Monthly Archives: October 2010

Open Access Overview

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Open Access Week 2010

Open Access Week

Framingham State University’s Whittemore Library will celebrate Open Access Week 2010 by:

  • LibGuide: An Introduction to Open Access
  • A display on Open Access located in the lower mezzanine of the library.
  • A LibLearn on Open Access, presented by Laura Wilson, Reference Librarian; presentation on Tuesday uploaded onto the library blog.
  • Tweets on Open Access sent from the library Twitter account.

Check out two library LibShot videos created by SPARC on the Open Access Libguide. The first video is on Open Access 101. The second video presents several Open Access advocates highlighting Open Access Week. Among the scientists featured in the video are:

Nobel Prize-winning scientist and Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute Dr. Harold Varmus will offer welcoming remarks. Varmus, a long-time champion, has been an unparalleled leader in promoting Open Access in a succession of key roles – from introducing the topic of wider access and launching PubMed Central to increase public access to the literature as the Director of the National Institutes of Health, to helping to found the Public Library of Science, one of the world’s leading open-access publishers.

Varmus will be joined by Dr. Cameron Neylon, a Senior Scientist at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, biochemist, and author of the widely read “Science in the Open” blog. Neylon will highlight the kinds of scientific advances Open Access can facilitate, and discuss current examples along with future opportunities.

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Databases with Mobile Access

Interested in searching for articles on your smartphone or iPod Touch? Gale Infotrac and WilsonWeb offer access to their databases to mobile devices that have a data plan.  

Gale Infotrac’s mobile presence is available through two AccessMyLibrary applications (apps). AccessMyLibrary College Edition will connect to all of Framingham State University’s InfoTrac databases via an iPod Touch or an iPhone. Search for the app “Access My Library College Edition” from Apple’s app store. Select “Framingham State University” and enter your email. A password will be sent to your email. You then enter your email address and password to access the databases.

For more information on the app: http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/aml/CollegeStudent/. You can also select “AccessMyLibrary” the original version but that will only link to the state wide databases and not our university’s databases. This app is available on an iPod Touch and iphone/Android cellphones.

WilsonWeb databases are available not as an app but as a mobile site. Go to the A to Z list of databases link on the library homepage and select WilsonWeb’s mobile link. You will be prompted for your Blackboard username and password.

If you would like help setting up the databases on your mobile devices, please contact vgonzalez@framingham.edu. To learn about some other apps that can help with your research: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=55093007

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Whittemore Library E-Book News

You can now download over 15,000 Project Gutenberg e-books from a variety of subjects – art, classic literature, history, cooking, poetry, horror, romance, science fiction and many more. You do not need to enter your library card to download the title. Your checkouts from the collection do not count against our regular checkout/lending options. More titles from Internet Archive are coming soon to our digital collection.

Below is the link to access the free public domain titles from Project Gutenberg and the instructions on how to download the titles:
http://digital.minlib.net/66F56BBD-6AC2-481E-955F-B20659B8536A/10/531/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm

To save a public domain EPUB to my computer…

On Windows…
1. Right-click the ‘Download’ link.
2. Select ‘Save Target As…’ or ‘Save Link As…’.
A dialog box is displayed that allows you to select a location on your computer to which to save the eBook.
3. Select a location.
4. Click ‘Save’.
The eBook is saved to your computer.

On Mac…
1. Press the ‘Control’ key and click the ‘Download’ link.
2. Select ‘Download Linked File As…’ or ‘Save Link As…’.
A dialog box is displayed that allows you to select a location on your computer to which to save the eBook.
3. Select a location.
4. Click ‘Save’.
The eBook is saved to your computer.

To add a public domain EPUB to the Adobe Digital Editions Library…
1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
2. Click the Library icon in the upper left corner.
The Library is displayed.
3. Click the word ‘Library’ in the upper left corner.
4. Select ‘Add Item to Library’.
The ‘Select items to add to library’ dialog box is displayed.
5. Navigate to location to which you saved the eBook.
6. Select the eBook.

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