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

May 2009


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.


Utopian Community Expert Jim Kopp Reads Mon., May 11

Jim KoppAuthor Jim Kopp will share readings from his book Eden Within Eden: Oregon's Utopian Heritage, Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Kopp's book is a study of planned and realized utopian communities in Oregon, beginning with the Aurora Colony in 1856.


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.


May 15 Symposium Probes Use of Social Networking and Open Content Applications in Higher Education

Computer TeachingThe third annual UO Symposium on Computers in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is scheduled for Friday, May 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Knight Library's Browsing Room. "Open Content and Open Source: Applications of Computer Technology to Improve Education and Decrease Costs to Students" will explore ways that social networking tools and other open content applications are being used to change learning paradigms and make the delivery of educational content more efficient in tough economic times.

2009 Greenfield Awards Announced

book imageThe UO Libraries is pleased to announce the purchase of critical research resources through the 2009 Stanley B. Greenfield Awards. The Greenfield Awards benefit the university by funding the purchase of expensive, noteworthy, or specialized items that will directly support faculty research and teaching.



New Online Resource Makes Local Government Documents Accessible

The UO Libraries has launched an important new electronic resource for citizens of Oregon and researchers around the world. The Local and Regional Documents Archive (LRDA) provides a centralized, fully searchable repository and archive of significant documents produced by local governments and regional offices of U. S. federal government agencies within the state of Oregon.


Scholars' Bank Earns International Recognition

The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain, has named Scholars' Bank, the University of Oregon's repository for intellectual output, the fifth best institutional repository in the world and the ninth best international repository of any kind.


Essential Links

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