Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, April 13, 2015

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5 Million and Counting
Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

5 Million and Counting

In the past few weeks, the HathiTrust reached an important milestone – 5 million books that are in the public-domain and, therefore, fully viewable to anyone in the world.  And the entire HathiTrust digital library (including the in-copyright works) currently stands at over 13 million titles. To put that in perspective, our campus collections are just over 8.2 million volumes. 

Rick Anderson has offered a nice overview of the impact of HathiTrust in a recent issue of The Scholarly Kitchen.  HathiTrust has proven to be an incredible resource, enabling fully searchable, online access to an enormous digital library.  As Anderson notes, print is a “marvelous format, but it is a terrible mechanism for distributing information efficiently to large numbers of people.” HathiTrust has also proven to be an exceptional bargain.  By acting collectively to build the infrastructure and put in place groups to develop programs, we have been able to accomplish something that could not be done by individual institutions acting alone. 

We often hear about “ collaboration at scale.”  The HathiTrust offers us a great example of the benefits of that strategy.

Wendy Lougee

News from Around the Libraries

Volunteers Needed for Poster Selection at the UROP Symposium, April 22
Help support undergraduate student research at the University of Minnesota by talking with students at this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium and helping to select posters to be displayed in the Libraries.  

You will be given a brief list of criteria for poster selection and on the day of the symposium you will visit with the students and learn about their research and their research process.   It's a fun way to learn about the impressive research at the University of Minnesota and how our undergraduates contribute to the work being done here at the U.

The Symposium is on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in  the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union.  There will be three shifts: Session 1 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Session 2 from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm, and Session 3 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.  Volunteers from all subject areas are appreciated to talk with the students whose research covers all areas at the University of Minnesota.
-Jody Kempf

Q1 2015 Primo Central Index Activations
14 Primo Central Index (PCI) collections were activated for discovery in MNCAT Discovery during the first quarter of 2015.  Additionally 34 collections were activated in December 2014, primarily from Proquest.  Below is the cumulative list of the newly activated collections:

  • CAB International:  CAB eBooks Leisure and Tourism
  • CQ Press:  CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • CrossRef:  Berkeley Electronic Press
  • Edward Elgar Publishing:  Edward Elgar Journals
  • Geological Society of London:  Lyell Collection
  • Maney Publishing:  Maney Online - Journals
  • Maney Publishing:  Maney Online - Open Access & Free Journals
  • NOW Publishers:  NOW Research Journals
  • Oxford University Press:  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973-1990
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Berlin Crisis, 1958–1962
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960–1998
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited:An International Collection of Documents,From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary Update
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1984
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980-1994
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - 19th Century (North America)
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - 20th Century (North America)
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1980
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983–1987
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980–1994
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1960–1976
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1977–1992
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969–1977
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Military Uses of Space
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978–1990
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Presidential Directives on National Security, Part I: From Truman to Clinton
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Presidential Directives on National Security, Part II: From Truman to George W. Bush
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  ProQuest Criminal Justice
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  South Africa: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1962–1989
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  The Philippines: U.S. Policy During the Marcos Years, 1965–1986
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947–1991
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  The U.S. Intelligence Community: Organization, Operations and Management, 1947–1989
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947-1996
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955–1968
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945–1991
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
  • Proquest/Chadwyck Healey:  U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975
  • SCOAP3 – Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics:  SCOAP3 – Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
  • Thomson Reuters:  Web of Science - Arts & Humanities Citation Index - 2015
  • Thomson Reuters:  Web of Science - Science Citation Index Expanded – 2015
  • Thomson Reuters:  Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index – 2015
  • United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization:  AGRIS: International Information System for the Agriculture Sciences and Technology
Current active (and inactive) PCI collections can be reviewed at  For an overview of how PCI works with MNCAT Discovery, see the tutorial at If you have any questions, please contact Sunshine Carter (
-Sunshine Carter

Registration is Open for the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
Registration for the fourth annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is now open! LSLS15 will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This year’s theme, “Sharing Our Stories,” focuses on learning from our successes and failures and crafting stories to demonstrate our impact and advocate for change. Our keynote speaker is Char Booth, Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library and a faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. The conference also features a lightning round, deluxe taco bar, and two social events. For more information, click here.

For an additional registration fee ($25 for Minnesota Library Association members/$30 for non-members), attendees can participate in an optional pre-conference workshop on student learning assessment facilitated by Char Booth on Thursday, June 4 from noon-4pm. Registration is limited to fifty participants and lunch is included. This workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association and Minnesota Library Association Instruction Roundtable. Find more information and register here.
-Sunshine Carter

Exam Jam is Here!!
Help students prepare for finals by connecting with other students for tutoring, review workshops, and more! Look for the schedule of review workshops for the week of May 2-9 at the Golden Gopher Workshop Database

Additionally, take advantage of expanded tutoring hours during the final week of classes, and our Exam Jam Saturday events, including tutoring, snacks, and free copies of test bank holdings: 

  • May 2, 1pm - 5pm in 204 Walter Library (hosted by the SMART Learning Commons)
  • May 9, 9am - 1pm in 140 Appleby Hall (hosted by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence)  

Tutor schedules and more details can be found at at
-Lynell Williams, Director, SMART Learning Commons

Project and Change Management Collaborators - Call for Steering Committee Members
The Project and Change Management Collaborators (PCMC) Steering Committee works to create a support network that helps us all be better at our jobs, develop skills and connections to advance our careers, and build a more effective institution.  Historically, Libraries' representation on the PCMC Steering Committee has been strong, and we'd like to retain that connection. We are currently seeking Steering Committee members from the Libraries for the current and 2015-16 academic school years. Please consider joining our team!  

If you are interested, or even just curious, please contact Chris Bucksa, chair of the PCMC Steering Committee, at or 612-624-6067.

-Francine Dupont-Crocker 
(On behalf of the PCMC Steering Committee)

SFX to Alma Transition Task Force Charged
The SFX to Alma Transition Task Force has been formed and charged with completion, implementation, and communication of decisions and tasks related to the decommissioning of SFX and final transition to Alma. This work is to be  largely completed by August 2015, though there is likely to be ongoing work related to redirection. The Task Force is co-chaired by Sunshine Carter (Acquisitions and e_Resource Management, ARM) and Jeff Peterson (Data Management & Access, DMA). The full charge can be found here.
-Betsy Friesen

Strategic Planning Update
Thanks to the more the 50 staff who participated in the Staff Input Session for Strategic Planning Goals! The input will be used to refine the goals in a second draft in the coming weeks.  Results of the input session are being compiled and will be shared when complete.

Please plan to attend the next Strategic Planning Staff Engagement event:

  • Talk by Tom Fisher, Dean/College of Design:  Multi-Modality and its Impact on Higher Ed
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015  •  120 Elmer L. Andersen Library  •  3:00 - 4:00
    • Coffee and lemonade will be provided
    • RSVP Here

Steering Committee co-chairs
Jason Roy &Linda Greve

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Francine Dupont-Crocker is Leaving the Libraries
Please join me in congratulating Francine as she takes on a new position with Cargill as a PMO (Project Management Office) Analyst. Francine completed her MBA in the fall and this is a wonderful opportunity for her. Francine first began at the Libraries as a student worker in 1995 and joined as a full-time staff member in 1998. Francine worked in a variety of roles in Access & Information Services over the years, and most recently, served as the Digital Repositories Associate for the Digital Conservancy. Francine’s last day is Friday, April 17. Please thank her for all of the wonderful work she has done on the Libraries’ behalf. There is a happy hour to wish her well on Thursday, April 16, from 4:30-6:30 at Republic. Please be sure to stop by! Best wishes to you, Francine!
-Erik Moore

New Publication by Kristi Jensen
Congratulations to Kristi Jensen on the publication of her co-authored article, "Open educational resources and the higher education environment: A leadership opportunity for libraries" (PDF) in the April 2015 issue of College and Research Libraries. Kristi and her co-author Quill West, who spoke together at the SPARC-ACRL Forum at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, were invited to write this "Scholarly Communications" column article for this issue.
-John Butler and Claire Stewart

New publication by Justin Schell
Congratulations to Justin Schell, who has just published 'A Multimodal Dissertation as an Alt-Ac Launching Pad' at mediacommons. Justin's piece presents a fascinating overview of his dissertation research, and the technical and scholarly issues he grappled with along the way.
-Claire Stewart

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

ACRL Session Report Out
Monday, April 13, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Andersen 120

Join us for a report-out session from attendees of the Association of College and Research Libraries conference held in March. You'll have the opportunity to hear short summaries of presentations, poster sessions, round table discussions, and paper presentations that attendees found interesting, useful, and inspiring. The report-out will include content from some of our own staff who presented at ACRL.

We hope to see you there!
-Natalie Reynolds, Frank Sayre, Jerilyn Veldof and Mary Miller

Upgrade Fair
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Coffman Union

One of the best opportunities to help prepare for Go Live is The Upgrade Fair, coming to Coffman Union this Wednesday. 

The fair is a great opportunity to increase the comfort level with the new changes in the upgraded systems, and to generate excitement about new and improved functionality. There will be live demonstrations in HRMS, Finance, and Student modules, the opportunity to experience the new MyU, and time to ask questions of subject matter experts and to learn about training resources and other materials.  The fair will be open for several hours during the day, including standard lunch break times.
-Sheri Stone

You Down with D-M-P? Yeah You Know Me!
(Not Just Another Data Management Training)

Friday, April 17, 2015
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
STSS 312

Data management plans are growing in importance across all disciplines with federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, and NEH now requiring these materials for some applications. This workshop will provide an overview of the questions to consider when assisting a researcher creating a data management plan. Attendees will participate in discussions, work through each of the data management plan sections, and evaluate real data management plans from a variety of disciplines via group and paired activities. This workshop is primarily intended for library staff engaged with faculty and researchers who are interested in writing DMPs. 

We’ll have doughnuts, coffee, and fun with data management plans.

Please fill out this brief survey to let us know you plan to attend.

Hope to see you there!
-Amy Neeser, Caitlin Bakker, and Natalie Reynolds, on behalf of the Research Services Coordinators

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

Save the Date:
Microsoft Excel Tips Encore

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wilson Library S30 C
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Do you ever feel like Microsoft Excel uses you rather the other way around? Turns out, knowing just a few features in Excel will put you back in control. Join Jan Fransen and Amy West for a hands-on session in Wilson Library on May 12 to learn how to combine columns, calculate fields, look up and compare cells, filter, make pivot tables and create charts using libraries datasets like website usage, ebook downloads and reference desk activity. Please RSVP here.
-Amy West

Save the Date:
Qualitative Inquiry for Librarians II: Interviewing

Thursday, May 14, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wilson S30A

Interviews are a common and powerful tool in qualitative research, but interviewing for research is very different than other contexts, like interviewing job applicants. With a focus on applications for library research this workshop will provide an introduction to common interview types, techniques, and the opportunity for hands-on practice. Learn how to identify when to use interview methods in your research and which types of interview methods will provide the data you need to answer your research question.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
40th Annual Kerlan Award Ceremony and Lunch, honoring Sharon Creech
Saturday, April 18, 2015, Lunch at noon; Award ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Join us for a luncheon and award ceremony honoring the winner of the 2015 Kerlan Award of the Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries: Sharon Creech. Author signing to follow with books available for sale, courtesy of the Red Balloon Bookshop.
The Kerlan Award is given in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation of the generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.
The award ceremony is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to attend lunch: $25 for the general public; $20 for Kerlan Friends. Reserve your ticket online and pay with cash or check at the door.
Register online:
—Libraries Communications Office


Exhibit Highlight

Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial
On view through May 17, 2015
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Reedy Gallery
Hours: Aboretum hours available online
Weird, Wild & Wonderful, The Second Triennial New York Botanical Garden Exhibition, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) at the invitation of the Garden, features 47 artworks of botanical oddities and curiosities, by ASBA artists from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These include three Minnesota artists – Nancy Gehrig (St. Paul), Linda Powers (Minneapolis), and Denise Walser-Kolar (Rochester).
Artists prepared for three years, seeking out and portraying plants they considered weird, wild, and wonderful.
The exhibit was featured last week on the news. Watch the Fox 9 video to learn more:

—Libraries Communications Office

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