Monthly Archives: January 2015

LGBTQ History at Virginia Tech Part 1: The Struggle for Recognition

Going off to college is when many students discover who they really are for the first time, and for some this can be a very scary thing. This is especially true if the real you is someone that your university and society at large refuses to recognize or accept. This was the reality for members […] Continue reading

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Removing the Journal Impact Factor from Faculty Evaluation

One barrier to open access publishing that receives a thorough debunking on an almost-daily basis, yet refuses to go away, is the journal impact factor (JIF). Unfortunately the JIF continues to be used in the evaluation of research (and researchers) … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Kellogg Family “Business,” Part III

By the late 1890s, brothers John Harvey (1852-1943) and Will Keith (1860-1951) Kellogg found one more way to get involved in the food and health world: breakfast cereal. While at work on a granola product, they stumbled instead upon a flaked cereal instead. Their first food company, the Sanitas Food Company, began around 1897/1898. The […] Continue reading

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Post-Bootcamp Thoughts

This blog post was written by Natsuko Nicholls and Andi Ogier On January 7-9, the Virginia Tech University Libraries hosted the third annual Virginia Data Management Bootcamp, involving seven academic university libraries from the entire Commonwealth of Virginia—all connected virtually through video conferencing and screen-sharing technologies with additional local in-person attendance at each institution. The […] Continue reading

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Opening Knowledge to Global Communities

Life Science and Scholarly Communication Librarian Virginia “Ginny” Pannabecker presents Open Educational Resources (OER) poster at VT’s 2015 Advancing Diversity Workshop The twelfth annual Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech workshop was held on Monday, January 12, 2015, at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A large contingent of VT University Librarians attended, […] Continue reading

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I. J. (Jack) Good: Virginia Tech’s Own Bletchley Park Connection

Enigma, Ultra, Alan Turing, Bletchley Park, the British efforts to break German codes in World War II. Maybe you’ve seen or are waiting to see the 2014 movie, The Imitation Game, which tells part of this story with Turing, quite rightly, as its central character. Perhaps you became aware of this highly classified historical episode […] Continue reading

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