Library News and Events

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

1
Oct13

How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Research Websites

Posted by: Amira Aaron

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Today’s government shutdown is affecting access to information at Northeastern and all libraries, whether directly or indirectly. We’ll do our best to post alerts about web sites that are unavailable on our database A-Z list.

There are different effects depending on the government agency.  For example, web sites that support essential services, such as the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, which supports federal law enforcement, are up and running. Other sites are running but are not being updated, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus.

Some sites are completely down, such as the Department of Education’s ERIC database, but the library purchases ERIC information through private third party vendors and so fortunately we can make ERIC available to the NU community.   Census.gov is also down, although some of the information there may be available in SimplyMap.

We’ve also noticed effects on our behind-the-scenes work.  We are unable to order PDF articles from the National Library of Medicine, and we’re unable to do some database maintenance that relies on information from the Library of Congress.  That won’t affect you in the short term, but we hope the situation is temporary so it doesn’t have long term effects!

Learn more about how the shutdown is affecting libraries here.

We’re really sorry for any inconvenience, and our reference librarians are here to help you find alternative research sources. You can reach us by phone, email, text, or in person at Snell Library at http://library.northeastern.edu/ask.

Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Research Online

26
Sep13

Reserve a Study Room or DMC Workstation in Snell Online, & How!

Posted by: Elizabeth Alverson

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New CoLab study rooms on Snell Library's level 1

There are 20 brand new CoLab group study rooms on the first floor of Snell Library, and now a brand new reservation system to go along with them! 

Reserve a Group Study Room in Snell Library

First of all, to access NUSSO, the new, online self-service reservation system, log in with your myNEU credentials at https://nuevents.neu.edu/ and follow the directions on the page in order to reserve the room of your choice. The link is also available under the “Self-service” tab on myNEU. You can follow the instructions in the system to make a reservation for you and your group, or stop by the first floor Help & Information desk to get help using the system.

The fine print:

  • Group Study Rooms can be used for group study only.
  • Group Study Rooms can be reserved only by students: undergraduate or graduate.
  • Group Study Rooms can be reserved for up to three hours at a time.
  • A student may have only one reservation at a time.
  • Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.
  • These rooms are only bookable during the library’s regular service hours, meaning that during overnight study they will be first-come first-served.

Have any questions about reserving these rooms? Visit the Help & Information desk on the first floor, call 617-373-8778, or email circulation@neu.edu.

Snell Library Recording Studios (temporarily located in CoLabs E & F) are available through the new system, as well. When you put in your request, library staff will follow up after you make your reservation to confirm and talk through any training or equipment questions you might have.

Reserve a Digital Media Commons Workstation

This is new: Digital Media Commons Workstations can now be reserved. These computers, Macs and PCs, on the second floor of Snell Library, are intended to be used for media creation and project work. For standard computer use, about 200 additional Mac and PC computers are available in the first floor InfoCommons on a first-come, first-served, basis.

The fine print:

  • DMC Workstations can be reserved by students: graduate or undergraduate.
  • DMC Workstations can be reserved for up to 90 minutes and students may have three reservations at a time.
  • These reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.

Have any questions about reserving the workstations? Visit the second floor DMC information desk, call 617-373-2465, or ask online at dmc.northeastern.edu/content/contact-us

 

Snell Library Seminar & Presentation Spaces

Using the same NUSSO reservation system, Snell Library Seminar & Presentation Spaces are available by request for faculty and staff to use as a special lecture, seminar, or other presentation space. These spaces include the 90 Snell Library seminar room and the two Digital Media Commons presentation areas: DMC Circle-1 (white), and DMC Circle-2 (blue). These spaces may not be reserved for use as standard classroom or group study space. More information on these spaces and the reservation process is available on the library’s web site.

Have any questions about reserving this space? Visit the Help & Information desk on the first floor, call 617-373-8778, or email circulation@neu.edu.

 

Posted in: Library News and Events

12
Aug13

Digital Media Design Studio Closing August 21st

Posted by: Debra Mandel

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The Library’s Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS) closes its doors on August 21st. Beginning on August 26th, most of the Studio’s services will be distributed elsewhere in the library, while construction of an innovative landscape of improved facilities and services gets underway.

Here is how we are addressing key services:

  • Basic audio and video recording rooms will be temporarily available on the first floor in while construction for an improved suite of studios are built for spring term. Reservations to use the temporary studios will be available through a new booking system.
  • Multimedia workstations with a full suite of software are available in the Digital Media Commons.
  • Media equipment, such as video and audio recorders, will be available for check-out from the new first floor Help & Information Desk.
  • Instructional sessions, workshops and support for multimedia projects will continue to be available to you and your students, either in your classroom or library location, as appropriate. Learn more about instruction here.
  • We will assist you with media reformatting, duplication and digitization requests, in partnership with Terry Beadle of Academic Technology Services.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist with off-air recording requests during the fall.

Staff offices are also changing in September. Temporarily, Thomas Bary and Jonathan Iannone will reside in 260 SL, adjacent to the 2d floor Digital Media Commons (DMC). Library and Information Services student staff will continue to provide a wide range of media and printing services from the DMC Information desk.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Let’s discuss how we can work together to meet your research and curricular needs in the coming school year.

Debra Mandel

 

Associate Dean (Acting), User Services

320 Snell Library

(617) 373-4902

d.mandel@neu.edu

Posted in: Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS), Library News and Events

30
Jul13

Four Great Reasons to Sign In to Scholar OneSearch

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

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You’ve tried the new search box on the library web page and it seems just fine. But did you know that you can get even more out of it when you sign in?

Sign In to Scholar OneSearch

 

If you’re a current NU student, faculty, or staff member, here are 4 great reasons to sign in to Scholar OneSearch every time you use it:

1. If you sign in, you get more high-quality search results. This is because the NU Libraries subscribe to some great scholarly content that will display ONLY if you show you’re affiliated with the university. Web of Science (the Thomson Reuters citation indexes), ArtSTOR, GeoRef (American Geological Institute), and MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) have key scholarly citations that you will only see if you sign in with your myNEU credentials.

2. If you sign in, you can make requests. Some full text and book requesting options are only available to NU affiliates. Signing in lets you see all the options available to you.

3. If you sign in, you can save your work. Whether it’s individual citations, or whole batches of results, you can make folders for different projects, and even save searches to update and run again at a later date. Instead of having to remember another password, this service is based on the same credentials you use for myNEU.

4. If you sign in, you can see your account information. You can view and renew the items you have checked out from the library, and see the requests you have made and waiting lists you are on.

And here’s another tip:

Think about connecting directly to Scholar OneSearch the next time you’re in myNEU. Just go to the “Services and Links” tab in myNEU (or use the library tab, if you’re a faculty/staff member), and look under “Useful Links”. Because Scholar OneSearch recognizes your NU identity, you will automatically be signed in.

Give it a try, and let us know if you think it’s worthwhile!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online