Archive for February, 2013

OA in the USA

February 27, 2013

Research funded by US taxpayers must be made available to the American public for free within a year of publication, as outlined in a recent article published on Inside Higher Ed.  In addition to posting the research itself, this new legislation requires publishing bodies to post metadata –  including relevant information related to the research –  so it will be discoverable through search engines. In Canada, depending on the funding body, the rules can be similar. For example,  starting January 2013, publications receiving funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are required to make their peer-reviewed research publicly available within 12 months of publication (see here).  One more step down the road toward Open Access.  And, thinking practically about all of this, in a time of fiscal uncertainty, should taxpayers really be paying twice for access to important (government-funded) research?

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

February 25, 2013

Freedom to Read Week is “an annual event  that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”  It’s organized every year by The Book and Periodical Council, which is “the umbrella organization for writing and publishing in Canada,” and is endorsed and supported by the Canadian Library Association.

In recognition of Freedom to Read Week 2011, we offered lists of banned or challenged books which are available at RDC Library.  Take a look – you might be surprised by some of the titles on the list.   Or go one step further and borrow one!

Check out further reading and ideas for celebrating by searching the Intellectual Freedom and Censorship categories on this blog.

Happy Freedom to Read Week!

16 Great Library Scenes in Film

February 22, 2013

Friday fun, courtesy of the website Book Riot, by way of Stephen’s Lighthouse: 16 Great Library Scenes in Film.

While I like all of these (the one from Ghostbusters is a personal favourite), I think a TV shout-out needs to go out to just about every scene that took place in the library on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Giles has to be top of the list for coolest librarian ever…  Also, no mention of the Noah Wyle film The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, which is campy fun.

What do you think? What’s your favourite scene in a library, movie or TV?

Strengths and flaws in scientific research

February 8, 2013

American Scientist recently published a fascinating essay about how scientific research is conducted and gets reported, and about how conflicts between the publishing process and the need for replicability studies can affect what we understand about scientific discoveries.  The essay raises some interesting questions about how we evaluate the credibility of scientific information, and also highlights the need to always look for multiple sources of information.

Happy Friday reading…

“Conversations with the Collection” exhibit on display until Mar. 8

February 4, 2013

RDC presents Conversations with the Collection, a public art exhibition by RDC Visual Art faculty and staff. For this year’s installment of the annual exhibition, each artist has chosen to display one piece of art from the Red Deer College Permanent Art Collection that they feel relates to their own work, alongside a piece of their own work.

Diane Arbus photo

The relationship between the exhibiting artists and the work from the Collection chosen by each artist may be historic, thematic, or even personal. Side by side, the two works create a visual dialogue.

The annual exhibition demonstrates to students and the public that the Visual Art faculty and staff are practicing artists who continue to create their own personal works.