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Featured Resource: Pomological Watercolor Collection

Posted August 31, 2016

Government Information presents its latest featured resource, the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection.

These pomological paintings were created in response to the rise of fruit breeding and production by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the mid 1800's. The site includes over 7,000 paintings that document fruits and their variety. These paintings were used in bulletins and yearbooks which were distributed to farmers and growers.

These paintings are now preserved in the National Agricultural Library and used for research. The digitized versions are available in high definition and are free to view and download.

Readers can learn more about the history of this collection, the artists, and find paintings of specific fruits using their common or scientific name.

Visit our Government Information page to learn more about our collections, services, and more.

Multimedia Display: Bicycle Month

Posted May 4, 2016

For the month of May, the Library will be celebrating National Bicycle Month with a new Multimedia display. This display, located in the Multimedia Room (Dimond Level 2), features movies that are bicycle themed or have famous bicycle scenes.

Movies on display include:

Also, remember to participate in Bike to Work day, which is held on May 20th!

Multimedia Display: Celebrating Shakespeare

Posted April 8, 2016

This month is Shakespeare's birthday and to celebrate it the UNH library is featuring a display of Shakespeare DVDs, audiobooks, and music. This display will be in the Multimedia Room of Dimond Library (Level 2) and will be split up into sections of different plays. Each play has many different movie versions and almost all plays have an audiobook available.

In addition to the display, we will be showing a play a day in the Multimedia Room from April 19-22, beginning at 11:30 AM each day.

  • Tuesday, April 19: King Lear
  • Wednesday, April 20: As You Like It
  • Thursday, April 21: Macbeth
  • Friday, April 22: Hamlet

Films on display include:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew

Some plays even have modern movie adaptions like Macbeth and Othello. So come to the Multimedia Room and celebrate Shakespeare with us by watching films inspired by his plays!

Magna Carta exhibit comes to the UNH Law Library

Posted April 6, 2016

An exhibition about the Magna Carta is coming to the UNH School of Law in Concord from April 11 to April 22.

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 is a traveling exhibit created by the American Bar Association and the Library of Congress. It is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Groups larger than 10 interested in viewing the exhibit should contact Sue Zago, Law Library Director, for an appointment. There is no admission fee.

The exhibit includes up to 16 large banners with images of objects from the Library of Congress collections, an interpretive video, and other artifacts highlighting the impact of the Magna Carta on modern democracy.

In celebration of the visit, the law school’s chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will be hosting a symposium, open to the public on Tuesday, April 12. The evening will begin with a reception with refreshments at 5:15 pm in the Intellectual Property Library on the 3rd Floor of the UNH Law Library in Concord. Lectures at 6:00 pm in Room 204 will follow. The exhibit will be installed in Intellectual Property Library for the event. RSVPs to Sue Zago are much appreciated.

Further details about the Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 traveling exhibit are available from the American Bar Association online. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Library of Congress, and Law Library of Congress.

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Library Contributes to Humanities in the Digital Age

Posted April 6, 2016

Library faculty Bill Ross and Eleta Exline are just a couple of the dozens of UNH faculty exploring digital humanities projects and potential.

Digital humanities (often abbreviated as DH) looks at traditional disciplines like philosophy, linguistics, language, history, and others, through the lens of computing, digital materials, and other scientific areas. Digital humanities is unique and exciting because it requires more than just thinking outside the box - it requires collaboration and expertise across multiple disciplines.

Collaboration between faculty members working in digital humanities is already taking place. The Digital Scholarship Working Group, co-chaired by Ross and associate professor and scholarly communications coordinator Eleta Exline, began meeting last year. The group is “focused on trying to figure out what the Library’s role might be in providing digital scholarship support,” Exline says.

Support from the Library might take different forms, according to Exline, from connecting faculty to different resources, maintaining digital exhibits and databases, or helping to train the next generation of researchers in the digital humanities.

Read more about "Humanities in the Digital Age" in the The College Letter, news from the College of Liberal Arts.

The Granite Yearbooks Available Online

Posted March 30, 2016

All of the Granite yearbooks are now available to read or download online.

Digital Collections has scanned all 106 volumes of the Granite to the UNH Library website. You can view any UNH yearbook from 1909 to 2015 — that's about 30,000 pages!

You can start viewing the Granite now.

The OER Ambassadors Project

Posted March 30, 2016

UNH is working to cut costs on educational material by introducing the Open Educational Resources (OER) Ambassador Project. This project encourages instructors to use open resources rather than having students pay for material, such as using a free online textbook rather than requiring students to purchase one.

This project just finished its pilot year which began in spring 2015, with the help of the UNH Library, Academic Technology, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Nine ambassadors were chosen to use OER in their courses and share their experiences. Each ambassador received a grant of $3,000 and a support team to assist with course design, copyright issues, locating OER, and implementing the plan. Students and faculty attitudes about the project have been positive and test scores are comparable to scores from previous years.

The OER Pilot is evaluates its success by making sure this criteria is met:

  • Students are saving money.
  • Students are learning as much or more than in previous courses.
  • Faculty are able to find and incorporate OER materials.
  • Faculty are satisfied with support and services.
  • Student are satisfied with course materials.

The OER Ambassadors Project is continuing this year. UNH has accepted 15 faculty OER Ambassadors, 11 projects in total, to participate. These Ambassadors will receive $2000 summer grant to support the OER implementation, attend a three day workshop, and will have a support team to help put it all together.

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Kevin Gardner and Eleta Exline discuss Elements research tool

Posted March 28, 2016

UNH IT's newsletter Signals sat down with Kevin Gardner and Eleta Exline to discuss a software called Elements, a research information system. In this interview, Kevin and Eleta talk about the problem of getting researcher information, like publications or grants. Elements is a software that can help solve this problem by creating Researcher Profiles which will organize all of this information in one place, allowing easier access for the public as well as for the researchers themselves. Many other universities are beginning to use this software and it saves researchers time by searching databases for their publications, allowing them to build their profile easily, and keeps all of their research in one place.

You can listen to or read the entire interview.

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Practice Safe Publishing

Posted October 21, 2015

Open Access (OA) means making research available online free of charge with as few restrictions as possible. Research published in OA journals is read and cited more often than that published in comparable non-OA journals.

There are many high-quality, peer-reviewed OA journals to choose from when submitting an article, but it's important to recognize the potential for fraud. Publishing scams often contact authors directly by email and promise quick publishing turn-around times.

Advice for Safe Publishing

Assess the reputation of a journal before submitting your research. The Think. Check. Submit. campaign provides a checklist authors can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher. Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals have been reviewed for compliance with publishing best practices and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association sets publishing standards for its members. Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, maintains a list of journals and publishers that may be scams.

You may also contact a UNH librarian if you have any questions about the reputation of a publisher or the quality of a journal.

Learn more about Open Access publishing at the the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide.

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