April 29, 2008

Spring 2008

AGENDA Spring 2008

  1. Announcements
    • Two new engineering librarians have been hired
      • Jan Fransen: Aerospace and Civil Engineering, May 19
      • Jon Jeffryes: Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, June 2
    • SCImagine 2008: Student Robotics Projects
      • Friday, May 9, 3:30 pm, Upson Room, 102 Walter Library
    • Annual Purchases through the IT Book Endowment
      • Recommendations for each department are being finalized and will be sent via email
    • Competitive edge: Workshops for faculty and graduate students
      • Grant funding: Search tools and resources
      • Getting started: Publishing your science research article
    • Science Quiz Bowl: Terrific Success!
      • 140 IT students participated
    • SMART Learning Commons, 2nd floor Walter Library
      • Opening in May, offering tutoring services, writing assistance, computers for multimedia production, group study
  2. Demonstration of New Tools and Services
    • RefWorks
      • Can now attach files (pdf, jpg, tif, etc.) within your RefWorks account
    • Citation Linker
      • Quick way to find the full text of a specific citation
    • E-Journal lists by subject
    • "Get It" delivery service
    • MyLibrary/MyU Portal
      • Customized interface of key journals, databases, items checked out
  3. Update on author's rights
    • NIH mandate went into effect April 7
    • Harvard passes a policy about publishing in open access journals
  4. Through focus groups and conversations with University researchers, the Library has identified the following possible initiatives. We would like your help prioritizing them. Which are most important to you?
  • To create, improve or repackage our tools so that researchers and students are more (and feel more) productive and save time.
  • To better provide information to researchers and students when and where they need it.


  • Make the Library’s resources, especially electronic books and journals, more visible and easier to find.

Keeping up in the primary field

  • Provide researchers with current and useful information in their research areas.

Interdisciplinary research

  • Ensure that researchers are getting the best research in ancillary fields.

Organizing primary research materials (pdf’s, data, multimedia)

  • Provide low barrier technologies to help address the needs of storing, archiving, and managing research materials.

Collaborative research

  • Facilitate researchers’ connecting with one another to collaborate and communicate in fluid ways.

Teaching and learning

  • Facilitate the integration of the library into educational technologies on campus.

  • Help students become more skillful in their ability to find and assess the information they need.

Research dissemination

  • Help authors disseminate their research output and manage their rights.