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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

News from Around the Libraries

Libraries Facilities Updates
Currently all of the construction projects remain on schedule. All construction crews are aware of the upcoming finals schedule. The plan is to focus on low noise work. If you hear complaints in Wilson Library, please contact Barb Smith.

Minitex Wilson Project
Room 60:
  • Installation of ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures are scheduled to be completed this week.
  • The data closet is almost complete. A second coat of antistatic paint was applied to the floor last Friday.  Server racks will be installed this week, followed by the installation of data and phone lines.  
  • If all materials arrive as scheduled, construction on the main entrance (storefront) will begin.
Room 30:
  • Fire protection will be completed this week.
  • Installation of the ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures will begin this week.
A peek behind the doors: Wilson Library Research Collaboration Studio Project
This week, construction crews will continue installing the ceiling tile and the new LED ceiling lighting fixtures.  The hanging LED lights are completed.  Installation of low voltage wires, data, and phone lines will continue.

A peek behind the plastic: Let there be light

Andersen Special Collections Research/Rare Storage Project
A final review of the service desk will be completed this week.  Construction drawings will be sent out for construction bids.

We need your help. Please protect everyone’s safety.  Do not enter the construction areas. If you find the Wilson Shipping doors propped open, please remove the wedge.

-Bernadette Corley Troge
Libraries Shipping Notice
The Libraries Shipping Department is working with Libraries HR to fill its open staff and student positions.  Until the positions are filled, Libraries Shipping will need to focus on its core responsibilities (bin deliveries to all campus locations, UPS packaging/metering/mail sorting, requisitions for supplies, paging ASC boxes from WBOB, and Google/binding book truck deliveries). All additional work requests will need to be reviewed on a case by case basis.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Dave (4-7855; or Bernadette (4-1720;

Thank you for your patience during this transitional time.

-Dave Ashley/Bernadette Corley Troge
Call for Notable Acquisitions by May 15 for Continuum Magazine
Archives and collections at the Libraries should submit the most important acquisitions from the 2017 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 15 deadline to be considered.

-Karen Carmody-McIntosh
Science Quiz Bowl
73 students on 19 teams went head-to-head in the 14th Annual Science Quiz Bowl, held in Walter Library on Sunday April 23rd. The friendly tournament kicked off CSE Week and featured students from CSE and a few other colleges. The players tackled questions in all areas of science and a little pop culture and general knowledge thrown in for fun. The championship was broadcast on the Libraries' Facebook Live for the first time. You can see which teams came out on top at (photos on the way!). This big event could only happen through the tireless efforts of the East Bank Operations staff along with the rest of PSE; many thanks also to Emily Marlow and FOM, the shipping department, Dana Peterson and the Map Library, Mark Engebretson and the Communications Office, various R&L/HSL folks (Claire Stewart, Kate Peterson, Julie Kelly, Mariya Gyendina, Jeff Bullington, Emily Reimer, Leigh Stutler, Janice Jaguszewski), and East Bank student workers for joining us in producing another successful Science Quiz Bowl.

-Carolyn Bishoff, Science Quiz Bowl director
Gardening kits now available!
Does this warm weather have you dreaming of gardening? Do you need to repot that office plant? Check out one of six gardening kits now available at Magrath Library!  Each kit has ergonomic hand tools (trowel, transplanter, weeder, cultivator, and pruner), along with optional watering cans and kneeling pads. Stop by the Magrath Library circulation desk to pick up a package of vegetable seeds to start your garden while supplies last.

-ABES staff

Staff Tidings & Kudos

Congratulations to the many UMN Libraries contributors who presented at the recent ACRL National Conference in Baltimore!  The Libraries made an extremely impressive, highly-collaborative, and wide-ranging list of contributions - check them out!

Contributed Paper: For Fun and Profit: Supporting Research Commercialization with Interdisciplinary Liaison Teams
Franklin Sayre, Caroline Lilyard, and Mary Schoenborn

Contributed Paper: Sheriff, IRS Auditor, Psychotherapist, & Hostage Negotiator All in One: Project Management for Everyone
Kate McCready and Claire Stewart

Workshop: ReFRAMEing Information Literacy Instruction: Using the ACRL Framework to Explore Instructional Contexts, Methods, and Design
Brittney Johnson (St. Edward's) and Lindsay Matts-Benson

Workshop Showcase: Intersections Open House: What are the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy, and What Can They do for You?
John Watts (UNLV), Emma Molls, Michelle Reed (UT-Arlington), and Maryam Fakouri (Columbia College)

Panel Session: The Power of Peers: Student Research Consultant Programs in Academic Libraries
Erin Matas (Michigan Tech), Jill Markgraf (UW-Eau Claire), Andrew Palahniuk, and Robin Rank (Kalamazoo Collge)

Panel Session: Digitization Matters: 10 years later how archives and special collections have or have not fulfilled the Shifting Gears Challenge
Merrilee Proffitt (OCLC), Erik Moore, and Michelle Light (UNLV)

Panel Session: Data in the Library is Safe, But That’s Not What Data is Meant For: Exploring the Longitudinal, Responsible Use of Library and Institutional Data to Understand and Increase Student Success
Megan Oakleaf (Syracuse), Jan Fransen, Shane Nackerud, Kate Peterson, Ross MacIntyre (JISC), Dennis Krieb (Lewis and Clark CC)

Virtual Conference Presentation: Beginning with the End in Mind: Aligning Outreach Activities to Goal-Driven Assessment
Shannon Farrell and Kristen Mastel

Lightning Talk: A new frontier for open access: IRs and small scholarly journals?
Julie Kelly

Poster Session: Investigation of Grey Literature in Selected Databases and Institutional Repositories
Authors: Wanda Marsolek, Shannon Farrell, Kristen Cooper, and Julie Kelly

Poster Session: Where in Academia Are ELNs? Support for Electronic Lab Notebooks at Top U.S. Research Universities
Franklin Sayre, Caitlin Bakker, Lisa Johnston, Megan Kocher, Meghan Lafferty, and Julie Kelly
Poster Session: 10,000 Workflows: A Community-Centered Approach to Personal Information Management
Megan Kocher, Kristi Bergland, Carolyn Bishoff, Amy Claussen, Jody Kempf, and Franklin Sayre
Poster Session: Librarians’ Experience with Negotiating Compensation and Benefits in the Academic Library
Aliqae Geraci (Cornell) and Shannon Farrell
Poster Session: Lessons in Collaboration: Building a Multi-Institution Geospatial Data Discovery Portal
Mara Blake (Michigan) and Ryan Mattke

Roundtable Discussion: A Discussion of Text Mining: A New Tool for the Science Librarians Toolkit
Collaborators: Julie Kelly, Kristen Cooper, Jane Yatcilla (Purdue), and Anita Ezzo (Michigan State University)

Roundtable Discussion: Leopards Can Change Their Spots: Transforming Subject Librarians into Scholarly Communication Librarians
Steve Brantley (Eastern Illinois), Todd Bruns (Eastern Illinois), Brian Quinn (Texas Tech), and Claire Stewart

Roundtable Discussion: Supporting Research Impact & Assessment: Transforming Metrics into Meaning
Jenny McBurney and Caitlin Bakker

Roundtable Discussion: The Reproducibility Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Academic Librarians
Franklin Sayre, Vicky Steeves (New York University), and Eka Grguric (NCSU)

-Philip Herold, on behalf of the supervisors
Friends of the Libraries Winners Announced!
Congratulations to our 2017 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award Winners
Joshlynn Borreson works in Elmer L. Andersen Library Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies and was nominated by Lisa Vecoli.
Fiona Ihinger works in Magrath Library, Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences Library and was nominated by Mark Desrosiers.

Congratulations to our 2017 Staff Development Grant Award Winners
Dorothy Berry is currently working as Umbra Search Metadata and Digitization Lead on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded "Digitizing African American Archival Materials Across University of Minnesota" project.  She will be traveling to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in Portland, Oregon in August where she will be leading the 2017 SAA Diversity Committee Forum.
David Faust is the Librarian for South Asia and Middle East Studies.  He will be traveling to attend the 39th Annual Conference of MELCom International, the European Association of Middle East Libraries at Cambridge University in July. 

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated a student employee or applied for the staff grant award!

-Lanaya Stangret on behalf of the Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee
Retiree Professional Development Grant Awarded
 Alan Lathrop, former Curator in Archives and Special Collections (Manuscripts Division) was awarded a 2017 Retirees Grant by the Office of VP for Research.  Al is working on a book about the life and career of Emmanuel Louis Masqueray (1861-1917), a prominent architect who designed the Cathedral in St. Paul and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.  Masqueray was a French-born architect who migrated to New York in 1887, worked for a succession of prominent NY architects, and was employed as chief designer at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.  He designed 112 structures in less than a decade, including four cathedrals and 39 parish churches in six states and Canada.  Congratulations, Al!

-Wendy Lougee
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