Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, April 27, 2015

For items to be included in the Monday Memo, please send all announcements to: before 12:00pm the preceding Friday.

Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Persistent Links
Dear colleagues,
We've developed an online module that describes how to make persistent, direct links to journal articles the library subscribes to.  The intended audience is instructors and instructional support staff who create course reading lists for students to view in Moodle or on other course websites.  Researchers could also use the module to share or save persistent links to articles.  The module lives on the instructor support page under the eLearning, Online Course Support, and Library Course Pages heading.  Here is a link to the module:

Please feel welcomed to share it with instructors or others you feel may find it useful.  Danika and Kim are also developing an in-person workshop on the topic.  Watch for news of a demo version of that workshop for library staff in June.  

All best,
Danika Stegeman, Kim Clarke, and Andrew Palahniuk

SFX to Alma Transition
The SFX to Alma Transition Task Force has continued to meet; currently we're focusing on communication planning. Expect to see a completed plan by next week along with a communication timeline.

We received some questions (thank you) regarding the transition from SFX to Alma; a FAQ is forthcoming but we wanted to start by answering two of them.

Q:  What will happen to the FindIt button located in third-party databases, such as Academic Search Premier, PubMed or PsycINFO?
A:  The FindIt button will remain in the databases where it currently exists.  The linking behind the button will be changing, but the location and functionality of the FindIt button will remain the same. The FindIt button functions to take users back into the U of M Libraries environments for content and services; it will continue to do so.

Q: What will be the differences functionally between the old and new presentation of the FindIt menu?
A: Functionally, the old and new versions are very similar. You will still be able to link to full text, find recommendations, get citations, create permalinks, export to citation software and make ILL requests when appropriate.  One improved feature is it’s now easier to see print holdings alongside online content. The primary differences will be visual, and where the features are located.

-Sunshine Carter & Jeff Peterson, Co-Chairs
On behalf of the SFX to Alma Transition Task Force

Call for Notable Acquisitions by May 5 for Continuum Magazine
Archives and collections at Libraries should submit their most important acquisitions from the 2015 fiscal year to Karen Carmody-McIntosh at Submissions must include a description and a high resolution image (at least 300 dpi). Send all items by the May 5 deadline to be considered.
-Karen Carmody-McIntosh

ASC Quarterly Report
Take in the highlights of what is happening in the Archives and Special Collections by taking a look at the ASC Quarterly Report. Enjoy!
-Suzan Zniewski Hallgren

Friends of the Libraries Winners Announced!
The Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee announces recipients for the two annual awards:

2015 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award Winners
Emily Atchison has worked in the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies for the past two years, showing extraordinary leadership and making a transformational difference in the collection. She started as a volunteer developing an inventory of materials existing in the transgender holdings. She was then hired to work on a variety of projects, including developing content detailing the Trans experience for the Tretter’s History Exhibit (which debuted to rave reviews at Twin Cities Pride last year), digitizing the highly delicate Benjamin Karpman Collection, and most recently, laying ground work for the University’s successful application for a $256,000 grant to collect Trans Oral Histories from the Upper Midwest. Emily’s compassion and expertise have broadened the archive’s engagement with the transgender community, bringing a new understanding and diversity to the collection and making an unforgettable impact on the archives.

Andrew Nelson is the current Student Exhibits Design Assistant. He assists the Libraries Exhibits Designer and is involved with all the stages of exhibit design and production – he meets with internal clients to discuss plans, creates timelines and exhibit designs, and assists in the production of three dimensional pieces, such as large format printing, cutting and mounting images, and using power tools to cut, build, and assemble pieces. Andrew is described as being “thoughtful and conscientious” and his work is well-executed due to his eye for design and exceptional hands-on fabrication skills. Andrew is dependable and willing to go above and beyond his duties for the Libraries, such as coming in over the weekend to install displays. His dedication and hard work can be seen in the outstanding exhibits he has helped produce throughout the Libraries.

2015 Staff Development Grant Award Winners
Erin George, Assistant Archivist in the University of Minnesota Archives. She will use the Staff Development Grant to attend the Western Archives Institute at Santa Clara University, California in July 2015. Attending this Institute will be an invaluable experience, allowing Erin to further enhance her archival knowledge and understand the theory, see the practice, and imagine the future in a way that leverages her existing experiences here at the Libraries.

Kristen Mastel, Outreach and Instruction Librarian and Liaison to the College of Continuing Education, Extension, and Agricultural Education. She will use the Staff Development Grant to attend the 2015 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The international conference showcases libraries programs, services, and research from around the world and will be an excellent opportunity for Kristen to deepen her engagement with extension-library partnerships. 

Congratulations to all the winners!
-Lanaya Stangret, On behalf of the Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Welcome Andrea!
Please join me in welcoming Andrea Jenkins to the Tretter Collection! Andrea is the staff person for our new Transgender Oral History Project. This three year project will collect several hundred hours of oral histories from the transgender community in the Upper Midwest, bringing missing voices to the archive. Andrea is an artist, poet and author who has supported herself for the past 12 years as an aide to Minneapolis Council Members Lilligren and Glidden. Keep an eye on the Strib and MinnPost for their upcoming stories on Andrea and the project.
-Lisa Vecoli

Elena Carrillo is Leaving the Libraries
Please join me wishing the best to Elena Carrillo, who is moving to the warmer, wetter climes of Seattle! Elena has worked in a variety of roles in the Libraries over the past 10 years, most recently as project manager for the Umbra: Search African American History project, and as an archival processor in Archives and Special Collections. Elena's last day is May 1. Thank you, Elena, and good luck!
-Cecily Marcus

Mary Huismann Appointed to Task Force
Mary Huismann (DMA) was recently appointed to the Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access (CC:DA) Task Force for the Review of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Music). The task force is charged with review of the draft document Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Music) for transmittal to CC:DA by April 23, 2015.
-Cecilia Genereux

Thanks to Undergraduate Research Symposium Volunteers!
Thanks to all of the library staff who volunteered to represent the Libraries at this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Ask Jeff Bullington, Yao Chen, Brian Conn, Kate Dietrick, Kris Fowler, Charlie Heinz, Ashley Kes, Meghan Lafferty, Kate Peterson, Amy Riegelman and Nancy Sims about what they learned about the student research being done at the University of Minnesota.
-Jody Kempf

Nancy Herther Publishes on Information Trends
Nancy Herther recently has had two articles published on Information Today.  The first post, "Contenders for the Title 'The Netflix of Magazines' Emerge" looks at the digital magazine market.  The second post is titled "Rakuten and OverDrive: Building a Major Global Ebook Platform" and it looks at trends in E-books.  Congratulations on the good work Nancy!
-Jon Jeffryes

Rafael Tarrago Giving Lecture in St. Paul Public Library
Rafael Tarrago will be speaking on Sunday, May 3 at the Andy Boss Room of the George Latimer Central Library in downtown Saint Paul. The topic of his lecture is Cuba, entitled "A Stew of Nations: The Making of the Cuban People."  This lecture is part of the Around the World at Your Library series.  It is free and open to the public.
-Jon Jeffryes

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

"Demystifying Debt"
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Walter 101
Light refreshments will be served!

Some of you may be familiar with ALA’s Money Smart Week programming. This year the University Libraries is hosting an event. The target audience for this event is undergraduates, but graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend. 

The first hour of this event will feature a four person panel.
Sarah Naranjo, One Stop, Live Like a College Student
Joyce Serido, Family Social Science/Extension
Heidi Cederstrand, TCF Bank
Dung Mao, Family Social Scienc

The second portion of this event will be an opportunity to rethink currency and apply creativity in Design your own Dollar. We will be providing craft supplies. A prize will be awarded for the best dollar. There will also be money-themed music during this part of the event.

Go here for event information as well as links to apps and games.

Bonus! Check out the campaign to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. NPR: It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?
-Amy Riegelman & Kim Clarke

Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST
Magrath Library, Room 2
Wilson Library S30A

Webinar description and presenter bios can be found here.
This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, and we have planned for a 30 minute optional debrief.
(If you are not able to attend our group viewings, feel free to register on your own. Registration link:

As Kristen Mastel previously shared in an email, the Teaching and Learning Coordinators are planning summer workshops around the threshold concepts where we can become more familiar with the themes. We also will relate them back to our departments and disciplines, along with redesigning instruction and patron-engagement opportunities.

If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments feel free to send them to Amy Riegelman or Kristen Mastel.

Bonus! Recommended video: What’s the big idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice.

Amy Riegelman, on behalf of the Teaching & Learning Coordinators

Walk the Walk: Putting Diversity Concepts Into Practice
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Andersen 120
Register Here!

Due to popular demand, the Walk the Walk Workshop is back, now with new scenarios! Miss it the first time? You have another chance to attend!

Diversity is a priority in the libraries. Many people have attended workshops hosted by the Diversity Outreach Collaborative or participated in the Equity and Diversity Certificate from the Office for Equity and Diversity. Using key concepts from these programs, this workshop was developed to provide a space for library staff to share their experiences and put diversity concepts into practice. There will be an opportunity to practice scenarios with library materials and situations drawn directly from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

This session is developed by Amy West, Meghan Lafferty, Kimberly Clarke, Nancy Sims, and Jody Gray. It is co-sponsored by the Diversity Outreach Collaborative. Let any of us know if you have questions!

-Meghan Lafferty on behalf of the organizers and the Diversity Outreach Collaborative

Microsoft Excel Tips Encore
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wilson Library S30 C
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Do you ever feel like Microsoft Excel uses you rather the other way around? Turns out, knowing just a few features in Excel will put you back in control. Join Jan Fransen and Amy West for a hands-on session in Wilson Library on May 12 to learn how to combine columns, calculate fields, look up and compare cells, filter, make pivot tables and create charts using libraries datasets like website usage, ebook downloads and reference desk activity. Please RSVP here.
-Amy West

Qualitative Inquiry for Librarians II: Interviewing
Thursday, May 14, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wilson S30A

Interviews are a common and powerful tool in qualitative research, but interviewing for research is very different than other contexts, like interviewing job applicants. With a focus on applications for library research this workshop will provide an introduction to common interview types, techniques, and the opportunity for hands-on practice. Learn how to identify when to use interview methods in your research and which types of interview methods will provide the data you need to answer your research question.This continues and builds on the Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry workshop, but can be attended as an independent session. Presented by Scott Marsalis, Alice Motes and Shannon Farrell. Sponsored by the Research & Publications Committee.
-Alice Motes

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight

First Fridays: Year End Review Panel
Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
The 2014-2015 First Fridays series challenged, informed, and inspired us with monthly presentations united by the theme, “Contested Spaces: Power in the Archives.” Curators, archivists, and scholars from the University of Minnesota and beyond explored the theme of power as a force that drives, changes, reforms, and challenges society.
Please join us for the year end panel discussion, and hear from the curators and archivists who review how power is reflected in the collections. Find out who is and is not documented in archival materials. Learn about voices that are missing and plans to fill in the gaps.
More info:
—Libraries Communications Office


Exhibit Highlight

Sphere of Existence
On view April 27 through August 19, 2015
T.R. Anderson Gallery, fourth floor of Wilson Library
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am. to 4:30 p.m.
The exhibit opening celebration for Sphere of Existence takes place Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., fourth floor of Wilson Library. Light refreshments will be served.
The first map to use the name “America,” produced in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller, reflected his worldview based on reports from the travels of Columbus and Vespucci. In 2014, 20 artists and printmakers from around the world were invited to express their relationship ­– their “sphere of existence” – with the world. The exhibit features their original contemporary prints, created using the format and dimensions of Waldseemüller’s Globe Gores and the handmade printmaking technologies that Waldseemüller employed. 
More info:
—Libraries Communications Office
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