Monday Memo from the University Libraries
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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, October 5, 2015

For items to be included in the Monday Memo, please send all announcements to: before 12:00pm the preceding Friday.

Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Patent Basics & Local Patent-Related Library Services
Come learn more about the basics of patents, what they are, why they exist, and how our local PTRC can help users. Walt Johnson, the Patent and Trademark Librarian at Minneapolis Central Library, the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in the state of Minnesota, will be speaking on Monday, October 26 from 11am-noon in Walter 310.

-Meghan Lafferty

Walter Library Website Update
Please be aware the Walter Library website will be updated today, October 5, to reflect the new Libraries theme. While the design is new, URLs will stay the same along with content. These changes will allow the site to be more responsive. If your schedule permits, take a peek at the new look here this afternoon.

And many thanks from PSE to Cody Hanson, Jen Tantzen and the Web Development team for guiding us and helping make this project happen!

-Brian Conn

Furniture and Non-Computer Equipment Process Reminder
The 2015-16 Furniture and Non-Computer Equipment request process is now open. For more information about the request process and to access the submission forms click on the following links: request process or submission forms or FNCE staff web location.  Requests are due to your unit head by October 14, 2015.  If you need construction estimates contact your facilities manager immediately.

Due Dates:
Requests must be submitted by: 10/14/15
Unit Heads will prioritize Unit requests by: 10/22/15
Dept. Heads/Directors will prioritize requests by: 10/30/15
AUL/Directors will prioritize Division requests by: 11/18/15

Thank You,
FNCE Group - Sue Hallgren, Sue Koelmel, Michelle Orr, Mark DesRosiers, Bernadette Corley Troge

Newly revamped Patent Searching tutorial
Natalie Reynolds, Brian Conn, and Meghan Lafferty worked with Andrew Palahniuk and Lindsay Matts-Benson to revamp the second patent tutorial, Patent Searching (created by Jon Jeffryes and Julia Demasi in 2009). Take a look:

Let one of us know if you have questions or comments!

-Meghan Lafferty

The Social Welfare History Archives and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women are hosting an event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Telling Our Story
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Reception at 5:30 p.m.
Program from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library
Archives and Special Collections
University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Explore an exhibit documenting the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women's history and its work to end violence against women. The exhibit features images of historical documents from the Coalition’s records that are in the Social Welfare History Archives.

View a retrospective of the Clothesline Project, a memorial to the victims and survivors of domestic violence showing T-shirts designed by volunteer artists, family, and friends over the past 23 years.

Experience poetry, and performance art inspired by the Coalition’s historical records.

Enjoy light appetizers and beverages.

-Linnea Anderson
Would you be an Onboarding Buddy?
We’re in need of more onboarding buddies!  If you are curious and want to learn more about being a buddy, there’s info about this at the top of this page.  No hoops to jump through, just email me and tell me you’re interested!  Thanks!

-Jerilyn Veldof
Project Management Tools Showcase Recording
For many years Libraries groups have struggled with ways to manage projects without a unified project management tool used across the system. Recently two groups joined forces to take a look at a handful of project management tools with the aim of identifying one tool we'd recommend. Last week these groups hosted a project management tools showcase and invited all staff to join in.  Many did, but we are aware that there are still others who are interested in weighing in on the recommendation. 

So for those of you unable to attend, a recording of the Showcase is available.  Then be sure to fill out the evaluation form to let our groups know what you think of the project management tools that were discussed. We hope to make a recommendation for a final tool soon. 
Thanks again everyone!

-Shane Nackerud, on behalf of PIM and the ad hoc Project Management Tools group
Save the date: Diversity Salon pick is Octavia Butler's "Dawn," 12/3
Hello everyone,
Many of you may have read Octavia Butler's previous work--for example, the book Kindred is heavily used in University classrooms. We invite you to enter her world of social science fiction again by joining the Diversity Collaborative for an upcoming Salon, featuring her book Dawn.  Part of the trilogy Lillith's Brood, Dawn intertwines themes of colonialization, other-ness, and family in Butler's rich fashioning of a future Earth.  

As always, staff from all departments are encouraged to attend the Salon.  Finishing the book is NOT a requirement for attendance!  

If you've already read Dawn, feel free to tweet about it using the hashtag #umnlibdawn.
In future Monday Memos, we'll offer the link to the unlimited-access ebook, information about the forthcoming TV show tie-in, and time and location details.

-Kim Clarke, on behalf of the Diversity Collaborative
Kerlan Collection Highlighted on NPR
Our Kerlan Collection was the subject of a magnificent National Public Radio Weekend Edition story on October 4. It featured Kerlan curator, Lisa Von Drasek and Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo. Take a look and a listen at:

-Mark Engebretson

New Google Calendar Functions

Google continues to add functionality to their suite of applications by enhancing the relationship between your email and calendar. When you receive an email regarding an upcoming event such as a reservation for a flight, restaurant, or seminar, it will be added to your Google calendar automatically. No longer will you need to copy over the emailed details to your calendar. Know that these automatically added events are not visible to people with whom a calendar is shared. These events are only visible to calendar owners. Sharing settings can be changed in the Google Calendar settings. Learn more about events from your Gmail and how to control the settings.

-Google WebDoc Managers
Computer & Device Support Transition Completed
Last week the Libraries' West Bank branches transitioned their computer support services to campus Computer & Device Support. This represents the last of a 3-phase process that started back in February 2015. Rather than list the names of all individuals that contributed their time and efforts to ensure a successful transition, I would instead like to extend a collective "Thank You" and "Job Well Done" to everybody that was directly involved or played a part in the transition. To all technicians, administration, campus IT staff, and to all Libraries staff for your patience, understanding, acceptance, and continuing cooperation. 

The deployment of the new public computers is still under way with Architecture, Math, and Walter Libraries up next. New units arrived for the East Bank branches last week and upon completion of the final assembly, the deployment of the new units should start this week. Math and Architecture will go first, then finish up in Walter. BioMed will follow shortly after, then on to West Bank branches to complete the transition of public computer support services.

Remember the two preferred methods for contacting Technology Help is to call or chat. You can still use the Libraries Google Form to request service and know that the email generated from the form is now routed to Your email will go into a queue to be processed so remember to give as much detail as possible when using the Google form and/or email.
-Mike Sutliff

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Stephen Hearn Joins PCC Standing Committee on Standards
Stephen Hearn has accepted an appointment to a three-year term on the Program for Cooperative Cataloging's (PCC) Standing Committee on Standards (SCS).  The Standing Committee on Standards charge includes developing cost-effective standards, promoting the use of standards with the PCC Standing Committee on Training, and evaluating quality standards and conformance measures.  The PCC's 2015-2017 Strategic Plan further charges the SCS with expanding the use of PCC metadata beyond MARC via linked data opportunities including metadata provision for digital collections, developing best practices for the use of authority data sources beyond the LC Name Authority File, and defining essential data elements for work-level descriptions. Congratulations, Stephen!

-Betsy Friesen, DMA
Nancy Herther Publishes on a Variety of Topics
Nancy Herther has had three recent publications on topics ranging from the streaming video marketplace, codeathons, and creative library outreach.  Something to interest a wide array of readers.  Congratulations Nancy! -Jon Jeffryes
Congratulations Lynne!
Lynne Beck recently presented at the 2015 Community Fund Drive Campaign Volunteer Kick-off Event in her role as Civil Service Ambassador for this year's University-wide committee.  Comments from attendees mentioned the great job Lynne did in engaging the room and getting attendees excited about their roles as volunteers.  Thanks to Lynne for representing the Libraries so well and to all the staff that help with the Community Fund drive!

-Phil Dudas and Kirsten Clark
Note of thanks for the Borchert Map Library Staff
Dave Ullman, video producer for CLA, recently sent this note of thanks:

This is just a quick note to sing the praises of Ryan Mattke. Ryan quickly accommodated our last-minute request on Monday afternoon to film Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Professor Jigna Desai talking about her book, Asian Americans in Dixie, surrounded by maps of the south the following morning. Ryan and the rest of the staff at the Borchert Map Library really helped us out of a bind—and did so with a smile.

​This piece will be shown at Dean Coleman's Road Ahead 2.0 events on October 13th and 14th.​

-Kirsten Clark

eTraining Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

Upcoming FDLP Webinar Featuring Amy Riegelman
A live training webinar, "Government Documents and National History Day Projects: Pursuing Primary Sources," will be presented on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Start time: 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Duration: 60 minutes

Register today for “Government Documents and National History Day Projects: Pursuing Primary Sources


Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs, National History Day
Amy Riegelman, Government Information Librarian, University of Minnesota Library

Learning Outcomes: 
Students need primary sources for their National History Day projects, and many of our FDLP collections include such treasures. Attend this webinar to learn more about the National History Day program. Webinar attendees will:
  • Become familiar with the National History Day program
  • Learn tips for collaborating with existing partners in your state
  • Consider ways to partner with existing National History Day groups (e.g., schools, state chapters)
  • Learn how to connect students and teachers with their collections
  • Learn how to create engaged citizens who are aware of these resources in their communities

Expected level of knowledge for participants: 
No prerequisite knowledge required.

The webinar is free, however registration is required. Upon registering, a confirmation email will be sent to you. This registration confirmation email includes the instructions for joining the webinar.

Congratulations Amy!

-Kirsten Clark
Go Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock!
Join Minitex and the University of Minnesota Libraries Regional Depository Library in new webinar series, Go Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock!. This series will focus on the three branches of the U.S. federal government.

Go Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock!: Legislative Process
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
2:00 PM–3:00 PM (Central Time)
The first webinar will focus on the legislative process and locating legislative resources. Before the session, learners will watch Just a Bill from Schoolhouse Rock!. Riegelman and Beck will elaborate on the content in the video and use it to test your knowledge. By starting with this video intended for an elementary audience, we will layer on more advanced content about the legislative process as well as guidance on tools that are available. Meet us in this liminal space as we transition from novices to experts.

Attendees will be able to identify the steps that a bill takes to become a law (and the pitfalls in between!). An understanding of the legislative process as well as an awareness of the freely available and fee-based tools will help attendees tackle challenging patron inquiries about legislative information.


Amy Riegelman
Librarian of Government Information, Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Child Development
University of Minnesota

Lynne Beck
Library Associate, Access & Information Services
University of Minnesota

-Amy Riegelman
ADA at 25 and Universal Design at Cultural Institutions
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), in collaboration with the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums is planning a three-part webinar series on accessibility, Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions, scheduled for October 7, 14, and 28, 2015.  University Libraries is hosting webinar "watch and talk" events in conjunction with this series.  In this series, advocates and experts explore issues of accessibility and inclusion from the perspective of visitors, staff and facility or program users in museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions. Presenters and special guests in each webinar highlight case studies and examples of inclusive practice, addressing and responding to the first-hand stories of visitors with disabilities.

·         October 7: ADA at 25 and Universal Design at Cultural Institutions (Wilson S30B)
·         October 14: Responding to Visitors who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind or with Low Vision (Wilson S30A)
·         October 28: Responding to Visitors with Cognitive, Developmental and Emotional Disabilities (Wilson S30B)
Each “watch and talk” event consists of:
·         30 minutes of pre-webinar check-in and networking (beginning at 12:30)
·         90-minute live webinar (beginning at 1:00)
·         60 minutes of post-webinar facilitated discussion or activity (beginning at 2:30)
RSVP for University Libraries' “watch and talk” event HERE.
This is a great opportunity to bring local colleagues from museums, archives, libraries, and the disability community together to share ideas, information, and inspiration around this important topic.  These events are open to all so please forward to any on or off campus groups you feel would be appropriate.

We look forward to having you join us!

-Phil Dudas

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight
Let No Detail Go Unnoticed: The Republication of ‘The North American Indian’
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 and Atrium
This event is free and open to all, but registration is requested at
To celebrate the acquisition of the 150th Anniversary Custom Edition of Edward S. Curtis’s masterwork, The North American Indian, the University Libraries invites you to a presentation by Christopher Cardozo, fine art photographer and proprietor of Cardozo Fine Art. Joined by his colleagues, Cardozo Fine Art studio manager Peter Bernardy, and Indulgence Press publisher and printer Wilber “Chip” Schilling, Chris Cardozo will discuss the motivations behind and the process of the republication project.
More info:

-Libraries Communications Office

Exhibit Highlight

Bodies and Spirits: Health and the History of Fermentation and Distillation
Health Sciences Libraries, Wangensteen Historical Library, 568 Diehl Hall
Through May 31, 2016
Open during regular library hours at the Wangensteen Historical Library

For centuries science and industry, along with alewives and brewers, have developed techniques using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds, and bacteria, to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages. From 16th-century handwritten recipes for beer and wine to Louis Pasteur’s groundbreaking microbial investigations of fermentation, this exhibit explores the historical health and medical relevance of beer, wine, spirits, and more.
More info:

-Libraries Communications Office
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