By: NickKneeron: October 23, 2018 2:53 pm| kneerna
The Miami University Libraries invite you to celebrate Open Access Week 2018. Celebrated Oct. 22-28, Open Access Week promotes the creation and use of resources made accessible through the open sharing of research, scholarship and data.
You can learn more about Open Access during one of these events:
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Advocacy for Scholarly Communication
King Library Lobby
Scholarly Communications is increasingly important to academic institutions, and this session offers a basic exploration of the issues and how they impact libraries.
Friday, Oct. 26
Advanced Inquiry Space, King Library 134
Join us for a screening of the film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, which explores the need for open access to research and science, and questions the rationale behind for-profit academic publishers and there $25.2 billion in annual profits. A facilitated discussion follows the screening, and refreshments will be served.
Questions about any of the University Libraries' Open Access Week events can be directed to Carla Myers, coordinator of scholarly communications, or Jennifer Bazeley, coordinator of collection access & acquisitions.
What is Open Access, and how do the Libraries support it?
Guest blog post by Jody Perkins, digital scholarship librarian and metadata specialist
According to SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) “Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Providing OA to research is achieved primarily via deposit of a preprint to an OA repository or through publication in an OA journal. OA journals are a rapidly growing segment of the scholarly publishing market covering research in nearly every discipline. Content is openly available without most of the financial or copyright restrictions of traditional publications.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently includes entries for:
OA publishing can provide researchers with exposure to a large international audience that is beyond the scope of any single subscription based journal, increasing the impact of their work and advancing scholarship while also raising the research profile of the university. It also has the potential to provide students with unrestricted access to resources for their own research beyond the constraints of shrinking library budgets. In addition, it gives citizens timely access to research that was funded in whole or in part through tax dollars and which may also help community groups address pressing local issues.
How to get involved:
Sponsor an OA-related event in your department
Publish your research in an OA Journal
Deposit a copy of your research article or dataset in an OA repository
Start or sponsor an OA Journal
Schedule a consultation with a librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship
The Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University helps faculty and students collect, preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of the Miami University community as well as assist them with fair use and copyright retention. The Scholarly Commons repository includes faculty research articles, technical reports, honors theses and conference papers and proceedings. CDS can also assist faculty in developing and publishing open access e-books using open e-book standards like epub and mobi. Additionally, CDS can host, setup and manage an open access scholarly journal, with or without peer review, using the Open Journal system.
Open Access Journals published or hosted by Miami University Libraries
By: NickKneeron: October 17, 2018 11:56 am| kneerna
Miami University Libraries recently held a first-of-its-kind two-day conference exploring the intersection of copyright law and music. On Sept. 26 - 27, librarians, musicians, legal counsel, educators and administrators from across the country gathered in Shriver Center to discuss the unique challenges higher education institutions face in navigating music copyright law.
“We had 53 people from 17 states. We had a really broad perspective: the group was large enough to have some great discussions, but also small enough to have direct conversations about what we’re dealing with at our institutions,” said conference organizer and University Libraries’ coordinator of scholarly communications Carla Myers.
After hosting a more general copyright conference in 2017, the Libraries focused 2018’s conference specifically on music copyright, a topic many find difficult.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say that copyright law for music is their ‘kryptonite’ – it can be more complicated for people,” said Justin Bonfiglio, copyright specialist at the University of Michigan Library and conference attendee. “It’s very nice to talk to a community of people who grapple with the same layers of confusion that I grapple with on a daily basis.”
In addition to its complexity, music copyright law has far-reaching implications for libraries and higher education.
“This topic affects so many services that we as libraries provide our academic institutions: our music collections, musical performances on campus, student recitals, and even advertising and marketing if we have music playing in the background,” said Myers.
Conference presenters included Kenneth D. Crews, Kathleen DeLaurenti, Eric Harbeson, Nazareth Pantaloni, Carrie Russell, Maria Scheid and Ty Turley Trejo, bringing expertise from a diverse array of fields and experiences. Jason Sloan, a representative from the United States Copyright Office also joined the conference provide additional information and perspective.
“People either have deep expertise in music or deep expertise in the law, but there’s a small subset that has both, and a lot of the people that have those features are here,” said Bonfiglio.
Attendees heard presentations on a number of different topics, from ways in which music copyright law impacts libraries, to navigating music usage and licensing for campus events, teaching, recitals, entertainment and more. Other discussions centered around recent legislation that proposes significant revisions to music copyright law and its potential implications for higher education.
The conference represents the Libraries’ continued development of copyright consultation services to the Miami community. Myers has provided over 100 one-on-one consultations with students, faculty and staff since January 2017, and has taught several workshops on copyright. Through a number of different initiatives, such as supporting the adoption and development of open educational resources and providing guidance in applying Fair Use for copyrighted materials, the Libraries provide expertise to Miamians in navigating the ways in which higher education and copyright law interact.
The conference’s sponsors included Miami University Libraries, OhioNET, OhioLINK, the Music Library Association and the American Library Association.
President Greg Crawford gave his annual State of the University address, speaking about the university’s purpose in today’s world, on Thursday, Oct. 4. If you were not able to attend or would like to revisit his remarks, you can read the transcript or view the video.
Congratulations and welcome to the University Libraries’ new hires and transitions!
Stephanie Blankenship began her new role as library associate access and acquisitions in August. (Sorry we missed you last time, Stephanie!)
Sarah Nagle(pictured right, upper) began as creation and innovation services librarian on Oct. 1. Sarah comes from Pikes Peak Library District, where she served as Makerspace Programming Librarian and Business and Technology Librarian. She holds a bachelor’s in history from Miami and an M.L.I.S from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Meng Qu(pictured right, lower) joined the web services team on Oct. 8. She recently competed her M.A. in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she had served as a web developer and user interface and experience designer while participating in the renovation and redesign of four different UW-Madison websites.
Tiffany Dogan is shifting roles to become library associate in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives. Her first day is Oct. 22.
Elizabeth Maurer is shifting roles to become library associate at B.E.S.T. Library. She begins on Oct. 22.
Access & Borrow
Access & Borrow is hosting the southwest display case in the King Library entrance, showcasing interesting materials available for checkout from the IMC. The items will change as the semester progresses to encourage interested parties to check back often.
Access & Borrow is in the process of rolling out an in-development wiki documenting circulation, ILL and OhioLINK prodcueres across service points. A separate wiki documents acquisitions, cataloging, series and e-resource procedures.
Create & Innovate
Open Access refers to research, including scholarly publications and data, that is made freely accessible online. Open Access Week, held Oct. 22-28, 2018, is an annual event focusing on promoting awareness and access to open resources. In celebration of Open Access Week 2018 the Miami University Libraries will be hosting several educational events, including information tables and a film screening of the movie “Paywall,” in an effort to help promote Open Access initiatives to members of the campus community.
C+I will be conducting a pop-up Makerspace event at Amos Music Library from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18. We will be showcasing our virtual reality headset with music-centered games, TelePrompTer loaded with monologues, Arduino builds with a music focus, and 3D printer instruments and models. Please join us for this hands-on technology experience.
"Our goal is to achieve our academic purpose as a sought-after institution for top students and faculty ... Our innovative strategic plan will position Miami to redefine higher education."
-President Greg Crawford
Ethics and External Services Questionnaire
All unclassified staff and librarians should have received a link to the annual Ethics and External Service reporting surveys last week. Please remember that the university requires you to fill out these forms.
President Crawford has appointed Elias Tzoc to serve as the Libraries’ representative on the Climate Survey Committee. This committee will address the survey findings and make recommendations to President Crawford on ways to make Miami University a more inclusive work environment.
The President provided a status report on the Miami 2020 plan and declared that the goals of that strategic plan have been achieved.
He unveiled that he is appointing a new strategic planning committee headed by two eminent professors on the Oxford campus: Julia Guichard, chair, department of theatre; and Robert Applebaum, professor, sociology & gerontology. I anticipate that the libraries will have a representative on the central committee.
There will be additional opportunities for library staff to serve on or to provide expertise to six working committees. These six committees are Academic Excellence, Research & Scholarly Success, Transformational Student Experience, Diversity, Inclusion & Community, Financial & Resource Sustainability, and Miami As a National University.
In addition to the committees, President Crawford and Provost Callahan have shared a commitment to offer numerous opportunities for the entire university to contribute to the university’s future through various processes. The plan will ultimately go before the Board of Trustees in June 2019 for the board’s endorsement.
During the address, President Crawford shared that the university is "operating from a position of strength” while proactively positioning ourselves for the evolving economy and community of which we are part.
Academics will be the primary focus. The President shared that the university has invested mightily in our residence halls, career services, and co-curricular facilities and services. How do we now provide the majors and experiences that tomorrow’s students will want and that employers will demand?
President Crawford briefly highlighted some of the challenges facing higher education in general and Ohio institutions, specifically. Ultimately, while adapting to new realities, he wants to protect the rich liberal arts-focused, undergraduate experience that makes our university special.
Boldly Creative has taken an important step and continues to progress. There were just under 40 pre-proposals submitted by members of the faculty/staff ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline. COAD is evaluating the proposals, which represent a rich diversity of innovative ideas and opportunities from all academic divisions. I would like to thank the library staff who collaborated with various departments to put these proposals together.
Student Technology Fees
Once again, I would like to thank Stan Brown for coordinating the Student Tech Fee proposals and all of our staff who contributed ideas. This program has truly aided the University Libraries in enhancing the technological offerings that we can provide our students. .
IMS and Course Approval
The College of Creative Arts is proposing a new IMS major and a new gaming major. Assistant Dean John Millard has been working with library colleagues and IMS staff to ascertain what role, if any, the Libraries should play in this arena.
We continue to make positive inroads into our development and advancement efforts.
Last month marked our annual Advancement Review with Provost Callahan and senior leaders from University Advancement. Our audited funds came back "clean," and our endowed fund impact report concept, originated by Vince Frieden, is now being implemented across the university.
A few quick numbers to share:
In FY 2014, our fundraising commitments (new gifts + new pledges) were $57,426.
In FY 2018, our commitments were more than $1.84 million
In FY ’14, our cash received was $75,246.
Last year, our cash received was $230,622.
I have previously shared with the department heads and assistant/associate deans some of my thoughts on priorities for the upcoming comprehensive campaign. I have asked them to work with their staff members on "bold" ideas. Needless to say, the rehab of King remains my highest priority. However, endowed positions, endowed collections, enhancement of our physical plant across campus, scholarships for library student workers, enhancement of our professional development funds,preserving/conserving/adding to our Special Collections/Archives are all important and under consideration. Please share your campaign ideas with your department head, a member of the Lead Team or Michael Kumler.
The second of two regional conferences hosted by the Miami University Libraries during the past year took place on campus last month. Like Code4lib this summer, the Copyright Conference was an effort fostered by and coordinated by great colleagues within our system. I would like to thank Carla Myers for her leadership in chairing the conference as well as all the people who worked to make it a rousing success.
Thank you for doing your part …
Already this semester, I have appreciated the efforts of all those who have worked to bring our community together through Game Nights and other programming. I have witnessed the generous spirit of colleagues who support one another by filling in for a chat or covering one of our numerous instruction sessions. Our books, electronic resources and other library resources are seamlessly ordered, checked out and returned to the shelves. Contracts are negotiated with publishers and our patrons enjoy unprecedented access to new resources and content. Computers are ordered, deployed and updated as needed. Our website is clean, updated and in compliance for all of our patrons’ needs. Our colleagues are doing the important work of preserving, conserving and educating with the rich treasures from our Heritage Collections …
In recognition of all your unbelievable contributions to our library system, I want to thank you.
In closing …
I was in Maine over Labor Day for a short vacation with some friends.
I was immediately struck by the sheer beauty of our most northeastern state, the generosity of her residents, and the quaintness of the small towns that dotted the highways as we drove north out of Portland. You could easily mistake each town as a setting for a Norman Rockwell painting.
However, it was the lighthouses that most intrigued me. I am fascinated by lighthouses and their noble purpose: to guide ships to safe passage, to serve as a North Star for ships in distress, and to reassure people that they are on the right course.
That is the role of our President and our leadership as we build a new strategic plan and explore the possibilities of Boldly Creative. Disruption and change in higher education are our reality; however, we are working hard to provide a course that allows us to successfully navigate these challenges to arrive safely as a stronger, more purposeful institution.
We have a great group of colleagues on our crew, both across the university and within the libraries, and I am thankful to navigate whatever waters we may encounter with each of you.
By: NickKneeron: September 25, 2018 3:40 pm| kneerna
The history of Miami University, Western College for Women and the Oxford community comes alive in October-November, as the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives welcome a trio of Ohio Archives Month lectures to King Library.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9, the annual series seeks to enhance public awareness of archival materials and archival centers through highlighting research and materials with broad appeal. This year’s lectures focus on the history of women’s baseball at Miami and Western College for Women (Oct. 9), a collection of historic envelopes and letters that cover more than a century of Oxford history (Oct. 25), and longtime Miami professor and historian Walter Havighurst (Nov. 2).
Each of the lectures takes place from noon-1 p.m. in King Library room 320. Those who cannot attend in-person can view the lectures live or recorded via Facebook Live on the University Libraries’ Facebook page. All lectures are free and open to the public.
“With motion full of gentle charm: Women’s baseball at Western College and Miami University” leads off the series on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The lecture, presented by Callie Batts Maddox, Ph.D., assistant professor in sports leadership and management, reveals early 20th century baseball as more than a men’s sport. Through stories of early college women athletes, the lecture draws important connections between sport, physical activity and gender in higher education.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, Richard Oertel, Ph.D., a local historian and retired Procter & Gamble chemist, presents some of his discoveries as a philatelist – one who collects and studies postage stamps.“Old Mail and Oxford’s Early Academic Community”focuses on a collection of envelopes that members of Oxford’s academic community sent or received between 1835 and 1940, including the sometimes surprising stories of students, faculty, administrators and benefactors of Miami University, Oxford College and Western College for Women.
Bill Modrow, head of Steward & Sustain within the University Libraries, closes out the series with “Walter E. Havighurst: A look at his life and legacy” on Friday, Nov. 2. The lecture explores the impact of the writer, historian and longtime Miami faculty member on Midwestern Culture as well as his connections to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives and Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.
The Havighurst Special Collections include more than 95,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts and special subject collections. The Archives include manuscripts, photographs and publications from Miami University, Western College for Women and Oxford College.
By: NickKneeron: September 13, 2018 7:00 pm| kneerna
BUS 101 adopts free open educational resource in place of traditional textbook
Written by Vince Frieden, Coordinator of Strategic Communications, University Libraries
Video by Nick Kneer, Communications Specialist, University Libraries
Carla Myers still remembers that sinking feeling she experienced each fall as an undergraduate leaving her campus bookstore.
“I put myself through college, and I remember working all these jobs during the summer to have enough money,” Myers recalled. “I’d pay my tuition bill with a little money left over, and then I’d leave the bookstore in tears because I didn't have enough to cover all my textbooks. It was frustrating and disappointing for someone who really wanted to be a good student.”
Now the coordinator of scholarly communications within the Miami University Libraries, Myers finds herself part of a collaborative effort – involving faculty, the Provost’s Office and counterparts in the University Libraries – to minimize the financial impact of textbooks and course materials on Miami’s students.
These efforts come at a time when families are struggling with the rising costs of higher education and as rampant inflation in the textbook industry is outpacing that of even medical care.
“In order to offer an extraordinary educational experience, we need a diverse array of learners who come from all backgrounds, including varying family incomes,” Associate Provost Carolyn Haynes noted. “To gain that diversity, we are committed to doing everything we can to reduce the overall cost of a college education. That includes reducing textbook costs, which have risen by 1,000 percent over the past four decades.”
Exploring affordable alternatives
Central to this focus is the promotion and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs), educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of OERs means that anyone can legally copy, use, adapt and re-share them at no cost.
To date, Miami’s textbook affordability efforts have included the formation of a faculty Open Educational Resource/Affordability Committee and the introduction of a series of grant-eligible OER faculty programs to inform, encourage and support faculty in exploring, implementing and even creating OER options.
Those efforts registered a signature achievement at the start of the fall semester when the BUS 101 Foundations of Business course – a First-Year Integrated Core course enrolling an estimated 600 students per semester – adopted an OER in place of a traditional textbook. Cindy Oakenfull, assistant lecturer within the Farmer School of Business and the faculty-lead for BUS 101, collaborated with Myers and business librarian Susan Hurst during the summer to identify and customize the OER.
“In selecting the textbook for Business 101 and realizing that the cost of those materials was going to affect 1,000-plus students, we were really challenged to think about how we could reduce that financial impact,” Oakenfull said. “The OER options available were equal if not superior to the ones I reviewed from various publishers. When you combine the quality of the material with the ability to customize it specifically for our needs and the cost savings, it was really an easy choice.”
A customized version of the OER, featuring only the chapters needed for the course, is available for students to download via the university’s Canvas platform. Students can read the text online, download and print it, or even have a version professionally printed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional textbook.
The concept is catching on. According to Haynes, faculty are utilizing OERs and related alternatives to eliminate or dramatically reduce course material costs in more than 20 courses. OERs are not an option for every course, and the Libraries also support alternatives:
Textbooks on Reserve: Textbooks for many of Miami’s most enrolled classes are available for checkout at University Libraries’ locations. This program is possible through a combination of faculty placing extra copies of their textbooks on reserve and #MoveInMiami donor support.
Course Pack Consultation Service: Supports faculty in replacing printed readings-based course packs with materials that are already freely accessible through Libraries' resources.
Alternate Textbook Program: Assists faculty in developing a reading list of resources freely available through the University Libraries’ purchased electronic collections, legal online resources and selections made in compliance with U.S. copyright law.
Regardless of the means, the outcome of an affordable, quality education matters to Miami students.
This past summer, the Associated Student Government co-presented the inaugural Affordable Education Leader Award to Andrew Paluch, assistant professor of chemical, paper and biomedical engineering, who created his own free, open resource textbook for a computational methods course. According to Paluch, the goal is about more than dollars and cents.
“My driving force in coming to Miami was the dedication to undergraduate education,” Paluch said. “My perspective is not necessarily that this is me saving students money. This is a resource or tool we can develop to improve the education of our students and ensure they have access to the resources they need ... I see Miami as a place where we can excel in this field and be national leaders. ”
To learn more about textbook and course material affordability options, contact Carla Myers, coordinator of scholarly communications, at myersc2@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-3935.
By: NickKneeron: October 11, 2018 10:37 am| kneerna
For the first time, the Miami University Libraries are pleased to offer complimentary electronic memberships to The Wall Street Journal for all current students, faculty and staff.
With access to the world’s latest news, business insight, and expert commentary, every reader has the power to fuel their ambition with The Wall Street Journal. Each activated account comes with access to WSJ.com, the WSJ mobile app, curated newsletters, and WSJ+, an exclusive experience with access to special events, discounts, and travel destinations.
Miami students, faculty and staff can activate their complimentary membership by visiting WSJ.com/MiamiOH, logging into the school portal and creating an account on the registration page.
Those who currently pay for membership may call 1-800-JOURNAL, and mention they are switching to their membership provided by Miami University. Partial refunds will be dispersed.
By: NickKneeron: October 11, 2018 9:32 am| kneerna
4 reasons you should check out a Libraries Game Night
The University Libraries are opening up the games collection and supplying free food for five Library Game Nights this fall. Join in the fun with your fellow Miamians and choose from a large variety of board, tabletop, and card games from classic to contemporary. No experience is required, and all students, faculty, staff and families are welcome.
In case you need convincing, here are four reasons to check out a Library Game Night:
Game Nights travel to each Miami University library
Miami University is home to four library locations, all with their unique features and specialties. As you visit for a Game Night, you might end up finding your new favorite study spot.
There’s great – and free – food
Every proper game night features great food, and the Libraries’ Game Nights are no exception. To fuel your gaming session, we’re providing a variety of free food and snacks.
These laid-back events are great for both beginners and experienced players – just pull up a chair and join the fun. Libraries staff will be happy to help set up and explain games.
You can continue the fun after the night is over
If you find your new favorite game at a Game Night, chances are you can check it out from the Library. The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) in King Library maintains a collection of games available for checkout.
By: NickKneeron: August 27, 2018 11:51 am| kneerna
The Miami University Libraries posted another strong showing during the #MoveInMiami day-of-giving campaign, with preliminary numbers showing 70-plus donors contributing more than $9,000 to Libraries’ funding priorities.
Processing on the more than 4,400 gifts received during the overall #MoveInMiami effort continues, and the final Libraries total is expected to trend higher. Over the past four years, donors have contributed more than $30,000 to Libraries funds and initiatives during #MoveInMiami.
The bulk of this generosity has been dedicated to the Textbook Initiative, which purchases textbooks for high-enrollment courses and makes them available via checkout to students, and the Technology Support Fund, which enhances the technology resources the Libraries are able to make available to students.
“Each year I’m amazed at the contributions our donors are willing to step up and provide to the University Libraries,” said Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian. “We want to provide our students the opportunity to succeed in all their chosen fields of human endeavor, and thanks to your support, we are able to make those dreams come true.”
To learn more about #MoveInMiami and its university-wide impact, visit MoveInMiami.org.
As buzz continues to build ahead of a new academic year, the Miami University Libraries invite faculty – both new friends and longtime friends – to connect with the University Libraries’ services and our subject liaison librarians.
All faculty members are encouraged to collaborate with the University Libraries throughout the year to enhance the educational experience they provide for their students and advance their own research. Following are four great places to start:
Explore our faculty resources: Our faculty lib guide offers an overview of all the services and resources available to faculty. Bookmark it today!
Get to know your subject librarian: Your subject librarian is your portal to everything libraries. We build collections in your subject areas, work with you to develop research and critical thinking skills in students, and connect you to the most appropriate resources. Check out our subject and course guide for your respective area to find your subject librarian.
Integrate research skills into your classes: We have a wealth of resources available to support your classes, including information literacy modules designed for Canvas, instructional videos, class-specific research guides, and guidance as you design research assignments.
Let us know what you’re working on: The Libraries actively support faculty in their research. From our own rich collections to those we can tap into throughout Ohio and across the globe, we can find the scholarly resources you need. We also offer digital and data support through our Center for Digital Scholarship.