February 2009


iv_clock_westminsterMID-TERMS:  In the past, the library has had extended hours during Mid-Terms and Finals.  The good news is that, as of January 2009, the Quiet Study area on the first floor of the library is open 24/7 during all times when classes are in session– including exam periods.  So if you need a quiet place to study, away from the distraction of the dorms or home, welcome to the first floor!    With 24/7 access now being the “norm”, we now need to let patrons know when we DON’T have extended hours, so be advised that extended hours end on Friday, 3/6 at  7am

After Mid-terms, we then move into SPRING BREAK, when our hours of operation are:
beach-ball-01• Monday – Thursday:   8:30 am – 10:00 pm
• Friday:    8:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Saturday:   10:00 am – 6:00 pm
• Sunday:   12 noon – 8 pm

The extended first-floor hours resume on Sunday, 3/15 at  8pm

unlock1While LIBlog has discussed the role of Scholarly Repositiories and Open Access publishing before, we also know that some courses still need to rely on textbooks and journals to provide timely information for students.  Because textbook prices remain prohibitively expensive for some students,  the libraries continue to partner with faculty and the book store to  suggest ways of supplying salient course materials at low- or no-additional-costs to students.  E-reserves and deep-linking* to articles in a coursepage allow a student to have access to both open-access and proprietary-database articles, as well as subscription e-books.  Our recent switch to LibGuides also allows us to work with indivdual faculty members to create a “resources by subject” page at the individual course level.  If you are interested in finding more about deep-linking, finding public domain and open access resources, or would like to work with a librarian to create a dynamic course resource page, ask your subject specialist or email one of our Instructional Services Librarians.  If you are interested in working with the libraries to propose a plan for lower-cost print texts or e-text-books , please contact our Outreach Librarian.

For more about Open Resources, check out the mini-course developed by Judy Baker, covering open access courseware systems as well as copyright, public domain texts, primary resources, etc.

Baker, J. (2007, May 5). Introduction to Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from the Connexions Web site: http://cnx.org/content/col10413/1.2/

* Deep-linking offers direct access to a database article by adding the libraries’ proxy-prefix (http://jerome.stjohns.edu:81/login?url=) at the very start of the PURL or at the start of the URL in the address box.

man_for_all_seasons1Ever wondered about the lawyer and saint  for whom the St. John’s Unviersity Church was named?   On Monday,  The Law, Liberty, and Moral Responsibility Film Series features “A Man for All Seasons.”  It is the movie adaptation of Robert Bolt’s play chronicling St. Thomas More’s personal and political struggles with the Court of Henry VIII, during what would be the beginning of the formation of the “Church of England”. Discussions on the themes of this movie, “moral integrity…[and] the relation between law and morality; the connection between natural law and Divine law; and political idealism versus political realism.” will be moderated by Philosophy Professor Douglas B. Rasmussen

The film series is co-sponsored by the Honors Program and the University Libraries and is open to all St. John’s Community members.  The film starts at 7:00 in the Honors Commons, at the back of the Academic Commons.

header-apple-photoUniversity of Washington’s iSchool, has launched Project Information Literacy,  a large-scale research project which “investigates how early adults on different college campuses conduct research for course work and how they conduct ‘everyday research’ for use in their daily lives.”  Their first progress report came out earlier this month. The report analyses 11 discussion groups held on 7 college campuses in Fall of 2008 (Schools enlisted were Harvard University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mills College, Diablo Valley Community College, University of Washington, West Valley Community College, and Shoreline Community College).  The initial report, entitled Finding Context: What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age,  indicates:

…that no matter where students are enrolled, no matter what information resources they may have at their disposal, and no matter how much time they have, the abundance of information technology and the proliferation of digital information resources make conducting research uniquely paradoxical: Research seems to be far more difficult to conduct in the digital age than it did in previous times.

A PDF of the 1st progress report and a video of some of the research groups are available on the Project Information Literacy site.

 

If you are a student or faculty member who is interested in joining this program as part of  St. John’s project effort, please contact Prof. Kathryn Shaughnessy, Instructional Services Librarian.

Thanks to John Garino and our colleagues at WALDO/KOHA  for directing us to this report.

MedpediaMEDPEDIA, launched February 17, 2009,  is a collaborative online medical “plain English” encyclopedia with a twist — unlike many other wiki-type encyclopedias, only “physicians and PhDs” will be able to directly edit content (after having created an account and been approved as an editor). Those who do not qualify to become an editor can click the “suggest changes” tab in any article, register for an account, and suggest a change in the content of the entry — that suggestion must be approved by an editor before it will be posted.

According to the website, “the Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public.” The goal is for the site to be a searchable reference source for medical professionals and the general public.

While not responsible for the content on MEDPEDIA, collaborative partners in the project include Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

facebook_logoFollowing up on the earlier blog entry on Facebook, a couple of  bloggers have commented on Facebook’s recent change in their terms of service.  At issue is what rights they have to your content, and when those rights expire.

While their “old” rights used to expire when you closed an account (although archived copies would remain on their server), the newest update to the Terms of Service (2/4)  indicate that Facebook can retain rights to your uploaded content for their commercial purposes, even after you delete your account.

More from the legal viewpoint and the consumer-advocate viewpoints, as well as a CNet overview and a response from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: 

Consumerist: http://consumerist.com/5150175/facebooks-new-terms-of-service-we-can-do-anything-we-want-with-your-content-forever

Legal: http://www.photoattorney.com/2009/02/facebooks-terms-of-use-go-from-bad-to.html

CNET:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10165190-36.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Zuckerberg: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=54434097130

UPDATE 2/18:  Facebook reverts to old usage-terms until they can “address” user concerns.    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/18/facebook.reversal/index.html

seal-presidential-colorThis weekend, Feb. 14th – 16th, marks  Presidents’ Day Weekend.  If you are looking to get some work done at your campus Library, please be sure to check your library’s holiday hours .

Note that the Queens library will still offer some extended hours on Saturday and Monday; the whole schedule is as follows:

Friday, Feb. 13:  whole library: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Extended hours: YES, 1st floor open  overnight

Saturday, Feb. 14: whole library: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Extended hours: YES, 1st floor open  overnight

Sunday, Feb. 15 :  Whole Library 12noon – 8:00pm
Extended Hours: NO, the entire library closes at 8pm.

Monday, Feb. 16 Library reopens: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Extended hours : YES, 1st floor remains open  overnight

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