Author: Amy Harrell (Page 1 of 21)

Digital Projects Librarian, Trinity College library

Publishing Beyond Print: A Conversation on the Possibilities of Open Access Books

In celebration of Open Access Week, please join the Library for a panel discussion on Open Access (OA) monographs, a publishing model that can help scholarship find a wider audience.

While OA journals have been widely adopted by the academic publishing system, OA monographs are less common and have only recently found substantial support through initiatives such as Knowledge UnlatchedLever Press, MIT Press Open, and TOME. Book authors Jack Dougherty, Stefanie Chambers, and Alyson Spurgas have each experienced the publication of an Open Access book in different ways. They will discuss how they arrived at Open Access publishing, and how it has been different than print. Katie Bauer, Director of Collections, Discovery, & Access Services, will then lead a discussion around how Library collections budgets can potentially support Open Access monograph publishing.

October 28: 12:15 – 1:15pm Zoom

Watch the recording

Open Access Books to be discussed:

 

Navigating the Scholarly Publishing Landscape: A Conversation on developing your research identity and impact

This fall, LITS is hosting a series of Common Hour conversations for faculty on building scholarly identity on the Web. As a faculty author, how do you balance making your work widely available with protecting it? How do you want to present yourself through profiles or social media? What is the best way to feature your publications? 

Please join us for any or all of the following sessions, all virtual: 

November 2, 12:15 – 1:15 Managing Your Online Presence: Shaping Your Scholarly Identity Through Formal and Social Networks 

We will discuss building scholarly profiles, managing different types of author identifiers, and choosing where to build your presence. We will also facilitate a conversation around engaging with social media as an academic. Would social media participation boost your visibility, and if so, which platforms might be relevant for your discipline? What are the downsides? At the end of this hour, you will have learned to better define your identity as a scholar on the Web. 

Register for this workshop. 

November 9, 12:15 – 1:15 Knowing Your Rights and Options as an Author 

What choices do you make as an author and a consumer? In this hour, we will discuss copyright and Intellectual Property,  using an author addendum for contracts, Open Access, and repository options for your work.  

Register for this workshop. 

December 7, 12:15 – 1:15 Collaborating with the Public 

How do you want the public to engage your work? In this session, we’ll talk about different strategies for sharing your work with the public and requesting meaningful feedback or interactions. This may include the creation and use of digital community archives on a project site, citizen science projects,  social media posts that invite public response on your research, hosting “live” conversations on facebook or instagram, etc.  

Register for this workshop. 

Questions? Contact facilitators Amy Harrell or Mary Mahoney.

Seniors: Thesis Carrel Information

A limited number of study carrels (with lockers) on Level 3 can be reserved for one academic year by senior thesis writers. Thesis Carrels are given out on a first-come, first-served basis to current Senior Thesis writers in the beginning of each fall term.

Study carrels without attached lockers may not be reserved, officially or unofficially, by any student.

The Thesis Carrel application for the 2021-2022 academic year will go live on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 at 7AM. When the application is live, you may click here to apply for a Thesis Carrel.

Welcome Kristen Eshleman!

Kristen EshlemanLITS welcomes Kristen Eshleman as Trinity’s new Vice President for Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). Kristen will provide leadership of our merged LITS organization, and collaborate with fellow cabinet members and the President, as well as with faculty, staff, and students, to advance our strategic goals. 

Kristen joins us from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she has worked for 20 years in roles related to academic technology and digital learning. Most recently she has spent the last two years as Director of Innovation Initiatives, in which she was responsible for operational leadership of innovation strategy, process, and projects for the college. 

See the official campus announcement for additional information about Kristen. She can be reached at kristen.eshleman@trincoll.edu. 

Seniors: Upload your thesis or capstone project to the Digital Repository

Preserve and share your hard work!

  • Upload your thesis or senior project
    The Digital Repository is Trinity’s online archive and can accept theses, multimedia projects, images, posters, and more.
  • Share with others
    Your thesis or project will be discovered by Google and other research tools, and you’ll get statistics on who is reading your work. A permanent link can be included on applications, resumes, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Retain copyright
    When you submit your work to the Repository you retain all copyrights and you choose what to share and under what conditions. You can restrict download access to the Trinity campus if desired.
  • Get started
    Go to the Digital Repository and read our submission guidelines to get started. Please contact Amy Harrell (amy.harrell@trincoll.edu) with any questions.

Library & IT survey – Chance to win an iPad Mini

Students: Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) needs your help in fine-tuning our new website (check out our new site at https://www.trincoll.edu/lits/). Your feedback will help us make sure it is user-friendly and easy to navigate for students at Trinity.

Providing feedback is easy. Just go through this brief online questionnaire, which asks you a series of questions about where you would click in order to find something on the new website.

At the end of the questionnaire you can also indicate if you are interested in answering some additional questions in a one-on-one Zoom meeting with an LITS staffperson. Participation in one of these sessions earns a $5 Peter B’s Gift Card.

Everyone who completes a questionnaire is entered into a randomized drawing for an iPad Mini!

For questions, please contact Amy Harrell, amy.harrell@trincoll.edu. The questionnaire closes on April 9.

Take the questionnaire

New Library & Information Technology Services Website

On December 14 Library & Information Technology Services will begin using a new website at https://www.trincoll.edu/lits/.  A “frozen” version of the old site will still be available at https://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/ through January 14, 2021.

The new site offers the following benefits:

  1. A streamlined, unified portal to all of the services and resources offered by the Library, Information Technology, and Watkinson Library & Archives.
  2. A design that is ADA accessible and responsive to various devices, hosted on a more secure platform.
  3. More technical flexibility and function, provided by the college’s web content management system WordPress.

Note that there are no longer separate pages for the library and IT.  Most content that existed on the current website has been moved and merged into the new site.

Please use our feedback form to submit comments and suggestions on the new website. We will continue to improve the site after it launches, utilizing your feedback and usability testing studies.  We appreciate any input you’d like to give.

Preview our new website!

Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) invites you to preview a new website design. We are releasing this “beta” version of the new site to the campus community to gather feedback before we launch it officially in mid-December 2020.

The new site offers the following benefits:

  1. A streamlined, unified portal to all of the services and resources offered by the Library, Information Technology, and Watkinson Library & Archives.
  2. A design that is ADA accessible and responsive to various devices, hosted on a more secure platform.
  3. More technical flexibility and function, provided by the college’s web content management system WordPress.

Note that there are no longer separate pages for the library and IT.  Most content that existed on the current website has been moved and merged into the new site.

Please use our feedback form to submit comments and suggestions on the new website. We need your help reviewing and fine-tuning the new site before it goes live. We appreciate any input you’d like to give.

 

A new way we acquire books

by Lorraine Huddy, CTW Librarian for Collaborative Projects

The libraries at Trinity College and its CTW partners, Connecticut College and Wesleyan University, are now using Evidence-Based Acquisitions (a.k.a. EBA).  We implemented this model with well-known content providers including JSTOR, Project Muse, and most recently, Oxford University Press.

How does EBA work?  The publisher/vendor grants access to a very large pool of ebook titles for one year. At the end of the year, usage reports show how many times a specific title was viewed or downloaded. Using this evidence, the libraries select which titles to purchase. With purchase, the library is given perpetual access to the title.

What a crazy idea, right?  Buy books after they’re actually used instead of forecasting which books might be used, and buying those.  Publishers and vendors literally provide access to thousands of titles and the libraries only buy the ones used the most by our faculty and students?  Sounds like a win-win proposition for the libraries!

What’s the catch?  What do publishers and vendors get out of this plan?   In the EBA model, providers know ahead of time what the financial spend will be.  As part of the contract, the libraries and provider negotiate the financial commitment: how much the library will commit to the EBA program, using these funds to purchase perpetual access to specific titles.  The amount varies by provider but they typically use a spend ratio based on the value of the pool of titles the libraries have access to (i.e. $1 spent for every $15 of value.)  On their end, libraries typically consider how much they’ve spent on a publisher’s titles in past years to calculate what they’re willing to commit to the EBA program.

How’s it working out?  For the most part, so far, so good.  JSTOR ebooks are getting very high use. On the other hand, Project Muse ebooks are not used as much as expected and due to overlap with JSTOR titles, Trinity will withdraw from this program in January. The Oxford EBA program was set up in July 2019 so it’s too early to tell, but the list of titles in this package is very promising.

We are watching these programs closely in case of diminishing returns over time. The number of new titles added each year is small compared to the entire pool of titles – will there be enough new content that is of interest and value to our students and faculty?  Should we commit less to these programs each year as a result of this new vs. old content imbalance?  As with other library resources, the proof to retain is overall usage.  As long as we’re able to identify enough unique title purchases that spend down the annual financial commitment, there’s good reason to maintain these programs.

Finding Film Content in OneSearch

Overview of video content offered by Trinity Library

Trinity Library offers a vast selection of films for teaching and learning. In addition to a rich DVD collection, the Library subscribes to several subscription packages of film content. These include:

  • Kanopy – Over 2,000 educational and feature films from major producers including California Newsreel, Criterion Collection, Green Planet Films, Kino Lorber, and others.
  • Films on Demand – Over 30,000 educational and documentary videos from Films Media Group and content producers such as news broadcasting networks , HBO, NOVA, BBC, National Geographic and more.
  • Swank –  A small but growing collection of feature films.

Any title  from the above subscription packages can be conveniently provided to students in a course by embedding a direct link into a course Moodle page. Please see this post for tips.

Please note: Both Kanopy and Swank provide their titles via 12-month license. This means it is possible a license could expire in the middle of the semester.  For any title you intend to use throughout your course, it is important to check the catalog record in OneSearch. There is a date next to the availability information that will tell you how long we have it. If necessary, please ask library staff to renew the title.

Additionally, the Library can provide streaming video access to DVDs via Moodle by faculty request.  Visit this page for more information on Kaltura streaming video services.

Discovering content in OneSearch.

The most effective way to search in OneSearch is to begin with a title or keyword and then apply filters on the results screen.

The screen shot below shows the results of a keyword search for “marriage.” To find video content, select Trinity College under Institution, and use the additional filters on the left side in the following ways:

 To Find Apply the Filters
Films in Kanopy, Films on Demand, or Swank Under Resource Type, click “Show more” and select Audio and Video (Streaming). Note this will also include audio.
 DVDs Under Resource Type, click “Show more” and select Video (DVD/VHS).

 

For additional assistance finding film content or using it in classes, please contact your instructional technologist or a research librarian.

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