Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Library Forum, Part II: Faculty Open Access & Copyright Law

The upcoming Texas Woman's University Library Forum Know Your Rights: Copyright, Authors' Rights, Intellectual Property and the Emerging Intersection with Institutional Repositories--with its focus on legal and financial aspects of academic publishing--will take place on Monday and Tuesday, September 22-23, 2014.  

In the second of four forum presentations, speaker Diane J. Graves will focus on faculty retention of author rights while working with traditional scholarly publishers.  She will address the history of the scholarly journal pricing system in the context of other economic pricing models; the advantages of supporting the local institutional repository; Open Access options, systems and models; and Open Access myths and advocacy.  Faculty Open Access Policies: Public Missions, Public Research, Public Good takes place on Tuesday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in ACT 301 on the Denton campus of TWU (with a live broadcast available in Room 1010 of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, and in Room 2120 of the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center.) 


Immediately following Graves' presentation, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the same locations, will be Make Two Fair Uses and Call Creative Commons in the Morning with speaker Gretchen McCord.  McCord, an attorney, educator and author who specializes in copyright law and intellectual property, will help you understand the conceptual basis of the law; how to apply often antiquated law to the modern world; and most importantly, how to use fair use as a tool of empowerment so that you can move forward in your professional work with confidence.  


Attendance to all forum sessions is free and open to all.  No registration is required.

MORE FORUM INFO

Save the Dates: Forum on Legal & Financial Aspects of Academic Publishing

Know Your Rights: An Invitation From Dean Sherilyn Bird


Library Forum, Part I: Strategies for Removing Financial Barriers to Information

Questions?  The Library Administration Office (940-898-3748) will be happy to answer them for you.

We hope to see you on September 22-23, 2014.

~Sandy Cochran

Art Works: Family Preserve

Family Preserve--a vivid work of resin with intaglio printed balsa wood, pins 
and string--is by artist Lindsey Dunnagan, Texas Woman's University, Class 
of 2014.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski. 
Editor's Note:  Art works to awaken the senses.  It fuels the imagination, encourages creativity, and clears the mind.  It relaxes us.  It can make us laugh. It provides a respite, however brief, from our tasks.  Art works to inspire our inner artists, helping us to improve our own works of art--whatever forms those may take.  It raises our quality of life.  Art just makes us feel good.

Between classes, between projects, between chapters--whenever the impulse strikes--look up and really see some of the creative works around you, including those at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  Because art works.


At left is Family Preserve by Lindsey Dunnagan, Texas Woman's University, Class of 2014 (MFA Painting and Drawing, MA Art History.)  


A vivid work of resin with intaglio printed balsa wood, pins and string, Family Preserve is on display on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  For assistance please consult a library staff member at the Information Desk (the first desk to the right as you enter the building.)

Enjoy Family Preserve and the many other works on display on the library's four levels, whenever the library is open (a current TWU ID card is required for entrance after 9 p.m.)


~Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 15, 2014

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is joining a month-long celebration honoring the history and achievements of Americans of Hispanic heritage.
"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Sonya Sotomayor, Associate Justice 
of the Supreme Court of the United 
States, from the White House Flickr 
site.  Photograph by Stacey Ilyse 
Photography.  May 22, 2009.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.  It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402."  From the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, a collaborative project of the Library of Congress; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Gallery of Art; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  

A display on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library, across from the elevators, includes a portion of the Hispanic cookbooks, children's and other books--in English and Spanish--in the library's collections.  Included is A Kid's Guide to Latino History by Valerie Petrillo (right); The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison; and many more. 

Enjoy.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 12, 2014

Know Your Rights: An Invitation From Dean Sherilyn Bird

Three experts, two days, one university community.  The stage is set for shedding light on--and holding dynamic conversations about--authors' rights, copyright, open access and other issues at the heart of research and academic publishing at Texas Woman's University. 

Dean of Libraries Sherilyn Bird (left), with Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Larry LeFlore, extends a personal invitation to the TWU community in Denton, Dallas and Houston to join your colleagues for Know Your Rights: Copyright, Authors' Rights, Intellectual Property and the Emerging Intersection with Institutional Repositories.



Mark your calendar, invite a colleague, gather your questions and join us on Monday, September 22nd and Tuesday, September 23rd (live on the Denton campus and broadcast live in Dallas and Houston) for a series of informative, thought-provoking, interactive presentations by experts in the fields of copyright, authors' rights, fair use, open access and the emerging intersection of rights and scholarly repositories.  Attendance is free and open to all.  No registration is required.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (times, session descriptions, room numbers, etc.) can be found here


We look forward to seeing you there. 

 ~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Library Forum, Part I: Strategies for Removing Financial Barriers to Information

The upcoming Texas Woman's University Library Forum, with its focus on legal and financial aspects of academic publishing, will take place on September 22-23, 2014.  The opening session--featuring speaker Nick Shockey, Director of Programs and Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC)--promises to be of particular interest to graduate student attendees.

In his presentation entitled Tired of Gouging? Strategies for Removing Financial Barriers to Information, Shockey will describe the roles researchers around the globe are playing to ensure open access to scholarly, peer reviewed research information; offer practical solutions for removing barriers to research output; and explain how to join peers around the world who are getting involved in the rapidly growing Open Access movement.  Shockey's session will take place at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014 in ACT 301 on the Denton campus.  It will also be available live via videoconference in Room 1010 of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, and in Room 2120 of the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center.  Attendance is free and open to all.


Preceeding the session, at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014 in the Banquet Room of Hubbard Hall on the Denton campus, the TWU Libraries and Graduate School will host a baked potato dinner at which attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with forum speakers.  Dinner attendance is free but registration (here) is required. Seating is limited.


For further forum details, see Save the Dates: Forum on Legal & Financial Aspects of Academic Publishing.


We hope to see you there.


~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tick Tock: Registration Deadline for Digital Frontiers is Friday, 9/12

Attend one or both parts, but it's just around the corner.  If you don't want to miss out, the time to register is now.

Digital Frontiers 2014 and THATCamp 2014, a two-part conference for makers and users of digital resources in the humanities, is happening on the Denton campus of TWU on Thursday, September 18, 2014 thru Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The registration deadline for both parts is Friday, September 12, 2014.

Conference details are available at Save the Dates: Digital Frontiers 2014 and THATCamp 2014, Coming in September.  Remember--the Digital Frontiers 2014 conference is FREE for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students (with advance registration.)  

Register here for the Digital Frontiers 2014 conference and/or THATCamp 2014, and remember to do it by Friday, September 12th

Tick tock.

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Get Up To Speed: Denton Campus Library FAQs

Image courtesy of ibm.com.
Are you new to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus?  Could you use a refresher on library basics?  The following are some of the questions we hear most often at the first-floor Information Desk.  

Is my textbook available at the library?

While the TWU Libraries do not purchase textbooks, some instructors place the textbooks for their classes on reserve at the Circulation Desk (on the first floor across from the Information Desk.)  Find instructions for locating reserve materials here.  Still need help?  Ask at the Circulation Desk or call 970-898-3719.  Instructors can find directions for placing items on reserve here.

Where can I check out books?

Books and other library materials (including materials from the Children's Collection on the library's Garden Level) can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.  A valid TWU ID must be presented.

How much does it cost to print?

The cost of printing is included in student fees.  There is no charge at the library for printing.

How do I print?

Log in to a computer using your Pioneer Portal username and password, and print your document(s).  Print jobs will appear on the GoPrint kiosk near the printers, under your username.  Release the print job(s) to a printer by locating and selecting your username and following the prompts.  A message will indicate the printer to which your job(s) has been released.

I printed my document, but my username does not appear on the GoPrint kiosk.  Now what?

First, troubleshoot:  1)  You may print up to 20 pages at one time.  Print jobs longer than 20 pages must be broken down into 20-page (or smaller) increments.  2)  Multiple print jobs, but not multiple copies, can be processed by library printers. 3)  Did you log into the computer/does it display your username?  If not, please log off and log back in with your Pioneer Portal username and password.  Print jobs should now reflect your username.  Still having problems?  Ask a library staff member at the Information Desk to assist you.

Does the library offer color printing?
No.  For our patrons' convenience, information on local businesses that offer color printing services is available at the Information Desk.

Are there vending machines in the library?

Yes.  There are snack and soft drink machines in room 108, the photocopy/snack room (on the first floor in the back lefthand corner.)  All machines accept cash; one soft drink machine accepts cards.

Does the library have scanners?
Scanners are available, free of charge with Pioneer Portal login information, on the library's first (one scanner); second (two scanners, including the library's largest); and third (one scanner) floors.  The computers paired with each scanner are for scanning purposes only.  Because printing is not possible from these computers, scanned documents/pages should either be saved to a flashdrive or emailed, and printed if necessary from another machine.  Operating instructions are located next to each scanner.  Questions?  Direct them to a library staff member at the Information Desk or by phone to 940-898-3702. 

Where can I make copies?

There are copy machines on the first (room 108, the photocopy/snack room); second (center of the floor, next to the Administration Office); and third (center of the floor, across from the elevators) floors of the library.  Copies cost ten cents each if you are using cash (this option is available on the first floor only); and nine cents each if you use money loaded onto your TWU Student ID card or a blank copy card.  You can load money onto either type of card by using the copy card machine located near the Information Desk.  Remember, scanning at the library is free--so consider scanning and printing (instead of copying) if possible.

Is there a fax machine at the library?
No.  The university offers a fax service in the Center for Student Development (on the first floor of the Student Union.)  The cost per page is 54 cents (a minimum $5 charge applies if paying with a card.)

How do I search for articles/books?

TWUniversal Search--a mega search which includes results from the library catalog plus articles, videos and other database content--can be accessed via the TWU Libraries homepage (at the top center of the page in the large maroon box.) Search results can then be refined by campus, resource type, author and more.  Article searches can be conducted in any of the over 200 databases the library maintains.  Need assistance?  Ask at the Information Desk.

Where is the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence?

The PCSE is located on the north end of the library's second floor (turn left from the elevator, or right from the central staircase.)  

Questions?  Please ask.  Staff members of the TWU Libraries are here, as always, to help you get up to speed.

Have a great semester, everyone.


~Kendra Blacher and Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art Works

Out of the Blue  Featured on the second floor 
of the Blagg-Huey Library, just outside the 
oil work is by Gary Brent Washmon, Texas 
Woman's University Professor of Art.  Photo-
graph by Kristin Wolski.
It happens to all of us.  We get so busy that we just don't notice, much less appreciate, what's right in front of us.  At the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, inattention to our surroundings is understandable.

On any given day, the library is a beehive of activity--research, study, learning, group work, meeting, scanning, teaching, presentation preparation, socializing, problem solving, reading, writing, quiet reflection, printing and more happens here.  What may go unnoticed, meanwhile, adorns many of the walls that surround us on the library's four levels--its extensive collection of art.  Although together these pieces form a handsome backdrop for academic flurry, it's good to pause occasionally and really appreciate them--because if we let it, art can work for us in other ways as well. 

Art works to awaken the senses.  It fuels the imagination, encourages creativity, and clears the mind.  It relaxes us.  It can make us laugh.  It provides a respite, however brief, from our tasks.  Art works to inspire our inner artists, helping us to improve our own works of art--whatever form those may take.  It raises our quality of life.  Art just makes us feel good.


Throughout the coming year, other pieces in the library's art collection will be highlighted here and on the library's other social media channels.  Can't wait?  Visit us whenever the library doors are open.

Between classes, between projects, between chapters--whenever the impulse strikes--look up and really see some of the creative works around you at the Blagg-Huey Library.

Because art works.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Save the Dates: Forum on Legal & Financial Aspects of Academic Publishing

YOU ARE INVITED
Mark your calendar for an interactive forum focusing on legal and financial aspects of academic publishing, scheduled for September 22-23, 2014.


THE FORUM  

Academic authorship and publishing require a working knowledge of the complex, and sometimes confusing, legal and financial issues involved--including copyright, authors' rights, intellectual property, open access, fair use, creative commons and institutional repositories. At Know Your Rights: Copyright, Authors' Rights, Intellectual Property and the Emerging Intersection with Institutional Repositories, experts will lead you through these and related topics (including the new TWU Pioneer Open Access Repository (POAR).) Admission is free to all events of this two-day forum hosted by the TWU Libraries.  No registration is required, and attendance is open to all.  Questions are welcome and encouraged.    

THE AGENDA
Monday, 9/22/14
6:15 p.m.

In ACT 301 on the TWU Denton campus; available via videoconference in Room 1010 in the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center & Room 2120 in the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center

Tired of Gouging? Strategies for Removing Financial Barriers to Information

Speaker: Nick Shockey

*****

Tuesday, 9/23/14
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
In ACT 301 on the TWU Denton campus; available via videoconference in Room 1010 in the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center & Room 2120 in the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center

Faculty Open Access Policies: Public Missions, Public Research, Public Good
Speaker: Diane J. Graves


*****

Tuesday, 9/23/14

10:30 a.m. to Noon
In ACT 301 on the TWU Denton campus; available via videoconference in Room 1010 in the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center & Room 2120 in the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center


Make Two Fair Uses and Call Creative Commons in the Morning

Speaker: Gretchen McCord

*****

Tuesday, 9/23/14
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall 101 of the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus (#35 on this map; the lecture hall is the first door to the right as you enter the building.)

Workshop on Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons
Speaker: Gretchen McCord


THE SPEAKERS

Nick Shockey is Director of Programs and Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and founding director of the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC)


Diane J. Graves is Assistant Vice President for Information Resources and University Librarian/Professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas






Gretchen McCord is an Austin-based attorney, educator and author who specializes in copyright law and intellectual property








MORE INFORMATION

We hope you will join us on September 22-23, 2014 for what promises to be an enlightening and valuable experience for the TWU community.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Taking Care of Library Business at a Kiosk Near You

As the hub of intellectual life at Texas Woman's University, the TWU Libraries are all about serving the information needs of students, the faculty and other members of the TWU community. Abundant resources are available to facilitate scholarly research and study. Now there is also an easy and convenient way for patrons to take care of more routine library-related tasks--including renewing materials, searching the catalog, booking a study room and more.  

Information kiosks like the one pictured left are located in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus and in the Houston ARC.  Conveniently located and featuring iPad touchscreen technology with bold graphics, the kiosks are the perfect tools for doing quick searches and efficiently conducting other library business.    


WHERE TO FIND A KIOSK
Blagg-Huey Library (TWU Denton):  At the 1st-floor Circulation Desk (to the left as you enter the building), toward the righthand end of the desk; and on the 3rd floor, just outside the elevators (next to the printer)

Academic Resource Center (ARC) (TWU Houston):  Just inside the door of room 4132 of the Houston Center (behind the Mega Computer Lab)

WHAT YOU CAN DO AT A KIOSK
  • Check library/ARC hours
  • Find articles using mobile databases
  • Consult Subject Guides for subject-specific books, databases, websites and other resources
  • Renew library materials
  • Book a study room (or check an existing reservation)
  • Consult a map of the premises
  • Locate a variety of resources using TWUniversal 
  • Search the catalog for books, journals and more

Take care of library business at an information kiosk near you.  Questions?  Please ask.  As always, library staff members are happy to help you.    

~Sandy Cochran