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SCOLA All Faculty Meeting Highlights

by Denyse Rodrigues on 2024-05-10T16:25:00-03:00 | 0 Comments

The annual Senate Committee on Library & Archives (SCOLA) All Faculty meeting was held on April 22, 2024.

The links will take you to the recording of the presentations.

We thank everyone for their thoughtful questions and comments. Here are a few highlights from the discussions that followed the presentations.

Q: Can the Library showcase new articles and library acquisitions on hard to research topics?

A: This blog can serve as a platform to showcase new articles and library acquisitions on hard-to-research topics. We encourage you to reach out and let us know which areas you would like to see highlighted in the coming months.

Q: Does the Google Scholar Check Full@MSVU link provide access to all MSVU Library databases?  (see instructions on setting up the link if this is new to you).

A: The Google Scholar site indicates that it indexes scholarly publishers and university repositories. However, there may be content in the MSVU Library that does not appear in Google Scholar results. The Check Full@MSVU link will check if the MSVU Library has a subscription to the articles that appear in Google Scholar search results. Unfortunately, it does not check for book titles, but you can paste the title into the Novanet Search on the Library homepage to see if we have the book in print or online formats.

Google Scholar is best suited for faculty and researchers with high levels of information literacy and research experience. We recommend that students new to research use the Novanet search and library databases to ensure access to reputable sources.

Many questions were raised about Open Textbooks, including how easy it is to get an experimental or sandbox space in PressBooks, whether open textbooks will appear in Google results, the possibility of incorporating copyrighted maps and diagrams into the textbooks, and strategies for applying for the OER funding grant (deadline May 22), especially with multiple projects in mind.

A: Yes, Google indexes open textbooks. The answers to most of the questions depend on your project or textbook's details. Please contact Lindsey MacCallum ( to discuss your questions.

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