Schwerdtfeger Library News -- June 2004

Schwerdtfeger Library News - August 2004

By Jean Phillips, Librarian




Climate Data Sources

Library staff have developed a site of most-frequently-used climate data sources. We often use these resources when responding to reference requests and thought it would be helpful to have them featured in one location. We hope to expand this page to include other frequently used tools specific to the discipline.

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"Find It" Provides Direct Link to Full-text Articles

In an effort to make researching with online databases easier, UW-Madison Libraries have implemented linking software called SFX. This software allows library patrons to link directly to a full-text version of an article or e-book by clicking on a "Find It" button next to the title in the search results.

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Rush Article Delivery

Have you needed an article fast because you're under a deadline, only to discover that campus libraries no longer subscribe to the journal or the electronic subscription does not include older files? If so, contact The Schwerdtfeger Library. We can generally get off-campus articles to you in less than 24 hours and very often, the same day.

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Historical Research in the Atmospheric Sciences: The Value of Literature Reviews, Libraries and Librarians

Dr. David Schultz delivered this paper at the 2003 annual meeting of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI). He stresses that "despite growing access to electronic information, written reviews of scientific literature not only remain helpful in guiding the future of atmospheric science, but they also reveal the continuing value of our libraries and librarians." I would add that while the literature review is an important piece of the scientific process, librarians are key to finding, analyzing, organizing and creating tools to deliver information to researchers through all phases of their inquiry. Jeff Rosenfeld, Editor-in-Chief of BAMS, echoes this point in a letter from the editor.

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Sensors and Privacy: IEEE Spectrum Reports

Can technology and privacy exist hand-in-hand? Costs, convenience, and security all converge on a world with more sensors, bigger databases, and much less privacy. In a special cover feature, this month's issue of IEEE Spectrum takes a close look at today's sensor technologies, their potential impact, and what is likely to come next. (What's New @ IEEE for Libraries, v.6, no.7, July 2004)

Two reports referenced in the paper are:

Safeguarding Privacy in the Fight Against Terrorism: The Report of the Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee. Washington, DC, Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, March 2004. 140p.

Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System Faces Significant Implementation Challenges. Washington, DC, General Accounting Office, February 2004. GAO-04-385.

Other related reports include:

Privacy’s Gap: The Largely Non-Existent Legal Framework for Government Mining of Commercial Data. Washington, DC, The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), May 2003.

Privacy Rules for Access to Personal Data. Washington, DC, The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). (Two charts summarizing major privacy laws applicable to commercial and governmental access)

Additional information on Datamining and Information Sharing. Washington, DC, The Center for Democracy and Technology.

Privacy: Datamining and Privacy-related Legislation. Washington, DC, American Library Association, last updated May 2004.

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Academics Get Behind Revisions to the DMCA (Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume L, Number 44, 9 July 2004, pA31)

Five academic library organizations, as well as the Association of American Universities, have joined the Personal Technology Freedom Coalition, which is working to gain passage of legislation that would revise portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act would allow exemptions for fair use in some circumstances.

Joining the coalition to revise the law are the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association. The bill may come up for a vote during the current Congressional session, though it is opposed by James Sensenbrenner, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which claims jurisdiction over the bill. The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America also are lobbying members of Congress to oppose the bill. (Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 July 2004)

Academic library groups have long criticized the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was passed in 1998, because they see it as a threat to fair use. Librarians rely on fair use to lend books and journals to other libraries, to make copies of works for preservation purposes, and to help scholars gain access to books and articles for their research, teaching, and cr

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