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Publisher Sues Librarian for Libel, Seeks $3 million in Damages

Scholarly Communiction

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.

Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee


NetAdvantage Expands Coverage of Asian and European Companies

S&P Capital IQ has added about 4,000 reports to the Stock module of the NetAdvantage database; about 8,500 stocks are now covered. Most of the new reports are for Asian and European companies.

NetAdvantage can be accessed from the Databases A-Z list on the Rod Library home page, the Business Portal, or other business-related subject guides such as Finance.

 

 


LexisNexis Academic Adds New Market and Industry Reports

The LexisNexis Academic database periodically adds and deletes titles. Over the last few months, for example, they added 143 titles and dropped 19. One of the new titles is Progressive Media's Market Industry Research. This is a collection of industry snapshots, covering markets and categories in 74 countries; one report example is Drinks Retailing in United States: Market Snapshot to 2016.

Progressive Media's Market Industry Research can be searched directly using a LexisNexis Academic search form.


America's Economy App from Census Bureau

The Census Bureau launched its first mobile app in August. Called America’s Economy, it is available for both Android and Apple mobile device users.To download, visit the Census Bureau mobile site or the Apple or Google app stores.  It combines real-time updates for 16 indicators from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics:

 

  • Advance Monthly Retail Sales
  • Advance Report Durable Goods
  • Business Inventories
  • Construction Spending
  • Homeownership Rate
  • International Trade
  • Manufacturers’ Goods
  • Monthly Wholesale
  • New Residential Construction
  • New Residential Sales
  • Personal Income
  • QFR–Manufacturing
  • QFR–Retail Trade
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • Real Gross Domestic Product
  • Unemployment Rate

 


Open Access Week, October 22-28, 2012

October 22-28 is Open Access Week! Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon in a free and open environment. Open access is made possible with the consent of the author and the copyright holder. Open Access Week is an effort to promote and to inform authors, students, researchers, administrators, publishers and librarians about the benefits of Open Access. For more information about what you can do: www.righttoresearch.org/index.shtml and www.openaccessweek.org/

Rod Library also provides information about open access and author rights on a scholarly communication guide:  guides.lib.uni.edu/scholarly-communication

Please visit an Open Access exhibit outside of room 250 (Collection Management & Special Services) at Rod Library. Learn what faculty can do to promote Open Access and how it benefits students.

 


Business Insights: Global Replaces Business & Company Resource Center

The publisher of Business & Company Resource Center has replaced it with an upgraded, expanded database called Business Insights: Global. This new database is now listed on Rod Library pages such as Databases A-Z and the Business Portal. This link will work both on campus and off campus (after CatID login): 

http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/owl/business-insights-global

According to the database publisher, the Business Insights: Global content includes the following:

  • More than 2 million investment research/brokerage reports
  • Thousands of detailed financial reports (including fundamentals data and comparison tools)
  • More than 1,200 business executive video interviews for classroom learning
  • More than 1,000 unrestricted case studies
  • More than 2,500 market research reports
  • Hundreds of country economic reports
  • More than 1,000 SWOT reports (updated quarterly)
  • More than 3,500 full-text periodicals
  • Nearly 25,000 industry reports
  • Nearly 11,000 company histories published by Gale (International Directory of Company Histories)
  • Over 43,400 articles from Market Share Reporter published by Gale
  • Over 65,000 articles from Business Rankings Annual published by Gale
  • More than 2,200 corporate chronologies
  • More than 2,000 additional reference articles published by Gale
  • Nearly 70,000 associations
  • Thousands of interactive live charts for economic and business indicators
  • 193 detailed country profiles (with deep links to related content and statistical data)
  • Nearly 500,000 detailed company profiles (with deep links to related content and statistical data)

 


Faculty Workshops: Add Library Resources to eLearning Courses

Rod Library will be offering two workshops next week to help faculty incorporate library resources and services into their eLearning courses. To register for these workshops and view details about other summer workshops, please go to the ITS Faculty Workshop Calendar.

Add Library Resources to Your eLearning: Overview
Monday, June 18  - 10 am - 11 am
Rod Library, room 286
Learn about the different Rod Library resources and services that can be incorporated into your eLearning courses. These will include linking to online articles, books, and journals, and databases. Other topics will include electronic reserves, subject guides, and Ask Us library help widgets.

Add Library Resources to Your eLearning: Help Session
Wednesday, June 20 - 9 am - 11 am 
Rod Library, room 286
NOTE: this is a change from a previously announced date
During this hands-on class, you will add desired library resources and services to your eLearning classes


Faculty Workshops: Add Library Resources to eLearning Courses

Rod Library will be offering two sets of workshops in May and June to help faculty incorporate library resources and services into their eLearning courses.  To register for these workshops and view details about other summer workshops, please go the ITS Faculty Workshop Calendar.

Tue, May 22, 10am – 11am AND Mon, June 18, 10am – 11am
Rod Library, room 286
Learn about the different Rod Library resources and services that can be incorporated into your eLearning classes. These will include linking to online articles, books and journals, and databases.  Other topics will include electronic reserves, subject guides, and Ask Us library help widgets.

Thu, May 24, 1pm – 3pm AND Tuesday, June 19th, 1pm - 3 pm
Rod Library, room 286
During this hands-on class, you will add desired library resources and services to your eLearning classes


World Bank Announces Free and Open Access to Its Research Publications

The World Bank  announced on April 10th "that it will implement a new Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products, effective July 1, 2012. The new policy builds on recent efforts to increase access to information at the World Bank and to make its research as widely available as possible. As the first phase of this policy, the Bank launched today a new Open Knowledge Repository and adopted a set of Creative Commons copyright licenses."

The Open Knowledge Repository is available now and already includes free access to the Bank's publications such as:

  • World Development Report
  • Global Economic Prospects
  • Global Development Finance
  • World Development Indicators and
  • Africa Development Indicators

LexisNexis Academic Industry and Executive Information

The LexisNexis Academic database was recently expanded to include Industry Dossier and Executive Dossier information. Tabs for Industry and Executive can be found within the Company Dossier section after clicking the Companies tab on the left side of the inital screen.

The Industry Dossier can be searched by SIC code or industry-related term to get information such as financials and ratios on leading firms in an industry, from providers such as Integra and Morningstar.

The Executive Dossier contains data on more than 58 million executives. This Dossier can be used to look up particular individuals or to create lists of executives, such as those in a certain job speciality or function in a certain industry in a certain geographic area.

LexisNexis Academic can be accesed from the Databases A-Z heading in the upper middle portion of the Library home page, the Business Portal, or this URL: http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/owl/lexisnexis-academic

 


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