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Sparky Awards

Passionate about Open Access?  Create a video to show why!

The Sparky Awards honour the best student videos about Open Access.  Sponsored by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition), in 2 minutes or less, tell them why Open Access research matters to you.

For more information on the contest, go to

For examples of past entries, click here

Free stuff at the Library!

We are testing the usability of our Library website this week and we need your assistance. If you haven’t been to our website much that’s okay – we need opinions from a variety of experience levels.

If you would like to help us, and have 30 minutes to spare between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on March 16 or 17, please sign up at the Information Desk in the Library.

For your participation in testing the website, we’ll give you a $10 Good Earth gift card.


  • The observation and questions will be with two friendly Library IT folks, in a room in the Library.
  • Only one time-slot per person.
  • If you are not at the Information Desk for your scheduled time, and we have filled that time with someone else, you forfeit your chance at a gift card.

Thanks for your help!

Gladwell’s database: JSTOR – not just for research anymore

Just a note for all of you who saw Malcolm Gladwell’s talk, we appreciate the shout-out to libraries! He noted that he gets some of inspiration by throwing random words into JSTOR and seeing what comes up. We have JSTOR if you want to try it out, and many more databases as well.

Gladwell also noted the usefulness of following references from one bibliography to find other articles of interest – one of the 6 habits of highly effective researchers.

More seating in the library!

Expect the Silent Study area to be a bit less silent on the morning of  Friday March 18th.

Workers will be busy installing 29 swanky new study carrels until about 10 am on that day.  We are so excited to provide more study seats for you!

Happy Studying!

Posted by Sarah Stephens in News