TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: SUMMER 2012

 

June 8   |   July 6   |   July 6

 


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update
6/8/12

Reorganizing the Collection at Trexler Library

On your next visit to the library, you'll probably notice a significant change in the way library books are organized. Starting this summer, books, periodicals, and journals will be co-located alongside each other by Dewey call number.

For years, our library collection has been organized as most academic libraries have been, with reference books in one location, periodicals in another, and circulating books in yet another. While expert users of the library knew about these three disparate locations, novice users were often confused by the distinction. For example, more than a few users have wandered through the reference stacks, assuming the circulating title they were looking for could be found there, only to be redirected some time later to the "main collection."

Enter co-location. Co-location highlights one of the best features of the library: the chance for library users to browse and serendipitously discover information--reference works, circulating titles, or periodicals--all in one place.

The move toward co-location is not entirely new. Some larger academic libraries long ago moved periodicals alongside circulating titles sharing a subject. For example, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for many years has filed literature criticism periodicals with books of literary criticism (the Henry James Review is found adjacent to books about Henry James, etc.).

This is all to say that Trexler Library has decided, after much deliberation, to follow the lead of many other academic libraries in co-locating print titles (periodicals, reference, circulating). This summer we are in the midst of the change. Please pardon the confusion, as this is a work in progress.

Conflict Between Academic Presses and the Association of Research Libraries

Earlier this week, Kelly Cannon, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Trexler Library, attended a conference in Baltimore hosted by the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP). CIP has for several years running hosted some of the best conferences on the subject of copyright, trademarks, and patents. This year proved to be no different.

One of the highlights of the conference was the marked disagreement that surfaced between academic presses and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). ARL recently authored its groundbreaking Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. One voice for academic presses at the conference, Richard Brown, from Georgetown University, generally applauded the ARL best practices document, but took issue with the section of the document that addresses "Supporting Teaching and Learning with Access to Library Materials via Digital Technologies." This section of the ARL document contends that e-reserves of academic press books and the like (other than textbooks) can be considered transformative insofar as students in a given course are a new and unintended audience for the work.

Brown argued eloquently and passionately against ARL's reasoning, saying that e-reserves (Blackboard, etc.) do not constitute a transformative use because the intended audience of academic press books is any member of the academy, including students. In that way, digitizing an academic press book and posting to Blackboard cannot be considered transformative.

This is significant, in that transformative use has in recent years become a key factor in fair use determination by the courts. In the recent Georgia State ruling, the judge determined that e-reserves were not transformative. So Brown is really echoing that court decision in his comments.

It remains to be seen whether ARL will modify its best practices document. Given the manner in which speakers like Patricia Aufderheide of American University (co-author of the ARL document and Director of the Center for Social Media) inveighed against Brown, any change is unlikely.

Infomaniac Tip

Have You Tried Flipboard?

Flipboard is an iPad and iPhone social magazine app that won accolades as the best app of 2011. As one user comments: "Social networking is so much more engaging in this format." Check it out!

Calendar

REGULAR SUMMER HOURS through Friday, August 17:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update
7/6/12

A Wealth of Primary Sources, 16th-18th Centuries

Students, faculty, and staff at Muhlenberg College can now access, in two databases via library subscription, several hundred thousand historical documents previously unavailable to them. One database, Early English Books Online(EEBO), includes, amazingly, virtually "every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700." Here is an example of the documents contained therein, this one published in 1656 in Cornhill, England, on the subject of witchcraft. Click on the icons above the record to view the document in full.

The second database, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), contains "over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) comprising books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more based on the English Short Title Catalogue Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Content covers critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. Primarily in English but also includes other languages." Here is a sample document, this one regarding the French Revolution.

A Core Resource for Medical History

Trexler Library reference staff, along with students and faculty interested in the history of public health in the U.S., have long wished for more complete access to a core resource for medical history in the United States, JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association. Their wish has come true. Muhlenberg College students, faculty, and staff can now access without charge a full archive back to the journal's inception in 1883. This new online access replaces any prior print subscription.

Along with full access to JAMA, we have archival access to other American Medical Association journals, also wonderful for primary-source medical history research.

Infomaniac Tip

Supertracker

Tired of diets that don't work? Try the new Supertracker from the USDA, a plan that follows the MyPlate.gov diet guidelines.

SuperTracker is the next generation interactive tool for personalized diet and physical activity planning, assessment and analysis. Look to SuperTracker for these benefits:

    • Large, up-to-date databases for accurate analysis and a clear representation of diet and physical activity trends.
    • Personalized functions such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking and journaling.
    • Tiered-level involvement ranging from quick access to food information to detailed diet and physical activity analysis and trending.
    • Individual customization for specific audiences and social networking integration.

Calendar

LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS through Friday, August 17:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

INTERSESSION, August 18-26:

Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 19 Closed
Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 (Orientation) 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26 (Orientation) 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Monthly Update
8/3/12

Full Text of the Times of London Back to 1785

Muhlenberg students, faculty, and staff now have access to the Times (London) newspaper online from 1785 (the paper's inception) to the present day. The bulk of the archive comes from recently purchased access to a Gale Cengage product titled: Times Digital Archive 1785-2006. This impressive database contains facsimile renderings of the paper, fully searchable and downloadable.

"As an online archive of every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement published in The Times (London), The Times Digital Archive is an essential resource for teachers, students and researchers interested in history, politics, social and cultural history, law, genealogy and criminology."

Penn State Lehigh Valley's Library Databases

As you are perhaps aware, academic research databases are not declining in price. The economy collapses, but database and journal prices soar. Go figure. Swimming upstream as it were, Trexler Library is managing to keep pace with access to the most important databases, such as the acquisition of primary sources like the The Times (London), a paper of record for over 300 years.

That said, the world of databases is vast. There are many things one would like to have, that one cannot afford. Fortunately, we have a kindly neighbor in Penn State Lehigh Valley, with access to hundreds of research databases. Located across from the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, this Penn State branch allows Muhlenberg students, faculty, and staff to use any of its databases, with a handful of exceptions, provided one is willing to visit their library in person. Please call ahead to make arrangements: Judy Mishriki, 610-285-5028

Getting Copyright Permission

Is there something you want to post to Blackboard or Moodle, but you're not sure if it's copyright compliant?

Fortunately, getting permission to post copyrighted materials (in excess of fair use) to your Blackboard or Moodle accounts has never been easier. Thanks to funding from the Provost's Office, Trexler Library can make an inquiry on your behalf with the copyright owner, and then pay the requisite fees within reason.

Simply contact Jon Macasevich, Library Reserves Assistant, to inquire. You do not need to have the materials you wish to post in hand. Library staff can obtain those materials, digitize them, and post them to Blackboard or Moodle on your behalf.

Infomaniac Tip

The Hidden Google

Google is revealing a long-time practice, that of suppressing thousands of links to materials deemed to be pirated content. When copyright owners see their work illegally posted, they can contact Google and the site will be hidden. This happens to some 250,000 sites a week!

Calendar

LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS through Friday, August 17:

    • Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 1:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

INTERSESSION, August 18-26:

    • Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 19 Closed
    • Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 25 (Orientation) 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 26 (Orientation) 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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