Friday, January 17, 2014

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Codifies White House Directive

Just received this update from SPARC:

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Codifies White House Directive

Washington, DC –....the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act....requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of the Omnibus bill with research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to articles reporting on federally funded research no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal...

...Omnibus bill...affirms the strong precedent set by the landmark NIH Public Access Policy, and more recently by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive on Public Access.  At the same time, SPARC is pressing for additional provisions to strengthen the language – many of which are contained in the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act – including requiring that articles are:
·      Available no later than six months after publication;
·      Available through a central repository similar to the National Institutes for Health’s (NIH) highly successful PubMed Central, a2008 model that opened the gateway to the human genome project and more recently the brain mapping initiative.  These landmark programs demonstrate quite clearly how opening up access to taxpayer funded research can accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, lead to both innovative new treatments and technologies, and generate new jobs in key sectors of the economy; and 
·      Provided in formats and under terms that ensure researchers have the ability to freely apply cutting-edge analysis tools and technologies to the full collection of digital articles resulting from public funding.
“SPARC is working toward codifying the principles in FASTR and is working with the Administration to use PubMed Central as the implementation model for the President’s directive,” said Joseph.  “Only with a central repository and the ability to fully mine and reuse data will we have the access we need to really spur innovation and job creation in broad sections of the economy.”


Every year, the federal government uses taxpayer dollars to fund tens of billions of dollars of scientific research that results in thousands upon thousands of articles published in scientific journals.  The government funds this research with the understanding that it will advance science, spur the economy, accelerate innovation, and improve the lives of our citizens.  Yet most taxpayers – including academics, students, and patients – are shut out of accessing and using the results of the research that their tax dollars fund, because it is only available through expensive and often hard-to-access scientific journals.

By any measure, 2013 was a watershed year for the Open Access movement:  in February, the White House issued the landmark Directive; a major bill,  FASTR, was introduced in Congress; a growing number of higher education institutions – ranging from the University of California System, Harvard University, MIT, the University of Kansas, and Oberlin College – actively worked to maximize access to and sharing of research results; and, for the first time, state legislatures around the nation have begun debating open access policies supported by SPARC.

Details of the Omnibus Language

The Omnibus language (H.R. 3547) codifies a section of the White House Directive requirements into law for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Education, among other smaller agencies.

Additional report language was included throughout the bill directing agencies and OSTP to keep moving on the Directive policies, including the US Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Department of Commerce, and the National Science Foundation.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

UNCG Student Film Festival, Friday 1/17, 4 pm

The Digital Media Commons and Digital ACT Studio are excited to be hosting the very 1st UNCG Student Film Festival tomorrow, January 17th at 4:00 pm in the basement of Jackson Library. 
Come join us for the screening of the finalists’ videos and enjoy some yummy popcorn!
For more information please feel free to visit our website at

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hodkins promotes free registration to the 1/30/14-2/2/14 Atlantic World Foodways conference

Dear UNCG Faculty, Staff, and Students:

In less than a month—January 30-February 2—we’ll be meeting here in the Elliott University Center and at Greensboro’s O.Henry and Proximity Hotels for our groundbreaking feast of ideas and food, Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain. As you'll see from the conference weblink below, the program has come together in exciting ways!

This is a rare chance to hear and meet world-class food scholars and chefs, and to eat some of their wonderful meals, all here on campus and in town. Sponsored by specialty grocer The Fresh Market in partnership with The Proximity and O.Henry Hotels, Atlantic World Foodways presents meals from the likes of renowned Charleston Chef Sean Brock, Italian maestro Gabriele Grigolon, and the Piedmont’s own master chefs Jay Pierce, Leigh Hesling, and Tim Bocholis.  

Featuring keynote addresses by famed food scholars Jessica Harris (Africa), David Shields (Lowcountry), John Dickie (Italy), and Maricel Presilla (Latin America/Spain), the conference also will feature over 40 papers and panel discussions and food-related films amid the venues of the UNC Greensboro campus and the marvelous Proximity and O.Henry Hotels nearby.

Perhaps best of all, registration is free for all UNCG faculty, students and staff (lunches and dinners extra) via the second link found at

and seats for the multi-course tasting meals can be purchased with your credit card via the fourth link found there.

For all conference details—including not only registration, but also menus, and the event schedule, see

See you there, and bring your appetite!

Christopher Hodgkins, Director
The Atlantic World Research Network

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Open House - Gaming lab and 3D printer - Feb 7th

Digital Media Commons Open House: New Gaming Lab & 3D Printer!

Video games – how do they affect us and what can we learn from them?  That’s the question being explored in the newest feature in the Digital Media Commons in UNCG’s Jackson Library. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to see for themselves what the buzz is about on Friday February 7 at 3 pm in the Digital Media Commons (lower level, of Jackson Library) to explore the new Gaming Lab, which opened December 3.  While there, we invite you to see the new MakerBot 3D printer now being installed. 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file - enabling rapid prototyping of design concepts and functional, working models.    The Gaming Lab project was spearheaded by Associate Professor Gregory Grieve, and coordinated by Beth Filar Williams, Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons (DMC). The lab was realized with support from Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital ACT Studio housed in the DMC, along with the financial support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Undergraduate Studies, and University Libraries.   

Questions? Contact Beth:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Support group for trans identified students

Message from a counseling intern:

The Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic at UNCG hosts a support group for transgendered or trans* identified students and non-students.  

This is a confidential and safe space for trans* folks to meet and talk about issues pertinent to their lives and gender identities. This group is open to both UNCG students and people in the Greensboro community. A brief screening process is required prior to joining the group. This can be completed in-person or via phone with group facilitator. All stages of transition are welcome and transition is not necessary for participation.

Meets weekly Wednesday 6-7:30pm @ UNCG

For more information, send an email with your preferred name to

Monday, January 6, 2014

Problem viewing library checkouts to renew them

When you log into your Library Account (using your UNCG ID # and a password that you've made up) to renew library books and other library checkouts, you will only be able to see the first page of items that you have checked out (10 items).

If you have more than 10 items checked out, you can't click to the next page.

The Renew button works fine (unless you're trying to renew something like a DVD that can't be renewed, or you've already renewed something several times).

If you have more than 10 items and want to renew them, for now you can try using the Sort command to view items that otherwise wouldn't show up on the first page.  And you can contact Jackson Library Access Services toll free (888) v245-0180) or visit the Jackson Library Checkout Desk  for help.

The company that provides the catalog is aware of this problem and is working on it. 

Thanks for your patience!

Web of Science interface update Sun 1/12-Mon 1/13, possible intermittent outages

FYI for users of the Web of Science database.

Thomson Reuters has posted this message:
Web of Knowledge will release a new look and feel beginning on Sunday January 12, 2014 at 1400 GMT and ending by Monday, January 13, 2014 at 0200 GMT. Web of Knowledge may not be available intermittently during that period. We apologize for any interruption this may cause. Learn more about the New Web of Science.
There are "Quick Tour" webinars scheduled every day this week. I'm attending one and will be updating library guides ASAP.