2010 Students’ Call for Open Access Video Contest

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Entries invited for the 4th Annual Sparky Awards 2010

Washington, DC – The importance of the student stake in opening up access to scholarly research will be highlighted in Open Up! – the fourth installment of the annual Sparky Awards student video contest, announced today. Calling on students to articulate their views in a two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving.

Open Access is free, immediate, online access to the published results of scholarly research, combined with the rights we need to be able to use and re-use them in the ways we want in the digital space. Students have been leaders in the creative re-use, remix, and mash-up of material across the digital realm, and have a fair expectation that scholarly research should be equally, legally accessible to help advance their scholarship and ensure the quality of their education.

Students are uniquely positioned to advance Open Access. Through their publishing, copyright, and policy choices, students – along with faculty and administrators – can make Open Access to institutional research outputs and wider access to the whole scholarly record a reality – today.

Open Up! calls on students to let the world know they support Open Access and to say why. This year, entries are invited to four categories:

1. Animation – Drop into the media lab and master that illustration software!

2. Speech – Just say how it is. Skip the fancy editing and use your 120 seconds to tell campus viewers in your own eloquent words why Open Access matters to you.

3. Remix – Mix it up. Re-use video, music, images and remix with your own content to create your unique vision of the importance of Open Access. Content must be re-used legally.

4. People’s Choice – The People choose! Sparky Award entries are opened up for public vote.

Winners will receive an iPad, iPhone, or iPod and a fabulous “Sparky Award” statuette. The award-winning videos will be announced in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference and a Campus MovieFest Regional Finale, and will be widely publicized by the sponsoring organizations at public events across North America throughout the year.

The Sparky Awards are an opportunity for faculty to enhance fall and spring classes, as well as for libraries to promote services — including media services or information commons, where students can edit video, browse media, work collaboratively, and develop a good understanding of copyright. Libraries everywhere are encouraged to host local installments of the contest.

Entries in the international Sparky Awards competition are now being accepted and must be received by 12:00AM Eastern time on May 27, 2011. To be eligible, videos must be freely available on the Internet and available for use under a Creative Commons License.

The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and co-sponsored by: the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, Campus MovieFest, the Center for Social Media, the New Media Consortium (NMC), the Open Video Alliance, Penn Libraries, Students for Free Culture, the Student PIRGs, and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

For full details, visit the Sparky Awards Web site

University of Tennessee 2009 contest entries are available.

Alexander Street Press: Opera in Video collection available via the Library Catalog

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You will now find individual records in the library catalog for 146 titles within the Alexander Street Press: Opera in Video streaming. Online videos from this database will show up as electronic resources in the online catalog. When you are searching for an opera and find one of these titles you will simply click the link provided and you will be directed to that video within the database (see the example below). Happy viewing!

SelectedWorks Training Sessions: Showcase Your Scholarly Work

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SelectedWorksLogo1SelectedWorks is a web-based service offered by Trace, UT’s digital archive of scholarly work, that enables faculty to establish clean, elegantly designed scholarly publication pages. With SelectedWorks, faculty can post and share articles, working papers, presentations, and more. Additionally, having a SelectedWorks page helps faculty to preserve their work while providing open access to their scholarly creations.

For set-up help, go to http://bit.ly/TraceContributors or attend a session.

Training sessions will be offered throughout the semester to help interested faculty and researchers establish a personal SelectedWorks site to showcase their work, and to answer questions about maximizing this scholarly tool.

Training sessions will be offered once per month; and, in addition, sessions will be offered daily, Monday through Thursday, Oct. 18 – 21, during Open Access Week.

Fall sessions will be held:

Tuesday September 14 Noon – 1pm
Wednesday October 13 10 am – 11 am
Monday October 18 10 am – 11 am
Tuesday October 19 2 pm – 3 pm
Wednesday October 20 10 am – 11 am
Thursday October 21 2 pm – 3 pm
Thursday November 4 4 pm -5 pm
Wednesday December 15 2 pm – 3 pm

All sessions will take place in Room 211, Hodges Library.

For questions or more information, please contact the Trace+SelectedWorks Liaison at trace@nullutk.edu.

Immigration: A Constitution Day Forum

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Join the UT Libraries and the Baker Center for Public Policy for these events commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787:

• “Border Crossing: Immigration, States’ Rights and Civil Rights — An interactive Constitution Day Forum, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, Culture Corner, 1st floor Hodges Library

When do immigration laws infringe upon civil rights? When does state enforcement cross the line?

    Join us for a discussion with panel members:
    Roberto Martinez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee
    Karla McKanders, UT College of Law
    Jon Shefner, UT Department of Sociology
    Otis Stephens, UT College of Law

• Sign Your Constitution. Sign an oversized copy of the Constitution on the Pedestrian Walkway, south side of Hodges Library, Thursday, Sept. 16, 11:00-1:00. (Rain location: outside Starbucks, 2nd floor, Hodges Library)

Pendergrass Library Closed Saturdays in September

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Pendergrass Library will be closed for home football games during the Fall 2010 Semester.

Please make a note of the following closing dates:
Closed 9/11/2010 Saturday
Closed 9/18/2010 Saturday
Closed 9/25/2010 Saturday
Closed 10/23/ 2010 Saturday
Closed 11/13/ 2010 Saturday

Hodges Library will be open. Visit the UT Libraries Hours page @ http://www.lib.utk.edu/hours/ for more information

Workshop: Measuring Research

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A workshop open to all UT faculty, staff, and students:

Measuring Research: Understanding Citation Counts and Impact Factors
Wednesday, September 15
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Hodges Library, Room 211

This workshop will provide an overview of ways to analyze scholarly output, including citation counts, the h-Index, the Eigenfactor, and impact factors. Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports will be demonstrated during the hands-on portion of the session. Instructors: Donna Braquet, Associate Professor, Life Sciences Librarian; Peter Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian. All UT faculty, staff and students are invited. Limited seating of 30. Please RSVP by Sept. 13 to dbraquet@nullutk.edu.