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Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, February 20, 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

Givens Collection Highlighted
This past weekend offered two events featuring the Givens Collection of African American Literature.  On Friday, a preview of the Penumbra at 40 exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society drew a large crowd to hear from Penumbra leadership and Givens Curator Cecily Marcus and tour the marvelous exhibit.  Materials from the Penumbra Theater archives, acquired by the Givens Collection in 2006, feature prominently in the exhibit. Check out the photos!

On Sunday, a Givens Collection open house drew an engaged crowd to hear about the collection, learn about its origins and development from Professor John Wright and others, and view a sampling of resources spanning four centuries. A 21st century creation, Umbra Search African American History, was also featured.

Events such as these are a wonderful reminder of our exceptional collections and the broad community engagement and support.

-Wendy Lougee
Minitex Construction Project in Wilson Library
Construction on the Minitex Project in Wilson Library will create noise every day this week between 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The noise is due to the installation of ductwork, electrical, and plumbing rough-ins. The construction crew will be shooting fasteners and drilling into the ceiling.  

Wall framing for the project will continue into March. The wall shared with the public space in Room 65 is expected to receive drywall this week and paint next week. The goal is to remove the plastic barrier by March 3.

Walter 314 upgrade 2/20-2/22

The meeting room technology in Walter 314 will be upgraded to a monitor with PC, wireless keyboard and mouse, and a webcam for video conferencing. The equipment set up will be similar to Walter 338, Wilson 499 and 106D, or Magrath 2. The room will not be available from 2/20-2/22. Please contact if you have any questions! 

-Bernadette Corley Troge
UL370 Scholarly Communication Librarian and Research Services Coordinator Candidate Presentations
Please join us to hear presentations by candidates for the position of Scholarly Communication Librarian and Research Services Coordinator, on the topic "What is the librarian's role in the scientific research process?"

Candidate 1
February 28
10:00 - 11:00am
310 Walter Library

Candidate 2
March 15
10:00 - 11:00am
101 Walter Library

Candidate 3
March 16
10:00 - 11:00am
101 Walter Library

WebEx links to follow.

All presentations will be followed by a half-hour coffee reception with the candidates.  The search committee welcomes your feedback on all of these candidates. Please send your thoughts and comments to me ( and I will share them with the committee.

-Julie Kelly
New Committee Launch
​In response to increasing ​campus ​interest ​in the visibility and impact of institutional and​individual ​research ​contributions​, a ​ne​w ​cross-divisional Research Outputs and Impact Committee is being formed​. Led by Jan Fransen and Jenny McBurney, the Committee will​ build on ​current ​services (e.g., Experts@Minnesota) and develop new ​ways to support how campus units demonstrate the impact and value of their research.  ​​Other committee members ​include Caitlin Bakker​, ​Kristen Cooper​, Jennie Burroughs, and ​David Naughton.  

-​John Butler, Janice Jaguszewski, and Claire Stewart (co-sponsors​)
MLAC Collections Coordinating Committee
We are pleased to announce the recent formation of the MLAC Collection Coordinating Committee. Comprised of staff from Minitex and the University of Minnesota Libraries, this committee provides ongoing coordination of collection management across the University of Minnesota’s collection storage facilities, including examination of opportunities and costs of de-duplication of MLAC collections and assessment of space allocation for these collections. The committee will operate as a subcommittee of the Collections Management Coordinating Committee (CMCC).

The MLAC Collection Coordinating Committee is comprised of the following members:
  • Mary Miller (chair)
  • Kathy Drozd
  • Becky Ringwelski
  • Tim McCluske
  • Betsy Friesen
Our thanks to all members for your willingness to serve on this committee.

-​Janet Bishop, Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections and Valerie Horton, Director of Minitex
$250 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries
Think about everything our student employees do for us – big or small, their contributions make a significant impact on our ability to run smoothly and provide the best services possible.  Nominations are now being accepted to honor our outstanding student employees!  The Friends of the Libraries wish to recognize student employees who go above and beyond, surpassing regular job responsibilities and making unique contributions.  Two Library student employees will be awarded the Outstanding Library Student Employee award and receive a $250 scholarship.  The deadline to submit nominations for an Outstanding Library Student Employee is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

-Lanaya Stangret, Friends of the Libraries Coordinator
Diversity Update: Health At Every Size [HAES]
Health At Every Size is a movement that "promotes the right to be peaceful in one’s body." It includes the following principles:
  • Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
  • Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
  • Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
  • Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
  • Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.
For more information, see the following websites:
The Fat Nutritionist
Health At Every Size Community
Shapely Prose Archives, 2007-2010
Resource List, from HAES Curriculum

AND, an event!
Power & Privilege Series: Jessamyn Stanley
Monday, Feb. 20, 4-8 pm, Recreation and Wellness Center

-Kim Clarke, on behalf of the Diversity Leadership Committee
Come Plan the FUN!
Each summer, the Libraries come together to celebrate Staff Recognition Day! The time has come to start planning. If you’d like to be part of this Committee, please e-mail Sarah Segura, It’s a fun committee planning a really fun day! 

-Sarah Segura
Metronet Seeking Academic Library Representative
Metronet, the multitype library network for our seven country metropolitan area, is looking for a replacement on their governing board.  The board meets bi-monthly on a Tuesday afternoon at 1619 Dayton Avenue in St. Paul. The most important qualification is that members believe in and support libraries of all types (public, school, academic, and special), and how all types of libraries can cooperate to help all libraries be stronger.  Description and very short application.

-Phil Dudas
Reminder for time approvers 
Please review time reporting for accuracy and approve employee timesheet entries for pay period ending February 19, 2017. Complete approvals today and continue to check for late time entries throughout the week.

Thank you.

-Mickie Barg

Staff Tidings & Kudos

Brian Conn Celebration on February 23 (2:45-4PM) in Walter 101
Brian Conn, Liaison Librarian in Physical Sciences and Engineering, has accepted a new position with the Federal Government, Office of Personnel Management.  His last day with the Libraries will be March 1.  Please join us in celebrating Brian's new professional endeavor and recognizing his contributions to the Libraries.  We will gather from 2:45 - 4:00 PM on February 23 in Walter 101 to have an open house, well-wishing reception.  Please stop by, all are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

What: Farewell Celebration for Brian Conn
Where: Walter 101
When: 2:45-4:00pm on Thursday, February 23

Congratulations Brian!

-Philip Herold
Welcome Brian!
We are very pleased to welcome Brian Woods to the Libraries as the Administrative Associate to the Associate University Librarians for Content & Collections and Research & Learning. Brian comes to us after four years at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, where he was most recently Lead Course Manager. He holds a BA in Music and an MA in Piano Performance, both from Kent State. Brian’s work space will be inside the 499 suite and his first day will be Tuesday, February 21. 

-Janet Bishop, AUL for Content & Collections, and Claire Stewart, AUL for Research & Learning
Hootman Awarded Carnegie-Whitney Grant
Jennifer Hootman and her research partner Janalyn Moss (University of Iowa Libraries, American History and African American Studies Librarian) received a 2017 Carnegie-Whitney grant in the amount of $4,500 from the ALA Publishing Committee. This grant will support their project "Return with Honor: A Bibliography of Personal Accounts of American Prisoners of War." The project will create an online, curated bibliography of the published memoirs, autobiographies, personal narratives, and oral histories of military prisoners of war who served in the American Armed Forces throughout our history. In addition to an interactive web presence using WordPress and ArcGIS Online, "Return with Honor" will also have a traveling exhibit component. 

Congratulations, Jennifer!

-Jennie Burroughs
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