“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.”
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!
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get pricing for any products outside this list. Acquisitions will verify eligibility and pricing, and can set up trials as needed.
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.
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.