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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Get To Know LATIS’s Rebecca Moss

Name: Rebecca Moss

What is your educational background? Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University, BFA in Art History from IUPUI

When did you start working at UMN?  1999

What is your current job title and describe what you do ? Assistant Director for LATIS.  I have a great interest in making connections between LATIS and other groups across the university to enhance teaching and research. As a librarian, I have a natural affinity for working with the Libraries, especially with DASH, to provide services and training that support our faculty and students.

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? My hometown is Indianapolis, IN, and much of my family still lives there so I make regular trips home. Besides going away to college, the first place I moved to for any length of time was Key West, FL. And this is the place that I would love to retire to when the time comes. The quality of light and the beauty of the ocean make it a wonderful place.

What brought you to your current job? I was brought to Minnesota by the chair of the Art History Department at the time, Rick Asher, who happened to come to Indiana University where I was working, and told me about the job opening here. I had never thought I’d end up in Minnesota, but I am very glad I did.   

What is your favorite aspect of your job? I get to work with some really smart, interesting people - people who are engaged and trying to make a difference. This includes students just starting out on their journey, to faculty who have been working in their fields for decades. Add to that the folks of LATIS, who have a wide variety of skill sets and interests, but who work collaboratively to support CLA.

What was your worst or most unusual job? Hands down the worst job I ever had was cold-calling people in order to sell them aluminum siding. I lasted all of four hours. I do not have the ability to talk people into a product I do not care about. A good life lesson, I suppose.
What is your favorite accomplishment at the U, so far? I am very proud that the Digital Content Library is providing a much needed service in documenting, preserving, and providing access to faculty and student content that might otherwise be lost. I think we are only at the beginning of what the DCL will be doing as we move into the world of 3D and VR and high resolution imaging.

What is your favorite place on campus? I actually love Mapps Coffee - it is just on the edge of campus on Cedar/Riverside. The mix of locals and university folks makes for a very pleasant vibe, and I love their coffee.
What is your best/more amusing U-related memory? Around 2005, I told some people at work about the phone calls I kept getting at home from folks wanting to talk to Vikings football player Randy Moss - I was listed as R. Moss in the phone directory then. A local news station came to campus and I was interviewed both for print and on TV for a segment. They had fun contrasting me with Randy Moss, who was garnering lots of press at the time for his touchdown antics.

People may be surprised to know: I was born in the Philippines and lived there until I was seven. My parents were missionaries and my brothers and sister and I had a wonderful time (for the most part) living a very different life than most American children. I have never returned, which I regret, but my love for the tropics remain.

Before I die, I would like to: Ride in a flying car, talk to robots, and see evidence of alien life. All of this is fast approaching us, and I, for one, am excited about the future.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Z.umn.edu Relaunch Offers New Sharing, Ownership, and Collection Options for Users

The University’s popular Z.umn.edu URL-shortening service will roll out a refreshed look and new features early this summer.

Available to anybody with a University of Minnesota Internet ID, the service enables users to create custom URLs ending in umn.edu for their University-related projects.

The changes were made following requests from users and focus on shareability and organization. Improvements include:

  • Transfer Ownership - a user will be able to transfer ownership of a link. This comes in particularly helpful if a project/event changes hands or if a user leaves a position.
  • Collections - users will be able to group URLs into collections to better organize around an event, department, or project. Collections can also be shared with other users who will then also have access to edit and add URLs.
  • Accessibility - Improved accessibility compliance for a better user experience.
  • Twitter - as soon as a URL is created, the user will be able to share it via Twitter with a simple click right from Z.umn.edu.
  • QR Code - a custom QR code will also be automatically created with any new Z.umn.edu link allowing the user to direct traffic in a printed piece using scanning technology.

The URLs never expire and there currently is no limit to the number of URLs an individual can create or manage. Once created, the URLs can be shared with both University and non-University audiences.

All current Z.umn.edu links will remain active and transfer to the new site where they will benefit from the new features such as ownership transfer and collection organization.
For more information about Z.umn.edu, watch the new tutorial or contact 1-Help.