marnew00 Schwerdtfeger Library News
February-March 2000



We now have electronic access to the year 2000 American Meteorological Society journals as well as access to extensive backfiles for some of the journals.  We'll gain access to additional files as they are loaded.

Here is what we have so far:

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society v.78, 1997 - to date.
Journal of Applied Meteorology v.36, 1997 - to date.
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology v.7, 1990 - to date.
Journal of Climate v.5, 1992 - to date.
Journal of Hydrometeorology v.1, 2000 - to date.
Journal of Physical Oceanography v.23, 1993 - to date.
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences v.54, 1997 - to date.
Monthly Weather Review v.125, 1997 - to date.


The campus libraries are negotiating with Academic Press for electronic access to high-use AP journals.   Quaternary Research is included and I am submitting Icarus for consideration.  If there are other titles you feel are used frequently and should be included, please check the web site above and get back to me with your recommendations.


The response to the campus-wide exhibit on the life and work of Wilson Bentley has been fabulous.  If you haven't had a chance to look at the prints on display outside the Library, please do.  They are really quite exquisite.  We've also received praise for the web site we put up to augment the physical exhibits.

Additionally, we will be writing a modest request for funding to place our glass lantern slides in archival storage and make them more accessible.

The next campus-wide library exhibit later this year or early next will honor "the year of the book."  Participating libraries will feature materials from their respective collections.

IEEE XPLORE 1995 - to date (updated daily)

IEEE Xplore contains the comprehensive electronic collection of IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, conference proceedings and active standards. The database covers approximately 100 journals and more than 350 conferences.

All documents are available with related abstract/citation records and PDF full-text. For the journals, transactions and magazine content, HTML full-text will be made available starting from 1996 and going forward. The HTML content will be loaded in phases during 2000 with the most recent content (from 1998 and 1999) loaded in the first stage. As more HTML content is loaded, users will be able to conduct searches across this full-text along with the text of the abstract/citation records. (IEEE Xplore utilizes cookies, small files that stay on your computer. Cookies are used to control simultaneous users and to enforce a time-out mechanism. The cookies will self-destruct upon logging-off or timing out of a session.)

This resource is licensed for access by UW-Madison students, faculty, staff.  You'll find it under, "Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Databases" in the Electronic Library.


The Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database is a multidisciplinary database that covers all areas of air, land, water, and noise pollution as well as basic science areas of bacteriology, ecology, toxicology, environmental engineering, environmental biotechnology, waste management, and water resources. More than 1,000 primary journal literature titles in major scientific languages are covered as well as trade literature, patents, conference proceedings, chapters in books, and reports.

This resource is licensed for access by UW-Madison students, faculty, staff.  You'll find it under, "Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Databases" in the Electronic Library.


More than 15,000 books on almost any subject and thousands of long-playing records will be put on sale in a fund-raiser for the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, Wednesday through Saturday, March 22-25. This is the ninth semiannual sale sponsored by the Friends.

The materials are donated primarily by UW faculty, staff, students, and area residents. The public sale helps fund an annual lecture series, special purchases for the library collections, and a visiting scholar support program.

In the past three years, nearly two dozen campus libraries received more than $54,000 through a specialized small grant program supported by the book sales.

The sale is open to the public and will be held in room 124 of Memorial Library, 728 State Street.
A preview sale with a $5 admission fee will be held 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 22. The regular sale with no admission fee will be: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 23-24; and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 25. The Saturday sale will be a $2-a-bag sale (bring your own



The full-text of Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1997 (Charles J. Neumann, et al., 1993, Historical Climatology Series 6-2) is available at the site above.


To all of you interested in oceanographic data, the National Oceanographic Data Center has released the World Ocean Database, Version 2.  Time sorted data is available, too.  We will have a copy of it in the Library.


Lots here, including, associations, education resources, issues in science education, science for girls, education databases, current events in science education, books and reports, and cool science links. [NSF Library Newsletter]


Some of you may be interested in the recent report from the National Research Council titled, A Question of Balance: Private Rights and the Public Interest in Scientific And Technical Databases.  This report builds on earlier work such as the 1997 Bits of Power report from the NRC and complements the study The Digital Dilemma:  Intellectual Property in the Information Age (which deals primarily with copyright).

The Library has a copy on order.  The report is supplemented by a separate report of a workshop that was held as part of the development of  "A Question of Balance", which will likely be available only online at


This OMB site features the Budget of the United States Government for fiscal year 2001.  It also includes budgets for prior years, related budget documents and A Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget.


The SEAKEYS network is a series of 7 automated environmental monitoring stations located along the Florida Reef Tract and in Florida Bay.  The data is transmitted by satellite and can be viewed on bulletin boards maintained by NOAA/AOML and the Department of Marine Science/University of South Florida.   This network is supported by grant funds.  They need your help in compiling a list of users of the SEAKEYS data and any publications which may have resulted.  Please e-mail or send by mail a list of your publications which may utilize this data to:  Deborah Haynes (, Fax 727/553-1109, and mailing address FIO, 830 First Street S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

PrePRINT Network -- DOE [.pdf, .zip, .gz, TeX Viewer, .ps]

This new site from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information is intended as a complementary service to their scientific and technical journal abstract database, PubSCIENCE.  PrePRINT Network serves as a searchable gateway to preprint servers that deal with scientific and technical disciplines such as physics, materials science, and chemistry, "as well as portions of biology, environmental sciences and nuclear medicine." Users can search across the gateway by author, title, full record, date, and collection, or browse the databases alphabetically or by subject pathway. Search returns include title, author, source, number of pages, and a link to an abstract which then links to the full text. The format of the full-text papers can vary considerably.


From the National Climatic Data Center, the Climate of 1999 - Annual Review Website provides detailed data and discussion.  Globally speaking, 1999 proved to be the fifth warmest year on record since 1880.  The site provides Global Analysis, US National Analysis, US Regional/Statewide Analysis, a page on Extreme Events and 1999 and 1998 monthly Reports.  Charts showing annual anomalies for temperature and precipitation are included.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000]


The US Department of Agriculture recently released these updated data summaries for temperature, precipitation and vegetation conditions in the US.  Data summaries include the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI), Crop Moisture Index, Standardized Precipitation Index, Drought Impacts in the US, Percent of Normal Rainfall, Daily Streamflow Map, Snowpack, Soil Moisture, Daily Soil Moisture Anomaly and the Vegetation and Temperature Condition Index.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000]

SOLAR MAX 2000 [RealPlayer]

This new exhibit from the Exploratorium (last discussed in the August 6, 1999 _Scout Report_) is a content-rich examination of the upcoming "solar maximum." The year 2000, it is believed, will see the highest degree of sunspot activity for the current solar cycle. The result may be geomagnetic storms that disrupt power grids, radio broadcasts, and satellites, as well as unusually vibrant displays of the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis (the Northern and Southern Lights). To follow these events and learn about the science behind them, most users will need look no further than this site, which offers links to news stories and daily reports from NASA, links to a large number of images, a Solar Max FAQ in text and video, classroom activities, a
glossary, and links to upcoming solar missions and numerous other related resources. A Japanese language version of the site is forthcoming. [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000]

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the Twentieth Century
To celebrate the many life-changing technological achievements of the Twentieth Century, this site from the National  Academy of Engineering was created in a collaboration with the American Association of Engineering Societies and others. The list contains the top 20 achievements with a history and timeline of important landmarks for each accomplishment. [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000]

"NCSA Tests WebEx Collaboration Tool"

This newsbrief, from Primeur Monthly, describes WebEx, a new service that is currently being tested by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). WebEx is designed to allow scientists "to work collaboratively over the Web, . . . share applications, present demonstrations and  training, and provide desktop support using only a desktop computer and a Web browser." Although still in the testing phase, this type of service may be of interest to scientists who rely on technology to facilitate ex-situ collaborations. [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000]


This site compares prices at 28 ("and growing") independent and chain online bookstores. Your search will show whether a book is in stock or back-ordered, how soon it will be shipped, and the approximate shipping cost. The site searches for all kinds of books, including new and used books, textbooks, audio books, and out-of-print books.  [Librarians' Index to the Internet, 14 February 2000].