The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Feb. 8th that the Edwin Mellen Press has sued librarian Dale Askey for libel and is seeking damages of $3 million. Askey, currently employed as a librarian at McMaster University in Ontario, wrote critical comments about Mellen Press publications in a blog while employed at Kansas State University in 2010. One of the legal actions brought against Mr. Askey, and his current employer, was filed in the Ontario Superior Court. This Notice of Action states Mellen’s claims and includes the original blog post and comments.
The case raises important issues related to academic and intellectual freedom of university employees. The Association of College & Research Libraries Board of Directors has called on Mellen to drop the action. Professors across North America also have criticized the action; for example, UNI Professor Martha Reineke has started an online petition calling for Mellen to end the suit against Askey and McMaster.
Big changes are coming to the Rod Library lobby area over spring break. The picture here shows the wood paneled wall separating the lobby from the Reference Collection shelves. Say goodbye to the wall!
Beginning Monday March 18 contractors from Waterloo will be removing this wall and patching the carpeting and columns for us. This work will open up our lobby area more than ever. The lobby will still have soft seating with tables and be a place for people to sit and work together, talk, or read. After spring semester ends the area will be recarpeted too. Eventually new furniture will be purchased but not this fiscal year.
The computer stations behind the wall will be relocated to another place on this floor.
During the construction next week there will be noise and a bit of dust in the lobby area.
The Rod Library is pleased to host a portion of The Center for Holocaust and Genocide’s and UNI STAND’s display entitled “Tents of Witness.”"Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict," created by World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN), will feature six tents, each featuring the story of a different genocide or other mass atrocity crime: American Indians, Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda.The other tents are located in Schindler Education Center Lobby and Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.The tents will be on display through Friday, March 13, 2013.
Rod Library currently is conducting 60-day trials of four video streaming services, which are described below. We hope that by providing access to services such as those below we can better meet student needs, enhance integration of media content into course environments such as Blackboard, and make better use of the Library's financial resources and physical storage space.
Rod Library offers limited space for the UNI community to post UNI-related advertisements, announcements, and collection boxes. We have an enclosed glass display case in the lobby for posters and announcements and some space in the lobby for banners and collection boxes. In addition we offer space in up to 50 of our six-sided plastic table displayers in lieu of paper table tents.
Do you use the electronic journals available through the Library? Ever wonder what happens when a publisher goes out of business or drops a journal from its publications? Rod Library seeks to protect its investment in electronic journals and make purchased content available on an ongoing basis through its participation in Portico, an electronic archiving service. Portico provides a permanent archive of electronic scholarly journals issued by almost 200 contributing publishers. Campus-wide access to archived content becomes available to participating institutions when certain "trigger events" occur, and when titles are no longer available from the publisher or another source. Trigger events include: a publisher stops operations; a publisher ceases to publish a title; a publisher no longer offers back issues; or a publisher's delivery platform suffers "catastrophic and sustained failure." Portico also provides a means of securing perpetual access should a participating publisher choose to designate it as a provider of post-cancellation access.
We have 4 new collaborative tables located in the learning commons behind the reference desk. Each station has a 47-inch tv screen and 5 VGA input connections to connect your PC laptop. We are also getting adapters so devices requiring video connectors other than VGA can utilize these stations as well.
Also new in the learning commons, we have a new electric stapler! You can staple up to 25 pages at a time without pressing a button! If you need to staple more than 25 pages, ask at the reference desk and we'd be happy to assist you.
Stop by the learning commons to see the changes we've made!
Rod Library now has a water bottle filling station next to the women's restroom and near the Browsing Room on the main floor of the library! You can save money and reduce waste while enjoying cold chilled water!