Thursday, March 31, 2011


ARLD Day 2011

The Everywhere Library

presented by the Academic and Research Libraries Division in partnership with the Public Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association

Last year, Academic and Research Libraries (ARLD) Day was all about getting users into the library building. This year, we’ll look at serving our patrons where they are. We know they work from their computers at home and in their offices, but they’re also increasingly accessing our services and information via mobile devices. What do libraries need to be thinking about? What services are successful? What technologies and metadata are required to make access easy and understandable? Join us on April 29 at ARLD Day 2011: The Everywhere Library to find out.

Who should attend:

· Academic librarians

· Public librarians

· School librarians

· Special librarians

· Anyone interested in mobile technologies

What to expect:

· Keynote speaker Jason Griffey from the University of Tennessee

· Special ARLD feature: Innovators Award presentation

· Lunch with your colleagues

· Afternoon breakout sessions: what’s happening in the upper Midwest

New ARLD Day Features:

· Innovators Award Presentation

· Technology Petting Zoo (ipads, Kindles, Nooks, and more!)

· Lightning Rounds

· More prizes than ever: eBook reader, MLA Conference 2011 Registration (in Duluth), Duluth Bookstore gift certificate

· Virtual attendance option
Out state? Unable to get to ARLD Day? You can still participate in part of ARLD Day through our virtual option for the keynote, Q&A, and Innovators Award!

Keynote speaker

Jason GriffeyJason Griffey
Associate Professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Everywhere Patron
Throughout the world, the majority of people who have access to the Internet are not using a computer. They are relying on their cell phone as their primary interface for listening to music, watching television, reading books, communicating with friends, and finding answers. As phones become more and more capable, fewer and fewer people find that they need their computer on a day to day basis to stay in touch with their infosphere. Libraries need to be at the forefront of these changes, as well as looking forward and preparing for the future of information interaction.

We will examine the upcoming rise of the superphone, the next-generation of mobile phone services, and how the next 3-5 years will reshape everything about information interactions.

Keynote speaker links to check out:

· Jason Griffey’s Personal Blog:

· Pattern Recognition:

· American Libraries’ Perpetual Beta:

· ALA TechSource Blog:

Schedule and session descriptions


Registration, breakfast, and networking




Jason Griffey keynote – NEW: Virtual attendance option!


Morning break


Q&A with Jason Griffey


Innovators Award presentation – NEW!


Lunch and Technology Petting Zoo (iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and more) – NEW!


Breakout Session 1


Breakout Session 2


Afternoon break


Lightning Rounds – NEW!

Download the breakout and lightning-round session descriptions »

Event Details

· Friday, April 29, 2011

· 8:30AM–4:00PM
(registration, breakfast, and networking: 8:30–9:15AM)

· Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr
Chaska, MN 55318

· $65 MLA members
$80 nonmembers
$30 students
$20 webcast – NEW!
(9:30AM-12:00PM only)

· NOTE: Prices increase by $10 after April 16

· Register online ( and pay by card OR download a hardcopy registration form by April 12

Kate Peterson
Information Literacy Librarian
Liaison to Writing Studies and University Honors
239 Walter Library | Phone: 612-626-3746 | E-mail:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Minitex Digital Images Workshop

Minitex Bibliographic and Technical Services is pleased to sponsor a new workshop, Understanding Digital Images: Basic to Intermediate Concepts, presented by Wayne Torborg, The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University.

We have scheduled one full-day session in the Twin Cities. If you are interested in hosting this workshop at your institution in North Dakota or South Dakota, please contact Sara Ring (, Minitex.

Understanding Digital Images: Basic to Intermediate Concepts

Andersen Library.

Confused by the technical jargon of digital imaging? Frustrated by training seminars that assume too much prior knowledge on the part of the student?

This day-long series of presentations guides the participant from the very basics of digital images to intermediate-level concepts, giving them the essential knowledge to embark on further exploration. Sessions cover the basics of digital image files, the mechanics of digitization, intermediate concepts such as colorspace and profiles, and suggestions for setting up computers for imaging work.

Friday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Register for "Understanding Digital Images: Basic to Intermediate Concepts"

More Details

Topics covered will include:

Image File Basics

  • Bits and bytes: how computers store information
  • Pixels: the building blocks of digital pictures
  • Image file formats
  • The RGB colorspace
  • Unraveling the "image size," "dots per inch," and "pixels per inch" confusion
  • Decoding the "megapixel" marketing hype
  • Resizing digital images
  • Compressed file formats, lossy vs. lossless compression

Mechanics of Digitization

  • Basics of creating digital images using light-sensitive electronic sensors
  • The essentials of how scanners work compared to digital cameras
  • Pros and cons of various types of systems
  • What a "raw" file is and why it's important in digital photography

Image Files: Learning More

  • RGB vs. CMYK colorspaces
  • Concepts of color profiles and why they matter
  • Why PCs and Macs don't always see "eye to eye," and how to fix it
  • Decoding the tech-talk of "gamut" "gamma" and "white point"

Setting Up Computers for Imaging Work

  • Useful guidelines for setting up a computer for imaging work
  • How computer monitors work and how to set them up properly
  • Essential concepts for reproducing image color and tone
  • Using test targets to get your monitor "close enough" for imaging work
  • Options for further exploration in this area

Who Should Attend?

This seminar would be useful to anyone learning the basics of digital photography, working with scanners, or preparing images for use on the Internet or in print.

Presenter Information

Wayne Torborg has been a professional photographer for nearly 30 years. After receiving a degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University in 1984, he operated a commercial photography business.

In 1997, he was recruited by ColorMax, a digital media services company, to produce digital photography for advertising clients. In 2004, he became director of digital collections and imaging for the Hill Museum & Manuscript Manuscript Library at Saint John's University in Collegeville.

In his work at HMML, Torborg supervises the work of 12 overseas manuscript digitization projects, manages HMML's websites and databases, and produces the digital images of the Saint John's Bible.

More Training Opportunities

Contact the Bibliographic and Technical Services Unit

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LITA Survey

In an effort to reach out to the library technology community and provide better services, LITA (the Library and Information Technology Association) is interested in how LITA members and non-members perceive the association. The short survey includes 3 questions (1 optional) and should take no more than 2 minutes to complete. We appreciate your participation!

Link to the Survey:

(Survey closes on 4/7/2011)

Thank you,

The LITA Branding Project Team

(Lauren Comito, Emily Daly, Bohyun Kim, Pearl Ly, Andreas Orphanides, Maurice York)

Monday, March 28, 2011

MCTC's Library Information Technology program is pleased to host the following College of DuPage teleconference:

" Cataloging: New Perspectives”

Presented by the College of DuPage

Broadcast date: Friday, April 8, 2011, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (bring your lunch and come for part or all, including a brief discussion following presentation) 

LOCATION: MCTC Science Blding, Room S1500

To Register, please contact 

Karen Coyle is back to discuss, "What's going on with Cataloging???" Over ten years after the publication of FRBR and two years after the final draft of RDA, we come to a decision point.
The questions that are posed are not just about the adoption of new cataloging rules, but of possible new directions for library data. The report on the Future of Bibliographic Control advised us to increase sharing—between libraries and with non-library communities—and to move our data from silo'd databases to an open web platform.
We will review steps that are being taken to at least experiment with those recommendations: the definition of library terms in a format compatible with the Semantic Web; national and international efforts to create linkable library data for web services; and results from two significant efforts: the World Wide Web Consortium's Incubator Group on Linked Library Data and the U.S. National Libraries test of RDA. 

Karen Coyle is a librarian and a consultant in the area of digital libraries. She worked for over 20 years at the University of California in the California Digital Library, has served on library and information standards committees, and has written frequently on technical topics ranging from metadata development, technology management, system design, and on policy areas such as copyright and privacy.
On the Coyle’s Information blog at, Karen comments regularly on the digital age. She has served on the LITA Top Technologies Expert Group, as LITA Monographs Acquisitions Editor, and on the MARBI (MARC Standards Advisory Committee).  She wrote the Managing Technologies column for the Journal of Academic Librarianship (2005-2008) and contributed the recent Library Journal netConnect feature (April 15, 2009) “Making Connections,” in which she addressed the possibilities of linked bibliographic data.  

Christopher Cronin has been Director of Metadata and Cataloging Services at the University of Chicago Library since 2008.  Prior to going to Chicago, he was Assistant Professor and Head of Digital Resources Cataloging at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Mr. Cronin has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, and an MIS from the University of Toronto. He is active on several committees of the American Library Association and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.  Mr. Cronin has been a consultant on numerous metadata initiatives, both nationally and internationally, and was the coordinator for the University of Chicago’s recent participation in the U.S. National Libraries' RDA Testing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

How to be a Leader in the Library

Please join the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) for an informal, one-hour open online chat, Friday, April 15, 11:30 am ET.

How to be a Leader in the Library

Do you want to be a leader in your library or community? Maybe you're new to your position and dealing with new leadership responsibilities?

Would you like to help others develop their leadership skills? If so, please attend the ANMIG April chat. Topic include leadership skills in the library and finding the support to help develop these skills.

ANMIG team members Liz Siler and Amy Jackson will lead the chat.

The chat is open to everyone: ALA members and non-members are welcome.

To join the chat please visit our ALA Connect page

( and follow the instructions to join the chat.

Learn more about the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) or via


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Art Libraries Society of North America Conference HERE!!!

The ARLIS/NA conference starts tomorrow, and if you have time to attend, you can register on site for the same student rate as for pre-registration. Check it out at:

Branch Out Call for Presenters

this is a great opportunity to present in a very friendly environment for paraprofessionals. I highly recommend submitting a session!


The Planning Committee for Branch Out 2011,, is seeking session presenters with program proposals for the August conference.

Branch Out is a conference designed by and for library paraprofessionals, support staff, and media specialists. Its purpose is to bring library staff from all around Minnesota and the surrounding region together for career development and networking opportunities. It has been held every two years.

Branch Out 2011 will be held on August 2 and 3, 2011, Tuesday to Wednesday, at beautiful St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Do you have a session to offer the Branch Out audience?

Complete the attached 2011 Presenter Form and submit to JoEllen LaPrade,

Session proposals are invited and will be accepted through Monday, April 11.

Selected session proposals will be announced by the Planning Committee some time after the April 11 deadline.

For questions, contact JoEllen LaPrade, Branch Out 2011 Chair,, 507-786-3621.

If you plan to attend, watch the Branch Out website,, for conference updates!