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Library Schedule Fri. 2/24/12 – Thurs. 3/01/12

Please note the changes in the library's schedule for the week before the Spring I semester. We will be open:

  • Fri. 2/24/12: 9:00 - 4:45
  • Sat. 2/25/12 & Sun. 2/26/12: closed
  • Mon. 2/27/12 – Thurs. 3/1/12: 9:00 - 4:45

Regular library hours resume on Friday, 3/2/12.

Post publication peer review?

The Elsevier boycott led by mathematician Timothy Gowers of Cambridge University continues to grow and is getting mainstream media coverage. Over 5,700 researchers (majority from math and physical sciences) have signed the list, publicly objecting to Elsevier's business practices: 1. They charge exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individual journals. 2. In the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for many libraries is to agree to buy very large "bundles", which will include many journals that those libraries do not actually want. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of their journals are essential. 3. They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information."

This important conversation is also drawing attention to alternative approaches to scholarly publishing such as F1000, an open access publishing platform for the sciences that will roll out later on this year. From their website "Diverging from traditional journal publishing, F1000 Research will offer immediate publication; open, post-publication peer review; open revisioning of work including ongoing updates; and encourage raw data deposition and publication."

Library will be closed on Mon. Feb. 20, 2012 (Washington’s Birthday)

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 in observance of Washington's Birthday. We will be open on Saturday and Sunday and regular hours resume on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21.

Did you know that you can "check out" and download ebooks from the Library's ebrary collection? There are a lot of great titles such as this one from Roger Wilkins about the relationship of the founding fathers and the institution of slavery in America.

Researching Othello? Check out Shakespearean Criticism.

The Library has purchased access to a new database/e-book collection, Shakespearean Criticism. It offers comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of the plays of Shakespeare, overviews and essays that analyze various topics or themes found Shakespeare's works.

Library will be closed on Mon. Feb. 13, 2012 (Lincoln’s Birthday)

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday. Regular hours resume on Tuesday morning, Feb. 14.

Check out this piece from the New York Times from Nov. 8, 1860 (via the library database ProQuest Historical) which tries to address readers' concerns about his upcoming presidency, subtitled "Is he Sectional and Ultra, or Conservative and National?"

LaGuardia’s 40th Anniversary - Institutional Archives research guide

Check out this useful research guide to help contextualize the newly-digitized treasures of our Institutional Archives: http://library.laguardia.edu/webguide/40th.

You’ll find a growing collection of searchable PDFs and images including LaGuardia course catalogs, newsletters, yearbooks and student newspapers that date as far back as 1973. The LaGuardia publication, The First 25 Years from 1996 is also available online. These documents and guides to help researching LaGuardia and CUNY history can be easily linked to in Blackboard and course pages.