To celebrate Open Access week, read inspirational stories collated by Knowledge Exchange to celebrate the power and influence of Open Access publishing.
The Knowledge Exchange expresses the vision:
‘To make a layer of scholarly and scientific content openly available on the Internet.’
For more information, see the Knowledge Exchange webpages.
What the Knowledge Exchange say about the stories:
“Open access – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research – can transform scholarship and its impact. More than 30 compelling stories have been collected from across Europe and further afield to show this transformation in action.
The open access success stories are from over 11 countries and are told by a wide variety of stakeholders from individual researchers and journal editors to publishers and companies and cover a multitude of disciplines. Some of the initiatives have a rich history while others are more recent. All demonstrate the benefits of open access, sometimes in quite unexpected ways. This range of stories was commissioned by Knowledge Exchange and collected by Michelle Pauli”. From: http://www.knowledge-exchange.info/Default.aspx?ID=62&M=News&PID=2379&NewsID=130
You can read the stories on a dedicated website: http://www.oastories.org/ and they can be shared as they are made available under a Creative Commons licence.
To mark theÂ Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social ScienceÂ (29th October to 5th November 2011) we will be highlighting some of the Library’s social science resources on our Twitter account. More information about the Festival is available here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/festival/
Various events are planned for the festival, which aims to demonstrate how social science research shapes our political, economic and social lives. Two events are taking placeÂ in Stirling, ‘Joking and pretending in toddlers’ and ‘Learning, inequality and social cohesion in recession’. A full listing of events is available from the festival website.
ZETOC, the British Library’s electronic table of contents alerting service, will be upgraded on 15th November 2011. ZETOC provides information about over 28,000 journals and 45 million article citations and conference papers. It covers all academic disciplines and is available from the A-Z list of online resources.
The upgrade to ZETOC willÂ improve data accuracy, remove duplicate records and add abstracts from 1993 onwards.Â Previously abstracts were available from 1999 onwards.
ZETOCÂ Search allows researchers to search 45 million article citations and conference papers from 1993 onwards. It is updated daily and includes Stirling’s WebBridge icon to look forÂ full text availability from our library.
ZETOC Alert is a current awareness service for researchers. Simply selectÂ your favourite journals or authors or keywords from titles of articles and ZETOC will email you eachÂ time new data matching your requirements is added to its database. Alternatively you can register for an RSS feed.
There will be an Information Services Open User Forum on Friday 2 December 2011 at 1.00pm, room still to be confirmed, Stirling Campus.
All are welcome. IT and Library representatives in Academic Schools and Administrative Departments, along with Students’ Union representatives are especially encouraged to attend.
Please send any items for the agenda to IS Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the meeting, and if possible, by noon on Thursday 1 December 2011.
There will be a further notice nearer the date with an agenda, previous minutes and any papers to be tabled at the meeting. The room will also be confirmed at this time.
Online training for Computing Science students! The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library are holding an online training event.
The session will run from from 11:00am (EDT) until 12:00pm (EDT) on October 20th 2011. It is designed as an introductory session for the Author, Institutional, & Publication Profile Pages.
To join the meeting go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/662047862
Access Code: 662-047-862
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting Password: acmdltraining
Meeting ID: 662-047-862
The meeting is limited to 25 participants.
however, remain open for browsing and searching during this period.
who will arrange for the item to be deposited on your behalf.
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC 011159.
The area in between the new Library entrance and the Atrium fast food bar (formerly used as the Interim library) has now been reopened to students as the Social Study Zone. This is an extension to the existing study space available in the Library and the Atrium areas.Â The concept of “social learning space” is central to the planned re-modelling of the whole Atrium area, so although this is a temporary arrangement there will be further development and improvement over time.
The Social Study Zone will be open 24/7 and provides a variety of study desks – some formal and some informal.
Given the enormous popularity of the refurbished Library, we hope that this area will complement the zoned approach taken in the Library and provide some â€˜social’ study spaces for students particularly useful for group work. We have extended the general rules relating to level 2 of the Library into this area as follows:
â€¢ phones switched to silent (use Atrium for calls)
â€¢ cold food only (no smelly or noisy food)
â€¢ covered drinks only
â€¢ please clear rubbish to bins
This area is also open beyond current Library opening times (midnight) so those wishing to pull an all nighter now have somewhere to study.
The zoning in the Library is going very well, with students largely respecting the Silent zone on Level 4 and the Quiet zoning of Level 3. If you are studying in either of these areas and wish to report anybody not observing the rules, please email the Information Centre and we will do our best to get upstairs to assist. Email both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org if possible, remembering to tell us where you are!
The group study rooms in the Library are proving immensely popular so it is wise to book upfront. You can book at the panel outside each group study room or see our Group Study Room web page for more information about the location, facilities and a link to the online booking system. http://www.is.stir.ac.uk/libraries/GroupStudyRooms.php
We have been notified by our service provider that due to motorway construction work, the telecoms fibres which provide the university with JANET and Internet connectivity will be disconnected for 4-8 hours during the stated window. This work also affects our backup circuit, so there will be no external connectivity whatsoever during the outage.
The impacts of this will be:
â€¢ users on all campuses including all ResidencesÂ will be unable to access resources outside our network
â€¢ users at remote sites apart from Inverness will be unable to access internal resources
â€¢ users who are not on the Stirling campus (including members of the public) will be unable to access services hosted internally, including webmail and CampusNet Off Campus connections
If you have any queries regarding this outage, please raise a call with the Information Centre for the attention of the SANS Network Section.
Proquest, the supplier of many of our online databases will be performing maintenance on Sun 23 October from 3am til 3pm.
This will mean that many of our online databases may not be available including:
â€¢ Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
â€¢ ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
â€¢ Biological Sciences
â€¢ British Humanities Index (BHI)
â€¢ Environmental Impact Statements
â€¢ Environmental Science and Pollution Management
â€¢ International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
â€¢ Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
â€¢ National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database
â€¢ Social Services Abstracts
â€¢ Sociological Abstracts
Full listing of Proquest databases below
Library Information Desk
Advanced Polymers Abstracts
Aluminium Industry Abstracts
ASSIA – Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts
BHI British Humanities Index
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Ceramic Abstracts/World Ceramics Abstracts
Civil Engineering Abstracts
Composites Industry Abstracts
Computer and Information Systems Abstracts
Conference Papers Index
CSA Engineering Research Database
CSA High Technology Research & Aerospace
CSA Materials Research with METADEX
CSA Technology Research Database
DAAI -Design & Applied Arts Index
Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
Electronics and Communications Abstracts
Engineered Materials Abstracts
Engineered Materials Abstracts, Ceramics
Environmental Engineering Abstracts
Information Technology Case Studies
Materials Business File
Mechanical & Transportation Eng. Abstracts
Physical Education Index
Social Services Abstracts
Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts
Virology and AIDS Abstracts
Water Resources Abstracts
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
MathSciNet is a database of journal articles in mathematics; it is the electronic version of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications.
You can access MathSciNet from the A-z list of online resources from the Portal.
The online tutorials, available here: http://www.mathscinet.info/index.html can help you use the database to find articlesÂ by author, publication or subject.