Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Copyright guide for faculty and students

Copyright at UNCG (http://copyright.uncg.edu/) is tailored primarily for faculty members engaged in classroom teaching and research but also provides resources for university students and staff.

sections on copyright basics, classroom use of copyright-protected material
a step-by-step “fair use” checklist designed to help instructors with classroom content
issues related to scholarly publication
open accesscopyright and plagiarism topics for students

The material is based on questions that frequently come up in a university setting, so there is an emphasis on audiovisual materials, public performance issues, and scholarly communications.

The site does not purport to give specific legal advice but to serve as a resource to help members of the university community make informed choices about intellectual property issues.

Hosted by the Office of the Provost, Copyright at UNCG was developed by an interdepartmental team chaired by David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator for the University Libraries. Team members included Coventry Kessler (Division of Continual Learning), Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries), Beth Bernhardt (University Libraries), Joel Dunn (Information Technology Services), Lisa Goble (Office of Innovation Commercialization), Michael Jung (Office of the General Counsel), and Michelle Soler (Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons). Significant assistance was provided by Tim Bucknall, Richard Cox, Beth Filar Williams, Christine Fischer, and Mary Krautter in the University Libraries, and also by Bo Bodenhamer in the Office of the Provost.

For additional information, please contact David Gwynn at 336.256.2606 or jdgwynn@uncg.edu.

"Incentives offered by top journals distort science"

This statement from a Nobel prize winner was so juicy, I couldn't resist linking: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/how-journals-nature-science-cell-damage-science

I've heard similar points made by science faculty here during literature searching workshops, as the faculty help orient students to the realities of publication bias.

Undergraduate (Library) Research Award

The University  Libraries want to recognize your students' library research skills!

We are soliciting submissions for our Undergraduate Research Award.  This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media.  Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2013 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2014 semester.  It is open to all undergraduate students. 

 If your students have turned in excellent research assignments, we urge you to nominate them for this award.  

Applications are due on March 21, 2014 and full details are available at:


Campus book delivery suspended over the holidays!

News from the libraries' Assistant Dean for Public Services:

The faculty/staff Campus Book Delivery will be suspended December 12, 2013 - January 12, 2014.  Requests placed between these dates will be checked out to your account and held in the Library to be delivered beginning January 13, 2014 or you may pick them up at the Check Out Desk of the library from which they were requested (Jackson or Schiffman).  Please check the hours page for holiday closings. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Copyright at UNCG

The library has just launched a page with basic copyright information for faculty and students: http://copyright.uncg.edu

It's not intended to be legal advice, just promoting information.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Catalog workshops for grad students in September

Welcome to the Library Catalog

Do you feel overwhelmed with results when you try the red search box from the library? Are you missing Journal Finder or just wondering how to find your favorite journals?

Come to the Jackson Library CITI lab for an orientation to the red search box. Practice strategies for accomplishing a few tasks: finding a particular book and finding a specific journal at our institution.

Please sign up for one of the sessions from Sept 23-Sept 25 at http://tinyurl.com/uncgcatalog

Mon 9/23, 2-2.30 pm
Tues 9/24, 10-10:30 pm
Weds 9/25, 2-2.30 pm

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

EndNote workshops for graduate students in September

Graduate students - Tired of spending hours setting up a reference list for every single paper?  Give EndNote a try!

The Graduate School is coordinating hands on workshops on 9/9, 9/10, 9/18, and 9/19.  See the schedule and sign up here.

Happy citing :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Health Literacy Information from the NNLM

Learn about how and why culture impacts health literacy. Visit the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Health’s Health Literacy Web page for more information.  http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/hlthlit.html

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine adds content about culture and its impact on health literacy to its online resource at http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/hlthlit.html. Learn why culture is an important aspect of health literacy.

Culture is one important aspect of health literacy. Learn how the library community can support the health literacy needs of consumers by providing quality, current, accurate and relevant health information to diverse populations. http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/hlthlit.html

Friday, March 15, 2013

Free Access and Demo for UpToDate clinical information

UNCG has been offered free access to UpToDate, a bedside/point of care information database with clinical care summaries for thousands of diseases, drug interactions, and more, until 4/31/2013.

UNCG faculty and students can access UpToDate online through this link. The path to this link from the library home page is Databases/U/UpToDate. If you're off-campus, use your iSpartan account to log in.

FYI, this is free "trial" access.  There is no funding to pay for a subscription to UpToDate.  But for what it's worth, I hope that our clinical faculty and students enjoy free playtime with this resource.  If anyone has any questions or comments, just let me know.

The sales rep for UpToDate would like to accompany the free trial with an online meeting demonstrating the contents and features of UpToDate on Thursday 3/21, noon-12:30 pm, at https://wolterskluwer.globalmeet.com/BrianSmith.

Any UNCG student or instructor is welcome to use that URL to attend.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Grant seeking workshops!

Show me the Money 

Two-hour introduction to grant-seeking databases: PivotCOS,    GrantSelect, and Grant Advisor Plus. 

  • Thursday  Feb/21/2013  02:00 PM - 4 pm

  • Friday Mar/01/2013 10:00 AM - noon

Easy as P.I.E.: Proposal Development

Learn basic strategies and skills to successfully develop and submit competitive corporate, foundation, state, and federal proposals. 

  • Tuesday Feb/26/2013 10:00 AM-noon

  • Wednesday Feb/27/2013 02:00 PM -4 pm

More info and registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001727

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Undergraduates, win money for your research project!

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is now open for nominations!

If you are currently enrolled at UNCG, then one of your UNCG course assignments from 2012 could win you $500!

The awards committee is seeking papers and other projects that involved significant use of library collections.  You don't need to have performed an experiment, but you will be asked to write an essay about your library research strategies (which library sources were used for your project).

The application deadline is March 1. 

The application, details about the essay, and other details are on this page: http://library.uncg.edu/info/undergraduate_research_award.aspx

Good luck!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Webinar Weds 1/6-Information for International Development: Poverty Reduction, International Organizations, and Civil Society

The webinar series Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian continues this Wednesday 1/16 from 1-2 pm EST

These talks are always very good. No comment on my own contribution, which I enjoyed preparing but ended up giving during a brief break between back-to-back budget cut meetings. Serenity Now!!

Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to this next session: 
Information for International Development: Poverty Reduction, International Organizations, and Civil Society.  January 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).
This session will cover International Government Organization (IGO) and civil society information sources in the areas of economic growth, development assistance, poverty interventions, microfinance, capacity building, inequality, remittances, and foreign aid.  We will examine documentation and statistics from International Development Organizations, such as the World Bank & Regional Development Banks, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Institute for Development Economics Research, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the OECD, and the United Nations Regional Commissions.  Sources of international development data will be explored at length, as well as development aid documentation from the World Bank and other international financial institutions. In contrast to, and as a potential challenge to the leading IGO paradigms, we will also explore development strategies and information sources from civil society organizations (NGOs) with an emphasis on those in the Global South, including the Grameen Bank, Brac, ASA, and others.
Presenter Jim Church, is the librarian for economics and international & foreign government information at the University of California Berkeley.  He is active in the ALA Government Documents Roundtable where he served as the international documents columnist for the journal DttP for four years, and currently serves as the Secretary of the IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section. His primary areas of interest include international poverty and development issues, statistics, human rights, NGOs, and digital archiving.
We will meet together for Session #22, online on Wednesday, January 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by January 15 at 5:00 pm using this link:  http://tinyurl.com/grs-session22
The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

Monday, January 7, 2013

Webinar Tues 1/15, Changes to NIH Public Access Policy and Implications

 The National Institutes of Health  are tightening up the NIH Public Access Policy.
"In Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance. This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013..."
A webinar on Tuesday 1/15/2012, 12:30-2 pm EST, is meant to introduce Compliance Officials at grantee institutions to the changes.  But authors and investigators are welcome to attend.  Space is limited, registration is required.