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Open SUNY Resolution

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The SUNY Board of Trustees has endorsed the implementation of “Open SUNY,” an ambitious plan aimed at encouraging the evolution and growth of online learning opportunities throughout the SUNY system.

According to the press release, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher estimates that Open SUNY “will add 100,000 degree-seeking students to the enrollment total within three years, and that it will contribute to the feasibility of three-year undergraduate degree programs and five-year graduate degree programs.”

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) are included among the resolutions in the plan — both a push for SUNY to get more involved in the creation of MOOC’s and for SUNY to explore ways students can receive appropriate credit for taking MOOC’s.  As noted in the Chronicle’s coverage of Open SUNY, “nontraditional models for awarding college credit” is a topic that is garnering increasing attention nationally.

The plan also encourages the creation and evaluation of innovative and open approaches to education and scholarship, including:  “Open Education Resources, Open Access Journals, Open E-Textbooks, and Open Courseware.”  The UB Libraries’ Scholarly Communication website provides information for those interested in learning more about open access.

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Open Access Journal Directory – New milestones

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Ever wonder whether there were any good open access journals in your field? The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), launched in 2003, now lists over 8,000 peer reviewed journals.  Simply put, open access (OA) journals are freely available to all readers on the Internet and do not have subscription charges. Many studies show that OA articles are downloaded and cited more than equivalent articles locked behind subscription walls.

Using DOAJ, journal titles can be searched using keywords and browsed by subject areas. They just announced two important milestones:

1)    More than 1 million articles are now searchable in DOAJ. They expect this figure to increase significantly in the months to come.

2)    More than 50% of the journals are providing metadata at article level.

In February, the White House issued a new directive that open access will be mandated for most federally funded research within the next year. Visit our Scholarly Communications web site for more information.

Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Exhibition Extended Through May 15, 2013

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NOW EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 15, 2013!
The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, presents:

The Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Collection
An exhibition featuring selections from the Reichert Frost Collection

January 31 through May 15, 2013
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Kaveeshwar Gallery
501 Capen Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Victor E. Reichert (1897-1990) was rabbi of the Rockdale Avenue Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1938 to 1962 and shared a long friendship with the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). In 1946 Reichert invited Frost to present a sermon, and in 1960 he was instrumental in awarding Frost an honorary Doctorate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Victor Reichert was an avid Frost collector, and his collection passed to his son Dr. Jonathan Reichert, Professor Emeritus from the UB Department of Physics, who donated it to the Poetry Collection. The Reichert Frost Collection features many signed and inscribed publications by Frost, a Frost manuscript, letters, photographs, audio recordings, and ephemera, as well as many Frost-related items from other critics.

A digital collection and select images from the Reichert Frost Collection are available through the Poetry Collection and the UB Libraries store: library.buffalo.edu/robertfrost.

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Stunning new open access publication/data directive from White House

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On February 22, 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed any federal agency spending more than $100 million per year on R&D to create open-access policies within the next six months. The policy will require all research articles funded by these agencies to be made open access (free-to-read) within 12 months of publications. In addition, digital data must be made publicly accessible. Naturally, classified research is exempted.

One option for fulfilling these upcoming requirements is to deposit your publications and data in our UB Institutional Repository. Our new Scholarly Communications web site has sections on publicly archiving your scholarship and on data management. These web pages contain the contact information for library staff that would be glad to discuss this new development with you.

Agencies covered by the new policy include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Educations, Energy, Homeland Security, Transportation as well as the EPA, FDA, NASA, and, mostly importantly, NSF. The White House announcement contains a link to the actual directive. A 3/7/2013 Chronicle of Higher Education article discusses the impact these new policies might have.

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Free Database Trials

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The University at Buffalo Libraries welcomes and utilizes the free trial offers vendors will occasionally give to UB. These trials are time sensitive lasting, on average, up to 30 days. We encourage the UB community to utilize these free trials and respond back to us with your comments on the products. Please note that most trial databases are available from on campus only.

Free Database Trials
http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/trials.asp

 

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Keep up with all the news in higher education through the UB Libraries’ subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education online.

The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. Thesite features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

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The Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Collection on exhibit January 31-March 29, 2013

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The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, presents:

The Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Collection
An exhibition featuring selections from the Reichert Frost Collection

January 31 through March 29, 2013
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Kaveeshwar Gallery
501 Capen Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Victor E. Reichert (1897-1990) was rabbi of the Rockdale Avenue Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1938 to 1962 and shared a long friendship with the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). In 1946 Reichert invited Frost to present a sermon, and in 1960 he was instrumental in awarding Frost an honorary Doctorate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Victor Reichert was an avid Frost collector, and his collection passed to his son Dr. Jonathan Reichert, Professor Emeritus from the UB Department of Physics, who donated it to the Poetry Collection. The Reichert Frost Collection features many signed and inscribed publications by Frost, a Frost manuscript, letters, photographs, audio recordings, and ephemera, as well as many Frost-related items from other critics.

A digital collection and select images from the Reichert Frost Collection are available through the Poetry Collection and the UB Libraries store: library.buffalo.edu/robertfrost.

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Delivery+ Service for UB Faculty & Staff

The University Libraries are pleased offer Delivery+, a document delivery service  available to current UB faculty and staff.  This new service enables faculty and staff to request materials from any UB library on any UB campus, including our electronic collections.

Need a journal article or a book chapter? With Delivery+, a current UB faculty or staff member can simply log on to his/her ILLiad account and submit a request for materials found in any of the UB libraries.

Scanned articles and book chapters are delivered electronically to faculty/staff desktops, while circulating books and media are available for pickup at a UB library circulation desk of the faculty or staff member’s choice. The 24-hour turnaround time from receipt of request (excluding weekends and holidays) ensures that research materials owned by the UB Libraries will be delivered quickly.

For more information, contact Cynthia Bertuca, Associate Director of Access Services for Document Delivery (829-5738) or Anne Bouvier, Manager, Document Delivery/ILL Borrowing Services (645-2812).

 

Greatest Documentaries of All Time

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The staff at the PBS program POV asked their fans to suggest films they would include in the greatest documentaries of all time. They received more than 1,000 titles of “the most influential, illuminating, impactful, form-defining and otherwise beloved films from around the world and from the history of cinema.” They published the list of 100 films this week – just in time for viewing over the holiday break.  What are some of your favorite documentaries?
POV’s Greatest Documentaries of All Time

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Call for Authors: SUNY Open Textbooks

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UB Faculty are invited to submit a proposal to create a SUNY Open Textbook.  The goal of this initiative is to assist faculty with the production of high-quality, customized, open-access textbooks, while helping reduce the cost of higher education.

If selected, you will be provided you with a monetary award, an online platform (Open Monograph Press) on which to publish the textbook, plus copy-editing and design support. While the textbooks will be open-access (freely available on the Internet), support can be provided for getting the textbooks available via print-on-demand, from which authors will be eligible to earn royalties.  An additional award will be paid to authors who include and assess student involvement in the design and development of the textbook.

More information, including proposal submission guidelines and award details,  is available here: http://opensuny.org/omp/index.php/SUNYOpenTextbooks/about/submissions

Brief proposals are due by December 17th!

This opportunity is made possible thanks to a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant and the support of SUNY Libraries & SUNY Press.

For more information, please contact Charles Lyons (cflyons@buffalo.edu, 645-7703).

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