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

Monday, July 27, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Library Civil Service Committee Election Results

The Library Civil Service Committee just completed their annual elections.  Amy Boemer, Terry Beseman, LaVon Beseman, Joy Knoll, and Lynne Beck were all re-elected for a two-year appointment to the committee. The new member elected was Zach Miller.

Thank you to all who voted. The write-in candidates were offered committee positions, but respectfully declined. The committee still has room for members. If you would like to serve or have questions about serving, please feel free to contact any of the Library Civil Service Committee members.

​-Katie Otto on behalf of the Library Civil Service Committee

Libraries Computer Support/Helpdesk Alignment Update

This will be a big week for East Bank Libraries branches (Arch, BioMed, Math, and Walter) as Phase 2 of our Helpdesk alignment with campus Computer Device & Support (CDS) is implemented. The background work for the staff computers is complete and their transition into the campus-managed Active Directory is underway as you read this.  The process is seamless and will not affect the daily use of the equipment. Starting Wednesday, July 29, 2015, East Bank Libraries staff will direct their technology support calls to 1-HELP.  East Bank staff will receive emails from campus IT providing more detailed information on the process.

There will be two Meet & Greet gatherings put on by campus IT giving Libraries staff a chance to meet the other CDS technicians that will assist John Cao and Steve Irons as they continue to provide their respective areas with technology support. Monday, July 27 (today), in Walter 310 @ 1pm, will be the gathering for Arch, Math and Walter (this is the East Bank Central zone). Tuesday, July 28, in Diehl 555 @ 1pm, will be the gathering for BioMed (this is the Stadium Regional Support zone). Hope to see everybody there.

- Michael Sutliff

Brief Survey - User Requests for Digitization
The University Libraries On-Demand Digitization Task Force is considering user need and organizational capacity for an on-demand digitization and document delivery service for users who want digital scans of library physical materials. (If implemented, this service would be distinct from high-quality digitization services provided by Digital Library Services).  If you have received requests for digitization in the past year, please complete the brief survey here.

Please complete the survey by Monday, July 27.  Thanks in advance for your assistance!
-Mary Miller, on behalf of the On-Demand Digitization Task Force

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Goldstein Museum of Design Kudos
Kudos to ABES staff members Amy Gmur and Marlys McGuire; their expert library assistance was key to the success of the current Goldstein Museum of Design exhibit, Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director. They helped curators Curt Lund and Ron Ott locate rare and difficult-to-find library materials for display, including examples of Brodovitch's early influences and career in journals such as Arts et métiers graphiques and Gebrauchsgraphik. Lund expressed his appreciation: "Last but definitely not least, thank you guys SO MUCH for all the help and special accommodations and guidance you've given us throughout this past year!" The exhibit runs through September 20.

- Mark Desrosiers and Philip Herold

Best Wishes to Jim Beattie
It's with mixed feelings that I announce that Jim Beattie has resigned his position as liaison to the Medical School in order to pursue a new role in the school’s Office of Medical Education. Jim will be serving as their new Director of Medical Educator Development and Scholarship (MEDS). In this role, Jim will be working to support faculty in the initiation and development of scholarship by offering trainings and serving as a connector to other resources. Jim will also be the course director for the Foundations of Critical Thinking course, which introduces first and second-year medical students to concepts needed to apply critical thinking to cases. This position sounds like a perfect fit for Jim’s skills in facilitation, teaching, and supporting scholarship.
Jim began his career at Bio-Med in April 2002 as liaison to the School of Nursing. In the years since, he stepped into leadership roles as the head of reference and then the Associate Director of Liaison, Education, and Interdisciplinary Services. Jim helped define our liaison librarian program and served on many Bio-Med, HSL, and University Libraries committees and groups over the years. Since June 2011, Jim has been focused on serving the needs of undergraduate medical education and has maintained and built upon relationships with faculty to model embedded librarianship by participating in Morning Report with Medicine as well as being an instrumental partner in the school’s required Family Medicine Clerkship course where Jim and other librarians have been integral partners in teaching skills inherent in evidence-based practice.
Jim’s last day will be on Friday, July 31

-Lisa McGuire

Interim Liaison Del Reed
I'm happy to announce that Del Reed will serve as interim liaison to the School of Public Health effective immediately until we make a permanent hire in the near future. Del will also serve as the permanent liaison to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Medical Laboratory Sciences. Please direct any queries to Del at

-Lisa McGuire

Staff Publications
Nancy Herther has recently published three articles.  The first two are a two part series in Against the Grain on Books and Reading in the Digital Age. (Nancy is planning a third part of the series in the future).  The two pieces are:

Nancy also published "Advanced Citation Searching" in the May/June edition of ONLINE/Searcher.
Great work Nancy!

-Jon Jeffryes

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

Using WebEx for Teaching and Training
Monday, August 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Wilson S30B

Are you anxious about the retirement of UMConnect? Let’s gather to learn about features of WebEx for teaching and training purposes. Sean Savage, a Technology Training Consultant from IT@UMN will be present to answer questions and share best practices of WebEx. If you have questions about a specific WebEx feature, feel free to email Sean directly, and he will prep for his presentation based on your questions. 

Intended Audience:
Library staff members who want to use WebEx for teaching or training purposes.

Amy Riegelman
On behalf of the Teaching and Learning Coordinators

Save the Date: Citation Manager Boot Camp
Thursday, August 13, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Humphrey 50B

Did you know that RefWorks is merging with Flow? That we support BibTex? That Mendeley will save your reading position in articles across your devices? Come learn about these updates and what else is new with the citation managers you know and love at the PIM Citation Manager Boot Camp.  This boot camp will be especially useful for liaisons and desk staff as we head into the new school year.

In addition to getting the latest news from our citation manager experts, be prepared to eat delicious donuts and discuss the things you love, hate, and would like to change about citation managers.

-Megan Kocher on behalf of the Personal Information Management (PIM) Collaborative


Libraries’ Focused Follow Up to the Campus Climate Conversation - Register Now

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
1:00 -3:00 p.m.
Anderson 120

For much of the past year, the University has been working on recognizing and improving the Campus Climate. We in the University Libraries would like to take an opportunity to see where we are doing well in fostering a positive climate and look for places that we have a potential to improve. Following up on last February’s Open Space Event, this Workshop will focus on the “whats” and “hows” regarding the University Libraries role in creating an inclusive campus experience.

Review the Book of Reports from the February 5th Campus Climate Conversation.

Identify your top three to five issues (based upon those listed in the Book of Reports) as they relate to the University Libraries and jot down a brief (2 to 3 sentence) statement of why. Sent notes to

Choose a table that will discuss the one of the most highly rated issues. Move to a second table and repeat the process. Conversations will move from problem identification to potential actions that the University Libraries can take, and conclude with a list of recommendations for Libraries’ Leadership to consider.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact Todd Fenton
(612) 626.4236 or on behalf of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative.


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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