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

Monday, August 24, 2015

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Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Library Volunteer Opportunities-Welcome Week (Class of 2019)  
Friday, September 4th
We need more volunteers (50+) to help with the U Libraries offerings during U of M Day (9/4) during Welcome Week for new first year students at the St. Paul Magrath Library Academic Survival in Action Open House event. We anticipate at least 3500 new students participating in this event. 

We host a variety of stations which need volunteers to greet and interact with students, generally lead them through a short activity, give out prizes, promote the U Libraries and answer any questions. We are planning stations around promoting fun reading, the services of the SMART Learning Commons, Surviving your First paper, Photo booth with props inspired by Archives and Special Collections, making Grilled cheese with an iron, two prize wheels, Wii gaming with Mario, and more. Lunch and an Libraries t-shirt will be provided. To see pictures from last year and learn more go to the Orientation Program Report 2014.
Please "sign up" to volunteer. We just need your name and AM or PM availability.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Kate Peterson

Additional Orientation planning team members:
Kristen Mastel, Shannon Farrell, Mary Armstrong, Jody Gray, Carolyn Rauber, Andrew Palahniuk

CIC Geospatial Project Metadata Coordinator - Candidate Interviews

Please mark your calendars to attend the upcoming candidate presentations for the CIC Geospatial Project Metadata Coordinator position (Position Description).  The candidates will be presenting on the topic of "Opportunities and Issues in Coordinating Collaborative Geospatial Metadata Creation." This position will be responsible for the day to day running of the CIC Geospatial Data Discovery Project. You can learn more about the project from its charter or website.

The two presentations are from 9-10 a.m. (Central Time) in 120 Andersen. They will also be broadcast via WebEx (details to follow at a later date).
* Monday, August 31st - Adam Jazairi (CV)
* Friday, September 4th - Karen Majewicz (CV)

-Kevin Dyke (chair) on behalf of the UL336 Search Committee members Mara Blake (University of Michigan), Stephen Hearn, and Ryan Mattke

UPDATED: Cartographic and Monographic Metadata Librarian - Candidate Interviews
Please mark your calendars to attend the upcoming candidate presentations for the Cartographic and Monographic Metadata Librarian position (Position Description).  Each candidate will be discussing the topic of "Cartographic resources in the context of the evolving cataloging landscape."
All three presentations are from 9-10 a.m. in 120 Andersen with a meet and greet to follow in the Andersen Atrium.
* Monday, August 24th - Shannon Erb - CV
* Wednesday, August 26th - Tami Morse - CV

-Kirsten Clark (chair) on behalf of the UL334 Search Committee members Carol Alm, Carolyn Bishoff, Cecilia Genereux, Ryan Mattke, and Stacie Traill
Library Activity Report Emails to Patrons to Begin
On Sept. 2, the Alma Library Activity Report will be reactivated. The report opens a consistent line of communication to library users by providing monthly courtesy letter that provides them with an overview of their current loans, overdue books and fines.  We have not had this level of patron communication since December 2013, when we went live with Alma, so library staff may get questions from users. 

The report was sent once before in April and deactivated immediately due to issues with old fees and fines and report text. Staff from all campuses put in significant work to waive old fees and fines, where applicable (typically, older than 18-months), and to improve the wording on the report itself. The Cabinet and the new Library Enterprise Systems Governance Committee approved the changes, work plan, and reactivation. Looking at samples of the letters may help answer questions that come up after reactivation. If you have additional concerns, please contact Emily Reimer (, Phil Dudas ( (or Kirsten Clark (

-Betsy Friesen
Ebook Linking Module

Danika Stegeman, Kim Clarke, and Andrew Palahniuk have developed an online module that describes how to make direct links to ebooks and to ebook chapters.  The intended audience is instructors and instructional support staff who create course reading lists for students to view in Moodle or on other course websites.  Researchers could also use the module to share or save persistent links to articles.  Here is a link to the module:

Please feel welcomed to share it with instructors or others you feel may find it useful.

-Danika Stegeman

Just a reminder!

Tomorrow, August 25, please come celebrate the fantastic staff of the University of Minnesota Libraries at the annual Staff Recognition Celebration!

Join your colleagues for FUN in the sun! Tasty Tacos, Dicey Diversions & Gift-y Gratitude!

-Sarah Segura

Staff Tidings and Kudos

Nancy Herther Publishes on "The Right to Be Forgotten"
Nancy Herther recently published, "The Right to Be Forgotten Becomes a Critical Issue for the Internet's Future" on Information Today's site.  The story provides a nice introduction to the topic and raises potential implications for the historical record.  Congrats Nancy!

-Jon Jeffryes
Congratulations Sarah!
Sarah Carlson, who has been the acting Project Manager for Umbra: Search African History, is now the official Project Manager. We are very excited to be working with Sarah in this role. Welcome Sarah!

-Cecily Marcus
Goodbye, Hello
 Amanda Brown, Access Services, is changing jobs and will be joining the Libraries Development Office, starting on August 24.  Amanda will be working primarily on stewardship and annual giving campaigns.  While the folks in Access Services will miss Amanda's enthusiasm, humor, and expertise in reserves, fines, and analytics (not to mention the stuffin' muffins), Amanda has been looking toward a future career in development/non-profits/fundraising  - and Kathy and Lanaya are thrilled to welcome her to the wonderful world of fundraising, Friends, and Events.  

-Katherine McGill

eTraining Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

Webinar on “Strategies for Effective Library Communication”
Wednesday, August 26
Wilson S30B
This webinar is sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and its focus is on importance of effective communication for Collection Development and Technical Services librarians and staff members.

From the program description: “The key to any well-run organization is effective communication. Need help sharpening your communication skills? Handling problem personalities? Maximizing your efforts through cooperation and collaboration? This webinar will provide tips and tactics to ensure successful interpersonal communication encounters with supervisors, subordinates, colleagues, and co-workers. Foster collegiality, connections, and cooperation with others through open communication that recognizes relational as well as information needs.”

Visit the session website for more information at:

We hope to see you there!

-Fariha Grieme, on behalf of C & C Leadership

Updated: 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.
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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 me a copy and I 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 September 2nd. The Libraries will be making one Early Bird payment on Thursday, September 3rd.  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

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight
NOMMO Author Series, featuring Roxane Gay
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.
This event by the Givens Foundation is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries
More info:

-Libraries Communications Office

Exhibit Highlight

K Is for Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate
On view through August 30, 2015
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Reedy Gallery
From apples to zinnias, stunning images in this horticultural alphabet highlight Andersen Horticultural Library’s special collections of vintage seed catalogs, treasured rare books, and 19th-century garden magazines.
More info:

-Libraries Communications Office
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