Open Access Week – October 20-24

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Join us as we celebrate Open Access Week — a global event in it’s eighth year.logo_openaccess2

What is “Open Access”? It’s the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. (This is from the About page of OpenAccessWeek.org.)

Clemson Libraries’ Head of Digital Scholarship, Andrew Wesolek wants to help you learn more about retaining the rights to your research and how open access materials can benefit you. As a student, have you ever spent hours online researching the perfect journal article, only to be forced to pay $29.99 to read it? As a faculty member, do you ever wonder if your research could reach a wider audience if it was available to researchers around the world that don’t have access to expensive journal subscriptions?

Open Access (research that is available free to read online) is the answer!

Join the libraries for a series of events explaining how you can help increase access to research and increase the impact of your work through new modes of publication.

Open Access 101: Join Andrew Wesolek at 2:30 on October 20th in the Library’s Digital Resources Lab to learn some of the fundamentals of Open Access: both its potentials and pitfalls. Also, learn about the services Clemson Libraries provides to help you expand the reach of your research

Generation Open: SPARC and the World Bank kick off Open Access this year with a webinar focused on newly minted and early career researchers. Join us in the Library’s Digital Resources Lab at 3:00 on October 20th to learn more about how changes in scholarly publishing are affecting researchers

SHARE, CHORUS, and Open Access: What you need to know: Did you know that the federal government mandated that published articles describing research funded by more federal funding agencies must be made openly available within 12 months of publication? This Choice/ARL webinar will explore this changing legislative landscape as well as some new developments designed to meet these new federal requirements. The webinar will be broadcast in Library 309 at 1:00 on October 21st.

Open Access: A Researcher’s View: This ASERL sponsored webinar featuring Erin McKiernan will be broadcast in Lib 204 at 9:30 on Wednesday October 22nd. Erin received her PhD. From the University of Arizona and currently holds a position in experimental and theoretical neuroscience at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Xochitepe, Morelos, Mexico. The presentation will focus on the differences in access to scholarly literature between the US and Mexico, which started her on her current path of open access advocate.

Maximize YOUR Impact!: Learn to Navigate the Publication Process and Know Your Rights. New faculty face tremendous pressure to publish their research and demonstrate its impact. A mounting body of evidence continues to suggest that making one’s work open access, either through open access journals, or by sharing a version of your work in an institutional repository, increases its impact. But, do you retain adequate rights to increase the impact of your work through open dissemination? Our Head of Digital Scholarship will discuss the benefits of depositing your work in an institutional repository and methods for securing your rights to your research when publishing through traditional journals. (Offered via Clemson Graduate School Professional Development)

Read more about digital scholarship and open access at our Scholarly Communication and Author’s Rights research guide or contact Andrew Wesolek at 656-0317 or by email at awesole@nullclemson.edu.

 

Book Review – Doll Bones

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“He sat there for a long moment, breathing hard. Something had shifted, something seismic, and he needed to be still long enough to have it settle inside of him. Then he stood up and went out the door.” – page 208

dollbonesBlack, Holly.
Doll Bones.
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013.
Children’s/Young AdultPZ7.B52878Dol 2013.

Alice, Poppy, and Zach have been playing the same game for years. It is a game spread across many kingdoms; a game of pirates, warriors, mermaids, and thieves. Zach habitually plays the part of determined and impetuous pirate William the Blade, Alice has recently taken on the role of loud and wild thief Lady Jaye, and Poppy, with her distinct flair for the dramatic, is always best when playing the villain. But no matter which character the three friends choose, each is a subject of the Great Queen – the creepy bone china doll that Poppy’s mother keeps locked in a glass cabinet.

Zach cannot imagine his life without Poppy, Alice, and the game, but as the three are now in middle school it’s becoming harder to play.  Zach’s basketball teammates have begun to tease him about talking to Alice and Poppy, and Zach is embarrassed by even the thought of his teammates finding out about the game. But when his father throws out Zach’s army bag full of action figures, Zach cannot play the game anymore, regardless of his own wishes. Zach abruptly and rather harshly ends the game, but when the girls show up at Zach’s house in the middle of the night claiming Poppy is being haunted by the ghost of the Great Queen, the three may have one last adventure, after all.

In her Newbery Honor Medal winning work Doll Bones, Holly Black expertly captures the confusion of a transitional age. Zach yearns for adolescence but he does not wish to leave childhood behind. His palpable uncertainty is beginning to influence the relationship he shares with his two best friends, and all three fear the permanence of the change. At its core, Doll Bones is a creative blend of mystery, adventure, the suggestion of a budding romance, and a good bit of paranormal activity, combined to build and possibly to destroy a friendship. For older readers, Doll Bones is the feeling of nostalgia wrapped in print and bound with endpapers. But for every reader, it is the hope that things never really have to end.

Library Classes This Week

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Our goal is to serve students, faculty, and staff with free learning opportunities. We are here to help you learn how to use library resources, search the internet effectively, and find, use, and credit the information sources you need.Library-Training-Logosm

Here are the classes we’re offering this week:

Library Research for Engineering
Tuesday, October 14
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Room 204, Cooper Library
Description: Want to get started using the library for engineering research? Let the Engineering Librarian show you how it’s done. Topics covered include finding articles in specialized databases, using information from one article to find other relevant articles, and using RefWorks to keep track of everything.
Register now.

BrowZine
Wednesday, October 15
10:10am – 10:40am
Room 204, Cooper Library
Description: Learn about the BrowZine app and how it can make keeping up with research easier! Have a tablet or mobile device? Be sure to bring it along with you.
Register now.

BrowZine (online only)
Thursday, October 16
12:00pm – 12:20pm
Description: Learn about the BrowZine app and how it can make keeping up with research easier!
Register now.

Get.It.Done.
Thursday, October 16
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Description: Have a project you just can’t seem to finish? Need motivation or possibly guidance on a task you’ve been struggling to complete? Attend Get.It.Done. to get it done!
Library, Career Center, CCIT, and Writing Center experts will share available resources for graduate students. Afterwards, snacks and help from experts will be provided until 8pm. Stay as little or as long as you like after the lightning rounds to work on YOUR PROJECT OF CHOICE – could be your resume or CV, a paper for publication, anything! Lightning rounds begin at 5pm. Project time available until 8pm with snacks provided.
Make your fall a productive one and Get.It.Done!
Register now.

See more on our classes and training calendar. Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Get. It. Done.

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CheckHave a project you just can’t seem to finish? Need motivation or possibly guidance on a task you’ve been struggling to complete?

Attend Get.It.Done. to get it done!

On Thursday, October 16 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, the Library, Career Center, CCIT, and Writing Center experts will share available resources for graduate students. Afterwards, snacks and help from experts will be provided until 8:00pm.

Stay as little or as long as you like after the lightning rounds to work on YOUR PROJECT OF CHOICE – could be your resume or CV, a paper for publication, anything!

Lightning rounds begin at 5pm. Project time available until 8pm with snacks provided.

This event will be held in the Michelin Career Center Boardroom, located on the 3rd floor of the Hendrix Student Center.

Make your fall a productive one and register for Get.It.Done.

Playstation 4 Kits Available in Cooper!

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Welcome to another in our student blogger, Keanyn’s series, Confessions of a Serial Study-ier.


Hello fellow studiers!! I just wanted to alert you all of some new things in the library. We now offer the option to check out Playstation 4 kits, two extra controllers, and games!

Our 2 Playstation 4 Kits consist of:PS4_lg

  • Console
  • Controller
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Manual

We offer a wide variety of games that include:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Destiny
  • A Realm Reborn: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • And many more…

Although we encourage entertainment, I must inform you of our policies. Only two (2) games can be checked out at a time and only one (1) extra controller can be checked out at a time. All items have a one week checkout period. Late fees for these items are as follows:

  • $20 per day for Playstation Kits
  • $5 per day for extra controllers
  • $5 per day for games

If you have any questions, please be sure to contact the Circulation Services Desk on the 4th floor of Cooper Library

Don’t forget to follow the library on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

New Database — Business Expert Press

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The library now has access to a collection of eBooks from Business Expert Press.

Business Expert Press’s Digital Libraries are filled with practical, concise books covering specific areas of business, including supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy. They’re written by international authorities, specifically for students seeking bachelors or masters degrees.BEP button

To see the list of eBooks that we have available for you, click on the “View your institution’s BEP e-books button”.

You can find it on our Databases A-Z page. You may also see it on some of our many research guides.

Questions? Ask A Librarian.

Talk with Us about the Website!

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As discussed in an earlier post, the Clemson Libraries are gearing up to redesign our website and we would like you to be part of the process. We want our web presence to serve your needs, but we need you to tell us what we can do to help you get the most from the library.

Anyone can take the quick survey, and we appreciate that. We’d also like to talk with you face-to-face, ask questions about the current site and its future, and have a discussion with you and your fellow students. To that end, we have two opportunities for students to join a focus group. It would only take an hour, and you’ll be giving us valuable input to make the next version of the Clemson Libraries website work for you!

Sign up for Monday, October 13 from 2pm-3pm
Sign up for Tuesday, October 14 from 11am-Noon

Both focus groups take place in Cooper 201A. Seating is limited, and registered focus group participants will receive a gift card for Starbucks!

 

Book Display — LGBT History Month

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LGBT History Month – started in 1994 and observed in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day (October 11th) – is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, as well as the history of gay rights and related civil movements.LGBT book display

The October library book display is comprised of LGBT-centered materials, a sample of which is included below:

The display is located on the 4th floor New Books Shelving and will be up throughout the month of October.

Learn about Clemson’s LGBTQ Task Force and find on-campus and local LGBTQ events and resources at www.clemson.edu/diversityoffice.