In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Library will be closed on Monday, January 21. We hope you can attend campus events, listed here, on Monday and throughout next week. Be sure to check out the Library Media Center’s research guide on King. Below is the Media Center’s tribute to King, created by Tori Goodman.
Hopefully everyone was able to catch our second place winner. The piece was hanging in Lewis.
The 2012 Upcycled Art Contest winners are:
1st place: “Gaga Eat Your Heart Out” by Marijo Corpolongo, Tamika Hall and Kitty Rhoades
2nd place: “Keith Harkin Tribute” by Margaret Lee
3rd place: “Rewound Roots” by Christine Benson
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. If you have ideas for a medium to use in the next upcycled art contest, please contact Elena Maans at email@example.com.
As part of the Media Center’s sustainability initiatives, we are holding an “upcycled art” contest that will promote both creativity and sustainable practices. By participating in the contest, you will help promote a second life for items that are usually just put in landfills.
The featured medium? The library’s old cassette tapes. Feel free to use other media (clay, paint, etc.) in addition to the cassettes while creating your piece.
The contest will take place during Dominican’s Leaf Fest, November 12-16, 2012.
So get your creative juices flowing and create an original work of art from our cassette tapes. More information and entry form are available on the Media Center’s web page: http://bit.ly/PfdHZN.
If you have any questions, please contact Elena Maans, Dominican’s Sustainability Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing your work!
An image from our Bentley Snowflake collection was featured on the CARLI Digital Collections blog. See it here: http://blog.carli.illinois.edu/blog/2012/05/02/carli-digital-collections-featured-image-snow-crystals/.
The Research Works Act, introduced in Congress last month, aims to prevent the federal government from allowing open access to research projects it funds. This means you, a taxpayer, would have to pay again for research that you’ve already paid for. Not only is this well, bad, in and of itself, but it would reverse the popular mandate adopted by the NIH requiring free access to research it funds. The bill’s sponsors, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and supporters, such as the Association of American Publishers, claim it would ensure the integrity of scholarly publishing and the peer-review process, now that the government wouldn’t be “interfering.” Opponents of the bill are standing up for taxpayers, but also point out that publishers make large amounts of money from controlling the dissemination of research. Scholars who do peer-review, after all, are not compensated monetarily. But, congresswomen who support publishers, perhaps ARE compensated monetarily. See Maplight’s report on Rep. Maloney’s campaign contributions from publishing giant Elsevier. And, why would Issa support this bill when his web page (viewed on 1/11/2012) states, “. . . Americans have a right benefit from what they’ve created.” If you would like to voice your opinion on this Act, you may respond to the government’s request for information here. The deadline is January 12.
Last week, October 24-28 was Open Access Week, “an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.” (Quoted from Open Access Week web site) Here’s what happened at Dominican.
Throughout the week, 11 faculty members, in disciplines ranging from Spanish to Psychology, agreed to publish their scholarship in our new repository, Constellation. This includes article pre- and post-prints, and even some publisher versions of articles. Most of them are already in Constellation; a few more will be added shortly. Thank you to those faculty members, all of whom responded within only a few hours of my initial email. As faculty publish new research, we will determine that research’s eligibility to be included in Constellation and contact faculty accordingly.
On Wednesday night, Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, spoke in the Recital Hall on “Names and Lives in the Cultural Record.” With the Internet, digital publishing, blogs, Twitter and more, just about anyone can become a creator of content, an author. The question is raised, then: How to keep track of all those names? Though Lynch’s talk did not directly relate to open access, some connections can be made. With Internet publishing, much of that new content is open access.
Faculty, I hope you got some open access chocolate. I visited each academic building to pass out candy wrapped in information about open access, author rights and self-archiving. Faculty members weren’t always in their offices at the times I stopped by, but I had several good conversations. I talked with a few faculty members about their specific research and the journals in which they usually publish, and followed up with email later in the week. These conversations, plus the quick email responses mentioned above, indicate that Dominican faculty get it. They understand their rights as authors and want to make their research available.
Finally, I checked in with Dominican’s fellow LIBRAS institutions that are also using Constellation. After getting them started with the repository a few weeks ago, Open Access Week was the perfect time to see how it’s going on their campuses.
Constellation and publishing scholarship from our faculty, students and staff is, of course, an on-going thing. But Open Access Week allows us to take time out of our busy, varied jobs to concentrate on such things. Our Week was successful and laid the groundwork for continued success.
We’ve begun to publish the proceedings from this year’s Caritas Veritas Symposium. See them here. We’ll post
them as we receive them from the presenters. Read the papers and see the slides of the sessions you weren’t able to attend. Most of the documents will be available open access, meaning we’re sharing them, without any barriers, with the world. Sharing our motto and mission in this way is itself an example of how truth and love lead to the creation of a more just and humane world.
It’s not winter yet, but you can test that statement with the 100+ photographs of snowflakes, frost and dew in the Library’s newest digital collection: The Wilson A. Bentley Snowflakes. See the collection here.
“Snowflake Man” Bentley attached a microscope to his camera to capture the images, over 4000 in his lifetime (1865-1931.) He published articles and gave lectures on his work, and his images can be valuable research tools for scientists and photographers alike. The glass plates of the images came to Dominican via the University of Wisconsin, and are now housed in the Library’s Special Collections. Accompanying the plates are several books on Bentley and his photography.
Do you want the new Dominican undergraduate research journal to be called the DURJ? Didn’t think so.
The first issue of this new journal will be published in spring, 2012. But first it needs a name. All undergraduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a contest to choose an evocative, dignified, and catchy name for the journal.
DEADLINE: Friday, September 16, 2011, at 5 p.m.
The winning name will be announced at the Caritas Veritas Symposium on September 27, and the winner will receive a prize of $100.
Thank you, from the librarians involved in URSCI (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations.)