National Day on Writing

If you were wondering what was going on yesterday on the Library Plaza, it was the celebration of the National Day on Writing sponsored by the Georgia State University English Department.  What is National Day on Writing? It’s a United States Senate-approved annual celebration of literacy in all of its forms. Eleven tables in Georgia State University’s courtyard  represented different literacy organizations here on campus (the Library, the Writing Studio, Five Points, etc.). Each organization had its own literacy activity.  Visitors to the Library’s table were asked to write why they write on a post-it note and put it on the poster. Here’s a sample of some of the submissions: “Writing helps in self-discovery”, “Writing is the best way to express imagination”, “Writing is your way out”, “Grammar is hard but reading and writing are fun!”, “Writing is rad!”, and “I hope to be the next Neil Gaiman”.

The Library can help you with your writing with the following resources:

  • Expert assistance with a staff of professional librarians who specialize in researching specific subjects such as the arts and humanities, health sciences, business and more.
  • Research materials including millions of scholarly resources in print and online.
  • Tablets, laptops, and other technologies available for short-term or multi-day loan.
  • Distraction free zones for reading and writing such as study rooms, the coffee shop, and quiet study areas on the fifth floor.

The Library has guides to help you write such as the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and the Everyday Writer. If you need help editing you paper after you complete your research, schedule an appointment with the Writing Studio or use their Write Chat online help. If English is not your first language, the Applied Linguistics & ESL Department’s Intensive English Program offers ESL Tutoring. Our goal is to help you succeed. We are here to help!

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Why does Open Access matter to undergrads?

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If you’ve been following our posts about Open Access (OA) research this week, you may think that this is just an issue that matters to professors and librarians.

OA – the movement that’s making scholarly articles and other publications available online for free, with no restrictions – is vitally important to undergraduate researchers too. Here’s why:

  • Open Access articles are easy to obtain for your papers. You don’t have to be logged in to the university’s network, you don’t have to follow the “Find It @GSU” trail, and you don’t have to wait for an interlibrary loan request if we don’t have it: if you’re online, you can get it immediately.
  • It helps your professors teach you. OA publications give your faculty a wider variety of sources to use in class, and broaden the scope of what they can cover in your courses without running into copyright restrictions.
  • It saves the library and the university money. University library budgets are tight all over the country, and GSU’s is no exception. Journal subscriptions are expensive – very, very expensive. OA journals are available free to the library (or to anyone else in the world who wants to do research). The more journals that are available for free via open access, the more money we have for other services and research tools.
  • When you publish your work OA, you can show it off. The university publishes lots of work by undergraduates as open access in our ScholarWorks repository, from honors theses to the journal Discovery. It’s easy for these student authors to share links to their work in job applications or portfolios since anyone can access it. Sharing your work via OA makes it much more likely that others will see and appreciate it.

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GSU Library eBook Workshop

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Are you interested in using eBooks offered through the GSU library? A workshop will be held on Monday, October 27 from 11-12:30 in Library North, Classroom 1.

During the first half of the workshop, we will answer frequently asked questions. We will also discuss various eBook features and how to access or download an eBook. If you would like to bring your laptop or mobile device, stick around for the second half of the workshop where we help you set up your device.

Information about this and other workshops is available on the Fall 2014 Workshops guide.

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GSU Copyright Lawsuit Appeal

Below are links to additional commentary about the 11th Circuit panel’s decision to reverse and remand the case.

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ScholarWorks@Georgia State University: Open Access Institutional Repository

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ScholarWorks@Georgia State University is the university’s institutional repository and a resource for our scholarly community. Institutional Repositories contain scholarly and creative works, research, publications, data, working papers, reports, and presentations contributed by faculty, students, and staff. ScholarWorks is also the home of theses and dissertations completed at Georgia State, by both graduate students and undergraduate students in the Honors College.

Adding works to ScholarWorks makes them widely accessible and easily findable. ScholarWorks is open access, so content can be accessed by anyone, no payment or subscription required. This supports the spread of knowledge and the reputation of researchers and the university. Potential students or collaborators can read work by faculty and students at Georgia State, and find colleagues and mentors to help advance their own research and study.

ScholarWorks provides detailed analytics to authors showing how often content is downloaded, what search terms led to the content, and from where those readers were searching.

A non-exclusive license is the only requirement from an author to post his/her work in ScholarWorks. We will, on the behalf of the author, seek the necessary permissions from publishers in those instances where a copyright transfer agreement limits the author’s ability to freely share the work.

To date there are over 2.8 million downloads from ScholarWorks, and that number grows daily.

For more information about how to make your scholarship available through Georgia State University’s open access institutional repository, please contact scholarworks@gsu.edu.

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Social Work Professor co-edits new journal

Dr. Deborah Whitley, associate professor of social work, is co-editor of the new online peer-reviewed journal, GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy. The journal is dedicated to topics related to grandparents raising grandchildren. Dr. Whitley has written extensively on grandparents raising grandchildren and the many implications that arise such as psychological distress for grandparents and behavioral problems in the grandchildren.  Here’s some of her work on these issues.

Kelley, Susan, J., Deborah, M. Whitley, and Peter, E. Campos. “Psychological Distress In African American Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: The Contribution Of Child Behavior Problems, Physical Health, And Family Resources.” Research In Nursing & Health 36.4 (2013): 373-385.

Kelley, Susan J., Deborah M. Whitley, and Peter E. Campos. “African American Caregiving Grandmothers: Results Of An Intervention To Improve Health Indicators And Health Promotion Behaviors.Journal Of Family Nursing 19.1 (2013): 53.

Kelley, Susan J., Deborah M. Whitley, and Peter E. Campos. “Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: Results Of An Intervention To Improve Health Outcomes.” Journal Of Nursing Scholarship 42.4 (2010): 379-386.

Kelley, Susan J., Deborah M. Whitley, and Peter E. Campos. “Behavior Problems In Children Raised By Grandmothers: The Role Of Caregiver Distress, Family Resources, And The Home Environment.Children And Youth Services Review 33.(2011): 2138-2145.

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Kicking off Open Access Week with Affordable Learning Georgia

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Open Access Week begins today and runs through October 26.  This international event helps scholars and researchers spread the word about open access to scholarly articles, open data, and open educational resources. In celebration, the GSU library will be blogging about open access each day this week.  We’re kicking off the celebration today by blogging about the Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) initiative.

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) promotes the use of open textbooks, open educational resources, and other affordable alternatives in order to make college more affordable and to improve student success.

The cost of textbooks and other course materials can be prohibitive for students. Textbook prices have increased by 82% since 2002. Currently, The College Board estimates that students need about $1200 per year for books and other course materials. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund & The Student PIRGs recently surveyed students and found that 65% of the students had decided not to purchase a textbook because it was too expensive. Students who did this were concerned about the effect on their grades.  Additionally, almost 50% of students surveyed reported that the cost of textbooks impacted how many and which classes they took each semester.

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) began to address these concerns by providing resources and support for the adoption of open or more affordable course materials.  First, the ALG website was designed with a plethora of resources, information, and tools.  Next, a Library Coordinator and a Campus Champion was assigned to each University System of Georgia institution to provide in-person support for locating and adapting resources and for course redesign. If you are an instructor here at GSU who is interested in implementing open or more affordable resources into your course, please contact your Library Coordinator, Denise Dimsdale or your Campus Champion, George Pullman. ALG is also sponsoring grants to provide for release time and expenses. Thirty grants were awarded for implementation in the Spring 2014 semester.  Another round of grants will be announced in January for implementation in the Fall 2015 semester.

In the 2014 school year, open or more affordable course material alternatives are calculated to save students in the University System of Georgia over one million dollars.  You can see the break down in this chart. However, ALG is about more than saving money.  A growing body of literature is showing a relationship between open course materials, GPAs, retention, and completion rates. In summer 2013, implementation of an open textbook in the USG’s HIST2110 ecore class showed a 6% increase in retention from the previous semester prior to open text implementation.  Additionally, successful completion, meaning a grade of A, B, or C, rose 28% from the previous semester prior to open text implementation.  Other schools have also seen positive results. The Virginia State University business school saw 30-40% higher GPAs in their OER pilot program. Read more about these and other outcomes here.

For an extensive list of articles and other resources, take a look at the ALG’s OER Research Collection.

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Cambridge v. Becker (Copyright Lawsuit) Ruling – Updated

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the long-running copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of electronic reserves.  The court reversed the decision of the District Court, and remanded the case for further proceedings. The decision is here.

News of and commentary on the decision is beginning:

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Lecture: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”

cover, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesOn Wednesday, October 22, historian and activist Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will give a lecture on “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.” Co-sponsored by SPEAK, BlackOUT, Faces of Feminism, GSU’s Special Collections and Archives, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Association of Historians at GSU, this talk will take place from 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm in the Special Collections’ Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In her recent book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014; on order), Dunbar-Ortiz reframes the way we understand the past and present. Her bottom-up history of US expansion reveals how Native Americans have actively, continuously and creatively resisted displacement, dispossession, and destruction. Dunbar-Ortiz challenges us to imagine a better future. (From event flyer). Following years of activism throughout the United States during the 1960s and early 1970s, Dunbar-Ortiz went on to teach in the Native American Studies program at California State University Hayward (now California State University East Bay) for many years, and has been actively committed to international human rights since joining the American Indian Movement and the International Indian Treaty Council in 1974 . For more information about Dunbar-Ortiz, see her website.

The GSU Library has just acquired access to the digital collection “The American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism,” available to GSU affiliates through Archives Unbound (under “A” in the Databases A-Z list; go to “Your Collections” and scroll through holdings information).

Ortiz-Dunbar is also the author of the following:

This event is free and open to public. For more information, please contact Andy Reisinger of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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CENCIA, School of Music Host “Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt” Concert

On Thursday, October 16, Georgia State’s School of Music, in collaboration with Elysium Between Two Continents and CENCIA will present a concert featuring the works of composer Viktor Ullmann.

Ullmann was an accomplished musician and composer who lived in various parts of Europe during the early 1900s. In 1942, Ullmann was captured by the Nazis and sent to the Terezín concentration camp. Although he remained musically active, composing numerous works while imprisoned, Ullmann was never freed. In 1944, he was transferred to Auschwitz and killed in a gas chamber (Source: Grove Music Online).

You can listen to many of Ullmann’s compositions through the Library’s subscription to Naxos Music Library streaming audio database. Ullmann and his music are also discussed in the book Music in Terezín 1941–1945.

Full details about the concert can be found on the CENCIA website.

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