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May 4, 2012 May 4, 2012

Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Scholarly Communications.

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 (tjewell@uw.edu)
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.



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