“Carl” the Fog

Just a plea, to resist the branding ™ of nature, including the mysterious Fog of San Francisco. @KarlTheFog (Twitter account) is fun, in a trivial way, but a wholly inept (and in-apt) branding of our city’s fog. But if you insist, or can’t resist, may I suggest, as more apt (or ept): “Carl” the Fog. The fog comes … Continue reading “Carl” the Fog

Library Systems Downtime on Saturday

Library systems will experience necessary upgrades on Saturday, January 16 beginning after 10 AM and lasting an estimated 4 to 6 hours. Systems that will be unavailable during this time include: Library Databases from off-campus (on-campus access will still be available) Library Catalog Interlibrary Loan Your Library Record Fusion will remain available for searching, but not … Continue reading Library Systems Downtime on Saturday

Academia.edu and the Ethics of Open Access

“Posting on Academia.edu is not ethically and politically equivalent to making research available using an institutional open access repository…” Gary Hall — Professor of Media and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media, at Coventry University, UK. — makes this provocative comment in his fascinating blog post “Does Academia.edu Mean … Continue reading Academia.edu and the Ethics of Open Access

中文: The World’s Most Widely-Spoken Language

How much do you know about Mandarin Chinese, the world’s most widely-spoken language? Oxford Dictionaries‘ infographic (below) offers an overview to the Chinese language family, introducing you to key elements such as the number of native speakers worldwide, where different Chinese-speaking populations are located, the names of the major dialects, and the different types of … Continue reading 中文: The World’s Most Widely-Spoken Language

Fed Shutdown Affects Library Databases

Some online research databases will be affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government. ERIC documents are temporarily unavailable.  The shutdown affects only the ERIC documents (reports, conference proceedings, etc.) hosted on the eric.ed.gov site.  Journal articles indexed in ERIC are still accessible through the library ERIC database. The shutdown also affects several federal websites, … Continue reading Fed Shutdown Affects Library Databases

Document Delivery for Graduate Students

The Library is expanding our Document Delivery service to include USF Graduate students. Beginning August 1, 2013, USF Graduate students and faculty can request electronic delivery of journal articles, book chapters, microfilm, and government documents from Gleeson Library’s print or digital collections. We will make every effort to fill all requests electronically, whether we have … Continue reading Document Delivery for Graduate Students