2018 Special Update
Welcome! This has been a very busy term, and a very busy year, so we are issuing a special end-of-year update to keep everyone posted on what’s happening at the Libraries!
The UND Libraries and their staff have been racking up awards this year. On October 25, 2018, Stephanie Walker received, on behalf of Chester Fritz Library, the 2018 Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Most Innovative Library Award. MPLA is a 12-state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals, and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Also in October 2015, Laurie McHenry of UND’s Thormodsgard Law Library was awarded the North Dakota Library Association's Librarian of the Year Award for 2018 for her extensive and outstanding service. More locally, November’s UND U-Shine Award went to Will Martin, Chester Fritz Library’s Head of Library Digital Initiatives, Systems, & Services, for services well beyond the call of duty.
Coming Soon – 24/7 Chat Reference Service via QuestionPoint (QP)
If it’s 3:00 a.m. on a Sunday and you find yourself desperately in need of research help, you’ll soon be able to get it. CFL has joined QuestionPoint (QP), OCLC’s chat reference service. QP allows users to click an Ask a Librarian icon on the CFL website and chat with an academic librarian 24/7, 365 days a year. CFL librarians will provide 8 hours/week of co-operative service and 40 hours/week of local service, monitoring the chat reference queue, and when we’re not on duty, other academic librarians will be. Via QP, academic librarians at member institutions have back-door access to each other’s resources, so when we answer a question for a student at another institution, we can use that institution’s resources and be sure the student can go back and use those same resources again. Similarly, other academic librarians can access our resources to serve our students. If a librarian feels she hasn’t answered a student’s question completely or that the student could benefit from follow up, she can drop the transcript of the chat session into the student’s home institution’s QP mailbox and a librarian from that institution can follow up. As well, QP maintains a useful knowledge base. QP also offers widgets that we can use so that students can click Ask a Librarian from many entry points – even within the search screen of a library database. If a student gets stuck, she can share a screenshot with a librarian and get context-sensitive help. We are especially excited because this service will be very helpful for distance students. QP will help all UND students, but it is particularly helpful to students who have no easy way to come to the Library for help. This is one of CFL’s many ways to support OneUND – and in this instance, particularly Goal 3: Deliver more educational opportunities online and on-campus. It also supports Goal 6: Meet the educational needs of active duty and reserve military personnel, veterans, and their families, by making it easier to get research help with any course, at any time and date, regardless of where they are.
As we’ve shared many times, CFL is about to undergo renovation – and it’s getting close! In addition to earlier steps discussed in previous Library updates, we have begun considerable preparatory work. Our work thus far, and tentative plans for the construction schedule, are described below:
- Summer/Fall 2018
- Planning, planning, planning! We have been busy working on plans for the renovation with the architects (Stantec and ICON locally), the CMAR (see below), UND Facilities, UND UIT, and others.
- Plans for project phasing discussed with Construction Engineers (the Construction Manager At Risk) and with UND Facilities.
- November 2018
- Notices posted on CFL website, and to FacTalk and StaffChat. Signs posted widely. Communications shared.
- Art removed from walls, to ensure it is not damaged by construction or asbestos abatement. Large artworks – stone/glass sculpture and Robert Nelson’s North Dakota Mural – carefully transported from Reading Room. These works will receive some preservation and repair treatments, courtesy of Myers Foundation funds, and will be safely stored during asbestos abatement and construction. Special thanks to Sarah Heitkamp, UND Art Collections Curator, for removing, packing, and supervising transportation of art, and to Prof. Donovan Widmer for consulting with us on the removal and preservation of the large artworks, as well as for agreeing to use Myers funds for needed work.
- Popular Reading Collection moved from Reading Room to 3rd floor.
- DVD collection moved from 1st floor to 3rd floor.
- Proposals for compact shelving reviewed; contract awarded to Spacesaver.
- Discussions held with moving companies who will be transporting furniture, equipment, and the print government documents and bound periodicals collections to the Core Library, where they will be stored for the duration of the construction project.
- Floor plans repeatedly revised.
- Multiple meetings held with IT staff moving into Library, CIO Madhavi Marasinghe, Facilities staff and project leads, architects, and many other groups to finalize floor plans and further discuss project phasing.
- Plans finalized for asbestos abatement, to be done in various areas over 6 phases.
- December 2018
- Staff from Digital Initiatives, Systems, & Services unit and from Periodicals & Government Documents unit will move to temporary space.
- Moving of bound periodicals and print government documents will begin.
- Asbestos abatement will begin.
- Construction of temporary partitions will be done, to ensure construction can continue while we maintain access to offices and other workspaces.
- February 2019
- Construction begins in earnest!
We will keep everyone posted as renovations proceed. Please follow our Chester Fritz Library blog!
Access to Stored Collections During Renovations
As noted, in order to complete renovations, including the installation of compact shelving, the print government documents collections and the bound periodicals will be removed and temporarily stored in the Core Library for the duration of the project. These items will not be unpacked onto shelving, and thus will not be easily accessible. Users will not have physical access to these materials. However, we do not wish to compromise access to information for our faculty, staff, and students. Throughout the course of the renovation, we will offer expanded interlibrary loan services, and the Library will absorb any costs passed on to us by lending institutions for any requests for materials we own which are stored in the Core Library. In an emergency, Library staff will work with Facilities to access the specific boxes in which requested materials are stored, but as this will be difficult, we hope such emergencies will be few, and we will be able to supply all requests via our generous interlibrary loan partner libraries.
After over 3 years, the CFL deaccessioning project is complete! On November 19, 2018, the final spreadsheets of items flagged for possible deaccessioning ran, and on December 4, 2018, these were removed per the regular schedule. Pending final records clean-up, this marks the official end of the project. We appreciate the input and assistance of faculty and staff who have given generously of their time and energies throughout the course of this project. Thank you all.
Expanded Collections Online – Coming Soon!
CFL has purchased ALL remaining JSTOR packages. – Arts & Sciences V, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, and XV. To quote JSTOR’s website, “The JSTOR archival collections feature the back issues of more than 2,600 scholarly journals across 60 disciplines. JSTOR works with a diverse group of nearly 1,200 publishers from more than 57 countries to preserve and make their content digitally available.” We are very excited to be able to provide access to all of this content, and we’re working to integrate these into our collections – please stay tuned. This will be a major increase in access to journal backfiles in the arts, social sciences, humanities, public health, and business.
One Button Studio – Bring Your Classes!
The CFL One Button Studio has been getting some attention, from faculty and students alike, and we would like to mention that if you wish to bring your students in to get a quick overview of the facility and our reservation system, we will be happy to accommodate you! Please contact Karlene Clark or Stan Johnson, or call the Access Services Desk (ext. 7-4644) or your subject librarian for more information.
Open Access Statement of Support Passed, FAQ Available
On October 4, 2018, UND’s University Senate approved the Open Access Statement of Support drafted and presented by the University Senate Library Committee. It is available on the CFL website, along with an FAQ. We are extremely pleased: UND now joins many of its peers in officially supporting faculty efforts to make their research more accessible.
ALMA Selected As New Library Services Platform for ODIN Academic Libraries
ALMA, the newest Library Services Platform (LSP) from Ex Libris, has been selected as the winning product for the ODIN Academic Libraries subgroup. Special thanks go to Shelby Harken and Laurie McHenry for their work on the committees that developed the RFP and made the selection. We will be working with the ODIN staff to implement ALMA and convert all records in our current Aleph Integrated Library System to the ALMA platform over the next 18-24 months. The ODIN Public Libraries are currently evaluating vendor proposals.
Thank you, and we look forward to continuing to serve you and work with you.