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July 23, 2008

Programming Books from the Library

Last week I got to put on my programming hat for a couple of days to help with a Google Maps/library catalog mashup some of my colleagues are putting together. I'm using new-to-me tools and knew that an O'Reilly book or two would help me get up to speed. I suppose I could have found what I needed at Amazon or the University book store, but why do that when I can get what I need immediately through the library?

Because such books tend to become obsolete so quickly, we don't collect the hard copies here. Instead, we provide access to electronic versions of books from publishers like O'Reilly, Que, Addson-Wesley, and others through Safari Books Online. As new editions come out and new technologies emerge, we can adjust the collection to match the needs of our users.

You can get to Safari Books Online from the SciEng home page. Just look under Electronic Books.

July 15, 2008

Need a break from the heat?

Weather.com says it's going to be 90 degrees at 3:00 today, but I can guarantee that the training room at Walter will be 15-20 degrees cooler. Come on over for a break from the heat, and learn something new at the same time. Today's Grants Funding workshop (developed in conjunction with the Office fo the VP for Research) runs from 3:00-4:15 today in Walter 310. Register here.

July 1, 2008

Summer 2008 Workshops

There's still plenty of time to learn something new at the library this summer!

Join us at Walter Library for:

July 9 Google for Researchers 1:00-2:00
July 23 RefWorks Basics 1:00-2:00
August 18 RefWorks Basics 2:00-3:00
August 21 Grant Funding for Grads 9:00-10:15
July 16 Create your Powerpoint Poster 2:00-2:45

More workshops held at McGrath and Bio-Med libraries.