FSU Libraries Participates in Big Deal Report

FSU Libraries participated in the recently published Ithaka S+R report, “What’s the Big Deal? How Researchers Are Navigating Changes to Journal Access.” The article focuses on institutions who have cancelled big deal subscription packages and those who were ready to cancel. For this project, 11 academic libraries were selected to explore faculty research habits, how they obtain research materials, how they view academic publishing models, and how this informs the libraries’ ongoing strategic decision making about Big Deal journal subscriptions. 

In 2019, FSU Libraries was among the first to terminate their multi-title subscription package or “big deal” contract with the publisher Elsevier. By opting to subscribe to only the most highly-used Elsevier titles, FSU Libraries greatly reduced annual subscription costs, while providing new options to maintain the same level of access to researchers. In making this decision, FSU Libraries worked closely with faculty to explore big deal subscription models and costs associated with journal subscriptions. 

Valerie Boulos, Associate Dean for Resource Management & Discovery Services, Renaine Julian, director of STEM Libraries, and Scott Schmucker, Electronic Resources Librarian, participated in the project. Julian and Schmucker acted as research partners by interviewing FSU faculty, gathering data, and submitting their findings. Interview questions focused on measuring the impact of these decisions, the exploration of open access models, and how research occurs after cancellation.

The team was pleased to see that the experiences of FSU faculty were well represented in the overall results of the study, which gave insight into the discovery habits, publishing preferences, and appreciation of the library as aspects of faculty research.

To learn more about FSU’s Big Deal cancellation, click here

Read the Big Deal report here: https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/whats-the-big-deal/.

FSU Libraries Services Updates

As FSU kicks off summer sessions, FSU Libraries continue to update resources and services available to the campus community.

Here are a few notable updates: 

  • The stacks are open! Access to our physical collections in Strozier, Dirac, and the FAMU-FSU Engineering Library has resumed. 
  • Curbside and in-library pick-up services will also continue. 
  • HathiTrust Digital Library Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) has ended. Click here to learn more. However, our extensive online resources are always available both on- and off-campus.
  • UBorrow has been suspended until mid-July due to the state-wide discovery system migration. To learn more about this upgrade and what it means for you, visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/catalog-and-discovery-upgrades.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for both electronic and print resources have resumed. However, there may be fulfillment delays due to library closures nationwide. Please contact lib-borrowing@fsu.edu with any questions.
  • Physical Course Reserves remain suspended until further notice. We anticipate offering physical reserves in the fall if quarantining returned print materials is no longer a necessity.
  • For updates on Special Collections & Archives, click here.

For the most update to date information, visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/news/covid-19

FSU Libraries to Upgrade Catalog and Discovery Interface This Summer

In July 2021, FSU Libraries is introducing a next-generation catalog and discovery interface. This upgraded OneSearch system will optimize your ability to find and request items on our website, lib.fsu.edu. It will also provide a robust new search experience, allowing you to search across our collections and many databases from a single interface.

To learn more about this upgrade and what it means for you, visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/catalog-and-discovery-upgrades.

More information about new search features and related services will be coming soon!

Questions? Our subject librariansAsk-A-Librarian team, and implementation leaders Lindsey WhartonMason Hall, and Valerie Boulos are available to assist you and answer your questions.

FSU Author’s Day 2020

Every year, the FSU Libraries and the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement host FSU Author’s Day to celebrate the published accomplishments by FSU faculty and staff. This year, in lieu of a reception, we are honoring our authors digitally. 

“Every year since we began the FSU Authors Day celebration, people have asked ‘Why the book?’ It is true that FSU faculty publish many more articles than books and that they publish other things, too: films, podcast series, websites, datasets, concerts, and exhibits. However, the book is perhaps the longest-lived form of academic communication and idea exchange,” said Margaret Wright-Cleveland, Office of Faculty Development and Advancement’s director of faculty development. “Its physical presence has grown with the times (e-books and interactive books) while its cultural importance reaches back centuries. These books by FSU authors will bring ideas and beauty to colleagues, students, and the general public for years. We celebrate the effort, the accomplishment, and the conversation. Congratulations, FSU faculty authors.”

The published works displayed below represent endless hours of research and learning as well as sacrifice, dedication, and grit. They also showcase the diversity and variety of scholarship at Florida State University. We congratulate the authors on their hard work and significant contributions to scholarship!

“The Libraries are delighted to recognize and celebrate our FSU Authors. The creation of new knowledge and scholarship is an important achievement and it is especially appropriate for the Libraries to recognize and honor our faculty and preserve their scholarly works,” said Gale Etschmaier, dean of FSU Libraries.

RECOGNIZING THE PUBLISHED WORK OF 
FSU FACULTY AND STAFF

Spoiler Alert: A Critical Guide
Aaron Jaffe 
English Department
Blood Brothers and Peace Pipes: Performing the Wild in German Festivals
Alina Dana Weber
Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics
Assessing Spirituality in a Diversified World
Amy L. Ai (FSU), Paul Wink, Raymond Paloutzian, and Kevin A. Harris
College of Social Work
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FSU First Impressions Contest

As part of the Seminole First Impressions contest, FSU Facilities encouraged students, faculty, staff, and alumni to submit their ideas for campus beautification projects.

We all absolutely love Strozier Library, but definitely think there is some room for improvements. These improvements would provide a better experience for the many students, faculty, staff, and community who visit Strozier every year to study, research, grab a coffee, or just hang out.

Check out our First Impressions video entries for the FSU Libraries Service Desk; the Strozier Lobby; and the Special Collections & Archives Research Center.



New FSU Libraries and GEOSET Podcast Highlights FSU Community

FSU Libraries and GEOSET are excited to announce the debut of a new podcast, Sources Cited. Season one of Sources Cited is titled “Academically Distanced.” In these first six episodes, manager of GEOSET studios and podcast host Tom Cruz, interviews members of the FSU community on their experiences in academia during the time of COVID-19 and how they are living, working, and coping during the strangeness of a pandemic. 

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FSU Libraries Reopens Locations for Fall Semester

FSU Libraries is excited to open its doors to students and faculty for the fall semester. Visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/hours for our fall semester hours. In order to provide our campus community with a safe experience, we’ve made a few changes. Below is a brief overview of what to expect when you visit.

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Virtual Backgrounds Capture FSU’s Spirit

Do you miss being on FSU’s campus as much as we do? FSU Libraries has created virtual backgrounds on Zoom featuring scenes from Strozier and Dirac Libraries. We also took a trip to the online Heritage and University Archives to create some throwback backgrounds.

Here are a few highlights:

Heritage Museum
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Love Data Week 2020

Celebrate Love Data Week, February 10 – 14, with FSU Libraries and librarians Dr. Jesse Klein and Dr. Nick Ruhs. Join us for a week of workshops and activities to raise awareness and share practice tips, resources, and stories to encourage good data practices.

This year, the event will focus on working with students to help them get to know the data specialists at their institution, the kinds of work they do, and the data and associated issues with which these data specialists engage.

Listen to the Meet Your Librarians podcast to learn more about your data librarians.

Follow us all week on Twitter and Facebook for updates all week! Post along with us using #lovedata20.

Check out the full event schedule:

Adopt a Dataset (tabling event)
Monday, February 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Strozier Library (near circulation desk)
About: What better way to love data than to adopt a dataset? This year, you can adopt an ICPSR dataset for your very own. Meet with FSU Libraries’ Data Librarians, Jesse and Nick, to find out how and grab some awesome swag! 

Introduction to Python
Tuesday, February 11, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Dirac Instruction Room 
About: This workshop will introduce Python and its components. By the end of this workshop, attendees will understand basic programming concepts and terminology and will be able to write Python scripts. Attendees will know how to find and use resources available for furthering their knowledge of Python and apply these skills for practical applications. Presented by the Research Computing Center (RCC).

Finding & Using Social Science Data 
Wednesday, February 12, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Scholars Commons Instruction Room & Zoom (https://fsulib.zoom.us/my/jrklein.fsulib)
About: This workshop will help participants become familiar with key concepts and resources for data in the social sciences. We will cover resources to expand your data vocabulary and search strategies for finding and using social science data. 

Adopt a Dataset (tabling event)
Thursday, February 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Dirac (near circulation desk)
About: What better way to love data than to adopt a dataset? This year, you can adopt an ICPSR dataset for your very own. Meet with FSU Libraries’ Data Librarians, Jesse and Nick, to find out how and grab some awesome swag! 

Introduction to Tableau
Friday, February 14, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Scholars Commons Instruction Room & Zoom (https://fsulib.zoom.us/my/jrklein.fsulib)
About: Tableau is a data visualization tool used to analyze and illustrate data, emphasizing the patterns and insights behind them. This session will introduce participants to the basics of preparing, analyzing, and sharing data using Tableau Public. Prior to Workshop: Download Tableau Public (https://public.tableau.com/en-us/s/download) (Free). Note: Please bring a laptop