Labor Day Hours for Milne

Labor Day 2013
Labor Day 2013

The Library will have shortened hours on Monday in observance of Labor Day.  Don’t panic! We will be open from NOON to 1:00 AM!

The holiday is about more than just a day off from school and work. Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September and is a creation of the labor movement. It is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and serves as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Learn more about the origins of Labor Day and the Labor Movement.  You can even learn more about the local history of Labor in Rochester.  Be sure to check out the photo exhibit, ” Rochester: A Community of Workers.”


Can you take it with you when you go? Portable peer review

Image Credit: Flickr User AJC1.Creative Commons License: BY-SA
Image Credit: Flickr User AJC1
Creative Commons License: BY-SA

Being the first to do something matters. Just ask Pete Conrad and Alan Bean. Being the first to tell other folks that you did it matters too. Just ask Alfred Wallace.

For scientists, publication in a peer reviewed journal is the primary way of communicating experimental results, so getting a manuscript through the review process and into publication in a timely manner is important. This can get complicated if you are also trying to be published in the most prestigious journal possible.

For example, a scientist could submit their manuscript to a prestigious journal like Nature or Science. The article is sent out for review and within a few months (maybe faster) the authors get a note back saying that while their science was methodologically sound, it just wasn’t innovative enough for those journals. Next, the scientist submits it to the top journal in their field, only to be told in a few months that it was too interdisciplinary for that journal. A scientist may go through several rounds of submission and rejection looking for a suitable home for their manuscript, worrying as the months slip by that someone else has beat them to the publication of similar results.

This submission and rejection takes time and energy from authors, editors and reviewers when they could use that time researching or teaching. The process is widely considered to be inefficient.

Enter the folks behind new “portable peer review” services. Traditionally, the review process was done within the organizational structure of the journal you submitted your manuscript to. These new services are independent of specific journals and their goal is to cut down on the redundant work being done in the publication process. This separates the review process from the publication process, (one version of the decoupled journal described by Priem and Hemminger, 2012). Companies like Rubriq, Peerage of Science and Science Open Reviewed want authors to take their reviews with them as they search for an appropriate publication venue.

The decoupled journal, from Priem and Hemminger, 2012

In traditional publishing, all aspects of publication are carried out by the journal. Portable peer review services allow the assessment of article content to be performed outside of the traditional journal environment. Image from Priem and Hemminger, 2012.


While the details vary widely, it is similar to traditional journal based peer review. An author submits a manuscript, reviewers are located, and the reviewers provide commentary on the paper. The portable peer review services have generally taken the time to develop detailed rubrics and detailed guiding questions for reviewers. The authors can then revise their manuscripts and take everything to a journal of their choice. The portable peer review services are also working hard to cooperate with journal editors, allowing them to tell their authors that reviews from their service will be welcomed at specific journals. Some journals have instituted polices accepting outside peer review, like Elsevier’s Virology journal. Virology is starting to welcome manuscripts that have been rejected by higher impact journals if they include the original reviews, a revised manuscript and the author’s rebuttal in their submission package. BMC Biology, eLife, Biology Open, PLOS and EMBO are also cooperating and allowing authors to take their reviews with them.

Subscription journals have often mentioned that the management of the peer review process is one of the “value added” services that makes them worth the high costs. The portable peer review services have a variety of options for supporting themselves. Rubriq relies on author fees, right now around $600 per article (it is worth noting that Rubriq pays its reviewers). Peerage of Science is supported by several European universities and journal partners but does not charge author fees (nor does it pay reviewers). Science Open Reviewed helps connect authors and reviewers, allowing them to negotiate reviewing fees if they choose and is supported by Queen’s University in Ontario, CA.

Importantly, these services often mention the desire to develop a “reputation economy” for reviewers. While many reviewers take the time to provide polite, constructive criticism of a manuscript, there are others who may simply say “this sucks.” Knowing who is more likely to provide the former ahead of time could be useful. For example, Peerage of Science offers a “peer review of peer review” that rates reviewer reviews, and provides reviewer scores on reviewer profiles.

Although scientists recognize that peer review has problems, most recognize that it serves a valued role in communicating scientific research. New portable peer review services hope to improve the quality of reviews while simultaneously reducing the amount of redundancy in the publication system.

Works cited:

Priem, J., & Hemminger, B. M. (2012). Decoupling the scholarly journal. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 6.  Available from:


Science Librarian Bonnie Swoger blogs for Scientific American at the Information Culture blog.  This post was originally posted on the Information Culture blog on August 9, 2013.

Milne Library textbook resources

With the Fall semester right around the corner, it’s time again to go textbook shopping. If you have a tight budget, Milne Library may be able to help you access your required textbooks.

Textbooks on Reserve Collection

Milne Library has a growing collection of textbooks available for 4 hour loan. You can easily search the collection from our Find Textbooks and Course Reserves library guide. If the textbook is available in our collection, just drop by the Service Desk to request it. (Note: you can only check out one textbook at a time.)

Information Delivery Services (IDS)

If Milne Library does not own the textbook you need, you can request a copy through Information Delivery Services. If we are able to find another library that can lend us a copy, then we will borrow it via interlibrary loan. Please be advised that most interlibrary loan books can only be borrowed for 4-6 weeks and renewals are not guaranteed. As a result, this is not the ideal way to access a textbook you’ll need for the entire semester.

We highly recommend that you allow 2-4 weeks for us to find a lending library for textbooks. Because textbooks are in high demand (and because many libraries will not lend them through interlibrary loan), it can take longer than usual to borrow them. (Note: if a book is located in our Textbooks on Reserve Collection, we will not borrow it from another library.)




Milne Librarians, Published!

LILACCongratulations to Milne Librarians, Kim Hoffman and Michelle Costello on the recent publication of their article,

Davies-Hoffman, K., Alvarez, B., Costello, M., & Emerson, D. (2013). Keeping pace with information literacy instruction for the real world: When will MLS programs wake up and smell the LILACs? Communications in Information Literacy, 7 (1), 9-23.

Communications in Information Literacy is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to advancing knowledge, theory, and research in information literacy.

Conceiving and implementing LILAC (not just once, but twice! as well as inspiring several similar programs) and now publishing to advocate change in the education of future librarians; they’re making an impact! Nice work, ladies!

Curious about the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC)? You can take a look at the “greatest hits” video from the most recent series to get an idea of how it has impacted the latest group of librarians in the program. You can also learn about the first series in an earlier blog post from 2010.

And let’s not forget that in 2011, The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) selected Kim and Michelle to receive its Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for their work in developing LILAC.

When you check out the article, also be sure to look for comments from Alyse Hennig, Geneseo-grad-turned-Librarian too!









Milne Closed, Friday, August 9th

closedCurtailment of Services- Power Outage

There will be a curtailment of operations this Friday, August 9, 2013, due to an emergency repair to the campus electrical system.  Beginning at 10:00 A.M. buildings will begin to be powered down on an aggregated schedule. All buildings, except the Integrated Science Center, Greene and Wadsworth Auditorium will be closed during the afternoon of Friday, August 9th.  

We expect the Geneseo campus to be completely back on our normal power source starting at 8:00 p.m. with total restoration by 12:00 midnight on Saturday, August 10th, at the latest.  Thank you for your understanding.


Library Publishing Toolkit – a new and free e-book

LPT CoverMilne Library is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, researched and edited by Milne staff member Allison Brown and published through the IDS Project Press:

Interested in library publishing services?
Thinking about publishing a book or journal, or helping authors do so?

The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers, authors, and filmmakers in the public library setting to academic libraries hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries to leverage their skills and resources to curate, create and provide access to content.

Both public and academic libraries are invested in the creation and distribution of information and digital content. They have morphed from keepers of content into content creators and curators, and seek best practices and efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services.

The Library Publishing Toolkit is a project funded partially by Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program funds which are administered and supported by the Rochester Regional Library Council. The toolkit is a united effort between Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System to identify trends in library publishing, seek out best practices to implement and support such programs, and share the best tools and resources.

For more information and access to the book, please visit