Library News - July 2009
SSEC Employee News: July 2009
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Library News

by Jean Phillips, Librarian


Atmospheric Science Community Networking Site

A couple of months ago, many of you responded to a survey exploring the idea of creating a networking site for the atmospheric sciences. Included were questions about the value of gray literature, information gathering techniques, frequently used databases and other information tools, the value of posting and discussion of gray literature or pre/post-publication articles, and expanding the date range of MGA to include material published before 1960.

Your responses to the survey were very helpful. In fact, your responses indicated that a networking site that brought together new online tools for the research community would be valuable. Our advisory committee, comprised of representatives from U.S. (UW-SSEC, MIT, UCAR) and Canadian research libraries(Environment Canada), federal government libraries (NOAA), the AMS, and industry, encouraged Proquest to move ahead with a beta site. Proquest has since signed a contract with a vendor specializing in this type of work. Those of you who volunteered to test and/or contribute to such a site will likely be contacted in the near future.

Thanks again to all of you who took the time to participate.


New Electronic Journals

You'll notice that we've been able to add some long-requested titles to the campus electronic journal offerings. As noted below, some of them have moving walls that allow access to older material but not to the current year(s). All of these titles have been added to the Schwerdtfeger Library's e-journal list:

Climate Dynamics:  available from 2003 (most recent 1 year not available)
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society:  v.28, no.121, 1902 - present
International Journal of Remote Sensing:  v.18, no.1, 1997 - v.26, no.24, 2005 (most recent
         3 years not available at this time)
Nature Geoscience:  v.1, no.1, 2008 - present

As always, if there are articles you need from these or any other journals, please contact the Library. Or, if there are other journal titles that you think should be accessible, please let us know.


Library Services and New Scientists, Faculty or Students

If you are hosting a visiting or recently hired scientist, we'd like to meet them! The Schwerdtfeger Library offers many services to scientists, from notification of new literature to tips on how and which databases to consult to help navigating the campus library and information network to specific project support. When we know about visitors or new scientists, we like to meet them individually to let them know who we are, what we do and how we can help.


New Resources on Climate Change

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, recently announced release of a new report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States . You can read it online and the library will have a hard copy when it's published later this summer.

NASA has unveiled, Global Climate change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth, a new web site devoted to providing data about the rate and extent of global climate change. Check sea level rise, surface temperatures, carbon dioxide, arctic sea ice, and ozone data.




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