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The Schwerdtfeger Library News - February 2007

By Jean Phillips, Librarian

Wisconsin Weather

Schwerdtfeger Library staff created a new Wisconsin Weather web page for the general public. Dan Bull worked with David An to refine the content, language and look of the page, which prominently features work at SSEC, as well as that of NOAA and other institutions. We wanted the page to be easily usable and understood by a general population. The web site is a cataloged resource in MadCat, where it has historically been one of the most popular destinations.


Library Web Site Log Analysis

The Schwerdtfeger Library’s web site has seen tremendous increase in usage, nearly 100,000 hits in January, up from about 40,000 at the same time last year. The site is also moving an increasing amount of bandwidth, reflected in the heavy use of its publications database, publications by affiliation, electronic journals, resources page and the Bentley Collection. In September, we saw extremely heavy usage, 275,000 hits, mostly on publications.

Wireless Access in Library and Conference Rooms

The campus wireless goals were drafted to include access in all public spaces within the University. Working with Scott Nolin, DoIT and the Library Technology Group we were able to implement access in the “public” spaces in SSEC including the conference rooms and the Library.


Friends of the UW-Madison Library Semiannual Used Book Sale

It's the largest used book sale in Wisconsin! Students, faculty, staff and Madison residents donate materials ranging from literature and philosophy to science and reference texts. Proceeds from the sale help support a grant program for campus libraries, the Friends grants-in-aid program for visiting scholars, and other programming. The Schwerdtfeger Library has been the recipient of two Friends grants.

Dates of the sale are:

Wednesday, March 21

Preview sale ($5 entry)
5 - 9 p.m.

Thursday - Friday, March 22 - 23
(No entry fee)
10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 24
$3-a-Bag Sale (Bring your own bag, or buy one for $1)
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


ALA Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Leslie Buger, president of the American Library Association, recently testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about the closure of libraries in the EPA network. Her testimony addressed the "vital importance of access to scientific, environmental, legal and other government information," not only for EPA scientists, but for the American public. There is grave concern over the EPA's plans for future access, through digitization, that appear to be incomplete at best. The recent closure of EPA libraries and a library at NASA Goddard, raises concerns about the longevity of other federal libraries and future access to scientific research produced by U.S. scientists.