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University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies Partner on 48 Good Films

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In addition to the ongoing 48 Good Books project, the University Libraries and the Undergraduate Academies are debuting a sister program – 48 Good Films.  Why 48?  For the incoming Freshmen class, it equals one film or book a month for the four years of their college careers.  We are resurrecting a program that was popular in the early years of the University; and was discovered a few years ago in the University Archives.

Faculty submitted film titles that are important to them and embody the mission and spirit of the five Undergraduate Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. The response was overwhelming, and faculty submitters then voted for their top 48 titles.

Watch for our featured film and book per month from our lists of 48.

Why not consider including a 48 Good Films title in your summer or fall class programming?  Films for classes may be booked online for classroom use and placed on course reserve for student viewing.  Many feature films are available for course reserve in streaming format through our new Digital Campus service.

Enjoy this list of “unrequired viewing” that have inspired inquiry, pleasure, and a renewed engagement with civic life.

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Libraries Introduce Digital Campus Streaming Video Service

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The University at Buffalo Libraries have partnered with Swank Digital Campus to offer teaching faculty a copyright-safe, digital streaming resource of more than 19,000 major Hollywood movies and independent films including foreign, art house and documentary features.

These movies can now be embedded directly into the Blackboard course management system and will allow students the flexibility of semester-long, 24/7 access to course-assigned films beyond the traditional classroom setting. Digital Campus can ease or eliminate the current constraints of course reserve in which physical copies of DVDs must be shared between students.

The Digital Campus portal also includes an interactive platform feature that allows the creation of custom lesson plans based on course-specific films:

  • Embed questions, notes and discussion points directly into the streaming video platform
  • Highlight specific scenes using the time-stamp tool
  • Attach supporting documents
  • Encourage on screen, exportable note taking
  • Promote online collaboration and discussion

For further information and help with any aspect of Digital Campus, please contact:
Michael Kankiewicz 645-1329
Christopher Cheung 829-5745
Lori Widzinski 829-5744

Note: Although most titles are available for digital streaming within 7 days of a request, teaching faculty are encouraged to order film titles for the start of the Fall 2013 semester by August 19th to ensure their availability.

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Journal Impact Factors – New Edition Covering 2012 data

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Thomson Reuters Research Analytics has just released a new edition of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR) providing impact factors and other citation and influence metrics for more than 10,000 journals from 83 countries. The University Libraries provides a site-wide license to this database.  The citation data comes from the Web of Science, one of the largest and oldest citation databases. JCR is issued in two editions: Science (& Technology) and Social Sciences.

According to the Thomson Reuters press release, a total of 379 journals received their first Journal Impact Factor. Additionally, 37 journals were suppressed due to questionable citation activity. Note that Thomson is now referring to the new edition as 2013 (based on the year that it was released), but all the data is from 2012. In the Journal Citation Reports interface, it is still referred to by the year the data was collected; i.e., the 2012 edition.

Alternately, there are now a number of free web sites that evaluate the impact of journals including Eigenfactor, SCImago, and Google Scholar Metrics for Journals. Consulting these sites is useful in order to cross-check to JCR rankings and in cases where a journal is not covered by JCR.

EndNote X7 Now Available

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EndNote version X7 for Windows is now available for downloading from the UB Endnote Software website. EndNote is available to authorized University at Buffalo faculty, students and staff only.

Visit the EndNote website for more details.

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Why You Should Make Your Articles Free-to-Read

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The 15-year old winner of the 2012 Intel  Science & Engineering Fair, Jack Andraka of Maryland, said he relied on open-access articles to develop a five-minute, $3 test for pancreatic cancer. The project earned him first place and $75,000 in last year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Quoting Mr. Andraka, a Washington Post article noting the recent White House open access mandate for nearly all federally funded research reported: “I kept running into these paywalls where articles cost $30,” said Andraka. He then searched for similar, but freely available, information. “Open access was absolutely critical. I couldn’t have done my project without it.”

He also is quoted in Why Science Journal Paywalls Have to Go blog entry as saying:

“After a close family friend died from pancreatic cancer, I turned to the Internet to help me understand more about this disease that had killed him so quickly. I was shocked to discover that the current way of detecting pancreatic cancer was older than my dad and wasn’t very sensitive or accurate. I figured there had to be a better way! I soon learned that many of the papers I was interested in reading were hidden behind expensive pay walls.”

Can any better case be made for open access publishing that this story? Open access really does make possible  major scientific advances that can benefit all of humankind by anyone in the world, even a 15 year old high school student.

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Help us Improve our Biomedical Images Guide

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The UB Health Sciences Libraries Medical Images Guide is the 6th most popular Libraries Guide on the Libraries’ website.

We are considering expanding the guide, and would appreciate your input. The following link will take you to a brief (7-10 minutes) survey. Please complete the survey to help us compile the best image resources tailored to your needs. All data collected is anonymous and for internal use only.

Survey Link:  http://tinyurl.com/cgdgtbu

If you have any questions, contact Diane C. Rein, PhD.,MLS, Bioinformatics Liaison, Health Sciences Library, drein@buffalo.edu.

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48 Good Films Program Coming this Fall – Sneak Peek

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In addition to the ongoing 48 Good Books project, the University Libraries and the Undergraduate Academies are debuting a sister program – 48 Good Films.  Why 48?  For the incoming Freshmen class, it equates to one film or book a month for the four years of their college careers.  We are resurrecting a program that was popular in the early years of the University; and was discovered a few years ago in the University Archives.

Faculty submitted film titles that are important to them and embody the mission and spirit of the five Undergraduate Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. The response was overwhelming, and faculty were asked to vote for their top 48 films.

Why not consider including a 48 Good Films title in your summer or fall class programming?  Films for classes may be booked online for classroom use and placed on course reserve for student viewing.  Many feature films are available for course reserve in streaming format. Please contact the Libraries’ Multimedia Collections and Services staff for assistance.

Enjoy this list of “unrequired viewing” that have inspired inquiry, pleasure, and a renewed engagement with civic life.

48 Good Films

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Which Citation management software do you use?

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There are many choices when it comes to software for managing bibliographies and articles. There are web-based tools and software that you install on your computer.

Some are free, others are available through licenses from the Libraries.

We’d appreciate your input.



What is your primary status?


What citation management software do you regularly use?


Did you know that the University at Buffalo Libraries provide EndNote, free of charge, to UB’s academic community?


Have you ever attended any EndNote workshops sponsored by the University at Buffalo Libraries?


Which features are important to you in citation management software? (please check all that apply)


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Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee Plans Symposium and Scholarship Fund Dinner

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To honor the memory of the internationally-known historian and human rights activist, Dr. Alison L. Des Forges (1942-2009), two events will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 highlighting the current human rights crises in the Middle East and in Central Africa.

Symposium:  “Human Rights in the Middle East and Central Africa: Comparisons and Contrasts between Rwanda and Israel”

Tues., April 16, 2013, 1-5 pm , 509 O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus. Free.

Speakers:

  • Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch: Are There Parallels between Rwanda’s and Israel’s Experience and Conduct?
  • Howard French, Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism: Guilt, Oversimplification, and Inattention in Perspecitves and Policies toward the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa
  • Uri Zaki, Director of the U.S. branch of B’Tselem, Israel’s preeminent human rights organization: Israel at 65 – Democracy, Occupation and In-Between

Scholarship Fund Dinner and Discussion

Tues., April 16, 2013, 6:30-9 pm, Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

The Fund supports 4-year scholarships at UB for promising Buffalo public school students interested in pursuing a course of study and career in human rights.  Reservations are required for the dinner. A $100 or greater contribution to the Alison Des Forges Memorial Fund is suggested, with the full amount in excess of $35 being tax deductible.

For more information, contact:  Dr. Roger Des Forges, ALD Memorial Committee, rvd@buffalo.edu

 

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Springer Protocols

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Springer ProtocolsThe Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that they have purchased the Springer Protocols database. This is a collection of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences. It currently contains over 31,000 protocols and approximately 2,000 new protocols are added each year.

For more information, see the Springer Protocols description page.

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