1 August 2013 Volume 6, Number 42

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PEDESTRIAN ACCESS CLOSED
Due to asbestos abatement on the southeast end of the Ruffner Hall Renovation project, the temporary wooden pedestrian access corridor will be closed between the Bavaro Hall Courtyard and Ruffner Hall. The closure will start Monday, August 5th and will be complete Friday, August 10th.  Optional walking routes may be viewed here.

 

The McCormick Road Bridge after final renovations, July 30, 2013.
BRIDGE REPAIRED, NEW BUS ROUTES, NEW SCHEDULES
The McCormick Road Bridge next to Curry’s Bavaro Hall has reopened resulting in changes to the University Transit System (UTS) bus routes that cross the bridge. Check out the new routes and schedules for UTS buses at the UTS web site, 2013-2014 Route Information.  Not only will you find text information about the changes, but there are maps of the new UTS routes and bus stops.  If you want to view in real time where any of the UTS buses are in their routes, you can download the Hooswhere app.

Additionally, on Saturday, August 3, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will also implement changes to their route system. UVa students, staff, and faculty can ride the CAT for free by showing their University ID cards.  For a concise list of the CAT changes taking place, take a look at the UTS web site for 2013-2014 Route Information.

 

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A RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS
Are you looking for interesting videos to enliven your instruction?  Rion Nakaya, a design strategist in California and mother of two, has complied at her web site, The Kids Should See This, an eclectic group of videos that may suit your needs.  While most of the videos were not created specifically for children, they could be used with your instruction.  Check out the nature videos!

 

writer-at-work-160 PUBLISHING TUTORIAL
Are you thinking about turning your research into a journal article for a scholarly journal, but you aren’t sure where to start?  This tutorial, “Publish, Not Perish” which focuses on publishing in scholarly journals, could be a good place to start.

  • Describes the role of scholarly publishing in an academic career
  • Lists the essential steps of planning and writing a scholarly paper.
  • Develops a personal publication plan
  • Compares and contrast the different publishing models currently in use
  • Describes the types of articles you can write
  • Lists the pros and cons of collaborative authoring
  • Describes the tools and resources a scholarly writer needs to have on hand

 

Educational Resource Information Center
NEW LOGO, NEW WEBSITE INTERFACE
On August 2nd, there will be a new ERIC logo and a new interface for the ERIC website interface provided by the government agency, IES.*   Initially, the new website will simply have the ERIC search function, which will continue to work in the way that the ERIC search function has worked in the past. Additional features and content will be added to the website on an ongoing basis through October.  In future newsletters we will provide updates on the changes taking place. This interface provides full text access to non journal articles, but does NOT provide free access to full text journal articles.

* Most UVa students and faculty access the ERIC database using the EBSCO interface to which the library subscribes as it provides full text access to non-journal articles and most journal articles.  That said, UVa students and faculty may “land” on the IES version of ERIC when using tools such as Google. If that is the case, and you wanted a journal article full text, just go to the EBSCO version of ERIC to see if UVa has subscribed to the journal full text.

 

 HOOS YOUR  Data spelled out in lights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving  research data. See this week’s featured data information below.

 

Library Data ServicesLIBRARY DATA SERVICES
Data services at the Library are evolving to meet emerging research needs. Currently, we can help you find, create, use, and analyze data; help develop and execute data management plans; and assist with submitting data sets to Libra or another repository. More services will be coming. Our experts are available for one-on-one consultation, as well as workshops, classroom instruction, and other forms of training and assistance.

Data Management – Data Management Consulting Group (DMCG) staff provide assistance with creating data management plans, project data management,  and archiving research data. They offer individual consulting and workshops

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  – GIS staff provide assistance with geographic information systems and spatial data by offering workshops and class instruction,  providing access to GIS resources and data, and arranging individual consultations.  They identify GIS software for your research needs and they offer training on GPS devices.

Statistical Consulting  – The StatLab staff provide advice and training in data analysis and statistical methods to University of Virginia researchers through individual consulting, workshops,  short courses, and online tutorials.

Data Acquisition & Discovery – Data Acquisition & Discovery staff provide guidance and training in determining potential data sources, acquiring data in desired formats, accessing datasets, and citing data through consultations and online guides.

 

newsflash-iesIf you are interested in early intervention and early childhood education, the Institute of Education Sciences has just released a research synthesis report that should provide a wealth of information for you. The report describes what has been learned from research grants on early intervention and early childhood education funded by the Institute’s National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research, and published in peer-reviewed outlets through June 2010. This synthesis describes contributions to the knowledge base produced by IES-funded research across four focal areas: • Early childhood classroom environments and general instructional practices; • Educational practices designed to impact children’s academic and social outcomes; • Measuring young children’s skills and learning; and • Professional development for early educators.

 

ecls2LONGITUDINAL STUDY UNDER WAY
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) is a longitudinal study which is following a nationally representative sample of students from their kindergarten year to the spring of 2016, when most of the students are expected to be in fifth grade.  Approximately 18,200 kindergartners participated in the study during the 2010-11 school year.

 

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NEW CENSUS TOOL
The U.S. Census Bureau has released My Congressional District, an interactive tool geared exclusively toward finding basic demographic and economic statistics for every congressional district in the U.S. This Web app uses the latest annual statistics from the American Community Survey.

Users can sort through statistics in five key categories upon selection of a specific district in the application. Summary level statistics covering education, finance, jobs and housing, as well as basic demographic information, can quickly be displayed, downloaded and shared with others.

 

Cover of the 2013 UNICEF report, The State of the World's ChildrenNEW UNICEF REPORT
The 2013 edition of the UNICEF report, The State of the World’s Children, is dedicated to the situation of children with disabilities. The report examines the barriers that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society. It also lays out some of the key elements of inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of children with disabilities, adequately support them and their families, and nurture their abilities – so that they may take advantage of opportunities to flourish and make their contribution to the world.

 

 

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.

 

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