Our New Entrepreneurial DVD Series

Attention, Entrepreneurs! Thinking about opening your own business? You may want to check-out a new DVD series that the library has acquired called the Startup Experience. These films feature entrepreneurship expert (and UCCS Professor) Dr. Tom Duening interviewing local business owners to learn how they got started. These interviews uncover real-world experience in what works and does not work, valuable business lessons, and secrets and tips that are essential to start-up success.

Thinking about opening a bookstore? This DVD features an interview with Richard Skorman, owner of Poor Richard’s Bookstore in downtown Colorado Springs.

Maybe you’d like to open a catering business? Borrow this DVD to learn how to get started by from Picnic Basket, Cravings, and Buffalo Girls owner Michelle Talarico.

Want to learn how to bring products to market? Watch this interview where Jim Holley, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Founder and former CEO of Umix, discuss how to evaluate inventions for potential commercial success, develop and protect ideas, self-market products, find business partners, and negotiate the best deals.

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We hope that you find these films interesting and useful, and good luck getting started!

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Getting Scopus to Work in Internet Explorer

If you use either version 8.0 or 9.0 of the Internet Explorer web browser (IE8 or IE9), Scopus’ search page is displayed as a long list of links over a white background which makes it difficult to search.  To fix this, here are a few solutions:

  • Use a different web browser. Whether you use a Windows, Macintosh, or Unix-based operating system, you can use alternative web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, or Safari. If you don’t have any of these already installed on your computer, you will need to first go to their website and download the web browser on to your computer.
  • If you prefer using Internet Explorer, you can work around this issue by clicking on the “compatibility view” icon located in web address bar (see image below). If you don’t see that “compatibility view” icon, view this How to Use Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 9 video.

Click on the compability view icon in the web address bar to get Scopus to display properly.

Click on the compability view icon in the web address bar to get Scopus to display properly.
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Can I Check Out My Textbooks from the Library?

For the first blog entry of the new year, let’s tackle the most common question we receive at the beginning of every semester… and I’m not talking about “Do you have a bathroom?” because, yes, yes we do – on both floors. No the magic questions is:

“Does the library have the textbooks for [fill in name of class here]?”

The answer is maybe.

Unfortunately, we can’t purchase every textbook in use at UCCS for the semester. Picture the cost of the textbooks for just your own classes. Now picture buying the textbooks for every other class being offered. Now picture buying multiple copies so that you’ll have enough to cover more than one student per class. Now picture doing that every single semester for as long as this university is in existence. Not a pretty picture, is it?

But we do own some textbooks, and if we do they will either be on reserve for a class or upstairs in the main collection.

First, let’s talk reserves. Sometimes professors place textbooks and other class readings (or listenings or viewings, for those who use music and movies) on reserve in the library. The idea behind course reserves is that it gives a class the chance to “share” a copy of a book, CD or DVD. The materials can only be checked out for a limited time (ranging from 2 hours to a week, depending on what the professor requested). In this way, one student can’t keep the library’s copy of the book all to themself for the semester without incurring very hefty fines.

Want to see if any of your classes have textbooks on reserve? Click the “Course Reserves” link in the center of the library homepage, then search by either your class number (start with the department abbreviation, ie Chem 3310 or Hist 1030) or your professor’s last name. If there is an item on reserve for your class, it will be behind the main circulation desk, so ask for it there.

the process of looking up course reserves

How do we decide which books are kept on reserve? Well, the library doesn’t. Individual professors ask us to place books on reserve, so if you feel like this would be useful for your class, talk to your teacher.

No reserves for your class? We have many books upstairs in the main, circulating collection, some of which happen to be textbooks. If you know the name of the book you can look it up in the library catalog using a title search. (When a book has a really generic title, like “Calculus” or “Organic Chemistry”, you’ll probably want to do an advanced search where you can combine title and author.) If you get a result, check it carefully: We all know that new versions of textbooks are published regularly, so there can be many different editions of one book. Look closely at the item record to make sure the publication date or the edition number matches the version you need. Sometimes professors will allow you to use earlier editions for classes. Also pay attention to the book’s Status: Available means it’s here, a due date means it’s checked out. If the Location says “Reserves”, the book is here but is actually on reserve (see above). If the library doesn’t own the book, or our copy is checked out, you can search the Prospector catalog to see if another school can send it to you, which will take several days. how to see if a textbook is availableRemember that if you find the book in the library, you can only check it out for the standard loan period: 3 weeks for undergrads and 6 weeks for grad students. You can renew the book if no one else has placed a hold on it. And by the way, if you decide to just keep the book all semester despite the fact that someone else requested it, you A) are not being a good library citizen and B) no longer have a free textbook for the semester because you’re going to be paying for it in overdue fines. If you bring in a book from another library, it also has to be returned on their timetable.

Ultimately, we can’t guarantee that we can help find every textbook you’ll need through the library, but come see us at the Reference Desk if you need any help looking. Have a successful spring semester!

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Congratulations to our UCCS Graduates!

We want to congratulate all of the Fall 2011 UCCS graduates and wish you well in all your endeavors!

Remember that UCCS Alumni retain borrowing privileges with the Kraemer Family Library, including Prospector borrowing. You can learn more by visiting our Circulation webpage.

This will be our last post for the year. We’ll start back-up with the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester.

Happy Holidays from Beth, Norah, Tabby, & Carla!

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©onfused About ©opyright? Part 1

We all have an idea of what copyright is but few of us truly understand how much it impacts our life. We encounter copyrighted works every day, and you may be surprised to know that you own copyright in many works! Over the next few months I’ll be working on a series of posts intended to help you learn a bit more about what copyright is, the rights it entails, exceptions to these rights, how you can use copyrighted works in your research, and much more.

So let’s start with the basics…..

What is copyright?
United States copyright law’s origins can be found in Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. constitution and represents our founding fathers efforts “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” Basically, this means that Thomas Jefferson, et al. wanted to motivate folks to create art, write books, plays, poetry, etc., and make scientific discoveries. Few things motivate people more than money, so this clause allows those who create and discover to have control over their works for a period of time and make money off them.

Copyright is codified in Title 17 of the U.S. code. Much of what follows will expand upon the different sections which make-up the law.

How Does Something Become Protected by Copyright? (section 102)
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to do something to ‘earn’ copyright or have to have that “© 2011 by so-and-so” attached to you work in order to have copyright protection; NOT TRUE! It’s actually pretty simple; in order for works to be protected under the law there are only 2 requirements:

  1. The work is original (meaning you did not copy it from someone else)
  2. It is fixed in a tangible medium of expression, meaning that you can see it, read it, watch it, or hear it with the use of your eyes, ears, or with the use of a computer, projector, CD player, or other type of machine.

So, when you write an email, term paper, diary entry, or poem, make a birthday card, collage, paint a picture, compose a song, videotape a dance you’ve made-up, or anything else that meets these 2 requirements you are a copyright owner! Pretty fabulous, right?

Hold your horses though, because not everything is protectable by copyright……

But to learn more about that you’ll have to wait for the next post!

I’m always happy to chat about copyright, so if you have questions about any of this please let me know.

Till next time!

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Where are my Books Coming From?

The Kraemer Family Library has a pretty impressive collection, however you are not just limited the checking-out the books found inside the library. The Kraemer Family Library is an active member of Prospector, a consortia of public and academic librarians in Colorado and Wyoming who have joined together to share resources. Through Prospector you have access to more than 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials held in these libraries. You can search the Prospector catalog to find items of interest and then request to have them delivered to the Kraemer Family Library.

If 30 million items are not enough for you we also offer an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. Whereas Prospector is pretty local, ILL in international; if there is an item you need that’s only available in Australia we’ll contact a library there and have them send it to us.

Basically, between these two services you’ll be hard pressed to find an item which we can’t get for you (unless you’re looking for sometine like a Gutenberg Bible). Have questions? Contact the Circulation Department at 719-255-3296 to ask about about Prospector or our InterLibrary Loan Department at interlib@uccs.edu.

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Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence

image from the domestic violence awareness month displayOur colleagues at UCCS are utilizing the display case in the second floor apse area to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Their display includes great information on campus and community events taking place this October, as well as the alarming facts and figures on intimate partner violence. Please take a look at it when you’re in the library, and educate yourself more on this tragic and tragically common issue.

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Library Films

Many people don’t know that the Kraemer Family Library has an expansive film collection, (both VHS & DVD) which includes both popular and educational titles. Our films stacks are located behind the Circulation desk. If you are interested in exploring our film collection the best place to start is our library catalog.

You can search for films several ways. A title search is simplest, just type in the title of the film you are search for and find out if we own it and if it’s available.

You can also perform an advanced keyword search, narrowing your results by type and location:

Most of our films circulate for 7 days and can be renewed once so long as no other patron has placed a hold on the item.

If you’re looking for a film which we do not own you can try checking Prospector. Requests from Prospector usually take 3-5 business days to arrive; most Prospector films check-out for 7 days with no renewals.

 

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In Defense of Banned Books Week

When I write my blog entries I usually try (and mostly fail), to inject some humor, but there wonʼt be much of that today because Iʼm writing about an issue I feel very strongly about: Censorship. Every year at the end of September, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week. Itʼs a week of advocacy designed to raise awareness about attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, or to severely restrict access to those books (for example, only letting a student check a particular book out of their school library if they have signed parental permission). Unsuccessful attempts to ban books arise from the same impulse, which is why the ALA also includes challenged books under the umbrella of Banned Books Week.

If you Google “Banned Books Week” you will probably get some results from opinion columns and blogs whose authors claim that the ALA is manufacturing a crisis with Banned Books Week. That weʼre inventing an epidemic of censorship thatʼs sickening the country. Yes, the days when a book could be illegal to own in the United States and seized at the borders by customs agents are behind us (think Ulysses or Tropic of Cancer/Tropic of Capricorn). Just because book banning doesnʼt occur nationally anymore does not mean it has stopped happening on a local level. The challenges of today are brought forth with the end game of having books removed from a library district or a school district. A book ban is a book ban is a book ban, regardless of scale.

A lot of Banned Books Week naysayers like to distort the logic of Banned Books Week like this: The ALA says a book has been banned when itʼs removed from a library, therefore any book not in a library has been banned! Ergo, all books are banned because no book is in every library! The ALA is crazy! Or, the ALA objects when a book is removed from a schoolʼs curriculum because of a challenge, therefore any book not being taught in an English class has been banned! Ergo, all books are banned because theyʼre not all taught in English classes! The ALA is crazy!

Letʼs get real. There is not even one library on this planet that can own a copy of every book ever written, let alone every single library. Lack of space and money prevent this, which is why librarians spend their resources building collections that they believe their particular users will check out. Not having a book because it was never purchased is nowhere near the arena of book banning. Likewise, there are plenty of reasons for removing a book from a collection that have nothing to do with censorship: The book is damaged, the information contained within is out of date, thereʼs a layer of dust on it thatʼs a quarter of an inch thick and it hasnʼt moved from its spot since the 1970s, etc, etc, etc.

The question here is one of intent. Banned Books Week is about a person or group trying and possibly succeeding in having a book removed from a school or library because they rejected to its content on moral grounds. For the record, I do not believe there is some vast, organized, conservative book banning conspiracy at work in America. What I believe is that there are people who take what should be an admirable goal of protecting young people (the vast majority of challenges involve books in the children/young adult sections of public libraries or school libraries, or books that are taught as part of an English curriculum), and try to achieve that goal through what the ALA and the majority of librarians, including myself, consider reprehensible means. If a parent stops their child from checking out a book, I canʼt say that I agree with them, but I canʼt do anything about it. They are making a choice that only affects their family. But when someone steps over the line and tries to prevent other community members from having access to a book based on their personal standards, they have crossed into the realm of censorship.

Make no mistake about it, if a challenge results in a book being removed from a library that is censorship. Some will argue that just because a book is no longer available in one library it isnʼt really banned, because itʼs available at other libraries or in bookstores. This is an easy justification to fall back on, but itʼs not that simple, especially when we remember that these removals usually affect minors. Letʼs imagine a book is banned from a local school district. A student who once had access to that book every weekday at their school library now has to go elsewhere if they want to read it, and they may not have means of getting to the public library (if there even is one nearby) or money to buy the book at a store. Raising awareness about these types of purposeful barriers to access is what Banned Books Week is all about.

Banned Book Week detractors will also argue that the ALA inflates the problem, because the numbers donʼt back up their assertion that book challenges are an issue worth fighting for. Theyʼll probably use the ALAʼs own statistics against it, claiming that incidences of book challenges and removals are actually decreasing. You know what? Itʼs true that if you look at the data the ALA transparently supplies on its website, youʼll see there were 348 challenges reported in 2010. This is the lowest number since 1991. Yes, the 2000s on average show less challenges than the 1990s. However, youʼll notice a lot of fluctuation between years: There is no steady decrease in challenges, just as there is no steady increase, and hereʼs the reason no one should pin any argument about the scope of book challenges on raw numbers, whether you think itʼs a problem or not. ALA gets data on challenges from two places: Newspapers and individual reports directly to the association. Challenges must be self-reported in order to be counted, and any trend that relies on self-reported data is notoriously difficult to quantify.

Ultimately, some challenges donʼt succeed in having a book banned and some do. Either way, tempers cool and the individual incident is forgotten. Banned Books Week is a reminder that these challenges do happen and we need to be vigilant in our own communities, so as not to stand quietly by when one particularly loud voice tries to speak for everyone. To me, thatʼs worth raising a ruckus for one week every year.

 

See the most frequently banned or challenged books of 2010.

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Parents!

Need to come to the library to perform research but can’t find a babysitter? Bring your children with you and take advantage of the Kraemer Family Library’s Parent-Child room!  Located on the third floor (rm302), this room is designed to help keep your young children entertained while you get some work done. In addition to toys there is also a TV-VCR in the room. You can bring a film from home or check-out a children’s film from the Circulation Desk. Please note that children cannot be left unsupervised in this area; see our Children in the Library policy for more details.

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