Library Student Resource Group

Notes January  20 2010

Present: Joey Brown, Josh Grochow, Laura Jones, Kelly Ledbetter, Rachael Miller, Allison Ringhand, Nicholas Stock, Nick Tarasen, Anthony Todd

From the Library: Judi Nadler, Elisabeth Long, Rachel Rosenberg, Sem Sutter, Agnes Tatarka, Jim Vaughan

Assessment Project

[introduced by Agnes Tatarka, Assessment Director for the Library]

Agnes is looking for volunteers to interview about the research process. 60-90 minutes and you get $15, plus the undying gratitude of the Library. Email Agnes (atatarka@uchicago.edu) if you are interested.

We are about to run a new survey about the Library, sent to all graduate students. (The following year we will survey faculty, and after that undergraduates.) Please fill it out and encourage your colleagues/friends/acquaintances to fill it out.

Follow up from previous meetings

Email Notices: all fee/fine/overdue/recall notices from the Library now should arrive in text, avoiding a previous bug.

Scanning to webshare: all “copiers” now offer scan to USB or webshare.

Digital Library Development Center (DLDC)

[introduced by Elisabeth Long, DLDC Co-Director]

dldc.lib.uchicago.edu

The DLDC coordinates the Library website and other digital projects. We collaborate extensively with other Library staff, NSIT, and faculty. Some examples of the work that we do:

Copyright and Academic Honesty

Anthony pointed out that many instructors (including teaching graduate students) have no clue what’s approved/allowable under copyright until the Library tells us when we try to put things on reserve. At that point, usually very close to the quarter starting, it’s very difficult to redesign our syllabus and curriculum. It would be really nice to have some copyright instruction during the 2-day workshop on teaching and learning.

One LSRG member asked if some of the University/Library content could be licensed more freely, for example under a Creative Commons license. Elisabeth noted that our permission requirements are very close to a Creative Commons, but we don't use the actual license. Is it possible users perceive us as being more restrictive than we really are? LSRG members also inquired about a University common "image bank" -- Rachel replied that the University does have images available, but they charge for access and usage to it.

Elisabeth also reminded LSRG members that ProQuest won’t put up images used in your dissertation unless you can prove you have rights/permissions for them.

An LSRG member asked if printing out articles from JSTOR or other databases was violating copyright? (Answer: No, as long as it's for your own personal use and you aren't systematically printing out every article in a journal or something.)

Academic honesty is another possible concern for students, Judi noted. One of our staff (Rebecca Starkey) has created a information page on academic honesty for students and faculty. Both this page and the Copyright information page are linked from Chalk as well.

Digitization and e-books

Most LSRG members prefer to read whole books in print, but if there’s just one thing to look up, which is often the case in the sciences, it’s nice to have a digital copy available. E-books are great for browsing, scanning, and deciding whether the book is worth reading.

Judi announced that our mass digitization project with Google (via the CIC) is on hold right now because we are "between agreements." We hope to reach a new agreement with Google soon. However, as a consequence of this agreement, books with full text from Hathi Trust are starting to appear in Lens (example). [Note: the example book won't work in IE -- Hathi Trust buttons don't show up in detailed records under IE.]

An LSRG member asked if there was an easy way to go directly to an online journal article, rather than going to the Library's website, finding the journal, clicking through the publisher's website, and so on. Occasionally articles have permanent/stable URLs, but not always. Elisabeth replied that publishers often see these steps as a feature, because then you have to use their website instead of going directly to a PDF. However, one solution is to use our Citation Linker (it doesn't work all the time, but it's helpful).

Mansueto Update

Jim updated the LSRG on the construction of the Mansueto Library. (View Jim's powerpoint slides.) Since last September, we have finished excavation, done necessary sump pump and piping work, and poured the concrete slab floor. Current activity includes laying structural steel and work in the mechanical space between Regenstein and Mansueto. Inside Regenstein, the first-floor bathrooms and outer exhibit gallery have been closed for work on the "bridge" connecting Regenstein and Mansueto. In a complementary project, we are seeking funding from the University to remodel parts of the Special Collections Research Center, including creating an attractive gallery and entrance to SCRC from the bridge.

Jim reminded the group that construction photos are taken regularly and posted on Flickr.

Other topics

The monitor on the first floor of Regenstein will soon be displaying content. 

Could classes take a field trip to Special Collections (not hold the entire class, just a one-time visit)? It would help students get excited about Library collections.

 We have learned, through assessment, that students are not always aware of Library resources. When we told this to the Library Board (a group of faculty members that advises the Library), one faculty member suggested that a librarian come to their class and do a workshop. This will be happening in Spring Quarter in a history class and an anthropology class. (Some LSRG members cautioned that good librarians don’t always make good teachers, or don’t always offer relevant content in their workshops.)

One LSRG member noted he always finds out about new electronic resources from other people in his department, never from a librarian.

Some students don’t want to burden librarians working at the Ask a Librarian desk, so don't stop by and ask questions.