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SIAM Ebooks

UW students, staff, and faculty now have access to the first 200 books or so of the SIAM ebook package:

http://epubs.siam.org/ebooks/

Another 200 or so books will be added  by June 2011 to make this a nearly complete collection of SIAM books.

Thanks go to AMath for helping UW Libraries with this purchase, and to the Math Dept. for their institutional membership discount.

EBooks@UW Libraries:  Math & Stat

See a listing of all ebook packages at:

http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/ebooks/

Most math and stat ebooks can be found in these collections:

Springerlink–chapter PDFs, no use restrictions
SIAM EBooks–chapter PDFs, no use restrictions
EBL–chapter PDFs, use restrictions
Ebrary–may require plugin, use restrictions

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 find electronic books available through UW Libraries?

Faculty Fund for Library Excellence

The UW Faculty Senate has unanimously approved a resolution establishing the Faculty Fund for Library Excellence.

Passed by the senate on March 10 and established March 25, the donation fund could help compensate for budget losses at the UW Libraries, and return the Libraries to their previous ranking.

The Faculty Council on University Libraries kicked off the fund with a $2,700 donation. Joyce Cooper, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the council, said donation goals will be discussed during the council meeting on April 6.

Thanks go to the voting members of the Faculty Council on University Libraries for this show of support for the Libraries:

Gregory Hicks, Law
Mark Kot, Applied Mathematics
Margaret Laird, Art History
Dianne Lattemann, Psychiatry
Edward Mack, Asian Languages and Literature
Pamela Mitchell, Nursing
Sonnet Retman, American Ethnic Studies
Bill Seaburg, UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Donations may be made through the UW Foundation website.

According to the UW Libraries Triennial Survey, faculty members rate University Libraries the most important source of information for their work. From 1980 onward, the UW had been in the top 15 percent of American and Canadian research libraries, according to data from the Association of Research Libraries. Now, though, because of budget cutbacks, it’s in the top 25 percent.

Donations will be used to buy and preserve books, journals and other materials for libraries on all three UW campuses: Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell.

UW Libraries to participate in statewide Snapshot Day April 12

Tuesday, April 12, Libraries staff and students will wield cameras, solicit comments, and gather statistics for a 24-hour period to illustrate the value of libraries through stories, photographs and statistics.

Libraries Snapshot Day is a nation-wide effort sponsored by the American Library Association to illustrate the importance of libraries and to show the vast range of services and resources we provide to the campus, community and state. The goal is to create a one-day “snapshot” of what goes on in libraries by collecting user quotes, images, photos, and data related to library activity. We want to illustrate the kinds of services offered by the UW Libraries, and most importantly, the value these services add to teaching, research, and scholarship.

The information gathered will become part of a historic archive in the UW Libraries. Selected photos will be featured in our public Snapshot webpage and may be used in future library promotional material. This event is being conducted in all UW Libraries on all campuses.

Send us any comments you might have about Mathematics Research Library or the UW Libraries in general. The webpage below has links to tools you can use to send any comments or photos you want to share.

http://www.lib.washington.edu/snapshot/

Nifty LaTex Tool

Detexify2:

http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html

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.