Information and Society

25
Oct11

Open Access Week panel: “Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?” – Wednesday at 1:30

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

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Join us on Wednesday at 1:30 in Snell Library room 421 for a panel discussion that is sure to engage both students and their instructors. Three Northeastern faculty members – Jeff Howe (Journalism), Joseph Reagle (Communication), and Heidi Wilkes (CPS) – will discuss Wikipedia, crowdsourcing, and social networking tools as components of the research process. There will be plenty of time for audience discussion afterwards.

⇒ Read an interview with Jeff Howe in the News@Northeastern, September 8, 2011: “The power of the ‘Crowd’”

⇒ Watch the trailer for Jeff Howe’s book, Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business.

⇒ Read an interview with Joseph Reagle in the News@Northeastern, August 16, 2011: “Cultural connections, a click away”

⇒ Watch a video of Reagle produced by the News: Joseph Reagle speaking on Wikipedia

Refreshments will be served.

For a full schedule of our Open Access Week events, visit our News & Events page.

 

 

Posted in: Information and Society, Research Online, Scholarly Communications

25
Oct11

Extra! Extra! Read all about Library Press Display!

Posted by: Kathie Demeritt

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Library Press Display is a great but little-known resource available through Snell Library. If you are looking for international or U.S. newspapers, Library Press Display is a convenient and easy to navigate tool that has a large collection of world newspapers from the past 60 days.

The Library Press Display home screen shows the last 7 days of important world news and events. This resource has tabs that allow you to search or browse newspapers by country, by language, or alphabetically. For most papers there are two ways to read each paper: you can click on the heading and an easy to read digital version of the article will appear, or you can choose to zoom in on the actual pages of the paper and read the articles as you would if you had the paper copy of the newspaper in your hands. 

For international users who prefer to navigate Library Press Display in their first language, the display can be switched to Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. The language can be switched on the labels, tabs, and buttons.

Don’t forget, Snell Library also has several other news and newspaper resources available! For general news try Access World News. For other newspapers, including historical newspapers, check out Snell Library’s newspaper resources page.

Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity

4
Oct11

Open Access Week: October 24-30, 2011

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. 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.

During the week of October 24-30, the Northeastern University Libraries will host a series of events to celebrate Open Access. The events will cover a range of topics:

  • open collaboration in the sciences
  • the effects of Wikipedia and social networking on student research
  • open access works by Northeastern faculty
  • free and open college textbooks
  • data gathering and storage needs of grad students

Click here to view the full schedule of events for Open Access Week.

The Library has supported Open Access in the Northeastern community since 2006 in the form of the University’s digital archive, IRis. The goal of IRis is to collect, manage, preserve, and share the intellectual output and historical record of Northeastern University. IRis provides open access to NU researchers who want to promote and preserve their materials, to NU students who require digital storage and promotion of their dissertations and theses, to NU administrators who need to save important university records, and to anyone who is seeking information on the intellectual productivity of the Northeastern community. Since its start, IRis has expanded to hold 531 faculty publications and approximately 600 dissertations and master’s theses. And since January 1, 2010, there have been over 230,000 downloads of full-text items from IRis, which include scholarly content as well as university archival content.

Building upon the success of IRis, the Library will soon offer a robust digital repository and preservation service to the campus for digital collections, images, media, and data, as well as accompanying metadata and consulting help.


Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Scholarly Communications

13
Sep11

“Scanner Scouts” are in the building

Posted by: Samantha Wasserman

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To celebrate the new school year and the new scanning stations, students from the Library Marketing & Advancement office and members of the SGA have teamed up as “Scanner Scouts.” Scouts will roam the floors of the Library looking for students using the new scanners. Students seen using the scanning machines will be offered a free Northeastern USB drive (like the one pictured below) and get their picture taken and uploaded to the library’s social media sites. So don’t miss out on this awesome promotion! It’s only going on this week, so hurry over to the library and get caught using a scanner!

More about the scanning stations:
Located on floors 1-4 of the Library, these environmentally-friendly scanners are a green alternative to our old copy machines. They help save trees and reduce paper-use by allowing students to save the scanned image to their NU email, USB flash drive, or Google Docs account. If you still need a paper copy of the scanned document, they can print it out using the printers at the library. And the best part? The scanners are absolutely free! So go green and try one of the scanning stations today!

Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Serendipity, Sustainability

21
Jun11

Introducing Mideastwire

Posted by: Roxanne Palmatier

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Mideastwire provides daily English-language summaries of key political, cultural, economic, and opinion pieces produced by the media in 22 Arab countries, Iran, and the Arab Diaspora. Although this resource is particularly relevant for faculty and students in Political Science, International Affairs, Journalism, and International Business, it will be of interest to anyone following current developments in the Middle East and Arab world.

Automatic delivery of a daily briefing is available through RSS feed or e-mail. To enable e-mail delivery of the daily briefing, send a blank e-mail message to info@mideastwire.com. Please note that there are currently some difficulties with delivery to Gmail accounts; Gmail users, please see the following FAQ: http://0-www.mideastwire.com.ilsprod.lib.neu.edu/faq.php. A link to RSS feeds is available on the home page of Mideastwire.

Additional features include:

  • Links from each translated article to the original news piece which offers users the look and feel of the original news source. Additionally, readers fluent in the language of publication may view the original.
  • Five year archive for issue tracking.
  • Basic and advanced searching of the article archive.
  • Access to the Mideastwire blog.
  • Links to related websites.
  • Alumni access.

Mideastwire enhances international news coverage already provided through other library resources, including EIU.com, Press Display, Access World News, and Lexis/Nexis Academic.

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Information and Society, Journalism and International Affairs, Library News and Events, Political Science, Research Online, Serendipity