Are you thinking about writing an article or have one ready to publish? Consider publishing in an Open Access Journal. “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.” – Dr. Peter Suber (for his biography, see: bit.ly/petersuber) Disseminate your research results and make it freely available to all.
LTS has made funds available to support and promote Open Access publishing at Brandeis University. We will cover the costs associated with author processing fees that Open Access publishers often require. The Spring deadline for submission to these funds is April 15th, 2014. Please see the Scholarly Communications Open Access Fund Guidelines for more information or contact Sherry Keen, Associate University Librarian for Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or X64642.
Big Data. Online mapping. Data Visualization. These innovations are pushing the boundaries of social science research and providing us with exciting new possibilities for engaging with data.
However, with these new innovations come new tech skills, and some researchers may feel a bit intimidated. LTS recently subscribed to Social Explorer, an easy-to-use mapping and visualization tool for census and demographic data.
Social Explorer is ideal for the novice social science scholar. It provides access to a range of useful data sets, including the U.S. Census from 1790-2010, the American Community Survey, the Religious Congregations and Membership Survey, carbon emissions data from the Vulcan Project, and more.
With these data sets, you can plot different variables in maps and tables. The mapping feature can narrow all the way down to the neighborhood level or give you a representation of the entire United States. Images can be exported into other programs, such as Google Earth, for further analysis.
Students in programs as diverse as History, Sociology, and HSSP are already using Social Explorer in their coursework. Contact Gina Bastone or Deb Sarlin for more information on how you can use it!
This map presents the unemployment rate in Waltham for civilians over the age of 16, according to 2010 Census data. This image was generated using Social Explorer, LTS’s new social science visualization tool.
Brandeis University was recently notified by Google that a recent issue has affected some community members using Brandeis Gmail. Those affected — only about 4% of the Brandeis community — must take action before Thursday, February 13. Details are below. Please contact the Technology Help Desk with any questions.
What is the nature of the problem?
Between January 15 and January 21, this issue caused actions taken in Gmail (for example, deleting a message, marking it as spam, or moving it to a folder) to be applied to an email other than the one you selected to receive that action. While the issue has been fixed, email messages that were improperly deleted, marked as spam, or moved must be addressed before Thursday, February 13.
Who is affected?
This issue does not affect:
Gmail in a web browser (FireFox, Safari, Chrome, etc)
Gmail app for Android devices
This issue does affect:
Gmail app for iOS on your iPhone or iPad
Gmail in a mobile browser (mobile Safari, mobile Chrome, etc.)
How will I know if I am affected?
Only select members of the Brandeis community have been affected by this issue. Those individuals, who will each receive an email from LTS, must take action before Thursday, February 13. If you are unsure whether you have been affected, please contact the Technology Help Desk.
What should I do?
If you have been affected, we recommend that you do the following:
With the inaugural season of 1951, hopes were high for the newly formed Brandeis football team. Coached by athletic director and football revolutionary Benny Friedman, the inexperienced Brandeis football team had a strong start, going 4-6 in their first year. A 7-year NFL veteran and former All-American quarterback, Benny Friedman established a strong offense focused on passing, rather than running, a concept that he had pioneered as a quarterback and expanded upon as a coach. Despite inconsistency, the football team enjoyed a huge amount of campus support from the start. At a 1950 pre-varsity exhibition game with Harvard (won by Brandeis), 1175 of the 1200 spectators were Brandeis supporters. Though seasons would vary from the very good (6-1 in 1957) to the very bad (1-6-1 in 1959), the games were a weekly thrill and highly popular among students. But the popularity of the games was not enough to save the varsity program: because of the high cost of maintaining a football team, the nine-year-old program was discontinued in 1960, ending with a record of 34-33-4.
1950 and 1953 Football (no sound)
By Ben Schmidt, Archives & Special Collections Student Assistant and undergraduate student in history
We are continuing our collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and we have several new workshops, including a data analysis software training, demos of new library databases, and instruction on writing literature reviews.
Getting Started with Atlas.ti
Data Analysis with Stata
Data Analysis with SPSS
Citation Management with Beginner’s EndNote X7
How to Write a Social Science Literature Review
Presentation Skills and Powerpoint
Your Professional Online Presence
Citing Gray Literature
To see a full list of workshops, along with descriptions and date/time information, please see our sign-up form.
The Spring semester will be here before you know it! It’s going to be an especially busy January for Reserves staff as we continue working on an upgrade to our behind-the-scenes library software and transitioning LATTE Videos to new LATTE and a new streaming video system (Ensemble Video). Both of these upgrades will result in faster turnaround times for Reserve and LATTE Video requests as well as a more robust streaming video experience. Very exciting!
With all of this work happening in January, Reserve staff need your help to process your Reserve and LATTE Video requests quickly and efficiently. How can you help? Submit your Reserve and LATTE Video requests as soon as possible! The early bird gets the worm (and their materials available on the first day of classes)!
The best way to submit library reserve requests is via the online reserve form. Faculty members & instructors may complete this form to request books and media for reserve. Need a book, film or CD for reserve that the library doesn’t own? Fill out the reserve form anyway and we’ll try to purchase it. You can check which materials are on reserve for your class in the LOUIS online catalog.
If you’re a frequent flier with LATTE Videos, you may have used the Request History feature to quickly re-add videos to your courses. Unfortunately, your Request History couldn’t be transferred to new LATTE and Ensemble Video. You’ll need to submit a new request for each film, even if they have been available via your Request History in the past. To make a request, use the “LATTE Videos” block in your LATTE course (detailed instructions here). Need a film that the library doesn’t own? Submit your request through the LATTE Videos block and we’ll try to purchase it. You can email email@example.com for more information.
We all hate passwords: they’re hard to remember, impossible to type (especially on your phone), and it seems like every month another major provider has them stolen no matter how careful you are in protecting them. Today it’s Twitter, Facebook, and Google – last month it was Adobe.
What most people don’t realize is how easy it is to both protect your personal accounts (even if the password is stolen) and how easy it is to use strong passwords without the hassle. You can do this by using two free tools: LastPass and Google’s Authenticator.
2012 marked the 35th anniversary of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Brandeis. Over the past two years, faculty, interns, and students have been working on an anniversary website to mark the occasion, which will officially open with a showcase event on November 19th at 5:00 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. The panel, called “Before Women’s Studies at Brandeis,” will feature Joyce Antler, the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as alumni and former faculty. In December the WGS anniversary group will release a Gender Report Card, which rates every decade based on gender balance among Board of Trustee members, faculty, administrators, and other groups.
The HathiTrust (pronounced ‘hah-tee’) is a digital library partnership, whose primary objective is to preserve printed works through digitization and increase online access to collections. Started in 2008, the HathiTrust is now comprised of more than 80 libraries and research institutions. Brandeis University joined the HathiTrust in the fall of 2012. The HathiTrust currently includes full text access to more than 3.3 million volumes that are in the public domain. Works in the public domain are those that have been published in the United States before 1923. Additionally HathiTrust is working to identify ‘orphaned’ works. These are items that are still under copyright protection, but the copyright owner is unknown.
One of the many benefits of HathiTrust is that it will enable scholars to access a vast array of material and to uncover new information that previously was difficult to obtain. Researchers will gain long-term reliable access and improved tools for searching and discovering materials.
Examples of Full Text Items in the HathiTrust
Brandeis University, chapter of its founding / by Israel Goldstein
This book by Israel Goldstein, published in 1951, details the author’s involvement in the founding of Brandeis University, including the inception of the idea of a Jewish university, acquiring the campus and charter, sponsorship and fundraising efforts, choosing the name Brandeis University, and preparing for the opening.
October 21-27 is Open Access Week! In recognition of Open Access Week, the LTS website is turning orange – the official color of Open Access.
If you’re wondering what Open Access is, perhaps the most well-known definition was formulated by Peter Suber, the Director of Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project: “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.” You can learn more at Suber’s website or by reading his book, both of which are appropriately available as Open Access.
In support of Open Access scholarship, LTS is very proud to offer an Open Access Fund. Available to faculty, staff, and students presently affiliated with Brandeis University, this fund provides support for author fees to allow for Open Access publishing in scholarly journals.
You can find more information about the Brandeis Open Access Fund, as well as other topics important to Open Access (copyright, author’s rights) at the Brandeis University Scholarly Communications website: http://scholcomm.brandeis.edu