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The Rise of Informal Logic announced as vol 2 in WSIA open access book series

CRRAR and the Leddy Library are pleased to announce Ralph Johnson's The Rise of Informal Logic as volume 2 in the Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA) open access monograph series. The first volume in the series, What do we Know About the World? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, was recently featured as the unglue.it project's Creative Commons book of the day.

Geospatial data specialist Carina Xue Luo discusses food deserts with the Windsor Star

Carina Xue Luo, geospatial data specialist at the Academic Data Centre here at Leddy Library, had the opportunity discuss the issue of food deserts in Windsor with the Windsor Star. Her research indicates that "fewer than one in five people in Windsor live within walking distance of a grocery store".

Windsor Studies in Argumentation open access book is the unglueit book of the day!

Last fall the Leddy Library helped the philosophy department and CRRAR publish the first title in their open access monograph series, Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA). That book, What do we Know about the World: Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, is now featured as the unglueit creative commons book of the day! Have a look! Book two in the series, the Rise of Informal Logic, will be out soon.

The New Leddy Library Information Desk is now Open!

It's open and it's beautiful! After many months, the wait is over! On July 31st, the Leddy Library opened its brand new "one stop shop" for students, staff and faculty. The desk includes services from 3 areas (reference, circulation and IT assistance) conveniently located as you enter the building. Joey Zhou, an HK grad student, is the first to use our brand new circulation desk! Yay!! Please drop by and check out our new area!

Canadian Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Feedback

The results of Canada's Tri-Agency open access policy consultation have been released and are available on their website. Given the impact this policy will have on University of Windsor researchers, I'd like to provide a few comments on the policy and consultation results from a Windsor perspective.

Avoiding Hijacked Journals and Predatory Publishers

Predatory publishers who attempt to take financial advantage of academics seeking a home for their research have been a growing concern in the scholarly publishing world. In a recent post from from Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing, the issue predatory publishers and hijacked journals was raised. From the site:

Taylor & Francis Online Scheduled downtime March 1st - 2nd

The Taylor & Francis Online platform will undergo scheduled downtime.This will start on Saturday 1st March 2014 at 16:00 GMT and will end on Sunday 2nd March 2014 at 08:00 GMT. Taylor & Francis Online will be unavailable for a duration of 16 hours.

Fall for a new book! Speed Reading event brings together book lovers this Saturday at Leddy Library

Event Info:

Speed Reading: Kind of like speed dating, but for book-lovin’ readers! An event hosted in collaboration with Broken City Lab and Leddy Library

Date: Saturday March 1st, 2014 Time: 1:00pm Location: Space behind Williams Cafe, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.

BioOne undergoing maintenance Saturday March 1st, 2014

BioOne website will be undergoing maintenance starting Saturday, 1 March 2014. Scheduled downtime will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (UTC-5) and may last up to 16 hours. During this time content and services on  bioone.org will be unavailable.  

Increased public access to US taxpayer funded research on the horizon

Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public

Similar to the National Institutes of Health open access policy that requires all the research they fund to be made publicly available within 12 months, other federal agencies in the US will soon require the research they fund to be made available open access.

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