Monthly Archives: October 2017

How to Access Library Resources After Graduation


Planning on graduating this December or maybe next spring? In this post, we tell you all you need to know about accessing library resources after you leave USD.

Databases: Off-campus access to most of our online databases containing articles and other scholarly resources is restricted to current USD students, faculty, and staff.  However, alumni retain full privileges until the semester after they graduate and through a special arrangement, the University offers alumni remote access to two of our most robust databases, JSTOR and Business Source Alumni Edition. To access JSTOR or Business Source Alumni Edition off-campus, login to your Alumni Association Account . If you do not have an Alumni Association Account you will need to create one. To access other databases we offer access to, alumni must visit us in person. For Alumni outside of San Diego, we suggest visiting other academic libraries in your area because many academic libraries have licensing agreements that allow onsite visitors to access their databases.

Books: Alumni are allowed to borrow print books from Copley and we can use your Alumni Association Membership Card to set up a library account for you; visit us in person with your membership card to get your account activated. Your library account allows you to borrow up to five print books at a time. We also suggest joining the public library in San Diego in order to take full advantage of the San Diego Circuit, which allows members of the public library to borrow books from many academic libraries in San Diego. For those leaving San Diego, joining the public library in your area is also a great way to take advantage of services they offer that you have become accustomed to as a student at USD, such as Inter Library Loan.

OER and Open Access: Another great way to get access to scholarly content after graduation is to look for content that is openly accessible to the public online. Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational resources such as textbooks, images, articles, PowerPoint presentations, or full curricula that have been released under less-restrictive licenses than traditionally published material. For more on locating and using OER, checkout our OER guide. Similarly, you may want to look for scholarly content that is openly accessible, meaning that it has been licensed for free public access online. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, SPARC, defines open access as, “…the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment”. For more on finding and using open access content, checkout our guide, Open Access: Scholarly Publishing Meets Social Justice.

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What is Banned Books Week and Why Should USD Celebrate it?

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Last week Copley Library celebrated Banned Books Week for the second year in a row. We had a lot of fun and we got many great questions from Toreros about this annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Questions like, What is it and why does it matter and who won that $225 dollar gift card to the Torero store?! In this post, we give you answers to the top five questions we got during last week’s celebration of Banned Books Week.

1.       What does it mean for a book to be banned or challenged?

According to the American Library Association, “A Challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.” Typically, these are materials that are a part of a school curriculum or a library collection.

2.       Why is Banned Books Week worth celebrating at USD?

There are many reasons to celebrate Banned Books Week but for Toreros it is particularly relevant to the mission of our university; when a person or a group of people attempts to restrict access to books that they find offensive anywhere, it threatens efforts everywhere to advance academic excellence, expand knowledge and create diverse, inclusive communities.

3.       What are some of the reasons people try to ban books?



This graph breaks down common reasons from the previous decade and these reasons remain typical for 2016-2017


4.       Do people still try to ban books in 2017?

Yes. Every year the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom releases a list of the top ten challenged or Banned Books for the previous year.

5.       Did I win the $225.00 gift card?

Our student winner was Alanna Bledman; she received a $225.00 gift card to the Torero Store and a copy of her favorite banned book. Our faculty winner was Susannah Stern; she won a new Chromebook and a copy of her favorite banned book.

Thanks to everyone who participated last week and especially to those of you who took the time ask us some great questions!

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