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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, July 25, 2016

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

News from Around the Libraries

Libraries' Project Management Processes Task Force Launched
A new Libraries-wide task force has been formed for the purpose of developing lightweight, commonly shared best practices for project management within the Libraries. These project management techniques, and the project management tools that support them, will then be tested within the University Libraries through a small subset of projects during FY17. Please see the Task Force Charge to learn more about the 7 areas of project management that this group will be exploring. The members of the Task Force are: 

Kirsten Clark, co-chair, (R&L); Kate McCready, co-chair (C&C), Laureen Boutang, (C&C); Fariha Grieme, (C&C); Kalene Rupp, (D&T); Shanda Hunt, (HSL); Mary Armstrong, (R&L); Colleen Hennen, (R&L/C&C); Karen Majewicz, (R&L); Lisa Calahan, (ASC); Jerilyn Veldof, (OD); Emily Marlow, (FOM); David Naughton, (D&T)

The Task Force’s work is anticipated to last approximately six months. Because of the system-wide nature of this group, there will be opportunities for input. Look for more information from this group soon.

-Claire Stewart on behalf of the AULs
Register for MLA conference!
We will again do a "mass registration" for this year's MLA Annual Conference.
Here's how to register:

1) Download and complete the Funding Request form and forward to Sheri Stone in 499 Wilson. We will cover up to $150. Please provide an EFS ​​number and supervisor's signature if your registration is above that figure.

2) Register at the MLA site found at:

3) Now here's the twist. In the payment section select "Bill Me."

4) When you get your invoice (online), send Grace Butkowski ( a copy and she will make one payment for all Library staff.  Be sure to list University of Minnesota Libraries as your organization.

Early Bird special: In order to get the Early Bird prices, please register and submit your paperwork to Sheri Stone before August 26. The Libraries will be making one Early Bird payment on Tuesday, September 6.  After that date your department will be charged the increase in the price (we'll cover the early bird price up to $150).

Questions? Contact me at 612-624-5802 or

-Sheri Stone
Submit Your Ideas for the 3rd Annual Diversity Shorts Festival 
Diversity Salons need your help.  Inspired by the Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center, we are planning our 3rd annual festival of short (5 minutes or less) videos related to diversity. We're looking for the kind of great things you come across in social media or discussions with friends and think, "Oh, we should talk about this at work!"  Topics can cover anything relating diversity, especially those areas identified by the Office for Equity and Diversity:
  • People of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations
  • People with both visible and invisible disabilities
  • People who identify as women
  • People of various gender, sexual identities, and expressions
  • First-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
If you have a piece you would like to suggest, please fill out the form by August 1st.  If your suggestion is picked for a session, we will notify you.  To see what we showed the last two years, check out our list.  

This year's Diversity Shorts is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th, 11pm-1pm in 120 Andersen.


-The Diversity Collaborative

Staff Tidings & Kudos

Kristi Bergland Takes on Library Supervisor Role
Kristi Bergland was hired as DMA's new LA Supervisor, effective July 11. The following staff report directly to Kristi Bergland: Maribeth Kraus, Sharyn Wang, Jim Akpan, Emilie Quast, Li Zhu, Zohra Munshi, and Jody Ebert. Kristi will continue to report to Betsy. This change was needed to create a more equitable span of supervision within the department. Emilie, Jim, Li, and Zohra continue to work almost exclusively on Archives and Special Collections (ASC) cataloging and metadata projects, while Jody, Maribeth, and Sharyn work primarily with materials for the non-ASC collections. Kristi will help staff manage their work and continue to catalog music materials, as well as batch edit and load ebooks records. Many thanks to Kristi for taking on this responsibility and for the staff for having to endure their third supervisory transition in six months.

-Betsy Friesen
Congratulations Kim!
ARM is very pleased to announce that Kim Tran will start her new position as Library Associated 3 Supervisor in the newly merged ARC unit on Monday, July 25th. Her working title will be Serials Acquisitions Supervisor. She will continue in her role as serials subject specialist and will serve as supervisor for the serials acquisitions full-time staff and the serials student workers. We are so pleased to welcome her to this new role!

-Julie Rashid
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