Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

May Research in Progress Talks at the Immigration History Research Center Archives
Please share widely. We hope to see you there!

Please join the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) for upcoming Research in Progress talks.
On May 18th at noon, Dr. John Ryan (University of Northern Colorado) will present The Emergence of Italian American Identity in the 20th Century Massachusetts Immigrant Press, his current project. Dr. Ryan considers how language, format, and content of ethnic newspapers for Italian immigrants and their subsequent generations of readers evolved over time. He’ll also discuss his work in the IHRCA's collections, namely research in the newspaper La Gazzetta del Massachusetts.
On May 21st at noon, Dr. Danielle Battisti (University of Nebraska) will present Whom Shall We Welcome, Italian Americans and the Politics of Immigration Reform, 1945-1965. This project discusses Italian American efforts to engage in immigration reform activities in the post-WWII period, resettlement assistance to Italian immigrants, and the meanings of these activities in relation to Italian American identity formation. Dr. Battisti will also discuss her research in our collection, the American Committee on Italian Migration (Chicago Chapter) Records.
Both speakers are recipients of the Immigration History Research Center Archives Grant-in-Aid Award.
Both talks are free and held in Andersen Library Room 308; you are welcome to bring your lunch.
-Ellen Engseth

Sidewalk Repair
Parking and Transportation intend to start on the completion of the replacement of the sidewalk around the South and Southeast sides of Social Sciences. This will be a complete replacement project and will take approximately 1-2 weeks.  
The project will require bike traffic on the Southeast side to share space, some traffic will be diverted around the buildings North side while the South side walkway is worked on. Signage will be provided. 

-Bernadette Corley-Troge

google goodies
Have you ever visited a Staff Web page and not had the editor bar on the top? And then when you click Sign in to Edit, you’re redirected to the home page instead of the page you want to edit? Annoying, right? Well here’s the trick: Sign in to Edit opens a page in a new tab so that you can go back to your original tab, refresh your browser, and voilà! The editor bar appears on your original page.
-Staff Web and Document Managers

HSL Web Redesign and Usability Testing
The Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) have been working closely with the Web Development team to redesign the HSL websites, with an anticipated July 1 launch date.  We welcome you to review the current prototype and send feedback via the feedback link at the top of the web pages.  NOTE that the links on the pages are not fully functional at this time.

We will be holding a usability testing session for the redesigned HSL website on Thursday, May 21 from 1:00p - 4:00p. We invite you to attend the group viewing of the usability testing, which will be held at the Bio-Medical Library, 450A Diehl Hall. Three 45 minute sessions will be completed during this time. You are welcome to attend some or all of the sessions.

  • 1:00p - 1:45p
  • 2:00p - 2:45p
  • 3:00p - 3:45p

If you plan on attending, please send a courtesy RSVP to Erinn Aspinall ( with your availability for each session so we can plan the space needs.
-Erinn Aspinall

Publishing Services Website
The Open Scholarship and Publishing Services department is pleased to announce the soft launch of the Publishing Services website: These pages describe the services that we are beginning to provide as well as providing information about how to contact us for assistance. We have also included some of the information that is found on the Scholarly Communications' pages that deal with publishing.  

The service will officially launch and be marketed to faculty this fall but we wanted to start communicating now with Libraries' staff. Over the course of the next 2 months, we will be providing training and information sessions for liaisons, desk staff, and all other interested staff. We will be working with directors and department leads to coordinate these sessions. Don't hesitate to send questions/comments/suggestions my way.  
-Kate McCready

Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL) Update
The Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL) is still under consideration at the legislature. We’ve been doing a last minute promotional push in anticipation of the end of the legislative session next week. Social media, email blasts and direct messaging have all been part of this work and we have seen some positive outcomes from these efforts. 

Janice Jaguszewski was contacted by a fiscal analyst for the Senate asking for additional budget details.  We shared this information and hope this means that MeHL is an important part of their conversation. 

Janice was also featured in an MPR interview where she discussed the important role MeHL will play in supporting the health of Minnesotans.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to email, phone, write, or tweet members of the Higher Education Conference Committee, asking them to support the Minnesota Electronic Health Library as part of the University of Minnesota’s “Healthy Minnesota” budget request.  Contact information is available at:
-Erinn Aspinall

Registration Open for the MDL 13th Annual Meeting
The Minnesota Digital Library annual meeting will take place on June 15, 2015 at the Continuing Education & Conference Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. In addition to a keynote address by Natalie Milbrodt (Queens Library, NY) and an MDL update, there are 6 afternoon break-out sessions on the agenda:

  • The Digital Public Library of America: Minnesota's Contribution
  • Bits and Pieces: Preserving Born Digital Records
  • Community Engagement Projects in Minnesota  
  • See Agnes?...It's Just Metadata 
  • Party Hearty, Minnesota: Working Wikipedia Parties into Cultural Heritage Institutions 
  • Opening up the Archives: Entering the Realm of Social Media

We're excited to have the Saint Paul Almanac's Storymobile at the conference center this year. The Storymobile is a tandem bicycle powered art space on wheels that visits street festivals, block parties, and community centers as a roving story collector, helping people document their stories. The Saint Paul Almanac will be one of the speakers at the "Community Engagement Projects in Minnesota" session.

The registration fee will be waived for University of Minnesota Libraries staff to attend this conference. When registering, make sure to use the "coupon code" payment option and enter the following code: MDL2015.  If you register and find that you cannot attend, please notify Minitex at least 2 business days prior to June 15th, otherwise you will be charged the registration fee of $25.00.

View the full agenda and registration information here.
-Sara Ring, Minitex

New Altmetrics Support Page
The Research Service Coordinators have been developing content to better support users and librarians in understanding the emerging world of altmetrics.  After many iterations and the creation of an online learning object we now have published web content:

We'll be developing some upcoming trainings around different altmetric metrics and deciphering the Altmetric "donut". Thanks to the work of the Research Service Coordinators, led by Linnea Anderson, Caitlin Bakken, and Natalie Reynolds and the assistance of the Instructional Design Team, Lindsay Matts-Benson and Andrew Palahnuik, in creating the learning object.
-Jon Jeffryes

First Call for Fall 2015 News & Events Items
University Libraries Communications needs your event and exhibit information for the next issue of News & Events. If you are hosting an event or exhibit occurring September through December, please submit a brief description and a high resolution image to Karen at by June 17.

The event or exhibit information should include the following:

  • Event title, time, date(s) & location
  • Brief description of the event or exhibit
  • If the event is not free, please note associated ticket information
  • Image (minimum resolution of 300 dpi)
Please also check the list of items in our draft line up to see if your event or exhibit information is correct and complete. Thanks! 
-Karen Carmody-McIntosh

SFX to Alma Transition
May 26 is just around the corner; eight days in fact! On that date SFX links will be redirected to the Primo/Alma services page. Today we’ll focus on questions we’ve received about the redirection service. If you have any question/comments/concerns, please let us know.

Q: How will the redirection service work?
A: In a nutshell, URLs will be forwarded to Primo/Alma, including links for Find E-Journals, Citation Linker and any link generated by a “FindIt” button. This also includes links in Moodle, citation tools (e.g. Refworks), z links, various webpages, etc.   

Q: I know redirection will start on May 26, but you’ve also mentioned that SFX will be decommissioned on June 30. How will this impact the redirection of SFX links?
A: It won't. The vast majority of existing SFX links (as mentioned above) will continue to work even after SFX is shut down, thanks to the redirection service. We plan to continue redirecting SFX links for the foreseeable future.

Q: Where can I get more information about this transition?
A: We highly recommend reviewing the staff talking points and public website (
-Sunshine Carter & Jeff Peterson, Co-Chairs
On behalf of the SFX to Alma Transition Task Force

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Andrea Jenkins, working as the Oral Historian in the Tretter Collection's Transgender Oral History Project, has been named Grand Marshal of Twin Cities Pride! This award recognizes her contributions to the LGBT community. There will be a Grand Marshal Reception and Art Show opening on May 21. Andrea will have a prominent place of honor in the Ashley Rukes Pride Parade on June 28 in downtown Minneapolis. And she will spend part of the weekend at the Tretter Collection's History Pavilion so stop by if you are in Loring Park! More info here.
-Lisa Vecoli

New ULLMC Management Representative
On behalf of Wendy Lougee, I'm pleased to announce that Mark Desrosiers has been appointed as the new ULLMC management representative, replacing Jackie Gulbranson.  Mark's service on the committee will begin immediately.  
-John Butler

DeZelar-Tiedman Elected to ALCTS Section
Christine DeZelar-Tiedman was elected Member at Large to the Executive Board of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of ALA. Her term starts July 1, 2015 and runs through June 2018. CaMMS contributes to library service and librarianship through those activities relating to the cataloging, classification, and management of information resources. As a section of ALTCTS, it supports access to and organization of information resources based on developed and developing metadata structures and content standards.  
-Betsy Friesen

We Have a New Curator!
I am extremely pleased to announce that Lois Hendrickson has accepted the position of Wangensteen Curator.  In her interim role, Lois has done a splendid job collaborating with faculty, inspiring students, and developing programming and exhibits to increase the visibility and use of our rare collections.  We look forward to her continued success in the permanent role.  Please congratulate Lois when you see her!
-Janice Jaguszewski

Jonathan Koffel Promoted to Associate Librarian
Congratulations are in order for Jonathan Koffel who learned that his promotion from assistant to associate librarian with continuous appointment was approved at the May 8 meeting of the Board of Regents. Jonathan has become an integral part of HSL in his tenure here with a focus on supporting evidence-based practice in the Medical School and is one of a small cohort of health science librarians who participate on rounds with physicians in Neurology. Congratulations Jonathan! 
-Lisa McGuire & Janice Jaguszewski

HSL Librarians at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting
Several librarians from HSL will be attending, presenting, and actively participating in service roles at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association in Austin, TX this week. Jonathan Koffel, Steven Braun, Nicole Theis-Mahon, Janice Jaguszewski, Erinn Aspinall, and Lisa McGuire all have presentations, posters or lightning-round talks at this year's meeting. You can read more about our participation at the 'other MLA' here
-Lisa McGuire

Kudos to Julie Kelly
Congratulations to Julie Kelly, who with Linda Eells published an article in the most recent issue of College & Research Libraries News. The article discusses the role that disciplinary repositories, such as AgEcon Search, have in supporting and advancing scholarship around the world.  Kelly, Julia; Eells, Linda.  "Global Scholarship: The Role of Subject Repositories in Advancing Research From the Developing World."  IN: College & Research Libraries News, v.76, no.5, May 2015, pp. 265-268.  Available online here.
-Philip Herold

UW-Madison Thanks Libraries' Staff for Alma Expertise
Several staff from the Libraries' spent three hours with University of Wisconsin-Madison staff on Tuesday, May 5. All UW campus libraries are scheduled to go live on Alma on May 20. The email below extends thanks to the the following staff: Carol Alm, LaVon Beseman, Sunshine Carter, Lois Christian, Cecilia Genereux, John Halvorson, Stephen Hearn, Laurie Jedamus, Michael Johnson, Chris Koehler, Amy Nixon, Chris Rose, LiChun Shen, Kim Tran, and Yumiko Toyota-Kindler, Stacie Traill, and Beth Wolszon. Several of these individuals have also extended their expertise via email and telephone calls with UW staff prior to the onsite visit.

From Lee Konrad (Associate University Librarian for Technology Strategy and Data Services, UW-Madison):

I just want to say thanks to you all for spending time with the Wisconsin folks on Tuesday afternoon.  We are all deeply appreciative of the opportunity we were given to get better acquainted with your staff, to learn from your experience, and to explore ideas for how we can help one another as we all move ahead with Alma. 
It was incredibly generous of you and your colleagues to devote so much time and attention to our questions, and the feedback and insights we gleaned from the meeting will absolutely be helpful to us as we prepare for go-live (May 20!).
Looking forward to discussion any/all possibilities for collaborative work!

-Betsy Friesen

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

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

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

Save the Date: Beyond Beall’s List: A Problem Solving Session
Thursday, June 18, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Walter Library 314

Come discuss questionable publishing practices, assessing a journal’s credibility, and advising researchers. Share your experiences and help us shape the type of support we offer to researchers.

Co-sponsored by the Research Services Coordinators and Content and Collections Division.  
-Amy Neeser


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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