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February 2012 February 7, 2012

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Math Research Library Flips!

We have begun our project to move almost all math/stat books from Math Storage to our main collection, and, in turn, move all journals to Math Storage.  The books will flow in call number order from A to Z, main floor to upper floor.  Reuniting our book collection should make user browsing easier and will bring back immediate access to hundreds of classic titles.

Since the majority of our journals are now online, the paper volumes are used less and less.  Thus the decision was made to store all math/stat journals in Math Storage in call number order.  Anytime a paper volume is needed, though, don’t hesitate to ask for it.  Requesting volumes thru the catalog or via email ahead of your trip to MRL is a convenient way to get these materials.  MRL staff will retrieve on demand as staffing allows.  We usually go several times a day.

We will try to concentrate the louder activities involved with this move to the morning hours when fewer patrons are in the library.  We hope to finish this project mid-Spring 2012.

Mathematicians Protest Scholarly Journal Publishing

As you may be aware, a recent Timothy Gowers blog on commercial journal publishing problems ignited a protest joined by thousands of other academics.  You can follow the conversations and activities by exploring the links in our Scholarly Publishing Issues box to the right.

Etext Pilot Could Save Students $$

UW Information Technology will be running an etext pilot beginning in spring quarter focused on providing low cost etextbooks in a collaborative teaching environment. The pilot is designed to enable both access to high quality digital educational resources (eTexts) and new tools for teaching and learning with those resources, including the ability to search, highlight, and annotate texts, collaborate, and interact. UW IT is currently seeking instructors to participate in the pilot. Two vendors gave demonstrations in December: Courseload and Coursesmart. The CourseLoad product is strong on collaboration and annotation tools. CourseSmart provides more options for access and more readily available textbook content. Given the differences in the two systems it was decided to pilot both systems.

As seen an Indiana University pilot, substantial cost savings are available to eText users. This helps to reduce the financial burden on students, and to increase access to course materials.  More information is available on the web at: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/teach/etext.html.

New Research Resource: Scopus

Elsevier’s Scopus database is available to UW users on a trial basis for the remainder of 2012.  The UW Office of Research coordinated this subscription.  Continuing access will depend on evaluation and funding.  The access url is http://www.scopus.com.  You can also access it as a tab on the SciVerse platform which includes Science Direct journals.  It is also listed on our homepage under the Research Resources link.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database and a competitor to ISI’s Web of Science.  Scopus covers more than 18,000  journals, mostly in the sciences and social sciences.  Many use it for citation analysis purposes.  For supporting documentation, take a look at http://www.info.sciverse.com/resource-library/subject/sciverse-scopus.