February 2010

Education Week  is sponsoring a free live chat — “Are Digital Textbooks Starting to Click?” on March 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM. This is a text-based chat, so there are not technological requirements other than an internet connection. No prior registration is required.

To all our RefWorks users, you may have noticed a “certificate error” message recently, even if you have been visiting RefWorks on your computer before. The “good news” is that RefWorks upgraded their server, and refworks.com is a “trusted site.” As long as you have accessed RefWorks from either (a) our library website, (b) one of our databases, or going directly to “http://libraries.stjohns.edu/refworks” you can continue the process with confidence.

If you are using Internet Explorer 6, IE 7 or Safari, use the images below to guide you through the process.  Firefox, it is a little trickier, follow the guides on this document:

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If you are using Safari: Click on CONTINUE

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the U.S. PIRG have joined together by filing an Amicus Curiae brief  in support of Thomas S. Vernor in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case Vernor v. Autotech.

At issue here is the “first sale” doctrine in relation to the Copyright Act — a principle that is much relied upon in libraries — and whether it pertains to software products which have contractual license agreements. A ruling in favor of Autotech might result in similar actions by other copyright owners of media.

For more, read Kara Malenfant’s February 16, 2010 post “ACRL, ALA, ARL Support Online Software Reseller Against Infringement Allegations” in ACRL insider

While we offer a number of workshops regarding library research — including  the finding, evaluating, organizing, citing, and publishing of research  —  the issue of “plagiarism” rivals both “bad research” and “disinformation”  in terms of  academic and professional concerns.

The library is proud to work in conjunction with the LEAD program to offer workshops to student leaders who would like to more fully understand the issues behind plagiarism and the fallout of  plagiarism outside the university.*    Our next Joint  Library-LEAD session will be on March 23rd during Common Hour.  For more information and registration for this workshop, please click here.  

L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, And Development) is a non-credit program of individual and group training, workshops and overnight conferences dedicated to helping St. John’s University students interested in developing and enhancing their leadership skills. Sponsored by the Department of Student Life, L.E.A.D. complements the student’s education by teaching skills and providing students with the tools necessary for effective leadership.  Through the student’s involvement in L.E.A.D., he or she will begin to hone their knowledge and understanding of time management, decision-making, proper planning, critical thinking, oral presentation and much more.

For more information on LEAD, see their website)   For more information about the LEAD Student Leadership Program or Women In Leadership Program, contact Natalie Maio at (718) 990-2103 or LEAD@stjohns.edu.  For questions about the Servant Leadership Program, contact Maggie Bach at (718) 990-7681 or LEAD@stjohns.edu.

(* As noted in an earlier entry,  plagiarism is not the same as copyright violation, although one issue may “complicate” the other, inside or outside the university) .

One of the most frequent misunderstandings I encounter when I talk to students about plagiarism is that they think “plagiarism is the same as copyright infringement.”  Same as in “it is a legal issue” rather than an “ethical issue” or a “scholarly communication issue. ”  Same as in  “if it doesn’t have a copyright logo on it, like NBC or Elsiver — or if it isn’t on TV or in print,” it isn’t really “published.” So, they think, freely borrowing the material isn’t a problem…whatever comes from the web or from a friend’s paper isn’t citation-worthy.   Although we do talk about citation-trails in scholarly communication and talk a little about how/when something is copyrighted  (i.e. once a paper/poem/ assignment is in material or computer-readable format, it is automatically copyrighted) , trying to get across the overlaps and distinctions between plagiarism and copyright infringement can be a little tricky.  I am a fan of Venn diagrams, so I use the diagram below, and ask students to come up with examples for each part, and then ask them where a few “case studies” would fall.  For example: One can plagiarize a friend’s idea or a methodological approach without commiting copyright infringement.   One can give the full citation for a copyrighted piece of music, but, lacking permissions, can still be guilty of infringement.

* While there maybe some cases where using the copyrighted materials of others doesn’t infringe —  say, in  a comedy sketch or for  a classroom demo — sometimes publishing a class project on a blog or slideshare can blur the line.  (**Note to hybrid and distance learning faculty:  A student  and the “responsible faculty member” can be guilty of “contributory infringement” by allowing a course page to host a re/posting of  a YouTube clip that one has reason to believe was not uploaded by the original artist)

Best bets in class:  for images:   use “creative commons” materials in ;  for music be sure to get permissions or use “podsafe music” and abide by artists requests. Sources of podsafe music include:  http://podsafemusicnetwork.com/ and http://www.podsafeaudio.com/,  For Videos: look at the “more” section in a video platform to learn about the poster and gain an idea whether the poster has original rights ,  and above all — cite sources ethically.

Welcome to the first of a four-part blog about ARTstor, an image database licensed by the university library for the St. John’s University campus community.  In each post, I’ll present tips and tools for using ARTstor, highlighting features that should help you integrate ARTstor’s images into your current practices as well as to consider new ones.

The ARTstor Digital Library currently has over 1 million images in the arts, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences, including historic events and people.  With all of these images to look through and lectures and papers to prepare, how can you find the ones you need – and fast?

A simple keyword search, from the main search box will get you started.  You might search for keywords like  ‘odysseus’ or ‘kimono’ or ‘advertisement’.  ARTstor will then search across the entire data record to return any images that match your search term.  To narrow your results, you can refine your search using the keyword box at the top of the page and choosing “Within current results” from the dropdown menu.  Another way to narrow results is to use quotation marks around a two or more word phrase, such as “civil rights” or “olympic games”.

When searching for specific images, you may find the Advanced Search to be more useful.  This search allows you to specify where your keywords are found:  the Title or Creator fields only.  You can also choose a date or date range and geographic locations by broad region or country name.  Lastly, ARTstor has identified unique keywords or phrases that will restrict your search to specific collections of images if the image you need is from a certain collection.  To see these search terms, find the collection on our list of collections and click to view the information page.  The search terms are at the bottom of each page.

If you have already found an image and need others like it, ARTstor has linked together images that have been saved in image groups by other instructor users of ARTstor.  You may find that some of these associated images are useful for your work.   Images with such associations are identified by an icon below the thumbnail image ().  To display the related images, click the icon.  Another icon you may encounter on the thumbnail page identifies images with related duplicates and details, ().  Clicking this icon displays any other copies of the work among ARTstor’s holdings, along with any details.  The image with the icon is the one we’ve identified as the best representative of the work, often a very large image allowing you to zoom in very far.  If this image detail is better than one of the related details, download the zoomed-in detail instead.  Once you have the detail displayed in the image viewer, click the Download Image button at the lower-right corner to get the area you are currently viewing.

The St. John’s University Student Great Books Discussion Group will meet on February 10, 2010 at 4:30 in the Honors Commons. Group member David Stewart will lead the discussion of sloth, one of the seven deadly sins, as it is portrayed in Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh.”

“Shiloh” can be found in The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler, which is available for loan at the service desk on the third floor of the library on the Queens campus.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this discussion. New members are encouraged to join us.

For more information, contact Caroline Fuchs at fuchsc@stjohns.edu