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

Monday, April 25, 2016

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News from Around the Libraries

Friends of the Libraries Winners Announced!
2016 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award Winners
Cassia Brand
has worked in the Data Management & Access Department as a Cataloging Outsourcing Assistant.  Cassia’s job duties include preparing and scanning items for cataloging outsourcing, keeping accurate records of items prepared, distinguishing print copy cataloging by assessing publication information, and database searching tasks.  She is diligent in checking for errors and is an exemplary worker.  Cassia willingly takes on many new responsibilities which has benefitted her department as well as several departments within the Libraries.  Her work has resulted in cleaner and more complete metadata, making our resources more discoverable, and the metadata easier to use.  She is an upbeat, accommodating, and helpful worker.

Carly Lawrence is an Archives Student Assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department.  Carly’s responsibilities include Central Processing of archival collections in order to create collection inventories, assisting with special legacy projects, and reshelving of collection material.  Carly recently completed an item-level inventory of World War I pamphlets, which include material in French, German, Russian, etc. Her dedication, attention to detail, and ability to take on large complex projects and complete them in record time is an indispensable asset to Central Processing.  She has shown an incredible aptitude for the work and is always willing to take on a difficult project, expand her skills, and help wherever necessary.  Her dedication, amazing work ethic, and great attitude are an asset to the department.

Eric Wigham is a Student Digital Library Developer in the eLearning Support Initiative.  The Libraries eLearning Support Initiative has made the advocacy, creation, adoption, and distribution of open textbooks a priority in order to decrease the overall cost of college attendance for students.   Since the beginning of the project, Eric has played an integral part in creating new open textbooks and importing existing open textbooks in need of updates.  The process to create or import an open textbook is complex and time-consuming and can include citation tracking and cleanup, HTML authoring, copy editing and formatting, and image replacement.  Some books contain well over 100 images that must be reviewed and replaced.  He has become an expert in recognizing the concept the image is trying to convey, and then tracking down a replacement that is not only appropriate but also openly licensed.  Eric is a go-getter, has an excellent work ethic, is an extremely fast learner, and takes initiative.  He is not satisfied to go through the motions, but has also helped shape the processes with ideas and suggestions.  Eric’s work is having a tangible impact in that thousands of students worldwide are benefiting from his work!

2016 Staff Development Grant Award Winners
Yao Chen is the Librarian for East Asian Studies, Linguistics and ESL. Yao will use the Staff Development Grant to attend the Overseas Koreanology Librarian Workshop organized by the National Library of Korea in Seoul, Korea. This workshop is specifically designed for overseas librarians with experience in dealing with collecting and managing Korean materials. It covers Koreanology, Korean culture and history, and the emerging areas of Korean studies and Korean libraries.  This one-week annual workshop will equip Yao with knowledge to better serve the growing Korean programs at the University through learning resources related to Koreanology and managing the Libraries’ Korean collection.  

Kathryn Hujda is the Assistant Curator for the Performing Arts Archives and Upper Midwest Literary Archives. Kathryn will use the Staff Development Grant to present at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2016. Kathryn is a member of the SAA and she submitted a proposal for a panel discussion on collection donor relations to the Society of American Archivists Conference Committee to speak at this year’s conference. She contacted archivists from across the country and created a proposal that includes diverse speakers, including emerging and seasoned archivists, from a variety of institutions, including state history archivists, university archivists, and subject-specific archivists. This panel was accepted at this year’s conference, and Kathryn will represent the University of Minnesota Libraries in a national discussion on building relations with collection donors.

Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who nominated a student employee or applied for the staff grant award!

-Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee
Libraries Elections
Hi all,
The Libraries’ elections are coming up in May. We will send out the call for nominations in a few weeks. Since it’s performance review / goal-setting season now, the Committee on Nominations, Elections and Appointments would like to alert you to positions that will be up for election so that you may incorporate them into your plans for the next year.

See the current membership of committees:
Positions to be included in the upcoming elections are marked.

-Nicole Theis-Mahon (Chair, CNEA), Amy Riegelman, Sunshine Carter, Wanda Marsolek
Voice Mail Reminder
If you forward your phone to voice mail at night or when you go on vacation, please remember to use 6-0001 versus the old voice mail number 6-0000.  If you use the old voice mail number callers will hear  "This phone is not receiving messages" versus your message.

-Bernadette Corley Troge
Exam Jam is here!!
Prepare for finals by connecting with other students for tutoring, exam review workshops, and more! 

Exam Jam Saturday Tutoring:
           April 30, 9am - 1pm in 140 Appleby Hall (hosted by the Multicultural                 Center for Academic Excellence)
          Breakfast and lunch will be served!

          May 7, 1pm - 3:30pm in 131A and 412 Bruininks Hall (hosted by the      
          SMART Learning Commons)
                     Tutoring is coordinated with review sessions. There will a      
                      culminating prize drawing for students working with tutors.

Review Workshops 
          Review sessions for select math, chemistry, CSCI, and physics courses
          will be held Saturday, May 7.

Complete Exam Jam details, including tutoring schedules and review session descriptions can be found at

We'll see you there!

-Lynell Williams

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Congratulations Lois!
Congratulations to Lois Hendrickson on the publication of her article entitled, "Teaching with Artifacts and Special Collections" in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90.1 (2016).  Lois provides a case study of how "engaging students with artifacts and special collections enriches student learning, stimulates critical thinking, and increases historical literacy. Students gain skills in solving problems, analyzing and synthesizing evidence, and communicating the results."  The article is a perfect example of how liaison librarians and curators facilitate deep learning.  Find it online:

-Janice Jaguszewski
Congratulations to Lisa Johnston
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a planning grant to the Data Curation Network project, led by Lisa Johnston, who is partnering with the research data curation leads at the University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, Penn State University, and the University of Illinois. Lisa will be working 40% time as the grant PI, and will continue 60% time in her role as UMN data curation lead, director of DRUM and co-director of the UDC. Lisa will be working remotely and traveling frequently in support of grant activities. Staff can best reach Lisa by email and Google calendar/Google hangout.

Congratulations, Lisa!

-Claire Stewart
Congrats Carly!
Congratulations to Carly Lawrence on receiving the Outstanding Library Student Employee award! Carly was hired in the fall of 2012 as an Archives Student Assistant and has been an asset to Archives and Special Collections since.  Carly's dedication, attention to detail, and ability to take on large complex projects and amazing work ethic is a huge asset to Archives and Special Collections and we greatly depend on her hard work and great attitude.

Thank you for all of your hard work, Carly!

-Lisa Calahan and Mary Blissenbach
Huismann Continues Active Leadership
Mary Huismann (DMA) was appointed as the chair of the NACO Music Project Advisory Committee for a four-year term. The NACO Music Project (NMP) oversees the training and production of music-related authority records for contribution to the national authority file.

-Betsy Friesen, DMA 
QuestionPoint Users love the Libraries!
We know we are awesome, but it is nice to hear our patrons say it or in this case take the time to write it.  Check out below what QuestionPoint users have to say about us and our service.  Stay awesome!

"This was the most efficient resource I've used on campus to-date! More people should know about this! SOOO HELPFUL"

"Thank you for the quick help when I was stuck!"

"This is my first contact with the U ever and it has been a great experience." 

"[library staff]... helped me answer the questions I had about transferring information from an old ref works account to my ref works account with the U of M by providing me with external blog resources."

"Excellent service - thanks"

"The University library is a great resource to students. The librarians are polite, and extremely helpful."

"Thanks so much. I couldn't access a certain article and the person helping me was extremely thorough. She walked me through the search and when it didn't work she accessed the PDF and sent it to me. I really appreciate the help!"

"The immediate response was wonderful!" 

"Great assistance and support. Thank you."

-Wanda Marsolek (on behalf of QuestionPoint Coordinators)
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