Olga Gerhart’s Library Testimonial

OlgaGerhartTestimonial“Since arriving at the Texas State University Philosophy Department two years ago, the library has been an incredible resource.  In terms of my teaching, librarians have provided customized learning sessions for both my lower- and upper-level classes, and I frequently use the “Ask a Librarian” feature to find a fact or statistic before I go into lecture.  I also have been able to order books that I have adopted in classes so that I can place them on Reserve for the students.  And if the library does not have an article I would like to assign my students to read, the Copyright Officer purchases access to it.  In terms of my research, interlibrary loan has been invaluable.  Moreover, after I have written a piece, the Copyright Officer will not only help me determine what copyright permissions need to be obtained, the Officer will actually do the work to get those permissions.  Finally, in terms of character, the librarians with whom I have worked have always been friendly, knowledgeable, and über competent.”

— Olga Gerhart, Philosophy Faculty

February Library eNews Is Live!

We’re excited to present the February issue of Library eNews, featuring services and resources to serve our Texas State community. This issue introduces our new 3D printing service, provides tips on career exploration and honing research skills, showcases our University Archivist and a poem written for Alkek’s “Tell Us Your Story” competition–and much more!

Library eNews (also accessible at https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5952)

Inside This Issue:

Director’s Message
My Home Away From Home

Tell Us Your Story Winner
“The Alkek Library,” by Isabel Briana Torres

Student Voices
How Alkek and a Hike Helped Me Find My Way

Step Up Your Research
Using Library Resources to Sharpen Research Skills

Meet Our Staff
Kristine Toma, University Archivist

News from the North
Faculty: Place Reserve Items at the RRC Library

Collections Spotlight
Calling All Art Lovers!

At the Wittliff Collections
Wittliff Exhibit Highlights Classic Texas Films

Texas State University History
Glimpses of University History on Flickr

Copyright Corner
Using Images from the Internet

 

 

Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit Alkek Library 1st Floor

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Still Life with a Gilt Cup or Still Life with a Broken Cup, Heda Willem Claesz, 1635, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam

Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit

May 6 – June 15, 2015
1st Floor Alkek Library
Texas State University

Curated by Studio Art Professor Kathleen McShane-Bolton and Art & Design Librarian Tara Spies Smith

A selection of 2-D Design students’ handmade accordion books inspired by their photographs exploring the metaphors of still lifes, nature morte, vanitas, momento mori, and mortality.

And featuring books about art on these various themes, books about making books, and accordion style books from the library’s collection. Come check it out!

 

Boko Says, “March Library eNews!”

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March Library eNews

Find these stories and more:

Renovation+Innovation=Inspiration
Library Resources for Every Learning Style
Finding Primary Sources for Your Research
Mobile Possibilities for Research and Teaching
BrowZine Scholarly Journals on Your Device
Liz King: Library Experience Librarian
The RRC Library—It’s Bigger Than You Think!
Books and Artifacts Bring the Southwest Alive
11,000+ Department of Defense Resources
Digitizing the Student Newspaper for Access
Plus “Calling all Faculty”! Try our new reading list builder, a pilot program

Find previous issues of Library eNews in our digital collections and on our website.

New!! Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels Database

comx-series-142We now have access to the Alexander Street Press database Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume I

This is the first ever scholarly, primary-source database focused on comic books and graphic novels. Works of artists both celebrated and overlooked, alongside interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform. The aim ofthis collection is to provide a comprehensive view of alternative comics from the 1960s to today, particularly those from North America.

You can make playlists of different themes and save, share, or present them for classes.

Includes online access to The Comics Journal from 1976-2004, which we also have a print subscription to.

This database was funded by an Alkek Library One-Time Online Resource Grant. I am very excited to announce it to you all! Learn more about One-Time Online Resource Grants available for faculty and librarians to apply for.

Altmetrics – Measuring Scholarly Impact Through Social Media Sharing

The traditional measurement of the impact of scholarly research is how many times it is cited in other scholarly research.  Another interesting form of measurement might be altmetrics – this is the study of the impact of scholarly research by measuring how often scholarly work is referenced in social media like blogs, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and more.

Here’s a roundup of recent articles about altmetrics.  Some of the topics covered include how a professor used altmetrics to augment his tenure case, how to measure altmetrics and more.

How a professor used altmetrics in his tenure case.

These articles require a Texas State ID to sign in –

A very good introduction to altmetrics also includes a bibliographic summary.

Here’s a good article that talks about how to actually measure altmetrics and some of the problems encountered with this issue.

Reminder: Faculty Online Resource Grants Due Feb. 19

Online Resource Grants

The purpose of the online  resource grants is to enable the purchasing of larger one-time online resources no one department can easily afford with its library allocation. In academic year 2013-2014, $160,000 is budgeted for such online collections.

One-time purchases typically include but are not limited to primary source databases, journal backfile collections, e-book collections, audio or streaming media collections. Some possibilities are listed on our one-time resource page. Please contact Paivi Rentz (pr11@txstate.edu) to get pricing for any products outside this list. Acquisitions will verify eligibility and pricing, and can set up trials as needed.

Guidelines

  • The resource should be online, accessible by the entire campus, and come with persistent access rights. The review committee can make an exception for an extraordinary print/microform collection not available online.
  • The resource must  be a one-time purchase. Grant funds cannot be used to support ongoing subscriptions or temporary access to a subscription resource. If the resource requires an annual access fee, the requestor’s department or other department will need to approve the ongoing cost from their library allocation.
  • The resource should enhance the library collection and strengthen research initiatives.
  • All things being equal, priority is given to higher ticket items over inexpensive ones. The library may be able to purchase less expensive items with end-of-year funds.

Review Criteria

  • Value/Anticipated Use of the Resource: Priority is given to resources that benefit many departments or programs or greatly benefit one area. More than one source of personal/departmental support may be important. The resource does not necessarily need to be multi-disciplinary. The intent is that all subject areas be represented over the years.
  • Uniqueness: Priority is given to resources that enhance the library’s collection rather than duplicate or overlap with existing collections.

Submit a proposal here

Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5pm.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The review committee consists of two members of the Library Committee, two previous recipients, and two librarians.

Timeline

Dec 3 – Feb 19: Applications are accepted
Feb 20 – March 22: Application review
End of March: Grants are announced
April – May: Resources are ordered