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!

University Authors’ books in the Library

Steinbeck in Vietnam book coverThe University Libraries try to buy copies of books authored by our university community for our collections.  Just recently, for example, we added Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War, by Dr. Thomas Barden, Dean of the Honors College.  Sometimes we find out about these authors through local publications like the UTNews or the Toledo Blade, but we don’t catch every one.  If you know of a publication authored by a member of the UT community that we don’t already have, please let us know!

All of the publications by UT authors are marked in our catalog with the alternate title: University of Toledo Authors Collection.   You can view these by year and primary author as well.


Carlson welcomes New Faculty

New UT faculty began their New Faculty Orientation on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at Carlson Library. The UT librarians welcomed the new faculty with a brief overview of library services and a tour of Carlson. Please contact Thomas A. Atwood 530-2833 for information regarding Information Literacy support and Laura Kinner 530-8532 for information regarding UT Libraries services and support.


Faculty & Staff: Library Seminars just for you!

The University  Libraries is pleased to announce a new series of library informational sessions  for UT faculty and staff entitled Connection Sessions!

These 30 minute sessions will run from September through December at both the Carlson Library on Main Campus and the Mulford Library on the Health Science Campus.  All sessions will be taught by faculty in the College of University Libraries and Academic Support.  All sessions are offered from 12-12:30pm on the following dates.  Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack!

Designing Effective Library Assignments:  Get tips on creating great assignments for your students that incorporate the use of library resources.
9/1 – Carlson, room 1009
9/2 – Mulford, room 420

Accessing Full-Text Articles: Download articles from library research databases and online journal collections with the click of your mouse!
10/6 – Carlson, room 1009
10/7 – Mulford, room 520

Using OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan:  Request items from other libraries in the state, across the country or around the world.
11/3 – Carlson, room 1009
11/4 – Mulford, room 520

Using EndNote:  Save yourself time and frustration by formatting your manuscripts with EndNote, a bibliographic management software program available to you as a free download via myUT.
12/1 – Carlson, room 1027
12/2 – Mulford, room 520

For more information, ask a librarian!

UT Authors & Artist Exhibit: March 29 – April 30

The 2010 University of Toledo Authors and Artists Exhibit will be displayed March 29 through April 30 in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The exhibit will feature the works of nearly 200 UT faculty who have published books, journal articles or conference papers or have produced creative works in the past two years.   Begun in the 1950s, this annual exhibit allows the community a chance to see a large portion of the scholarly and creative output of our university faculty in one place.

photo courtesy of UTNews

Faculty invited to submit work to Authors & Artists Exhibit

The deadline for submitting materials for the 2010 University of Toledo Authors and Artists Exhibit is Friday, Feb. 12.  Faculty and staff members who have published books, articles and conference papers since February 2008 are encouraged to submit these materials for inclusion in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library from March 29 through April 30.

Faculty with works in the exhibit will be honored at a reception Monday, March 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dr. John Murray, UT professor of economics, will present opening remarks.

Faculty authors on Main Campus should send or e-mail their publications to Suhasini Kumar, Government Documents Department, Carlson Library, mail stop 509. Faculty members on Health Science Campus should send or e-mail their publications to Jolene Miller, Mulford Library, mail stop 1061. Faculty in the Department of Art with works for the exhibit will receive notification in late January of procedures for displaying their artwork.

Those submitting works are asked to provide a complete bibliographic citation for each publication to assist with the preparation of the exhibit catalog.

For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, at 419.530.2170.