Due to the potentially dangerous conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Gordon Library will be closed from Sunday, October 28th at midnight until Tuesday, October 30th at 8:00 am.
Date archive for: October 2012
What might the future hold for academic libraries and how might we prepare?
Dr. Lisa Spiro, Director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Labs, will speak on “Perceiving and Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries” on Friday, November 2nd from 8:30AM – 10:00AM in Higgins House, Great Hall.
Dr. Spiro works with the liberal arts community to explore emerging education technologies and develop collaborative approaches to integrating learning, scholarship, and technology. Her research interests include the digital humanities, user studies, open education, the transformation of libraries, and software evaluation. More information..
Please join the library for this exciting event!
EVENT: “Perceiving and Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries”
SPEAKER: Dr. Lisa Spiro
DATE: Friday, November 2nd, 2012
TIME: 8:30AM – 10AM
LOCATION: Higgins House, Great Hall
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.
To support Open Access at WPI, the Gordon Library is actively developing an institutional repository that will gather, provide access to, and preserve the research and scholarship of current, past, and future members of the WPI community.
As DigitalCommons@WPI continues to grow over the coming months and years it will offer a place to showcase – and openly share – the rich and diverse scholarly output of WPI.
Contact Jess Colati, Digital Initiatives Librarian or a research librarian for more details.
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The Gordon Library welcomes Jessica Branco Colati as the new Digital Initiatives Librarian. She started on October 1st and will partner with the WPI community to strategize and build the library’s digital collections and institutional repository services, including the DigitalCommmons@WPI faculty profiles and collected publications.
Jessica brings 10+ years of experience in the digital archives, library, and museum community, having served as the Director of Preservation Services at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, MA and as the Director of Repository Services at the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, in Denver, CO. She has also worked with physical and digital collections at Tufts University, Smithsonian Institution, and the Washington Research Library Consortium.
In addition to her efforts to develop and support expanded access to and preservation of WPI’s digital scholarship and historical resources, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Digital Commonwealth and is an continuing education instructor for NEDCC and the Society of American Archivists.
Jess is a graduate of Tufts University and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
The IQP is an extraordinary learning opportunity for WPI students. As part of the learning outcomes, students are expected to “… critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.” With IQPs now available electronically for anyone to view, it is critically important that students understand not only what copyright is, but to use information ethically, whether it be text, images, audio, video, etc. wisely and to know when permissions are needed and when materials are free to use.
WPI librarians are committed to promoting access to information while honoring author rights and the legal use of protected information. We hope that you will take advantage of the websites, workshops, classroom instruction, and research guides as well as individualized consultations that Gordon Library offers for the campus community. If students gain some understanding of basic copyright concepts now, they will save themselves valuable time and worry especially when their end of term deadlines approach.
firstname.lastname@example.org – WPI Copyright Committee email list contact for copyright questions
Have you ever attended a presentation where the presenters included a graphic that was placed out of context or without any date or idea where the information came from? This can be frustrating for the audience. So if you borrow images, tables or graphics from websites, articles or reports or documents, be sure to cite the source.
For example, note how within this United Nations report the authors gave an indication of author and date of information. The reader/viewer can easily find the reference within the bibliography. It’s ok to use abbreviations within your PowerPoint presentation and to include more a slide with more detailed bibliographic data at the end.
Full details on the source can be found within the bibliography and in this case, the GEO Data Portal is where the data was retrieved, but further detail on the original source (IEA 2007) is also useful for those who wish to follow up on this information in the future.
If including images, graphics, charts within a final IQP or MQP report which will be posted online, one needs to determine if copyright permission needs to be requested. See Copyright and Your WPI Project – research guide for more details or consult with a librarian.
Sunday through Wednesday Oct. 7,8,9,and 10 the library will be open until 3:00 a.m. Free coffee and baked items will be available each night sponsored by:
- Graduate Student Government
- Student Government Association
- Dean of Students Office
- Gordon Library
Fall Break Hours
- Thursday Oct. 11 Closing at 9:00 p.m.
- Friday Oct. 12 & Saturday 13 Closing at 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday Oct. 14- Thursday Oct. 18 Closing at 9:00 p.m.
- Friday Oct. 19 & Saturday 20 Closing at 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday Oct 21 & Monday 22 Closing at 9:00 p.m.
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