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Free Textbooks?

April 18, 2012



We often hear stories of students who don't buy their textbooks because they feel they can't afford them. While we understand the hard economic realities of being a college student, we also know that students ultimately hurt themselves when they don't have easy access to reading materials for their classes. It's true, textbooks are expensive, but that may change in the near future. In fact, FREE TEXTBOOKS are already being used on many college campuses.

Preservation of Digital Video

April 16, 2012



This webinar will discuss the basics of video digitization. We will also talk about the challenges of handling born-digital video and how cultural heritage institutions can mitigate some of these challenges. This is a webinar designed for people will little or no experience working with digitized and born-digital video in a preservation context. There will be plenty of time for questions as well.

The Library Needs YOU for a Focus Group

April 4, 2012



The UC Merced Library wants to hear what students think about our space, resources and services. If you can give us one hour of your time to participate in a focus group, you will receive a $25 gift certificate for the Bobcat Bookstore AND give us valuable feedback that will help us serve you better.

Grad Student Workshop: Academic Publishing

March 23, 2012



This workshop will focus on what graduate students should consider when submitting research for publication. Journal impact factors as well as other considerations in the publishing process will be covered in this session, as well as benefits of open access models and the ability to maintain rights to your work.

Open Access in the News

February 28, 2012



The debate over open access to federally funded research rages on. The Obama administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy will soon submit a report to Congress on how to deal with the contentious issues of how government-financed scientific research should be disseminated in the digital age.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

February 22, 2012



The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a practical guide designed to assist librarians in dealing with the often difficult and confusing copyright issues they face every day.

Award for New Book by Ignacio Lopez-Calvo, UCM professor

February 13, 2012



Congratulations to Dr. Ignacio Lopez-Calvo whose new book Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction was named a 2012 CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

Diaries digitized by UC Merced tell first-hand of Civil War, Lincoln assassination

February 10, 2012



A new digital collection provides a glimpse into the everyday life of a Union soldier during the U.S. Civil War, as well a first-hand account of President Lincoln’s assassination and its aftermath. The UC Merced Library contributed the collection to the Online Archive of California (OAC), Calisphere, and Merritt, in what appears to be the final chapter in a search for Lincoln’s last written words.

ProQuest Databases Down for Maintenance

February 3, 2012



Library vendor ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance from Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM to Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM.

Open Access Publishing in SpringerPlus

January 23, 2012



SpringerPlus, a new Open Access journal is accepting submissions from all disciplines of Science. Articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License for easy compliance with open access mandates.

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