Library News and Events

9
Dec13

New Release: Scholar OneSearch

Posted by: Jen Ferguson

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With the latest version of Scholar OneSearch you may notice some minor changes to look and feel, but here’s the big news: thanks to your feedback, we’ve implemented the ability to pass search terms seamlessly to WorldCat. This is a useful feature for broadening your search to include holdings in libraries at other institutions.

Here’s how it works.

In the example below, I’ve entered some search terms into Scholar OneSearch, but I haven’t yet clicked the Search button.

 

 

After I run the search, the ‘Search WorldCat’ option appears.

 

 

Clicking ‘Search WorldCat’ sends all the terms already in the search box directly to WorldCat.  The results look like this:

 

 

From this page, I see that Northeastern owns copies of the first two items, but not the third item. I can click on the titles to learn more about these items, and from there I can even place an interlibrary loan request for the book we don’t own.

We know that some of you prefer to locate materials by ISBN or ISSN. Good news — the new WorldCat feature can search these too.

Here I’ve searched Scholar OneSearch for ISBN 9781892384157, with 0 results. (This is not too surprising, as Northeastern doesn’t own a copy of this book).

 

 

But once I pass that search to WorldCat, I can find the book — and I have the option to request it via interlibrary loan!

 

 

What do you think of the new release of Scholar OneSearch? What features would you like to see in future releases? Let us know!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online

21
Nov13

Faculty: Submit Your Reserve Requests for Winter and Spring Terms!

Posted by: Anita Bennett

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Attention faculty! The Winter and Spring terms are fast approaching; please submit course reserve requests and personal copies soon so that they can be processed in time for the start of the semester. Please plan to have your requests in no later than Friday, December 6, 2013.

To place a request:

  • Go to myNEU.
  • Select the “Library” tab
  • Click on “Course Reserves”
  • Consult the library catalog through Scholar OneSearch to identify library-owned materials.
  • Forward personal copies (or desk copies from the publisher) along with your printed request to the Help & Information Desk, 1st floor, Snell Library.

Keep in mind that we process requests in the order that they are received. Some items that you request may need to be ordered or recalled and there may be a delay between the time requests are submitted and the time the material is available for student use. For more information about reserves and to submit your request, see the library’s webpage on Course Reserves.

For journal articles available within the NU Libraries’ electronic subscription packages, we encourage faculty to create links in Blackboard. Learn how to link to articles online here.

For assistance with course reserves, please contact:
Anita Bennett, Reserves Coordinator
617-373-4646
a.bennett@neu.edu

Posted in: Library News and Events

25
Oct13

3D Printing Week @ Snell Library

Posted by: Elizabeth Alverson

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3D Printing Week @ Snell Library

Join Snell Library to celebrate the opening of the 3D Printing Studio! Learn about the 3D technologies available and see exciting cross-disciplinary 3D projects.

November 4 – 8, 2013
Digtal Media Commons, Snell Library’s Second Floor

EVENTS

3Spark @ 3D Printing Studio Open House
Digital Media Commons, Snell Library Level 2
Monday, 3 – 5pm

Meet the creators of 3Spark, a finalist in the MassChallenge 2013 startup competition, and recipient of the Northeastern Center for Research Innovation Catalyst Grant 2012-2013; learn about other 3D projects on campus, and see the 3D printing studio in action.

 

3D Studio Drop-in Hours
3D Printing Studio, DMC
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 2 – 4pm

Stop by and learn about how you can scan, print, and develop your own 3D projects! Students can meet with the library’s 3D printing specialist and see demonstrations of 3D projects; faculty can learn about integrating 3D technology into their courses.

 

ANA @ 3D Printing Studio Open House
3D Printing Studio, DMC
Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Learn about “ANA: Alpha Numeric Avatars,” a project that brings together 3D encoded text, encryption, and physical information storage. Meet the creators of this project, see demonstrations of this and other student work, and find out how 3D technologies are making their way into Northeastern University classrooms.

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23
Oct13

IRis, Northeastern’s Digital Archive, Reaches Milestone: 1 Million Downloads!

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

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When the Northeastern University Libraries launched IRis in 2006, the idea of an “institutional repository” was still fairly new. Universities were starting repositories to share their intellectual and administrative output – faculty-authored articles, dissertations and theses, student-run publications, university-created reports, and other documents. Seven years later, many more colleges and universities around the world have digital repositories of open access materials created by their faculty, students, and staff. These repositories often also host open-access journals and other publications – at Northeastern, IRis has hosted the Annals of Environmental Science since 2007, and also provides access to faculty-authored and -edited books.

IRis began with only a few collections in 2006, but has grown exponentially since then. Today, IRis contains over 6,000 items, and as of Tuesday, October 15, 2013, these items have been downloaded one million times!

Although it’s not possible to determine which one item received the lucky one-millionth download, we know that on that day, 649 items were downloaded 1147 times. Here’s a breakdown of the types of materials downloaded that day:

Here are top downloads in each category, for October 15, 2013:

As you can see, slightly more than half of the items downloaded were dissertations or master’s theses. An important contributor to the growth of IRis has been the university’s transition to an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) program in the 2007-2008 academic year – instead of depositing print copies of dissertations and master’s theses in the library’s archives, graduate students now submit their ETDs to ProQuest and an open-access copy is made available through IRis. Both undergraduate and graduate research output is very popular in IRis – in fact, almost every month our most highly accessed collection is the Honors Junior/Senior Projects!

In the coming months, we will be expanding on the success of IRis with DRS – Northeastern University’s Digital Repository Service. The DRS will offer even more functionality for users and depositors, such as more flexible sharing options, the ability to manage permissions, and options for curated and noncurated collections.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online, Scholarly Communications, Serendipity

18
Oct13

Northeastern Celebrates Open Access Week: October 21-27, 2013

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

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The seventh annual International Open Access Week is upon us!

What is Open Access?

“Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.”

SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition

Snell Library has several events planned to celebrate:

Monday, October 21
3:00-4:30
DMC Circle 2 (blue)

SPARC/World Bank Webcast

Panelists representing a diverse set of stakeholders – scientific researchers, publishers, technologists and policy makers – will examine the potential positive impacts that can result when research results are shared freely in the digital environment. The panel, moderated by SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph, will feature:

  • Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Ocer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
  • Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

Tuesday, October 22
3:00-4:00
421 SL

Panel Discussion: Open Access in the Digital Humanities

Faculty members Ryan Cordell, Ben Schmidt, and Julia Flanders will lead a discussion on the impact of open access on humanities research and publishing, leading off with some examples from their own work in digital humanities:

Ryan Cordell will talk about “Building With/Building On” and his use of open-access data from the Newberry Library’s Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, William G. Thomas’s “Railroads and the Making of Modern America,” and David Rumsey’s celebrated map collection.

Ben Schmidt will talk about the process of working in public through open-access research methods and publications like the Journal of Digital Humanities, and will also offer perspectives on open-source and open-access approaches to code and software development that might provide models for the humanities.

Julia Flanders will talk about the tools and methods that underlie Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access digital journal now housed at Northeastern University.


Wednesday, October 23
12:00-5:00
90 SL

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Join us to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of under-represented groups in local Boston history. This hack-a-thon style drop-in session will focus on editing and updating Wikipedia pages in a group setting. Bring a laptop and a power supply, and go on a tour of Northeastern’s archives and special collections. More information available here.


And on Friday, October 25, Snell Library will be playing host to several of the DPLAfest’s open workshops – see the full schedule here.

All Open Access Week events are open to the public (photo ID required to enter Snell Library) and refreshments will be served.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Scholarly Communications