Library News - April 2009
 

Library News - April 2009

By Jean Phillips

 

V.E. Suomi Web Site

Our library staff has just completed work on a web site devoted to the scientific career of Verner Edward Suomi, founder of the Space Science and Engineering Center, professor of meteorology and father of satellite meteorology. Over several years, we have collected resources related to his professional life and created finding aids to make them searchable and meaningful. The site includes an array of materials and media including Dr. Suomi's papers, publications, movies, awards, oral histories, and much more.

We hope you enjoy exploring the site as much as we've enjoyed its creation.

 

New Library Seating Area

We like that you use the library for informal meetings and study. To make things even more comfortable, we've created a new conversation area. Take a walk over to the north end of the library and try out the new chairs.

 

Springer May be Sold

Founded in 1842, the Springer publishing house may be for sale. Currently, there are few major scientific publishers, and those that do exist, like Elsevier, have large monopolies on the scientific publishing market. Springer itself owns about 60 publishing houses around the world, including Birkhauser and Kluwer. Academic libraries will certainly be watching not only to see if Springer is sold and to whom, but also to see how electronic licensing deals will be affected by the sale.

For additional reading, see:

Academic publishing house Springer put up for sale in teeth of recession: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/mar/26/publisher-springer-put-up-for-sale