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September 2015


 

Hamilton College Library and Information Technology Services - Monthly Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 2015
What's New
New Interlibrary Loan Platform, ILLiad
Beth Bohstedt 
In order to provide our patrons better access to materials, as of September 2, we switched to a new Interlibrary Loan platform, ILLiad. This service will operate very similarly to our previous system, but will offer additional benefits. More...
Strategic Initiatives
Dave Smallen
Information Security
Small Talk from the VP: You are the Target!
Dave Smallen
I just finished activating the free two-year credit monitoring and identity theft protection provided by Excellus, Hamilton’s health care provider. They are providing these services because of a breach of the confidential data they maintain about their clients – including me (and probably you). In announcing the incident, Excellus president and CEO, Christopher Booth, indicated “Safeguarding the privacy of your personal information is a top priority for us, and we make every effort to protect your information. Despite these efforts, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield was targeted in a very sophisticated cyberattack.” More...
Information Literacy
Visual Literacy: Effective Communication with Images
Ted Fondak
The visual world is a key element of our human experience. Our ancestors painted compelling images on the walls of caves. Artists create representations along a continuum from abstract to literal, twining metaphors and allegories. Fruit-mongers arrange their wares by color and brightness to attract the most attention at the market. The advent of the moving picture created the powerful mediums of film and television. More...
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Open Access Monographs: Why Should We Care?
Reid Larson
Charles Watkinson, Director of University of Michigan Press, will deliver this year’s Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Tuesday, October 20, at 4:15 in the Kennedy Auditorium of the Taylor Science Center. Mr. Watkinson’s talk will focus on the recent emergence of high profile projects in North America and Europe that are exploring the potential of flipped publishing models for academic books. More...
Why Publish Open Access: A Faculty Discussion
Reid Larson
Hamilton faculty are invited to an interactive talk with Charles Watkinson exploring ways they can strategically embrace the opportunities open access offers to build their reputations, target new audiences, and present their work in new ways. The October 20 event will be held in Burke Library’s all night reading room from noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Federal and private funders are increasingly requiring open access to the research they fund, and librarians and publishers alike are seeing new opportunities for a more equitable system of scholarly communication in these new business models. However, the voices of faculty members themselves are too often drowned out, and the incentives for authors to embrace open access are not fully discussed.
 
Watkinson, who currently serves as the Director of University of Michigan Press and Associate University Librarian for Publishing, will be presenting the Couper Lecture later in the day. 
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Free Streaming Music - Classical, Jazz, Folk, World Music, and More
Lynn Mayo
If you love Pandora and Spotify, you might want to explore Hamilton's streaming music services. LITS offers nearly 200,000 recordings of music and operas. Listen from your computer or mobile device, and create your own playlists to share. More...
Presentations and Publications
LITS Involved with Several 2015 Orientation Trips
Kristin Strohmeyer
All incoming members of the Hamilton College class of 2019 participated in one of many orientation trips.  Hamilton College offers three branches of orientation adventure trips that provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for easing new students into college life. Several members of LITS were involved with orientation trips this past August. More...
Center for Research Libraries: Enriching Research, Expanding Possibilities
Kristin Strohmeyer
Beth Bohstedt (LITS), Celeste Day-Moore (History) and Reynaldo Ortiz (Africana Studies) gave a lunch presentation on Hamilton College and the Center for Research Libraries.  Day-Moore and Ortiz discussed their own use of CRL resources and how they may be used in teaching, and Bohstedt covered how we actually access the materials, whether via interlibrary loan or online. More...
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