2018 Fall Update
Welcome! Several of the UND Libraries would like to share updates on projects in progress and news. Below you will find reports from the Chester Fritz Library (CFL), the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Library Resources, and the Thormodsgard Law Library.
New Librarian at Chester Fritz Library
CFL is delighted to welcome Heather Rogers as our new Reference, Instruction, & Collections Librarian, with subject responsibilities for Children’s Literature, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations & Research, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology & Public Health Education, and Teaching & Learning. A New York native, Heather’s worked and studied internationally. She recently graduated from McGill University’s Master of Library & Information Studies program in Montreal, Canada. While in Montreal, she worked in 2 library positions: in McGill’s architecture library, she researched and digitized maps, and at Concordia University Libraries, she handled reference desk responsibilities. She also co-authored a book entitled Effective School Librarianship: Successful Professional Practices from Librarians Around the World (Apple Academic Press), co-chaired the local chapter of Librarians Without Borders, and served on the Curriculum Committee for McGill’s School of Information Studies. Before deciding to embark on a career in librarianship, she taught English in rural Japan for 3 years, after completing an undergraduate degree in Japanese Studies at American University in Washington, DC. She’s very interested in working on OERs and Digital Exhibits, and is serving on both of these working groups. Her new email’s email@example.com, her phone is x4491, and her office is in the Reference Offices on the 2nd floor of CFL. Welcome, Heather!
Inventors, Makers, and Entrepreneurs Workshop
Turn your ideas into a business. Learn about patents, trademarks, and ways to fund your idea from UND and community experts at the Inventors, Makers & Entrepreneurs Workshop , Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It’s free and open to the public. The schedule includes:
10:00 a.m. Keynote: Patents and Trademarks Demystified, Mark Radtke, Assistant Regional Director, Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
11:00 a.m. Panel: Partnering with or Working for a University; IP and Other Considerations
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
1:00 p.m. Panel: Taking Your Ideas to Market; Local Resources
2:30 p.m. Panel: Funding Your Venture; Options in North Dakota
3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
This event is sponsored by the CFL Patent & Trademark Resource Center, UND Corporate Engagement and Commercialization, and UND Center for Innovation. Come for the full day, or come and go as you wish. Registration is available online. Questions? Please contact Holly Gabriel, Business & Government Documents Librarian, x4642, firstname.lastname@example.org
One Button Studio
CFL is delighted to announce that our One Button Studio is open and ready for use! It’s is an easy, do-it-yourself recording studio. It truly is “One Button” – a user goes into the facility, inserts her flash drive into the computer, and hits a button. Lights and sound are set, and the computer counts down to begin recording, giving her time to move in front of the camera. When the user’s done, she presses the button and ejects her flash drive. That’s it! Anyone wishing to reserve the One Button Studio should got to our new room reservation system online. If you’d like help using the facility, just drop by the Access Services desk on the 2nd (main) floor of the CFL. At other institutions, people use One Button Studios for everything from recording group presentations to doing video-based assignments to doing practice moot courts to practicing for interviews to rehearsing a theater group’s play and much more. The only limit is your imagination!
The code for the original OBS was invented by the Libraries of Penn State University, and shared on GitHub. We are grateful to Penn State for their generosity in sharing this so openly. When PSU built their first OBS, they wondered if anyone would use it: within months, they were swamped. They now have several. We expect ours will soon be popular too – several faculty have asked when it would be ready! More information is available on the CFL blog.
In addition to the One Button Studio, we’ve been working on 2 other renovation projects at the CFL:
Thanks to Aaron Bergstrom, Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Manager, we obtained some excellent equipment to use in a Visualization Lab. We’d planned to create this in CFL305, but once we began discussing our aforementioned renovations, it became clear that our initial location choice would be inaccessible during construction. The architects, realizing our interest, designed a terrific space for the Visualization Lab, right across from CFL305, overlooking the Reading Room. But that space won’t be completed until renovations are done, and that would mean students wouldn’t have access for another year. We wanted students to have at least a temporary space this year. So we found another space – CFL220. Unfortunately, it was unavailable during the summer, as it was being utilized for a UND Art Collections project, but that’s complete, and the space will shortly be adapted to become a temporary Visualization Lab. We hope to have it available this term. More details to follow!
Coulee to Columbia at CFL – Entrances, Main "Circulation" Path, and Reading Room
Architects from Stantec and ICON have been at CFL several times this summer, with representatives from Construction Engineers, our Construction Manager At Risk for this project. We’re planning initial renovations of the central “spine” of the building and entrances, as well as basic Reading Room updates. Representatives from the USLC and Student Government have also seen plans and attended various meetings. These renovations will make it easier to find your way around the building (which is what’s meant by “circulation” in this case – not book circulation!), and will include necessary upgrades to some building systems and features. These renovations are funded via the existing CFL endowment, which was designated for building upgrades. We’ve also had discussions with Madhavi Marasinghe, UND’s CIO, on the possibility of housing some IT staff – most desirably, the student-facing IT staff currently in the Memorial Union, but perhaps others as well – in the CFL, likely on the Lower Level, near staff in the Library Digital Initiatives, Systems, & Services unit. We believe this combination of staff in this single area would greatly improve student services. We’ll keep everyone posted!
Faculty Research and Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
CFL is pleased to announce that we’ve created a Faculty Research ILL Support Fund, to absorb costs for faculty ILL requests up to $25, up to $3,000 annually. This is possible thanks to savings in postage due to withdrawal from LVIS, one of many ILL consortia to which we belonged. In ILL consortia, libraries both supply ILL requests to other libraries and benefit from being able to request articles or books from other libraries. Ideally, these should balance, or at least be of sufficiently strong benefit that one wishes to remain a partner. However, in LVIS, almost all members were tiny institutions; few research institutions participated. As a result, we supplied many times more resources to other libraries than we received – and requests we made through LVIS were often items we could get elsewhere. Since each participating library pays postage for items they supply, this was an unreasonable expense. We withdrew over a year ago, and have been watching postage expenses to determine how much we saved. Last year, we saved over $3,000, and decided to allocate these funds to support UND faculty research, by paying any ILL costs under $25 that are assessed to us, in line with past practice. Note that we’re not charged for every ILL we request; in most years, we obtain over 90% of ILLs from libraries with which we have reciprocal agreements, and thus we don’t charge them and they don’t charge us. However, we’re unable to obtain some types of materials at no charge, and the lending institution charges us. These may include:
- Dissertations and theses from non-UND institutions, which are not available via an institutional repository or other such source;
- Items from financial institution libraries, such as that of JP Morgan Chase;
- Materials that are not widely held, that may only be at institutions that are not in the US; etc.
We do our best to find items at no charge, through consortial partners, but this is not always possible.
In the past, we’ve had varying policies, but never had separate funding to support ILL requests. We used other funds, such as those meant to buy collections. Under past policies, sometimes we absorbed costs over $25, sometimes we assessed a $2 fee to offset costs and ensure the item was truly wanted (setting all costs to zero had in the past resulted in extremely high numbers of requests, many of which weren’t picked up). In 2016, due to budget constraints, we decided we couldn’t subsidize these costs, and received approval to undertake ILL Cost Recovery for faculty and staff. (We continued to absorb student ILL costs.) We promised at the time to try to find a way to create a fund to support faculty ILLs, by finding other savings. We do not wish to change the policy: it’s difficult to predict future budgets, so we can’t be sure we’ll never need to direct this funding to other purposes. So we’re not changing the ILL Cost Recovery policy, but we’re subsidizing up to $3000/year. Please note that it’s limited – we’re only allocating funds saved from postage. But between improved funding that allowed us to purchase more journal backfiles, our subscription to JSTOR’s EBA E-books collection (25,000+ e-books from university presses), and an improved book budget, we hope this will improve faculty access to research resources.
Open Access (OA) Statement of Support
The University Senate Library Committee (USLC), chaired by Dr. Marcia Mikulak, with the membership of David Haberman (Law), Laurie McHenry (Law), Michaela Moen (student), Michael Dodge (Space Studies), Cristina Oancea (Public Health), Forrest Ames (Mechanical Engineering), Mark Jendrysik (Political Science & Public Administration), Mary Baker (Teaching & Learning), Dawn Denny (Nursing), and Stephanie Walker (ex officio, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources), completed a Statement of Support for Open Access in April 2018, in hopes of encouraging faculty to deposit their research, when permissible, into the UND Scholarly Commons. This will remain voluntary: this is just a Statement of Support, not a mandate. It’s meant to encourage sharing and wide dissemination of UND research, where feasible. Openly available research has a greater reach, readership, and impact – unsurprisingly, given ever-rising journal costs. One article, in arXiv.org, cites the advantage in research impact of OA journal articles as anywhere from 36%-172%, depending on the discipline. The draft statement was edited based on feedback from USLC members and their colleagues, with assistance from Jason Jenkins, UND Special Affiliate Legal Counsel. It was also shared with the Office of the Provost, and has been posted to the CFL website. We hope to bring this document to the University Senate for discussion, and hopefully a vote, in Fall 2018. Many institutions have such a statement of support; some have gone further, creating a mandate requiring faculty to deposit their research openly (though clearly, there are exceptions, such as for research with security implications). As noted, at UND, we’ve no plans for a mandate; we just want to encourage faculty to deposit their research when possible. However, it’s worth reiterating that most federal grant agencies now require open deposit of research as a condition of funding – see NIH’s policy.
UND Scholarly Commons Update
As of August 20, 2018, the UND Scholarly Commons contains 12,698 items; 9,536 items have been downloaded since September 22, 2017. Interested in having your work added to the Commons, or having someone speak to your department? Contact Zeineb Yousif, Digital Initiatives Librarian (x6939).
UND Scholarly Commons CV Review Service
If you’re interested in having the Library review publications from your CV, to determine what we can add (within copyright restrictions) to the UND Scholarly Commons, we’re happy to help! We’ve introduced a new CV review service. Just send a copy of your CV to Zeineb Yousif, Digital Initiatives Librarian. We’ll review your publications and check what the publishers of each of your articles, book chapters, etc. allows in terms of deposit in non-profit institutional repositories. Then we’ll contact you and let you know what’s feasible, and if you wish, upload items you want to share to the Commons. Research that is openly shared is more likely to be viewed, used, and cited. Boost your research impact with UND’s Scholarly Commons!
Library Services Platform RFP in Progress
An RFP for a Library Services Platform (LSP) for the ODIN Academic Libraries subgroup was developed and issued over the summer. Two experienced UND Libraries staff, Shelby Harken and Laurie McHenry, are serving on the system selection committee. Vendor demonstrations were held during the week of August 27. This is a major project for any library, and more complex for a consortium – an LSP is the backbone of any library, affecting most records processes. Training will be intensive. Once a vendor is selected, system conversion generally takes at least 18 months, with data clean-up often taking another year. Given that our current product, Aleph, is no longer being developed and will soon no longer be supported, this is vital. We’re eager to move forward; many services we want to support are difficult or impossible with Aleph. A new system will offer new opportunities. Stay tuned!
Game Nights and a Local Community Partnership
Did you know that CFL has a monthly Game Night, on the first Wednesday of each month, from 6 – 9 p.m.? We’re partnering with local favorite Broken Sentry Games in hosting a monthly game night in the Library’s north entry. We have games in the Library – you may have seen them or checked them out – but this is a chance to try new games too. Every month, Broken Sentry brings some of their favorite games for people to try. Or if you have a favorite game, but just need to meet some new folks to join you, you’re welcome to bring your own as well. Fall semester Game Nights are September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Join us to try new games, play old favorites, meet new people who share your interests, and have fun. For more information, contact CFL’s game coordinator, Chris Gasink (701.777.4644).
Keeping Up with the Chester Fritz Library
Want to keep up with news from the Chester Fritz Library? Try reading our CFL Blog! You’ll see regular stories about everything happening in the Library and more. Latest stories include information about renovations (including the One Button Studio), how to be savvy about textbooks using a new guide created by CFL’s own Holly Gabriel and Val Becker from Disability Services, information about library events (including our regular Game Nights!), and much more!
Update from the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Library Resources
This summer was business as usual for the SMHS Library Resources (LR). The medical students were back at it the first week of August. The rest of the health sciences started classes week 3 of August. It is fun to hear the building so busy again after a quieter summer term. LR Team members continued work on their outreach grant, updated training materials, and planned instruction sessions for the fall. One of the more visible summer projects was the launch of an updated Library Resources website in August. As part of the relaunch of the of the UND website, Library Resources updated pages and added a few new features, such as a new blog called “Library Notes” and a chat reference service. Please visit our website for more details.
Thormodsgard Law Library
Outreach to Public Libraries
The Law Library continued its outreach across the state, visiting several public libraries to discuss the new legal self-help collection, which was created via a grant from the State Library. Staff members visited libraries in Bismarck, Cooperstown, Fort Yates, Lisbon, Mandan, Rugby, and Valley City to describe the collection and how it can be useful to public libraries and their patrons. Staff members also spent time visiting the Supreme Court Law Library to learn about their collection and how we can work together to improve access to legal information across the state.
New Websites for Law Faculty Services, Student Services, and Public Services
The Law Library took advantage of the new web-site roll out to create several new pages geared at our core patron groups. New pages were created for Faculty Services, Student Services, and Public Services that will make it easier for web visitors to find what they are looking for and to learn more about the services that we offer.
New Services for Law Faculty and Students
The Law Library recently implemented a few new services, one aimed at law faculty and two aimed at law students. First, the Law Library will now distribute a bi-yearly newsletter for law faculty, reminding them of core services and covering legal research, technology, and teaching information that may be of interest. On the student side, law student groups may now reserve access to the Law Library’s display window to create displays on upcoming events and other topics of interest. Additionally, the Law Library has created a “hornbook exchange” program, in which law students may freely trade copies of new and old study guides via a dedicated shelf in the Law Library basement.
New “Legal Skills” Collection
The Law Library has created a new “Legal Skills” collection aimed at faculty who teach skills-based law courses. Books in the collection cover topics such as legal writing, advocacy, contract drafting, and pedagogy. Books may be checked out by faculty and may also be available to students on a case-by-case basis.
Thank you, and all of us look forward to continuing to serve you and work with you.
Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota
(7 September 2018)