Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Library Civil Service Committee Elections
If you would like to nominate a Library Civil Service staff member to the committee, please send your nominations to Katie Otto ( or submit your nominations here by June 3rd. 
-Kathleen Otto

DSpace Management Group Launched
A cross-functional group to support the Libraries' use of DSpace, the open source repository application beneath the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) and the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM), has been launched. The group holds responsibility and requisite authority for managing a wide variety of technical and operational tasks, all to ensure a reliable, high quality, DSpace-driven technical and repository service environment. The management group will be co-led by Erik Moore and Jon Nichols, with members Lisa Johnston, Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, and Carol Kussmann. Also, the following leaders/experts have been identified as key resource people to the group: Bill Tantzen, Stephen Hearn, Jason Roy, Cody Hanson, Jan Fransen, Kate McCready, and Betsy Friesen. For more information, please see the DSpace Management Group charge.

The launch of this group marks the long-delayed, official sunsetting of the UDC-DSpace Migration Project Team.  In an intense period of planning and execution throughout 2014, this group realized a significant technical re-implementation of the UDC, and the implementation of DRUM, both running on a contemporary version of DSpace. Congratulations again to the co-leaders of this effort: Erik Moore, Lisa Johnston, and Jon Nichols; to the core team members: Bill Tantzen, Francine Dupont-Crocker, Carol Kussmann, and Eric Larson; and to those serving as experts/resource people to the project: Stephen Hearn, Nancy Sims, Chad Fennell, Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Stacia Madsen and Amber Cellotti (both of the Graduate Student Service & Progress Office), Jason Roy, and Charles Spetland. Thank you all for this impressive effort and achievement!
-John Butler

12 (not 13) Libraries Locations Now! Plant Pathology Library Change
May 15th was the last day the Plant Pathology Library was named among the Libraries locations.  Collections from the former library have been moved to Magrath Library, MLAC, or Printing Services (PS) 2. This project spanned 8 months and involved more than two dozen dedicated staff and students from across the Libraries. Research & Learning, Content & Collections, and Data & Technology all played major roles implementing a smooth transition for the Plant Pathology Library. Thank you!

The former library space has a bright future! It will contain public engagement space accommodating student study, receptions, displays, and public seminars; invite the Bell Museum of Natural History to partner in hosting rotating exhibits in the renovated space; and, serve as home to the Stakman-Borlaug Cereal Rust Center.

I want to express thanks and deep appreciation to each one of the many people who helped make this transition so incredibly successful.
-Philip Herold

MNCAT Discovery Management Group Launched
With the overarching goal of continuously improving the user experience, the MNCAT Discovery Management Group (web, charter) brings together technical experts around the Libraries primary discovery platform to ensure the delivery of highly-functional, reliable, and trustworthy system services on an ongoing basis. In response to established service goals, the group plans and executes improvements in the MNCAT Discovery environment, leveraging the system's capabilities and other technical capacities. The management group will be co-led by Jan Fransen (Service Lead) and Jeff Peterson (Primo Technical Lead); with members Sunshine Carter (Alma Resolver and Primo Central Index expert), Chris Rose (Alma delivery and fulfillment configuration/process expert), Stacie Traill (Alma and Primo metadata expert), and the possible addition of a system campus representative/liaison member. Additional expertise will be sought as needed from Libraries staff. The launch of this ongoing management group marks the completion of work by the interim, post-implementation MNCAT Discovery Bridging Group.
-John Butler

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Congratulations Kate!
Kate Dietrick was elected to the new Communications Officer position with the Twin Cities Archives Round Table, a local professional organization whose mission is to to promote and advance the growth and development of the archival profession in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota. She joins Lara Friedman-Shedlov in the officer ranks of TCART; Lara is the treasurer. Congratulations!
-Ellen Engseth

Matt Lee and Valerie Horton Publish on Consortial Communications
Lee and Horton published the article “Communication in Library Consortia” in the new special issue of Collaborative Librarianship on consortia. The article is based on interviews conducted with library consortia directors, both in-state and across the country.

Read the article here.
-Zachariah Miller

Congrats Mary!
Mary Huismann (DMA) was a presenter for the NISO/NASIG Joint Webinar "Not Business as Usual: Special Cases in RDA Serials Cataloging" on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Her presentation was titled "Filling in the Blanks: RDA for Moving Images and Music."
-Cecilia Genereux

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

New Webinar: Improving Morale: It Can Be Done Without Frosting
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (including time for discussion)
Wilson S30A
On-Demand: If you would like to watch the archived version, please contact Jerilyn for the URL

This webinar is geared to people who have supervisory roles, but everyone who is interested in morale in the workplace is welcome to come.

  • About the Webinar: This ALCTS webinar offers basic explanations for why workplaces develop low morale, recognizing the problem, and fundamental principles that can be utilized for change. Primary focus will be on the concepts of respect and consistency without micromanaging or lack of leadership.
  • Learning outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will have learned how to recognize and understand when morale is a problem in the workplace, how to identify the causes of poor morale and identify if you can be an implement of change, and suggested steps for improving morale.
  • Presenter: Su Epstein holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and began her career teaching Criminology. Leaving academia, she earned her MLS from Simmons College and subsequently worked in a variety of libraries including the newspaper, Springfield Union News and Greens Farms Academy. She most recently worked at the West Haven Connecticut Public Library and currently is the Director at the Saxton B. Little Free Library in rural Columbia, Connecticut.
  • Sponsor: C&C is the sponsor of this ALCTS webinar. ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of ALA.

-Jerilyn Veldof

ELUNA Debrief
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 
Wilson S30B 

We will hold a debrief of what staff learned at ELUNA. All are invited to listen in and ask any questions you may have.  Additionally, we will be offering some of the ELUNA sessions presented by Libraries' staff beginning in June.  Watch the Monday Memo for the schedule.
-Betsy Friesen

Walk the Walk: Putting Diversity Concepts Into Practice
Thursday, May 28, 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

Alma Refresher Training for Selectors
Friday, May 29, 2015
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Wilson S30A

Nicole Theis-Mahon and I are offering a refresher workshop on Alma for selectors. Alma has changed some, and we've learned more about it so feel free to join us even if you were at the January 2014 session!

This session will provide selectors with the skills to manage and monitor collection funds, review items purchased with allocated funds, and other collection development duties. It will also include tips and tricks for finding funds, viewing order information, and navigating between funds and purchased items. This session will be a demonstration and is not a hands on session although you are welcome to bring your laptop.

Don't hesitate to contact Nicole or me with questions!
-Meghan Lafferty

Town Hall on the Libraries' Initiatives
Monday, June 1, 2015 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
101 Walter Library

Remote viewing through WebEx
Meeting number: 744 533 924

As sponsors of the Libraries' four strategic initiatives, the AULs have been impressed by all that these initiatives have accomplished over the past 6 months.  As a result, we have asked the Initiative Leads to share their good work with all of you at a town hall.  


  • Lisa Johnston and Jon Nichols, Data Management and Curation
  • Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud, eLearning
  • Kris Fowler, Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences
  • Kate McCready, Content Services

The town hall format will allow the Leads to provide more detail than they can fit into their quarterly written updates and to engage with you in a conversation about their efforts and possible future directions.

We hope you can attend!
John Butler, Janice Jaguszewski, Joy Kirchner and Claire Stewart

Webinar: The Seven-Step Model for Solving Communication Problems
Monday, June 1, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
S30B Wilson
Click here to add to your calendar

Managers attending the Libraries’ Management Deep Dive program a few months ago focused their attention on the topic of communication. As a follow-up, I invited them to attend this webinar, but it’s certainly applicable to everyone.  Please come if this looks like it would be useful to you!

Description: Sometimes, the best of us gets stuck. Maybe we are overwhelmed by the complexity of a problem. Or our tried-and-true methods no longer work.  When we become successful, we also can become smug and complacent. To stay mentally alert and limber, it’s good to review many different models for resolving problems and improving our effectiveness in new situations. These seven steps balance classical virtues with specific actions that can be applied to many workplace issues.

Presenter: Pat Wagner is a seasoned trainer and consultant in the library field.

More about this webinar is available here.
If you would like to view this webinar at your desk, enter your email here. Note that you’ll only have a 3-day window to view this!  
-Jerilyn Veldof

(Don’t Fear) The Framework
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bruininks Hall (Formerly STSS) Room 412 

You're invited to a workshop on the ACRL Framework!

The Teaching and Learning Coordinators have been sharing information about the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy over the last couple of months. Now it is time to take a step backwards and provide foundational information on the Threshold Concepts. It will also be a chance to begin to put these ideas into practice and think about what the Framework means for our work and on our campus.

Please contact any member of the Teaching and Learning Coordinators with questions.

Amy Riegelman,  Kate Peterson, and Kristen Mastel
On behalf of the Teaching and Learning Coordinators 

Diversity Salon: We Rock Long Distance
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Anderson Hall 230

Join the Diversity Collaborative for a screening and discussion of Justin Schell’s We Rock Long Distance, a documentary which "weaves together the sounds and stories of three Twin Cities hip-hop artists – M.anifest, Maria Isa, and Tou SaiKo Lee – as they journey home to Ghana, Puerto Rico, and Thailand to create unique and unexpected connections across generation and geography."
-Meghan Lafferty on behalf of the Diversity Collaborative

Qualitative Inquiry for Librarians III: Coding
Thursday, June 11, 2015 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wilson S30B

Need to make sense of a pile of non-numerical data? Whether it be transcribed interviews or a stack of archival documents, coding can provide an intuitive and useful way to understand and organize your research data. This session will cover the theoretical grounding of coding, strategies for coding, and provide a practical hands-on experience to get you started. 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

Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area
Free and open to the public. Registration is requested by May 21, 2015.
Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month with the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, libations, and conversation.
A short presentation by Assistant Archivist Kate Dietrick will highlight the history of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The keynote speaker is Annette Atkins, Professor Emerita of History at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and author of four books, including Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out and We Grew Up Together: Brothers and Sisters, 1850 – 1920. Attendees at this special event will gain a deeper understanding of the American Jewish experience from a Midwestern perspective.
Sponsored by the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries and co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and by the Friends of the Libraries.
More info:
—Libraries Communications Office

Exhibit Highlight

“The Job Is Never Done”: Fifty Years of Documenting Social Welfare History
On view through May 22, 2015
Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“The Job Is Never Done” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Social Welfare History Archives, founded in 1964 by University of Minnesota Emeritus Professor, Clarke Chambers. The exhibit documents the ongoing work of the social services in the United States and of the Social Welfare History Archives. Materials from the collections highlight the development of the social work profession and its efforts to improve the lives of individuals and communities.
The exhibit also tells the behind-the-scenes story of collecting and caring for the historical records of the individuals, organizations, and communities that shaped the history of reform and social service.

Watch the video of Curator Linnea Anderson and Exhibit Designer Darren Terpstra discussing the exhibit:

—Libraries Communications Office
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