SOON TO BE A PART OF HISTORY
The McCormick Road Bridge will be replaced this summer by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The project to replace the bridge is scheduled to start on May 20th, and is expected to be complete by July 20th.
During this time the bridge will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Appropriate road signage will be in place by VDOT prior to construction to notify vehicle traffic of the bridge closure and detour routes. Click here to view the alternate accessible route for pedestrians during the closure.
WHEN WILL THE BUS COME?
A new UTS bus locator system is now live. You can access the locator from the UTS Bus Locator website or by acquiring the TransLoc: Transit Visualization app. See this link for additional information and instructions.
The image to the left shows the Green bus Route with two buses on the route. Check out the live map using the UTS Bus Locator link or the app’s map to see the buses moving along the route. How cool is that!
WE STILL NEED LIBRARIANS!
While a card catalog may be a prehistoric search engine, not all old library aids have gone the way of the dinosaur. This year, librarians starting using a new type of library aid called LibGuides. We often refer to them as Library Research Guides. We pulled together onto one guide various resources including: the best journals, databases, statistics, and data sets for you to access and use as you engage in course work or research. Check out the various U.Va. Library Research Guides that best match your area of study and research.
In addition, while we continue to offer you expert research advice. we deliver that advice in a lot of new ways. Instead of just offering you in person assistance, you can call us at 434.924.7040, send the Curry librarians an email, schedule an appointment with us, or CHAT with a U.Va. Librarian. Use whatever way works best for you!
REGISTERING YOUR COPYRIGHT
We wanted to clarify for our readers that your work (dissertation, book chapter, journal manuscript, web page, video, podcast, etc.) is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. In addition, you can also register the copyright for your work which can be a significant benefit for the protection of your work. By registering the copyright, you can protect your work (intellectual property) and become immediately eligible for statutory damages and attorney fees. Registering your copyright allows for the claimant (in this case, you) to receive statutory damages set out in Title 17, Section 504 of the U.S. Code, which range from $750 – $150,000 plus attorney fees per copyright infraction. This contrasts with those who do not register for copyright – authors without copyright registration can claim only actual damages and no attorney fees. Currently, you can register your copyright for $35. In some cases, publishers will offer to register your work for you. In this case, they usually will charge a higher fee than if you registered the work.
DON’T SPEND YOUR $$$
If you are researching on the web and you find a journal article you want to read, use the U.Va. Library’s Journal Finder tool to determine if the U.Va. library has the article. If the library does not subscribe, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request (faculty can also use LEO) and library staff will get a PDF copy of the article and email it to you. There is no charge for this service. Sweet!
DUE DATES FOR GRADS’ BOOKS
On Wednesday, April 3, the library reset the due date for graduate students to May 10, 2014. Note, that is 2014! Any books checked out or renewed on or after April 3rd should reflect the new date. Graduate students (masters and doctoral), please go online and renew the books you currently have checked out!
AUTHOR RIGHTS AT ISSUE
The editor and the entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration have resigned in response to a conflict with the journal’s publisher over an author agreement that they say is “too restrictive and out of step with the expectations of authors,” noted Jake New in an article in the Chronicle. “The licensing terms set by the publisher, Taylor & Francis Group, were scaring away potential authors, the editor who resigned”, Damon Jaggars, told the Chronicle.
Tracy Roberts, the editorial director of journals at Taylor & Francis, defended the journal’s policies. “The current publishing environment around licensing and author rights is continually evolving. We consider ourselves to be a forward-looking publisher on author rights,” Ms. Roberts said. “Our License grants significant reuse rights to authors (pre-prints, non-embargoed post-prints, sharing, classroom use, presentation at conferences, republication in existing or new form), whilst we ask only for a sole license over the published version of record.”
SPECIAL ISSUE ON PUBLISHING
A special issue of Nature is online (all articles are available to non-subscribers) that looks at the future of publishing. This issue should be an interest to everyone involved with scholarly communication. Of particular interest to faculty and doctoral students is Stephen Pincock’s essay, “Publishing: Open to Possibilities,” which discusses the considerations that should be reviewed regarding costs, journal prestige and career implications if you opt for open access. Pincock remarked, “Early-career scientists face a pressing question: how should they publish to advance their careers at a time when the scholarly world is being shaken up? New options in publishing have highlighted sticky debates related to the impacts of costs on individual researchers and the ethics of business models that can keep cash-poor scientists from accessing data. But many researchers contend that impact factors and other metrics of journal prestige remain crucial — for now.”
FREE APP PROMOTES EARLY LITERACY
The Calgary Public Library in Canada developed Grow a Reader, a free app for Apple mobile devices.
The Grow a Reader app teaches parents and caregivers how to develop early literacy skills in young children. Grow a Reader is built on the Calgary Public Library’s interactive rhymes, finger plays and songs from its popular early literacy programs. The app features 27 videos demonstrating interactive finger rhymes, face & body rhymes, lullabies, tickles and bounces, tips for developing a child’s early literacy skills based on five key practices, and suggested books for promoting early literacy. The book titles are linked to the CPL’s online catalog. U.S. users of the app will need to check with their local library system to see the availability of the titles.
FREE LESSON PLANS
Teachers, have your students create a digital brochure to a cultural heritage site, explore virtual 3D modeling, or build a scale model of a Mayan pyramid to study the effects of erosion on archeological monuments by using these and other the free lesson plans provided by CyArk. CyArk is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission of digitally preserving cultural heritage sites. As part of its mission, CyArk provides interdisciplinary K-12 lesson plans to educators with a free CyArk Professional Account. These plans feature hands-on and computer based activities aligned to California State Standards. Teacher background, activity preparation information, Power Point slideshows, and student sheets are included.
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. See this week’s featured data information below.
You can also access SPSS and other specialized software programs through the HIVE (software is listed in the right column) from virtually anywhere, via the Internet. For each software title included on the U.Va. Hive, there are a limited number of licenses available for use at any given time.
You also have the option to rent SPSS or many other software packages for use your exclusive use.
Question: A grad student is in search of sources for U.S. university, college, and community college profiles. She’d like listings of majors/minors, grad/undergrad programs, tuition costs, and maybe a little more data of that kind. Her goal is to map this information for institutions located in about a 100-mile radius around Chicago, so she’d need the street addresses for the main campus of each institution. She’d like not to have to manually copy all this information. Ideally there would be a way of downloading some/much/all of this data into a format that she could easily use for her analysis.
Answer: College Navigator from the National Center for Education Statistics has almost all of this information available with an easy to use search interface. It lets you search by increments of miles from a particular ZIP code or specify states, select the type of institution, majors offered, tuition, conduct side by side comparisons of schools, and more. Once you run your search, you can then export the data to spreadsheets using an .xls or a .csv format. However, the more items you include into your search results, especially lists of majors for each school, the more unwieldy your download becomes. It may take a while to survey all the data that’s available through this web site.
The National Association for College Admissions Counseling has put up a brief YouTube tutorial that gives an overview of the College Navigator search interface. NCES also offers custom data from the Data and Tools menu.
TOPIC: Advanced Techniques with Quantum GIS
DATE: Thursday, April 4
TIME: 3:00 – 4:00pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421 (Electronic Classroom)
DESCRIPTION: One of QGIS’s strengths is its ability to pull in various streaming open standard data services. This session will have participants pull some data in from a remote location and do some spatial analysis.
The GIS Workshops are Scholars’ Lab events and are free, open to all, and require no advance registration. Please check the event calendar for the most recent updates to the Scholar’s Lab schedule.
This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians,
Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman for the Curry School
of Education to support digital scholarship and research.