Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, May 4, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Data Integrity Conference Streaming is Cancelled
A few weeks ago we announced that the DMCI and Research Services Coordinators were co-sponsoring streaming access to a Data Integrity Conference on May 7-8.

We were notified last week that because of low interest the conference is cancelling the streaming option.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

-Jon Jeffryes

Pleasant Street Corridor Construction, Summer 2015
Pleasant Street will be closed to traffic from University Ave. to Arlington St., beginning May 18 at 8a, continuing through the beginning of September (barring weather issues). The project scope includes: 

  • Canopy replacement due to emerald ash borer mitigation (a variety of species will be planted) 
  • Landscaping
  • Resurfacing of sidewalks and roads
  • Installing chilled water lines
  • Updates to street lighting
  • Widening of bike lanes 

This will cause major disruption to the flow of traffic on Pleasant St., particularly to the Walter dock. Please see the map below for Parking and Transportation Services recommended routes: 

Questions please contact Emily Marlow, East Bank Libraries Facilities Manager, who is working with PTS and the Construction Project Manager.

-Bernadette Corley Troge

National Library Week Snapshot
National Library Week was a huge success! Thank you to all staff who made it possible.

  • 3 pop-up library events were held on 3 campuses, and reached nearly 800 students outside the library walls.
  • 51 Libraries staff from every division contributed time, energy, ideas, blog posts, and photographs.
  • 329 Instagram likes on the #LibrariesAtoZ series
  • 20 trivia contest entries (and 5 winners!)

National Library Week 2015 was April 12-18. A full summary report is coming soon!
-National Library Week Planning Group (Carolyn Bishoff, Kate Peterson, Ryan Bean, Monica Winker-Bergstrom, Kristen Mastel, Phuoc Tran, Leigh Stutler, Karen Carmody-McIntosh, and Mark Engebretson)

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

Update on the Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL)
Much of the MeHL work is happening behind closed doors these days. The University's Healthy Minnesota request, which includes MeHL, will be discussed in conference committees, which are currently being formed. Each committee will include five members from the senate and five from the house; each group of five will be composed of four from the majority and one from the minority. In the past, the governor has weighed in at the end, although he is being very clear about the proposals he supports this year.

At this point, anything can happen, and we remain hopeful that MeHL will be funded. The legislative session is scheduled to end on May 18, so the next few weeks are crucial.

We have been asked to continue to promote MeHL as the legislature continues their discussions. Please continue to share information with your networks (

-Erinn Aspinall

SFX to Alma Transition
In case you missed our earlier messages, the SFX menu will be replaced by the Primo/Alma menu starting Tuesday, May 26. The SFX to Alma Transition Task Force has continued to meet and we have completed the communication plan for the transition. In this Monday Memo installment we wanted to focus on differences between SFX and Primo/Alma.

Q: I use the Find E-Journals by Category tool to find journals in my subject areas. Will I still be able to use this tool?
A:  No. While this tool was useful for some disciplines, there is no analogous resource like it in the Primo/Alma world.  However, you can do a similar search in the MNCAT Libraries Catalog.  Search for a specific subject (e.g. astronomy) and then use the left hand facets to filter the material type to journal (example video).

Q: Last week you said we could still get citations, create permalinks and export to citation software in the Primo/Alma menu.  I don’t see those options. Where are they?
A:  These option appear under the Actions menu in the upper right hand corner.

If you have any other questions, please let us know.
-Sunshine Carter & Jeff Peterson, Co-Chairs
On behalf of the SFX to Alma Transition Task Force

Now Accepting Strategic Digitization Proposals
Submission deadline: May 31, 2015

More information included on the online proposal form.

The Strategic Digitization Review Group, in cooperation with Digital Library Services (DLS), is again soliciting proposals from all Libraries units for projects to digitize analog Libraries' materials in all formats. The purpose of the projects may be to enable or increase access to content, to preserve the content of rare, fragile, or at-risk collections, or both reasons. Libraries staff can submit a proposal(s) on behalf of their unit or department, or on behalf of a faculty member or academic program.

This call represents our third round of requests for strategic digitization projects. Visit our program page to view a list of projects accepted during the previous calls.

Digitization of accepted proposals will begin no earlier than July 1, 2015.

The Strategic Digitization Program is the result of recommendations laid out in the Libraries’ January 2013 Digitization Framework and Strategic Digitization Recommendations documents.

-The Strategic Digitization Review Group
(Jason Roy, Mary Miller, Shannon Farrell, Stephen Hearn, Lois Hendrickson, Mary Schoenborn, Nancy Sims, Lisa Vecoli)


Staff Tidings and Kudos

Nancy Herther Publishes on Google
Nancy Herther recently had a two part story on Google and privacy entitled "Google Deals & Privacy: What Have We Been Sold?" and "Google Deals & Privacy: Targeting Education and Market Positioning" published in Against The Grain.
-Jon Jeffryes

Thanks to Map Library Staff
Last week's Monday Memo included a thanks to all the great volunteers who helped at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  I'd like to extend that thanks to the heroes of the Map Library, especially Dana Peterson, who worked with 100+ nervous undergrads to get their symposium posters printed on a very short turnaround beforehand.  Congrats to all on another successful year supporting the symposium!​
​-Kirsten Clark​

Mary Huismann Appointed to CMC/CSS
Mary Huismann (DMA) has been appointed to a four-year term on the Music Library Association Cataloging and Metadata Committee Content Standards Subcommittee (CMC/CSS). The Subcommittee recommends MLA policy on the content of descriptive data elements and the formulation and management of authority data, and collaborates with the Library of Congress, the American Library Association, and other groups to propose change to current content standards as deemed necessary for access to music resources.
-Cecilia Genereux

SMART Student Media Consultants win Goldy Gopher's Golden Student Team of the Year Award
I am pleased to share that the SMART Student Media Consultants Team are winners of this years Golden Student Team Award provided by the Office for Student Engagement's Student Employment Leadership Program/SELP!  These ten students (Hana Boudlali, Allie Brunnette, Peyton Garcia, Danny Huang, Abby Jorgenson, Andrew Leibman, Abby Marose, Annie Tran, Noelle Trovela, and Isaac Yi) were recognized for the commitment, dedication, and service orientation they bring into their work supporting the UMN community in utilizing SMART services.  The SMART Student Media Consultants will be recognized for this achievement at the SELPies Awards Reception on May 7, 2015.

Please join me in congratulating the SMART Student Media Consultants in this award, and my thanks to their supervisor, Jenny Veile, for nominating them. 
-Jeff Bullington  

Rafael Tarrago Honored with President's Award for Outstanding Service
I am very pleased to congratulate Rafaél Tarragó, one of the 2015 recipients of the University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service!  Rafael was nominated for this award by faculty leaders in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and the office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, a true testament to his outstanding collaborative relationship with these faculty colleauges. In their nomination letter the nominators wrote "Rafael has repeatedly taken the initiative and gone beyond expectations in providing exceptional service to faculty and students in a wide variety of departments, as well to the community. The intellectual community of Latin Americanists at the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities is much richer and more vibrant because of Rafael’s many initiatives..."

This award was established to recognize faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University. Rafael joins a very small group of faculty and staff to have received this award since it was established in 1997. Campus announcements will be organized by the President's office; Rafael and his fellow awardees will be honored at Eastcliff and at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.
-Claire Stewart

Innovations in Teaching Competition
A College of Pharmacy team that Jim Beattie was part of has just been awarded a highly competitive Innovations in Teaching Competition from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for 2015.  The award was given for their work designing a new evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum that includes the novel implementation of a validated tool to measure EBM skills.  This tool, the Fresno Test, was administered via Moodle in a way that eased administration and grading, allowing it to scale to larger groups. Jim was actively engaged in the entire process - in addition to conducting literature searches and helping to provide skills definition for the team, he was able to demonstrate, via the quizzing functionality within Moodle, how the assessment could be administered online. Finally, he helped to build the formal grading rubric to guide faculty on the best response to each question. For more information please visit here.
-Jim Beattie

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

AAU STEM Initiative Webinar
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Walter 310

A viewing of a Learning Spaces Collaboratory webinar: LSC Webinar - Implementing an AAU STEM Initiative: Integrating Renewal of How and Where Learning Happens will be held in Walter 310 from 2:30-4:30 on Tuesday May 5, 2015.  This time includes 90 minutes for the webinar, and 30 minutes for a optional debrief discussion after the webinar ends.

This webinar will focus on implementing a redesign of STEM learning, based on evidence-based practices, integrating attention to the teaching practices and to the learning spaces at the University of Arizona.  Facilitators include project team members from the campus partners including Academic Affairs, teaching faculty, and the University Libraries sharing their experiences with implementing the AAU STEM Initiative.

For a snapshot of their efforts, supported through the AAU STEM initiative, please view this YouTube video that tells the story of UA’s pilot Collaborative Learning Spaces Project.

Whether or not questions about “how big can a space be?” are driving your planning, the UA story is one of attention to culture change as foundational to transforming STEM learning. Whether or not you are working with RI institutions or predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI), the process by which UA is redefining how STEM learning happens and how to shape a comprehensive, interdisciplinary institutional effort to ensure success will be of value.

Additional Note: We know the advance notice for this is short.  The registration covers archival rights to the recording, and so a repeat session will be scheduled for a bit further out in order to accommodate people who could not make this live viewing.

Local Facilitators:
Brian Conn, Natalie Reynolds, and Jeff Bullington

Please take this survey so we know if you can make it!  Thank you.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks!
-Brian Conn

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
Walter Library 338
Diehl Hall 555

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

Save the Date - RDAP Summit Sharing Session
Friday, May 8, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Wilson Library S30A
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Please save the date for a session about the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit. We plan to give an overview of major themes from the summit and ask you to brainstorm methods for integrating these trends into our work at the Libraries.

Please contact us with questions.
Thank you,
Natalie Reynolds, on behalf of the Research Services Coordinators

Microsoft Excel Tips Encore
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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

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

RESCHEDULED: 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

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

Sphere of Existence
On view April 27 through August 19, 2015
T.R. Anderson Gallery, fourth floor of Wilson Library
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am. to 4:30 p.m. until May 8, 2015
Summer hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m. starting May 11, 2015
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 participate in a portfolio exchange and 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. 

Curator: Margaret Borg, James Ford Bell Library
Portfolio Organizer and Curator: James Boyd Brent, College of Design
Exhibition Designer: Darren Terpstra

More info:
—Libraries Communications Office
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