National Novel Writing Month: Get Support at the Library!

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing a novel? Well, this November would be a perfect time to make that dream a reality. November is National Novel Writing Month, fondly referred to as NaNoWriMo.  Carlson Library will once again be hosting write-ins to help you accomplish your goal. Each week we will provide a gathering place, tips, snacks, and support for a “novel-writing on steroids” experience!

Imagine writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! It is entirely possible and we will tell you how at our first informational meeting in Carlson Library room 2010, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Kickoff will be Saturday November 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Carlson Library room 2010, and weekly “Write-Ins” will be held each Tuesday throughout November from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to nano@utoledo.edu.

NaNoWriMo events are open to all. Students, staff, faculty, friends and family are all invited to participate. Everyone has a story inside!

For complete details, visit our NaNoWriMo LibGuide at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nanowrimo.

Sculpture Exhibit in Carlson Library during Fall Semester

Judith Greavu
Landforms: sculptures inspired by geological forms and processes
Carlson Library
Fall Semester 2014

Road Cut (Cast Bronze)

Road Cut (Cast Bronze) – 12″ length

The Carlson Library is honored by the opportunity to showcase Landforms, a series of work by Prof. Judith Greavu.  These small sculptures, created from bonze, aluminum, wood, and stone, in the artist’s words “celebrates geological forces as well as human intervention with those forces.”  The materials that seem hard and unrelenting have been transformed into scenes that are soft, fluid, and ever changing.

Stream Cut with Island (Cast Aluminum)

Stream Cut with Island (Cast Aluminum) – 18″ diameter

It’s an extension of these “forces”, combined with ecologic concerns that inspired her creation, “Current Forces,” a large scale bronze and glass sculpture located on the south side of Bowman-Oddy.  Installed in the fall of 2013, this sculpture was brought to the University with the help of the Ohio Arts Council, the UT Campus Beautification Committee, and representatives of the UT science faculty.

Hills with Spring  (Walnut and Bronze)

Hills with Spring (Walnut and Bronze) – 18″ length

Prof. Judith Greavu received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and taught at Ohio Northern University from 1985-2005. She is a professional artist who works in all media, with bronze being the media of choice for much of her work. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including the Toledo Area Artists Annual Juried Exhibit, the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, and ArtSpace/Lima. She has also completed large sculpture commissions for the Ohio Northern University, Tiffin University, Blanchard Valley Hospital, and the University of Florida.  She has received numerous honors for her work throughout the state of Ohio and the country.

Drowned Coastline (Cast Aluminum)

Drowned Coastline (Cast Aluminum) 20″ length

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Carlson Library.  While visiting be sure to view the pieces from different angles, as each sculpture was created to offer different visual experiences.

Got a reference question? We can help!

Used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image attributed to Forrestjunky.

The secret to academic success lies in the Library!

Welcome to Carlson Library!  Did you know that reference librarians can help you find information on topics you are researching for your assignments?   We can help you every step of the way — from refining your research topic to helping you format your end notes. Reference librarians are available at the Information Desk from 10AM-6PM on weekdays and also on Sundays. (check our hours page often for the most current information)

Our librarians also provide one-on-one research consultation by appointment.  Additionally you can chat with a librarian using our instant messaging service, or contact a subject librarian by phone or email.  Visit our Reference Services LibGuide for more information.

We hope to see or hear from you this semester!

Canaday Center collection documents aspects of the life of the late James S. Brady

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections preserves a small collection of materials that document aspects of the life of James S. Brady, former press secretary to President Reagan, who passed away this week.  The collection includes speeches, articles, correspondence, and photographs of Brady during his tenure as vice chair of the National Organization on Disability.  Brady was severely injured during the assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life in 1981.  The complete guide to the collection can be found at:

http://www.utoledo.edu/library/canaday/guidepages/disability.html

Be inspired, be creative. Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Just in time for National Poetry Month – find open access poetry journals all in one place in a new, custom e-collection at the University Libraries!

Fountain Pen, by Antonio Litterio is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 US / lightened from original

From Abalone Moon to Valparaiso Poetry Review, you can now enjoy over sixty (60) open access poetry journals anyplace, anytime.  Open access (OA) means that no paid subscription is required and typically no login restriction is imposed.  While there may be no subscription cost, please be assured that these journals are part of EBSCO’s database of thousands of OA journals not only because of their commitment to the OA sharing model of publication but also because they operate under the same rigors of research and scholarship as other academic journals.

While these journals were previously available in our EBSCOhost database of OA journals, they were not easy to locate by subject until our cataloging department worked with our e-journal management vendor (EBSCO) to make this easy, custom collection of poetry titles possible.  Alternatively, you can also find OA poetry journals by doing this search in our catalog.

Take some time out from studying today to enjoy browsing these journals!  You may even find an opportunity to submit a work of your own.

For more on poetry, please visit our English Literature LibGuide.

 

ILLiad requests may be delayed

Due to flooded work areas in our Interlibrary Loans department, your ILLiad interlibrary loan requests may require more time for processing.  We apologize in advance for any delay you may experience in receiving your materials as we clean up from our recent incident.  Thank you!

Come Join us for National Library Week!

The UT Libraries will be celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19!

The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” We will be featuring new READ posters of well-known UT alumni whose lives have been impacted by books, reading and libraries.

Fun events are also planned for both Carlson and Mulford libraries including used book sales; a lecture on bibliotherapy; creative readings by UT students; and game night:

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Visit http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nlw to learn more!

OA survey results in, analysis soon to follow

Last month the University Libraries conducted an institution-wide OA survey.  We are very pleased with the number of responses received.  At this time we would like to share our preliminary results set with you.  We will offer analysis of some of our findings shortly.

We’d also like to announce the winners of our drawing for several Starbucks gift card/insulated cup packages:  Erin Crawford, Dr. David Nemeth, and Dr. Stephanie Hughes.

And we thank everyone again for their participation!

University Libraries conducting a new survey on “open access”

open access logoAlthough the annual Open Access Week is several months behind us, the University Libraries is interested in keeping the conversation on open access going.

Just over two years ago the University Libraries conducted a survey to gauge UT’s institutional perception of and experience with the open access (OA) publishing environment.  If you are a faculty member or researcher, GA or TA, we would like to invite you to participate in our NEW follow-up survey.

The IRB-approved survey (which takes about 10 minutes to complete) asks first some basic questions about your understanding, views and experiences with open access research and publishing.  The second part of the survey asks your opinions on the best use of an institutional repository.  The “institutional repository” (or IR) has become the preferred scholarly publishing and digital curation tool for researchers at universities worldwide.   It serves both as a storehouse and a showcase of the intellectual and creative output of an institution:  from faculty research articles and data sets, to student theses, dissertations and projects, to media and grey literature, conference presentation files, and more.  The IR can even serve as a publishing platform.  The University Libraries will soon be launching a brand new IR and so we would like to have as much feedback as possible on the best way to maximize its value and impact.  If you would like, you can read more about repositories here.

So if you are a faculty member, GA or TA, please consider taking the survey!  Upon completion of the survey you may opt in for a random prize drawing.  Thanks.

UPDATE [3/2/14]:  Survey is now closed.  Thanks to all who participated!