Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Science Quiz Bowl
Jeffrey Schott Fan Club went undefeated on their way to becoming the Champions of the 12th Annual Science Quiz Bowl, held on Sunday 4/12 as part of CSE Week. In the double-elimination tournament using every room of Walter Library, there were 21 teams of usually four CSE students-- but Roulette Wheel made it all the way to fourth place with only two players (very impressive!). Full results and a photo slideshow are available at

As always, this big event could only happen because of hard work from many people throughout the Libraries. All of us in PSE are grateful to Bernadette Corley Troge, Emily Marlow, Ryan Mattke, Dana Peterson, Mark Engebretson, Alison Klunick, Karen Carmody-McIntosh, Julie Kelly, Claire Stewart, Jon Jeffryes, Jennie Burroughs, Janice Jaguszewski, Miriam Hadidi, Kirstin Werner, Paul Rolfes, Abby Marose, Pakou Xiong, Rachael Kottke, and John Nicholson for joining us in producing another successful Science Quiz Bowl. It will be the Lucky 13th SQB next year!
-Kristine Fowler

Call for Notable Acquisitions by May 5 for Continuum Magazine
Archives and collections at Libraries should submit their most important acquisitions from the 2015 fiscal year to Karen Carmody-McIntosh at Submissions must include a description and a high resolution image (at least 300 dpi). Send all items by the May 5 deadline to be considered.

-Karen Carmody-McIntosh

SFX to Alma Transition
The SFX to Alma Transition Task Force held its first meeting on Friday. Much planning, preparation and testing has taken place over the last 16 months. The primary difference users will notice is the look and feel of the “FindIt” menu.  While the SFX presentation differs visually from the Primo/Alma presentation, they will function similarly.  The vast majority of existing SFX links (such as those embedded in Moodle courses) will continue to work even after SFX is shut down.

Over the next few months you can expect frequent communication regarding the upcoming changes, and opportunities for feedback.  Information to share with your users will be available within the coming two weeks.  We understand this change might be disruptive, but we feel prepared to make a seamless transition. Our preliminary timeline is as follows:

  • April: Finalize functional timeline; create and implement communication plan
  • May: Continue communication with stakeholders; starting May 26 SFX “FindIt” links will be redirected to the Primo/Alma Services Page
  • June: Shut down SFX server on June 30 (legacy SFX links will continue to resolve to the the Primo/Alma Services Page)
  • July: Finish contacting vendors with our Alma linking information
  • August: Monitor and wrap-up transition

-Sunshine Carter & Jeff Peterson, Co-Chairs
On behalf of the SFX to Alma Transition Task Force

Upcoming Workshop Blurb to Share with Researchers
Please share with researchers as you deem appropriate the following blurb for upcoming data sharing workshops:

"From requirements of the National Science Foundation to policies at academic journals, “data sharing” and “data archiving” are growing components of the research process. However, these terms are often used in confusing or conflicting ways. What actually counts as data sharing? Or archiving? How do I prepare my data for sharing? What if I don’t have to share - why should I care? The University Libraries are offering two workshops to address these questions: Data Sharing in the Social Sciences and Data Sharing in the Sciences. In each, we’ll discuss the different options for data sharing and archiving, data management strategies needed to create sharable and/or archivable data and concerns specific to different kinds of sciences. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop of your choice!”

Many thanks,
Amy West & Lisa Johnston, Libraries
Alicia Hofelich-Mohr, CLA Research Support

Staff Tidings and Kudos

New Access Services Librarian at the Law Library
I wanted to let UL folks know that we have hired a new Access Services Librarian, Kristyn Johnson.  Kristyn held previous positions at the U.S. Courts Library (8th Circuit), the Hennepin County Law Library, and at our library.  She received her M.L.I.S. from St. Catherine University. 

Please feel free to contact Kristyn for assistance. She can be reached at or 612-625-1547.

-Suzanne Thorpe

Congratulations Kris!
Congratulations to Kris Kiesling!  Kris has been elected to the Society of American Archivists Council for a three year term.
-Wendy Lougee

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

IRB for Librarians
Monday, April 20, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wilson Library, S30A

Have you been considering a research project, but not sure how (or if) you need to apply for approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB)? Or perhaps the IRB process has come up in your work with researchers, and you'd simply like to be better informed. Join us for this session presented by IRB staff to help demystify the process.  Sponsored by the Research & Publications Committee.
-Scott Marsalis

Announcing a Financial Literacy Event!
"Demystifying Debt"
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Walter 101
Light refreshments will be served!

Some of you may be familiar with ALA’s Money Smart Week programming. This year the University Libraries is hosting an event. The target audience for this event is undergraduates, but graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend. 

The first hour of this event will feature a four person panel.
Sarah Naranjo, One Stop, Live Like a College Student
Joyce Serido, Family Social Science/Extension
Heidi Cederstrand, TCF Bank
Dung Mao, Family Social Scienc

The second portion of this event will be an opportunity to rethink currency and apply creativity in Design your own Dollar. We will be providing craft supplies. A prize will be awarded for the best dollar. There will also be money-themed music during this part of the event.

Go here for event information as well as links to apps and games.

Bonus! Check out the campaign to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. NPR: It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?
-Amy Riegelman & Kim Clarke

Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST
Magrath Library, Room 2
Wilson Library S30A

Webinar description and presenter bios can be found here.
This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, and we have planned for a 30 minute optional debrief.
(If you are not able to attend our group viewings, feel free to register on your own. Registration link:

As Kristen Mastel previously shared in an email, the Teaching and Learning Coordinators are planning summer workshops around the threshold concepts where we can become more familiar with the themes. We also will relate them back to our departments and disciplines, along with redesigning instruction and patron-engagement opportunities.

If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments feel free to send them to Amy Riegelman or Kristen Mastel.

Bonus! Recommended video: What’s the big idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice.

Amy Riegelman, on behalf of the Teaching & Learning Coordinators

Walk the Walk: Putting Diversity Concepts Into Practice
Wednesday, May 6, 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

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight
Exhibit opening celebration for Sphere of Existence
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
T.R. Anderson Gallery, fourth floor of Wilson Library
The first map to use the name “America,” produced in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller, reflected his worldview based on reports from the travels of Columbus and Vespucci. In 2014, 20 artists and printmakers from around the world were invited to express their relationship ­– their “sphere of existence” – with the world. The exhibit features their original contemporary prints, created using the format and dimensions of Waldseemüller’s Globe Gores and the handmade printmaking technologies that Waldseemüller employed. 
Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit remains open April 27 through August 19, 2015.
Curator: Margaret Borg, James Ford Bell Library
Exhibition Designer: Darren Terpstra
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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