Library News and Events

21
Oct14

Celebrate Open Access Week With Us! Oct. 20-26, 2014

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

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Open Access Week

Are you:

…a scientist hoping to maximize the audience for your research?
…a student who’s tried to access a journal article through Google and hit a paywall?
…an early career researcher concerned about establishing your scholarly reputation?
…a taxpayer who wants to be able to access government-funded health research?

If so, then Open Access is relevant to you!

This week, Snell Library is celebrating International Open Access Week, which highlights the importance of expanding access to research on a global scale. Open Access Week is an international event now in its eighth year – its purpose is to raise awareness about inequities in access to information and promote change in the publishing industry.

Traditionally, researchers access information they need through a personal subscription, buying a book, or accessing information through a library. But what if your library doesn’t have a subscription? Or, what happens when you graduate? Or, what about researchers in developing countries where the costs of access are out of reach? (Journal subscriptions can cost thousands of dollars.) These are some of the reasons why opening access to research is important.

The theme of International Open Access Week this year is “Generation Open” – highlighting the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change. Snell Library has several events planned to celebrate OA Week; given the theme this year, I’m very pleased that for the first time, one of our events features a Northeastern student’s work! And be sure to stop by our table in the lobby of Snell every day this week (11:30-1:30) to learn more and pick up a totebag, laser-cut bookmark, or pen!

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 20
3:00 pm-4:30 pm
90 SL

Webcast: “Generation Open” Panel Discussion
Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 22
3:30 pm-8:30 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons (211 SL)

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Join us to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of under-represented groups in Massachusetts and U.S. history. This hack-a-thon style session will focus on editing and updating Wikipedia pages in a group setting. Participants do not need any prior experience with Wikipedia, just bring a laptop and a power supply. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 23
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
DMC 3D Printing Studio

3D Printing Presentation: Andreas Aghamianz
Northeastern student Andreas Aghamianz (COE ’18) will discuss the process of fabricating and assembling his open-sourced inMoov robotic hand.

Thursday, October 23
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
90 SL

Webcast: The Right Metrics for Generation Open
Stacy Konkiel of Impactstory presents a guide to getting credit for practicing open science. Refreshments will be served.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Scholarly Communications

19
Sep14

New: Use your mobile device to reserve a room!

Posted by: Tricia Reinhart

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Beginning this fall, you can now use NUSSO (Northeastern Space Scheduling Online) on the go!  When you go to the NUSSO site or the library homepage and click on “Reserve a Room” from your phone, you will be redirected to the mobile version.  It is simple and easy to use.  To reserve a room, click on the home icon and then “New Booking.”

And did you know… you can also use NUSSO to reserve a workstation on the second floor of Snell Library!

The mobile site will only show you bookings for the current day.  If you would like to view, edit, or cancel future reservations, you will have use the full site.

Thanks to our partners, the Center for Student Involvement and Information Technology Services, for helping to enable this new mobile functionality!

NUSSO Room Booking screenshot
Also new this semester:

Individual rooms on level 3 are now available to graduate students for flexible, short term booking using NUSSO. These rooms can be reserved for up to 6-hour blocks of time for writing a dissertation or thesis, or to study for an exam.  This is a great option for graduate students who only need to use a study room occasionally.

If you have any questions or comments about these changes, please fill out the library’s Contact Us form, or visit the Help & Information Desk on the first floor of the library.

 

Posted in: Library News and Events

1
Aug14

Snell Library introduces a new ebrary Reader from ProQuest on August 7!

Posted by: Amy Lewontin

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This summer, a number of Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students volunteered their time to work with Snell Library and ProQuest as beta testers, to enhance the ebrary Reader and the user experience. We are hoping you will try out the new reader and enjoy the improved user experience!

• The interface is more simple and intuitive.
• Taking notes, printing sections of a book, sharing, zooming, searching within a book, and creating a citation have all been improved.
• Text quality is improved for better readability.
• Page numbers correspond with printed book.
• The side panel is easily removed for full screen reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you already have an ebrary account, your reader will be updated automatically!

A few more things:
Ebrary will be retiring their dedicated mobile app on August 4th. The new Reader was designed with mobile devices in mind. When you want to download a book, (to your laptop or tablet) you will be prompted to complete an easy three-step process. The last step is to install the free Adobe Digital Editions software for downloading whole e-books.

The Bluefire app will be used for maximizing the experience of offline reading on iOS (iPad and iPhone), Android, and Windows 8 devices. To download the Bluefire app use the App Store or Google Play.

Also, ebrary is promising “enhanced support for accessibility needs” toward the end of 2014.

Webinars are being offered on the new ebrary Reader, if you would like to learn more. We suggest the webinars on the new Reader, and on downloading if you need assistance.

If you need further assistance with ebrary and the Reader, please contact Julie Jersyk, Research and Instruction Librarian at j.jersyk@neu.edu or 617-373- 2458. You may also use our Ask A Librarian service.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online

16
Jul14

Welcome Fall 2014 Snell Library Co-ops!

Posted by: Jen Anderle

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Snell is proud to welcome four new co-op students this semester. Manuel Simone, William Jackson, Michelle Espinosa, and Jennie Robbiano are already wonderful additions to the library staff.

 

Manuel Simone- DMC Studios Co-op

Manuel (or Manny) is a Music Industry student going into his 4th year at NEU and originally from Montclair, New Jersey. He has been writing raps since he was 10, and learned how to produce/record since he was about 14. Recently, Manny released his first self-produced album after several albums with help from other producers. Other than music, Manny very much enjoys watching comedy and action TV shows and movies, reading a good fantasy novel or biography, and playing and watching sports.

 

 

 

Will Jackson-Co-op Web Applications Developer

Will is a senior pursuing a dual major in Information Science and Business Management. This is his third and final co-op. Will is currently working on a NEH funded project to add Fedora Repository support to the Tapas Project. In his free time, Will enjoys writing and  playing video games. He also enjoys reading and listening to music. He says he is “okay” at both of those things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Espinosa- Graphic Design Co-op

Michelle is a fourth year aspiring Graphic Design major and a business management minor. She is from the small, but beautiful country of Honduras. Michelle has been a competitive horseback rider since she was nine, mainly show jumping and dressage. Her other hobbies include playing the flute, singing, and mountain biking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie Robbiano- Marketing and Events Co-op

Jennie is a fourth year International Affairs and Religious Studies major. She is also the co-director of Strong Women, Strong Girls at Northeastern. In her spare time, (what little she has) Jennie enjoys sewing, vegan baking, and Sci-Fi TV shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to all of you, we are looking forward to a great semester!

 

 

Posted in: Jobs, Library News and Events, Serendipity

19
Jun14

R&I Librarian Donna Kennedy Retires after 37 Years

Posted by: Will Wakeling

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Donna Kennedy, R&I Librarian, Snell Library
I am both delighted and disappointed to announce that, after working 37 years with Northeastern University Libraries, Donna Kennedy has decided to retire from the University, effective July 1st, 2014.

My delight is in knowing that, after years of a strong and productive commitment to her working career, Donna will now have the time to pursue a quite active engagement with her hobbies and, most important, numerous children and grandchildren. My disappointment is in knowing that the Library and University are losing a colleague who has always brought energy, a solid commitment, and a rare expertise to her work and, most especially, to the curricular and research needs of the student and faculty communities.

Soon after arriving at the University in 1977, Donna was instrumental in developing services and collections at the former Burlington Campus Library to accommodate and enrich the experiences of a significant population of adult students enrolled in University College (later College of Professional Studies).

When the Burlington Campus Library closed, Donna returned to Snell Library to, at first, lead the Access Services Department and, finally, as a Research and Instruction Services Librarian, to anchor the outreach and research support to the significant education program at the University.

Donna’s achievements will long be valued and remembered by us and, I’m sure, by the many, many students and faculty to whom she has given expert assistance over the years. We hope to see some of these old friends at the event on June 24th. On behalf of all Library staff, I wish Donna a long and very well deserved retirement.

—Will Wakeling, Dean, University Libraries

Posted in: Library Memories, Library News and Events, Serendipity, Staff Interests