The Schwerdtfeger Library News - June 2005

By Jean Phillips, Librarian


Schwerdtfeger Library Book Recall

If you have books checked out from the Schwerdtfeger Library that do not have a barcode on them, you may receive a recall notice sometime this summer. Our intent is to get these books entered into the new circulation system during the summer months. Once the books have been barcoded, you are welcome to check them out again with your University ID. Books that have been loaned to you on an "indefinite status" are suppressed in MadCat so that anyone else searching for that item will not find the specific copy loaned to you. You will, however; receive a system-generated notice once every six months (for three years) prompting you to renew the book. Please do not disregard this notice. Directions for renewing books via your MadCat account are included in the recall notice or, you can always contact the Library to renew them for you. The Library's loan periods are posted on its web site along with a link to loan periods of other campus libraries.


Update on access to AGU journals

The campus libraries will resume negotiations with the American Geophysical Union in the next couple of months for online access to its journals.  Several large institutions have been successful in removing from the contract some of the AGU's stipulations.  This bodes well for us.  We hope to have a license in place before the end of the calendar year.  Journals likely to be included in the license will be:  JGR (all series), Water Resources Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Biogeochemical Cycles.  Libraries contributing funds will include the Geology and Geophysics Library, Wendt Engineering Library, Physics Library, and the Schwerdtfeger Library.


Have you ever thought about "the life of a book"....

The current edition of the Friends of the Library Magazine (see page 13) contains an article titled just that, "The Life of a Book." It captures the "vast organization that maintains the UW-Madison library collections", from the selection of books by subject specialists (each campus library has one or more of these), to acquisition of the book, to cataloging the book in order to give it a specific location and identity among the millions of volumes already in place, to circulating the book in and out of campus libraries, and to book preservation.


Campus librarians take story hours to community youth
(Friends of the Library Magazine, Spring 2005, page 8)

Last year, special librarians on the Madison campus began offering story hours for children at a Madison community center. The project, created in direct response to a Wisconsin State Journal series on the Allied Drive neighborhood, focuses on various library specializations. Schwerdtfeger Library staff organized the December 2004 story hour using its collection of Wilson Bentley's photomicrographs to show the children the intricate and different designs of snowflakes. The Library will organize another program in the fall of 2005.



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