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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….

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Now in its 7th year, the University of Washington Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards program enables students to submit research papers to a faculty/librarian review panel for the opportunity to win $1,000 for winning papers, and $100 for honorable mentions. Any paper or project done in a one credit or more class is eligible. Entries will be grouped in three categories:  Senior Thesis/Honors Thesis, Senior Non-Thesis, and Non-Senior.  Encourage your students to enter!

Interest in the UW Libraries Undergraduate Awards has grown since its inception. Faculty members have encouraged their best students to enter, providing a wide range of entries.  Basia Belza, UW Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems observed: “There is a phenomenal amount of stellar work that is crafted by our students and they each deserve recognition.” Winning an award can bolster a student’s resume, giving him or her an advantage when applying for a job or graduate school.

This innovative program has grown so much that other universities have begun to take notice, making inquiries to the UW Libraries in order to start their own undergraduate awards competitions.

The Friends of the UW Libraries and the Allen Foundation have once again generously furnished the funding for the 2010 University of Washington Libraries Research Awards for Undergraduates.

For more information see: http://www.lib.washington.edu/researchaward/

Faculty Evaluators Needed for
Undergraduate Research Award Selection

Selection of the award recipients is determined by specific criteria with particular emphasis placed on the reflective essay and is undertaken by a combination of librarian and faculty evaluators.  Projects have already been submitted for grading, and so this award recognizes the research process.  The committee has benefited greatly from the insightful work of faculty evaluators in the past.  Please read what previous faculty evaluators have said about the process:  http://www.lib.washington.edu/researchaward/FacultyRecruitmentFlyer2010.pdf.

Here is the calendar of important dates for faculty evaluators in 2009–2010.  Please note that participation in the committee involves only two meetings (in bold) and that all of the reading and evaluating will take place between May 18 to June 2.

Monday, May 3, 2010: Evaluators lunch in the Petersen Room, Allen Library

• Monday, May 17, 2010 @ 5pm: Deadline for applications

• Tuesday, May 18 – Tuesday, May 24, 2010: First round of reading applications

• Wednesday, May 25 – Wednesday, June 2, 2010: Second round of reading applications (May 31 is Memorial Day)

• Thursday, June 3, 2010: Noontime meeting to select winners

• Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 12:30pm: Reception in the Petersen Room, Allen Library

Please let me know if you have questions.  We appreciate your willingness to consider participating in the Research Award!  We understand if timing prevents you from participating this year, but please, feel free to suggest a colleague for me to contact who may be able to participate.  Contact Martha at mathlib@uw.edu if interested in helping to evaluate applicants’ papers.

Missing Books

Our library student assistants have inventoried over 18,000 volumes recently and fortunately, we have relatively few missing items.  Please review the items below.  If any seem familiar to you, please check your office, car, and home to see if you might have the item.  Also, if you have a copy you’d be willing to donate to the library, we’d be happy to accept!

MISSING BOOKS AS OF FEBRUARY 25, 2010

MATH STACKS

  1. HEEDING THE CALL FOR CHANGE : SUGGESTONS FOR CURRICULAR ACTION 39352034861013 QA11 .H4 1992
  2. MATHEMATICAL SOFTWARE TOOLS IN C++ 39352035298488 QA76.73 .C153 R48 1993
  3. INTRODUCTORY COMBINATORICS / RICHARD A. BRUALDI 39352066435868 QA164 .B76 2004
  4. KVANT SELECTA. COMBINATORICS, I 39352057215360 QA164 .K83 2001
  5. COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN NUMBER THEORY/edited by H.W. Lenstra, Jr., R. Tijdeman 39352026249888 QA241 .C675 1982 v.2
  6. METRIC NUMBER THEORY / Glyn Harman 39352049699879 QA241 .H316 1998
  7. NUMBER THEORY IV : TRANSCENDENTAL NUMBERS / A. N. Parshin, I. R. Shafarevich (eds.) 39352047719588 QA247.5 .T4413 1998
  8. ALGEBRE COMMUTATIVE : APPLICATIONS EN GEOMETRIE ET THEORIE DES NOMBRES : EXERCISES / Marie-José Bertin, Elena Wexler-Kreindler 39352026567529 QA251.3 .B47 1986
  9. MODERN ALGORITHMS FOR LARGE SPARSE EIGENVALUE PROBLEMS / Arnd Meyer 39352000211094 QA263 .M4 1987
  10. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL TAMPERE CONFERENCE IN STATISTICS : UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, TAMPERE, FINLAND, 1-4 JUNE 1987 39352001901818 QA276 .A1 I58 1987
  11. ROBUST STATISTICS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND COMPUTER INTENSIVE METHODS : IN HONOR OF PETER HUBER'S 60TH BIRTHDAY 39352041015462 QA276 .A1 R58 1996
  12. A SHORT TABLE OF INTEGRALS 39352065041253 QA310 .P42 1929
  13. THE METHOD OF ORBITS IN INTERPOLATION THEORY 39352026286187 QA329.2 O92 1984
  14. FUNCTIONAL CALCULUS OF PSEUDODIFFERENTIAL BOUNDARY PROBLEMS / Gerd Grubb 39352041500083 QA329.7 .G78 1996
  15. CALCULUS OF RESIDUES, by D.S. Mitrinovic in cooperation with J.H. Michael 39352027628155 QA331 .M655
  16. ASYMPTOTIC ESTIMATES AND ENTIRE FUNCTIONS by M.A. Evgrafov. Translated by Allen L. Shields 39352026391623 QA351 .E853
  17. Symposium in Applied Mathematics (1983 : New York, N.Y.). INVERSE PROBLEMS 39352026268052 QA370 .S96 1983
  18. GEOMETRIIA. ENGLISH; GEOMETRY / V.V. PRASOLOV, V.M. TIKHOMIROV [TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY O.V. SIPACHEVA] 39352054543319 QA445 .P7313 2001
  19. COMPUTING IN EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY / edited by Ding-Zhu Du, Frank Hwang 39352039849070 QA448 .D48 C68 1995
  20. COHOMOLOGY OF FINITE GROUPS / by Peter A. Linnell 39352034770842 QA612.3 .L56 1992
  21. A COURSE IN DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY / Wilhelm Klingenberg ; translated by David Hoffman 39352027631753 QA641 .K5213
  22. THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 22th WINTER SCHOOL "GEOMETRY AND PHYSICS" : Srní, January 12-19, 2002 39352060305950 QC20.7 .G44 W58 2002
  23. EVOLUTION EQUATIONS IN THERMOELASTICITY / Song Jiang, Reinhard Racke 39352054947726 QA933 .J53

MATH STORAGE

  1. JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO. SECTION I, MATHEMATICS, ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY = TOKYO DAIGAKU RIGAKUBU KIYO 39352024662553 506.5 TOK sec.1 index v.11-25
  2. JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE, HOKKAIDO IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY. SER.I. MATHEMATICS 39352042651125 510.65 H689j, V.17-19
  3. Müller, Claus. SPHERICAL HARMONICS 39352026493890 516.56 M912s
  4. Smirnov, V. I. (Vladimir Ivanovich), 1887-. LINEAR ALGEBRA AND GROUP THEORY 39352026490672 517 Sm48kE abr
  5. COMPTES RENDUS HEBDOMADAIRES DES SEANCES DE L'ACADEMIE DES SCIENCES. A, SCIENCES MATHEMATIQUES, B, SCIENCES PHYSIQUES 39352034322479 QA1 .A17 ser.A: v.262 no.1-13 39352034322289 QA1 .A17 ser.A: v.262 no.14-21 39352034322339 QA1 .A17 ser.A: v.263 no.1-13 39352024557878 QA1 .A17 ser.A: v.267 no.10-18 39352024557969 QA1 .A17 ser.A: v.267 no.18-25