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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.



Media for Everyone at the Gordon Library

Posted in In and Around the Library, and Resources and Services

We all know that the Gordon Library has books, in both print and electronic formats and for both research and leisure reading.  Recently, however, more media were added to the library’s collection in the form of streaming video, which is brand new, as well as to the existing collection of compact discs, video games and DVDs.

Our academic streaming video collections are the Films on Demand Science and Mathematics collection and VAST from Alexander Street Press.  Features of both these collections include:

  • Playlists can be created and saved, clips can be emailed and otherwise shared but the films cannot be downloaded, only streamed
  • Clips can be embedded into Blackboard (myWPI)
  • Videos can be searched from off-campus like any other WPI database
  • Mobile devices are supported
  • There are public performance rights included

Librarians are always happy to help you with these resources and you can also check out the online help tutorials from both Films on Demand and Alexander Street Press.

On the third floor of the Gordon Library, you will find the DVD and CD collections.  Recent additions to our music collection includes the 21-CD set of music from SEAMUS, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.  New to our DVD collection are Like Someone in Love from Abbas Kiarostami, The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino, and Don Siegel’s Riot in Cell Block 11, all from the renowned Criterion Collection.  Some popular films that are also new to our DVD collection are Her, Gravity, Twelve Years a Slave, Dallas Buyer’s Club, and Amour, among many others.

Come and browse the CD and DVD collections.  You will also discover that the library has books on CD and video games!