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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.

July 2010 News July 29, 2010

Posted by uwmathlib in Databases, ebooks, News, survey.
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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.