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  Schwerdtfeger Library News - July 2003

By Jean Phillips, Librarian


Schwerdtfeger Library Renovations

Beginning next week, we are installing compact, moveable shelving in The Schwerdtfeger Library as a way to increase capacity within the existing space. Installation will begin on Monday, September 15th and if all goes according to schedule, will conclude on Friday, September 26th or shortly thereafter. For those of you on floors directly above or below us, the drilling will create a fair amount of noise -- my apologies for the inconvenience, but it can't be avoided.

We will continue to provide services as best we can during the next couple of weeks.

And please, do stop by in October to see the Library's new look. Questions? Please contact Jean Phillips.

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Online Journal Update

Campus libraries have just begun negotiating licenses for online access to the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and Weather. In addition, the American Geophysical Union recently released a new institutional pricing structure that libraries can live with. As you know, few institutions had subscribed to online AGU publications because of steep price increases. Because of this new structure, the Journal of Geophysical Research (all sections) and Geophysical Research Letters should be available to you very soon. Watch for future announcements or check our electronic journal list to see if they've been added.

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New SSEC Publications

Library staff maintain a database of SSEC and AOS publications. This site, updated bi-monthly, is a small subset of a much larger database. When you publish, please forward two copies of the paper to the Library or send an e-mail with the citation so that we can retrieve a copy for our files and add the record to our database. All reprints, SSEC publications, AOS publications and various other files currently unavailable via MadCat or any other method, will soon be searchable on the Library's web page. Our mission is to be the repository for material published by Center scientific staff

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Watching WorldCat Grow

OCLC is the world's largest library collaborative and WorldCat is its Union Catalog -- a catalog of more than 53 million books, serials, audiovisual media, maps, archives, manuscripts, scores, and computer files owned by some 9,000 OCLC member libraries around the world, including The Schwerdtfeger Library, UW-Madison and the Library of Congress.

This recently introduced web page on the OCLC web site provides an opportunity to see the OCLC collaborative at work. New records are added to WorldCat every eight seconds and you can literally watch the catalog grow in real time -- each record shows the library that created it.

"This visual representation of what we are doing is eye opening. WorldCat is not just another commercial database. It is the manifestation of the labor and commitment of librarians around the world working together to share intellectual capital and knowledge." [Nylink Connection v.5: no.2, Summer 2003] [NyLink Connection v.5: no.2, Summer 2003]

It is well worth a few seconds of your time to take a look: http://www2.oclc.org/worldcat/

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Books 24x7 Subscription Reactivated

Books24x7 is a database of full-text popular computing books. The collection provides Web access to the full text of published books, white papers, and reports from a number of publishers, including John Wiley, MIT Press, Osborne, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, Que, Sams, Sybex, Artech House and many more. The content covers more than 90 different technology subjects, all in a fully searchable format that does not require downloads or plugins. You may search for a specific word or phrase across the entire collection, within a topic, or within a specific book. Relevancy-based icons guide you directly to the most relevant content chapters or sections. Each title includes a summary, tables of contents, and printer friendly format. Users who register for membership can create a personal bookshelf, bookmark, annotate, and share information with other community members.

Links to all books are included in MadCat. This resource is licensed to the UW-Madison Libraries for access by students, faculty and staff.

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Killing the Print Journals, a letter from Keith Seitter, Deputy Executive Director of the AMS

Keith Seitter, Deputy Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society, writes this "Letter from Headquarters," in the August issue of BAMS. It raises the issue of "if, when, and how" to discontinue print journals in favor of online delivery. With the advent of online delivery, libraries typically do not own the content of the journals to which they subscribe; they have access to the content. We know that print withstands the test of time. What we don't know is whether electronic files will be maintained, with migration of content to new platforms, and whether the publishers that produce them will continue to exist.

We have encountered many instances already where a print journal was cancelled and a rolling subscription to the online version begun much later -- the end result being a lapse in coverage that increases with time. The Schwerdtfeger Library's current policy is to continue print subscriptions to AMS and other journals. Interestingly, Keith Seitter's letter is not online, though the print version of the journal does include it.

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Google to Display IEEE Abstract in Search Results

The Google search engine will soon display content from IEEE scholarly journals and other publications in relevant keyword search results. Google is currently crawling, or indexing, the abstract records for all online IEEE technical documents and standards available through the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform. The project is expected to be completed in September, at which time Google users will see the linked content in their search results."The worldwide scientific community will greatly benefit from this agreement with Google," said Dr. Michael S. Adler, IEEE President. "Google is the largest search engine on the Web, and IEEE publishes the most important information in electrical engineering, telecommunications and computer science. Researchers in these fields will now have a new way to locate IEEE articles and papers in addition to the tools they already have from their academic or corporate libraries, or as IEEE members."

IEEE publications are indexed by INSPEC, a primary database for worldwide literature in physics, electronics and electrical engineering, computers and control, and information technology. INSPEC is licensed to the UW-Madison Libraries for access by students, faculty and staff. [What's New @ IEEE for Libraries: August 2003]

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