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Welcome back students and faculty!

Newly Combined Services The ITS Help Desk and the Library Circulation Desk are now located together on Level A forming the Information Services Desk. All ITS and Library support is now provided from this central location. Please note that all help desk requests should now be submitted at http://ishelp.trincoll.edu.

Reminder for Faculty: Please submit course viewing /reserve requests as soon as possible. All course reserve requests, including for streaming video, should be submitted through the IS ticketing system at ishelp.trincoll.edu​. Course reserve guidelines are available here.  This fall we will begin using Kaltura instead of Trinflix to deliver streaming video – please allow additional processing time for your request.

Open Education Resources (OER) Faculty Stipend Program and October 2 Common Hour

Studies suggest that, over the past thirty years, the average cost of college textbooks has risen more than 800%, and more than 60% of students report that they will skip purchasing a textbook at some point in their academic careers due to costs.   Trinity students are not immune from the pressure rising textbook costs cause and have asked for help with this issue. We aim to explore whether we can help control textbook costs through the adoption of low-cost or no cost textbooks and other resources available through the Trinity College Library collection and the Watkinson Library and Archives collection

Open Educational Resources are openly licensed textbooks, documents and media that may be used for teaching and learning. Open licensing means that material in OER texts can be modified and shared without fear of copyright restrictions or exorbitant charges. OER texts are usually online, but frequently offer print formats as well. OER texts usually have little or no cost for students who use them.

There is a growing body of OER materials available from other institutions and their partners. Perhaps the best known examples include: Rice University’s launch of OpenStax College, MIT’s OpenCourseWare, and the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library. Other resources are available through the libraries at Trinity, such as Springer eBooks, which allow students to buy print copies of any etext in their collection for $25. With these resources available, we believe that some faculty will be able to find the high-quality resources they need among OER collections. We recognize that significant time and effort would be needed for any faculty who wanted to adopt OER. Therefore we have created a new program offering support and stipends to Trinity College faculty interested in exploring OER in their classes.

For further reading and resource links on OER, see http://courseguides.trincoll.edu/oer .

“Open Education in Practice: How Open Educational Resources Can Benefit a Private Liberal Arts College”

Please join us for a Common Hour panel discussion on October 2, 2018 in the Raether LITC room 181. A panel of faculty and students from Trinity College and the University of Hartford will introduce the main features of OER, share some advantages of their use on small, private campuses, and explain how they incorporate these materials into their syllabuses. Light lunch will be served.

Faculty Stipends

Trinity College invites applications for its 2018-2019 OER support stipends. The purpose of the stipends is to assist faculty in the examination and potential adoption of OER for Fall 2019 classes. The $1500 stipend is divided into two parts: Selected applicants will receive a $500 stipend for the Spring 2019 semester. Successful applicants will work with Information Services staff during the Spring 2019 semester to identify and review potential OER texts for a Fall 2019 class. By May 10, 2019 the faculty member will notify the committee in writing that they have either 1) selected a text, with the name of the text or 2) not selected a text and provide a brief written explanation as to why no available text seemed appropriate. Those applicants who opt to continue and use an OER text in class will then receive the additional $1000 stipend.

Application Process:

Faculty may apply using this brief OER stipend application form.  A maximum of six applications will be selected. Applications are due November 1, and decisions will be made by December 4.

Selection Criteria:

We will select up to six courses with two each from humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Preference will be given to:

  • Required courses
  • Courses with large numbers of students
  • Courses currently using an expensive textbook
  • Course where the text(s) proposed to be covered by OER text(s) or resources from the library represent the bulk of textbook costs for the class
  • Applicant will teach the course in Fall 2019

Applications are due November 1. Decisions will be made by a committee comprised of a representative from the Office of the Dean of Faculty and two representatives from Information Services. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 4.

 

 

 

Information Privacy and Security: Teaching, Research, and Student Success

Thursday, May 17, at 11am, followed by lunch, Digital Scholarship Classroom (LITC 181)

A panel of faculty and staff will address the complex ethical, legal, and technical
dimensions of information privacy and security in digital contexts.

  • Jennifer Baszile, Dean of Student Success and Career Development
  • Christina Boyles, Digital Scholarship Coordinator
  • Antonio Crespo, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Jason Jones, Director of Educational Technology
  • Ewa Syta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Erin Valentino, Director of Research Services, moderator

Printable flyer

 

Common Hour April 5: Kaltura, Trinflix, and streaming video in the classroom

Dear Faculty,

On Thursday April 5 in LITC Room 181, Information Services will host a Common Hour discussion on the features of Kaltura, which will be our new delivery mechanism for course video assignments beginning Fall 2018. Kaltura will be able to do everything Trinflix has done, and more! We hope to answer your questions regarding this upgrade, review some other subscription content packages the Library subscribes to, as well as introduce you to some additional tools Kaltura offers for classroom use.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available, and you may also direct any concerns to Katie Bauer at Kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu

A light lunch will be served. We hope to see you there!

Library ‘wish list’ items

1885 map of Rockville, CTLate in the fiscal year, the Library reviews ‘wish list’ requests, and makes decisions based on available funds, relevance to student assignments, and faculty teaching & research.  A one-time purchase is preferred, even though it may require an annual service fee.

In Spring 2017, purchases included Caribbean Studies in Video: the Banyan Archive and the Digital National Security Archive.

Current ‘wish list’ items include China Academic Journals (East View; subscription), Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO; subscription) and the Digital Sanborn Maps (ProQuest; subscription or one-time purchase).  All are currently available as a 30-day trial subscription via the A-Z Database list.

For questions or comments about e-resources or journal subscriptions, please contact Jennifer van Sickle at Jennifer.vansickle@trincoll.edu

1885 map of Rockville, CT, from the Sanborn map collection

Changes coming to the Library this summer

This summer will bring some big changes to the Trinity College Library! We are implementing a new library catalog and circulation system, One Search. Beginning July 1, library users will be able to more easily search and request material from Trinity, and other CTW collections. It will be more efficient and streamlined, and we hope it will make the library experience better for faculty, students, visitors, and staff.

Library staff will be very busy implementing and learning the new system this summer. That makes it more important than ever for you to submit your course reserves as early as you can.

Submit your Course Reserves requests here:  http://forms.trincoll.edu/lib/reserve-form/

Incomplete forms, or requests submitted via email, phone, or in person may delay processing. Course syllabi will not be accepted. Please visit http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/Library/servicesinfo/circulation/reserves/Pages/default.aspx for full details.

Requests received by August 1 will receive priority and will be processed in time for the start of the fall semester. We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Julie Styles, Access Services Librarian (x2247 julie.styles@trincoll.edu) if you have any questions.

 

Request an online resource

Did you know the Library maintains an ongoing ‘wish list’ for e-resources?  By faculty request, new online resources this semester include Encyclopedia of Race and Racism and Vital Statistics on American Politics 2015-2016.  During the academic year, we review and set priorities, depending on available funds.   Faculty may inquire with their library liaison or directly to Katie Bauer or Jennifer van Sickle. Review the wishlist here.

Flipster trial extended

The Flipster trial has been extended until November 27th (Thanksgiving weekend).  Download the app here and read available popular magazines cover-to-cover online via your computer, tablet or phone. Printable coloring books are also part of the trial. The app is available via iTunes or Google Play.

More information here: https://flipster.ebsco.com/about

Try it out here: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&custid=s1096044&profile=eon

Vote for your favorites or leave feedback on Flipster here: https://trinity.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1YTapCxDCG8Gy8d

Trinity scholarship in the Digital Repository

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Trinity College faculty and students are rich producers of academic and creative publications, and much of this work is openly available online from our Digital Repository.  The goal of the Repository is to capture, preserve, and provide access to “all things Trinity.”

The Faculty Scholarship section includes articles published in journals and magazines. Since publisher policies vary, some of the articles are provided in their manuscript version, rather than the final published edition. A resource called Sherpa/Romeo tracks nearly every major publisher policy so that libraries and authors can obtain guidance on the legal use of previously-published articles. Trinity faculty who deposit their work in the Repository receive readership statistics and increased visibility of their work.

The Repository also collects senior theses. Graduating seniors may opt to archive their thesis or final project in the Repository and choose whether to allow unrestricted or campus-only access. The Repository also provides a permanent URL to use on resumes or job applications.

To submit material to the Repository, please get in touch with Amy Harrell, Digital Projects Librarian.

Outage for off-campus access to databases

On Wednesday June 22nd at 8:00am, off-campus access to databases will be down due to system maintenance of the EZproxy server. We anticipate this will last no more than one hour.

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