Monday Memo from the University Libraries
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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, November 30, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Upcoming Libraries Assembly Dates
Please mark your calendars with the dates for the Libraries Assembly through 2017.  For more information, see this website.

December 16
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

March 7
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

June 6
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

September 20
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Mississippi Room

December 15
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

March 21
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

June 14
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

September 18
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Mississippi Room

December 13
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. social time
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly
Andersen 120

-Libraries Administration

Get your creative pants on!
The Diversity Outreach Collaborative would like to invite all library staff to a little drawing “contest” to celebrate our Diversity Salon pick Dawn, by Octavia Butler.  To get everyone involved, we dare you to draw your impression of an Oankali to place in a drawing for a $25 ITunes gift card.  

For inspiration, here is a descriptive paragraph about the Ooankali race.

Please email your image to by December 2nd.  The DOC will select a winner on Dec 3 at the Salon [in S30A, 11.30-1].  The winner need not be present, but why wouldn’t you want to see what others have drawn and join in the conversation about this powerful story?  In fact, bring a friend!

Rules: *DOC members and previous DOC winners are ineligible from participating in the drawing contest.

-Kim Clarke and Wanda Marsolek, on behalf of the DOC

Church Street Closure begins in November 30

According to VP Pam Wheelock and other FM contacts, beginning on November 30, Church Street will be closed during the work day. Fences will be up from approximately 6:00am to 3:30pm. Private and delivery vehicles will prohibited from continuing past the Church Street Garage entrance. The Church Street Garage will remain open. A portion of Church Street will be designated as bicycle dismount, and pedestrians will be limited to the sidewalks in the area.

If you are anticipating large deliveries of trucks or other materials to Rapson (Architecture Library) or Vincent (Mathematics Library), please contact me at for suggested routes. Regular Libraries mail deliveries should not be interrupted.

-Emily Marlow
Upcoming Alma Fulfillment Rap Session
All staff are invited to discuss Alma Fulfillment issues in an upcoming Alma Rap Session: Tuesday December 8 from 1:00-2:00pm in Wilson 160d or via Google Hangout.

This meeting will include some updates from the Alma Fulfillment Sub-groups, as well as open discussion between staff that can include Alma Fulfillment tips, tricks, issues or other discussion topics. Please RSVP or contact Jackie Gulbranson for more information.

-Jackie Gulbranson

Staff Tidings and Kudos

New Addition to Wilson AIS!
I'm pleased to announce that Mark Engelmann has accepted an offer for Library Assistant II.  You might recognize Mark from his time as a student worker in the Music Library, where he assisted with daily operations and projects, provided patrons with reference and circulation support, and helped with scanning for course reserve.  He also has experience as a Research Assistant working for a Professor in the English department.  In his new role, Mark will be staffing Wilson Library on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as be heavily involved with Borrowing Privileges and Fines.  Mark graduated with his bachelor's degree in English and Music Performance this spring, and is an active contributor to the local music scene through a variety of different projects.

Mark will be joining us full-time on Tuesday, December 1st.  Congrats and welcome Mark!

-Phil Dudas

eTraining Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

Digital Creation Centers in Academic Libraries Webinar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CST
Wilson Library S30B
Add to Google Calendar

Sponsored by the ACRL/ULS Online Discussion Group: "Makerspaces for digital media and data visualization centers are becoming more common within academic library spaces, and may involve collaboration with other academic departments. In this discussion, you’ll get to hear from three panelists who will tell you about their own library centers and who can respond to your questions and comments on this fascinating topic."

More detailed webinar description and presenters can be found here.

-Scott Spicer
For those involved (or will be involved) in hiring librarians, staff, or student employees
In support of our commitment to diversity, the Libraries have a strategic goal to actively recruit and empower diverse staff. Our immediate multi-year objective under this goal is to “Provide hiring authorities the information necessary to aggressively recruit diverse applications and recruit staff reflective of the campus and communities we serve, inclusive of traditionally underrepresented groups, recognizing that a diverse workforce is currently an underutilized resource.”

The Office of Equity and Diversity here at the University has identified implicit bias as one of the biggest barriers to increasing diversity among our staff and faculty.

If you are involved (or will be involved) in hiring librarians, staff, or student employees, you are encouraged to attend a 2-part session designed specifically for the Libraries.

Join trainers from the Office for Equity and Diversity and your colleagues from the Libraries for a discussion of how we can effectively address implicit bias in search committees. Even if you are not involved in hiring that involves search committees, you will likely still benefit from attending Part 1 and are encouraged to attend.

We'll watch some videos created by the CIC, which simulate how bias can play out in faculty search committee discussions. Anne will then facilitate our discussion about the videos, how outcomes may have been different, and how we can address implicit bias in our own search committees.

Thursday December 10
1:00 - 2:30
S30A Wilson Library

Part 2 builds and deepens materials covered in Part 1. Here you will exposed to the breadth of implicit bias research as well as the many short cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias.  You’ll learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of searches in the University Libraries.

Wednesday January 27
2:30 - 4:00
120 Andersen Library

Please RSVP to either or both of these sessions here.

-Jerilyn Veldof

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight

First Fridays: Huumor (or הומור , χιούμορ, فكاهة ) in our Collections
Friday, December 4, 2015, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

Presented by the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
and the Immigration History Research Center Archives

As immigrants navigated their way through new surroundings, humor was often relied upon as a powerful tool ­­ to neutralize harsh stereotypes, to ease the gap between generations changed through assimilation, and to help create bonds in unfamiliar, and at times hostile, communities.

The 2015-2016 First Fridays season explores the theme of humor – a tool alternatively employed to instill delight, put forth political commentary, teach lessons, assuage fears, or even encourage social bonding. Come hear and laugh at stories from the more comedic side of Archives and Special Collections.

More info:

-Libraries Communications Office

Exhibit Highlight

Graywolf Press: A World of Voices
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery
The exhibit is open through December 31, 2015
The Upper Midwest Literary Archives, housed at the University of Minnesota Libraries, holds nearly 300 boxes of Graywolf Press’ books, manuscripts, editorial work, correspondence, and ephemera dating back to 1974.

We have identified the “best of the best” for digital preservation, and have created gorgeous floor-length exhibit panels illustrating Graywolf’s rich history of nurturing talented writers over long careers and introducing important literary voices to American readers.

More info:

-Libraries Communications Office
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