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Fall has made its appearance known – autumn leaves changing color in accord with a temporal Zipf distribution – not that leaves care as they shed color and fall from twig to ground. This newsletter has a little for everybody – big data, textbook issues, copyright, and other cool stuff. In the upcoming newsletters, I will discuss scholarly communication and enhancing our digital footprint. If you have any comments or questions feel free to let me know! Jan Figa

Reserve Materials

1.7 November 1, 2012

Schewe library offers faculty the option of putting materials on reserve for their classes. This allows many students to have access to important readings with restricted checkout periods. Faculty have taken advantage of this service to make books, articles, and videos available to their students. Check out periods can range from two hours to four weeks, depending on each professor's wishes. Students request and check out reserve materials at the Circulation desk. Most reserve items are to remain in the library, but some may be taken out. Another way faculty can make materials available to students is through electronic reserves. With this option, library staff can find requested online articles and then create a link through our Voyager circulation program. Students can go to the Schewe Library online catalog, click on "Course Reserves," then find their class in the drop down menu. The electronic reserve items will be prefaced by the phrase "E-Reserve for..." From this point, a user just needs to find the article they want and click on it. There will be a link to a full text article that the professor has assigned. The student can read the article online or print it out. Providing faculty the opportunity to keep important materials on reserve for their students is just one of the services offered at Schewe Library. The entire staff is committed to ensuring the success of Illinois College students. Editors: Brittney Thomas, MLS; Eileen Doyle, BA, Emma Hudspath, Editor-in-Chief: Jan Figa, PhD


The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning, is defined and detailed in the 2010 Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform in Washington DC:

Student Access

All students are digital learners.

Barriers to Access

All students have access to high quality digital learning.

Personalized Learning

All students can use digital learning to customize their education.


All students progress is based on demonstrated competency.

Quality Content

Digital content and courses are high quality.

Quality Instruction

Digital instruction is high quality.

Quality Choices

All students have access to multiple high quality digital providers.

Assessment & Accountability

Student learning is the metric for evaluating the quality of content and instruction.


Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation.


Infrastructure supports digital learning.

What do you think? Anything Missing?

Schewe Library Society is on its way to becoming an official club! The Library Society kicked off this semester with some big plans. Foremost, our club will help Schewe Library advertise for and assist at upcoming events. At our last meeting the members decided to add a book club feature to our activities. Currently our members are putting together a list of books for consideration. When asked about the new club one Library Society member, Khaleela Johnson, said, “Well, from my perspective the library society seems to be a "neat new start" for students to connect”. Khaleela also said that, “being involved in library society allows one another to help others, bonding and learning from one another.” The Schewe Library Society is currently deciding on the official club name. The club will be having its officer’s elections at our next meeting on November 7th at 8p.m. If you are interested in helping the library with programming ideas, please stop by. For those of you who love to read and love lively and thought provoking discussions, come help us get our book club up and going!


Alyssa Lopez I am currently a senior majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. After graduation, I plan on attending a physician’s assistant program or a Ph.D. program in genetic and molecular biology. I am currently the secretary of Parker After Dark, a Peer Health Educator, and a member of Tri Beta. For the past three years, I have worked as a student researcher; my work involves molecular identification of fungal mycorrhiza found in symbiosis with orchids. I am originally from Hanover Park, a town about an hour from Chicago, and I graduated from Bartlett High School in 2009. I enjoy IC because I have had many opportunities to advance my future career plans; I have also met some of the greatest people here! This is currently my third year working at Schewe Library.

This last Monday we had our third Brown Bag Lunch on copyright. Our participants came with a lot of good questions and we have been working hard to provide support and answers on copyright. For a useful guide on what we can and can’t do as teachers, please see the Copyright: Do’s and Don’ts guide on the next page. Schewe Library is starting a new initiative as part of the Schewe Library’s strategic plan! We are creating subject guides for classes using a new mind mapping software. The software we are currently testing out is If you are interested in creating a subject guide for your class this fall or for next spring contact me at We can also provide some examples for you to look at. Interested parties can go to and create a free account and play around with the program on your own! We would love to get some feedback on this great product! I was also accepted into the ALA 2012 Emerging Leaders Program. I’ll be jetting off to begin my leadership training at the ALA Midwinter Meeting this January in Seattle!

Copyright: Can I make multiple copies of a handout from a teaching manual owned by the library? Can I make multiple copies of a chapter in a textbook owned by the library? Can I make photocopies of articles and book excerpts as handouts for my students?

Can I upload copies of articles and book excerpts onto Moodle without permission? Can I upload images onto Moodle without permission? Can I upload videos onto Moodle without permission?

No. No.


Do’s and Don’ts

Check the rights and reproduction statement. You can only make multiple copies for classroom use if the book clearly states that you may freely use the content in an educational setting. Copying from textbooks affects the potential market. See fair use factor #4: Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market


It is against copyright law to make photocopies of an item not owned or subscribed to by Schewe Library. Fair use allows individuals to make one copy for educational and scholarly purposes. If the book or article is owned by the library, direct your students to the library where, under fair use, they can make their own, single copy, if they so choose. For easy access, consider putting all of the materials on reserve.


Posting material online without copyright permission is against copyright law. If the library subscribes to or owns a copy, direct your students to that copy by linking (via URL) to the original copy.



You may post an image from one of our image databases as long as it is for educational purposes. For all other images, you must first obtain permission from the owner before you can use it. You can only post or view videos that you yourself have made or if you have express copyright permission to do so. Check the rights and reproductions statement. Sometimes owners will adopt an open access license (such as creative commons), allowing users to download and embed their content more freely. Otherwise, if you want to show a video you must show it from the hosting website. If you decide that posting an item on Moodle is fair use, be sure that only the students taking the class have access and that you take it down immediately after the class is over.

Can I use an article that I found last night in class today?

Can I show a rented film in my class?

11/2/2012 Schewe Library copyright disclaimer applies

Yes, but...


In order to claim fair use you must consider all 4 fair use factors. In addition to spontaneity, you must also consider the brevity and the cumulative effect of the work and of the use. You would be safer directing students to material that is owned or subscribed to by the library Showing a rented video is in violation of copyright law. Have the library purchase the video. Once a video has been purchased and added to the collection it may be viewed in a class. You may not, however, allow people from outside the direct patron group (i.e. Illinois College) to view the movie unless you have purchased public performance rights. Schewe Library


In the second part (out of three) titled, Mathematics and What it Means to be Human, Michele Osherow, an English professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, discusses poetry “from a collection called the Oulipo Compendium. Oulipo poetry emerged in 1960 when Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais gathered a group of writers and mathematicians in France to create literature guided by strict (very strict) and often bizarre constraints. For example, the S+7 (or N+7) constraint requires that every noun in a text be replaced with the seventh noun appearing after it in a dictionary.” Suri’s explanation of Stoppard’s play Arcadia in a substantial You Tube should entertain mathematicians and humanists alike. Amazing what those poets dream up! Hey, maybe you have some ideas of weird mathematical rules for poetry or literature in general – I know you are out there – e-mail me at In the third article of the series, the authors Osherow and Suri discuss the joys and frustrations in having students embed mathematics in “humanistic papers.” Several interesting papers resulted, e.g., “one student wrote a story that elegantly finessed chaos theory to imagine a world in which Lincoln might never have become president. Another produced a slick, professional-quality video on beauty and the golden ratio.”

Car Parts Protected by Copyright So, you find this car online. You are almost embarrassed by how cheap it is, and so you buy it, only to discover that several parts are not original. What recourse do you have? Well, a Belgian court confirmed that any reproduction, even in part, of a work protected by copyright is sufficient to find an infringement when the reproduction concerns original elements. So, spare parts are recognized as original works protected by copyright. This is not good news for parts dealers! And before you start saying something about Belgian laws not applying to the U.S.A., consider that the automotive (parts) world is international. Details at Managing Intellectual Property’s website.


Schewe Library has received about 50 new books this school year. They can be found at the New Book Shelves on the wall to the left of the Circulation Desk. Thank you to the faculty members who have faithfully supplied the library with requests! To the rest of the faculty, please send some orders our way. There are many avenues to get your requests to us. They may be sent via email to or or through campus mail. It’s as easy as circling items in a catalog and dropping it in an interoffice envelope (if you still want the catalog, just request that it be sent back). Every faculty department has funds to spend. An email will be going out soon stating the amounts available. Deadline for orders is the end of February 2013, so please, get those orders coming!

Big Data The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for the first cloud-based scalable database to NuoDB whose patent (61315351) abstract reads, “A multi-user, elastic, on-demand, distributed relational database management system. The database is fragmented into distributed objects called atoms. Any change to a copy of an atom at one location is replicated to all other locations containing a copy of that atom. Transactional managers operate to satisfy the properties of atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability.” Schewe library, as the largest IC database access consumer, is particularly interested in this development since our database access has to accommodate vast numbers of concurrent users, huge data loads, and unpredictable peak loads and spikes. Barry Morris, co-founder and CEO, likens the emergent database architecture to a flocks of birds flying: “A flock of birds can take off together and land together, but there is no central brain and there is no bird in charge” – “It is a system that is about the coordination of peers and so it is a peer to peer kind of model with distributed control." Read more at


Yes, you probably heard it…and maybe you even exclaimed it…those youngsters of today have it so easy. In our day (some pre-historic reference point with meteors showering dinosaurs with destruction), you had to study to get a decent, let alone a great, grade! So, is college getting easier? Well, a nifty visual collage of data from Online Colleges provide some interesting data to ponder.

In a Free Society With the election around the corner, I thought you might be interested in knowing about Project Censored, which “examines the coverage of news and information important to the maintenance of a healthy and functioning democracy…On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth.”

Top Censored Stories of 2013 1. Signs of an Emerging Police State 2. Oceans in Peril 3. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Worse than Anticipated 4. FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States 5. First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions Loaned to Major Banks 6. Small Network of Corporations Run the Global Economy 7. 2012: The International Year of Cooperatives 8. NATO War Crimes in Libya 9. Prison Slavery in Today’s USA 10. HR 347 Would Make Many Forms of Nonviolent Protest Illegal 11. Members of Congress Grow Wealthier Despite Recession 12. US Joins Forces with al-Qaeda in Syria 13. Education “Reform” a Trojan Horse for Privatization 14. Who Are the Top 1 Percent and How Do They Earn a Living? 15. Dangers of Everyday Technology


16. Sexual Violence against Women Soldiers on the Rise and under Wraps 17. Students Crushed By One Trillion Dollars in Student Loans 18. Palestinian Women Prisoners Shackled during Childbirth 19. New York Police Plant Drugs on Innocent People to Meet Arrest Quotas 20. Stealing from Public Education to Feed the Prison-Industrial Complex 21. Conservatives Attack US Post Office to Break the Union and Privatize Postal Services 22. Wachovia Bank Laundered Money for Latin American Drug Cartels 23. US Covers up Afghan Massacre 24. Alabama Farmers Look to Replace Migrants with Prisoners 25. Evidence Points to Guantánamo Dryboarding

Fascinating. Look at 6. Great research topics.

Inspired by the Six Degrees of Separation concept applied to Kevin Bacon, some dudes with too much free time devised a computer program that could show that any entertainer can be linked to Kevin Bacon through film roles in a few short steps. Well, some Google programmers just had to invent a Bacon Calculator…the so-called Baconator based on Google’s Knowledge Graph. As an example, type “charlie chaplin bacon number” into Google’s search box, and press enter to learn that the number is “2:”

The deep mathematics governing this fun game, is often referred to as “small world experiment,” and forms the basis of many practical network problems. This has applications in searching behavior, and is of interest to librarians to optimize the discovery process, and is typically represented visually (e.g., aquabrowser).


The first ever White House Datapalooza Event (sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Policy) on October 9th gathered a packed room of education innovators, self-professed “data nerds,” edtech “rockstars,” and national education leaders. The event mixed solutions that combine existing, open data resources with the latest technologies in tailoring instruction to individual student needs for teachers and navigating the college application and loan process for students. Participants included Agilix Learning Services, eScholar, Personal, Rezolve Group, BecomeAlum, Knewton, Alltuition, and Mozilla. Ahh, yes…the intersection of learning and “Big Data.”

OpenStax College is a start-up online textbook publisher launched in February that provides free, open-source, peer-reviewed high-quality online textbooks in print copy, PDF, Web-view, or Epub. OpenStax was founded by Rice University engineering professor Richard Baraniukis, and is made possible through the generous support of several well-known philanthropic foundations.

The launch of OpenStax coincided with U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter’s speech to announce the first annual Open Education Week, and to launch a video competition, entitled Why Open Education Matters, which aims to raise awareness about the availability and benefits of free and open textbooks, and other material for all levels of education. Kanter recalled her days as chancellor of De Anza Community College where student groups pooled their money to buy textbooks, ripped the books apart to make copies for classmates, and more recently that 60% of respondents to a UC Riverside survey last November indicated that they forego textbooks because of financial pressures, leaving them without necessary class material at the beginning of a course. Kanter indicated continued support of Open Educational Resource – a highlight of Obama’s State of the Union address.

A grassroots response using student-created and centered digital textbooks has blossomed, and appropriatedly takes advantage of Apple’s iBookstore to publish video- and image-laden eTextBooks. Go Students.


The student workers have been busy creating amazing promotional tools for IC students to use in the library. The projects range from research topics for school to gathering good information on the 2012 Presidential Election. We want the students to understand that the information literacy skills they learn in college are useful in all aspects of their lives! We are also redefining what it means to be content creators and publishers in today’s digital age. Check out what two of our students have published so far! Melissa Trone has created a detailed research guide on Pinterest for students interested in psychology and Bret Thixton has found a great resource for students to use to fact check the presidential campaigns.

While tootling around the countryside, I heard this great radio interview on the future of cities on TTBOOK, “a nationally-syndicated radio show that cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel its engine.� I noticed the similarities of the rise and spread of cities with institutions of higher learning, and the question of optimal size. And of course, this topic relates to Kevin Bacon!


Cursing Diversely You don’t really know another culture until you can curse like a sailor in that culture’s language or more precisely, curse like whatever that culture uses as a symbol of the ultimate in foul and blasphemous self-expression. You don’t really understand another people until you can fling a gesture at another driver that signals your contempt for their skills, their car, and their ancestors all in one simple motion. If you can’t mutter a description of someone that places them in the kind of category unacknowledged by language guides and schools, then you don’t really belong yet. And of course, if you can’t describe the various body functions and products that we all have and pretend we don’t, then you are still a stranger. Schewe Library has your back. As the Japanese would say, we are your dachi (“partner, sidekick, posse”). We’ve provided several reference tools so that you won’t be dismissed as boke (“addled”) or donkan (“dull, thick, out of it”). Instead, you will be universally regarded as kireru (“sharp, quick-witted, on the ball”). All of these definitions come from Beyond Polite Japanese: A Dictionary of Japanese Slang and Colloquialisms, located in the Schewe reference collection at R495.6 Y55. If you have any interest in Japanese culture, this reference book can provide much entertaining browsing. What about gestures? Again, we’ve got you covered. The Dictionary of Worldwide Gestures lives in reference at R302.222 B348. Careful study of this work will teach you why you shouldn’t thrust your hands into your trouser pockets in Central Africa, or the message you are conveying if you blow smoke in a woman’s face in Northern Syria, and no, it isn’t what you think it is. If you want to know, find the book and look it up!

After working in the library for seven weeks, I have already learned much more than I could have expected, particularly using technology for marketing purposes. From making examples for the social media project to creating subject guides to helping with the newsletter, I have used so many computer programs, most of which I didn’t know existed before. I learned how to use websites like Pinterest, Learnist, Thinglink, Diigo, and Fakebook for educational purposes, and have spent a lot of time using Microsoft Publisher, and now eReader for the newsletter. I am also learning how to use Camtasia to make online tutorials, and am now using Mindmeister to make mindmaps that range from class subject guides to informational tools for the presidential election. Many of these programs I would never have come in contact with on my own, but are very useful for a variety of reasons, and I will be grateful to know how to use them later on!


Library Hours During the Academic Year

Monday—Thursday 8 a.m. to 12 midnight Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 12 midnight

Contact Information Brittney Thomas Public Services Librarian 217-245-3573

Jan Figa Library Director 217-245-3023

Eileen Doyle Circulation Manager 217-245-3264

Mike Westbrook Reference Librarian 217-245-3022

Focus on the New Books Shelf

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