Trends in Scholarship & Research Event

The University Library presents:


October 1, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wittliff Gallery,7th Floor

Networking/Refreshments | Presentation | Panel Discussion + Q&A

Texas State University’s Strategic Plan for Research Initiative includes the goal of raising national visibility of the research output of the university. The university library seeks to support this initiative by providing two events supporting this goal. These events are part of a series called Trends in Scholarship and Research in conjunction with the recognition of international Open Access Week 2014.
Please join us in the Wittliff Gallery, 7th floor, for a presentation by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international group working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results. Prior to joining SPARC, Ms. Joseph spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She served as the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology, the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s pioneering open repository, and PubMed Central. She was also the founder of BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently. Ms. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS), DuraSpace, and ImpactStory.

Ms. Joseph will talk about recent research on article-level metrics (ALMs) and their usage  as they are increasingly deployed by Open Access journals and Open Access repositories, in addition to recent data on increased usage on Open Access materials.

Her presentation will be followed discussion panel composed of Texas State faculty. The panel will address their experiences of how they’ve increased the visibility and accessibility of their research using technology and other methods to gain recognition of their work.

11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. — Networking and Refreshments

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Presentation by Heather Joseph

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Panel discussion + Q&A

Panelists include:

Dr. Li Feng, Brandon Dee Roberts Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Finance and Economics
Dr. Tom Grimes, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Dr. Pat Shields, Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Lucia Summers, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice

Please RSVP to Lisa Ancelet by September 26, 2014 if you plan to attend the event so that we can provide enough refreshments.

Introducing Sheila Torres-Blank


SheilaatthefinishlineAlkek Library is excited to share the recent accomplishment of our own Sheila Torres-Blank. Sheila is the music cataloger here at Alkek by day, but in her free time, she becomes a truly amazing athlete.

This past April, Sheila completed the Arizona Trail Race that follows the Arizona Trial, a multi-use trail stretching from the Mexican border to Utah. There are two events, the full 750 mile border to border race and a 300 mile race. Sheila completed the 750 which also includes a 22 mile mandatory portage through the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab Trail is closed to biking so racers must hike through carrying their disassembled bikes and gear.

This is a self-supported bike race with no pre-arranged or outside help permitted other than the option to mail a box to a Post Office along the route. Racers carry ultralight camping gear and everything necessary to maintain themselves and their bikes on the course. Racers also carry gps tracking devices for safety and to insure completion of the course.

This year, 17 people started the 750 and six finished. Sheila’s time was 15 days, 10 hours making her one of only two women who have ever finished the 750!

Please join those of us who are in awe of this feat to congratulate Sheila for this huge achievement.