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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, August 29, 2016

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

Weekly space and construction update
This weekly update includes the latest information for Libraries staff about the special construction and space projects underway across our facilities. This week’s topics include:
  • Moves Taking Place This Week (August 29-September 2)
    • SMART Learning Commons
    • Book Truck Noise
  • Dewey Duplicates Available at Reuse
  • Wilson Lobby Update
Moves Taking Place This Week (August 29-September 2)

SMART Learning Commons in Wilson Library
The SMART Learning Commons in Wilson Library is temporarily moving from the basement to the fourth floor. Starting this fall semester, SMART tutors and media consultants will work with students in Room 401 (the space just south of the elevators, east of the Bell Library, and west of the Dewey collection). In the current schedule, SMART will occupy this space from September 2016 through August 2017. Signage will be posted in several places to ensure students are able to find SMART’s new location.

Book Truck Noise
In order to produce great results by moving many, many books into their new locations, we're also producing some noise in Wilson. Please contact Jackie Gulbranson if you have questions or concerns about book truck noise.

Dewey Duplicates Available at ReUse
Duplicate Dewey titles with fewer than 20 checkouts since January 2000 are being withdrawn and sent to the University of Minnesota ReUse Program. The volumes are available for purchase during ReUse's general public hours:
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 1st Saturday of each month: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wilson Lobby Update
We are nearing the home stretch. U Construction anticipates the electrical outlets will be completed by Wednesday, August 31. U Construction is still waiting on a glass door for one of the rooms and carpet squares to patch over the holes left by the old raised electrical boxes. FOM will be moving furniture back into the rooms between August 29 - September 2.

-Shaan Hamilton and Claire Stewart on behalf of the Wilson Capital Planning Coordination Committee

Spatial Data Analyst & Curator Candidate Presentations
Please join us to hear presentations by candidates for the position of Spatial Data Analyst & Curator.  Each candidate will speak on the topic:  "The Value of Spatial Data Curation and Metadata Management in an Academic Environment."

Thursday, September 1: Candidate 1
9:00 am to 10:00 am in  S30A Wilson Library; a 30 minute reception will follow in S30A

Tuesday, September 6: Candidate 2
10:15 am to 11:15 am in S30B Wilson Library; a 30 minute reception will follow in S30B

Wednesday, September 7: Candidate 3
2:00 pm to 3:00pm in 310 Walter Library; a 30 minute reception will follow in 310

As always, the search committee welcomes your feedback on each of these candidates.  Please send your thoughts, comments to me: and I will share them with the committee.

-Kristi Jensen (Chair, Search Committee for UL362)

ACRL Participation
Cabinet is reviewing the travel budget to determine levels of additional funding to support attendance at the ACRL conference in 2017. To that end, we need a sense of how many people may be attending and in what capacity.  We ask that staff send the following information to their director who will then forward it to their AUL.  Please respond to your director by September 9, 2016 and indicate:

1.  If you have had a proposal already accepted (e.g., contributed paper, panel session, workshop, and preconference) and have made a commitment to attend
2.  If you intend to submit a proposal (e.g., poster session, roundtable discussion) by the October 14 deadline
3.  If you would like to attend, but will have no formal level of participation

Thank you.

-Sheri Stone

HathiTrust Executive Director to Visit the Libraries -- September 7th
Mike Furlough, Executive Director of HathiTrust, will present "HathiTrust and Your Library:  An Update for 2016" on Wednesday, September 7th, 10:00am - 11:00am, in 120 Andersen Library. All staff are welcome.

Since HathiTrust’s founding in 2008 it has grown to become a worldwide force for collective action in the library community. Its collection now holds over 14 million volumes, but our activities as a partnership extend beyond simple notions of a “digital library.”  Our 118 members are creating a common good for the benefit of readers worldwide, but are also developing services of lasting impact for their own researchers and students.   This update from Executive Director Mike Furlough will highlight HathiTrust’s services and its major programs focused on shared print, computational research, and federal documents. Discussion will focus on how the University of Minnesota can build on HathiTrust for their own needs.

Please join us!  

-John Butler

Staff Tidings and Kudos

A Fabulous Flashback!
It was wonderful to get together last week to celebrate our great staff, the contributions we collectively make to the University (and beyond), and to have some fun dialing it back to the 1980s for a few hours. Once again, our amazingly creative Staff Recognition Day planning team (a.k.a. the Cool Kid Crew) gave us a memorable treat -- the theme, food, videos, attire, decor, 80s goodies and swag, prizes, and vintage Space Invaders video arcade machine (are you kidding me?!). Let's give a Standing-O to the Crew: the Dudical Emily Marlow (chair, SDR planning team), Grace Butkowski, Renoir Gaither, Fariha Grieme, Kathryn Hujda, Wendy Kieser, Sarah Segura, and Lanaya Stangret! Thank you, team, and thank you all Libraries staff for all the meaningful work that you do!

  - University Libraries Cabinet
Publishing Services Librarian, Emma Molls, Starts Today!
Emma Molls joins the Libraries today as our new Publishing Services Librarian. She comes to us from Iowa State where she was the Scholarly Communication and Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian since 2013. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her BA in English Literature from right here at the University of Minnesota. Her work at Iowa State involved many publishing related activities including recruiting content for library-run digital repository (e.g., conference proceedings, student organization publications, etc.), ISSN registration, Creative Commons licensing, directory registration/inclusion (e.g., DOAJ, Ulrich’s Web, etc.), ORCID registration and profile setup, and altmetrics work. Emma has also done a great deal of teaching and instruction, and was selected to be one of the presenters this year of the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy workshop. We're very happy to be adding a Golden Gopher to our team. Emma will be located in Wilson Library in the basement level 65L suite. Please stop by or reach out to welcome Emma to the Libraries!

-Kate McCready, Director of Content Services
Kristen Mastel and Scott Marsalis published in Journal of Extension
Kristen Mastel and Scott Marsalis have co-authored a paper with a third colleague that appears in the current issue of Journal of Extension (August 2016 // Volume 54 // Number 4).  The article, titled "Locating Tests and Measurement Instruments for Assessment," discusses library resources that Extension staff can use to locate assessment instruments, along with search techniques and tips for searching each resource. Here's the link: <>.  Congratulations Kristen and Scott!

-Philip Herold
Two Articles From Nancy Herther
Nancy Herther recently published two articles on Information Today.  Congratulations Nancy!

-Jon Jeffryes


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