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December 2011 December 16, 2011

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News Flash               

  • 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.

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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  Indicates UW access 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.

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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.

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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.

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IMU Blog on Mathematical Journals

From IMU-Net 49b: Special issue the 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:
http://www.mathunion.org/publications/reports-recommendations.

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.

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Snowberries

We wish you a happy and restful holiday.

Martha, Saundra, Jennifer, Jeff, and Kenji

October 13, 2011 October 13, 2011

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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:

Springerlink–can download chapter PDFs, no use restrictions
SIAM EBooks–can download chapter PDFs, no use restrictions
EBL–chapter PDFs, use restrictions

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?

UW researchers can access ebooks 24/7.  They are available remotely after logging in at  .  This button is located at the top of most UW Libraries webpages.

Applied Math students and faculty:  over 400 SIAM books are finally online for UW users. Here’s an Excel list of their holdings:

http://lib.washington.edu/math/SIAM92011.xlsx

You’ll find the fulltext at:  http://epubs.siam.org/ebooks/

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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.

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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.

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Open Access Week banner

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.

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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 uwlibrc@uw.edu.

Visit the Research Commons website http://commons.lib.washington.edu or  blog http://uwresearchcommons.wordpress.com/ to learn more about the development of the Research Commons.

April 11, 2011 April 11, 2011

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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

December 2010 December 14, 2010

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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.

Donate:

  • 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!

HOW DO I?

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

    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.

    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.

    http://www.ams.org/mathscinet/CurrentPublications.html

    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

    http://www.ima.umn.edu/~arnold/siam-columns/integrity-under-attack.pdf

    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