Living Plastic Free with Beth Terry

Beth-Terry-East-Bay-Express-cover-900x1200Photo from My Plastic Free Life/Beth Terry

Did you bring lunch to work today? If so, you probably put your sandwich in a plastic sandwich bag. Maybe you also brought tea or juice in a plastic bottle. Those plastic bags and bottles are probably landing in the garbage and ending up who knows where polluting the environment.

If you want to break the plastic habit, look to Beth Terry, who started the blog My Plastic Free Life while recovering from surgery. She read an article about how plastic is filling up the world’s oceans, killing the wildlife. The article spurred her to take a hard look at how she was using plastic in her everyday life and how she could cut down her usage.

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Ten ways to start your semester right with the Knowledge Center

Fall is upon us, and the Knowledge Center has the resources, equipment, services, and programs you need to succeed. Here’s our top 10 things to do at the KC to start your semester right

  1. Get Research Help:  Get started, or get un-stuck on your research by taking advantage of the research librarians here to help. Stop by the Research Desk, call, email or chat to reach the Research Desk. And you can always get in touch with your subject librarian  directly – we have one for every major.
  2. Settle in for a long study – in a variety of environments. No matter your work style, we’ve got you covered. Need silence? Try the 5th floor and the silent rooms on the western corners of the 4th floor). Like it dim? Try the computers in @One. Working with a group? We’ve got group study rooms throughout the building (some are bookable, some are drop in), lively public group space on the main level. Do you need a table, a carrel, a cushy chair, or a beanbag? We’ve got those too!

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MISO Survey Results

What do UNR faculty and students think about library and technology services? In February, teaching faculty and a sample of undergraduate and graduate students took the “MISO” survey (Measuring Information Service Outcomes), which was designed by Bryn Mawr College. Response rates at UNR were as follows: faculty – 50.6%; graduate students – 42.8%; undergraduate students – 33.0%.

The faculty and student infographics below provide visual summaries of the key take-aways. UNR faculty and students believe that library, technology, and media services are important to their academic work and they are mostly satisfied with the services they receive. However, many do not feel fully informed about the types of services and support that are available to them, and they want to learn more about various technology and research tools.

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Ebook Pricing

KindleEbook pricing has been a bone of contention in the library world for years. Things got even testier this week when members of the Boston Library Consortium sent an open letter to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Several publishers, they note, are increasing the fees for short-term use of their ebooks. Another library consortium, Orbis Cascade in the Pacific Northwest, is naming names in a recent news release.

At issue is a purchasing model that many academic libraries have adopted (and publishers participate in willingly), which enables the library to pay short-term loan fees for ebooks that are only used a couple of times. These fees are typically 10% or less of the list price of the ebook. Thus, with only a couple of uses, the library pays less than the list price of buying the ebook. Usually, these plans have a point where a designated number of uses will trigger a full purchase of the book. It helps libraries maximize their access to books within a constrained budget.

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