News & Exhibits
November 27, 2012
October 22-26, 2012 is International Open Access Week.
Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world. Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge. Authors participating in Open Access benefit from greater distribution of their work to a more diverse audience. Readers and researchers benefit from having access to the best and most up-to-date information available, including medical research and scientific discoveries. Open Access Week is a campaign to broaden awareness and understanding of how scholarly publishing models are changing and the impact on researchers at all levels.
The University Library is celebrating Open Access Week by distributing information in Dimond Library and the branch libraries throughout the week. Library staff will be available at the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, October 23 to answer questions about Open Access.
For more information about Open Access, please visit the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide.
November 27, 2012
UNH IT Academic Technology and the UNH Library present an event on open and low cost educational resource options on October 22 at the Strafford Room in the MUB.
Outline of the day:
10:00 to 12:30 – Open House
12:45 to 2:00 – Vendor Panel discussion
2:00 to 3:30 – Open House/QA
You are welcome to come for any part of the Open House or Vendor Panel, even if you cannot stay for the entire duration.
Please RSVP at this site.
According to a College Board report, students at typical public, four-year universities spend almost $1200 per year on textbooks. As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, it puts a serious financial burden on students by taking a larger percentage of the overall cost of their education.
Several states have issued reports advocating alternative textbook models for students and faculty. Most recently, California became the first state in the nation to enact laws around the creation and distribution of free open digital textbooks.
With the rising interest in alternative models for textbooks and related course material, we are inviting several textbook vendors to the UNH Durham campus to present their offerings. These vendors have business models ranging from completely free downloadable books, to free ebooks supported by advertising, to existing commercial publishers that offer low cost ebook options of their print textbooks. In addition to the textbook, these vendors also provide supplementary material (e.g test banks, presentations etc.) to support faculty in course delivery.
This event is a great opportunity to learn about some of the new and emerging issues in the textbook space and to get your questions about these new options answered.
Later in November, Academic Technology will be hosting another event titled 'Practical advice for creating eBooks'. We are hoping to have a couple of vendors present about their ebook authoring tools to help you plan any eBook development work you may be considering.
October 10, 2012
You talk… we’ll listen!
All UNH faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a survey to help us improve our services. As an incentive, you will be entered to win one of thirty $15 Cat's Cache cards.
The survey takes less than 10 minutes. Take our survey now. To be eligible to win, please be sure to put your e-mail in at the end of the survey.
Named LibQUAL+, the survey measures your perceptions of service quality and identifies gaps between desired, perceived, and minimum expectations. It is a national Web-based library survey designed to define and measure library service quality across academic institutions.
This will be the third time this survey is administered in eight years; ultimately, who can evaluate library service better than you? Previous responses resulted in several important changes for library services on both campuses, including:
- Collections – increased all electronic resources, over 5700 e-journals and 60-plus databases added,
- Services – increased wireless capability in every library on each campus, and
- Facilities – extensive renovation in Dimond Library to create more flexible public space; increased group study space in the libraries on the Durham campus; and conversational zones created on the Manchester campus to distinguish group study from quiet study space.
Once again, we'd like you to tell us how we measure up to your expectations. The UNH Library will conduct the LibQUAL+ survey from October 9-30, 2012 and your feedback is critical as we plan for the future. We need to understand your perceptions, expectations, and experiences so that we can provide you the best possible services. The resulting data will help us:
- understand how the UNH community rates library resources and services,
- identify areas of library service that need improvement, and
- benchmark results against other libraries to determine best practices.
Please complete the online survey at your earliest convenience and before October 30th. Your participation is voluntary, and you may simply check "not applicable" (N/A) to any questions you do not wish to answer. All responses are held in complete confidence and there are no links identifying responses with individuals.
If you have any problems accessing or taking this survey, please contact us at email@example.com.
September 20, 2012
The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register, please use our online registration form.
Author of picture books and novels for young adults and adults alike, Terry Farish is also recording postcard-sized oral histories told to her by Seacoast NH residents. Farish's works include: The Good Braider, The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup, and Why I'm Already Blue.
Terry has worked with refugees from Sudan, Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries from which people have come to the U.S. to find safety and a peaceful place where their children can go to school. She is the Literacy Director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and works with new Americans arriving in the U.S. from all over the world. Through the Council she directs the Bilingual Folktale Project and has worked with the largest group of refugees in New Hampshire, Nepali-speaking people from Bhutan, to produce and publish a Bhutanese folktale in Nepali and English.
Light refreshments will be served and Farish will be available to sign her books. The event includes an opportunity for questions from the audience and will be recorded by New Hampshire Public Television for broadcast and web streaming.
Three times a year, in the style of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, Rebecca Rule serves as host and interviewer for The New Hampshire Authors Series from the Dimond Library at UNH. It features an author who lives, summers, teaches or was born in New Hampshire.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 862-1540.
September 17, 2012
Dancing and music are distinguishing parts of cultures all over the world. Each generation brings new twists and moves to the world of dance. Visit the Dimond Library Multimedia Room’s display of dance related movies and you will find old classics, modern, and international dance movies for an entertaining movie break.
A Chorus Line
Dancer in the Dark
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Every Little Step
Follow the Fleet
The Hard Nut
Michael Jackson's This is It
Saturday Night Fever
Shall We Dance (1937)
Shall We Dance (1996)
They Shoot Horses Don't They?
West Side Story
September 17, 2012
Dimond Library received considerable mention recently when author Nicholson Baker named it his favorite library in the world.
It’s quiet, full of blond wood, full of neatly shelved books, and in the summer very few people are there in the reading room. I find a table near an electrical outlet and sit and listen to the HVAC system blow through the building — keeping all those books cool, waiting for readers who will want them.
Read the full article in the New York Times.
September 14, 2012
Government Information presents our latest featured resource from the NOAA Hurricane Central 2012. This resource features satellite and radar of current storms, archived data of past storms, and educational resources about hurricanes.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a part of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Their mission is to save lives by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.
August 30, 2012
In the past years, the UNH library acquisition budget increases have not kept up with inflation. In order to cover inflationary increases and balance the budget for FY 13, we need to make cuts to our journal subscriptions.
During the summer we worked with academic departments to identify titles for cancellation. The selections were made by looking at cost and usage data with a goal of keeping as much valued content available as possible and minimizing negative impact on our users, while still achieving our budget reduction targets.
Send feedback to email@example.com or use her contact form if you have comments, questions, or concerns. We will seriously consider all feedback received and use it to help make the best decisions possible. The deadline for feedback is September 7.
August 23, 2012
We present two new databases:
American Men and Women of Science, 22nd ed. (2005), is a premier biographical reference on North American scientists.
Gale Literature Resource Center is built on three author databases: Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 130,000 writers; Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on all authors appearing in CLC since vol. 95 of the print series and complete profiles of 266 most studied authors from editions prior to vol. 95; and Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 13,000 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.
As always, if these databases are useful for your research, please leave a comment here or contact our electronic resources librarian.
August 20, 2012
Using library resources from home just got easier!
Starting Wednesday, August 22, the UNH Library will use the University’s LDAP directory for remote access to its electronic resources. This means you will no longer need to log in to Blackboard to access our electronic resources from off-campus.
Instead, simply navigate to the resource you want on the Library web site. You will then be asked for your UNH IT ID username and password. (This is the same username and password as Blackboard.) Once verified, you will be forwarded on to your resource directly.
All of which means fewer clicks and more efficient research from home, coffee shop, or wherever you are.
If you do log in via Blackboard, please be aware that you will still need to enter your UNH IT ID username and password a second time.
If you have questions or comments about this change, please contact our Systems Librarian, Val Harper at 862-0114 or use her contact form.