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KU Libraries remain leaders in breaking down barriers. On campus and across the state, we are committed to providing access to resources, information and inclusive spaces for all students, faculty, and staff to be successful.
 
We are delighted to begin this semester with new resources, updated technology and re-configured spaces. We have provided a full list of updates; however, I’d like to share a brief snapshot of a few new initiatives in the libraries:

  • Studio K, a quick-record studio designed to record presentations with a USB drive, is now open for use on the third floor of Watson Library. This space is ideal for students rehearsing their presentations.
  • KU Libraries have two reflection rooms, found in Watson 585 and Anschutz 320L, now open for student, faculty and staff use. The reflection rooms are available expressly for the purposes of reflection, meditation, and prayer, regardless of faith or denomination.
  • Gender-inclusive restrooms are now available on the fifth floor of Watson and the south side of Anschutz’s second floor.
  • Watson Library has two new group study rooms, 300B and 300C, and has updated furniture to meet the various study needs of our students.
  • Explore our website for more information on building hours and locations, a list of resources, and instructions to reserve Studio K and our study rooms.

In addition, the libraries continue offering research support, instruction consultations, and Ask A Librarian. We also house rotating exhibitions that showcase our renowned collections.
 
You belong at KU Libraries.
 

Kevin L. Smith

KU Libraries partner with faculty across campus



Last spring, three academic faculty members teamed up with librarians to knock out major research and teaching projects in one week during the Center for Faculty and Staff Initiatives & Engagement’s inaugural Research Sprints.
 
While the purpose and subject area of each assignment differed, the Research Sprints allowed faculty members to partner with expert librarians for five days to work on a project that impacted the faculty member’s research or teaching and drew upon the expertise available in the libraries. All participants set aside daily duties and distractions to achieve their common goal.
 
The scope of the projects were adjusted to the available time frame, but were often part of larger research or teaching plans.
 
First, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Genelle Belmas and her colleagues developed an undergraduate course on gamification, or applying elements of playing games to the learning process. Next, Associate Professor of Geology Allison Olcott Marshall’s team redesigned her large, general-education course, Geology 121, creating and scaffolding a high-impact, digitally-centered research experience throughout the course. Finally, Dave Tell, associate professor in the Department of communication Studies, and his colleagues co-created an interactive, web-based map of Emmett Till’s murder and related sites as part of the Emmett Till Memory Project.
 
Participating faculty were impressed with the results that the intensive week provided.
 
“The Research Sprint allowed me to do something I have not been able to do since grad school: spend all of my time luxuriating in a complex intellectual problem, bouncing ideas off of like-minded people obsessed with the same problem,” said Marshall.
 
KU Libraries will offer Research Sprints again during the May intersession of 2017 and encourage all interested faculty to apply. Look for the call in your inbox and the libraries homepage in the early spring.

Open Textbook Network

KU Libraries continue building momentum to address the negative impact of high cost texts on student success through advocating for adoptions, adaptions and creations of open textbooks and other open educational resources.
 
In April, KU Libraries hosted David Ernst and Sarah Cohen of the Open Textbook Network for a series of workshops. Twenty-three instructors were offered a stipend for attending the workshop and writing a review of an open textbook in their teaching area. Of those participants, 18 submitted reviews, of whom 10 indicated that they intend to adopt an open textbook in the future. In all, almost 100 members of the KU community attended various workshops to learn more about open education and the impacts of high cost texts.
 
The next phase of support for open educational resources at KU is a small grant initiative administered out of the libraries’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. Instructors interested in redesigning courses around open materials should contact Scholarly Communication Librarian Josh Bolick.

Studio K Now Open



Studio K, located on the third floor, opened at the beginning of the fall semester. Developed in collaboration with KU IT, Studio K is a quick- record studio, designed so that any user can walk in and start recording a speech, demonstration or presentation within moments of arrival. All patrons need to bring is a USB drive, which will immediately store the recording. Alternatively, users can bring a PowerPoint file which can display during the presentation. Students, faculty, and staff can reserve Studio K for up to two hours.

Librarians integrate information literacy into UNIV 101 class


This fall, KU Libraries are integrating a comprehensive information literacy unit across approximately 50 sections of University (UNIV) 101. UNIV 101 is a 2-credit hour orientation course for first-year students. The stand-alone, three-day unit was developed by KU Libraries’ Center for Undergraduate Initiatives & Engagement to embed information literacy skills across the curriculum. 
 
“Information literacy has always been a component of UNIV 101,” explains Jill Becker, head of the Center for Undergraduate Initiatives & Engagement. “However, our updated model provides instructors with clear learning outcomes and assignments, allowing a more consistent approach. This also provides a sustainable framework long-term and opportunities to assess these efforts.”
 
UNIV 101 instructors are provided an information literacy manual, detailing the unit’s goals, assignments, worksheets, and discussions. To assist instructors with delivery of the content, the libraries hosted instructor development workshops, where librarians modeled activities in-action. Librarians have also made themselves available for one-on-one consultations with instructors for additional support.
 
“The unit focuses on teaching students to evaluate information rather than simply locating information,” said Becker. “Our goal is to develop foundational skills for students to build upon as they encounter diverse information in future classes and research projects.”
 
In addition to integration in KU’s first-year experience courses, KU Libraries plan to transform the information literacy manual into an open educational resource, making the guide and teaching materials available, cost free, for other institutions.
 
The libraries will continue soliciting feedback on the efficacy of the unit, making revisions and adaptations as needed. For more information or inquiries regarding instruction of information literacy, contact Jill Becker.

Digital Publishing Services




KU Libraries support students, faculty and staff across campus through digital publishing services, including the systems and services to host journals.
 
“If you’re affiliated with KU and want to start a new journal or if you are looking for a way to make an existing journal freely available, KU Libraries can help,” said Marianne Reed, digital initiatives coordinator. “Our experts value research at KU. We support those diverse efforts, providing consultations on journal hosting and offering long-term preservation of content. By the end of 2016, we will have 27 journals available through our two platforms.”
 
A full list of journals supported by the libraries is available for more information.  
 
KU journal editors can publish their journals on either of two platforms that make the journals visible to a wide audience and assure their long-term preservation:  KU ScholarWorks, KU's online institutional repository, or Open Journal Systems (OJS). Open Journal Systems also supports the entire editorial management workflow, including article submission, multiple rounds of peer-review and indexing.
 
KU Libraries also provide an extensive set of online resources, Resources for Editors of Scholarly Journals, as a starting point for individuals or groups who are considering starting a journal or who are looking for information about managing an existing journal. 
 
“We have great people working behind the scenes, making sure that manuscripts and journals are visible and read,” said Reed. “We don’t just provide hosting services, we provide lasting support.”
 
For more information about publishing a new journal or questions about the journal program, contact Marianne Reed.
Opening Up the Margins
  


Join April Hathcock, scholarly communications librarian from NYU, for her keynote presentation titled "Opening Up the Margins" on Thursday, October 6 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Spooner Commons. Hathcock's lecture kicks off the 2016 Open Access festivities.
Ingenuity @ KU exhibition open in Haricombe Gallery



Ingenuity @ KU: 125 years of engineering innovation, education and engagement” is now open in Watson Library’s Haricombe Gallery. Open through January 17, 2017, the exhibit showcases history, scholarship, creative work and notable milestones since the School of Engineering’s inception 125 years ago. Visit Watson during open hours to explore this thought-provoking exhibit.
Spencer Library opens new exhibit In the Shadow of Cortés 



KU Libraries, in partnership with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, are hosting a traveling exhibit from the Mathers Museum of World Cultures titled “In the Shadow of Cortés: From Veracruz to Mexico City.” The multimedia exhibit, open through December 10, retraces the route of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés’ 1519 invasion of central Mexico. Visit during open hours to view the exhibit.
Springer journal cancellations
  
We have been closely evaluating our subscription to the Springer journal package for possible cancellation. During our negotiations with Springer, we have found them unwilling to offer us a smaller package of the journals that are actually used by KU students and faculty. Because of this and the fact that we will not have the funds to pay for the journal package with the proposed price increases, we have rejected Springer’s 2017 package offer and we will most likely not renew when our subscription term ends in December 2016. We will continue to work with faculty to ensure that their research needs will be met. More information is available online.
Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars’ critical primary source material. Content can be discovered online and requested through interlibrary loan.
What's New in Collections?
 
Access World News is a comprehensive resource that includes a variety of news publications worldwide. These sources include major national and international newspapers, local and regional titles as well as newswires, blogs, web-only content, videos, journals, magazines, transcripts and more. Access World News is updated daily to keep students informed of current issues and events, and it includes deep archives that provide background information on important topics, enabling students to trace an issue or event over a period of time to help foster critical thinking skills.
 
The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine, US edition, from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the twentieth and 21st centuries. Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender, and modern social history – past, present, and future.
 
Associated Press Collections Online brings to life historical events from around the globe with award-winning news coverage, imagery and behind-the-scenes context. A vast presentation of the history and back story of the venerable Associated Press—decades worth of wire copy, correspondence, memos, internal publications, and more—the Associated Press Collections Online meets the research needs of a variety of disciplines, including journalism, history, women's studies, political science, sociology, business and more.
 
News Features & Internal Communication includes news analysis, human interest stories and entertainment and sports reporting, dating back from 1940.
 
The Bureau Collection offers access to records from the AP's Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh bureaus, dating from 1931 to 2004.
 
The European Bureaus Collection provides records from 1952 to 2000 (date spans vary by country).
 
The Washington, D.C. Bureaus Collection provide access to records covering the years 1915-1930, 1952-2009.
 
Iskusstvo Kino — The Art of Cinema — is the premier journal of cinema in the USSR and, later, the Russian Federation. The journal chronicles the evolution of Soviet and Russian cinema during the 20th century and into the 21st century. The full-image archive added two decades of content to KU holdings, provided full-text search capability to the complete run of the journal, and opened-up space for monographs in Watson Library stacks as paper issues were sent to the Library Annex. This important resource supports new courses in Russian and East European film offered by the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures.
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To schedule a consultation, please complete the request form.
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