Access to Federally Funded Research


Access to Federally Funded Research

On August 25, 2022, a memorandum was released by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy updating federal policy requiring data and publications resulting from federally funded research to be shared.  The OSTP memo directs all federal agencies to develop policies to ensure that taxpayer-funded research outputs, including publications and datasets, will be made immediately available for the public to freely access.  New policies regarding public access for publications and data must be in effect by the end of 2025, although agencies may implement policies sooner.  Some of the most significant changes include:

  • The memo expands the scope of federal policy on public access to grant-funded research.  Previous guidance from 2013 applied only to agencies dispensing more than $100 million in grants annually, such as the NIH and the NSF.  Colleagues in the humanities may be interested to note that the new guidance will apply to all federal agencies, including the NEH.
  • This memo eliminates the option for authors to choose to delay public access to articles or datasets after publication.
  • Current policies based on the 2013 directive allow for publications and datasets to be subject to an embargo period of up to 12 months post-publication before becoming freely available.  The new memo specifically directs that research outputs must be made immediately available, with no option for embargo. 
  • Agencies are directed to draft policies which apply to publications and datasets for which any contributing author has received funding, not just the primary author.  

Open access advocates such as SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, have described this memo as “a historic win for open access.”  Other scholarly communication analysts have raised some questions about the implementation of this ambitious directive.  It remains to be seen what policies will be developed by federal agencies in response to this directive, but any researchers who apply for or receive federal funding will want to keep an eye on this development.  Please feel free to reach out to Eli Gandour-Rood, Collins Library science liaison, with any questions.

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The Collins Memorial Library is honored to host the exhibit: Dissent and Resistance within the Military, Sept. 28-Oct. 28

The Collins Memorial Library is honored to host the following exhibit in our East Reading Room: Dissent and Resistance within the Military September 28-October 28
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During America’s war in Vietnam, the antiwar movement among active-duty soldiers and veterans was central to the success of the larger U.S. protest movement—and had a profound impact on the course of the war.

In the mid-Sixties, as the U.S. escalated troop numbers, tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors and pilots refused to fight, sail and fly bombing missions. As scholar David Cortright notes: “It is arguable that by 1970 U.S. ground troops in Vietnam had ceased to function as an effective fighting force. The disintegration of military morale was a factor in the Nixon administration’s decision to accelerate troop withdrawals.”

This exhibit recounts the experiences of ten soldiers and veterans who risked so much, from the total alienation of their families to personal harm and imprisonment, as they openly protested the war. May their stories spark discussion and teaching about patriotism and the power of individual and collective dissent to make societal change.

This exhibit is supported by the Catherine Gould Chism Fund and associated with the teaching of Professor Nancy Bristow.  Professor Bristow will be facilitating a panel discussion in coordination with this exhibit and with the assistance with local members of Veterans for Peace on October 5th in the Reading Room.  See information below.

This panel discussion will feature activists who will talk together about their engagements with dissent and resistance at Fort Lewis and in its surrounding community, activities ranging from work with the Shelter Half Coffeehouse and the Fed UP newspaper to antiwar organizing within the Army, including in the Presidio Stockade following arrest in one case. The panel discussion will engage issues related to the ethical and moral implications of opposing the war from within the military, as well as the differential motivations, tactics, impact and experiences of these actions.

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A special note from Collins Library – Banned Books Week – Books Unite Us – Censorship Divides Us


Banned Books Week – Books Unite Us – Censorship Divides Us

This week libraries all over our country celebrate the freedom to read.  In a release from the American Library Association earlier this month 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources were documented through the first eight months of 2022.  On September 16, the New York Times published an article on this topic citing conservative politicians who are targeting school and public libraries.

All of us at Collins Library support the freedom to read and invite you to read a banned book!

Some of our favorite staff picks include:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole

What can you do?  Join the effort to unite against Book Bans.  Learn more about this movement by visiting this link:  The toolkit provides a number of talking points to address book bans and these can be very effective, especially if you are facing a book ban in a public school.  In addition, there are sample letters, yard signs and a list of partner organizations.

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Changing the Conversation: Watch this inspirational video from artist Alisa Banks.

Alisa recently gave a ZOOM presentation to kick off the events associated with our amazing new exhibition in the library called Changing the Conversation.  She talks about her work, her family legacy and the CROWN Act:  which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, is a law that prohibits discrimination based on hair texture and hairstyle.  This is a presentation that should not be missed.

Watch the video here:

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Last Month Downloads for Sound Ideas

Sound Ideas had 12989 downloads from 144 countries in the Last Month.

Sound Ideas uses the bepress suite of services to publish and showcase their materials. Interested in learning more?


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Constitution Day is Almost Here!

Constitution Day is September 17, 2022 and the Collins Library, along with the University of Puget Sound, supports this important day.  It is a time to reflect on the principles of our democracy.  Learn more about this effort by visiting the Constitution Day web site sponsored by the National Archives:  Visit the Founders Archive site to read the original comments from the founders of the Constitution and download the ebook Amending America at:   Curious about how the Constitution might be connected with the current issues associated with our country?  Check this out:


And check out this post by graduate Fran Leskovar.  Fran is currently a graduate student at Texas A&M studying international law and politics.  As an undergraduate Fran prepared this provocative post on voting rights!

In June, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, holding that there is no constitutional right to abortion. In light of that, the university is focusing its Constitution Day activities on discussions about the background, impacts, and future implications of this decision as a constitutional matter.  

We invite you to join us for a series of faculty presentations, panels, and discussions that focus on these questions:

  • On Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m., Professor Grace Livingston and Assistant Professor Regina Duthely-Barbee will present “Disorienting Histories: Black Womanhood and Reproductive Justice,” in the Tahoma Room in Thomas Hall. This presentation will situate reproductive health in the context of racism in the United States, and the ways that Dobbs impacts people differently. 
  • On Friday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m., Professor Robin Jacobson, Professor Douglas Sackman, Professor Alisa Kessel, Visiting Associate Professor Tanya Erzen, and Professor Suzanne Holland will participate in a panel in the Wheelock Student Center in the Rasmussen Rotunda. This panel will focus on the Constitution and reproductive rights in the wake of Dobbs, delving into issues of equal protection and due process, federalism, religious liberty, and bodily autonomy. Civic Engagement will be hosting a voter registration table at this event.
  • On Monday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m., Professor Sara Freeman will host a discussion of the play, “What the Constitution Means to Me.” This discussion is intended for all attendees, whether or not they have seen the play. If you are interested in seeing the play before or after this discussion, a filmed version is available to stream via Amazon Prime, and the Seattle Rep has a production showing September 30-October 23.

In concert with these events, the library will be hosting a virtual board to enable our campus community members to share what the Constitution means to them: A collection of the texts and materials relied upon or recommended by the faculty members above will also be available at Collins Memorial Library.

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Collins Library Supports Journal Publications!

Did you know that the Collins Library supports the publication of online journals through Sound Ideas, our institutional repository?  We sponsor a number of journals that focus on Puget Sound research, teaching, and learning.  For example, The Commons, is an online journal that is produced by students in politics and government.

Browse our student publications Collections below.   Inspired to create an online journal?  Just email and we will put you in touch with the appropriate staff! 

Browse the Student Publications Collections:

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Collins Library Links: Welcome Back!  We look forward to working with you this semester.


Welcome Back!  We look forward to working with you this semester.

Collins Library Staff:  Goodbyes and Hellos: 
This summer we wished our two archivists, Adriana Flores and Laura Edgar, well as they left Puget Sound to pursue new career opportunities.  We welcome Jane Connelly and Olivia Inglin to our Archives in the next few weeks.  Jane joins us from Seattle University where she has worked as the Law Library Archivist.  She brings with her extensive experience from DePaul University in Chicago where she served as the Assistant Archivist.  Jane received her Master of Library and Information Science with Archival Emphasis from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.  Olivia currently works as the Digital Asset Manager at Zulily and recently received her Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia.  We also welcomed Erin Lafferre who joined our Public Services Team and is overseeing our OCR for Canvas Program.  Wendy Lee Spaček is our new Arts & Humanities Librarian.  Nick Triggs has been appointed as our User Experience and Discovery Librarian.  We are delighted to welcome all of our new staff to Puget Sound.

Changes with our Elsevier Journal Bundle:
After a long and thoughtful review process, which included consultation with colleagues and LMIS, we will not be renewing our Elsevier journal bundle this year.  This will allow us to directly subscribe to the Elsevier journals most frequently utilized by our Puget Sound community as well as result in considerable cost savings.  Please keep in mind we can always provide content through interlibrary loan and document delivery. 

New Web Page and Enhanced Searching in Primo:
You will see some changes to our web site and to PRIMO.  These changes were designed to enhance accessibility and streamline searching.

New Exhibit:  Changing the Conversation:
We are delighted to showcase over a decade of collecting unique artists’ books, zines and broadsides that reflect social justice themes.  The exhibit is on display in the library link area and outside A&SC through the end of the semester.  On August 25 we will be hosting a zoom event with noted African American artist Alisa Banks who will discuss her book Wrongful Termination which is on display in the exhibit.  This book addresses the impact of the CROWN Act and efforts to end race-based hair discrimination.  On September 12, we are hosting a workshop in our Book Arts Studio with local printers Jessica Spring and Yoshi Nakagawa.  They will discuss the collaborative process of designing the broadside for the exhibit and participants will have the chance to print their own conversation bubble.  Both of these events require registration through the Puget Sound Book Arts organization.  Click here and go to the calendar to register.

Scholarship in the Library:

  • Peggy Burge participated in a one-week intensive course offered by the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA.  The seminar, “Six Degrees of Phillis Wheatley,” was taught by Dr. Tara Bynum who guided the class through multiple types of manuscript, print and material culture sources–letters, account books, meeting minutes of the Free African Union Society, sermons, pamphlets, broadsides, gravestones, funeral announcements, books published by subscription, and more–in order to create a richly textured understanding of eighteenth-century African American communities and their networks of writers and readers.
  • Nick Triggs has a unique artists’ book on display at the Bower Ashton Library in Bristol, England as part of an exhibition honoring noted artist Edward Ruscha.  Visit this link to learn more:
  • Ben Tucker completed chairing the year-long OER Institute sponsored by the AACU.  Along with colleagues, Melvin Rouse, Heidi Morton, Margot Casson and Kevin Kirner, this Institute focused on how OER resources can enhance student success.  A final report with recommendations is forthcoming.
  • Jane Carlin was a speaker as the Art Libraries Society Conference in the UK which focused on the issue of neutrality of libraries.  Her presentation focused on the importance of diversifying collections.  Carlin also has an article on Science Stories published in the journal Fine Books and Collecting.​

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Changing the Conversation: Artists’ Books, Zines and Broadsides from the Collins Memorial Library Collection, August 12 – December 14, 2022

Illustrated by Yoshi Nakagawa and letterpress printed by Jessica Spring at the Springtide Press

This exhibit represents over a decade of collecting artists’ books that focus on social justice themes and challenge the way we think about topics.  An artists’ book is a conversation starter.  Full of voice and vision, artists’ books bring unique perspectives to a host of subjects that challenge long held beliefs, ideals and ideas facing our society.  The Collins Memorial Library’s artist book collection draws you into a conversation, even if it is with yourself.  Discover works that challenge and inform, moving a conversation from static to dynamic through form and content.  Books change minds; their contents provoke strong emotions, potentially leading to protests, book burning, book banning and censorship.  Books can change the way you think about an idea.  An artists’ book can also change the way you see the structure of a book.  These visual narratives pop-up, stitch over, spiral and illustrate ideas and points of view.  They make a statement about the state of affairs in our complex world simply or in extravagant bindings and folds.  Come see for yourself!

Discover the range of works, their impact, power and the unbound possibility inherent in an artist book.  Check out the exhibit, Changing the Conversation: Artist Books, Zines and Broadsides from the Collins Memorial Library Collection, on display in the library from August 15 until December 14, 2022.​

Creating a broadside for the “Changing the Conversation” exhibition was a welcome challenge and an opportunity for collaboration. Our own conversations were supplemented with sketches and mockups in an effort (especially as we are both more comfortable working in the analog realm) to share our ideas and harness two brains to tackle some complicated press maneuvers. Inspired by the curators’ choice of artist’s books, we started with “speech bubbles” and filled them with conversations of connection and conflict. Some are organic, like fungi communication networks. Or there’s fire, which can be used to send signals, burn books, or just be inflammatory. Our approach to color was playful, using day-glo colors for the patterns, in contrast to the outline typeface Columna printed in gray and black, mirroring both the repetition and openness in the bubbles. We hope the resulting broadside provokes both thought and discussion.
Jessica Spring and Yoshi Nakagawa

The print price is $30 and all proceeds will go to fund student centered projects and programs in support of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Payment:  Payment can be made in person via credit card or check made payable to the Collins Memorial Library.  Individuals outside of the area who wish to purchase a print can contact with the subject line Changing the Conversation Print Purchase.  In the email please provide your name and mailing address.  Checks  made out to Collins Memorial Library should be sent to Jamie Spaine, Collins Memorial Library, 1500 N. Warner Street #1021, Tacoma, WA. 98416.  Upon receipt of your payment, the library will ship the print.

The cost covers shipping.

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Events/Exhibits Summer-Fall 2022


  • May 2022:  The Wonderful World of Pop-Up Books: The Stanley W. Hess Collection, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA. Collins Library is delighted to announce the gift of 150 pop-up books from retired art librarian, Stanley W. Hess. An arts advocate in Kitsap County, Stanley has been honored with several community awards for his work with the Puppet Museum. He currently lives in Bremerton and is the curator of the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum, a division formerly of Evergreen Children’s Theatre. The collection is currently being processed and will be maintained in the Archives & Special Collections. A series of events are being planned to showcase the collection.


  • June 6 – August 6, 2022:  Puget Sound Book Artists’ 11th Annual Exhibition, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound – Tacoma WA. The PSBA exhibition will be on view this summer at the Collins Memorial Library at UPS from June 6 – August 5, 2022. The theme is “peaks and valleys,” and promises not to disappoint.
  • June 11, 2-4pm: Puget Sound Book Artists’ 11th Annual Exhibition Opening Reception, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound – Tacoma WA. (Masks are not required but recommended.)


  • August 12 – December 14, 2022: Changing the Conversation: Artists’ Books, Zines and Broadsides from the Collins Memorial Library Collection, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound (Masks are not required but recommended.) – Tacoma WA. This exhibit represents over a decade of collecting artists’ books that focus on social justice themes and challenge the way we think about topics. An artists’ book is a conversation starter. Full of voice and vision, artists’ books bring unique perspectives to a host of subjects that challenge long held beliefs, ideals and ideas facing our society.


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