Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween UT!

Here’s some horror films to rent this weekend:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – turns 40 this year! We’re getting old! PN1995.9.M86 R573 2002

Invasion of the Body Snatchers – the original “pod people”  PN1995.9.A48 I583 2007

Nosferatu- not quite your sexy glittery vampire of today PN1995.9.D64 N563 2007

Häxan– most of you would have been accused of Witchcraft during the Inquisition. Yes, you PN1995.9.H6 H3 2006

Aliens – Sigourney Weaver is the best PN1995.9.A48 A454 2003

Psycho – classic. PN1995.9.H6 P793 2005

Soylent Green – is people! peeeople!!!!  PN1995.9.S26 S695 2003

Browse more films at the DVD spinner in the Library lobby, or check to see if your favorite horror film is in the catalog.


The Internet’s Own Boy

Aaron Swartz was an early and important activist in the Open Access movement. The embedded documentary is the story of Aaron’s life and death.

You can watch the entire documentary here.

From Wikipedia, an open access reference resource –

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being “the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach”.

Swartz’s work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet, and setting it to systematically download academic journal articles from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution, and supervised release.

Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. Two days after the prosecution rejected a counter-offer by Swartz, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.

In June 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

UTWrites, Tuesday Oct. 27, Fletcher Lounge, 5PM

Please join us for the Fall 2015 UTWrites lecture with Joe Navarro. The lecture is free and open to all. Reception & book-signing after the presentation.


The Directory of Open Access Journals

One of the most substantial efforts to create a high-quality resource for open access scholarship is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). To be indexed by the DOAJ a journal must “use an appropriate quality control system,” “use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access,” and allow users to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.” Appropriate quality control is defined as exercising “peer-review with an editor and an editorial board or editorial review (particularly in the Humanities) carried out by at least two editors.”

Journals that adopt the best practices recommended by DOAJ receive a DOAJ seal of approval. To receive a seal of approval a journal must:

  • use DOIs as permanent identifiers;
  • provides DOAJ with article metadata;
  • deposits content with a long term digital preservation or archiving program; [see yesterday’s post on institutional repositories]
  • embeds machine-readable CC licensing information in articles;
  • allows generous reuse and mixing of content, in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC license;
  • has a deposit policy registered wíth a deposit policy registry;
  • allows the author to hold the copyright without restrictions.
  • In response to concerns about journal quality the DOAJ initiated a re-review process in March of 2014. Journals with a green tick next to their name have met the DOAJ’s more stringent criteria for compliance to best practices and publishing standards.

    While the DOAJ started as a simple list of open access journals available, it has become an important gate-keeper, and plays a significant role in distinguishing high-quality open access scholarship from open access publisher who do not adhere to the best practice standards set by the open access community.

    Here’s a list of journals that have received the DOAJ’s seal of approval.

    Open Access and the Institutional Repository

    Many universities have started implementing an “institutional repository” as a way of opening research to interested scholars. Clifford Lynch, writing for the Association of Research Libraries in 2003, defined an institutional repository as “a set of services that a university offers to members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members.”

    This means that in addition to scholarship being published in peer-reviewed journals, it is also published on a digital platform maintained by the university. Initially, many scholarly publishers balked at the thought of having articles available through a ‘competing’ resource. Over the course of the last decade more and more publishers are embracing this new model as a way of showing their commitment to the scholarly process.

    In addition to providing a location to publish the research generated at an institution, an institutional repository can also be a place to make other materials available that may be of interest to the community, such as conference proceedings, learning objects, student work, and archives. (For example, The University of Tampa currently makes available the digitized versions of The Minaret, and The UT Journal through the library website. An institutional repository might hold this and other digitized archival materials.)

    If you want to learn more about institutional repositories check out the Directory of Open Access Repositories.

    In a briefing paper, Alma Swan lists the following benefits of the institutional repository:

    • Opening up outputs of the institution to a worldwide audience;
    • Maximizing the visibility and impact of these outputs as a result;
    • Showcasing the institution to interested constituencies – prospective staff, prospective students and other stakeholders;
    • Collecting and curating digital output;
    • Managing and measuring research and teaching activities;
    • Providing a workspace for work-in-progress, and for collaborative or large-scale projects;
    • Enabling and encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to research;
    • Facilitating the development and sharing of digital teaching materials and aids, and
    • Supporting student endeavours, providing access to theses and dissertations and a location for the development of e-portfolios.

    Peter Suber and Open Access

    If you want to learn more about Open Access one of the best places to start is with the works of Peter Suber.

    Peter Suber is the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. He’s been writing about open access issues since the turn of the century, and participated in 2001 in the world’s first major international open access initiative, the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

    His most recent work addresses good practices for university open-access policies.

    You can read an electronic version of his book available through the library’s online catalog. You will need to log in using your Spartans domain username and password to gain access to Open Access by Peter Suber. (You can find open access versions of the book here.)

    The following is quoted from “A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access.”

    Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

    In most fields, scholarly journals do not pay authors, who can therefore consent to OA without losing revenue. In this respect scholars and scientists are very differently situated from most musicians and movie-makers, and controversies about OA to music and movies do not carry over to research literature.

    OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

    OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

    National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 18 – 24

    This week we take time to honor our Friends of the Library group.

    Did you know that the Macdonald-Kelce Library has its own Friends of the Library organization? Friends groups support libraries in many ways. Currently, the MKL Friends of the Library membership funds go toward much needed upkeep of our archival collection. Our Friends group also sponsors the annual UTWrites lecture. This year we welcome former FBI profiler and writer Joe Navarro on October 27th, 5PM in Fletcher Lounge, Plant Hall. Please join us!

    If you would like to become a member and support the Library, you can do so by signing up here. If you are an alumni and would like to continue checking out books, or a faculty member who would like to support the library monetarily, consider becoming a Friend today.

    For questions:
    Phone: (813) 253-6231

    It’s Open Access Week! What Is Open Access?

    Open Access is a movement responding to the high cost of scholarship and science. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) explains Open Access this way —

    “Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Here’s why that matters.

    “Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles must pay to access them. Anyone who wants to use the articles in any way must obtain permission from the publisher and is often required to pay an additional fee.

    “Although many researchers can access the journals they need via their institution and think that their access is free, in reality it is not. The institution has often been involved in lengthy negotiations around the price of their site license and re-use of this content is limited.

    “Paying for access to content makes sense in the world of print publishing, where providing content to each new reader requires the production of an additional copy, but online it makes much less sense to charge for content when it is possible to provide access to all readers anywhere in the world.”

    Jorge Cham at “Piled Higher and Deeper” (PHD) Comics, along with Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen, provide this animated explanation of Open Access.


    Monday, Oct 19th, Honors Symposium “Mass Media Ethics” 4PM in AV2


    Spooky Films to watch on Halloween

    In case you haven’t noticed, it’s October, the month of chills ‘n’ thrills (you spooked yet?) Bask in the autumn leaves, feel the crisp air, and look! pumpkin patches!

    Just kidding, it’s always summer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the season. The library has a collection of horror films that will help you do just that. Check out the DVD display to browse just a handful of what we have. halloween