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Pending print subscription cancellations

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Between September 2012 and June 2014,  Lisa McLaughlin, our über Collections Associate, tallied uses of all of our print journals. That is, Lisa counted magazines dutifully left by readers who followed the directions on our “Please-Do-Not-Reshelve-Your-Magazines” signs in the Current Periodicals section of the Davis Family Library.

191 of the titles we currently subscribe to were reshelved only one time or not at all during that 22-month period.

We are proposing canceling the Libraries’ subscriptions to these 191 print titles, but before we do, we would like to hear from you.

This spreadsheet includes the journals we think we should cancel. If you have used any of these, and reshelved them yourself (so they weren’t counted), or for any reason, you think the Libraries should continue one or more of these subscriptions, please send me an email by the end of August.

*The fine print:

  • We currently have online access to many of these titles through databases such as LexisNexis or ProQuest. Unfortunately, the title lists of these databases can change at any time and we cannot guarantee long-term access.
  • For titles with the comment “no online access post-subscription” (21 titles), this means that if we cancel the print subscription, we lose all access to publisher-hosted online content – the print remains our only access to content that we paid for.
  • Funds currently spent on these little-used or unused print subscriptions can be re-directed to gain access to more relevant library resources.
  • As faculty identify titles that we should continue subscribing to, the spreadsheet will be updated in green with the note “to be retained”.

NExpress downtime Monday, August 18th

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On Monday, August 18th from 11 am – 3 pm, NExpress will be unavailable for requesting while our vendor upgrades a server. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Peter Nelson – grant for international research project

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Peter Nelson (Geography) and a colleague at Point Park University have received a three year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled International Rural Gentrification; research teams from the United Kingdom and France are also funded via their own respective national funding agencies.  The entire project is part of the Open Research Area funding scheme for international social science research  that now involves agencies in four European countries as well as the NSF. The objective of this multi-national collaborative project is to undertake the first in-depth cross-national integrated comparative study of the theory, forms and dynamics of rural gentrification encompassing France, UK and USA.      The US team will compile a comprehensive database of rural gentrification indicators for each of the three countries, and then identify a set of communities in the US in which to carry out in depth case study analysis focusing on the different forms of rural gentrification and the various actors involved in the process. Scholars from the UK and France will do similar case study analyses in their respective countries. In addition to funding all the costs of the research in the US, the grant will also fund trips to Europe to meet with the entire research team; this research will be the focus of Pete’s academic leave in 2015-16.   Three undergraduate students will be involved in this research.

Susan Burch and Tara Affolter – AALAC workshop funding

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Susan Burch (American Studies) and Tara Affolter (Education Studies), with colleagues from Barnard, Haverford, Macalester, Oberlin, Vassar, and Scripps, have been awarded funding from the AALAC consortium (Alliance for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges), the successor to the  Mellon 23 program, for a collaborative workshop that will be held at  Barnard  in the fall of 2015.  The workshop, titled Critical Disability Studies and Universal Design for Learning,  will bring together participants from 10-13 liberal arts colleges and Columbia University who have varied levels of expertise in these related topics that are so critical to better educating disabled and nondisabled students. Participants will collaborate to pursue four related goals:   curricular development, pedagogical development, faculty collaboration with disability support services, and inter-institutional development across and between colleges.

Classroom Equipment Upgrades

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The media equipment in Atwater A100, Atwater D102, Twilight 302, Monroe 222, 320, 404, and 405 is due for an upgrade.

Media Services has prepared the new equipment and we will be performing the upgrade during the August break .

Here is what would change:

- install a new, brighter, high definition projector with a longer lasting lamp

- retain the existing video connections and add a new type of connection (HDMI)

- replace the DVD player with a player that can play DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs

- remove the VCR

- replace the aging touch panel with a slightly larger one that we’ve found is easier to use (very similar to the new touch panels elsewhere on campus)

We can be available to provide an orientation of the new equipment before your first class following the break. Let Media Services know if you’re interested in an orientation session by contacting the Helpdesk.

 

Why Obama’s Approval Ratings Languish

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I don’t normally focus too much attention on one survey, but when it helps illuminate a broader (and not uncontroversial) argument I’ve made it becomes too good to pass up. Readers will recall that in yesterday’s post I noted that … Continue reading