fill out the form by Friday, July 17.  If your suggestion is picked for a session, we will notify you.  To see what we showed last year, check out our list.  

This year's Diversity Shorts is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th, 11:00am-1:00pm in 120 Andersen.

-Kim Clarke, on behalf of the Diversity Collaborative

Communications Reminder
Just a reminder that if you are contacted by a reporter about a story related to the University Libraries or related to your expertise at the Libraries, please contact me. In some cases we may choose to have someone else within the Libraries respond to the media request. In others cases, it's clear that the Libraries staff person contacted is the most appropriate person and/or is following up on an earlier request. In those cases, we still want to know details about the media inquiry as we coordinate about media with University Relations and communicate those stories via social media and continuum. Much more detail on our media relations policy is available here.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Thanks.
-Mark Engebretson


Staff Tidings and Kudos

Mary Huismann Awarded Nancy B. Olson Award at ALA
Mary Huismann was awarded the annual Nancy B. Olson Award at the OnLine Audiovisual Cataloging (OLAC) meeting, at ALA Annual, on June 26. The award recognizes and honors a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging.  Her award states:

“In recognition of her tireless work to ensure that her fellow music and audiovisual catalogers have access to clear, detailed best practices documentation for Resource Description and Access (RDA). She is honored for her outstanding contributions, including:

Leading many workshops on cataloging sound recordings and streaming media for OLAC, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Music Library Association (MLA), and the Minnesota Library Association.

Substantial contributions to standards development and interpretation through committee membership and leadership in OLAC and MLA, actively participating in the MLA/OLAC Testing Funnel for the U.S. National Libraries RDA test; and acting as an effective liaison between OLAC, the Music Online Users Group (MOUG), and the Music Library Association (MLA).

Mary is further recognized for her vital contributions to OLAC, notably her service as Chair of CAPC during a time of great change.Under her strong leadership, two important publications have been issued: Best Practices for Cataloging DVD-Video and Blu-Ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21, and Best Practices for Cataloging Streaming Media Using RDA and MARC21."

Congratulations, Mary!

-Betsy Friesen

Traill and Friesen Assume Leadership Roles at ALA
Stacie Traill began her term as president of the OnLine Audiovisual Cataloging (OLAC) group at ALA. She acts as presiding officer of the association and as representative of the organization with the Library of Congress, bibliographic utilities, and other organizations. Her presidential term is one year and is followed by an additional year term as Immediate Past President. OLAC is an organization for catalogers concerned with all types of nonprint materials. It was founded in 1980 and became an ALA affiliate in 2008. 

Betsy Friesen was elected Vice Chair of the ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries IG (Big Heads). The Vice Chair automatically becomes chair the next year. Duties of Vice Chair include Big Heads lunch planning for ALA mid-winter and annual meetings. Big Heads meets to informally discuss problems within the field of technical services which are common to the administration of large research libraries.

-Betsy Friesen

Save the Date: University Bindery Celebration
Please join us on Thursday, July 9, for a celebration of the University of Minnesota Bindery.  

The University Bindery is closing this July, and Bindery staff are heading off for new positions and retired life.  But first, let's celebrate their work and the extraordinary service they've provided! 

When: July 9, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: 210 Printing Services Building. 2818 Como Avenue S.E. Minneapolis
(Details on parking and transportation to follow)
What: Cake and memories
Parking and Transportation: If you're driving and you have a hang tag, you can park in lot 66 across the street from the Bindery.  If you normally park in a ramp, you can call 6-Park the morning of the party and let them know you will be in that lot - Name, make of vehicle and plate number.  There is a small lot in front of the bindery with about 10 spots; half of them are metered the other half our 20 minutes drop off.   If you're using Metro Transit, the number 3 bus goes through campus and by the bindery.
ALSO: Do you have a favorite memory of working with the University Bindery staff?  Would you like to express your appreciation?  Please share your thoughts here, along with your name.  Responses will be collected for a memory book to be presented to each Bindery staff member. 

Please RSVP here, to help us as we order refreshments. 
We hope to see you there! 

-Amy Boemer, Laurie Jedamus, & Mary Miller 

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

"Leading Change: Navigating the Human & Cultural Dynamics"
Presented by Kirk Froggatt from the Technology Learning Institute

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
555 Diehl (in the Bio-Medical Library)
RSVP here 
Or join us through WebEx 

If you’ve been experiencing lots of change (and, well, who isn’t?!) and would like to learn more about how to better navigate through all this change, please come to this seminar!

The presenter has great stories and deep experience helping staff through changes in several industries. He’s both entertaining and educational. You’ll leave with a good sense of what’s going on when we go through change and what you might do to help yourself and your colleagues through it.

-Jerilyn Veldof

4th Annual Research Celebration
Thursday, July 16, 2015
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Andersen 120

Save the date! The Research & Publications and Librarian Personnel Committees are hosting the 4th Annual Research Celebration, an event to celebrate and share our current research.

We invite you to submit a lightning talk proposal of up to 5 minutes about what you've been working on. Tell us what you're researching, ask us for feedback on your ideas, celebrate a recent publication, or share what didn't work out. Lightning talks are informal (like pecha kucha without the strict time format) and open to all. Apart from focusing on your research, you may use your time as you see fit! Sign up for one of 14 first-come, first-served slots here

-Scott Spicer and Kirsten Clark 

Save the Date: (Don't Fear) The Framework Part II: More Cowbell
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nicholson 115

Build on what you learned during the workshop on June 9th about the ACRL Framework. Learn from your colleagues as well as consultants from the Center for Educational Innovation on how to include assessment techniques, learning outcomes, and learning activities in your practice. (If you were unable to attend the workshop on June 9th, that's okay! View the workshop slides)

Amy Riegelman, Kristen Mastel, and Kate Peterson
On behalf of the Teaching and Learning Coordinators

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight
ARTful Words Poetry Reading
Tuesday, July 28, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library
Directions and parking

ARTful Words Poetry Reading invites local poets whose work is inspired by art or architecture to read in a space dedicated to word and image, architecture and art.

Learn more:
—Libraries Communications Office


Exhibit Highlight

K Is for Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate
On view through August 30, 2015
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Reedy Gallery
From apples to zinnias, stunning images in this horticultural alphabet highlight Andersen Horticultural Library’s special collections of vintage seed catalogs, treasured rare books, and 19th-century garden magazines.
More info:
—Libraries Communications Office
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