Open Access Week 2014!

By , October 20, 2014 10:33 am


Help us celebrate Open Access Week 2014!

As we begin Butler University Libraries’ first annual celebration of Open Access Week, October 20 – 24, 2014, we would like to invite you to the Public Domain Movie Festival and the Open Access Roundtable. Read on for more information…

Public Domain Movie Festival

Everyone is welcome! We’re hosting screenings of some great public domain films, replete with snacks and sodas. Schedule is as follows:

Monday: His Girl Friday, 7-9pm, Great Books Room, Irwin Library

Tuesday: The 39 Steps, 7-9pm, 007, Irwin Library

Wednesday: Night of the Living Dead, 7-9pm, Great Books Room, Irwin Library

Thursday: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, 7-9pm, Great Books Room, Irwin Library

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Open Access Roundtable

Please join us for a collegial discussion about Open Access, author’s rights, data management, and Digital Commons! Answer your burning questions…

  • Is this “open access” journal a scam? Why do they want me to pay them?
  • I wrote this article earlier this year. Can I post it on Moodle?
  • Why should I be interested in Digital Commons when I have this account?

Friday, October 24, 2014

2:00 – 3:30pm in the Great Books Room

Light refreshments provided


What is Open Access (OA)?

OA is a movement that makes scholarly research free to access, re-use, and redistribute on the web.

How can I make my work Open Access?

OA is a blanket term for a variety of publishing and hosting avenues with the ultimate goal of making scholastic work freely available. The Digital Commons @ Butler University is an archive for the scholarly and creative output of the Butler University community. If you’re already as part of Digital Commons, now is a great time to update your profile! Contact for more information. Alternatively, you may be interested in publishing in one of the many peer-reviewed OA journals. For more information, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Fight for your (authorial) rights!  

When you sign a traditional publication agreement, you give up all your rights to the journal. Sometimes they’ll give you back permission to send a limited number of copies to colleagues. Sometimes you can post your article in Moodle. Sometimes you can publish parts of your article in a future essay. But sometimes you can’t. If you want to ensure wide exposure for your article and keep these those key rights, come talk with your Scholarly Communication Librarian, Franny Gaede, for more information on  how to negotiate those Copyright Transfer Agreements.

Is Open Access just for publications?

No! A variety of scholastic, professional, and creative output can be made freely available. Are you keeping your research data on a hard drive in your closet? Make sure it’s preserved by making it available in Digital Commons and share it with researchers around the world! Many major grant-making agencies require a data management plan as part of the application process; ask BIRS if Digital Commons is right for you.

For more info regarding Creative Commons Licensing, click here

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Franny Gaede at 317-940-9711 or  Please provide us with as much advance notice as possible.  All attempts will be made to provide a reasonable accommodation for this event.

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Butler Students, Meet Your Library Student Liaison

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By , October 3, 2014 7:16 pm

Hello Butler akeiraStudents!

My name is Akeira Jennings, and I am your friendly neighborhood library student liaison!

I’m sure many of you are wondering exactly what a student liaison is, so I wanted to let you know a little bit about my position and what I do.

The role of a liaison is to facilitate communication between different groups or organizations. As a member of the Butler student population, I communicate with the library administration, staff, and faculty to express student interests and needs. I identify what student opinions are by offering surveys and through suggestion boxes. Because technology is constantly changing, as well as the ways in which we study, student opinions and perspectives are essential.

As part of my liaison responsibilities, I plan many of the fun events held in the libraries. Last year we hosted a College Mentors for Kids Halloween party and a Good Boy Blue Book signing at Irwin Library. We also hosted “stress less” events in both the fall and spring semesters. Although the year has just begun, we already have several fun and exciting events planned for this semester.

Part of my job is to help make the libraries welcoming to students. For example, I have created simple surveys to identify students’ preferences for library furniture. (Students chose the café chairs now in the atrium of Irwin Library.) Last semester, I photographed students and faculty for new READ posters for the Lilly Science Library. The posters showcase students and faculty in the sciences, health science, and business fields, each holding a favorite book.

My job is essentially all about you. It is my responsibility to make sure that Butler University Libraries effectively meet your needs and hear your concerns. The Irwin Library and Lilly Science Library are yours, so help us shape them into places you’ll be proud to call your own.

If you have any questions or concerns about Butler Libraries and our upcoming events, please feel free to e-mail me at or to stop by Room 206 in Irwin Library.


Updated Library Hours

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By , August 26, 2014 9:46 am

We apologize for a misprint in the Connection – the Science Library is open until 9pm on August 27th and 28th, not 5pm as was listed!

Here are our hours for the rest of the year:


2014 Fall Semester Regular Hours

Fall Semester Regular Hours
Regular Hours Irwin Science
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. 8 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. Noon – Midnight

Welcome Week & Labor Day (Saturday, August 23 – Monday, September 1)

Welcome Week & Labor Day
Holiday Hours
Irwin Science
August 26 (Tue.) 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
August 27-28 (Wed. – Thurs.) 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
August 29 (Fri.) 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
August 30 (Sat.) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
August 31 (Sun.) Noon – 8 p.m. Noon – 9 p.m.
September 1 (Mon) Noon – 1 a.m. 10 a.m. – Midnight

Fall Break (Wednesday, October 15 – Sunday, October 19)

Fall Break
Holiday Hours Irwin Science
October 15-16 (Wed. – Thurs.) 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
October 17 (Fri.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 18 (Sat.) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 19 (Sun.) 1 p.m. – 1 a.m. Noon – Midnight

Thanksgiving Break (Friday, November 21 – Sunday, November 30)

Thanksgiving Break
Holiday Hours
Irwin Science
November 21 (Fri.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 22 (Sat.) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 23 (Sun.) CLOSED CLOSED
November 24-25 (Mon. – Tues.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 26 (Wed.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – Noon
November 27-29 (Thurs. – Sat.) CLOSED CLOSED
November 30 (Sun.) 2 p.m. – 1 a.m. 2 p.m. – Midnight

Finals Week (Saturday, December 13 – Sunday December 21)

Finals Week
Holiday Hours
Irwin Science
December 13 (Sat.) 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
December 14 (Sun.) 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
December 15-18 (Mon. – Thurs.) 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
December 19 (Fri.) 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
December 20 (Sat.) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 21 (Sun.) CLOSED CLOSED

Semester Break (Monday, December 22 – Friday, January 2)

Finals Week
Holiday Hours
Irwin Science
December 22-23 (Mon. – Tues) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 24 – January 1 (Wed. – Thurs) CLOSED CLOSED
January 2 (Fri.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CLOSED


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PALNI Outstanding Video Award

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By , August 11, 2014 3:44 pm

At the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) Planning Meeting on Friday, Butler’s own Dr. James F. McGrath won the award for Outstanding Video for the First Annual FilmFest with his video Viva la Library!



Check out his award winning video here:

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Big Changes!

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By , July 9, 2014 11:04 am

If you come into the Irwin Library today, you’ll see some big changes in progress!  For the first time in 50 years our circulation desk is moving, and we couldn’t be more excited!  Starting this fall we will be doing a combined circulation/reference desk that will allow us to provide a higher level of service to all of our patrons. Highly trained students from our Information Commons program will be staffing this new combined desk, and referring more in depth reference questions to liaison librarians. This is based on models that more and more libraries around the nation are moving to that use student staffed service points and peer-to-peer mentoring. The old circulation area will become a new student study space. We are also adding new technology based collaborative work spaces for students and staff.

Here is our old circulation desk:

old circulation desk

Here is the empty space before the desk was moved (you may recognize this as the space where music reference was housed – if you are looking for this, it is now on the second floor with the rest of the music materials):

empty new space


And here is the desk in place, almost ready to go!

new desk


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