Writing – if it would be as simple

Be clear, relevant and original, argue well and provide evidence, be correct and accurate in content.1 A patent remedy for academic writing in one sentence? If it would be as simple!

Kleine Nacht Flyer 2019
The 6th “Kleine Nacht des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens an der TUHH” (Short Night of Academic Writing at TUHH), taking place in the rooms around Audimax 1 (Building H – Am Schwarzenberg Campus 5) on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 3 pm to 10 pm, offers an opportunity to get stimulation and animation around academic writing and research methods as well as to practice writing at once.

In addition to motivational talks as well as workshops the program of the “Short Night” (Flyer) includes the possibility of concentrated and silent active work in a special writing room. Writing consultation is offered as well as consultation on scholarly research methods, on finding subject information and on knowledge organisation through reference management! Consultation is also possible in English language!

About one third of the program items are offered in English language:

  • Short introduction to LaTeX (Alexander C. Wawrzyn) and time for questions and practice LaTeX. 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, room NIT E07
  • Reference management with Zotero (Beate Rajski). 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm, room H0.16
  • Reference management with Citavi (Beate Rajski). 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm, room H0.16
  • Finding information without missing anything important (Thomas Hapke). 8:45 pm – 9:15 pm, room H0.16
     

A “Round table for questions by international students (also in english language)” is offered by Bertrand Schütz, 7:15 pm – 8 pm, in room H0.08.

Application for the “Kleine Nacht” is possible through the learning management system Stud.IP. You have to be logged in when applying for the Night via Stud.IP. But you are also welcome without registration.

The “Kleine Nacht” is organized by the TUHH Student Counseling Center in cooperation with the students’ union executive committee AStA, the TUHH library, University Sports, and the TU Computing Centre as well as several internal and external contributors.

The TUHH library has been offering a German language weblog since a few years, which accompanies a seminar course “Academic research and writing” (Description in English) as a form of showcase. Some of the lecturers from this course, which is organised by the TUHH library and which is part of the module “Nontechnical Complementary Courses for Bachelors” at TUHH, will offer some of the introductory presentations at the “Kleine Nacht”. Some of the resources from the seminar and the blog are offered in German language as Open Educational Resources.

Picture: Florian Hagen, tub. – CC BY

 

1 The content of this sentence is partly taken from Pfister, Jonas: Werkzeuge des Philosophierens. Stuttgart: Reclam 2013 (p. 235ff) and respectively from the ten commandments in the guide to academic writing (2013) by Ludger Jansen. The latter are listed in the article “Writing to think and learn” (in German Langauge!) of the blog mentioned above.

Behind the scenes ..

… libraries record the metadata of their holdings in shared databases which have been built up and used in so-called library unions.

BSZ-GBV "range"

Data of this common databases run into local library systems and catalogs like tub.find at TUHH. These local databases are also used in the local database of loaned books as well as in the acquisition and ordering system of the particular library. Ordering via interlibrary loan is possible directly in the library union databases.

During March 2019 the “cataloguing databases” of two large library unions, the GBV Common Library Network and the SWB Library Network, will be merged to a common database including more than 180 million records. This database has the working title K10plus (~ “Katalog für zehn Bundesländer und mehr” = “catalog of 10 federal states and more”).

This fusion behind the scenes also has temporarily an impact on local library services here at TUHH.

From the midst of March until the productive start in the end of March, restrictions of services may occur. This is especially true for:

  • Ordering of interlibrary loans via the GBV databases will not be pssoible starting March 22, 6 pmpresumably not be possible from March 15 to March 25, ordering of interlibrary loans possible again from March 26. [Corrected March 7, 2019]
  • During this time acquisition proposals will not be executed as promptly as normal.
     

We hope for you understanding.

Other services, like loaning and information, also the function of our catalog tub.find, are hopefully not affected.

tub.talk: Of green roads and DEALs! What can we do for Open Access?

As wrap-up to the TUHH program for the Open Access Week 2018 the library invites to a tub.talk on December 13, 2018, 1.15 pm.

  • Of green roads and DEALs!
    What can we do for Open Access?

     
    Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1.15 pm
    Room 0.004, the large group room behind the information desk of the tub.

 
The opening of the week on October 22 started with a TUHH press release (in German) and the publication of the openTUHH Policy. A Poster Walk in the rotund of the TUHH library handled challenges within Open Access.

Views into the backstages of the library and the TUHH computer center as well as film perfomances made the OA week perfect.

Every day of the Open Access Week a blog entry was published, not every entry also in English language. In connection to the motto of the week “Design Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge” the following topics have been addressed:

The TUHH library wants to get into a conservation with you about the status of openness in research and teaching under the motto “Of green roads and DEALs! What can we do for Open Access?”

  • Which connection exists between Open Access and the Project DEAL about nation-wide agreements for licensing e-journals?
  • What does openness means for you and your research and teaching?
  • Which aspect of openness is especially important for you?
  • Which limits do you see for openness?

 
You are invited to attend the tub.talk on December 13, 2018, 1.15 pm (until about 2 pm in maximum) in room 0.004, the large group room behind the information desk of the tub. .

There’s Cookies, Truffles and Jam again

Sternenbrücke Trüffel und KekseSale on Tuesday, 27.11.18, from 9 am.

Once again, many TUHH hands have tackled Milli Antolagic to help her bake cookies, make truffles and cook jams. On Tuesday, Milli and her team will be in the library at 9 am selling their sweet gifts. As in previous years, the proceeds will go to the children’s hospice Sternenbrücke.

Until now everything was sold out until the early afternoon. Early arrival ensures successful shopping!

In the entrance area of the library it will probably be a bit louder than usual on Tuesday.

News about DEAL


25-04-19
TUHH has joined the contract of the DEAL project with Wiley Publishing House. You can find some information about the conditions here.
25-02-19
On January 15, 2019, for the project Deal a contract has been signed with the publisher Wiley. The contract now has been published.
01-01-19
TUHH no longer has access to the complete range of journals published by Elsevier-Verlag. Periodicals for which the TUHH has archive rights are still available.
21-12-18
There is a transitional agreement with SpringerNature, so that the journals available at TUHH will remain accessible in 2019. Negotiations with Wiley will continue, but Wiley’s journals will be available until the end of January 2019.
04-12-18
Springer journals will continue to be available during negotiations in 2019.
12-11-18
The TUHH has cancelled all journal subcriptions with the publishers Elsevier, Springer und Wiley to the end of 2018. The TUHH takes part at the project DEAL.

Project Deal - negotiating nationwide licensing agreements for e-journals

With the project DEAL the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is negotiating on behalf of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany with the big STEM publishers (Elsevier, SpringerNature und Wiley) about nation-wide agreements for licensing e-journals. The aims of DEAL are:

  • Fair financial burden to get a wide-scale, lasting access to scholarly literature (e-journals) for academics in Germany.
  • As open access component, corresponding authors’ publications of participitating institutions should be Open Access automatically (CC-BY).
  • To bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process of accessing scholarly information in Germany.

What does DEAL mean actually for the TUHH?

  1. The TUHH has cancelled this year all journal subcriptions with the publishers Elsevier, Springer und Wiley to the end of 2018. The TUHH takes part at the project DEAL.
  2. The situation at TUHH will be the same like at all other German universities which cancelled their subscriptions last year or the year before. The list of these institutions includes for example other universities of technology like those in Aix-La-Chapelle, Berlin, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Munich. In 2018 the TUHH has still had a regular contract with Elsevier because of a three-years-agreement starting 2016.
  3. The status of the DEAL negotiations is open. Contracts with the publishers SpringerNature and Wiley seem to be more possible than a contract with the publisher Elsevier.

What does DEAL mean for the access to e-journals at TUHH in 2019?

  • Starting 2019 the TUHH will still have access to journals, for which the TUHH had subscriptions with permanent archival rights, until including the volumes of the year 2018.For the publisher Elsevier as example this means:
    • Via ScienceDirect acccess will still be possible to the most important 48 journals, for which the TUHH has had a subscription until the year 2018.
    • No access will exist for articles of the year 2019.
    • No access will be possible to other ScienceDirect journals. Here the access for 2018 has been paid by an annual license without permanent access rights.
    • Further on you also have access to the Elsevier Journal Backfiles on ScienceDirect 1907 – 2002, a package, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as national license for Germany years ago.

     

  • For getting articles not available in digital or printed form at the TUHH, you have – as in the moment also – in 2019 the following possibilities:
    • Ordering through interlibrary loan online: In the moment you get a paper copy normally within one week. In the future, maybe it will be possible in most cases to deliver a digital copy to end-users.
    • Ordering through other document delivery services: In case you need an article within 24 hours or within 3 working days, the TUHH library will order the articles for TUHH researchers through another delivery service, for which the library will also pay for. This is possible already today on request.
    • In general, document delivery is possible via various ways of acquisition, which differ in the speed of supply (from at once to several days), in the quality of supply (from original pdf file to paper copy) and in the fees to be paid (to about 75 € for the most expensive type of document delivery).

     

#OAWeek2018 at TUHH – Program

Logo of program for Open Science Week 2018 at TUHH
Every year one week in October is devoted worldwide to Open Access. As every year the TUHH takes part. You are invited to attend the multifaceted program for the Open Access Week 2018 from October 22 to October 28 at the Hamburg University of Technology.

Our program:

-> Programm-Flyer

Monday, October 22, 2018

  • Opening #OAWeek2018 at TUHH : Poster Walk with Prof. Dr. Timm-Giel, (Vice President Research)
    Library, building J, room 0.004
    12.30 pm to 1 pm
  • Looking behind the scenes of the library
    Library, building J, rotunda tub.
    2 pm to 2.30 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

  • Free knowledge and glocalization of open educactional resources
    Hack[a|er]space, Building Q, 2. floor, room 211
    2 pm to 6 pm
  • Film eveving and pizza: The Internet‘s Own Boy
    ITBH, Bulding Q, 2. floor, Foyer
    starting 6.15 pm

Thursday, October 25, 2018

  • Round tour – looking behind the scenes of the computer center
    Bulding E, room 2.033, (RZ seminar room)
    starting 12 am, several tours with about 30 minutes and at most 10 persons each tour

Friday, October 26, 2018

  • tub.talk: Open knowledge in former times
    Library, building J, room 0.004
    1.15 pm to 1.45 pm

Accompanying the Open Access Week 2018 you find will every day a new entry on the topic “open knowledge” in the German part of this blog.