Monday Memo from the University Libraries

Monday Memo from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Staff Kudos
Trainings & Workshops
Events & Exhibits

News from Around the Libraries

Wilson Basement Alcove Display
I’m happy to announce that a small group of staff from AIS, A&H and SSPP are working collaboratively to organize an ongoing display for the alcove shelves on the basement level near the coffee shop in Wilson Library. Members of the newly formed group are: Becky Adamski, Amber Fick, Susan Gangl, Malaika Grant, Jackie Gulbranson (chair) and Rafael Tarrago.

We are just getting started, but our plan is to include a mix of posters, books, book covers and props to help us highlight the wonderful collections we have in the Libraries in a rotating schedule. We will be working closely with the From Our Collections display group as they continue their great work on the basement of Wilson Library.

We would also like to welcome suggestions for display themes or other feedback you might have; please contact any member of the group directly or feel free to fill out this Google Form to help us create vibrant and exciting displays in the future.
-Jackie Gulbransonon, on behalf of the Wilson Basement Alcove Display Group

An Invitation to Participate in a Listening Session
In the results of both campus engagement surveys, “supporting employees in developing and achieving career objectives“ came out as a possible area for improvement for the Libraries.

We’d like to learn more about this by inviting you to participate in a listening session to hear your ideas as to what development in your job and/or career skills, knowledge, and abilities means to you. You could choose to come to a particular session or to one with various types of staff:

Who: When:          Where:     
LAs Wed 3/4/2015 11:00-11:45 Wilson s30b    
All Fri 3/6/2015 11:00 - 11:45    Wilson s30a
All Tues 3/10/2015      9:00-9:45 Diehl 555
All Tues 3/10/2015 1:00 - 11:45 Magrath 2
Librarians Fri 3/13/2015 11:00 - 11:45 Wilson s30b
Supervisors of Staff     Fri 3/13/2015 2:00 - 2:45 Wilson s30b
All Thurs 3/19/2015 1:30-2:15 Walter 402

Please click here to RSVP.
-Jerilyn Veldof

Update on the Streaming Video Task Group
The Streaming Video Task Group (functioning as a sub-group of Collections Council) was charged this past fall to explore licensed streaming video related issues around collection development, communications, policies, and assessment (see full charge). To date, this group has developed a refined workflow for selectors to request DVD and streaming purchases, drafted streaming video selection criteria guidelines, and designed a study in progress to capture instructor perceptions on user experience and teaching and learning benefits of course integrated streaming video. This work builds off a successful pilot last year that explored an expansion of streaming access to popular circulating video titles.  

Documentation of the group’s work can be found on the Libraries Streaming Video Task Group staff page.  

Many thanks to the chair, Scott Spicer, and the excellent work produced by the Task Group membership: Charles Spetland, Nancy Herther, Scott Marsalis, Deborah Boudewyns, and Nicole Theis-Mahon
-Joy Kirchner

New Phone Number for Faculties Related Emergencies
Beginning this evening, 3/2/15, please call 4-2900, 24/7, for all facilities related emergencies, including water leaks.  The Building Systems Automation Center (BSAC) 5-0011, is closed.  

After hours facility related calls to 4-2900 will be routed to the Public Safety Emergency Communications Center (PSECC) at 4pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday.  Please remove 5-0011 from all calling lists at service desks. Building Emergency Response and Collection Emergency Response documents are in the process of being updated to reflect this change. University Service has been informed of all the critical alarms/HVAC alarms within our facilities. 

If your staff encounter any problems when calling 4-2900 after this change is in effect,  please don't hesitate to contact me or your building manager.  

Thank you.
-Bernadette CorleyTroge

Slides and Presentation for Albrecht Security Session
We had a good turnout for the February 18th webinar "How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library" presented by Dr. Steve Albrecht. If you missed the webinar and would like to catch up:

  • Access a recording of the presentation here.
  • Download the slides from the presentation here.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about security in your library, contact a member of the Security Committee or speak with Matt Bowers directly.
-Elena Carrillo, on behalf of the Libraries Security Committee

Relax! Unplug!
Next week the University Libraries will participate in the National Digital Detox campaign to disconnect from our electronic devices.

The Bio-Medical Library is hosting a Digital Detox event on March 5th and 6th. Analog activities will be held in Room 279 and 281 to include: Origami, Sudoku, Crossword Puzzles, Chair Massage, Coloring/Drawing, and more.

Magrath Library is hosting digital detox areas that will feature unplug challenges, puzzles, origami, free books, and cookbooks to checkout.
-Michelle Orr & Kristen Mastel

Strategic Planning Update!
The nine Strategic Planning Steering Committee and 22 members of Work Groups have been meeting for several weeks to take up the challenge articulated by President Kaler in the Foreword to the Strategic Plan:  …”It’s about setting a new direction, recommitting to excellence and stretching our goals.”  In this spirit, the planning team has reviewed the University’s Plan to prepare for the grand challenge of developing the Libraries’ three year plan (FY16-FY18).  We invite you to read the plan or the Executive Summary.

Along the way, you’ll have ample opportunity to provide input and feedback.  For example, last week we invited you to provide your insight into the characteristics that best describe the Libraries. As we work on a roster of speakers from across campus to inform the process, we’re also planning to engage staff in the conversation.  If your department would like us to attend your next meeting to discuss the planning process, please give either me or Jason Roy a call.  We’re here to share and listen!

Look for Strategic Plan updates in Monday Memo each week.  

Steering Committee co-chairs,
Jason Roy & Linda Greve


Staff Tidings and Kudos

Nancy Herther Published on Peer Review
Nancy Herther recently published a two-part article on the current state of peer review and where it might go in the future.  The articles were published in Against the Grain.  Really interesting thoughts on a very important topic -- congratulations Nancy! -Jon Jeffryes

Twenty Lunches with Librarians, Plus a Publishing Panel
Nineteen grad students plus one research associate made individual consultation appointments for "Lunch with Your Librarian" on Feb. 20 as part of the Graduate School's Interdisciplinary Commons.

Increasing awareness of librarian liaisons was a primary goal of the program, and requests coming from all R&L/HSL subject groups is evidence that that message was distributed broadly. Vicki Field, Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives, noted that "I could tell by the intensity of the buzz in the room and the length of time students remained at the tables that they found the information you all were sharing very informative and helpful for their projects. . . I really liked the 'library clinic' approach, and I hope we can collaborate again". Many thanks to Frank Sayre of HSL, Gordon Anderson and Malaika Grant of A&H, Kim Clarke of SSPP, Brian Conn and Meghan Lafferty of PSE,  Kate Peterson of AIS, and Julie Kelly, Megan Kocher, Scott Marsalis and Amy Neeser of ABES.

The afternoon program, "Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarship: From Framing to Fruition," featured Nancy Herther (SSPP) as one of the panelists addressing aspects of the publication process, such as finding the appropriate venues for publishing.Vicki Field remembered Nancy's insightful presentation about such issues a few years ago and felt it was important for the current crop of grad students to get that valuable perspective.
-Kris Fowler, for the Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences Initiative

Congratulations to our Newest Rock Stars!
The Twitterverse was 'burning up' with comments from the Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) conference, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, over Sunshine Carter's (ARM) & Stacie Traill's (DMA) presentation "From Surviving to Thriving: reimagining collaborative e-resource workflows and metadata management for the next generation." The presentation covered the “tension between idealized e-resources workflows in a next-generation system and the messy reality of new work and migrated data that didn't fit the ideal.” It also included “post-implementation short-term strategies, re-imagined collaborative workflows, and longer-term productivity/efficiency gains.” 

Twitter comments included a post from a Loyola librarian: “Note to self: steal everything that University of Minnesota did to educate staff about Alma/Primo." A colleague from Harvard sent a note she received from staff that mentioned Stacie's and Sunshine's great presentation about migration to Alma. Other attendees commented that they appreciated Stacie's and Sunshine's even-handedness in their presentation, being neither negative nor cheerleaders for Alma.

The presentation slides can be found here. All of the ER&L sessions were recorded, so we may be able to talk our rock stars into a ‘viewing party’ at some point.  As of Friday, the session itself has already been viewed 291 times.  Way to go Sunshine and Stacie!
-Fariha Grieme and Betsy Friesen

Kudos to Katherine Chew
Congratulations to Katherine, who was recently appointed to the Medical Library Association's Scholarly Communications Committee for a three-year term.
-Janice Jaguszewski

Training Sessions & Workshops

Also see Libraries Master Calendar

Mental Health Laws and Policies 
Monday, March 2, 2015
2:00 - 3:00pm
Register Here

During a recent webinar, Amy Riegelman and Scott Marsalis highlighted various federal government websites related to mental health. Join them again on March 2nd. Webinar attendees will learn the differences between laws and policies as well as how to locate laws and policies related to mental health.

Amy Riegelman
Librarian of Government Information, Psychology, and Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota

Scott Marsalis
Library Liaison to the School of Social Work, School of Kinesiology and Dept. of Family Social Science
University of Minnesota
-Amy Riegelman

Project Management 101: Planning Your Project​ - Part 2
​Session 2: Evaluating Your Project Plan
Tuesday, March 3
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Wilson Library S30C

If you manage projects or have an interest in project management please join us for a group viewing of the second part of this project planning webinar produced by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums. In this second session, sample project ideas and case studies will be used to assess the strength of a project plan before it is implemented. Presenters are Bob Horton and Sarah Fuller of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

-Jerilyn Veldof and Francine Dupont-Crocker, Project & Group Management Forum
To learn more about project management in the Libraries, consider joining the Libraries’ Project and Group Management Forum.

Brief Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry 
Thursday, March 5, 2015
1:00 - 2:30pm
Deihl 555

Qualitative methods are increasingly being adopted by scholars throughout academia, as a result of an increasing focus on interdisciplinarity and mixed methods. Yet many in the Libraries are unfamiliar with them or prone to incorrectly dismiss them as inferior. We will introduce some of the most popular approaches, including a quick look at interviewing and coding.  Whether you just want to become more familiar with the vocabulary in order to better assist others or are looking to possibly incorporate qualitative methods into research projects of your own, this session should be of interest. (This is a repeat of the session offered in December).  Presented by Scott Marsalis, Alice Motes and Shannon Farrell. Sponsored by the Research & Publications Committee.
-Scott Marsalis

Spring Library Assembly
Thursday, March 12, 2015
1:00 - 3:00pm
120 Andersen Library

Planning is underway for the Spring Library Assembly, please save Thursday, March 12 on your calendars. Social time will be from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Assembly will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. More to come soon.
-Sarah Segura

3rd Annual Walter & Kirschner Collection Pi(e) Day (Observed)
Friday, March 13, 2015
11:30am - 1:00pm
Walter 101

This is a very special year, when Pi(e) Day falls on 3/14/15. Unfortunately, that special day is a Saturday, and, as great as Pi(e) Day is, we're pretty sure most of you won't be here. So Friday, March 13th it is! And we really want to see you, wherever you are in the libraries!

Please bring a pie to share, savory or sweet. If baking or buying pie isn't your thing, bring a beverage instead.

Sign up here to let everyone know what you're bringing!

-Meg(h)ans Kocher & Lafferty
On behalf of the Kirschner Collection & PSE

Save the Date: Data Management Plan Training
Friday, April 17, 2015
10:00 - 11:30am
STSS 312

Data management plans are growing in importance across all disciplines with federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, and NEH now requiring these materials for some applications. This workshop will provide an overview of the questions to consider when assisting a researcher creating a data management plan. Attendees will participate in discussions, work through each of the data management plan sections, and evaluate real data management plans from a variety of disciplines via group and paired activities. This workshop is primarily intended for library staff engaged with faculty and researchers who are interested in writing DMPs.

We will provide doughnuts and coffee.

Please fill out this brief survey to let us know you plan to attend.

Hope to see you there!
-Amy Neeser, Caitlin Bakker, and Natalie Reynolds, on behalf of the Research Services Coordinators

Save the Date: (Virtual) National Data Integrity Conference 2015
May 7, 2015 9:00am - 4:30pm (CT)
May 8, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm (CT)
Wilson S30A, B, and C

The libraries have registered for virtual access to this two-day event that aims to provide attendees with both a high level understanding of research data challenges and impart practical tools and skills to deal with them. Sessions will feature 19 nationally renowned speakers from the NIH, NSF, Nature Publishing Group, Department of Health and Human Services, Stanford University and more!

Attend sessions as you wish (see conference site for full line-up), we have reserved Wilson S30A, B, and C for both days to view the conference.
- Lisa Johnston & Jon Jeffryes

Event is co-sponsored by the Data Management and Curation Initiative (DMCI) and the Research Services Coordinators. 

Events & Exhibits

Complete schedule and more info via continuum

Event Highlight

First Fridays: ‘Record-building’ and ‘Power in the Archives’
March 6, 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Join us for two presentations in the 2014-2015 First Friday Series, which explores the theme of power, a force that drives, changes, and challenges society:

  • Record-building, “Saving Culture”, and Starting Archives: The Role of American Agencies and Organizations in the Experience of Displaced Persons
  • Power in the Archives: Contested Issues in the History of Social Work

Presented by Ellen Engseth, Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives; Co-presented by the Social Welfare History Archives. 

More information:

—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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