Friday, March 24, 2017

Attend Upcoming Predatory Publishing Workshop

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What is predatory publishing?
To understand predatory publishing, one must understand the nature of open access publishing. The open access movement is a form of scholarly publishing that moves away from traditional subscription-based models where end users must pay before they have access to full-text articles. Open access (OA) journals disseminate research output free of all restrictions on access and on use (copyright). In some OA models, fees are collected from authors to support the publishing process (e.g. copy editing) and to maintain their website.

Predatory publishers take advantage of the OA business model by charging publication fees to authors without any editorial and publishing services that are standard practices with legitimate journals (open access or subscription-based).

Why is this a problem?
Recent reports and media coverage (see below) emphasize the challenges surrounding the growth and long standing issues with predatory publishing.

Since their primary goal is to generate revenue, predatory publishers lack discernable scholarship. They also use aggressive practices that deceive both authors and readers such as emailing researchers and encouraging them to submit manuscripts with quick turnaround times and high acceptance rates. Because of the lack of transparency, it puts researchers’ work at risk. Once a study has been published in a predatory journal, it cannot be published elsewhere.

What are some strategies to avoid publishing in a predatory journal?
In light of the rise of predatory publishers in the scholarly market, this does not mean that all open access publishing should be avoided. There are many reputable open access journals that can be found through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Librarians are an excellent resource if you have questions about the credibility of a specific journal.

Want to learn more? 
There are many other strategies to help authors avoid the pitfalls of publishing in predatory journals. Register for our upcoming predatory publishing workshop on Wednesday, April 5, which will help you identify predatory publishers, differentiate them from reputable ones, and locate quality journals for your academic work.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Be it Resolved that all Knowledge be Open

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You're Invited! University of Alberta’s Open Education Week Event 2017

Thursday March 30, 12:30-1:30pm, Cameron Library Rm 4-02

In support of the global Open Education Week 2017 (March 27-31) a one hour panel discussion will be hosted at the University of Alberta. The discussion is themed on the statement “Be it resolved that all knowledge be open” and will feature several perspectives from across campus critically discussing and reflecting on openness in education at the University of Alberta.

Openness in education is focused on eliminating barriers that inhibit the use of knowledge, and includes a variety of open alternatives – open source software, open access scholarly publishing, open research data and open educational resources. Collectively these open alternatives come together under the ideas of open scholarship and open education. All of these opens have their roots in the academy’s values and tradition of the free exchange of knowledge.

The University of Alberta as a public institution has a clear role and commitment to making the work of its faculty available to the public. This sentiment is reflected in the University’s promise made by the University’s first president, Henry Marshall Tory, in 1908:

"The modern state university has sprung from a demand on the part of the people themselves….The people demand that knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal. This should never be forgotten."

The new institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good, reaffirms this commitment stating: “When we excel, our work sparks and feeds widespread social, cultural, and economic benefits for others—indeed for the uplifting of the whole people,” and Objective 12 (iii) states, “Encourage and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to ensure that society can realize the benefits of intellectual capital arising from research and creative endeavours.” Finally, the University’s collective agreement with Faculty defines service, in part, as “dissemination of knowledge to the general public by making available the staff members expertise and knowledge of the discipline.”

Given the apparent alignment between open education and the University’s own promise, plan and collective agreement, to what degree and how should faculty be open scholars?


Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES, is the Copyright Librarian at the University of Alberta. Prior to this, she worked as a Government Information Librarian and has held secondment positions in data and digital repository services at two major Canadian universities.

Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell is currently the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and also teaches in the MA in Humanities Computing. He has published on textual visualization and analysis, and computing in the humanities including a book from the MIT Press, Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities (2016) and is a co-developer of Voyant Tools, a suite of text analysis tools, and leads the TAPoR project documenting text tools.

Dr. Samer Adeeb is currently an associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He started at the assistant professor level in 2007. Prior to that, Samer finished his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, worked in the pipeline industry, which was followed by a short post-doc period at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary. Samer's research expertise is in numerical modelling applied to Biomechanics and pipelines. Samer has always been a proponent of open education. In particular, he is excited about using online web tools for creating interactive web content for engineering education. The contents of the courses he teaches: CivE 398, CivE 295, CivE 664, and CivE 665 are available online at: He also worked with the Centre for Teaching and Learning to create online lectures that are available on the web to augment his classes:

Dr. Sean Gouglas is a Professor in Humanities Computing and Senior Director of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Arts. He is also the co-director of UAlberta’s new computer game development certificate program, which brings together students in computing science, art, music and design to build and study computer games. Dr. Gouglas' research focuses on the relationship between universities and the computer game industry in Canada, especially as it relates to curriculum development. He also studies how gender shapes the production and consumption of video games.

Gerald Beasley was appointed Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian on July 1, 2013. His previous library experience includes leadership positions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York; and Concordia University, Montreal. He has also worked at the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, England. Gerald is a graduate of Oxford University (M.A., English Lang. & Lit.) and University College, London (M.A., Library Studies). He is currently the chair of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Policy Committee.

We welcome you to join us for a lively discussion and, if interested to join our list serv on Open Educational Resources

More information on Open Educational Resources is linked here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Images of Research People’s Choice Voting Now Open!

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All members of the UofA campus community are invited to cast a vote to determine the 2017 Images of Research (IOR) People’s Choice award!

Online voting is open from March 20 - 27, so head over to the IOR website NOW to vote for your favourite image.

Or vote HERE. One vote per person, CCID login required.

The winner of this category will receive $250 and be included in the IOR exhibition happening from April 6 - 30 on the main floor of Cameron Library. Make sure to visit the exhibit to view all the winning and semifinalist images in person.

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current UofA graduate students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single image. The competition, which closed February 13, is organized by University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), and with the support of Campus Design & Print Solutions.

If you have questions or comments, please contact

Mounties on the Cover Exhibit Opens March 20, 2017

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Mounties on the Cover is an exhibition containing highlights of a large and extraordinary collection of books that depict the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The Mountie appeared in hundreds of Hollywood movies but was more often seen in the works of hundreds of artists and illustrators, on the covers of thousands of dust jackets, magazines, and comic books.

Robert Leighton.Sergeant Silk, the Prairie Scout. 1929.
Robert Leighton (1859-1933) was born in Scotland. He wrote seven books about Mounties. This dust jacket appeared on many other children’s books not authored by Leighton and with no Mountie content, suggesting that it was used as a marketing tool.

The collection represents 50 years of book collecting by distinguished Staff Sergeant (retired) Al Lund of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who generously donated his entire collection to the University of Alberta Libraries in recent years.

The exhibition opens to the public on Monday, March 20th in Bruce Peel Special Collections (Rutherford South, lower level). For more details:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Colour our Collections at Scott Library

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The J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library has created adult colouring sheets of images from historic books in the Rawlinson Rare Book Collection. Ranging from early botanical drawings, a public human dissection, to a humorous skeleton, there are different options to suit your various moods. The J.W. Scott Library has set up a colouring station on the main floor of the library. The colouring station has free paper copies of each of the colouring sheets. We are also supplying colouring pencils, felt pens, and crayons for in-library use.

Come, relax and colour!

We invite you to display your colouring virtuosity on our display board for all to admire.

The colouring pages can also be downloaded and printed off from Colour our Collections.

Want to see the original books these images are taken from? For more information on the Rawlinson Rare Book Collection and the visitation procedures, please see the libguide or stop by the service desk.