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Date archive for: October 2014

4-H Rockets to the Rescue event hosted by Gordon Library

Posted in In and Around the Library

4 h rocket blog picOn Wednesday, October 22nd, Gordon Library hosted an event in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program of UMass Extension, the Center for Agriculture. Despite a very rainy evening, the event was well attended by club members and families interested in participating in 4-H. The library showcased some treasures from the Archives, including Robert Goddard’s lab coat and his briefcase along with a selection of metal parts from his experimental rockets. A brief history of rocketry was given by Jackie Mushinsky and several WPI students spoke about their project work at WPI. The 4-H robotics club, whose leader is a WPI senior, demonstrated the robot that the club members built and used in several competitions during the past year. Kim Pond, UMass Extension Educator and 4-H S.E.T. Liaison, led a hands-on project, where those attending built “stomp rockets” and had a chance to try them out. The launch apparatus is made from 2 liter bottles and plastic tubing – very creative! All involved enjoyed an evening that was both educational and fun!

Links are included below to more information relevant to the event:

4-H National Youth Science Day:

Robert Goddard:


Open Access at WPI

Posted in In and Around the Library

On October 16, 2014 the library partnered with the Graduate Student Government to have our first Open Access event in a number of years. Even though the event was more aligned with WPI’s academic calendar than the “official” start of Open Access Week, it was great to see students and librarians get together to celebrate Open Access Week, which officially starts today.

Open Access Session Oct. 2014
Jess Colati speaking with graduate students

What is Open Access? According to SPARC, Open Access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Simply, Open Access means providing free access with the rights to fully use research. Many librarians have long been supporters of the Open Access movement because it helps our collection dollars go further and it provides access to important research.

At the Gordon Library we have close to 40,000 Open Access titles available, both journals and e-books.  We make it easy to get access to them because all Open Access content can be found in Summon, the library’s discovery service.  The discoverable content includes the directory of Open Access Journals, PLoS, BioOne, Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), the Directory of Open Acess Books and more!  You’ll also be able to search the Open Access titles from publishers such as Nature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, and others.

To celebrate Open Access Week, we invite you to enter the Meme Competition sponsored by Knowledge Unlatched, a new Open Access model for providing e-books in which the Gordon Library participates.  Hurry!  The contest ends October 26, 2014.