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Open Access Week 2020

Introduction to Open Access & Open Access Week 2020

Now in its thirteenth year, Open Access Week is a global event that celebrates the Open Access (OA) movement. It aims to bring awareness to OA and explore the benefits it brings to all. In addition, it is a time for institutions to highlight Open Access efforts and activities locally at their institution. At UCF Libraries, we will be exploring a variety of OA topics during this year’s Open Access Week through blog posts and social media posts to help you learn more about Open Access and what it means for universities, libraries, society, and your own published works.

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Access Library Computers through UCF Apps!

Due to COVID-19, a number of computers in the library where made unavailable to patrons to provide appropriate physical distancing.

To make up for this loss in physical computer access, we have made those Public PC desktop computers available as virtual desktops. This allows you to access all of the programs and applications found on library and other public lab computers from your own Windows, Mac, iOS, iPad OS, or Android device without needing to install apps directly on your machine.

Read this article to learn how to access UCF Campus Labs through UCF Apps.

Knights Stronger Together Digital Time Capsule

UCF Libraries is building a digital time capsule, based on this year’s Diversity Week theme, Stronger Together: Unified! Connected! Family!

In this unprecedented year marked by COVID-19 and the continued fight for racial equity, we ask you to tell your story, share your voice, and be heard. Chronicle your connection to this year’s theme by contributing photographs you have taken, illustrations you have created, or text you have penned. You can influence how the present will be remembered. Share your message.

Submission information:

  • Open to UCF students, faculty, staff, and UCF Alumni. 
  • One submission per person. 
  • Submissions will be digitized and housed in STARS. STARS is UCF’s digital repository to publicize, disseminate, and preserve works by, for, and about UCF.
  • Submissions must be sized 8 ½” X 11” in a landscape orientation.
  • Submissions formats are pdf, jpg, png, or docx.
  • All submissions must be original work(s).
  • Participants must submit a consent form granting permission for their content to be digitized and placed into STARS as part of the Qualtrics form.
  • Submissions will be accepted August 1, 2020 – October 25, 2020.
  • Sexually explicit content will not be accepted, and UCF Libraries reserves the right to omit any submission.
  • All works will be placed into the digital time capsule as received; no editing services will be provided.

Submit at the Knights Stronger Together Digital Time Capsule Qualtrics form.

Faculty Support: We Have You Covered Text on Image of Open Book with Pen

Faculty Support: Online Library Instruction Options

Are you working on planning your mixed mode or online courses for fall and thinking about incorporating library instruction? We have several options available, including both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. We can tailor the sessions to your particular course and research assignments.

If your class is meeting synchronously through Zoom, your librarian can hold a live session for you and your students demonstrating search techniques and highlighting relevant library resources.

If your class is being held asynchronously, we can create recorded sessions or other customized learning objects to include in your Webcourse modules. We also have our Information Literacy Modules, which cover a range of research and citation topics, that can be assigned to your students.

Contact your subject librarian to find out more information about our services and to schedule your library sessions for the coming semester.  

Faculty Support: We Have You Covered Text on Image of Open Book with Pen

Faculty Support: Are you seeing STARS?

With almost 3,000,000 downloads in just five years, STARS wants to help you reach a worldwide audience by providing an online home for your digital projects! Faculty and students navigate a world where scholarship is increasingly digital. STARS, UCF’s Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship, is the digital institutional repository of content by, for, or about UCF. Through STARS, UCF offers authors a way to manage, share, and increase impact for their full range of scholarship, from open educational resources and podcasts to image galleries and journals.

Did you know you can shine a light on your scholarship by adding your works to the Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works collection? This collection was created specifically to showcase faculty contributions.  View the works and citations currently available and then login or create an account to start adding your materials. Your Author Dashboard will provide access to real-time download activity, alternative metrics, and usage reports on demand. Newly integrated PlumX metrics show you citations, media mentions, tweets, and more.

Need a new collection for your project? Let us know!

Questions about submitting works or your rights as an author? Email us at STARS@ucf.edu

Ready to see how STARS can help you shine a light on your works? Visit stars.library.ucf.edu 

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