sepoct99 Schwerdtfeger Library News
September-October 1999




I am pleased to unveil our Current Contents on the web.   Please take a look at it.  The purpose of the service has been and continues to be to provide scientists access to current literature in the meteorological, oceanographic and planetary sciences.  We've striven to make this an easy service for the user -- for those of you who remember the paper version, I think you'll agree that we've come a long way though we expect to do some fine-tuning.   We will still provide paper copies of articles but for those journals now available electronically, they will literally be on your desktop.  At last count we had about 55 subscribers, most of them inhouse, and it continutes to grow.  My thanks to Nicole Hardina who sends Current Contents your way each week.

If there is enough interest, it would certainly be possible to arrange similar services for those interested in engineering-related journals or for those of you whose interest lies in computing literature (programmers, computer scientists, etc.)   Please call me and we'll talk about it.


An editorial by Ken Frazier, Director of the GLS, appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal on Monday, 1 November 1999.   In it, he states, "Congress is considering legislation that will give an exclusive monopoly for private ownership of facts.  The bill is called the "Collections of Information Anti Piracy Act" (H.R. 354) and it is specifically intended to provide legal ownership of collections of facts."    This bill is opposed by libraries and scientific and educational organizations.  (See text of editorial at

The editorial does not mention the opposing bill (H.R. 1858), which is generally supported by universities, libraries and the educational community.  A letter in support of the bill states, "We support H.R. 1858 because it protects databases against commercial piracy while preserving the critically important role that information plays in the progress of science and education.  We oppose H.R. 354, the Collections of Information Antipiracy Act, because it provides overly broad protection for "collections of information" that would reduce the public's access to information and would impose unreasonable and costly burdens on
scientific research, scholarship, and education."

The Association for Research Libraries has put up this site so that you can read the text of the legislation as well as letters, testimony and statements in support and opposition to each bill.

Frazier states, "Everyone benefits from freedom of access to factual data, but the issue is of critical importance to scientists who depend on using a wide variety of data sources to advance knowledge.  In fact the advancement of science depends directly on the availability and use of data compiled by other scientists."    So if you have an opinion about the issue, now would be a good time to voice it.  See the congressional directory (described below) for the 106th Congress at


Librarians continue to lobby to extend the coverage of the major subject databases back past 1966 which was about when most of the originators switched to computer tape for the print editions of their indexes.   Not very many go back past that date, but here are a few that do:

*MathSciNet:  includes Mathematical Reviews from 1940 to the present.
*GeoRef:  covers North American geology starting in 1785 and world geology from 1933.
*Dissertation Abstracts:  includes dissertations back to 1861.
*NASA CASI Technical Report Server:  provides access to NASA and NACA technical reports starting in 1915 and references in the open literature from 1962 onward.

So, if you're searching for something published before the mid-60s (in reality, it's more like mid-70s to 80s) , you're unlikely to find it in an online database though you'll probably find it in a print counterpart.   Please contact us for help using the databases specific to your subject area -- and even those that are not.


This site, maintained by the UW-Madison Libraries, includes links to:  general HTML sites, design, images (information), images (archives), using color, tables, metadata and indexing, HTML checkers/validators, publicizing your site, HTML editors, listservs and newsgroups, books.


New resource being added to the Journals section of the Electronic Library website.

AULIMP is the Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals. It contains citations to articles in English language military journals. Air University Library (AUL) has been producing AULIMP since 1949 and distributes paper copies to libraries and military units around the world. In addition to paper copies, issues covering the years 1990-current issue are available on the web through a web based catalog.  The Military Education Coordinating Committee (MECC) makes AULIMP and the Army Staff College Automated Military Periodicals Index (SCAMPI) available on the web, through MERLN.


Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This free service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program and has grown out of
Public Law 103-40, known as the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Enhancement Act of 1993.  The site includes:  the Budget of the U.S. Government, Code of Federal Regulations, Commerce Business Daily, Congressional bills/hearings/documents, Export Administration Regulations, the U.S. Code and much more.

by Rob Nurre, Lapham Library Project.

Presentation in conjunction with seven concurrent exhibits across the campus. In 1876 the UW acquired the 1,100-volume private library of Increase Lapham, Wisconsin's pioneer scientist and scholar. Nearly 125 years later, the libraries have located much of the original collection distributed across 10 campus libraries. CONTACT: Rob Nurre, (608) 262-5091, or John Tortorice, (608) 265-2505.   7 p.m., Wednesday, November 10, Rennebohm Theater, Music Hall.



Modelled after the National Institutes of Health's PubMed, this new database developed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) allows users to search across abstracts and citations of multiple publishers in the physical sciences and other energy-related disciplines for free. Currently, the database indexes more than 1,000 scientific and technical journals. Users can search by keyword or publisher, or perform a multiple option advanced search. Search returns include author, title, journal title and number, date, and a fair-sized abstract.  Some returns also contain links to the full text, which will come up immediately if the user or his/her institution has a subscription to the journal. Otherwise, information on pay-per-view or subscription access is provided.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]


Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) have created this powerful Climate Data Library. The library "contains a wide variety of earth science data, primarily oceanographic and atmospheric datasets" and offers many ways of accessing and manipulating information. Specific topographical data or historical temperature and precipitation data, for example,
may be found via searches by keyword, category, or source. The site comes complete with explanations to help users understand the vast search capabilities of the data library.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]


The British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) is designed to "assist UK atmospheric researchers to locate, access and interpret atmospheric data." With this aim in mind, the BADC provides one of the only permanent archives for data sets from Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded projects. Also, the Centre serves as a single repository for third party data sets of value to the atmospheric research community. Among the 46 data sets included in the searchable archive, data pertaining to ozone experiments; stratosphere, mesosphere, and troposphere measurements; sea temperatures; and forecasting are all available here. The Centre is an outstanding single source for atmospheric data.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]


This new unmoderated mailing list is "concerned with the digitisation, of historical material, whether as an image or an OCR'd [Optical Character Recognition] document. This list aims to bring together experts in the field of digitising historical material and academics who have projects in mind." Users will find subscription information and an archive at the site. The archive can be searched by keyword or browsed by date, thread, subject, or author.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]


The NOAA Education Resources Website is the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s classroom on the Web. With special sections targeting teachers and students (mostly junior high school), this Website links users to specific resources on weather, climate change, oceans and coasts, satellites and space, and related topics. While the introductory student information is decent, by far the strength of the site lies in the Specially for Teachers section. Here, a plethora of Websites and special resources delve into an array of information on each topic; many of these categorical sites will be useful to researchers and college students as well.


The National Climate Data Center has launched the Climatic Data Online (CDO) system, providing "full period of record digital data for 5 types of US climatic data: daily surface data, monthly surface data, hourly precipitation data, 15-minute precipitation data, and global monthly surface data." Records are available from as early as the late 1800s, and each dataset is updated as more data become available. Data may be selected spatially by region, country, state, climate division, county, and station; and selected temporally (by year, month, day, etc.). Data are organized by space- or comma-delimited format, and can include station name(s) and Information if requested by the user. Note that "data are currently provided at no charge to .edu and .noaa users, with charges by credit card for others."


This site from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory contains "basic information about all 5000+ spacecraft launches and launch attempts since the beginning of the Space Age." Search the Launch Facts database by spacecraft name, launch site, launch year, orbit class, organization, mission type, or launch vehicle. Browse by spacecraft name, program name, or mission type. The section Orbit Ephemeris supplies technical data on Two Line Element (TLE) sets which help to characterize a spacecraft's orbit.  [Librarians' Index to the Internet, 10/11/99]


This NOAA site tracks the worst of the weather. Includes the following sections for the United States: Hurricanes; Heavy Rainfall; Temperature Extremes; Tornadoes; Billion $$ Weather Disasters; Local Storm Reports; and Radar Composites. Global coverage includes: 1991-1999 Weather Events; Global Climate Change; Historical Global Extremes; El Nino/La Nina; Satellite Images; Climate of 1999; and Climatic Data. From the U.S.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  [Librarians' Index to the Internet, 10/11/99]


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Enviromapper uses innovative Web technology to view and locate environmental information on "drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites." Thumbnail US map images expand with a click to show facilities regulated by the EPA, information about local watersheds, and local national priority list sites. Users may zoom in by clicking on a map or by entering a relevant state, county, city, watershed, zip code, or EPA region. The site also offers OpenLink, a facility that allows any Webpage to set up a hyperlink to Enviromapper. Instructions on how to use OpenLink are included.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]


GPO Access has placed the Congressional Directory for the 106th Congress online. The official directory of the US Congress, it contains short biographies of each member of the House and Senate, listed by state, with additional information such as committee memberships, staff, and contact information. In addition to Congressional members, the Directory includes state governors, Federal departments and agencies, the press corps, congressional district maps, and foreign diplomatic offices. Each entry may be retrieved in text or .pdf format.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]


Developed by the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this site is designed to help homeowners save energy and money. The heart of the site is the Energy Advisor, which allows users to enter their area code to receive initial energy use estimates and then receive customized results after entering more details about their home. The Energy Advisor also offers recommendations on selected upgrades to help your home become energy efficient. Several on-site QuickTime movies demonstrate use of the Home Energy Advisor. Additional resources include the Home Energy Librarian, which offers a large number of annotated energy conservation links; a glossary of energy terminology; and the Making it Happen Module, which contains a collection of tips and links to help users capitalize on energy savings opportunities.