Friday, October 19, 2012
The Pumerantz Library is hosting an exhibit titled “Paleo CSI” which is scheduled to open October 25, 2012. The exhibit focuses on the research by paleontologists on the Western U faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Rega, Dr. Brian Kraatz, Dr. Amy Chew, Dr. Matthew Wedel and Dr. Gerald Bales.
Items on display include a black bear and coyote skull, tools used by paleontologists, and a 68-65 million year old triceratops fossil that you can touch! You are invited to view the exhibit anytime during library hours and attend our upcoming speaker series. Dates will be announced at a later time.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What is open access publishing? According to the Budapest Open Access Initiative open access means making literature:
"free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."
Essentially the main goal is to make research literature freely available to allow the rapid spread of the knowledge gained.
To acknowledge this effort the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) organizes Open Access Week to draw attention to open access policies and how they benefit research, researchers, and the spread of knowledge.
Here are some ideas to promote open access efforts by faculty/researchers, administrators, students, and librarians.
Budapest Open Access Initiative. (2012). Budapest Open Access Initiative: frequently asked questions Retrieved October 16, 2012, from http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm.
Monday, October 15, 2012
From now until the October 31 Epocrates is offering a discount to WesternU students & faculty. To take advantage of the code follow this URL https://www.epocrates.com/referral.do?p_r_name=WesternUniv2012 for discounted pricing.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one."
October is National Medical Librarians Month and to help celebrate the Pumerantz Library has a number of events planned.
· October 10 – Services for distance students 7-8 pm
· October 18 – Micromedex 7 – 8pm
Click on the hyperlinks to log in to these online courses.
Annual Pumerantz Library Book Sale
· October 22 – 26, prices start 25 cents.
Book Repair Week
· October 22 – 26, drop a book in need of care this week for the library to repair. Please see the circulation desk for details and drop off.
Fine Free Friday
· October 26, drop off an overdue book on this day with no fines. Sorry outstanding fines do not apply.
· October 31, stop by the library for some Halloween tricks or treats.