Flu Season is here!
Get your flu vaccine at the HIL Flu Clinic:
When: Thursday, October 31st
8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Seminar Room (Rm. 109), Harriet Irving Library, UNBF
Cost: $15 for students, $25 for faculty and staff
Please note that you will be required to wait for 15 minutes following your injection for your own safety!
In addition to the HIL Flu Clinic, flu shots are now available at the Student Health Centre and at one of the following clinics on campus:
• Wednesday, Oct 30th: 12:30pm – 3:30pm at Ludlow Hall, Law Faculty, Room 28
• Thursday, Oct 31st: 8:45am – 3:00pm at HIL, Room #109
• Friday, Nov 1st: 9:00am – 3:00pm at Human Resources Dept., Room #106 – Staff Lounge (next to HR in Physics & Admin. Building)
•Wednesday, Nov 6th: 9:00am – 3:00pm at J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre
• Wednesday, Nov 13th: 9:00am – 3:00pm at Currie Center front plaza lobby
• Thursday, Nov 14th: 9:00am – 3:00pm at University Bookstore
• Friday, Nov 15th: 9:00am – 3:00pm at Student Union Building, basement near food vendors
• Wednesday, Nov 20th: 9:00am – 3:00pm at Head Hall – Gillen Hall, Room #D108
• Thursday, Nov 21st: 9:00am – 3:00pm at CC Jones, Room #024
Cost: $15 for students, $25 for staff and faculty.
Some people may qualify for free flu immunization.
We can only accept cash or cheque at the time of the injection!
Be prepared to wait 15 minutes AFTER your injection.
How important to you is the future of libraries and archives? You are invited to join a discussion on Friday, November 8 from 2-4 p.m. in University Hall, in the MacDonald Building.
This event is sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada. Join the conversation! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Most scholars want their research to make an impact with both their peer group and beyond. For authors who publish in open access journals, there are many complementary social media tools that can help promote their scholarship. Dr Melissa Terras discovered that blogging and tweeting about a paper resulted in a dramatic increase in readership. To read more, see Dr Melissa Terras: open access and the Twitter effect.
Subject-specific open access repositories continue to grow. Physicists have been depositing their work in arXiv for more than two decades with nearly 880,000 papers uploaded. In fields such as particle physics, nearly 100% of the content is now openly accessible. Social Science Research Network (SSRN) now holds more than 400,000 items, and PubMed Central, the medical research repository, now holds 2.8 million items. The WAC Clearinghouse has thrived for more than twenty years and publishes journals, books, and other content to support teachers who teach writing.
The Public Library of Science (PLoS), founded nearly a decade ago, established a new and successful business model. All the papers appear online and are free to read and share with the costs of running the journals covered by author fees. PLoS One, an entirely web-based journal, launched in 2006, is now the largest journal in the world and publishes 23,000 articles a year.
There has been some misunderstanding of our initial attempts to communicate the recent cuts to the library budget, which has resulted in the misperception that the Dal Libraries will be not be purchasing any new materials this year.
To be clear – in spite of the planned 1% cut to the acquisitions budget we plan to spend $5,741,510 on new acquisitions this year and we will continue to invest in our collection next year. It is true that some lines in the acquisitions budget have already been spent out for this year, but that is because we have already purchased access to 84,000 e-journals, approximately 1,000 print and e-books, and more than 50 materials in other formats, such as DVDs, maps, etc.
For context, this year, a cut of 3.5% was made to all departments at Dalhousie, including the Dal Libraries. The cuts made are reflective of our reduced provincial governmental funding. In addition to the 3.5% cut to the Dal Libraries’ operating budget, there was a 1% cut made to the acquisitions budget, a budget that had been protected from cuts in the past. Students and faculty are understandably concerned about the scope of the cuts to the acquisitions budget, and we appreciate their concern.
In addition to the 1% cut, there are some external factors putting additional pressures on the acquisitions budget, making the cut feel larger. The cost of electronic resources is inflating at a rate of 4-8% annually and many of the resources are purchased in American funds, resulting in an unfavourable exchange rate on the US dollar. A number of database and e-journal subscriptions had to be cancelled as a result of these factors.
It is reassuring to know that the library has many supporters across Dalhousie and we will continue to serve your academic needs. We are committed to providing the very best library service through our collections, spaces, technology, and personnel.
- Researching the relationship between the Day of the Dead and Catholicism?
- Need to find readings on “The Hook”?
- Want to know the origins of barbecue?
Check out Daily Life Online!
Read about the folklore that influences the everyday life of people from many cultures, including:
- Celebrations and Rituals
- Food and Drink
- Holidays and Festivals
- Music and Dance
- Religion and Belief
- Tales, Myths, and Urban Legends
- Traditional Arts and Crafts
There are eight quiet study spaces on the fourth floor of the Killam Library. We first opened these study spaces in April, when we removed the doors from some former office space to turn them into study spaces.
The rooms are found off the atrium hallway, on the LeMarchant Street side of the building (east side). Most of the rooms contain a couple of chairs, a desk-height counter top, an Ethernet cable and an electrical outlet. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The rooms can comfortably accommodate up two or three people.
Quiet conversation is permitted in the rooms. Please respect those working quietly around you.
Please do not leave valuables in the rooms and please remember to properly dispose of your recyclables and organics when leaving the space.
Open Access mandates are on the rise. This means that some institutions and funding agencies are implementing policies that require researchers to make their work available in a publicly accessible and free repository. Why are these mandates on the rise? Because in a non-open access model, taxpayers are paying to read the results of research they have already funded.
In 2008, faculty at Harvard voted 100% in favour to make their work openly accessible through the Harvard institutional repository. The University of California adopted a similar mandate in July 2013.
In Canada, many funding agencies are implementing open access policies. This fall, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Council (NSERC) will consult with researchers about a harmonized tri-agency open access policy.
The draft policy was released for comment earlier this week and is based on the CIHR policy. The proposed policy applies to journal articles and requires researchers to publish their articles in journals that offer either immediate open access or access on the publisher’s website within 12 months of publication. A second option that doesn’t rely on publishers’ websites is proposed and will require researchers to place their peer-reviewed manuscript in an open access repository such as DalSpace.
Not sure what your agency’s policy is? Check it in Sherpa Juliet
Not sure what publishers’ requirements are? Check it in Sherpa Romeo
Date: Monday October 28, 2013.
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate
This link will provide access to the Blackboard Collaborate session on Monday 28th at 6:00 p.m. (access is available 30 minutes before the start of the session).
Beginning October 27, you can study at the Killam till 3 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays* and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. These late night hours will be in effect until December 16.
In addition to these late night hours, beginning the weekend of Saturday, November 23, we’ll be extending our opening hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings, opening at 8 a.m. instead of at 10 a.m. The last morning we will open at 8 a.m. on the weekend will be Sunday, December 15.
Night Owls and extended weekend hours will return in the spring as it gets closer to exam time.All Dalhousie & King’s students are welcome, but after midnight you’ll need your DalCard for access.
So, to review, our hours from October 27-November 22 are:
Sundays: 10 a.m.-3 a.m.
Mondays-Thursdays: 8 a.m.-3 am.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Hours from November 23-December 16:
Sundays: 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Mondays-Thursdays: 8 a.m.-3 am.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
*Exception Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11. We will be open from 1-9 p.m. (Updated Thurs., Oct. 31)
- More than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals
- Harvard Business Review – complete pdf. fulltext from volume1, number 1, 1922 to the present
- All Academy of Management journals - complete pdf. fulltext from their first date of publication to the present
- MarketLine Company Profiles – current reports on thousands of companies from around the world
- Regional Business News – collection of approximately 100 regional publications from the U.S., Canada and abroad
- Also includes trade publications, newspapers, industry profiles and country reports
- Searchable by subject, author, company name, industry, NAICS code and more
The addition ofEbsco Business Source Premier to our existing roster of business databases is all part of the Library’s ongoing effort to insure that Saint Mary’s scholars can access the latest and best academic literature. It should also prove of use to researchers in fields as diverse as psychology, geography, international development studies and political science.
You can find Ebsco Business Source Premier on the Library’s Databases A-Z page. And because it has the familiar Ebsco interface, you should find it easy to use. But if you do have any questions, feel free to contact the Research Help desk at 420-5544 or email@example.com
Today’s post for International Open Access Week focuses on some of the common myths about open access (OA).
Myth: Articles published in OA journals are lower quality.
Truth: OA journals are no more likely to contain low-quality content than for-profit journals. The success of any journal depends on authors submitting their content to that journal so that their findings will be scrutinized by their peers and recognized. If any journal has a reputation for publishing low-quality content, authors will not submit their research.
Myth: OA will make my content easier to plagiarize.
Truth: Making your work more widely and publicly available does not promote plagiarism. Plagiarism is most commonly committed at institutions where access is available to traditional subscription journals and OA journals. Academic integrity has nothing to do with the business model of the journal that you publish in.
Myth: OA publications are not protected by copyright.
Truth: The business model of the journal has nothing to do with the intellectual rights practices of that journal. Most OA journals encourage authors to use Creative Commons licensing with their works. Creative Commons licensing gives authors much greater flexibility when it comes to educational use and attribution related to their work. Very few OA journals ask authors to sign over their copyright to the journal but this does not mean that the works are not protected by copyright. It simply means that the author retains his or her full rights in the work and is authorizing unpaid access to that work. In fact, most non-OA journals ask authors to give up their copyright to the publisher. This diminishes the rights of individual authors with respect to their own work.
Myth: Scholarly societies will collapse without money from subscriptions to support operations and events.
Truth: The purpose of a scholarly journal is to communicate research findings and encourage feedback. Scholarly journals can support themselves with a variety of fundraising mechanisms but their primary purpose is not to fund other activities. OA journals can support themselves by taking advantage of the in-kind support of any of the hundreds of academic libraries that support OA by hosting journals on an Open Journal Systems platform at their affiliated institution. Dalhousie University Libraries provides journal publication services.
Myth: Open Access journals are not peer reviewed.
Truth: Most Open Access journals include a peer review process much like that used by their subscription peers. The strengths and weaknesses of peer review processes are similar whether the content is submitted to an Open Access journal or to a subscription journal. A recent, non-peer reviewed article that appeared in Science suggested that the peer review process is flawed in Open Access journals. The findings of this article are controversial and have been been refuted.
Myth: The only way to make research open access is to pay unaffordable author fees.
Truth: Most Open Access journals do not charge author fees. Roughly 30% of Open Access journals charge author fees while roughly 75% of conventional journals charge author fees for page charges and colour illustrations. The least expensive way of making research available is to upload it to either a public repository such as arXiv, SSRN, or PubMedCentral or an institutional repository such as DalSpace. Many publishers will allow articles to be uploaded to repositories at some point in the publication cycle. Most publishers’ open access policies can be located in the Sherpa-Romeo database. If you would like to deposit your research in DalSpace, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are developing a harmonized policy on access to research publications. From October 15 to December 13, 2013, SSHRC and NSERC will consult with a wide range of stakeholders in the research community on the draft document titled the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. The harmonized policy is modeled after the CIHR Open Access Policy. For more information see the SSHRC website.
The Kellogg Health Sciences Library will be CLOSED Saturday 26th October due to a water shutdown in the Tupper Building. Sorry for the inconvenience. All other Dalhousie Libraries remain open.
In 2010, the University Senate approved an Open Access policy, encouraging the Mount community to consider Open Access options when publishing their research. The library supports Open Access in a number of ways:
- by educating the Mount Community on the importance of Open Access through resources such as our Open Access Libguide,
- by providing open access to research from Mount researchers through our institutional repository, The Mount E-commons,
- by providing Open Access journal hosting for The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Educationand Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender,Culture, and Social Justice through our hosting service Journals at the Mount.
Continuing our theme of Open Access this week, today’s post is about the business model of open access.
Open Access (OA) is a fundamental shift in the business model of scholarly journals. Instead of charging (individuals and libraries) for the privilege of reading content, OA journals sometimes shift those costs to authors to cover production costs. But 70 per cent of OA journals do not charge author processing fees; these journals are often hosted through the in-kind contribution of an affiliated library or institution on an Open Journal System.
There are many quality OA journals that do not charge author fees, such as:
• Theory and Applications of Categories (hosted at Mount Allison)
There is really only one kind of Open Access and this is called Gold OA. Gold OA journals (with or without author fees) allow immediate public access to the published journal content. A slight variation on this level of access is called Green OA. Green OA journals allow authors to immediately archive their article in the author’s institutional repository.
Check out our infographic that illustrates the costs associated with the traditional publishing business model:
Happy International Open Access Week! If youâd like a brief, entertaining introduction to the principles of Open Access publishing, check out this video from PhD Comics.
This is International Open Access Week, a week dedicated to promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.
Open Access is a particularly important concept in academic environments, but it can be difficult to explain. This video, by PHD Comics, does a great job of explaining why Open Access matters to students, scholars, and citizens.
Take 8:24 today to watch this fun and informative video.
Memorial libraries maintain memberships with several Open Access megajournals including PLoS One, Peer J, and Sage One. Attend this Open Access Week webinar on October 22 to find out more about the impact of megajournals on scholarly publishing.
The Queen Elizabeth II Library is proud to launch its new public engagement performance series: Check it Out! Celebrating Culture at the QEII.
Long before Feist made the song her own, Sea Lion Woman was recorded in the field by Dr. Herbert Halpert, founder of Memorial University’s Department of Folklore. Join Dr. Philip Hiscock, Professor of Folklore at Memorial, and QEII librarians Patrick Warner and Dr. Dianne Keeping, as they discuss the legendary folk recording, and highlight some of the rarities of Halpert’s private folklore collection, which is said to be “one of the finest personal folklore libraries in the world.”
The lecture will be held on October 25th from 12-1 p.m. on the third floor of the QEII.
Ross MayfieldFrom mobile research databases and catalogues, to downloadable e-books and journal articles, you can take your Library on the go with you. Discover how to access Mount Library resources and services on your apple or android smartphone, ipod touch, tablet, or ipad.
Date: Monday October 21, 2013.
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate
This link will provide access to the Blackboard Collaborate session on Monday at 6:00 p.m. (access is available 30 minutes before the start of the session).