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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

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.