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March 2012 March 6, 2012

Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Journals, Scholarly Communications, Undergraduate.
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Author Rights

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.

Math Sciences Undergrads:  Apply for $1000 Library Research Award

  • 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.

Evaluation Criteria

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, 2012

Posted by uwmathlib in Collection Moves, Databases, ebooks, Journals, Scholarly Communications.
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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 2010 December 14, 2010

Posted by uwmathlib in Donations, Google Scholar, Journals, Library Skills, Math Library Fund, used books.
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Giving to the Libraries

Faculty frequently offer their collection of books and journals to the UW Libraries. While Math Research is eager to accept dry, clean copies of mathematics and statistics items that we need, in most cases we cannot accept duplicates of what we already have. Please email us a list of items you think we might need with author-title-year of publication info and we will check our holdings. Donations of new research-level books are especially helpful to our budget if given in time.

For items of broader interest than research level mathematics and statistics, contact the UW Libraries’ Gift Program.

Here are some other ideas of ways to use your personal collections to benefit the academic community here or abroad.


  • AMS Book & Journal Donation Program tries to match donors and third-world institutions in need.  You give them a list which they post.  Should there be a match, the AMS will pay for the shipping costs. Check their web site for more details.
  • Give them away to students.

Sell them:

  • Sell clean copies of used books to bookstores (UW Bookstore, Powells.com, or other used book buyers).
  • Organize an annual mathematical sciences used book sale.
  • Donate the proceeds to our new Math Library Fund!


The Libraries has put together a HOW DO I? web page full of handy hints for UW researchers.  Here’s one that might be useful to you:

How do I use Google Scholar to search for UW materials?

You’ll be able to view a short video or read the transcript for hints on searching Google Scholar for full text articles available to you through the UW Libraries.

Temporary Free Journal Access

Springer is allowing free access during December to some journals we don’t usually have access to:

  • Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
  • Journal of Mathematical Sciences
  • Optimization Letters
  • Journal of Fixed Point Theory and its Applications
  • Complex Analysis and Operator Theory
  • Mathematics in Computer Science
  • Qualitative Theory of Dynamical Systems
  • Logica Universalis
  • Mathematics and Financial Economics
  • Mathematical Programming Computation
  • Functional Analysis and other Mathematics
  • You may want to browse these journals for papers you can’t usually access.

    As the quarter ends, we wish you all healthy, happy holidays!

    Martha, Saundra, Jennifer, Michael and Kinji.

    Frosted Leaves

    October 29, 2010 News October 29, 2010

    Posted by uwmathlib in Dissertations/Theses, Journals, MathSciNet, ResearchWorks Archive.
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    Noticed anything different?

    MathSciNet Enhancements

    • Improved display of mathematics using MathJax, an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers (http://www.mathjax.org/)
    • Direct links to books, book chapters, and series using DOIs registered by publishers
    • Bibliographic entries and direct links for Ph.D. theses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database

    Grad Students:

    Put your thesis or dissertation online free

    UW Libraries’ ResearchWorks Archive provides a safe, secure, and persistent location for your work.  Submission is easy; simply contact the ResearchWorks staff at rworks@uw.edu and include your name, UWNetID, and the department awarding your degree. ResearchWorks staff will be in touch with further instructions regarding submission.  In addition to your manuscript, you may also include any supplementary files when submitting your manuscript.  If you need to set a public access embargo on your work, but would still like to submit your manuscript to the archive, include that info in your email request.

    Impact factors can be misleading


    Nefarious Numbers

    Authors: Douglas N. Arnold, Kristine K. Fowler
    (Submitted on 1 Oct 2010 (v1), last revised 25 Oct 2010 (this version, v3))

    Abstract: We investigate the journal impact factor, focusing on the applied mathematics category. We demonstrate that significant manipulation of the impact factor is being carried out by the editors of some journals and that the impact factor gives a very inaccurate view of journal quality, which is poorly correlated with expert opinion.

    For more info on journal citation, see the Scholarly Communications section of MRL home page.

    E-Media Recycle Bin near Math Research Library

    Housecleaning?  Recycle your media, batteries, and cell phones in the eMedia bin now located in the hall across from Mathematics Research Library.

    Small quantities of the following are acceptable:

    • Non-confidential electronic media: CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiotapes, computer disks, and their cases
    • Small personal electronics: cell phones, pagers, PDAs, smart phones, and small electronics
    • Inkjet and bubble jet printer cartridges
    • Batteries: alkaline, carbon, zinc, lithium, nickel-cadmium, nickel, metal hydride, and silver oxide

    February 2010 News February 1, 2010

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    Miss Browsing Math Reviews?

    You can continue to browse MR records by MSC classification on a regular basis by using MathSciNet’s Current Publications alerting tool.


    MathSciNet has a set of Free Tools (see buttons upper right on MSN page) that give you more browsing abilites.  Choose the Current Publications tab, then This Month, and Reviewed to see reviewed entries only.  New entries are added during the month, so if you check on a weekly basis, you’ll see the newer entries at the top.

    Note that if you chose This Month on the first few days of a month, there will be few or no entries.

    This information and more can be found in the Keeping Current section on our new books and our new journals pages.

    Changes to Elsevier ScienceDirect Access

    Last week the Libraries began to offer substantially increased access to journal content from Elsevier as a result of a lengthy, complex and successful renegotiation process that took place over several months. The new agreement includes a commitment by the Libraries to purchase Elsevier’s complete 1500 title back-file collection over 5 years at a substantially reduced price, and access without charge for 2010 to all current journals within its “Freedom Collection.” The back-file purchase is part of the Libraries’ longstanding strategic pursuit of the Anytime Anyplace Library concept and helps address a need that many UW faculty have expressed in recent surveys. The Freedom Collection increases the number of current Elsevier journals available to UW users from roughly 1,000 to 2,000 and provides an opportunity to assess its overall value and demand for specific titles. Catalog and e-journal list entries should be updated by mid-February.

    SIAM NEWS article on citation misuse & plagiarism


    Beta Version of Springerlink

    Springer has announced the beta version of their new SpringerLink platform. When you visit springerlink.com you will see a link on the left side of the screen under the Springer logo that will take you into the new site. This button will be visible on every page.

    You can choose to search in the current site or explore via the new platform.  IP Authentication, as well as user name and password, will be recognized on both sites.

    On the new platform you will find:

    Related documents for articles or eBook chapters
    PDF Preview for eBook chapters
    Browsing features
    View abstracts without leaving search results
    Improved search functionality – including searching by citation
    Filters for Online First and Open Access articles

    DECEMBER 2009 December 11, 2009

    Posted by uwmathlib in Budget, Journals.
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    Serials Cancellation 2010

    I want to update you on the status of the Serials and Electronic Resources Review which began last spring in response to a $1.6 million reduction in the UW Libraries annual information resources budget.

    The serials cancellation project is almost over.  I was able to save some titles for at least another year.  We came close to our $41,129 target, but will need to use $998 from our book fund to meet it.

    Where we wanted to cancel titles from Elsevier or Wiley, we could not.  Renegotiated deals with these publishers reaped overall savings benefits, but blocked our proposed cancellations of some expensive titles.  Each deal is different and has many nuances.

    I think Math, Stat, and Applied Math will feel the effects of the renegotiated Springer deal the most.  We have had a consortial deal with other WA and OR schools for Springer titles.  As long as we all maintained our subscriptions, we got the added benefit of access to titles that no one subscribed to.   For example, lots of Russian translation journals such as the Journal of Mathematical Sciences (formerly J Soviet Math) were available to us without subscription.

    Springer is now allowing us to cancel up to 20% of our previous deal, but in doing so we will lose the benefit of access to those unsubscribed titles.   One new benefit is that the consortia partners can coordinate amongst ourselves to eliminate paying for duplicate subscriptions and use that money to save unique titles.  That is what I did.  I canceled titles that are duplicated within the consortia.   I coordinated my cancellations with other math librarians in WA and OR.

    As in the past, users will be able to obtain articles from unsubscribed titles from Interlibrary Loan for free.  The budget impact for this is unknown.

    The list of canceled journals is available at:   http://www.lib.washington.edu/Math/2009mathcancels.html.

    There are 3 color-coded groupings of titles:

    orange   –    subscription canceled
    purple    –    savings achieved in other ways and online access continues
    blue       –     paper version canceled, online continues

    In addition to our serials cuts, I expect our book fund will be reduced by about 25-30% for 09/10.

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments.  I’ve really appreciated everyone’s help with this difficult task.



    Suzzallo/Allen Collection Move

    The Suzzallo/Allen shift is now complete. The project officially took off on July 9 and finished on October 28. Books from Chemistry, Fisheries-Oceanography, Children’s Literature, Natural Sciences, Suzzallo Periodicals, and Suzzallo/Allen stacks were merged into one call number run covering 8 floors in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries.

    1,885,253 books were moved into their final positions in 16 weeks. In addition, 536,302 books were moved, compacted, integrated etc. in order to allow the move happen.

    The few QA books there are located on Allen South 2.


    UW Dissertations Online in UW Libraries’ Research Works Repository

    The Libraries recently purchased a complete set of pdf copies of UW dissertations 1997-2008.  These are now available via our ResearchWorks repository,  https://digital.lib.washington.edu/dspace/handle/1773/4888.  Links from the Libraries catalog will be added as time allows.  In addition to the 1997-2008 collection, there is sporadic coverage of dissertations prior to 1997; these are copies of dissertations made by ProQuest when someone purchased a copy of a dissertation.  The Libraries is also negotiating for copies of 2009 dissertations.  At this time, UW students submitting a Master’s Thesis do not submit to ProQuest; therefore, our collection does not include master’s theses.

    UW Libraries and the Graduate School are working on a project to put all UW dissertations and theses online sometime in the future.

    Best wishes for happy holidays!

    Martha, Saundra, Colleen, Naomi, Jennifer, and Jenna