News & Notes

Publishing is transforming. Are you?

We know the Internet is transforming music publishing, newspaper publishing, and scholarly journal publishing. The Internet gives us an environment where it's easy to share knowledge. It gives us a platform where we can let our ideas loose, disseminate our work more quickly, and get feedback from others quickly. As a scholar, you want to share your work; you want people to access it, and you want others to acknowledge it.

So did you know that the publication agreement you sign when you submit to a journal actually prevents broad dissemination of your work? In traditional publication agreements all rights – including copyright to your own work – go to the journal. These agreements may prevent you from using sections of your article in later works, distributing it among your colleagues, uploading it to a repository, or even using your own work in course packs.

Managing your copyright and protecting your rights as an author is one of the most effective ways to ensure access to your work. The Author Addendum is a widely recognized tool that allows you to keep key rights to your articles while still transferring necessary rights to the journal publisher.

Value the copyright in your intellectual property! To read more about the Author Addendum and how it can work for you, download the PDF at http://sc.lib.muohio.edu/author_rights.pdf. You can also request a hardcopy of the Author Rights brochure by emailing Jen Waller at jenwaller@muohio.edu.

The Open Data Movement

“Open Data” is a principle that some kinds of scientific and scholarly data should be freely available to anyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright or other limits. Open Data is distinct, but related in spirit, to the Open Access to scholarly publications movement.

The argument for Open Data often focuses on the source of funding for research, stating that when public/governmental funding is used to support research, that research is properly owned by the public at large and should be made publicly available. Consistent with the Open Data notion, U.S. Federal law has long upheld that raw facts are not copyrightable (though the means of expression -- styled papers, tables, charts, and other containers presenting the data -- are).

Open Data is a de facto standard for data in some scientific fields, notably molecular biology. Molecular biologists wishing to publish articles on newly sequenced DNA or other biomolecules have long been required to deposit those sequences in archival databases at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This allows other researchers, once the publication and data is released, to view the new sequences and make use of them in their own work; the broad availability of this data has been widely recognized as being critical in advances in modern biology.

Recently the National Science Foundation implemented a policy requiring grant applicants to incorporate a data management plan into their grant proposals. While the NSF policy does not endorse or require Open Data per se, it is hoped the requirement will encourage researchers to carefully consider the long-term accessibility of their research products, which is the fundamental concern of the Open Data movement. The University Libraries Scholarly Commons is available as an open archive for research materials produced by Miami researchers.

Open Access Week 2011

What is Open Access

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."
Peter Suber
A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

Why Open Access

Cost

  • Academic Journals have a 10-year inflation rate of 180%
  • This fact when coupled with shrinking library budgets is limiting access to scholarly research

Access

  • Authors are not paid by scholarly journals. Their compensation is the dissemination of their work and the resulting citations
  • If access is reduced by growing costs, interested parties cannot read and cite their work
  • Open Access makes scholarly work available to any interested party, including policy makers, industry and the public at large

What Can You Do?

Faculty

Students

The American Civil War: Why Does It Still Matter? Symposium on October 22nd

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The libraries will be co-sponsoring (along with the Miami University Humanities Center) a symposium called The American Civil War: Why Does It Still Matter? on October 22nd from 9:00-12:30 in King 320. This program is part of a series of civil war related programming this year funded by an American Library Association/National Endowment for the Arts grant.

We’ve got a great list of speakers from different Miami University departments lined up. Andrew Cayton will be giving our keynote address. We have two breakout sessions. One session is called “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of New Freedom” and will feature W. Sherman Jackson, Martin Johnson, and Nishani Frazier. The second session is called “Culture, Social Life, and Customs of Civil War America” and will feature Sara Butler, Jack White, and Kimberly Hamlin. We’ll also have presentations on local history and local resources related to the civil war. We will have a librarian from the Smith Library, a Miami University Art Museum staff member, and several Miami University librarians.

We will also have a walking tour of civil war sites on campus starting at 2:00.

You can find out more details on our website.

To coincide with this symposium our Special Collections has a fall exhibit called "The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War". We will also have a display of civil war materials on the first floor of King in the foyer starting on October 17th.

If you have any questions, you can contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at hartsea@muohio.edu

Take your presentations beyond PowerPoint!

Interested in learning about presentations methods other than Powerpoint? Then this workshop might be for you!

Taking Your Presentation beyond PowerPoint
Presentations are often a necessary part of schoolwork and academia, but many people struggle with how to create interesting presentations. We all know that visuals can help to effectively illustrate one’s arguments, but we’ve also all had the experience of sitting through a dull PowerPoint presentation. This workshop will help you learn to use visuals and multimedia to enhance your presentations. You’ll learn the basics of three helpful tools: Prezi (useful for creating presentations); PollEverywhere (helps you increase interactivity); and SlideShare (allows you to share your presentations with a larger audience). You’ll also learn some techniques for making your presentations more interesting and informative. Come test-drive new tools and exchange ideas and advice for creating more exciting presentations!

2011-10-20 - 12pm–1pm – 116 Laws (BEST Library) Register here: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/681

Banned Books Week September 24th-October 1st 2011

This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 24th and October 1st. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website. Something that might be of special interest is the Virtual Read-Out taking place on YouTube.

King Library is celebrating with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. This year's theme is about censorship and book banning from an international perspective. You can read a couple of articles about international book banning here and here.

If you are interested in seeing books that are featured in this year's display (and from past displays as well), please check out our GoodReads page below.


Open access info via Twitter

Interested in the latest news and developments in the world of open access literature and scholarly communication? Follow our MU Libraries open access Twitter feed @miamiuOA to stay informed!

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Post-9/11 Literature

As the United States prepares to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, you might be interested in finding some novels that examine how different people have reacted to the events of 9/11:

A Dangerous Age: A Novel by Ellen Gilchrist. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3557.I34258 D36 2008

The Future of Love: A Novel by Shirley Abbott. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3601.B393 F88 2008

Falling Man: A Novel by Don DeLillo. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.E4425 F36 2007

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel by Ken Kalfus. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3561.A416524 D57 2006

The Days of Awe by Hugh Nissenson. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3564.I8 D39 2005

The Writing on the Wall: A Novel by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3569.C567 W75 2005

In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman. King Folio | PN6727.S6 I5 2004

Windows on the World: A Novel by Frʹedʹeric Beigbeder. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ2662.E43 W56 2004

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Hamilton Library | PS3606.O38 E97 2005

If you are interested in learning more about how fiction has been changed by 9/11, you might be interested in a recent work of literary criticism called Literature after 9/11 edited by Ann Keniston and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn (King Library (2nd floor) | PS231.S47 L57 2008).

Special Collections fall exhibit: "The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War"

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections is pleased to announce its new fall exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. “The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections” draws from the wealth of Civil War-related materials in Miami’s Special Collections, including diaries, letters, official documents, photographs, printed books and ephemera. The exhibit explores the following topics: fighting for the Union, Miami University and the war, the rise and fall of the Confederacy, the state of medicine during the war, the African American experience, and the practice of journalism during the war. As you browse this exhibit, you will “hear” the voices of Union soldiers, Miami students, Confederate generals and spies, former slaves, African American soldiers, hospital workers, U.S. Sanitary Commission agents and newspaper correspondents as they tell their own stories and experiences during the war.

Walter Havighurst Special Collections is located on the third floor of King Library and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30-5:30, Friday 8:30-5 and is closed on weekends. The exhibit will run through December 23, 2011.

Philip Levine appointed US's 18th Poet Laureate

Philip Levine has been appointed the U.S.'s 18th Poet Laureate. You can read the announcement and a brief bio of him here. In this announcement Librarian of Congress James H. Billington explains Levine's gift: "Philip Levine is one of America’s great narrative poets. His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth’—about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives." You can read a recent article about him in the NYT times, as well as see a selection of his poems.

If these selections pique your interest, we have several of his collections available at the library. Here's a short list of some of the titles we have:

Selected Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 A6 1984

So Ask: Essays, Conversations, and Interviews. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 Z475 2002

A History of my Befuddlement. King Library (2nd floor) | PN1101 .L485 2009

News of the World: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 N48 2009

Stranger to Nothing: Selected Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 S77 2006

On the Edge & Over: Poems, Old, Lost & New. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 A6 1976

A Walk with Tom Jefferson: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 W35 1988

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