Information Technology

Spring forward: Daylight Saving Time 2014 begins Sunday, March 9

Stock photo of a clock face with hands approaching 12U.S. Daylight Saving Time is here again: The time shift begins this Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour, and check your computer and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

Get computer help from the Office of Information Technology

Don’t forget to fall back: Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 3, 2013

Stock photo of a clock with sweep handsExtra sleep and early sunsets return this weekend: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

Remember to set your clocks one hour earlier in observance of Standard Time. In addition, check your home and office computers and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

SMU Libraries host 2013 CUL Cookout April 16-17

CUL Cookout 2013 promo imageTo celebrate National Library Week – as well as SMU’s Year of the Library – Central University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology will serve up snacks and share information at the 6th annual CUL Cookout April 16-17, 2013. All-beef hot dogs, veggie dogs, popcorn, cookies and other goodies are on the menu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the west side of Fondren Library Center, while supplies last.

CUL organizes the annual event to spread word on how University librarians can help with projects, papers and research. OIT will also share the latest information about their resources and services.

>  Look for the 6th Annual Cookout at the CUL News blog

Spring forward: Daylight Saving Time 2013 begins Sunday, March 11

Stock photo of a clock face with hands approaching 12U.S. Daylight Saving Time is here again: The time shift begins this Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour, and check your computer and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

Get computer help from the Office of Information Technology

SMU libraries plan 5th annual CUL Cookout for April 10-11, 2012

SMU 2012 CUL Cookout invitationCelebrate National Library Week with SMU’s Central University Libraries and Office of Information Technology as they serve snacks and share information at the 2012 CUL Cookout April 12-13, 2012. Hot dogs and other goodies will be served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. while supplies last.

CUL organizes the annual event to spread word on how University librarians can help with projects, papers and research. OIT will also share the latest information about their resources and services.

The Cookout will be located on the west side of Fondren Library Center. For more information, contact Terre Heydari, 214-768-3637, or John Milazzo, 214-768-3701.

>  Look for the 5th Annual CUL Cookout on Facebook

Spring forward: Daylight Saving Time 2012 begins March 11

Stock photo of a clock face with hands approaching 12U.S. Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour, and check your computer and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

Get computer help from the Office of Information Technology

SMU Digital Repository ready for faculty submissions

SMU Digital Repository logoSMU’s Central University Libraries, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and Office of Information Technology have combined resources to create the SMU Digital Repository, an online archive for collecting and sharing the scholarly work of SMU faculty, staff and students.

The repository is the product of a strategic partnership headed by CUL Dean and Director Gillian McCombs, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies Jim Quick, and Chief Information Officer Joe Gargiulo.

Using the Digital Commons software platform created by Berkeley Electronic Press, the SMU Digital Repository provides open access to research documents, articles, preprints, working papers, conference agendas and papers, and scholarly image collections created by SMU faculty, students, and academic staff.

The Digital Commons software also allows the publishing of open-access or subscription-based journals, and includes journal management software to customize workflows.

In the early stages of building the repository, “we’re focused on getting faculty members comfortable with the interface and with the idea of storing their work online,” says Josh Lupkin, faculty liaison for the Digital Repository. “Professors are used to communicating with colleagues in particular ways and publishing in venues specific to their fields. We’re not competing with those, but offering them another way to showcase their work and to make it more visible and accessible.”

Repository staff members are available to address any questions regarding storage, Lupkin says. For example, “some faculty members may have concerns about uploading papers to the Repository, because of publishing agreements. In those cases, we may be able to store an abstract with descriptive keywords and an outside link to the full publication.

“Above all else, this is a service to faculty that will afford them and their departments the benefits of increased relevance in Google and other searches.”

Details about the Digital Repository, including information about submitting materials, can be found at digitalrepository.smu.edu. Digital Repository team members are also available to present information sessions tailored to individual schools, departments and centers.

The University’s Norwick Center for Digital Services (nCDS) works with faculty and academic units to identify, manage, upload and present a wide range of text, image, video, audio, database, and other files that showcase SMU’s research and scholarly achievements. The Scholarly Digitization Program – offered by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies – funds digitization of materials through the nCDS for University faculty and staff members who would like to contribute nondigital materials to the Repository but lack the technology or funds required to digitize them. Up to $25,000 per semester is available, and applicants can apply for up to $5,000 of funding per project. The funding application form is available online.

The Repository is working with the Office of Engaged Learning to create a space for approved student work, Lupkin says. Papers from the first three students to complete Engaged Learning projects will be uploaded by May 2012. “The Repository will also give graduate students a forum for getting their work out into the world, after consultation with faculty advisors,” he adds. “It’s all about making connections.”

The Repository can even provide an online home for conferences hosted by a University center or department, Lupkin says. “This could mean anything from storing programs, papers and abstracts to presenting audio or video of individual sessions,” he says. “We can tailor the experience depending on the host entity’s needs.”

For more information, contact Josh Lupkin or Rob Walker at digitalrepository@list.smu.edu.

> Visit the SMU Digital Repository
> Create an SMU Digital Repository account
> Learn more from the SMU Digital Repository FAQ
Learn how to submit materials to the SMU Digital Repository

Discover-ing SMU Libraries’ revolutionary search engine

Librarian in the stacksSMU Libraries are pioneering a revolutionary service that allows students and faculty to search the library the same way they search the Internet.

The Discover SMU Libraries service, found on the SMU Libraries’ homepage in the Quick Search box, lets users search thousands of the libraries’ resources – books, articles, newspapers, databases and more – from a single search box. The SMU Libraries are one of a handful of university library systems around the world who are pioneering this simple, instant search of library collections.

Studies show that students and faculty prefer the quality of information found in libraries, but find web-style searching simpler and more straightforward. The Discover SMU Libraries service is designed to mimic open web search methods, delivering the kind of content that only the library holds.

“Offering this revolutionary service to our community [was] a culmination of several months of investigation, evaluation and planning by SMU Libraries and Office of Information Technology staff,” said Toni Nolen, IT Services Librarian at Fondren Library Center, who led the implementation effort. “We are excited to introduce this user-friendly service that will help researchers find the best information provided by the SMU Libraries for their needs.”

The Discover SMU Libraries service was created by Serials Solutions, a Seattle-based company that specializes in developing technology that enables university libraries to more easily manage their electronic content collections. The company developed the service in conjunction with universities on three continents and also works with thousands of publishers to pre-load content into a single repository of information – much like the web, but specific to each library’s holdings. The service’s technology allows searching to be precise and fast so that students and faculty spend less time hunting for the right information.

The Discover SMU Libraries search includes records from the SMU Libraries catalog, SMU Libraries Digital Collections, Central University Libraries research guides, and may index some or all of the libraries’ databases and journals.

> Read more from SMU News
> Enter a DIscover library search term with SMU Libraries’ Quick Search box

Take a break with SMU libraries at the 2011 CUL Cookout April 12-13

CUL Cookout 2011 logoSMU’s Central University Libraries and Office of Information Technology are serving snacks and sharing information at the 4th annual CUL Cookout April 12-13, 2011. Hot dogs and other goodies will be served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. while supplies last.

CUL organizes the annual party to celebrate National Library Week and to spread word on how University librarians can help with projects, papers and research. Information Technology will also present information about their resources and services.

The Cookout takes place on the west side of Fondren Library Center. For more information, contact Terre Heydari, 214-768-3637, or John Milazzo, 214-768-3701.

Spring forward for Daylight Saving Time 2011 on March 13

Stock photo of clock dialU.S. Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour, and check your computer and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

> Get computer help from the Office of Information Technology

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