Zach's News Welcome to Zach's News! This blog serves as the newsletter for the Zach S. Henderson Library of Georgia Southern University. Please visit our library website at The earlier version of our newsletter, Current Issues Only, is available at Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:43:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hot Doc: NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:31:32 +0000 If you haven’t been following the story, the Department of Commerce National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports through their National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Of the 3 million documents in the NTRL, approximately 800,000 can be downloaded immediately in PDF format without charge. Users coming from outside the U.S. must subscribe to the NTRL using one of their premium subscription options in order to download PDF reports.

The remaining NTRL reports, most published before 1995, must be scanned from microfiche archival files before being provided either as PDF’s or in print for a fee. Each time a document is scanned to fulfill a request, the agency adds the PDF to its database for free public download.  In addition to the free service, NTRL is offering a range of subscription-based services to individuals, universities, corporations, and other institutions for varying levels of access to all documents in its collection.

The free public access services (password required) provides only a basic search and 5 document downloads per session as well as links to the NTIS store for purchases. The Premium individual subscription($200/year within the U.S. and $300/year for foreign addresses) includes advanced search as well as filtering and e-mail results, 20 downloads per session, social networking, and personalization including saving personal notes and favorite documents. Institutional subscriptions (price based on defined IP ranges) include on-demand digitization of 5 reports per week, site branding, and usage statistics as well as an option to receive research data on DVD/CD for free.

You can create your own free NTRL Account at:

Information about the program can be found at:-          News announcement:          Functionality chart:

-          October 15, 2014 NTRL Newsletter:

-          Premium subscription price list:

NTIS continues to license the NTRL database records to commercial vendors, including ProQuest, for integration of their holdings into commercial services.

​Forwarded to you by:
Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor​
Government Documents Librarian
Henderson Library
Original post from: Richard Huffine, Senior Director
U.S. Federal Government Market


with revision to url to set up personal accounts from: Patricia​ Kenly, Government Documents Coordinator, Ga Tech
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New Mobile Printing service Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:00:38 +0000 Do you need to print a document or web page but don’t have access to a printer? Are you in a hurry and just need to print out an assignment before class?

Now with our new Mobile Printing service, you can print virtually any document or web page from an Internet connected PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone!

Go to, complete the online form (be sure to use your Georgia Southern email address) , then stop by the Learning Commons release station to send your document to the printer. It’s just that simple!

 Note: Print jobs will be held for 48 hours.


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International Journeys at the Library, November 5th at 12:15PM Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:54:38 +0000 The Zach S. Henderson Library is pleased to present the International Journeys at the Library brown-bag lecture series.  The next event, “Love Works:  Adventures in the Dominican Republic,” will be presented by Dr. Fred Richter on November 5th at 12:15PM in Room 1300.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.  Future journeys will include Ukraine, Morocco, and Turkey.  Please contact Ann Hamilton ( at the Zach S. Henderson Library or Jacek Lubecki ( at the Center for International Studies for more information.

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BrowZine now available for Android phones! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:21:29 +0000 browBrowZine is now available for Android smartphones, as well as for iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets.  You can download the app for free at the Google Play store.  This service allows libraries to make their scholarly journal content available to patrons via mobile devices by pulling content from different publishers and vendor interfaces and displaying the PDFs of journal articles in a single interface.  Once the app has been downloaded to the mobile device, you can select Georgia Southern University from the list of subscribing institutions and then log in using your Georgia Southern user name and password.

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Come celebrate Open Access Week (October 20-26) at the Henderson Library! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:04:17 +0000 “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Wed. Oct. 22

10 a.m. Overview of Digital Commons (Open Access, Repository, Selected Works)

3:00 p.m. Overview of Digital Commons (Open Access, Repository, Selected Works)

Thursday, Oct. 23

10:00 a.m. Publishing a Peer-Reviewed Journal with Digital Commons

1:00 p.m. – The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics (Plum Analytics: Measuring research impact)

3:00 p.m. Publishing a Peer-Reviewed Journal with Digital Commons


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You are invited to the 2014 ICPSR Data Fair series of webinars! Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:07:02 +0000 Join us in the Henderson Library Conference Room beginning at noon on October 6th to October 9th for the “Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research – Powering Sustainable Data Access” webinar series.

The call for public sharing/public access to scientific research data continues to grow. Initially there seemed to be little recognition of the need to finance public access to research data, but fortunately funding-sustained public access is making its way into the conversation.

For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR’s 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database.

You will find descriptions of these webinars in the Data Fair program:

Other offerings will include a presentation about ICPSR’s current efforts to fund and achieve sustainable public-access data sharing models, including its newly launched collection known as openICPSR.

Also of note, ICPSR will launch the Data Fair with an orientation webinar focused on our membership archive – composed of a data collection and related teaching resources that have been sustained successfully for over 52 years. Membership matters, and this webinar titled, “Understanding ICPSR,” will provide members – and those exploring membership – with in-depth tours of ICPSR’s research data services education resources, and the benefits of membership.

We invite you to join us for one or all fourteen webinars airing October 6-9, 2014! For further information, contact Bob Fernekes, at 478-7822 or by email at


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Database trial and evaluation: AMA Manual of Style Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:24:30 +0000 Henderson Library is sponsoring a trial and evaluation of the AMA Manual of Style through October 29.  This online style guide provides the most up-to-date information from the print AMA Manual of Style for scientific and medical publishing in an easy-to-search interface.

You can access the AMA Manual of Style via GALILEO or directly with this link.

Please let us know what you think of this resource by e-mailing or posting a comment here on Zach’s News.  You can also leave feedback by responding to this survey.  Thanks!

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Database trial and evaluation: Hispanic American Newspapers Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:21:47 +0000 Henderson Library is sponsoring a trial and evaluation of the Hispanic American Newspapers through October 22.  The Hispanic American Newspapers represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.  This collection is available on the same platform as the Augusta Chronicle Archives.

You can access the Hispanic American Newspapers via GALILEO or directly with this link.

Please let us know what you think of this resource by e-mailing or posting a comment here on Zach’s News.  You can also leave feedback by responding to this survey.  Thanks!

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Database trial and evaluation: ICE e-books Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:10:54 +0000 Henderson Library is sponsoring a trial and evaluation of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) e-books through November 17.  The ICE e-books  are available through the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library.  Content to which we have access is marked by an “s” in a yellow box.

You can access the ICE Virtual Library via GALILEO or directly with this link.

Please let us know what you think of this resource by e-mailing or posting a comment here on Zach’s News.  You can also leave feedback regarding the ICE e-books by responding to this survey.  Thanks!

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Writing Tutor Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:50:57 +0000 A writing tutor will be available in the Zach S. Henderson Library’s Learning Commons on Sunday afternoons.  Interested students can meet the tutor at the round tables near the library’s entrance, adjacent to the Government Documents displays. 

Sessions will be offered on Sundays from 4:00PM – 6:00 pm starting Sunday, September 14th and continuing through the last Sunday before Finals (December 7th).  If you have any questions, please contact Learning Commons Librarian, Ruth Baker at

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