“Unlock your Data!” (free event: save the date!)

The week of October 22 marks the sixth annual international “Open Access Week”!

You may remember that last October, the UT Libraries participated in the OA Week celebrations by surveying UT faculty and researchers on their knowledge, experience and perceptions of the open access model of publishing.

In May, we distributed results of that survey and in August we followed up with another article spotlighting certain aspects of those results.

Want to learn more about open access publishing?  In person?  For free? 

UT/BG Open Access Week flyerLibrarians from UT and BGSU recently got together to plan an informative day for those who would like to learn more.   Come join us on Tuesday, October 23 in the Driscoll Center (Schmakel Room) on Main Campus to interact in person with colleagues on the challenges and rewards of taking part in an open access publishing environment.  This all-day event will help answer questions for you on what open access publishing is and it will allow you to share stories with other researchers, professors and scholars.  Students are welcome too.

In the spirit of open access, this event is free of charge (and includes a free lunch!)

To attend in person, please RSVP by October 16 to the email posted in the link below.

Because seating is limited, you will also have the option to participate online if you cannot make it through the door.   (instructions forthcoming)

see full schedule

Join us for our Speakers’ Series: Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio

All events held in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, Fifth Floor, William S. Carlson Library.  See the UTNews article for more details on each event.

September 26, 3 p.m.: “The History of Hospital-Based Nurse Education in 20th Century Toledo,” by Joanna Russ, archivist, ProMedica.
October 3, 3 p.m.: “The History of HIV Infection in Northwest Ohio,” a panel discussion led by Dr. Joan Duggan, director of the Toledo Ryan White HIV Center.
October 10, 3 p.m.: “A Man, His Work, and His Legacy—Conrad Jobst,” by Dr. Anthony Comerota, director of the Jobst Vascular Institute at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
October 17, 3 p.m.: “Posing for Eternity: The Art and Science of Plastination,” by Dr. Carlos Baptista, president of the International Society for Plastination.
October 24, 3:30 p.m.: “From M*A*S*H to the Great Black Swamp: The Life of John Howard M.D.,” by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus.
November 7, 3 p.m.: “The Magician with a Meningioma,” by Dr. James Ravin, Toledo ophthalmologist and medical historian.

All Events Free and Open to the Public

Reception to Follow Each Talk

Book Artist Elisabeth Tonnard to present talk on Wed., Oct. 10

Elisabeth Tonnard, an artist and poet working in the areas of artists’ books, photography, and conceptual literature, will present a talk about her art on Wednesday, October 10, at noon in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library on UT’s main campus.

Since 2003, Tonnard has published 25 books, which are included in numerous private and public collections.  Her work features how visual culture and visual events are seen in the light of literature.  Tonnard’s books have won numerous awards, including the jury prize of the Sheffield International Artists’ Book Prize last year.  Her works have been exhibited widely, and she is a member of the Artists’ Book Cooperative.

Tonnard received a master’s of arts in literature from Radbound University in the Netherlands, and a master’s of fine arts from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.  She lives and works in the Netherlands.

A reception will follow her talk.  This talk is co-sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries.  For more information, contact David Remaklus, Carlson Library, at 419-530-4030.

Tonnard Talk Flyer

Harry Speaks! Lectures: Thursdays this Spring

In conjunction with the Harry Potter’s World travelling exhibit (on view at Carlson Library in March, and Mulford Library in April), the University Libraries is hosting a short lecture series focusing on the intersection of Harry Potter’s world  with different disciplines.  Light refreshments and door prizes will be at each lecture.  See our LibGuide for more about each speaker.  (You may use the links below to RSVP via Facebook.)





Harry Potter’s World at UT Libraries

The University of Toledo Libraries, along with our partners Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, are proud to announce the exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. The exhibit, which was created by the National Library of Medicine, consists of six banners that explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science. Visitors may view the exhibition at the Carlson Library on UT’s Main Campus from March 12 to 29 and at the Mulford Library on the Health Science Campus from April 3 to 20 during library hours.

Illustration of an owl

Illustration of an owl from Konrad Gesner, Historiae Animalium, 1551

In celebration of the exhibit the Carlson Library will host Lightning Strikes, a wicked-fun event for all ages on March 16, from 4-6pm. The event is free and open to the public and will feature Potter-themed games, activities, prize drawings and refreshments.

A lecture series, also open to the public, will be held on both the Main and Health Science campuses. These one-hour talks given by UT professors from the fields of medicine, law, literature and philosophy will discuss some of the themes found in the Harry Potter novels.

For lecture series dates, calendar of events and more information about the exhibit (including directions and parking), please visit http://libguides.utoledo.edu/harry. Questions can be directed to Bridget Faricy-Beredo at 419-383-4214 or bridget.faricy@utoledo.edu.

New Exhibit: Medicine on the Maumee

The faculty and staff of the Ward M. Canaday Center are pleased to present a new exhibit, Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio, opens on Thursday, March 1, 2012.  The exhibit will explore the history of medicine in the local area from the time of its settlement to present day.  A variety of institutions have contributed artifacts to the exhibit, which features rare books, first-hand accounts, and other fascinating objects.

The exhibit opening will be held in the Center at 3 p.m. on March 1st and will feature John Jaeger recreating his great-grandfather Dr. Frederick Jaeger as “The Black Swamp Doctor’.  Dr. Jaeger’s patient logbooks are included in the exhibit.  The opening is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

The exhibit will remain through December 2012, and is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Group tours may be arranged.  Call the Canaday Center at 419-530-4480 for more information.

More information is available in the UTNews article on the exhbiit.

HSC Art Showcase at Mulford through 2/21

If you happen to be on the Health Science Campus, please check out the Mulford Library’s HSC Artists’ Showcase, on display through February 21st.  Here are some photos from the opening reception:

Health Science Art Show: Submissions Wanted

The Mulford Library is seeking submissions for its 2012 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase.  To be considered for the show, faculty, staff and students in the health sciences, including nursing, medicine, pharmacy and the health professions, can send electronic images of their artwork to mulfordartshow@gmail.com.

For important submission guidelines and other details, please go to http://libguides.utoledo.edu/hscart.

Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, December 9, 2011.

Contact Jodi Jameson (419-383-5152 or jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu) if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing your artwork!

An Open Access Invitation for Faculty!

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This week (October 24-30) marks the fifth annual Open Access Week, sponsored by The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  It will be celebrated in a number of ways worldwide.

The UT Libraries and Open Access Steering Committee would like to take this opportunity to poll UT faculty, research professors, clinical professors, lecturers, postdocs and others about their experiences, perceptions and views of open access.  You can help us by participating in Open Access – A Survey for UT Faculty.

Open Access. OA. You may have heard this term popping up more and more in your academic surroundings lately. But do you know exactly what it is?

OA is sometimes confused with open source which is a practice of sharing software code. Open Access, on the other hand, is a philosophy growing in acceptance and practice — that of communicating and sharing scholarly information, research and knowledge with few or no limitations or restrictions. A concise definition of OA can be found in the Budapest Open Access Initiative which emerged out of a meeting of the Open Society Institute in December 2001.

“By open access to … literature, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”

For a more detailed explanation, see “What is Open Access?” by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

A small group of interested UT faculty have gathered together this fall to begin to investigate how the university might move in the direction of OA. Many faculty who have National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants are already familiar with the open access experience through the NIH Public Access Policy which “requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.” PubMed Central is just one example of a subject-specific open access repository.

Many faculty, however, are not familiar with the process or philosophy of open access. We hope that Open Access Week can begin to help those who are unfamilar catch up. A recent Chronicle of Higher Education blog post mentions the headway made by at least one early adopting institution, The University of Kansas, and the obstacles it still faces. However, The University of Kansas is now joined by nearly two dozen institutions who have taken up the call to address the crisis in journal publishing costs by implementing open access policies.

Watch for more updates on open access during Open Access Week and beyond!


Library Celebrates our Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

We’ve created a display of books that have been banned, challenged (that is, petitioned for removal from a library), or otherwise restricted in celebration of our freedom to read during the upcoming ALA Banned Books Week.   Other campus events include the Banned Books Week Vigil, happening Thursday, September 29th.  (Click on pictures for larger view.)