News You Can Use

A Faculty Newsletter from the UO Libraries


Welcome to News You Can Use, the UO Libraries' e-newsletter for University of Oregon faculty members. News You Can Use keeps you informed about new and improved library services, resources, programs, and events that can aid you in your teaching and research agenda. If you have questions or want more information about any of the programs or services described below, contact your department's library representative or the library's subject specialist working in your subject area.


In This Issue


December 2009 


Expert on Open Access to Discuss Future of Academic John WillinskyPublishing, Fri., Dec. 4

John Willinsky, a visionary leader and author in the area of digital scholarship and open access, will give a talk entitled “Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning” on Friday, December 4, at 3 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room. As founder of the Public Knowledge Project, Willinsky developed the Open Journal Systems for serials publishing, and, more recently, the Open Monograph Press for book-length works. He also played the lead role in convincing the Stanford School of Education to adopt an open access deposit mandate for all of its faculty members. A reception will follow the talk. More.


Library Program Offers UO Faculty Members Up to $1,000 Support for Open Access Journal Publishing

Open AccessThe UO Libraries has established a pilot program for UO faculty members to cover a portion of the cost of author submission fees to open access journals. Funding for the pilot project is made available by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Funding is currently available from spring 2009 through winter 2010. Funding support will cover up to 100 percent of the author fees for publishing a peer-reviewed manuscript in an open access journal, with a maximum reimbursement of $1,000 per article. Individuals can receive support for up to three articles during the pilot program. For complete information, visit the program website at or contact JQ Johnson,, 346-1746. More.


Library Launches Adopt-a-Journal ProgramScience Interior

The UO Libraries has launched a new program, Adopt-a-Journal, which allows individuals and groups to pay for the renewal of journal subscriptions that have been canceled due to increased journal costs and budget constraints. Under the terms of the program, the entire campus community gains access to the journal when an individual or group pays for its renewal. Contributions to the program are tax deductible. More.


Faculty Encouraged to Nominate Outstanding Undergraduate Research Projects for Library Awards

Each year, the UO Libraries honors students who complete outstanding research projects using library resources and services with awards of up to $1,000 as part of its Undergraduate Research Awards program. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate projects students completed in 300- and 400-level courses during the 2009 calendar year. Complete information is available on the Undergraduate Research Awards webpage. The deadline for student submissions is January 29, 2010. More.


UO Libraries Asks Faculty to Press Buttons in the Classroominstructor in classroom

The UO Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET) maintains media equipment in most classrooms on campus. Instructional faculty and GTFs are being asked to press the "All Off" button on the machines at the end of classroom sessions to help save energy, extend the lifespan of the equipment, and improve the performance of these essential teaching tools. More.


Library Launches New Interlibrary Loan System

If you’ve used the library’s online InterLibrary Loan (ILL) system in the past, you’ll notice a few changes in the interface and process used when requesting items from libraries that are not part of the Summit system. Called ILLiad, the new system features a display that tracks the progress of recently requested items, along with a list of items previously borrowed through the ILLiad patron account. Increased efficiencies in the new system are also expected to produce faster turnaround times for receiving items. When a user requests an item identified in a UO WorldCat search that is not available either from the UO Libraries or a Summit library, a screen requesting the borrower’s username and UO identification number will authorize the request. (The first time you log into ILLiad, you will need to complete the form on the User Information page.) The remaining steps in the process for borrowing items will be essentially the same as under the previous system. For more information on ILLiad, visit, or contact Interlibrary Loan staff at (541) 346-3055 or by email at


SkillPort Helps UO Faculty with Instructional Software and Media

teaching at computerFaculty seeking opportunities to learn about instructional software and media are encouraged to use SkillPort e-Learning, a powerful new resource offered by the UO’s Organizational Development and Training (ODT) office and the library's Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET). SkillPort is a Web-based e-learning portal where users have round-the-clock access to a range of training resources at home, at work, and even on the road. Curricula on thousands of topics in the areas of business technology, information technology, and desktop and interactive media software are available in SkillPort. More.


UO Libraries Sponsors Year of the Book Events

Year of book logoThe UO Libraries is one of several campus units teaming up with the Oregon Humanities Center to present a year-long series of interdisciplinary events probing the past, present, and future of the book. The UO Libraries kicked off the celebration with Open Access Week, November 19-23, when it offered lectures, panel discussions, and workshops delving into the latest trends and issues in open access. The theme continues on December 4, with a lecture on open access by John Willinsky (see item above). On January 21 at 4 p.m. in Knight Library's Browsing Room, Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, will offer his insights into the future of the book in a talk entitled "The Book--Not Just Another Gadget." Other library-sponsored events include an exhibit in Knight Library from the Gardner Fox Comics Collection housed in Special Collections and University Archives. The library has several other events still in the planning stages; stay tuned to Library News for details. A complete list of Year of the Book events can be found here.



Classroom in Special Collections and University Archives Ready for Use

SCUA ClassroomIf you're a UO faculty member, instructor, or GTF who values teaching your students how to use primary source materials in their research and study, the library's Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) now has a state-of-the-art classroom you can reserve when your class needs access to primary materials. SCUA staff members can also assist you in the classroom when primary sources are being used. More.



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