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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

Capital Projects Update
In addition to the review of the University’s budget request, this year’s legislative session had a number of capital projects.  The Health Sciences Education Center, which will include services of our Bio-Medical Library, received support and will now move forward to construction.  This is an exciting new model for our health sciences portfolio, with a greater focus on knowledge creation and knowledge management.
Our request for design funding for renovation of Wilson Library and the Murphy Warehouse (for general collection storage) did not receive support this time around and will be carried over to next year’s request. Given the pressing need for collection storage, we will continue to work with University capital planning to explore alternatives.
Thank you to all who worked on these capital requests. The analysis and discussion around these projects have been important processes to engage the campus in understanding the Libraries’ role – current and future.

-Wendy Lougee
UL374: Clinical Information Librarian Candidates
The search committee for UL374 will be bringing four candidates to campus over the next month.  Please see their resumes below and plan to attend their presentations on the topic of Innovative Roles for Health Sciences Librarians in an Academic Health Center.

Candidate #1 CV
Tuesday, June 27th
Presentation: 9:00-10:00, Diehl Hall 555

Candidate #2 CV
Tuesday, July 11th
Presentation: 9:00-10:00, Diehl Hall 555

Candidate #3 CV
Friday, July 14th
Presentation: 9:00-10:00, Diehl Hall 555

Candidate #4 CV
Friday, July 21st
Presentation: 9:00-10:00, Diehl Hall 555

-Liz Weinfurter (chair) on behalf of the UL374 Search Committee (Caitlin Bakker, Connie Bongiorno, Amy Claussen, Jonathan Koffel)
Strategic Digitization Program Spring 2017 
The Strategic Digitization Program group met this past week to review the the latest set of proposals submitted by Libraries staff. The following projects were accepted during this round:
  • Additions to Spanish American Political Texts online library
  • Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Publications
  • Digitizing Extension Newsletters and Miscellaneous Publications
  • Fruit breeding history, with a focus on apples
  • Music and Manuscripts: Bill Holm's Literary Life
  • Historical Minnesota Maps
  • Historical Minneapolis / St. Paul Maps
  • Historical Minnesota River Surveys
  • Dean Eaker papers – “Computer Pictures” Periodicals
  • Venice Online
  • Pre-modern East Asian History of Medicine Texts
  • Theaterwork journal and The Gathering Post newspaper
Thanks to all who submitted proposals. For those who were unable to submit proposals this time around, please remember that we will be sending out another call in October.

Information about the Strategic Digitization Program is here.

-Jason Roy, on behalf of the Strategic Digitization Program group
Submit Your Ideas for the 4th Annual Diversity Shorts Festival
Diversity Salons need your help. Inspired by the Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center, we are planning our 4th 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 Tuesday, August 15th, 11pm-1pm in 120 Andersen.

-The Diversity Leadership Committee
Semi-Annual Conference Brown-Bag
Save the date on Monday, August 21 from 11am-1pm!
The R&L/HSL/C&C Divisions are organizing a brown bag for any Libraries staff to share what they’ve learned from recent conferences or from other opportunities that happened closer to home. We invite any staff to submit a lightning talk proposal of 5 - 7 minutes. Please frame your discussion around a key presentation/panel you attended and why you think it’s important for your work. Think of 2-3 brief takeaways. Sign up is first-come, first-served in the slots here. Google Slides are optional.
Not ready to present or didn’t get to attend a conference this year? No worries...come, listen, and ask questions!

-Lisa McGuire and Brian Woods, on behalf of the R&L/HSL/C&C Directors
Call for Fall 2017 News & Events items
University Libraries Communications needs your event and exhibit information for the next issue of News & Events. If you are hosting an event or exhibit occurring September through December, please submit a brief description and a high resolution image to Karen at by June 30.

The event or exhibit information should include the following:
  • Event title, time, date(s) & location
  • Brief description of the event or exhibit
  • If the event is not free, please note associated ticket information
  • Image (minimum resolution of 300 dpi)
-Karen Carmody-McIntosh
Communications Reminder
Just a reminder that print and electronic communications and marketing materials that represent a library, collection, or unit of the University Libraries must be reviewed and approved in advance by the Libraries Communications Office. This includes posters, fliers, signage, newsletters, videos, banners, tablecloths, and gifts and gear (pens, mugs, T-shirts). Please send to Mark Engebretson,, and to Karen Carmody-McIntosh, Thanks. 

-Mark Engebretson

Staff Tidings & Kudos

New Librarians and Roles in PSE!
Two new librarians started work in Physical Science & Engineering (PSE) on Monday, June 12th. Allison Langham is the Scholarly Communications, Research Services Coordinator, and Liaison Librarian. She will liaise with the Departments of Civil, Environmental and Geo- Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Allison's office is Walter 335C, her email is, and her phone is 626-5764.

Elisandro (Alex) Cabada is the Engineering and Innovation Librarian. He will liaise with the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Technological Leadership Institute. Alex's office is Walter 335A, his email is, and his phone is 625-0068.

Two additional assignments are also new in PSE. Kris Fowler will assume liaison responsibility for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (HSTM) Program, in addition to her ongoing liaison roles with the Schools of Mathematics and Statistics. Jody Kempf will assume liaison responsibility for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, in addition to her liaison role with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which she began last year.

We will be updating websites and other resources to reflect these changes. Please contact Philip Herold ( if you have any questions.

My thanks to Kris and Jody for their willingness to take on new roles in PSE. And please join me in welcoming Allison and Alex to the Libraries!

-Philip Herold
Kristen Cooper publishes in ISTL!
Congratulations to Kristen Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian in ABES, who recently published a text mining webliography in the ACRL-STS journal, Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship. Kristen's article was recently highlighted in Library Journal/INFOdocket. Kristen's webliography is an excellent primer on the topic of text mining, a growing research method in librarianship and among other disciplines.

-Philip Herold
Congratulations Phuoc!
Phuoc Tran has won the 2015-2016 Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award for her book Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories. The award is named after noted librarian and storyteller Anne Izard, who died in 1990. It was established in her name by the Westchester Library System (New York), where she served as the Children’s Services Consultant for many years.

In the award letter, the committee told Phuoc, "We were impressed with your simple but visual language and the details your stories revealed about Vietnamese festivals, customs, lifestyles, and values."

Congratulations Phuoc! We are so proud to share your accomplishments.

-Julie Rashid 
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