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June 2011 June 29, 2011

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Summer Tips From UW Libraries

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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

arXiv submission rates by disciplineSee the fullsize graph showing submission rates by discipline, 1991-2010:

http://arxiv.org/Stats/hcamonthly.html

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, mathlib@uw.edu.

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!

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MRL News May 12, 2011

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Departmental Delivery

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.

Thanks.

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.

February 22, 2010 News February 22, 2010

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Publishing and Authors’ Rights Discussion, Tuesday, Feb 23

10:30 am  – 12 noon, OUGL 220

Whether you are starting out as a new author or already have a long list of publications you should find our panel on publication and authors’ rights of interest.  Panelists will discuss questions about publication practices, copyright transfer agreements and how authors can ensure that they keep appropriate rights to their work.  Other possible topics are public access mandates for research that is federally funded and the UW Faculty Senate resolution on publishing alternatives and authors’ rights.   Bring your questions and learn how trends in scholarly communication are likely to affect your research and publication.
Participants:

  • Dave Eaton, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences & Associate Vice Provost for Research
  • Clark Shores, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office

The podcast is available at:  http://www.lib.washington.edu/scholcomm/AuthorRightsFeb10/rights.mp3

Ways to Help UW Libraries

A recent UW AAUP email exchange discussed ways to help UW Libraries weather the current economic situation.  While our math, stat, and applied math  faculty and departments have always been very supportive of Math Research Library, there are a number of ways you as individuals can help .

  • Faculty or students can volunteer as book reviewers for journals or databases such as MathSciNet.  Publishers send new books and reference sets for review.  Those not chosen for review can be given to Math Research.  This is particularly helpful when given in a timely manner so that we don’t purchase items that are later given to us.
  • Donate your books and journals when you are ready.  We review all items and select those that we need.  Please check with us ahead of time if this is a large collection.   While we may not need most items, our branch campuses, Bothell and Tacoma, or other nearby libraries may need some.  Most runs of journals are not needed.  Another good option for book and journal donation is the AMS Book & Journal Donation Program.  If an eligible institution needs your donation, the AMS reimburses your shipping expenses.
  • Designate a portion of a research grant for library support especially if research is in a new area.
  • Donate publisher in-kind honorarium to the library if allowed.
  • Join the Friends of the Libraries to advocate for UW Libraries on campus and off.
  • Raise your voices to support UW Libraries to UW administration.
  • Respond to UW Libraries surveys on your library use and needs.  Another survey will be conducted this spring.
  • Unlike some of the other library units on campus, we do not yet have a specific math/stat gift fund to provide support for research acquisitions.   For more information on setting up a donor fund to support mathematics, statistics and applied mathematics research materials, see:  http://www.lib.washington.edu/support/types_of_gifts.html.
  • Recently discretionary departmental funds helped us stretch our funds enough to purchase the online backfiles of Springer math and statistics journals.  This type of creative support really helps our dollars go further.

Loan Period and Hold Shelf Changes

Effective today,February 22, loan periods for faculty and graduate students will be 12 weeks for most books in all libraries.   Suzzallo/Allen Stacks, Auxiliary Stacks and East Asia will change faculty annual loans to 12 week loans.  OUGL, HSLIC and Curriculum Materials will change faculty and graduate students from 4 weeks to 12 weeks.

Effective February 16, 2010, the time on the hold shelf for UW materials is 7 days. Summit short loan materials will remain at 3 days (no change). ILL materials hold shelf time will vary.

Curriculum Materials Collection Moving

On February 10, Reference & Research Services staff began moving the Curriculum Materials Collection from the Allen north balcony to the shelving just west of the Suzzallo Reference Desks.  After several rounds of Suzzallo Reference collection weedings, we have consolidated that collection enough to make room for the Curriculum move.  The Allen north balcony was originally intended to be a ‘quieter’ study area, the study area with a view and plenty of natural lighting.  Soon more students will be able to enjoy it in just this way.

New Free Services

  • www.mathjax.org offers rich math display from LaTeX and MathML.  A MathJax display choice for Math Reviews will be released later in the year as an alternative to the current display choices of plain HTML and PDF. MathJax is an open source platform displaying mathematics in a wide range of browsers. Its development is supported by a consortium including the AMS, SIAM, Design Science, Elsevier and the APS.
  • www.latexsearch.com allows researchers to search Springer products directly for mathematical formulae that are typically trapped in text.  Because of the limitations of when Springer started applying metadata, this currently reaches back to titles in 2005, but is being expanded now.
  • www.authormapper.com is a free collaboration tool from Springer where researchers can search to see who is doing what research at what university, and when.  Springer is working with other publishers to make sure their authors and their research can be found as well.
  • www.springerexemplar.com allows researchers to enter a
    keyword, say “bootstrap”  and see the context in which it is used, the subject area, the country, the journal, publisher and break down from there. It currently only scours Springer data, but they are growing this to include other publishers.