GOLD: Don’t Believe Everything You Read

GOLD.DontBelieveCritical Analysis of Sources

Determining a source’s worth is more complicated than identifying whether or not it is scholarly or popular. All types of sources–even those that are scholarly–can potentially host biased stances and/or flawed conclusions. Workshop attendees will be empowered to evaluate all of their sources beyond the surface-level, enhancing the quality of their own scholarship.
Instructor: Dan Ross – Academic Excellence Librarian, Milne Library

Thursday, November 5, 5:30 – 6:30 pm | Milne 104
[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Plagiarism Workshops, Coming to a Close

PlagiarismpicDatesStudents plagiarize for many reasons, including procrastination, panic, and lack of understanding about how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly. In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss plagiarism scenarios, understand the importance of using original ideas and language, and learn how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into their writing.
Instructor: Librarians Milne Library

Monday, November 2, 4:00 – 4:50 pm | Milne 104

OR

Tuesday, November 3, 5:00 – 5:50 pm | Newton 214

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

 

Upcoming Plagiarism Dates

PlagiarismpicDatesStudents plagiarize for many reasons, including procrastination, panic, and lack of understanding about how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly. In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss plagiarism scenarios, understand the importance of using original ideas and language, and learn how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into their writing.
Instructor: Librarians Milne Library

Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 – 6:20 pm | Milne 104

 

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

 

Advanced Database Searching

GOLD.AdvDatabseUsing Filters and Citation Tracking to Improve Your Search Results 

Leaders, scholars, and professionals all have one thing in common: they have complex information needs. This workshop will teach participants to leverage the power of online search tools by applying filters, citation tracking, and other techniques rarely used by casual researchers. You’ll be expert researchers after this workshop!
Instructors: Bonnie Swoger –Library Faculty, Milne Library, Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library

Thursday, October 29, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Milne 104

(Ruby) *Required Workshop
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A Brief Introduction to Open Access

BriefIntroThere are two primary vehicles for delivering OA to research articles: OA journals and OA archives or repositories.

OA Journals

OA journals perform peer review and then make the approved contents freely available to the world. Their expenses consist of peer review, manuscript preparation, and server space. OA journals pay their bills very much the way broadcast television and radio stations do: those with an interest in disseminating the content pay the production costs upfront so that access can be free of charge for everyone with the right equipment. Sometimes this means that journals have a subsidy from the hosting university or professional society. Sometimes it means that journals charge a processing fee on accepted articles, to be paid by the author or the author’s sponsor (employer, funding agency). OA journals that charge processing fees usually waive them in cases of economic hardship. OA journals with institutional subsidies tend to charge no processing fees. OA journals can get by on lower subsidies or fees if they have income from other publications, advertising, priced add-ons, or auxiliary services. Some institutions and consortia arrange fee discounts. Some OA publishers waive the fee for all researchers affiliated with institutions that have purchased an annual membership. There’s a lot of room for creativity in finding ways to pay the costs of a peer-reviewed OA journal, and we’re far from having exhausted our cleverness and imagination.

OA Archives or repositories

OA archives or repositories do not perform peer review, but simply make their contents freely available to the world. They may contain unrefereed preprints, refereed postprints, or both. Archives may belong to institutions, such as universities and laboratories, or disciplines, such as physics and economics. Authors may archive their preprints without anyone else’s permission, and a majority of journals already permit authors to archive their postprints. When archives comply with the metadata harvesting protocol of the Open Archives Initiative, then they are interoperable and users can find their contents without knowing which archives exist, where they are located, or what they contain. There is now opensource software for building and maintaining OAIcompliant archives and worldwide momentum for using it. The costs of an archive are negligible: some server space and a fraction of the time of a technician.

Do you have questions about OA? Want to know more about Open Access and how libraries are working toward these goals? Ask a librarian!

Halloween Storytime @Milne

Halloween.StorytimeMilne Library will host a Halloween Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. All ages are welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, October 30th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Teacher Education Resource Center
(located on the lower-level of Milne Library)

Story Time is performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and refreshments, songs and crafts will be provided.

Milne Library’s address is 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.  Parking is available on Main Street; park by Ward Place, walk down the hill, and you will arrive at Milne Library! Look for signage to direct you into the library entrance.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Dan Staton – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Leveraging Social Media to Make an Impact 

GOLD.SMImpactBecome familiar with some of the social media technologies needed to represent yourself as a professional, your organization, or your cause. These include social networks, social bookmarking, and other relevant web 2.0 applications. The focus of this workshop is to establish best practices, begin developing your message, and to take a closer look at the techniques and tactics used for getting noticed.
Instructor: Tracy Paradis – Reference & Instruction Librarian, Milne Library

Tuesday, October 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm | Milne 104

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Plagiarism Workshops This Week

PlagiarismpicDatesStudents plagiarize for many reasons, including procrastination, panic, and lack of understanding about how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly. In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss plagiarism scenarios, understand the importance of using original ideas and language, and learn how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into their writing.
Instructor: Librarians Milne Library

Monday, October 19, 2:30 – 3:20 pm | Milne 104

OR

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 – 7:50 pm | Milne 104

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

 

Avoid Being the Victim of Theft!

TextbookTheftIt’s a sad fact of our world; Unattended laptops, textbooks, campus IDs, and bags attract thieves. It’s that time when we need remind everyone: PLEASE be careful with your belongings.

While it’s true that campus police report that on-campus thefts tend to increase during the last weeks of every semester, we’re really never free of being vigilant about our personal property.  But raising awareness of this issue can help prevent some theft.

Please do not step away from your valuables, even for a short trip to the copier, printer or restroom.

Ask a friend to watch them for you or (better yet) take them with you. If something is stolen from you while you are in Milne, please do report it to us at the Service Desk. Often, items are turned in by caring souls for your protection and you just might find it is being held for you, but even if it is not, we can help with reporting the loss to University Police. Don’t let the ‘bad guys’ get away with it!