Open Access Week 2011 at the University of Utah
October 24-27, 2011
The 3rd annual Open Access Week at the University of Utah brings an exciting line-up of events to campus from a keynote address to a hands-on workshop about mashup skills from the renowned Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck creator to a panel of experts about digital textbooks. As digital technology and content proliferate, questions of access, copyright, and fair use come to the surface. The week’s events offer an opportunity to explore these new areas of creativity, scholarship, and technology.
Free and Open to the Public.
Schedule of Events
Monday, October 24
Jonathan McIntosh, Rebellious Pixels
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
sponsored by the Department of Communication & the J. Willard Marriott Library
Jonathan McIntosh, a self-proclaimed pop culture hacker, is a video remix artist, new media teacher, fair use activist, and blogger. Best known for his video “Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck,” Jonathan uses mass media to tell new and different stories grounded in popular culture. As he says it, “Basically I’m a pop culture hacker, but instead of computer code I hack television.” Check out Jonathan’s work at Rebellious Pixels
Tuesday, October 25
Film: rip! Remix Manifesto
11:30 am to 1 pm, Marriott Library, Gould AuditoriumIn RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
presenter: Jonathon McIntosh
1:00-3:00 pm, Marriott Library, Room 1008 (Mac Computer Lab)
sponsored by the Department of Communication & the J. Willard Marriott Library
Interested in learning simple video remixing tools, tricks and techniques? This workshop will present an overview of online and offline remixing apps as well as provide hands-on experience in how to download videos from the web and convert them into easily editable formats. Jonathan will also cover the best practices of fair use when it comes to using copyrighted material in your own work.
Wednesday, October 26
3:00 pm-4:00 pm, Marriott Library, Room 1150
As textbook prices continue to soar, students rely on several options to get access: rent, find an e-version, buy used, borrow from the library, etc. An additional, affordable, alternative option includes open textbooks. More than just a textbook rental, you can read an open textbook for free online, reuse it in the future, even print your own copy, and faculty can edit & adapt it for a course. This session will provide an overview of textbooks in higher education, the ways campus entities such as the bookstore and library respond to the affordability question, and introduce participants to the open textbook initiative.
David Smith, Student Regent, Utah State Board of Regents
Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, Marriott Library
Dave Nelson, Textbook Buyer, Campus Store
Thursday, October 27Workshop: Publishing SMART
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Marriott Library, Room 1009 (register here)
Authors want their scholarly articles to be seen, cited and utilized. This class provides opportunities for researchers to increase their visibility by exploring various publishing and archiving choices. Tools for evaluating journal impact factors, online usage, local online availability, retaining copyrights, and submission to online archives are covered.
On April 12, the Marriott Library participated in Library Snapshot Day 2011 in partnership with other academic, public, school, and special libraries throughout the state to help tell the story of “one day in the life of Utah libraries.”
Marriott Library staff collected statistics and took photographs to document the library’s impact at the University of Utah and in the community.
This is what the Marriott Library looked like on April 12, 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/utahstatelibrary/sets/72157626541621998/
- Total number of hours open to patrons: 19
- Total number of people who visited the library: 8,242
- Total number of items borrowed: 2,138
- Total number of computer logins: 2,062
- Total number of research requests or staff-mediated searches: 102
Types of research requests:
- “Can you help me find Clarence King’s report from the 1870’s about the geological exploration of the fortieth parallel?”
- “I’m looking for journalism textbooks published between 1940 and1960.”
- “I need economic data on China for the past 50 years.”
- “Which databases can I search besides Scientific American for articles about memory?”
- “Can you help me print from an eBook?”
Activities/Programs at the library:
On April 12, the Marriott Library celebrated National Library Workers Day with a special appreciation party for staff. On that day, students from a University of Utah art history class visited the library’s Rare Books Classroom to see and handle facsimiles from the rare books collection. Also, students enrolled in an artists’ book class offered by the library’s Book Arts Program turned in final projects modeled after innovative publishing trends from the 1960′s. Public exhibitions at the library included Herding Cats: The Wild World of Artists’ Books on level 4 and ‘These are my people!’ The Story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes on level 1. That evening, the Friends of the Marriott Library hosted their annual spring banquet featuring Katharine Coles, Utah’s Poet Laureate, novelist, and University of Utah Department of English Professor of Literature and Creative Writing.
Testimonials from library patrons:
- “The Marriott Library offers resources I wouldn’t normally have available to me. The library acts a center for my educational needs and a place where I can gather with other students and learn.”
- “The library is a home away from home when I am on campus all day. I get so much done when I am in the library. It is an inspiring place!”
- “This is the place where I spend most of my time studying and preparing for all my classes because I can concentrate.”
QR code workshop at Marriott Library
How To Make Your Smartphone Smarter: What You Should Know About QR Codes
The University of Utah Libraries have embraced QR (‘quick response’) codes as a means of delivering additional information to patrons via their mobile device. QR codes are two dimensional codes that can be scanned with a mobile device’s camera and a reader application to link to various resources such as a URL, application, or video. This presentation will introduce QR codes and explore how they can allow libraries to connect faculty, students and visitors to the information they want at the point of need. The libraries on campus are currently using them to link to Web sites, access digital learning objects, promote classes, and guide users to specific library locations. Participants will learn how to use and create their own QR Codes in class. Come learn about the next generation bar codes and see how they can be useful to you!
* Anne Morrow, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Marriott Library
* Nancy Lombardo, Information Technology Librarian at Eccles Health Sciences Library
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Place: Marriott Library 1120
The workshop is free, but please register so the instructors know how many to expect. See you there!
In the fall of 2010, five people from the U of U journeyed to Antarctica to conduct research and to write about the continent creatively. Three lectures, which will be held at the Marriott Library during spring semester 2011, highlight the fascinating science and the raw aesthetics of Antarctica.
Thursday, February 3, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Fire and Ice – Measuring Antarctica’s Frozen Sea
Cynthia Furse, PhD, U of U Associate VP for Research, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Joyce Lin, PhD, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics; and David Lubbers, Senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thursday, February 24, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Looking South: Poems from Antarctica
Katharine Coles, PhD, Utah Poet Laureate, novelist, U of U Professor of English. Dr. Coles was selected to participate in the NSF Antarctica Artists and Writers Program.
Thursday, April 14, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Climate Change and the Melting Polar Ice Caps
Ken Golden, Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. A sea ice and climate expert, Dr. Golden led the NSF sponsored United States research team on this international expedition to study Antarctica’s frozen sea and its role in Earth’s climate.
All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Gould Auditorium, first floor of the Marriott Library.
On exhibition in the Special Collections Gallery until March 4, 2011:
Messenger of Thought: Treasures from the Rare Middle East Collections
“The pen is the ambassador of intelligence, the messenger of thought, and the interpreter for the mind”
– Islamic writer on calligraphy
If words are the essence of books, the materials used and the technologies developed to write those words are the building blocks of a captured culture. Verbal collaborates with visual, textual with textural, enhancing meaning and inviting intimacy between writer and reader. The arts of the book – papermaking and decorating, calligraphy, illumination, and binding are highly developed in Middle Eastern culture. From ancient times, the written word and the craft of Middle Eastern bookmakers has established law, recorded history and myth, inspired faith, stimulated intellectual exploration, and created bonds between east and west.
The Rare Books Division congratulates the Middle East Center and the Middle East Library on fifty years of supporting and continuing these bonds.
The QR Code implementation project is not quite two months old, but, statistics are showing some interesting early trends. Twelve codes have been generated so far, and not all of them at the same time (so a textbook case of assessment this post is not).
The QR codes generated were designed to explore their use in a wide variety of settings, they included library map, workshops schedule, events schedule, reference desk phone number, catalog search, course reserves, classroom schedule and library website.
I had assumed that the more frequently scanned codes would be the library map, course reserves, searching the catalog, however, this has not proven to be the case.
By far and away the largest number of scans so far have been for library events and the library’s main website.
I can see how it would be completely logical to quickly scan the code for the library website, bring it up on my mobile and navigate to any of the other areas on the go rather than scanning each of their codes.
As far as library events went, I was surprised to find it was a ‘heavy hitter’
– in fact, including library events was pretty much an afterthought made sensible by the need to fill up additional space on the QR code promotion poster.
But, perhaps this should not so easily surprise, maybe this is a signal of our visitors interest in an enhanced library experience? A moment of serendipity, if you will, of going off the beaten path and not knowing the end result.
Whereas most of our QR codes involve known actions (e.g. call the reference desk, search the catalog, find a room), the message we are receiving from the number of hits suggests that an element of the unknown is attractive.
We figure that library event posters should have QR codes themselves, but, is scanning a code that takes you to ‘more about the event advertised on this poster’ really the same thing? If the goal of a visitor is to experience a detour, then maybe that’s how we should be re-thinking use of QR codes.
Alan Rogers is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, and holds an adjunct appointment in the department of Biology. Rogers’ research is notable for its breadth. To economists, he is known for his work on the evolutionary forces that underlie impatience and the interest rate. To demographers, he is known for his work on the evolution of menopause. To students of cultural evolution, he is known for showing the strange ways in which cultural and genetic evolution interact. But he is probably best known for his contributions to evolutionary genetics. In that field, he has used genetic data to study the demographic changes that accompanied the origin of modern humans. His new book, “The Evidence for Evolution,” will be published next spring by the University of Chicago Press.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library (see map