Monthly Archives: October 2012

Kindles Available for Check-out

The Library has Kindles available for check out, pre-loaded with best sellers and titles of interest to campus. These are great to take for trips, and you can download free titles or items from your own Kindle account – these personal items are removed when you return the Kindle. If you have titles to recommend, send them our way by clicking on the “Make A Suggestion” link on our library home page. Kindles are available at the library circulation desk.

Happy Open Access Week!

This week celebrates Open Access (OA), a global movement to ensure that research is available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Peter Suber, OA rock star, defines it as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” (OA Overview)  We support OA at IWU in a few different ways:  first, by educating faculty, staff and students about their rights to share their work; second, by developing and maintaining Digital Commons @ IWU, our online archive of scholarship and creative activity; third, by supporting and hosting IWU’s undergraduate journals; and fourth, with memberships in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA).

To learn more about Open Access and its core components, please check out the newly published HowOpenIsIt? brochure, developed by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), SPARC, and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). (Kevin Smith’s blog post on “Three things OA is not” is also a great read!)

If you’d like to hear more about Open Access, Digital Commons @ IWU, or how you can share your work more openly, please let us know!

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Library Events for Homecoming 2012

Welcome back, Titans!  The Library has a number of events to celebrate Homecoming and the 10th Anniversary of the Ames Library.  For more information, please see our events schedule, and you can also check out our digital exhibit about the history of our lovely building.

October is Archives Awareness Month

Click on the image to read all about it!

Humans vs Zombies 2012!

Good luck to all participating in this years’ Humans Vs Zombies game! As you know, Ames is a designated Safe Zone, but we’ve pulled together a list of helpful resources that could potentially save your life in the event of a actual zombie attack.

Center for Disease Control’s Zombie Preparedness Guide (complete with Educator Resources, the Zombie Novella, and Zombie Preparedness Posters)’s Supplement to the CDC’s Guide (products and gadgets that could aid in your survival)

The State of Zombie Literature: An Autopsy (from The New York Times)

Suggested Reading/Viewing:  I Walked with a Zombie, Night of the Living Dead, Welcome to the Dead House (all at the Ames Library)