Author Archives: Stephanie Davis-Kahl

Open Access Week: What You Can Do

There are many ways to get involved in the open movement!

Get Involved in an Open Project: The purpose of open is to invite collaboration and sharing of information to build new knowledge. There are lots of choices for projects in the arts, social sciences and sciences that you can contribute to with your time and know-how – here’s a few:

Check out Scientific American Citizen ScienceZooniverse or SciStarter for more ways to contribute to citizen science!

Explore Open Collections: From art to music to peer reviewed research, there are lots high-quality, curated collections of open content online. Here’s a few to get you started:

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: As an author or creator, you need to educate yourself about your rights for the content you create, but you also need to be aware of how to use others’ work ethically! Check out our Copyright Guide, and also read up on Creative Commons, which allows you to select a specific license so other authors know if and how they can use your work.

Get to Know More about Open: Check out The Ames Library’s Open Access guide online, or visit the SPARC site, or visit the Open Access Directory from Simmons College!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian or Karen Schmidt, University Librarian, at The Ames Library if you’d like to learn more!

Open Access Week: Legislative Action!

It’s important to note that federal research dollars drive much of the research and development work at universities and research centers. The U.S. spends nearly $60 billion on research each year. That means that taxpayers are supporting the important and vital work of investigating new medical treatments, identifying environmentally conscious means of transportation, improving our infrastructure, and developing technological innovations.

In 2009, the NIH adopted the first open access initiative for federally-funded research and the policy is in full force today, with great success. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), to “accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.”

For more information about FASTR, visit the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition’s Background and FAQ sites. If you’re interested in learning about a specific agency’s current policies for sharing their funded research, check out this resource. To advocate for FASTR, contact your senator or representative, and help open up research.

Open Access Week 2017: World Bank/SPARC Webinar

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the World Bank’s Open Access policy, SPARC and the World Bank are co-hosting an event to showcase the ways in which open is helping to achieve the Bank’s goal of eliminating extreme poverty. The discussion will feature the CIO of the World Bank and the Principal Librarian of the United Nations. The event will be held Thursday, October 26th, from 2-3:30pm EDT and will be live streamed online. More details and a link to the livestream can be found online.


Open Access Week 2017

To celebrate Open Access Week, Stephen Hawking has made his 1966 doctoral dissertation, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” open access through Cambridge University’s repository:

“He said: “By making my PhD thesis open access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos.

Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and inquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.” (from The Guardian)

To learn more about Open Access, please visit the exhibit on the first floor of The Ames Library, or visit our online guide.














Website Redesign in Progress

On Wednesday, July 23, the IWU campus website will change over to its new design.  We will be working on the Ames Library site to ensure all information and links to library resources are correct after the transition.  If you are looking for a link and cannot find it, please email Stephanie Davis-Kahl.

You can also use these direct links to resources and services:

Research Guides
Ames Catalog
ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)
Digital Commons

Thanks for your patience!

BioOne website maintenance

bioOne_logoFYI: the BioOne website will be undergoing maintenance starting Friday, June 20. Scheduled downtime will begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time and may last up to 4 hours. During this time content and services on will be unavailable.

Library Website Redesign in Process

In the coming weeks, we’ll be working to update our website to prepare for the launch of our redesigned campus website.  If you are looking for something and can’t find it, please call Help@Ames at x3900 or email Stephanie Davis-Kahl for assistance.

Thanks in advance for your patience!


CARLI Shared eBook Project

Our academic library consortium CARLI has negotiated a multi-publisher program that allows e-books to be shared among all CARLI library users in Illinois. The program provides over 29,000 titles in all disciplines; the publisher list is included at the end of this message.

Catalog records for these titles are available in our local catalog and the I-Share catalog. You may also visit the CARLI eBook website to access the titles directly. You will be prompted to authenticate, whether or not you are on campus, to enable tracking of circulations. These e-books have a 7 day loan period and users can view content online, download and print. Once a title has been used 9 times, it is purchased by CARLI for permanent use by all libraries.

This pilot program comes as part of our CARLI governing library membership and follows months of negotiations by the CARLI staff. Shared consortial e-book programs are still quite unusual, as publishers are leery of this changing marketplace. The library faculty look forward to your feedback on this program.  If  you have comments to share, please contact Karen Schmidt, University Librarian.

Publishers include:

· Bloomsbury Academic
· Diplomica
· Edinburgh University Press
· Guilford Publications
· Indiana University Press
· Jessica Kingsley Publishers
· John Benjamins Publishing
· McGraw-Hill International UK
· Morgan & Claypool
· Princeton University Press
· Sage Publications
· University of California Press
· University of North Carolina Press
· Zed Books

Therapy Dogs at Ames – Reading Day

5843023076_159ff65fda_zStressed out?  IWUF1RST is bringing therapy dogs to The Ames Library Patio on Wednesday, April 23 from 2 pm – 6 pm.  There will also be massage chairs and yoga, and we’re excited about those too, but mostly we’re looking forward to hanging out and snuggling with cute dogs.  Thanks to IWUF1RST for sponsoring this event! (“Black Labrador Lotte” by Andreas, CC-BY-NC-ND)

John Wesley Powell Conference, April 12

John Wesley Powell Conference logo

You are invited to the 25th John Wesley Powell Undergraduate Research Conference beginning on Friday, April 11 with posters and presentations by students from Educational Studies in The Ames Library from 4 pm – 7 pm.  On Saturday, April 12, the conference begins at 9 am in the Center for Natural Sciences with posters and presentations from students in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Composition students will present their work during the luncheon, and students from the School of Art will present their work beginning at 1 pm in the Ames School of Art. Our keynote this year is Paul Black, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow from Wake Forest Baptist Health.  For the full schedule, please see the conference website.  For programs and presentations from past conferences, please visit the conference archive.

For presenters: If you are printing a poster at the library, you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk during regular library hours.  If you’d like to add your work (poster, presentation, art work, composition, photos) to the conference archive, please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl.