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Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014

Posted by sudrland on October 20, 2014

This week (October 20-26) is Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open access as the new norm in scholarship and research.

According to,  “ ‘Open Access’ to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

The visibility of UNK research can be raised to a global scale when digital scholarship is made freely available online at no cost to readers. Sharing UNK research and scholarship on the open web will broaden its impact and create a global readership. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries.

Open Access Resources:

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October is American Archives Month

Posted by sudrland on October 20, 2014

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

In celebration of American Archives Month, UNK Archivist Laurinda Weisse talks a bit about what archives are and what is in UNK’s Archives.

What is an archive?

An archive is a place where people go to find information. People who do research in archives often gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.

You probably have an archive in your home. It might consist of papers in a filing cabinet, items stored in a box in the basement, the files on your computer or all of the above. This is your personal archive: a collection of material that records important events from your family’s history.

Believe it or not, there are similarities between your family’s archive and local, state, or national archives. All save items to serve as proof that an event occurred, to explain how something happened, or for financial or sentimental reasons. All types of archives may be stored in more than one location. And both personal archives and larger archives save a variety of materials that can range from letters, to photographs, to films, to databases, to official documents, and more. (Adapted from What is An Archives?).

What’s in the UNK Archives?

The UNK Archives is primarily an institutional archives, meaning that we focus on preserving and providing access to the history of UNK. To do so, we have collected yearbooks, student newspapers, several large collections of photographs, information on all campus buildings, committee and organization minutes and a variety of other materials created by many campus organizations. We continue to add materials that tell stories about the campus community.

In addition to our UNK materials, we also have information on subjects beyond it. One of our largest collections is the Country Schoolhouse Legacy Collection, which contains oral history interviews with people who taught in rural Nebraska schools as well as supporting materials like pictures of rural schools. Some of what the archives owns is documented on the Archives webpage but much remains to be discovered, so please contact the University Archivist about potential research topics.

How can I get access to the UNK Archives?

Simply contact the University Archivist, Laurinda Weisse, at or 308-865-8593 to set up a time to explore the archives. You can also drop by the Archives, located on the second floor of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, during standard business hours and see if someone is available to assist you.

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The Changing World of Information Access

Posted by sudrland on October 16, 2014

Written by Janet Stoeger Wilke, Dean of the Library

In conjunction with Information Literacy month it is interesting to note that new studies are finding statistically significant improvement in the GPA of first year undergraduate students who use the library.

Here is the link to one of the articles.

Soria, Krista, Jan Fransen, and Shane Nackerud. “Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes: New Evidence for Students’ Retention and Academic Success.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 13.2 (2013): 147-64

To read further on this topic see:

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New full-text access to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Posted by sudrland on October 14, 2014

Written by Jon Ritterbush

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has recently upgraded to ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses Global – a full-text resource of nearly 2 million graduate student dissertations and theses published in North America and Europe. Many of these graduate student works published after 1997 are now available in PDF format through this database, with citations to another 1.8 million works dating back to 1861 also included. Where previously the library only had access to 24-page “previews” of these works, now the entire document is available.

Dissertations and Theses provides an invaluable resource for building a comprehensive literature review, often citing sources and ideas that might otherwise be missed. Audio, video, datasets, survey instruments, and other types of digital files are also included for thousands of these works.

Funding for PQDT Global was generously provided by the UNK Office of Graduate Studies and Research. This new database is listed under the “Articles & Databases” webpage under the alphabetical listings and under the subject of “Dissertations and Theses.”

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The Hidden Costs of Providing Access to E-books

Posted by sudrland on October 2, 2014

Written by Janet Stoeger Wilke, Dean of the Library

Calvin T. Ryan Library is beginning a series of blog posts about important issues in academic libraries and the changing world of information access. Topics will change frequently, older items will be available via the blog Archives.

The first post links to an article about E-books, their hidden costs and potential impact on the future of library collections. Follow the link for the full story.

The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries [Times of San Diego]

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