1/21/2010

Alumni Author Celebration February 10 - Langsdale Auditorium & Gallery

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 10 from 6-8pm for Langsdale's celebration of UB alumni authors. We have a number of published authors with undergraduate and graduate degrees from UB (probably more than we've identified), and the library wants to celebrate their talents. So please join us for a reception and program on the 10th in the Langsdale Auditorium and Gallery to recognize these accomplished authors:
  • Usha Akella
  • Arnold T. Blumbergalumni authors
  • Sherry Bosley*
  • Shirley Brewer*
  • Shahzad Kavoossi Farzad
  • Vincent DePaul Gisriel
  • Abigail Green
  • Marcie Jones
  • Jeffrey Kluger
  • Heather L. McKenzie*
  • Leslie F. Miller*
  • Clayton Oliver
  • Lee Raskin
  • D. Paul Reynolds
  • Emidio (Mel) Rossi
  • Janet Ruck
  • Susan Tatterson*
  • Marsha Wight Wise*
  • K. A. Wisniewski*
  • Debra Wolf
Several authors (*) will be reading from their works or leading a panel discussion on the writing/publishing process. Others will be selling and signing copies of their books during the reception. Langsdale will display a number of the authors' works and will host a photography exhibit by alumni Susan Tatterson.

The event is free and open to the public - we hope you'll join us in the celebration!

1/19/2010

Open Access: What is it and why does it matter?

Attention students, faculty, staff, and administrators: Do you know about Open Access and how it relates to all of us in the UB community?

"Open access (OA) is a worldwide movement wherein full-text scholarly articles are completely free and unrestricted to all users to read, copy, download, and distribute over the World Wide Web."
(Western Carolina University's Glossary of Library Lingo)

Specific interest groups, including the scientific research community and academic librarians, have been grappling with OA issues for years. Increasingly, however, conversations about open access are occurring across departments and divisions on college and university campuses. All members of the UB community have a vested interest in being aware of the issues associated with access to scholarly publications, including faculty who publish in peer-reviewed journals to further scholarship in their fields and advance their careers, librarians who acquire and provide access to these publications in print or online, students who use these resources in the pursuit of education, and administrators who make policy and budgetary decisions.

For a quick and entertaining introduction to the OA movement, check out this video: Open Access Manifesto. Peter Suber, an Earlham College philosophy professor turned OA policy strategist, provides a more comprehensive overview.

Want to see some OA journals? The Directory of Open Access Journals will connect you to thousands of scholarly and scientific journals which are available in full-text for free. Browse the DOAJ's listings (currently 4570 journals!) by subject category.

Open access issues are currently making news headlines as a result of the Obama administration's interest in public access to taxpayer-funded research. The President's Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently hosting a Public Access Policy Forum on its blog, and the deadline for comments and responses from the public is extended through January 21st, 2010.

If you'd like to know more about the OA movement, you're in luck -- there's a wealth of information available through the web. Here are a few highlights:

The Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
Are you a student? Administrator? Researcher? OASIS has customized information for each of these categories based on what type of user you are.

Open Access in 2009: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This blog post by Richard Poynder is exactly what it sounds like -- a year-end review about all things OA.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
SPARC is a one-stop shop for news, articles, videos, and links about the effort "to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system."

ACRL's Scholarly Communication Toolkit
The Association of College and Research Libraries created this toolkit as "an educational resource primarily directed to librarians," but it provides useful overviews of interrelated issues, including authors' rights, journal economics, open access archiving, and new models of publishing.

1/14/2010

Double sided printing comes to Langsdale

You may have seen the recent announcement that the OTS computer labs now have double-sided printing available. In addition to being better for the environment by reducing the amount of paper used, this enables you to get more printed pages out of your allocation each semester.

Langsdale Library is happy to report that we have jumped on the double-sided printing bandwagon.  Unfortunately, at the present time only 1 of our printers (LABLANG3) can actually do double sided printing, so maybe we are just hanging onto the side of the bandwagon.  But we do what we can.

So, if you are in Langsdale Library and want to print on both sides, remember to print to LABLANG3, conveniently located on the 1st floor right by the stairway and elevator.

1/13/2010

Leisure Reading?

Are you looking to do some leisure reading but don't quite have the time to tackle a large tome? Then perhaps you'll want to check out the Story of the Week.

Every Monday the Library of America (LOA) will feature a new Story of the Week. It could be anything: a short work of fiction, a character sketch, an essay, a journalist's dispatch, a poem. What is certain is that it will be memorable, because every story is from one of the hundreds of classic works of American Literature published by the Library of America.

1/04/2010

Movies and Leisure Reading

The library is open again. Come check out our movies and leisure reading now, before the semester starts, while you still have free time!