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New Furniture at Math Library January 2, 2013

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Stop by and check out the new furniture in the Math Research Library!  We have all new chairs, new computer workstations, and new study tables.  The Group Study table (1st floor) has a whiteboard top.  Markers can be checked out at the desk.

December 2011 December 16, 2011

Posted by uwmathlib in Dissertations/Theses, ebooks, Hours, How Do I?, Library Skills, News, Research Commons, ResearchWorks Archive.
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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

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!

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.

July 2010 News July 29, 2010

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Statsnetbase Ebook Trial

Our subscription to the Statsnetbase collection of CRC/Taylor & Francis ebooks ended in March.   However, there is more purchase flexibility now so we are now considering selective purchase of past, present and future titles.  While the collection does not include textbooks, it does offer high-level titles of use to statisticians and researchers from a wide range of disciplines.    Please review their titles and content and try out the search interface at http://www.statsnetbase.com.  Send your comments to mathlib [at] uw.edu.  The trial runs until November 13, 2010.

Ebooks Advisory Survey

Math Research Library has provided you with 2 ebooks packages, Springer Math/Stat Ebooks and Statsnetbase, for the last few years.  We are at the point where we need to decide how to proceed.  I’ve posted a two question advisory survey intended to gather your opinion and comments about ebooks in this academic library.   Please click here to take the short survey.  This survey will be open through the end of the quarter.

Summer Tips from the Libraries

See answers to frequently asked questions at the Libraries, http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/summerTips.html

WorldWideScience.org

You can now find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages. With the beta launch in June, real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed collections of scientific literature is possible. This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translation technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies.

WorldWideScience.org now provides federated searching of  national scientific databases in 65 countries, covering some 400 million pages of science. In addition to other WorldWideScience Alliance members, key partner organizations taking part in the ceremony included the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China), and ICSTI.

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