From: Scrivener, Laurie L. Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:07 PM Subject: database cancellations
The University Libraries has completed a review of database
subscriptions, identifying resources we will no longer retain in order to
address continuing increases in database subscription costs and meet budget
reduction targets. The review considered resource coverage, uniqueness,
alternative access, subject area value, current price and price trend, usage,
cost per use, and licensing. Cancelations will occur throughout the
2019-2020 academic year, based on renewal dates.
The Library Database
Subscriptions guide provides the list of databases identified for
cancelation; these databases will also be identified within the databases & e-reference
listing on the library website. We are currently negotiating with one of
our vendors, ProQuest; the outcome of these negotiations may result in
additional databases being added to the cancelation list. Questions or
comments may be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Libraries will attempt to retain resources for which feedback is
received, we must reduce our database spend and thus all feedback will be
weighed against other reductions that would be required to hold down costs and
meet our budget reduction target.
From: Scrivener, Laurie L. Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 9:18 AM Subject: Springer journals cut
The University Libraries continues to work to reduce its budget
through June 2020 under a university administration-mandated permanent budget
reduction. The budget reduction is affecting multiple aspects of the
Libraries’ operations, including collections.
To help meet the mandated budget reduction, we will not renew a
journal agreement with Springer, which is set to expire December 31,
2019. This agreement provides access to nearly all Springer journals but
requires maintaining a specific monetary commitment which cannot be sustained
because of the budget reduction mandate.
The Springer review is currently underway; we plan to reduce our
spending with this publisher by approximately $225,000. We will continue
to provide students and faculty access to Springer journals through a
combination of continued subscriptions, aggregators like JSTOR, and
interlibrary loan. The data points being utilized in the review, national
and OU trends related to library collections, and FAQs are available to view
and download. An Excel file of all
Springer titles under review may be found here. Feedback
on Springer titles may be provided to me now through April 26.
· As part of the terms of our Springer agreement, all currently available Springer
content will continue to be accessible from 2020 onward; this means that if
we choose to not continue subscribing to a title, we will still have access to
all currently available content, up to and including 2019 articles.
· Springer also publishes the Nature suite of journals. We have a
separate agreement for Nature journals and our Springer review will not
include Nature titles.
The Libraries will post reduction recommendations by mid-March and
will continue to seek campus feedback through April 26, 2019. If you have
questions or feedback, please contact me at email@example.com or 325-1903.
Please share this information with
colleagues in your department.
From: Scrivener, Laurie L. Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:26 PM Subject: Undergraduate Research Award from the University Libraries
I’m happy to announce that the library will again be sponsoring
undergraduate research awards. Would you mind sharing this information about
the awards with faculty in your areas and encouraging students to apply?
I haven’t posted since August, but then again, I don’t post much except to archive emails, mostly. This morning I attended a training session about the new and improved WordPress that is behind this blog, and now I’m testing myself to see if I remember how to work it.
I noticed my first post in this blog was a picture of me in my old office in Monnet Hall, so I thought I’d share with you what my new office in Bizzell looks like. I’m in Room 423NW. (NOT 423NE, which is the ladies’ room…)
Here are some pictures of my office. It’s small, but as you can see, there’s an extra chair, and I’m always happy to help with your research projects in history, political science, and international and area studies!
So I guess I can use this new WordPress “block” system for my simple blog that probably doesn’t need to exist.
From: Scrivener, Laurie L. Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:05 PM Subject: Reception for Faculty and Graduate Students, Sept 6
Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend a reception being held in the Zarrow Family Faculty and Graduate Student Center, Bizzell Library, Lower Level 2 on Thursday, September 6, from 3:30-5:00. Light refreshments will be served.
From: Scrivener, Laurie L. Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:51 AM Subject: database trial: Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820
Through September 30th we have a trial of a database, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820. The database contains 75,000 pages of historical documents in full text exploring prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. If you click on the trial link and then click “browse document clusters” you can see that the database covers Asia, Europe, Native women in North America, and much more. (See publisher’s page for more information).
I’ve spent four great years in the Western History Collections, but the time has come for me to move back to Bizzell Memorial Library. I’ll be moving Friday, August 10th. My phone number should stay the same: 405-325-1903. The new office is on the 4th floor of Bizzell, room 423 northwest. Please come visit!
From: Scrivener, Laurie L. Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 9:33 AM Subject: Alternative Textbook Grants
I’ve been asked to forward you this information about the library’s Alternative Textbook Grants; please pass on to faculty in your departments.
OU Libraries’ Alternative Textbook Grants help reduce the cost of course materials by supporting the adoption, modification, or creation of open course content. Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are distributed at no cost and with legal permission for the public to freely use, share, and build upon the content. OER inspire pedagogy and give faculty more freedom over their instructional materials and. To date, the Alternative Textbook Grant has saved OU students $1.9 million. Apply today to enable new ways of learning or attend a drop-in session to learn more. Applications are due 3/2/2018.