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ProQuest Flow Workshops CANCELED

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Friday, 27 March 2015 11:00 AM
The ProQuest Flow workshops scheduled to take place in Bracken Library on Monday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 1 have been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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International TableTop Day at Bracken Library

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Monday, 23 March 2015 7:30 AM
Join Ball State University Libraries for International TableTop Day at Bracken Library from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Our event--located in the Schwartz Digital Complex on Bracken Library’s first floor, west side--will feature open and competitive play with board, card, and word games from the University Libraries' collection. Gather your party and get ready for an afternoon of tabletop gaming! Learn more.

3D Printing Session: Copyright & Trademark Concerns

Contributed by: Kathryn Bohnert
Published: Monday, 16 March 2015 10:00 AM

3D Printing: Intellectual Property Concerns and Beyond

In the past, the use of photocopy, printing, scanning and related technologies in universities and libraries raised copyright issues alone. A new technology is making its way into universities: 3D printing. 3D technology now allows a user to create (that is, “print”) three-dimensional objects of an original! With 3D technology, students, faculty and staff can now "print" entire mechanical devices or components of other devices from something as simple as a corkscrew to parts of a prosthetic body part. Objects of all sorts can be created in, for example, architecture or library maker spaces. These technologies raise not only copyright issues but now include design patents, trademarks including trade dress, and possibly even trade secrets. With ability to print realistic replicas, "sharp" or other dangerous objects questions arise whether a university or a library would BE responsible if a user harmed another person with an object printed at the university. Issues of intellectual freedom are also present should the university or library desire to prevent students, faculty and staff from printing certain objects for example, no replica firearms in a "gun free zone" or no sex toys.

Please attend the University Libraries’ Copyright Conference, April 22, 2015, to hear from one of the leading experts on 3D technology and intellectual property concerns and other issues, Dr. Tomas A. Lipinski. Learn about the legal issues involved and how colleges, universities and libraries can protect themselves from liability when students, faculty and staff utilize 3D printing technologies in university and library spaces. The program will also help to raise awareness of intellectual property rights and other legal issues with the use of these new technologies.

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March and April Workshops from the University Libraries

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Monday, 09 March 2015 12:30 PM
Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope to see you at some of the Ball State University Libraries workshops scheduled for March and April. Here is the complete list of workshops remaining in Spring 2015. Learn more.

ProQuest Flow Workshops at the University Libraries

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Thursday, 12 February 2015 7:30 AM
ProQuest Flow is a free, cloud-based reference and document manager that can help you keep track of sources for your research projects. Come to this Ball State University Libraries workshop to see what makes Flow a helpful addition to your research process.

Choose from four sessions:
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Ball State University Libraries 12th Annual Copyright Conference

Contributed by: Kathryn Bohnert
Published: Tuesday, 10 February 2015 7:30 AM
The Ball State University Libraries is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 12th Annual Copyright Conference!

The Twelfth Annual Copyright Conference, Forbidden©Planet, will be on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the Ball State Alumni Center, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Conference approved for: 6.0 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLEs) and 6.0 Professional Growth Points (PGPs).

$90.00 registration includes all conference materials and a buffet lunch.

The Ball State University Libraries’ copyright conference is the Midwest’s only annual copyright conference, and will feature both K-12 and Academic tracks with nationally recognized intellectual property experts presenting the sessions. For the full conference schedule, speakers and registration information, please visit the Copyright in Forbidden©Planet homepage.

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University Libraries Workshops for Graduate Students

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:00 AM
Join us for our "Thesis Research: Getting Started" workshop, Wednesday (TOMORROW), January 28, at 4:00 p.m. in Bracken Library room 225. This Ball State University Libraries workshop is packed with advice about the research process. Learn about research tools and strategies that will help you compile sources for your literature review. You'll learn to get the most out of databases such as Web of Science, WorldCat, Dissertations & Theses, and more. Register in advance to save your seat!

More upcoming workshops for graduate students:
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