This year’s theme for Open Access Week is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.
This year’s theme will build on the groundwork laid last year when discussions focused on “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” The 2018 theme highlighted the importance of making a central commitment to equity as we transition toward new systems for sharing knowledge, and the past twelve months have only seen the pace of that transition increase….. We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners “open for whom?” will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central in this period of transition. — International Open Access Week–SPARC*
A distinguished panel of publishers and librarians will provide their views on the impact of Open Access and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in the discussion. Register here.
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For example, a search for clomiphene provides information on the drug, including usage, precautions, dietary concerns, side effects, and more.
As well as being an incredible resource for our students and faculty in the health sciences area, any student wanting to know more about a certain drug in their own personal lives can also refer to this trusted resource to assist in understanding the risks and how it works in the body.
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In honor of National Cyber Security Month (see post), we thought we would do a post on safety.
When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention. Here are 10 tips to help keep your stuff safe and private in the library and online:
IN THE LIBRARY:
Keep personal items with you at all times, even when just going to the printer or restroom. This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff. Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777. For non-emergencies, call X-7778.
Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. ––National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)
There are lots of great resources available on the NICCS site, including this one from Homeland Security on Social Media Bots:
I probably read this book 10-15
times (maybe even more, I truly lost count) as an older child/young adolescent,
and somewhere I still have my copy.
Hands down, this is one of my
favorite children’s books. It’s beautiful when the memories of enjoying a great
book in many locations and in all seasons feels as warm as enjoying the story
One reason I think I took most to
this story as a child was the African-American protagonist and her family. I
grew up in a school system very predominantly made up of Caucasian students so
reading a story about an African-American girl my age that I could identify
with and relate to was very powerful experience for me.
Toni (Antoinette) is preparing for
a big exam into a private academy when her best friend Susan is killed in a car
accident. We walk with Toni as she processes her friend’s death. We walk with
her moving toward physical and emotional maturity.
Boyd makes you feel like you are right next to Toni – for instance, vivid descriptions of waking up in the morning to the sound of the heater running and being warm and snuggly in bed. There’s a little metaphor that I remember, but Boyd puts you right there (reading my review makes me want to curl up and read this again as soon as possible!). This work was originally published as Breadsticks and Blessing Places. It is out of print, but with a quick search on World Cat to see where it is nearby, I noticed that Chicago Public Library has it (under the Breadsticks and Blessing Places title) as well as Loyola University (under Forever Friends), so if you decide to read it, Interlibrary Loan might be for you.
–Submitted by Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian