Monthly Archives: October 2008

November Library Lunchables

NOVEMBER Library Lunchables! Weekly 1:30pm-2:30pm Archives

RoomWednesday, Nov. 5: Creating your own book catalog with LibraryThing

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, and comes up with suggestions for what to read next. 1:30pm-2:30pm ArchivesRoom, Instructor: Elizabeth Bolton, Reference Librarian

Wednesday, Nov. 12: RefWorks Master Class
For those of you who are already using RefWorks and would like to use more advanced features, this workshop is for you. Topics covered: RefShare, Write-N-Cite, RefGrab-it and attaching documents/images within your account. (If you are unable to attend any of the RefWorks sessions, the librarians are willing to go to your office for a quick tutorial.)  1:30pm-2:30pm Archives Room, Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian 

Wednesday, Nov. 19: Current Awareness Using RSS FeedsThe workshop will introduce you to the benefits of using a newsreader (Bloglines) to keep current in your field. We will capture RSS feeds from websites, blogs and of searches from the library databases. 1:30pm-2:30pm Archives Room, Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian

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October 14 is Open Access Day!

Celebrate Open Access Day! For those who are not familiar with the Open Access movement, Open Access usually refers to literature that is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Here is a good introduction: http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm

  • Why does Open Access matter to me? As a Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian, I help students locate the research they need. We do not have a large budget for e-journals, so subscribing to quality, relevant research is paramount. Students could care less about embargos and subscription contracts; what they care about is finding what they need, when they need it. So if the library cannot afford to purchase an expensive subscription and a student is aware that a college nearby carries the journal, the student has the option to go to the other institution or place an interlibrary loan request.
  • How did you first become aware of it? I became aware of the open access movement when I became involved with managing e-journals.
  • Why should scientific and medical research be an open-access resource for the world? There is an ethical and moral component to this question. Not only research should be free but research should be available to everyone particularly those in the scientific and medical community. Whether it is a scientist researching for a cure for cancer to a young women who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is looking up information on Medline, research should not be difficult to access. Access should be transparent and seamless.
  • What do you do to support Open Access, and what can others do? Librarians should support Open Access by launching an institutional repository, publishing an open access journal and insisting to publishers that the stop charging high prices for their journals.

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October Lunchables

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Collecting and tagging your favorite websites using Del.icio.us
Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site for storing, sharing, tagging, and discovering websites. The reference department has compiled within Del.icio.us, a list of reputable websites that are organized by subject area. The session will cover how the reference department organized its bookmarks using Del.icio.us and how you can organize your own bookmarks within Del.icio.us. 1:30pm-2:30pm Archives Room
Instructor: Elizabeth Bolton, Reference LibrarianWednesday, Oct. 8: Citing Sources: Getting Started w/ RefWorks
RefWorks is a web-based citation management service. You can access RefWorks from any computer with internet access (on and off campus); create a personal database online; import references from multiple databases; organize and manage references; share references; and format bibliographies and manuscripts. The session will show you the basics of creating an account, exporting citations into the RefWorks database, and creating a bibliography. 1:30pm-2:30pm Archives Room
Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, Oct. 15: Web 2.0 and the Millennial Student
Web 2.0?  Millennial students?  How does this impact what you do?  We will explore the world of Web 2.0 tools and how they are used by today’s millennial students.  This session will also discuss how these tools can be used in the teaching and learning environment. Coffee and cookies will be provided.
Instructors: Andrea Pickles, Director of Academic Technology; Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, Oct. 22: Power searching in Google and Google Scholar
Learn advanced search techniques in the world’s most popular search engine: Google. The library also recommends searching Google Scholar for searching peer reviewed articles. Learn how Google Scholar is linked to the library’s databases.  1:30pm-2:30pm Archives Room
Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources
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Wednesday, Oct. 29: Citing Sources: Getting Started w/ RefWorks
RefWorks is a web-based citation management service. You can access RefWorks from any computer with internet access (on and off campus); create a personal database online; import references from multiple databases; organize and manage references; share references; and format bibliographies and manuscripts. The session will show you the basics of creating an account, exporting citations into the RefWorks database, and creating a bibliography. 1:30pm-2:30pm Archives Room
Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian

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