Monthly Archives: October 2013

Open Access Week Events

open access logoThe library is sponsoring three events to celebrate Open Access Week:

Open Access Exhibit – Definitions & Debates
All week, Circulation Desk
Thanks to Sciences Library Crystal Boyce for creating this exhibit!

Open Access, Social Justice and Information Literacy
Monday, October 21, 12:10 pm – 1 pm
Davidson Room

Please join Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Chris Sweet from the Ames Library for a presentation about the connections between open access, information literacy and social justice, and how these play out in the classroom, on campus, statewide and nationally.


Open Forum with Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research Coalition
Thursday, October 24, 4 pm
State Farm Hall Case Study Room

Nick Shockey is the Director of the Right to Research Coalition, an international network of undergraduate and graduate students working towards open access to research. Nick is a graduate of Trinity University in Texas, where he helped pass an open access policy for faculty. He is an experienced speaker on issues related to Open Access, including author rights and taxpayer access, and has been active in working with his SPARC colleagues in Washington, D.C. to advocate with House and Senate representatives for legislation and policy at the national level. Please join us for discussion and debate!

To learn more about Open Access, please watch this video from Ph.D. Comics, or read about it here or here.  We’ll be adding more information about how IWU promotes Open Access in the coming days!

Finding Government Information During the Shutdown


The government shutdown has cut off access to many key resources provided by federal agencies.  Mashable has a summary and links to where    some government data can be found, and EBSCO has provided access to the ERIC database for free.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is available in print from 1966-2008 (2nd floor, call number HA202.A2), and electronically via  ProQuest from 2009 – present.  ICPSR is also a great place for data and statistics from government agencies.


If you have any questions about finding government information, please contact the Help@Ames Desk!

(image by Nick Papakyriazis, CC BY-NC-SA)


I-Share Voyager offline October 2, 2013, midnight-6am

The CARLI Voyager system, I-Share, will be taken offline for all libraries from midnight until 6am Wednesday, October 2, to apply an emergency fix to a database index. During the outage VuFind will be available for searching the local and union catalogs, but VuFind will not be able to display item status information, nor will it support access to patron account records or the placing of requests.

During the outage Voyager staff client access will be limited to the Offline Backup function of the circulation client only. CARLI’s batch jobs that run circulation notices and the Voyager request promotion service will not run tonight; those data will be picked up in the batch run the following night. Other services such as SFX and discovery services that query Voyager will also be affected by this outage.

While we have successfully applied the fix on our test server, there is a slight risk that our work tonight may fail to resolve the problem. If that is the case, downtime may extend into the day on Wednesday.

We will continue to keep everyone updated.