Library News - July 2007
SSEC Employee News: July 2007
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By Jean Phillips, Librarian


Renewing Library Books Online

At the end of May, many of you received an email message from the UW Libraries asking you to renew or return books.

You will be contacted via email at the end of May and at the end of December and asked whether you want to renew any items checked out to you. Please do not disregard this notice. If the campus has an email address for you (most faculty/staff/students do), all communications will be directed to the e-mail address attached to your patron record. Most libraries on campus have adopted the 6-month loan period for faculty, staff and graduate students with a maximum of six renwals, though some libraries have retained a monthly renewal.

To renew a book online, go to the Libraries home page.  From there, proceed to My MadCat Account, listed under "library services."   At this point you'll be directed to enter your eleven digit UW ID number and your full last name (for help locating your ID number, check here: Next, you'll view a screen with your name, address, and a list of books checked out from campus libraries.  Select "renew" to renew your items for another six months.

All overdue notices are sent the day after the due date and the second overdue notice is sent 14 days after that. A bill is sent 14 days after the second overdue notice (29 days after the due date). This is when you might see that $80 charge applied to your account -- if you've got more than one book, as many of you do, the sticker shock can be staggering. Generally, our library never charges anyone for lost materials, unless they are lost by an outside patron, and that is extremely rare. Mostly, those charges accrue because you're busy people or the message gets diverted to junk mail. We can remove the charges from your account, but only if the item is from our library; if the book is from another campus library only staff at that library can remove charges.

If you are away from campus or for some other reason cannot renew, just forward the library notice to any Schwerdtfeger Library staff and we'll make sure that your record is updated. It's helpful to get into the habit of reviewing your library account just as you would any other online account.

Many of the books checked out from the Schwerdtfeger Library are from our general collection and circulate to other staff and students both on and off campus.. Many other books, if purchased specifically for you, have been entered into the system but the actual record has been suppressed in MadCat -- this means that if another person searches for the title, they either will not find it OR if they find it, the specific copy loaned to you will not be shown.  Only when you are finished with these books and return them to the Library will the records be released, making them part of the general collection.

This is a great system, allowing us to move materials fairly quickly between campus and UW-System libraries, it just takes a bit to get used to it.

Questions?  Please contact Dan Bull, Linda Hedges, or Jean Phillips.


New Electronic Publications

NOAA's role in space-based global precipitation estimation and application. National Academies Press, 2007.

Portals to the universe: The NASA Astronomy Science Centers. National Academies Press, 2007.

Review of the U.S. Climate Science Program's Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.3, "Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate." National Academies Press, 2007.

Hoffman, Martos and Barstow, Daniel. Revolutionizing earth system science education for the 21st century: Report and recommendations from a 50-state analysis of earth science education standards. U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, Office of Education, 2007.

Strategic guidance for the National Science Foundation's support of the atmospheric sciences. National Academies Press, 2007.

Warringer, Michael. Keeping knowledge: From paper to pixels. Friends of the Library Magazine, Number 47, 2007, p8-11.

Warning of data ticking time bomb. BBC News, 3 July 2007.


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