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

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Deadlines Approaching for the Staff Development Grant Award!
Reminder: applications for the Staff Development Grant Award are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30. Find more details on the application process here:
-Lanaya Stangret, Friends of the Libraries Coordinator

Open Textbook and Partnership for Affordable Content Updates
The eLearning Support Initiative with help and support from across the Libraries has been working on two exciting efforts this semester: the 2nd University of Minnesota Open Textbook Workshop and a call to faculty and instructors for Partnership for Affordable Content grant applications.

An update and additional information about the OT Workshop and the Partnership for Affordable Content is now linked from the eLearning Support Initiative staff website.  Feel free to contact Kristi ( or Shane ( if you have any questions.
-Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud
eLearning Support Initiaitve

Food Drive Update
The food shelf barrel/boxes are here!  (check your staff lounges)
Please scour your cupboards and add something to your grocery list to fill them.
We only have until March 30th!
The Neighborhood House really needs the food.

Questions?  Please call Jody Ebert 5-7871.

-Jody Ebert

Wangensteen Library at Mini Med School
Lois Hendrickson and Christopher Herzberg from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will be at the AHC's Mini Medical School from 5-6 pm March 23, 2015. Rare books and artifacts supporting the theme of heart health will be showcased as part of the hands-on learning activity that precedes each session. Participants will see classic works such Antonio Scarpa's magnificent atlas, Tabulae neurologicae (1794) which contained classic observations on aneurisms and original descriptions of the cardiac nerves.
-Lois Hendrickson

Open Access Publishing Fund Update
We are pleased to report the Open Access Publishing Fund will once again be accepting applications effective March 31, 2015. Earlier this year the Senate Library Committee approved another extension of the pilot and suggested joint funding from the Libraries and OVPR. The funding is now in place from both parties. Many thanks to Wendy Lougee for championing the fund and ensuring continued partnership support, Nancy Sims for her advocacy and compelling reports, and Laureen Boutang for managing the fund. Nancy and Laureen are updating the website and working on developing updated info for liaisons and other Libraries staff to inform their patrons. They'll also work with Libraries Communications to spread the word.
-Joy Kirchner

Crowdfunding Campaign Kicks Off Today!
ASC, Communications, and Development are working on a crowdfunding campaign that kicks off today. The goal is to raise $7,500 for the restoration and preservation of Guthrie Theater costume bibles. Please take a look at our crowdfunding web page and the accompanying video -- which features Guthrie actress Sally Wingert -- at If you are interested in helping our grass roots effort, please forward the link to your friends and networks via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you'd like to receive weekly updates that include additional messages to share, please let me know. Thanks!
-Mark Engebretson

Deadline Wednesday, April 1 for Supply Ordering 
Please send in your order requests for supplies/equipment. We must process your order and send in to the Business Office no later than Friday, April 3rd.  Please order enough supplies to last you from April 3rd - April 20th. Thank you.
-Bernadette Corley Troge  

Strategic Planning Update
Thanks to all who participated in the Value Statement survey at either Staff Assembly or online (or both!!).  Your insights were varied and valuable and will be carefully considered as we work on the next draft of the statements.  As promised, all comments are available here for your review. 

For those of you who are heading to ACRL early or will be traveling, the upcoming events will be available through WebEx - a link will be provided the day of the event.  The events will also be recorded and available on the Staff Website following the event. 

Save the DATES:

  • Brown Bag with Wendy Lougee
    • Monday, March 23, 2015  •  Coffman Memorial Union  •  Mississippi Room
    • 11:30 – 12:30  •  Bring your lunch or buy at Food Court    
    • Lemonade & cookies will be provided 
  • Panel Discussion with AULs
    • Monday, April 6, 2015  •  120 Elmer L. Andersen Library  •  9:00 – 10:30  
    • Coffee will be provided 
  • Talk by Tom Fisher, Dean/College of Design:  Multi-Modality and its Impact on Higher Ed
    • Tuesday, April 14, 2015  •  120 Elmer L. Andersen Library  •  1:00 – 2:00  (NEW TIME)
    • Coffee and lemonade will be provided

Steering Committee co-chairs
Jason Roy & Linda Greve

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Kudos to Lois Hendrickson
Diana Magnuson, a history faculty member and archives director at Bethel University, is spending a sabbatical year conducting research in the University's Minnesota Population Center.  She and two other members of the Center recently visited the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine to learn about how its collections support research on institutional history.  In a follow up letter to Lois Hendrickson, interim curator, Dr. Magnuson noted that Lois wowed them with her "knowledge of and passion for the materials."  She ends the letter by stating, "I'm grateful to have made contact with you and the important work you are conducting at the University."   What a terrific way to connect with those both inside and outside the University.  Thank you, Lois!
-Janice Jaguszewski

National Copyright Policy Work
Kudos to Nancy Sims who was invited to participate in a national copyright working group via The Association of American Universities, of which the University of Minnesota is a member. The Working Group brings together Provosts, CIOs, and other university representatives to examine the many ways in which copyright affects university activities, to develop model copyright policies and “best practices,” and to identify university-wide points of agreement on copyright law and policy, acknowledging that universities are both creators and consumers of copyrighted materials. Provost Jeff Vitter, of the University of Kansas, and Provost Jean Morrison, of Boston University, agreed to serve as co-chairs of this group. 
Congratulations Nancy!
-Joy Kirchner

Kate McCready invited to speak at several ACRL events
Kudos to Kate McCready who recently conducted an ACRL webinar with Elsevier titled "Experts@Minnesota - Developing Collaborative Connections among Faculty, Researchers, and Librarians." She will also be conducting a roundtable discussion with Amy Neeser at the upcoming ACRL conference  entitled "Exploring where the library fits in the landscape of research information management." Congratulations Amy and Kate!
-Joy Kirchner

Nancy Herther Publishes on EBSCO/YBP
Nancy Herther recently had a piece published on EBSCO's purchase of YBP/GOBI.  You can read "B&T, EBSCO, YBP…..More Changes To Distribution Channels" in this March 9 post in Against the Grain.
-Jon Jeffryes

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

Get Ready for Performance Reviews! 
Come to an Individual Goals Workshop For NEW Employees
Monday, March 23, 2015
1:30 - 3:30pm
Andersen Library Room 308

Strong individual goals help move the Libraries forward, chart a clear direction, inspire you to stretch, and stimulate creativity and innovation.  Strong individual objectives are specific, measurable, aggressive (but attainable), and time bound.  

If you are new to the Libraries and are looking for support in creating and writing strong individual goals and objectives for your annual performance review, come to this workshop.  You will have the opportunity to practice writing actual goals and objectives of your own and will likely leave with some that you can actually use for the upcoming performance year. You can choose to come to the workshop in person, attend remotely, or wait and watch it at a later time.  Note that this workshop is a REPEAT of the same workshops offered last year.

If you came to the goals workshop in previous years but feel you need a refresher, you two options:

-Jerilyn Veldof

Research in Progress Discussion
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Andersen Library 308
Brown bags welcome

Please join the YMCA Archives and the Immigration History Research Center Archives for a Research in Progress talk on March 24th at noon. Ondrej Matejka, PhD of Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic will discuss his work on the “Transnational history of Central European modernization in interwar period: case study on the Czechoslovak YMCA.” In this work he contributes to the founding of a transnational approach towards the history of Czechoslovakia and the region of Central-Eastern Europe from the perspective of modernization and development. Dr. Matejka is closely considering the YMCA, which launched an ambitious program of cultural and social modernization of the Czechoslovak state. Matejka is researching at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives while visiting the University of Minnesota.
-Ellen Engseth

Results from the DMP Review (2011-2014)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
10:00 - 11:00am
Wilson S30B
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Carolyn Bishoff and Lisa Johnston will present the results of our project titled: Review of Data Management Plans (DMPs) from Successful National Science Foundation Grants from the University of Minnesota, 2011-2014. 

The University Libraries conducted a local study of Data Management Plans (DMPs) included in successful National Science Foundation grant applications from January 2011 - June 2014 in order to better understand the ongoing needs of campus researchers for managing and sharing their research data. Participation in the study was opt-in by U of M principal investigators (PIs) on the grants and, thanks to support from our liaisons for soliciting participation, the libraries collected 182 data management plans for our study, accounting for 41% of the total number of plans available in that period. Overall, the College of Science of Engineering accounted for the majority of plans, accounting for 70% of the plans included in the review. The results of this study will inform the development of robust and targeted data services, both from the libraries and our campus partners, that aim to increase the impact of research produced at the University of Minnesota. 

-Lisa Johnston, on behalf of the Data Management and Curation Initiative (DMCI)

Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable Webinar
Wednesday April 8, 2015
9:00 - 10:15am
S30C Wilson Library

The DMCI is sponsoring a group viewing of this upcoming webinar and would like to invite staff to join us in learning more about the challenges and solutions to citing dynamic datasets based on the work of the Research Data Alliance's Data Citation working group. 

Being able to reliably and efficiently identify entire or subsets of data in large and dynamically growing or changing datasets constitutes a significant challenge. In order to repeat an earlier study, to apply data from an earlier study to a new model, we need to be able to precisely identify the very subset of data used. Furthermore, we need to be able to handle situations where new data gets added or existing data gets corrected or otherwise modified over time. Conventional approaches, such as assigning persistent identifiers to entire data sets or individual subsets or data items, are thus not sufficient.

Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
-Alice Motes

Collection Management and Preservation Open House
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Room 27 and 30 Wilson Library (Head past the coffee shop and the restrooms on the basement level, and walk through the double doors at the end of the hallway.)

Interested in learning more about the Collection Management and Preservation department and what it does?   Please join us for a CMP Department Open House!    You'll have the opportunity to meet our staff, check out our space, see examples of our work, try your hand at making a miniature "book", and enjoy some refreshments in our binding area. 

Our own Laurie Jedamus will be teaching a short, 20-minute class on constructing miniature books using sticky notes as a text block.  If you'd like to participate in the class, please RSVP to to help us ensure that we have adequate space and materials. 

We look forward to seeing you there!  
-Mary Miller

Somali Cultural Awareness Workshop
Monday, April 13, 2015
Andersen 120
Register here

We all interact with Somali people, whether they're our neighbors in Cedar-Riverside or University students who need research help. Come to this session to learn more about Somali culture with a special focus on awareness for Libraries staff. 

Please join the Diversity Outreach Collaborative at our second Somali Cultural Awareness Workshop. Salma Hussein from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence will be leading this 2 hour workshop.
-Jody Gray

Save the Dates: Upcoming Workshops
Hold the dates for these upcoming workshops sponsored by the Committee on Research & Publications:

IRB for Librarians: Monday, April 20, 1:00-2:30pm,Wilson S30A
Qualitiative Inquiry II: Interviewing: Thursday, May 14, 1:00-3:00pm
Qualitiative Inquiry III: Coding: Thursday, June 11, 1:00-3:00pm

All workshops are open to any interested Libraries staff.  
-Scott Marsalis

Save the Date: 24th Annual Minitex ILL Conference
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
8:30am - 3:15pm

Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus

Find more information about this conference here. If you would like to register for this conference, please use the coupon code "gopher15" at check out. There is no charge for U of M Library staff to attend this event.
-Anna Henrichsen

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight

Part of the Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice series:
"The Price of Healing: Diversity Issues in Wellness, Health and Healthcare"

Friday, March 27, 2015, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120)

This conversation examines health care research and treatment disparities while also exploring cultural knowledge and practices that communities use to maintain health.

One’s view about health can be influenced by race, ethnicity, sexuality, socio-economic status, gender, spirituality and other factors. How do our cultural lenses and experiences affect how we think about health and health care? Historically, how have health care professionals and providers delivered treatment to diverse individuals and groups? What groups have been considered “normative” for research about disease prevention and treatment? What can be learned from various cultures that may improve health and wellness in the U.S.?

More info here:

—Libraries Communications Office

Exhibit Highlight

Author as Designer: 30 Years of Books by Steven McCarthy
On view through March 6 through May 15, 2015
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library Gallery
Since his MFA thesis project at Stanford University in 1985, a book object about people and their oldest possessions, University of Minnesota graphic design professor Steven McCarthy has created many books. He has designed publications for various clients, created artist’s books that are widely exhibited and collected, and written a commercial book that has received critical acclaim. His primary interest is in visual and literal narrative – the book’s ability to convey the artist’s and author’s content to readers. 
Author as Designer will display a lively variety of works by McCarthy, ranging from limited edition, handmade works printed on letterpress and desktop technologies to offset books that viewers can handle.
More info about the exhibit and opening reception on March 6:

—Libraries Communications Office
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