The Schwerdtfeger Library News - July 2006

By Jean Phillips, Librarian

New Grad Orientation Scheduled for August 29, 2006

Each August, Library staff participate in the orientation for new graduate students sponsored by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Our goal is to familiarize new students with the range of information resources available to them. Early in September, we meet with all sections of AOS 907, a seminar for the presentation of research findings, for a more in-depth discussion of atmospheric science resources.

If you are teaching a class this fall that requires library research, let us know and we'll design a workshop tailored to the needs of your class. If you are expecting visiting faculty or scientists, please bring them by the Schwerdtfeger Library for a brief introduction.


Campus Wireless Access in the Library

By the end of summer we hope the Library's access to the campus wireless network is operational. DoIT staff have already been in the building to do the site survey for the Library and the conference rooms on the third floor, followed by installation later this summer. We're excited to be able to bring this capability to all of our visitors.


Astronomical Library Celebrates 125 Years

The Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Woodman Astronomical Library with a special presentation on Thursday, September 28 at 4:30pm in Room 126 of Memorial Library. Jim Lattis, astronomy professor and director of the University of Wisconsin Space Place, and David Null, university archivist, will give a joint presentation on the history of the library and astronomy at the university.


ARL Library Trends, by Martha Kyrillidou and Mark Young

ARL Statistics 2003-04 is the latest in a series of annual publications that describe collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Of these, 113 are university libraries and 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries. ARL member libraries are the largest research libraries in North America, representing 16 Canadian and 107 U.S. research institutions. The academic libraries, which comprise about 92% of the membership, include 14 Canadian and 99 U.S. libraries.

Statistics have been collected and published annually for the members of the Association of Research Libraries since 1961-62, examining such areas as service activities, monograph and serial costs, interlibrary borrowing and lending, and expenditures. ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they do account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 123 member libraries in 2003-04 was more than $3.4 billion; from that, almost $2.6 billion was spent by the 113 university libraries and more than $800 million by the nonuniversity libraries. [excerpted from the report]


Library Community Draws National Praise

With the eyes of the nation on New Orleans' recovery from Hurricane Katrina, nearly 17,000 librarians,exhibitors and library supporters attended the first citywide convention held in the Big Easy since the storm. Widespread news coverage praised ALA members who traveled to New Orleans for their "intrepid" spirit and impact on the local economy. [excerpted from ALA News, June 28, 2006]

At the same meeting, First Lady Laura Bush announced more than $20 Million in librarian recruitment and eduction grants made available from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The grants will help offset the current shortage in school library media specialists, librarians working in underserved communities, and more.