Issue: 2023 - 3

April started with the long-awaited spring rains. We are pleased to offer you a comfortable study space on rainy days. The last week of March is celebrated as 59th National Library Week. Koç University Libraries hosted the opening ceremony of the Week and contributed with various events. On Wednesday, March 29th, ANAMED Library organized a guided tour to the exhibition titled "Illuminating the Future: Reconstruction of Higher Education in the First Years of the Republic, 1923-1946" and the tour is followed by a seminar on the republic and libraries. On Thursday, March 30th, the Career Fair took place. In this event, 17 librarians with different specializations shared their experiences with the students of the Information and Records Management Departments, new graduates, and young colleagues. April has also another significance. April 23, the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, which is gifted to the world’s children by Atatürk, will be celebrated with the same enthusiasm as every year!

Library Researcher Development Program

The Library Researcher Development Program aims to support groups at various levels at Koç University in different ways and prepare them for research processes. The program has broad coverage, including a variety of Library services and resources.

Library Researcher Development Program Seminars started with EndNote Introduction & Advanced sessions in March. “iThenticate: Publishing with Confidence (For Faculty-Researchers and Postgraduate Students)” and ''Journal Evaluation Criteria in Medicine and Health Sciences'' Library Sessions were completed. For Primary sources seminar, learning how to produce your own Podcast, Research analytics, PrePrints usage & benefits, and Covidence systematic review management platform, check out the Library Instructions and Events Calendar.

When the add-drop period is completed, SKL’s LIBR500: Library Researcher Development Course for Graduate Students has started. 171 students on KUSIS selected the course in the Spring semester. Graduate students are now in their final modules about Researcher Profiles and Measuring Research Impact.

New LIB102 Online Course for UG Students

Library Information Literacy and Research Skills Course for University Success (LIB102) course is part of UNIV101 and provides the necessary skills for university success with the help of the Library’s resources and tools. Students will gain information literacy skills and will be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information resources while considering academic integrity and ethical standards. Students will build confidence in the research process and achieve higher as they demonstrate better information literacy competencies. Students who completed their LIB101 Courses can complete LIB102 Course on Blackboard.

The course has three modules, and at the end of the course, students will become Information Literate, Research Savvy, and Academic Ethics Advocates.

Annual Review is Back!

We are happy to announce that All Annual Reviews Journals have been added to library subscriptions for 3 years through the national agreement made between TUBITAK ULAKBİM and Annual Reviews.

Annual Reviews is a non-profit organization that provides the worldwide scholarly community with a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature for a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines.

Annual Reviews have 66 multidisciplinary full-text journals covering the sciences and social sciences. These journals present useful overviews and current awareness of research developments in the field.

You can access the Annual Reviews from the databases page.

For questions about the e-resources, you can always contact us at

New Read & Publish Open Access Agreement with Wiley

The Library has several “Read and Publish” deals that allow Koç University corresponding authors to publish open access in selected journals without payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Suna Kıraç Library signed a new open access publishing agreement with Wiley. The new Read & Publish agreement enables researchers at Koç University to publish articles as open access in Wiley’s hybrid open access journals, as well as provide access to all subscription content.

Important Details:

  • Only Wiley Hibrit and Gold Journals in Q1 and Q2 journal quartiles of Web of Science (WoS) will be covered as part of Wiley's Read & Publish agreement.
  • Your manuscript must have been accepted for publication in a Wiley hybrid journal on or after 1 January 2023, or submitted to a Wiley fully open-access journal on or after 1 January 2023.
  • KU author must be identified as the Corresponding Responsible Author to benefit from the agreement.

For details about the agreement, please visit our web page.

Libraries’ Treasures Series: Journey of Higher Education in the 100th Anniversary of Turkish Republic

The 8th theme of the Suna Kıraç Library and Branch Libraries Treasure Series continues with "The Journey of Higher Education on the 100th Anniversary of the Republic," A Libguide has been prepared where you can access the contents of the studies conducted within the scope of the theme and the resources related to the subject. The blog post titled "Higher Education in the 100th Anniversary of the Republic" has been posted on the Libguide. In addition to these activities, other works carried out and planned to be done within the scope of the theme can be specified as follows:

59th Library Week: “Career Fair 2023”

Suna Kıraç Library organized the second “Career Fair” event this year as part of the 59th Library Week events. The event was conducted online via Zoom and held on Thursday, March 30, 2023. “Career Fair 2023” hosted 17 speakers who are experts in their fields for Information and Records Management students and graduated students.

For detailed information about the event, check out the link below.

BANUU Training on Entrepreneurial Start-up Projects Library Training

Banuu - Designing new pathways for employability and entrepreneurship of Iraqi students in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage" is a three-year (2020-2023) international project funded by the European Union in the frame of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Key Action 2 in the Field of Higher Education. The project aims to contribute to the improvement of the student’s employability in the field of Humanities in Iraq by creating new pathways of cooperation between universities and the public and enterprise sectors.

As the Suna Kıraç Library, we supported the training package created for 17 students from different universities with our library trainings named “Introduction to Information Literacy” and “Introduction to Suna Kıraç Library Digital Collections”.

Suna Kıraç Library Mindfulness Events

If you want to relax your body and mind, get away from stress, rest your soul with “Mindful Art and Collage Workshop”, we invite you to our event that will take place in April!

Date & Time & Place: 12th of April 2023, between 12:00 - 13:00, SKL First Floor Meeting Room

*All events will be held in Turkish.
*Participants can bring their own collage materials.

SKL Book Club Talks

April’s book is Bütün Şiirleri by Orhan Veli. Orhan Veli Kanık was one of the founders of the Garip Movement together with Oktay Rıfat and Melih Cevdet. They brought a modernist initiative to Turkish literature in the post- Republican periods and Orhan Veli and his friends changed the traditional poem perception.

If you are a fan of Orhan Veli, join us at SKL First Floor Meeting Room or via zoom on April 13 at 12:30.

Moderator: Naz Özkan
Registration Link:

Suna Kıraç Library’s Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli!

“Bu işe bir çare bulmamız lazım, işimiz çok güç. Çünkü işimiz, insanoğlunun acıma duygusunu uyandırmak...”

Suna Kıraç Library's Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli will continue with Bertolt Brecht'sÜç Kuruşluk Opera”.

We welcome all theater lovers and art lovers to our event…

Date & Time & Place: 5th of April 2023, between 12:00 - 13:00, SKL First Floor Meeting Room

Click here for registration

SKL Podcast

At the Suna Kıraç Library "İstanbul'u Dinliyorum" Podcast, this month we hosted Hatice Adıgüzel in a discussion entitled "Geç Osmanlı İstanbul’unda İtalyan Mimarlar: Raimondo D’Aronco ve Annibale Rigotti". In this episode, we talked about the Italian architects of late Ottoman Istanbul, Raimondo D'Aronco and Annibale Rigotti.

We focused on mansions and buildings built by Raimondo D’Aronco who came to Istanbul to design and implement the Dersaadet Agricultural and Industry Exhibition-i Umumisi, planned to be organized by Abdülhamid for different customer groups in Istanbul. We discussed about the projects that Turin architect Annibale Rigotti realized together with D'Aronco in Istanbul, and the reflections of the international Art Nouveau movement on Istanbul architecture.

If you want to learn more about these Art Nouveau architects, you can listen to our podcast and access our other podcast episodes from the Suna Kıraç Library Spotify Account and Apple Podcast.

ANAMED Library Talk

ANAMED Library Talks continue in April. This month's guests are Dr. Burak Başaranlar, İrem Ünal and Nathalie Defne Gier. The proclamation of the Republic initiated a large-scale social change movement in Turkey, covering the political, economic, and social spheres. One of the important areas where this movement of change is felt is higher education institutions and innovations in the field of higher education.

Burak Başaranlar, who is a visiting professor at Kadir Has University Core Program, will talk about this change movement and will focus on how this change movement plays a role in building a new society. In the aforementioned period, Darülfünun was reopened as Istanbul University by reorganizing it to meet the needs of the period, institutes/faculties such as the Higher Institute of Agriculture, the Institute of Language and History and Geography were established, and scientists who left Germany came to Turkey and made significant contributions to raising the first generation of the Republic.

In his speech, Başaranlar will examine the institutions operating in this period, the laws that marked this transformation story, this multi-layered transformation story involving the academics working in these institutions and the students studying in these schools. In addition, Nathalie Defne Gier and İrem Ünal will give information about the preparation process of the exhibition.

Please click here to register.

Open Science Requirements in Horizon Europe

All peer-reviewed scientific publications arising from Horizon Europe funding must be made available in open access. This implies that publications are to be made freely available online, immediately upon publication and with no restrictions on use, by depositing them in a repository.

Project-Related Publications in Open Access: Under Horizon Europe, beneficiaries must ensure immediate Open Access to their peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to their results no later than the publication date and through trusted repositories. Beneficiaries must also retain sufficient intellectual property rights (IPRs) to comply with Open Access requirements.

To assist with the Open Science requirements in Horizon Europe, the European Commission has recently launched a no-cost, full open-access, peer-reviewed publishing service, Open Research Europe.

Research Data Management in Horizon Europe: Beneficiaries must include a Data Management Plan (DMP) for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) research data. Data sharing must be as 'open as possible, as closed as necessary.’ DMPs will need to be delivered within the first six months of the project start date.

For more, please visit the OpenAIRE website.

Compare Two Documents with iThenticate Doc-to-Doc

Suna Kıraç Library has been offering the Similarity Check service for KU researchers which uses the iThenticate system to verify the originality of the checked papers. iThenticate is a plagiarism detection software which helps users ensuring content originality for research outputs.

Newly, the iThenticate system offers a useful Doc-to-Doc Comparison function, thanks to which we can check the consistency of individual texts with each other. Doc-to-doc comparison allows you to upload one primary document to compare against a maximum of five comparison documents. Any documents that you upload to doc-to-doc comparison will not be indexed and will not be searchable against any future submissions.

For more please visit our iThenticate LibGuide.

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