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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

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