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Digital Scholarship Studio Coming Soon

You might have seen some builders and heard some extra noise coming from Level 1 in the Library. Work is being done on the former Technical Services department office to convert it into space for:

  • a traditional classroom
  • a digital classroom
  • digitization work space
  • recording studio
  • meeting/consultation space

 

We’re excited to see this work move forward. Here are some pictures of the progress.

Early in October: structure for new walls went up

Looking in to the classroom space

Space for the digital classroom, with plastic sheeting facing the stacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later in October sheetrock went up:

Sheetrock is added

Space facing the library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in November walls are being painted:

Walls ready for Idea Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope the full studio will be ready to open for faculty and students to use in 2018!

Read: Sexagon – Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Mack

Sexagon book cover

Attended today’s Common Hour to see Mehammed Mack give a great talk about his book Sexagon.  Check out his book, Sexagon-Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Mack from the Trinity College Library Main Collection,  call number DC34.5 M87 M33 2017.

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Streaming Movie Options Swank

Citizen Kane poster

Be sure to check out movie titles available for classroom use from Swank. The Library licensed Swank content because we often have requests for feature films or TV shows not covered in our other resources Kanopy and Films on Demand. This week Swank is highlighting material from HBO like

We only pay for Swank movies that we request and turn on in their interface. If you see a title in Swank that you want to use for a course just send email to Kim Rinaldo at kimberly.rinaldo@trincoll.edu know and we’ll have Swank turn that on for Trinity access.

Trinity Library Exploring Alternatives for Institutional Repository

Beprexit logo, project of the UPenn Libraries

Beprexit

The Trinity Digital Repository is an open access resource for papers written by Trinity faculty and students, materials from the Trinity libraries, and Trinity publications. It is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Making material freely available fits perfectly with the mission of the library, and supporting it has been important to staff. Open access material also helps raise the visibility of Trinity publications, as you can see in the list of popular downloads. We have always hosted the repository with a company called Bepress, which was a small independent start up when Trinity started working with them. This year Bepress was purchased by the publishing giant Elsevier, causing great angst among the library community active in institutional repositories and open access initiatives. This was recently expressed by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, who announced their Beprexit project to find an alternative to Bepress. Like University of Pennsylvania and many other institutions, Trinity is looking at alternatives to Bepress now that it is owned by Elsevier.

I’m not completely an Elsevier critic. They provide high-quality access to a large body of scholarly work, and we license a lot of highly-used digital content from them. Elsevier is also very expensive, and they have a deserved reputation for purchasing many smaller publishers and affiliated service companies, giving rise to concerns about a monopoly, or something close to a monopoly. There are a few other big publishers, such as Kluwer, but there are far less publishers than when I started in the library profession.

To be fair to Elsevier they also have a history of supporting some open access initiatives, for example, the Hinari project. Through Hinari,  a program run by the WHO, Elsevier makes medical journals available to low and middle-income countries. They also have made no move they libraries have seen to shut down or put new conditions on Bepress repositories. Still, the move by Elsevier to take over Bepress is unsettling to say the least.  It isn’t entire clear why Elsevier purchased Bepress, but they have been very active in purchasing other platforms and citation tools like Mendeley aimed at the academic community. There is some thought that Elsevier is seeking to link open access preprints to the publication process. We in the library believe that we need to carefully examine options other than Bepress to host our repository.

The environment for repositories has changed pretty dramatically since we started with Bepress. There are more options available to us, many of which have been developed within the open access/open source community. Over the next few months the library will talk with companies that support DSpace, Islandora,  and Preservica. We’ll also talk with Bepress, since we are not necessarily ready to abandon a platform that has worked well for us. We do need to be concerned with both access and long-term management of our materials. We need a solution that will minimize our costs, and assure us that we can continue to provide access to Trinity materials in a reliable, open, and anonymous way (without intrusive data mining from any external company).

We invite any students or faculty to contact us with comments or concerns as we explore repository options.

OneSearch Workshops

OneSearch, launched this summer helps you easily find library books, articles and other resources including, CTW collections.

We have some tips that will make OneSearch even easier to use. We’ll share them in a series of  20 minute workshops. No registration required!

Drop In Workshops (all in the Phelan Room on the A Level of the Library) October 9, 10 and 11 at 10am, 12pm and 3pm

State Funding for Library Resources Threatened

Connecticut State Library in Hartford

Libraries across Connecticut, including the Trinity Library, benefit from programs run by the Connecticut State Library. Several of our most popular databases, including PsycInfo, ABI Inform, and Proquest Historical Newspapers are funded through the State Library’s ResearchIt CT service.  Historical Newspapers is used widely and offers content back to the 1980’s and sometimes earlier, for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and thousands of other newspapers. Access to these and other digital resources are provides to all Connecticut libraries–college, university, K-12 and public libraries.

State legislators and the governor have not been able to agree on a fy18 budget, and  since July 1 Connecticut has functioned under Governor Malloy’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which cuts funding for the State Library 18%. Funds specifically for ResearchIT are cut 50%.

Here are the specifics on the State Library budget under the executive order (ResearchIt funds are State-Wide Digital Library): overall funding is reduced from $9,396,000 by $1,728,000 to $7,668,000 in fy18 and for State-Wide Digital Library funds from $1,768,000 by almost $900,000 to $880,000.

This was nothing new for libraries–every year for the last few years, as part of budget negotiations the spending for the library and its services has been threatened with fairly drastic cuts, but funding has usually been restored at the eleventh hour. Because everyone is used to this there wasn’t too much concern. However, the budget stalemate has gone on for months, and the governor recently vetoed a budget passed by the legislature, which has now brought us to a more difficult situation.

The State Library has let us know that the subscriptions for Proquest Historical Newspapers and ABI Inform expired September 30. Proquest will not turn off access while we await a pricing proposal from them for all Connecticut libraries to keep access to these resources, but they won’t continue that access past December. The State Library and Proquest have said that the total bill will be the basic renewal price Proquest would have charged the State Library, but it is not at all clear how they intend to apportion the bill across all Connecticut libraries, or how all the libraries will manage that access and negotiations going forward.

Trinity College library knows that these resources are important to the community and we intend to fund them. Most libraries in the state will want to continue access as well, but the price may put these resources out of reach for some. Additionally, most libraries have tight budgets, and may not be able to suddenly pick up a large subscription they did not expect (major digital resources can run into the thousands or even tens of thousands.) The situation does underscore that the state budget problems can affect us all in unexpected and unwelcome ways.

More Info

New Library Catalog–Important Dates

In Information Services we’ve been very busy preparing to go live with a new library catalog. It will provide a better search experience and easier ordering of books from CTW, among other improvements. Moving to a new system is a big undertaking for us, and to do it correctly will require us to turn off some services for a short period of time. If we don’t do this some information could be lost when data are migrated from our old to our new system. Here are some key dates we would like you to be aware of:

 

  • June 22, 2017 we will turn off requesting from all the CTW catalogs. You can still check out Trinity books, but you will not be able to request delivery of books from Wesleyan or Connecticut College. CTW book processing will resume after July 5. Please plan ahead and do any CTW ordering before the 22nd. If you have a pressing need for a CTW book during this time we would be glad to either purchase or order them through Interlibrary Loan.

 

  • June 28 we will move to an “offline” circulation system (you shouldn’t notice much difference at the circulation desk) and we’ll turn off the self-checkout machine.

 

  • June 29 we will go live with a new system called Onesearch. You can again request books from CTW, but please be aware that due to the 4th of July holiday and CTW staffing orders will not be processed until July 5.

 

  • July 5 CTW borrowing services will resume.

 

During this time and through July staff will be learning a new system for ordering, processing and checking out books, and we may be a bit slower processing requests than normal. Please let us know right away if you experience any delays, problems or just have a question or comment by sending email to kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu

Fred Korematsu Honored in Google Doodle

Fred Korematsu, born on this day 1919, defied orders to imprison Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.  His conviction for evading internment was upheld by the US Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States. In dissent, Justice Frank Murphy wrote

All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Read about Fred Korematsu in Enduring conviction : Fred Korematsu and his quest for justice online  from the Trinity Library, or one of these other books about Japanese internment.

Enduring Conviction book cover

Enduring Conviction

New Book by Trinity Graduate: The Ferryman Institute

ferryman

Trinity graduate Colin Gigl (English and Computer Science) has published a novel, The Ferryman Institute. Check it out from the library’s Leisure Collection in the Engelhardt Reading Room.

Tip: Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar

Many of us like to use Google Scholar. It is a good supplement to other library research databases and has convenient links to digital copies of articles. When material is freely available GS will show it automatically, but to see articles that Trinity purchases you need to set up GS correctly.  It’s only a few steps and it pays off in convenience and saved time later.

Configure Google Scholar Settings

Find the Settings link at the top of the page in Google Scholar and select Library Links. Here do a search for Trinity College.

search

 

 

This search will return two matching items to select: Trinity College Library – Online-Trinity College and TRINITY COLLEGE -Proquest Fulltext.

settings

 

I also like to search and select Worldcat. With this option you’ll see if Trinity has a print copy of books found in GS. With these two or three options checked save your selections, and then when you search in GS you’ll see a slightly different display.

Display Changes in Google Scholar

Once you’ve configured GS and do a new search you’ll see additional links displayed for Trinity College licensed digital copies on the right side of the display. The example below shows three citations: in the second PDF is shown for licensed digital content available to the Trinity community. This link is only shown when you’ve configured settings for Trinity content.

 

three cites

 

Other Options

The first citation above has a small More option displayed in the line for citations and related articles. Under More you’ll find another useful function for In print-Trinity College.

more feature

 

Use In print-Trinity College to request that Trinity Library get a copy for you when you cannot find digital content. This request may take a few days for a print copy to be located and scanned for you.

The configuration changes you’ve made will still be there the next time you use the same browser, provide you have cookies turned on. You don’t need to be on the Trinity network, but you will be routed through the proxy server for the Trinity links to full text. These settings should help make Google Scholar even more useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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