New Furniture at Math Library January 2, 2013Posted by uwmathlib in News, Uncategorized.
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Stop by and check out the new furniture in the Math Research Library! We have all new chairs, new computer workstations, and new study tables. The Group Study table (1st floor) has a whiteboard top. Markers can be checked out at the desk.
May 4, 2012 May 4, 2012Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Scholarly Communications.
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UW Libraries’ AAUP post on concerns about the sustainability of the scholarly publishing system
1. A couple of weeks ago a story about Harvard’s Faculty Advisory Council declaring current journal pricing “unsustainable” appeared which got an interesting response in Time magazine’s “Techland”.
2. The “Elsevier Boycott” still seems to be going strong with 11,035 signatures as of a couple of minutes ago… [11/49 UW signers are from mathematics and statistics]. If you have signed, and wonder what other actions you might take, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition ) has posted some ideas.
3. The other day Elsevier posted its second letter to the mathematics community, which Tim Gowers has rather neatly dissected on his blog. What’s noteworthy about that to us in the Libraries is Prof. Gowers’ thorough understanding of the way journal bundles work – lots of details there for those of you who may be interested.
4. Yesterday a story appeared in the Guardian about Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales being engaged by the British government to consult on furthering open access to scientific research results.
5. Closer to home, Patty Murray has just signed on as a co-sponsor of FRPAA (the Federal Research Public Access Act) . Elsevier’s opposition to that, among many other things, helped trigger the Gowers-led boycott.
Tim Jewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director, Information Resources and Scholarly Communication
University of Washington Libraries
MRL’s Big Shift is Done
Thanks to UW Libraries Circulation staff and students and Saundra and our students:
- 2800 Dewey call numbered books were reclassified and relabeled to the Library of Congress call number system.
- 14,500 monographs were moved from Math Storage and integrated into Math Stacks.
- All books are now shelved on our two main Math Stacks floors, A to Z.
- All journals were reclassified and relabeled as well.
- 8,200 periodical volumes were moved from our upper floor to Math Storage.
- Then all periodicals were rearranged from title order and reshelved by LC call number. They were then shifted again to distribute the space.
- All our journals are now online and/or in Math Storage.
- A detailed inventory was taken of the newly integrated Math Stacks collection.
- A title level inventory was done for the newly integrated Math Storage collection.
- The small Math Periodicals Display area upstairs holds the few titles still received in paper issues.
- Our two main floors were reshifted a second and final time to allow for growth and to distribute space.
- All in all, our entire collection was shifted at least twice for a total number of 120,100 items moved.
Collection Size & Capacity
As of May 1, 2012, Math Stacks is at 70% capacity and Math Storage is at 81% capacity. 10 years of growth has been left in the Math Storage for continuing sets. We now have 33,939 books, 25,640 journal volumes, and 231 unbound journal issues. Only 75 items, .1% of our collection, are currently missing–an amazingly small number!
I have worked here a long time and am now off to the next phase of my life. It has been my pleasure to work with you all. Thank you for your strong interest in this library and your support over the years. You have helped to give this smaller library a strong and viable presence in the UW Libraries universe. Saundra and our students will continue to provide you with their great friendly service. Soon, a new math librarian will come on board ready to meet and work with you in new and exciting ways.
PS: I’d like to thank my friend, Judy West, for allowing me to use extracts of her fabulous photos. If you have enjoyed them too, you can find her note cards at Katterman’s Pharmacy on Sandpoint.
April 2012 April 20, 2012Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Dissertations/Theses, How Do I?, Reference Resources.
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Encyclopedia of Mathematics Rebirth
Ten years ago, Kluwer published an online version of the multi-volume Encyclopaedia of Mathematics (QA5 .M37213 1988, Math Reference) , which had been translated and updated from the original 1977 Russian version, Matematicheskaya entsiklopediya. After Springer bought Kluwer, this online version ceased being updated and was made freely available online.
Now, Springer and the European Mathematical Society are sponsoring the conversion of this respected work into a public wiki encyclopedia. An editorial board led by Ulf Rehmann (Univ. Bielefeld) will oversee the future development of this publicly available resource. They encourage mathematicians everywhere to contribute to the transformation of this important resource.
How Do I?: Find Dissertations
- Dissertation Abstracts/Proquest Dissertations – More than 1 million full-text dissertations are available to you here. For those dissertations not available in full-text, submit an interlibrary loan request to get a printed copy.
- UW Theses and Dissertations – if not available in Dissertations Abstracts, search the UW Libraries Catalog:
See ourLibGuide page on finding books for more info.
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
UW Libraries recently purchased the JFM backfiles, v. 1-, 1956-.
Library Collection Shift Almost Complete
The two students who have been working on our collection have finished their book by book inventory. They have reshifted the main floor (A-QA272) and have almost finished reshifting our upper floor (QA273-Z). There is now lots of room for future growth.
Their last task will be reshifting the journals collection in Math Storage. There should be plenty of room down there too.
You may request journal vols. at any time through the catalog, by email, or in person. Should you ever want to go there, remember to get the call number first before you go. The journals there are now in Library of Congress call no. order. This helps us manage the collection better.
March 2012 March 6, 2012Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Journals, Scholarly Communications, Undergraduate.
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What are they? Which should you retain? Why? How?
A fellow math librarian, Kris Fowler, U Minnesota, has written an article in the Notices AMS (March 2012) about protecting your author rights when you publish journal articles. She has a nice chart that shows which rights selected math publishers, both society and commercial, allow in their author agreements. But, you can challenge those agreements! Read more…
Mathematics Research Library Collection Shift
Our intrepid book movers, Meghan, Shane, and Ari, are making good progress on our collection move. The majority of our books are now publicly available on our shelves. The biggest remaining part, the early QAs, are slowly being shifted from Math Storage to our shelves. We expect that book call numbers from A to QA272 will be on our first floor, and QA273 to Z on our second floor.
Then all journals, except any unbound recent issues, will be moved to Math Storage where they will be available upon request. The majority of these journals are online, so be sure to check the online catalog first. Any recent paper issues will be shelved on our display shelves on the 4th floor level until they are bound.
All MRL books and journals are now in the Library of Congress call number system.
This is a very complex project (akin to working a very large Rubik’s Cube) because of our space limitations and the 3 different shelving systems we had. We have tried to limit the noisier activities to morning or after hours. Math Library is profoundly grateful to UW Libraries’ Circulation Division for making it happen.
Open Letter from Elsevier
Elsevier responds to mathematicians.
Relevant proposed federal legislation:
U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation that directs federal agencies to encourage open public access to federally funded scientific research:
The Federal Research Public Access Act would require federal agencies with an extramural research budget of $100 million or more to make federally-funded research available for free online access by the general public, no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
- All undergraduates enrolled at the University of Washington are eligible.
- The $1,000 awards are given in three categories: Senior Thesis, Senior Non-Thesis and Non-Senior.
- Projects completed in Spring Quarter 2011 through Spring Quarter 2012 are eligible.
- Projects must have been completed for UW course credit, for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP), or the Undergraduate Research Symposium. MCM/ICM papers are eligible too.
- A project may be in any format or medium.
- Individual or group projects are eligible. Each student will be judged individually.
- Application deadline is May 14, 2012, 5 PM.
Submissions will be judged on how well student researchers demonstrate:
- Unusual depth or broadness in the use of library resources and collections, including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media.
- Extraordinary ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.
- Demonstration of significant personal knowledge in the methods of research and inquiry.
Please review the Student Tips carefully. It contains a detailed description of how points are awarded.
A critical piece of your application is a 750-1,000 word reflective essay describing your research strategies, and use of library tools and resources. The essay is one of the most important parts of your application! Please see the essay guidelines and tips from past evaluators. There will be drop-in advising sessions on applying for the award
Sun, April 1 – Mon, May 14, 2012, Research Commons, Allen Library South. Read more….
February 2012 February 7, 2012Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Databases, ebooks, Journals, Scholarly Communications.
Tags: Etexts, Scopus
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Math Research Library Flips!
We have begun our project to move almost all math/stat books from Math Storage to our main collection, and, in turn, move all journals to Math Storage. The books will flow in call number order from A to Z, main floor to upper floor. Reuniting our book collection should make user browsing easier and will bring back immediate access to hundreds of classic titles.
Since the majority of our journals are now online, the paper volumes are used less and less. Thus the decision was made to store all math/stat journals in Math Storage in call number order. Anytime a paper volume is needed, though, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Requesting volumes thru the catalog or via email ahead of your trip to MRL is a convenient way to get these materials. MRL staff will retrieve on demand as staffing allows. We usually go several times a day.
We will try to concentrate the louder activities involved with this move to the morning hours when fewer patrons are in the library. We hope to finish this project mid-Spring 2012.
Mathematicians Protest Scholarly Journal Publishing
As you may be aware, a recent Timothy Gowers blog on commercial journal publishing problems ignited a protest joined by thousands of other academics. You can follow the conversations and activities by exploring the links in our Scholarly Publishing Issues box to the right.
Etext Pilot Could Save Students $$
UW Information Technology will be running an etext pilot beginning in spring quarter focused on providing low cost etextbooks in a collaborative teaching environment. The pilot is designed to enable both access to high quality digital educational resources (eTexts) and new tools for teaching and learning with those resources, including the ability to search, highlight, and annotate texts, collaborate, and interact. UW IT is currently seeking instructors to participate in the pilot. Two vendors gave demonstrations in December: Courseload and Coursesmart. The CourseLoad product is strong on collaboration and annotation tools. CourseSmart provides more options for access and more readily available textbook content. Given the differences in the two systems it was decided to pilot both systems.
As seen an Indiana University pilot, substantial cost savings are available to eText users. This helps to reduce the financial burden on students, and to increase access to course materials. More information is available on the web at: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/teach/etext.html.
New Research Resource: Scopus
Elsevier’s Scopus database is available to UW users on a trial basis for the remainder of 2012. The UW Office of Research coordinated this subscription. Continuing access will depend on evaluation and funding. The access url is http://www.scopus.com. You can also access it as a tab on the SciVerse platform which includes Science Direct journals. It is also listed on our homepage under the Research Resources link.
Scopus is an abstract and citation database and a competitor to ISI’s Web of Science. Scopus covers more than 18,000 journals, mostly in the sciences and social sciences. Many use it for citation analysis purposes. For supporting documentation, take a look at http://www.info.sciverse.com/resource-library/subject/sciverse-scopus.
December 2011 December 16, 2011Posted by uwmathlib in Dissertations/Theses, ebooks, Hours, How Do I?, Library Skills, News, Research Commons, ResearchWorks Archive.
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- Interim hours, 12/17/2011-1/2/2012:
Closed 12/26/2011 and 1/2/2012
Open, M-F, 1PM-5PM
- Our brand new Mathematics Research Library homepage should appear in the next week or so. Let us know what you think once made public.
- UW dissertations and theses are moving online in 2012. The UW Graduate School and UW Libraries will begin accepting dissertations and theses electronically for online publication in UW Libraries’ Research Works collection during Winter Quarter. While optional during Winter Quarter, electronic deposit of dissertations and theses will become mandatory later in 2012. Students can choose from several access options. More information to come.
Tips of the Month:
UW Proxy Bookmarklet
Most of the databases, electronic journals and e-books available through the Libraries are restricted to UW faculty, students and staff. If you want to connect to a UW-restricted resource from outside of the UW campus network, you must log in through the UW Libraries off-campus proxy:
If you often do your research from off-campus, we recommend you install the very convenient proxy bookmarklet on your browser’s bookmarks toolbar. This bookmarklet lets you authenticate yourself without having to move from the webpage you are on. More info….
Springer’s My Copy Ebooks
Personal Copies Available for $24.99
UW students, faculty, and staff may purchase for their own use, a paper bound copy of most Springer ebooks in UW’s subscribed collection. These are mostly titles from 2005+ in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and physics. Access Springerlink via an UW on-campus or proxied account to find a book. The symbol indicates UW access. Check at the top of the title’s record for this text in the orange bar:
Buy a Print Copy (USD 24.95)MyCopy (Printed Books)
Because your library provides access to one or more Springer eBook packages, SpringerLink exclusively offers you MyCopy books. You can order a printed copy of this book in black-and-white with a full-color, soft cover. It will be shipped conveniently to your home or work address. The delivery time is approximately 8-11 business days. The price is USD 24.95 per book and includes shipping and handling.
Research Commons Workshop Recordings
The Research Commons in Allen Library runs a variety of helpful workshops. Find recordings of past graduate student workshops on citation management, writing and library research tips at http://commons.lib.washington.edu/services/graduate-workshop-series-recordings. Check for similar sessions to come during Winter Quarter in Upcoming Events.
INTERVIEWS WITH MATHEMATICIANS
Cornell’s Eugene B. Dynkin Collection of Mathematics Interviews
Cornell University Library has acquired a collection of nearly 150 audio and video recordings of interviews of mathematicians–many are Russian mathematicians–conducted over 50 years by Eugene Dynkin, Cornell’s Emeritus A. R. Bullis Professor of Mathematics. The recordings are now available online.
IMU Blog on Mathematical Journals
The IMU and the ICIAM have created a joint working group to study “whether or not a joint ICIAM/IMU method of ranking mathematical journals should be instituted, and what other possible options there may be for protecting against the inappropriate use of impact factors and similar manipulable indices for evaluating research.”
There’s an initial report on the issue at the following URL:
Before going ahead and taking any further action the IMU and ICIAM want to
explore opinions on a larger scale and get as much input as possible from the mathematical community. That is why a “Blog on Mathematical Journals” has been installed. Input from a wide range of persons is wanted to discuss this important issue and prepare for the final decision process.
We wish you a happy and restful holiday.
Martha, Saundra, Jennifer, Jeff, and Kenji
October 13, 2011 October 13, 2011Posted by uwmathlib in Databases, ebooks, How Do I?, Library Skills, MathSciNet, Scholarly Communications.
Tags: ebooks, MathSciNet, Research Commons, scanner
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Welcome to the new academic year!
EBooks@UW Libraries: Math & Stat
In addition to the thousands of volumes shelved in Math Research Library and elsewhere on campus, Math and Stat researchers have access to many ebooks in their disciplines. Most math and stat ebooks can be found in these collections:
The Libraries has put together a HOW DO I? web page full of handy hints such as: How do I find electronic books available through UW Libraries?
You’ll find the fulltext at: http://epubs.siam.org/ebooks/
Scanner Now Available
All UW Libraries branch libraries now have at least one scanner available for public use. These new scanners were funded by STF funds. Ours is attached to MRL’s sit-down PC in the center of our main floor. Users must log into this PC with their UWNetID.
In response to requests from MathSciNet users and librarians, MathSciNet now offers tutorials on how to get the most out of searching. These tutorials treat each of the tabbed areas of MathSciNet—Publications, Authors, Journals, and Citations—as well as Free Tools and Preferences. The tutorials help users to take advantage of the rich structure of the databases underlying MathSciNet–most will find a feature or search of use that they have not previously used.
Sharing Ideas, Expanding Knowledge:
Open Access as a Scholarly Publishing Alternative
This exhibit marks International Open Access Week and is displayed in the Allen Library, North Lobby, Oct. 10-31, 2011.
Scholarly publishing is in a state of flux. While the book and journal remain the primary vehicles for communicating published scholarship, how their content is reviewed, packaged, paid for, distributed, discovered, accessed, and preserved has changed over the last few years and continues to change rapidly. Many traditions of scholarly publishing remain, but new options, driven by new technologies and changing economic models, are now available and are becoming increasingly accepted in the scholarly community.
We invite you to explore some of those options in this exhibit. We hope this content is informative, that it answers some questions while raising others, and that it brings to light some of the problems that the academic community faces in the current scholarly publishing environment.
UW Libraries Research Commons
The UW Libraries Research Commons, located on the ground floor of the Allen Library South, has many spaces available for students and faculty to support group research, presentations, seminars, and colloquia. The Research Commons opened a little less than one year ago, and is designed as an evolving, flexible space that fosters interdisciplinary conversation and provides research support via the Libraries and campus partnerships.
Check for events of interest: http://commons.lib.washington.edu/news-events
Graduate Student Workshops: In partnership with the Graduate School, the Libraries is kicking off a new year of graduate student workshops in the Research Commons.
Drop-in Writing Consultations: The Odegaard Writing and Research Center is now offering morning drop-in consultations in the Research Commons — for graduate students only — twice a week. Tutors staffing these consulting hours are experienced in supporting graduate level research and writing for a wide range of academic and professional purposes. Autumn Quarter: Mondays and Thursdays 10:30am-noon. No reservations required. First-come, first served.
New Collaboration Screens: Student Technology Fee funds enabled us to add large screens, which can be used with your laptop: http://commons.lib.washington.edu/resources
New Presentation Spaces: The Research Commons has undergone a few changes based on user feedback to better support large group research work and presentations. We’ve added a new room, Green A, that seats up to 25 people: http://commons.lib.washington.edu/resources/green-a/green-a .
Whiteboard Capture: The Research Commons features whiteboard surface tables, mobile whiteboards, whiteboard walls and dry-erase markers for checkout. We also have an EBeam Edge interactive whiteboard system that can be checked out and used within the Research Commons to turn any whiteboard surface into a digital and interactive copyboard. Use the EBeam to create a video or image capture of a presentation, brainstorming session, or TA consultation in the Research Commons.
Interested in seeing your students’ work displayed in the space for a poster session or longer-term exhibit? Contact email@example.com.
June 2011 June 29, 2011Posted by uwmathlib in Book loans, Budget, ebooks, News.
Tags: arXiv, Springer, UC
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Summer Tips From UW Libraries
Going on vacation? Looking for a good book? Graduating? Searching for work? Get summer tips from UW Libraries on how to renew your books online and continue borrowing. Thousands of DVDs and audio books are also available for your summer enjoyment.
arXiv Submission Stats by Discipline
2010 submissions for math are now 25% of the total.
UC and Springer e-Book Usage Survey of Interest
A new report, UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey, presents the results of a 2010 survey of 2,569 University of California faculty, staff, and students. Topics covered include University of California reader preference for e-books vs. print books, valued e-book features, and an assessment of reader experiences with Springer e-books during 2009 and 2010. The Executive Summary may be of interest and is on p. 4.
Martha Takes Summer Leave
Math librarian, Martha Tucker, will be away from the library this summer, July 1 to September 23. Linda Whang, UW Libraries’ computer science librarian, will work 20 hours/week as Acting Head of Math Research during that time. Linda can help you with all your reference questions, purchase suggestions AND computer science! You may contact Linda at our usual email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saundra Martin and our two students, Jennifer and Michael, will also be here to help you as usual. Martha will return on Sept. 26.
UW Libraries materials and student helper budgets are looking better for the coming biennium. Other areas of the Libraries’ budget will be affected by this biennium’s cuts, but layoffs are not anticipated. The branch library structure looks to be stable.
Enjoy your summer!
MRL News May 12, 2011Posted by uwmathlib in Book loans, Dissertations/Theses, News, survey.
Tags: 1st book, arXiv, departmental delivery
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UW faculty and staff can now request that library materials be sent directly to their departmental mailboxes. All material that can be checked out , except items on reserve, will be requestable. The Libraries will pull material from the shelves, check it out to you and send it to departments via campus mail. Requests for departmental delivery can be made through the library catalog by selecting “Send to Fac Staff UW Mailbox” as the pickup location. Material that is on the shelf should arrive within 1-2 days not counting weekends. Summit and Interlibrary Loan material can also be sent to departmental mailboxes, delivery times will be longer. If material cannot be sent, requesters will be notified by email. Material can be returned through the campus mail or dropped off at any UW library unit.
Items must be sent to a valid campus box number. Check your campus box number in your library account. If the address is not correct you will need to change your address by accessing the Employee Self-Service web site. It may take a week or so for our information to be updated.
More information is at: http://www.lib.washington.edu/services/deptdel.html.
ArXiv No Longer Free to Libraries
Cornell University Libraries can no longer support the arXiv alone. Last year they asked high using institutions to donate to help fund the operations of arXiv. UW ranked 48th in use in 2009 with nearly 34,000 downloads. UW Libraries contributed $3600 to their support in 2010 and continued at the same level in 2011.
It would be helpful to learn more about UW math and stat use of the arXiv. Please take this very short three question survey: UW Math/Stat Use ArXiv.
From Dissertation to Book
Many graduate students starting their dissertations or on the verge of completing them imagine turning them into their first book but are unsure of what may be involved, or even how to begin. Join UW Press editors Lorri Hagman and Jacqueline Ettinger for an overview of academic book publishing and a discussion of such topics as how successful books differ from dissertations; what presses do, how editors work with authors, and what they expect of them; how to identify and approach an academic press; and emerging topics like e-books and open access. The presentation is targeted at UW graduate students, but other interested members of the UW community are welcome.
Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today.
When: Tuesday, May 17th, 1:30-3:00
Where: OUGL 220
To sign up: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tjewell/133857.