University Library Newsletter: CoB

Spring 2021

Welcome Back to a New Semester

As we continue to adjust to our current circumstances, please remember the University Library is here to support you and your students. Because we are an e-preferred library, we have a variety of virtual services and resources available. This includes e-resource collections, chat services, research guides, and online tutorials. As we move through the Spring 2021 semester with you, we offer a mix of onsite and online service hours. The general operating hours for the University Library is below. Additional service hours are available during midterms and finals.


Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 5 PM

Friday: 11 AM – 4 PM

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Remote Chat:

Monday – Thursday: 8 AM – 9 PM

Friday: 8 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Sunday: 1 PM – 9 PM

A Message From Your Business Librarian

I maintain the library research guides for all subject areas taught in the College of Business. On the welcome page of the tutorials, there are library tutorials specifically designed for the College of Business students. These guides can be found in Blackboard within each course by following the Library Research Guide link. The Library Research Guide link is placed in the grey column under the section labeled Campus Resources. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the guides, please reach our to you Business Librarian.

At this time, students may potentially make same day appointments with me to review the search options for an assignment. I can help identify relevant information and provide tips on how to apply the data. Appointments are scheduled on the welcome page of any research guide, and students attend online using the WebEx link found on the schedule appointment pop-up.

If you would like for me to visit your class to review the search options for an assignment, please let me know. I can either join your class on campus or online. Visits tend to last 15 to 20 minutes. However, I can provide a recording for your class instead. Recordings tend to be five minutes long.

Elsevier Negotiations

As you may know, we are a part of the state-wide academic group that is in the process of negotiating with Elsevier. What this means to you is that we may lose access to the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection. However, this does not mean we at the library aren't able to obtain articles from the collection. We still have InterLibrary Loan and TexShare services available, which allows us to gather material from other universities for free. Contact us or your Business Librarian if you are in need of assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the negotiations, please contact our University Library, Executive Director, Tim Gritten.

Small Business Resource

Dr. Lindon Robinson at Michigan State University has written an Open Educational Resource (OER) called Financial Management for Small Business. He is the first faculty at MSU who converted his book into an OER. He is doing a major revision, which will be launched as a 2nd edition after the spring semester.

For more OER options, check out our OER & More: Open & Affordable Educational Resources website.

Publishing Opportunity with Cambridge University Press

We are excited to let you know about the new Read and Publish agreement that the University Library has just entered into with Cambridge University Press (CUP). What this agreement means is that our subscription to CUP journals also covers article processing charges (APCs) when you publish with them. Under the agreement, 100% of your APCs are covered. Now you can choose open access options with hundreds of CUP journals with no cost to you.

For example, some of the Computer Science journals in this agreement include:

Data & Policy

Journal of Functional Programming

Mathematical Structures in Computer Science

Natural Language Engineering

Network Science

Theory and Practice of Logic Programming)

There are just a few conditions that you need to consider before submitting. Your work must:

That's it! To take advantage of this program, just submit your articles through your CUP journal’s regular submission system, making sure to use Texas A&M University-San Antonio as your affiliation (this can be done with your ORCID ID, too). Once your article is accepted, you'll get additional instructions on how to take advantage of the Read and Publish agreement. If you have any questions or run into any obstacles during the process, please get in touch.

For more information on this and other publishing agreements, please see our Library Services for Faculty updates.

Business Librarian's Report

The CoB library research guides had a total of 6,240 visits during

Fall 2020 semester. The break down is below:

Business: Library Research Guide 1,788

Information Systems and Knowledge Management 790

BCOM 3304: Library Research Guide 1,480

Marketing: Library Research Guide 603

Fire & Emergency Services: Library Research Guide 490

Management: Library Research Guide 269

Accounting: Library Research Guide 241

Be Money Smart 199

Finance and Economics: Library Research Guide 77

Business Writing Guide 229

Entrepreneurship: Library Research Guide 27

The Socionomic 20