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.
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.
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:
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/
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):
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
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
The World Bank announced on April 10th "that it will implement a newOpen 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 newOpen Knowledge Repository and adopted a set ofCreative Commons copyright licenses."
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.