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      Investigating the news

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      The landscape of news media has changed and to navigate it, news consumers need to be savvy, journalism students need to be curious, and reporters need to be ethical. These were aspects of the news discussed at the Oct. 21 event, “Behind the Headlines: Reporters and news consumers in a 24/7 media world,” sponsored by Friends of the Libraries.

      In-person voting in Minnesota for the general election

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      Were you planning to vote by mail, but worry that there won't be enough time to apply for, receive, and return your ballot? In Minnesota, you can also return your absentee ballot in person, vote early in person before Election Day, or vote in person on Election Day. Get more details in this A Matter of Facts post.
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      Evidence-based practice and open access

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      One of the reasons people advocate for open access publishing is the idea that the article will receive more citations — and thus the author will be able to show a greater scholarly impact. Three University of Minnesota librarians decided to investigate whether the evidence supported this idea. They ended up winning a Medical Library Association Award for their work.

      ‘Du Iz Tak’ reviewed by Carolyn Bishoff

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      Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff discusses "Du Iz Tak" by Carson Ellis with host Lisa Von Drasek on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      Open Access in the classroom

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      The phrase “Open Access” refers to published scholarly research — often shorter form articles or papers, but also longer form open monographs. By contrast, the phrase “Open Educational Resources” tends to be used to refer to open textbooks and other course materials like question banks, handouts, or worksheets.

      Here’s how to make your scholarly research open and accessible

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      Open access publications ensure broad access to research because open access publications can be read by anyone with an internet connection — free of any fee for the reader. At the Libraries, we have been providing infrastructure for open access projects, investing in collaborative projects on national and international scales, and supporting the University’s information needs on these topics for well over a decade.

      A place for discovery

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      Her position began after restrictions to control the pandemic were in place, yet Evening Student Supervisor Anna Opryszko has found much to inspire her. The University “is the largest place I’ve ever been,” she says. And that size brings opportunities. “The interactions between librarianship and scholarship, is something I’ve always been attracted to within library employment, but it’s never been so evident to me,” Opryszko says.
      The vision for the Health Sciences Library

      Support the vision for the Health Sciences Library

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      Learn more about the vision for the Health Sciences Library, located in the new Health Sciences Education Center from Library Director, Janice Jaguszewski, which was built upon one key question: “How can we bring together librarian expertise, digital content, flexible spaces, and new technology to advance teaching and learning and really help prepare our students to become the next generation of health care providers?”
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      COVID, publishers, and open access

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      As we continue our celebration of Open Access Week 2020, we move to an exploration of what COVID-19 has meant for scholarly publishing and open access. While Important research — including COVID-19 research — often is behind paywalls, there have been some promising developments over the last decade to make research more available. But more work is needed.
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      Highlighting trans activists

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      The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota has just released the first 20 interviews from Phase Two of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP). The activists featured in Phase Two of the TTOHP are working to overcome barriers that trans people experience in the areas of housing insecurity, police violence, health care, and other justice issues.
      Election 2020

      Perspectives from election judges

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      Are you thinking of volunteering to be an election judge this year? Have you ever wondered what drives people to volunteer to work a 16-hour day (plus training and set-up time) in November? Many Libraries staff volunteer as election judges. We’ve asked four of them why election judging is so rewarding that they come back year after year. Here are their responses.
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      Structural inequalities in scholarly communications

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      Open Access Week’s theme for 2020, “Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion,” provides an opportunity to reflect on the value of information as a commodity. We will explore this issue in the context of the move towards electronic content and conglomeration of the publishing system.
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      On-call ‘Dejargonators’

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      From “recall” to “permalink,” libraries are rife with insiders’ specialized jargon. Language or even icons used on our Libraries website can frustrate or confuse users. Fortunately, the Dejargonators, a subgroup of the Libraries' Discovery-to-Access Steering Committee (D2A), are ready to smooth the way.
      Beet Growers: Agreement for hand labor on sugar beets

      Sharing sources . . .

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      The Immigration History Research Center Archives recently digitized surveys of Mexican and Mexican-culture residents in St. Paul in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The surveys were done by what is now the International Institute of Minnesota. Founded in 1919, “it is a social service agency helping and also honoring new Americans..."
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      A noble profession

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      Del Reed’s first job in the Libraries was a two-week stint moving furniture. About 40 years later, he recently retired from the Health Sciences Library as liaison to the Center for Bioethics, the Medical Division of Physical Therapy, and the Center for Allied Health. He says: “I don’t have any regrets about the career that chose me.”
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      Avoiding trouble at thesis time

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      In her workshop, “The Fault in our Publication Agreements,” Nancy Sims — attorney and copyright librarian — helps graduate students avoid trouble with copyright on a journal article they authored.

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