Winter Update 2018
Welcome, all! Chester Fritz Library (CFL) would like to update everyone on projects in progress and news. We also have guest announcements from Thormodsgard Law Library and SMHS Library Resources – congratulations to both on their news!
Grand Opening: Elwyn B. Robinson's History of North Dakota: A Multimedia Exhibit
On February 21, from 4 – 6 pm, CFL will host the Grand Opening of our inaugural digital exhibit, entitled "Elwyn B. Robinson's History of North Dakota: A Multimedia Exhibit." Special Guests: Dr. Kim Porter and Dr. William Caraher. This is the culmination of multiple projects. Primarily, it's the grand finale of our first OER grant, courtesy of funding from the North Dakota Legislature via the North Dakota University System, as well as funding from the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation and the Robinson family, and with the collaboration of NDSU Press and University of Nebraska Press. We will unveil the Open Access digital edition of Dr. Elwyn B. Robinson's seminal history of North Dakota. We'll also showcase our new UND Scholarly Commons and an amazing new display unit for art, rare books, and artifacts, known as the MagicBox (see below for details). This is an advance announcement – a formal invitation will follow. We invite all interested parties to join us! Refreshments will be served.
Open Educational Resources (OERs)
UND OER initiatives continue to grow. Faculty from every College use OERs; since October 2015, we've saved students a maximum of over $3.7 million! We announced another round of funding: first consideration goes to applications received by Feb. 5, 2018, but we'll accept applications at the proposal submission site while funds last. We ask that you review the OER FAQ guide before submitting. Now that UND has an institutional repository, the UND Scholarly Commons, we require faculty who receive funding to provide a copy of their final OER for deposit in the Commons. Attendance at scheduled training is required; if multiple faculty are involved, at least one person per group must attend, or make alternate arrangements. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Walker, Chair, OER Working Group by email or phone (x2619).
Thormodsgard Law Library News – from Tammy Oltz, Library Director
The Law Library is pleased to announce that its proposal was selected for a Library Vision 2020 Collection Development Grant from the North Dakota State Library. The grant will go toward developing a collection of self-help legal materials that will be made available for circulation throughout the state. The Law Library is thrilled to have this opportunity to deepen connections with North Dakota citizens, particularly those in rural communities who may not have adequate access to legal representation or legal materials.
New Name, New Website at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Library Resources – from Kelly Thormodson, Library Director, and Erika Johnson, SE Clinical Campus Librarian
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) moved into its new building in the summer of 2016. This move also included a name change for the Library of the Health Sciences. SMHS chose to change the name to reflect the Library's connection to other departments in SMHS. You may still find references to our old name, as we are slowly working to update them. With UND's major website change beginning this spring, we know many references to the old name will be corrected, but if you have department websites with references to the old Library name, please feel free to update those. Our official name is School of Medicine and Health Sciences Library Resources or SMHS Library Resources.
In addition, SMHS Library Resources launched a new website on December 22, 2017. The new site prepares Library Resources for its migration to the new UND site later this year, and takes care of some behind-the-scenes challenges faced by staff. When you visit the new site, you will see a clean, simplified design with streamlined menus and quick access to frequently used resources. One of the biggest changes for users is the disappearance of the site login on the home page. With the new site, users outside of the medical school building will be prompted to log in only when they access a resource that requires authentication. Remote users will also notice that the login screen is different – it now utilizes the ODIN Login system. Check it out and let us know what you think.
UND Scholarly Commons Is Here – And Going Strong!
In the Fall 2017 Update, we described our progress in creating an Institutional Repository (IR) at UND, called the UND Scholarly Commons. In September, we did a soft launch, waiting to announce it widely until we had substantial content. That's no longer a concern – the Commons now holds 7000+ items, and they've been downloaded over 1200 times, worldwide! Some collections include the following:
- Elwyn Robinson's History of North Dakota
- All UND Geology theses and dissertations since 1914, and many senior projects
- Atmospheric sciences datasets
- A large number of Occupational Therapy Graduate Scholarly Projects
- The amazing OER developed and adapted by our Math Department for Calculus I, II, and III
- John F. Kennedy History, Memory, and Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry
- The growing UND Art Collections Inventory
- Images from UND Athletics
We're beginning to add faculty publications. If you wish to submit published work, pre-prints, research datasets, or other items, we're happy to help! Most publishers permit deposit of materials in some form (often pre-prints) in university repositories, which are non-commercial (as opposed to entities like Research Gate or Academia.edu, which are private and may have other considerations). CFL staff are trained to assist with copyright queries. We can also train your staff to input large collections, if you wish, and are willing to host accreditation materials. We can adapt security and access as needed. We also plan to host open journals and more. To discuss projects, please contact Zeineb Yousif (Digital Initiatives Librarian) by email or phone (x6939).
An IR is a critical tool for UND. Most federal grant agencies now require grant recipients to make research and data openly available to receive federal funds - see NIH's Public Access Policy. Without an IR, getting federal grants may be difficult. We're working closely with CIO Madhavi Marasinghe, VP Grant McGimpsey, and Dr. Aaron Bergstrom of the Computing Research Center to ensure the Commons can facilitate Research Data Management (RDM) and other services. UND Libraries have staff trained in RDM and in standardized metadata schema to ensure the widest possible research accessibility. If you need help with your RDM plan or metadata requirements, please contact Stephanie Walker (x2619) or Zeineb Yousif (x6939). We'll connect you with the right person for your needs.
With support from the Myers Foundation, CFL purchased a MagicBox – an amazing display unit for art, artifacts, rare books, etc., that allows you to showcase physical objects and simultaneous interactive digital displays. You can place books in the display, and then page through the images, rotate images, stream video, and more. The MagicBox uses metadata librarians attach to items, and shows different objects and displays on multiple computers, so you can create a multi-station exhibit culminating in the physical display of the MagicBox. It's a unique, amazing tool. To sample what the MagicBox can do, watch the University of Lancaster's YouTube video. Our first MagicBox exhibit will be "Elwyn B. Robinson's History of North Dakota: A Multimedia Exhibit" on February 21, 4 – 6 pm, in the CFL Reference area. The Digital Exhibits Working Group is also planning future exhibits and liaising with UND's Art Committee – stay tuned!
CFL is pleased to announce that we've filled the critical position of Evening Supervisor. Jay Gillen joins us on February 1, 2018. From 2004-13, Jay worked in positions at Rice University's Fondren Library, largely in circulation and collection management positions. He also supervised student staff, and worked on numerous shifting/relocation projects, which will help enormously when renovations begin.
Budget & Collections
As many know, through recent budget difficulties, Provost DiLorenzo and President Kennedy showed great support for CFL, faculty whose research and teaching needs we support, and students who use CFL resources for their work. CFL was allocated funds to avoid the loss of Wiley (which provides access to 2400+ scholarly journals in the sciences and social sciences) and to restore subscriptions to several vital smaller resources, such as the Foundation Directory Online, ACM Digital Library, and the Institute of Physics journals. We're also re-subscribing to a vital package from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Also, some packages which are used across UND that were funded by individual departments will now be funded via CFL; this includes Journal Citation Reports, which is an important tool for journal rankings. Despite what many who are unfamiliar with research libraries say, not everything is free on the Internet: only a tiny fraction of scholarly material is available at no charge. Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt said that Google indexes only about 0.004% (4/1000ths of 1%) of material that's been digitized – and much has not. Indeed, "only a sliver of what we know as the World Wide Web is easily accessible." It remains critical that research libraries provide access to scholarly materials, and these are very costly. We'd like to express our gratitude to President Kennedy, Provost DiLorenzo, and faculty who expressed support.
CFL expanded its new paint and carpet on the 2nd floor, to cover the area near Reference where vending machines are housed (about 12' x 12'). At the end of last fiscal year, Facilities had a small amount of funds for carpet and paint, and offered to add on to the area that was renovated in October 2016. We're grateful to Facilities - all improvements make CFL nicer for our users!
We added a Media Viewing Room to CFL's facilities, in the old 2nd floor Library Systems Office; Systems moved to the 1st floor. The room includes a large screen and DVD player; video may be streamed. A microwave (for popcorn!) is also available. Thanks to Laura Eider, our clerk, for finding a microwave!
We're also planning One Button Studio in CFL. Students have expressed a strong desire for recording facilities. One Button Studios were invented by Penn State University Libraries (https://onebutton.psu.edu/), and consist of a room where students enter, insert a flash drive into a computer, and push a button that activates lighting, sound, etc. Students record themselves, and when finished, they hit the button, withdraw the drive, and leave. PSU Libraries shared the code on GitHub. These facilities have been widely replicated at other institutions. They're relatively inexpensive; most costs are for equipment. They're ideal for a library like CFL that's planning major renovations. If we have to move the One Button Studio, there will be few "sunk costs." Meanwhile, current students can benefit and needn't wait for completion of renovations. We've not finalized a start date, but hope to have this available next academic year. Funds for this endeavor are coming from savings on our annual ODIN service costs; the Library worked with ODIN's new leadership to substantially reduce annual fees.
CFL is also participating in the Coulee to Columbia meetings, and CFL renovations will be a major part of campus revitalization. Further developments will be announced as they arise.
Nurturing New Readers
For the 5th year, CFL staff had a rousing internal fund drive to buy books for a local classroom. This year's recipient was Tara Gregory and her 1st grade class at Discovery School, selected from the Adopt-A Classroom website. CFL staff participated in a vigorous, voluntary "Penny War" with teams striving to raise the most cash. This year's collections came to 251.20; we purchased 28 books of Ms. Gregory's choosing. On Dec. 22, Stephanie Walker (Dean of Libraries & Information Resources), Joan Miller (CFL Staff Association President & ILL Specialist), and Patricia Reed (Acquisitions Specialist & member of Staff Association) presented the books to Ms. Gregory in her classroom. She expressed her gratitude and was eager to share the books with her class and other 1st grade teachers.
Thank you, and we 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
(updated 25 January 2018)