July 2010 Archives

Sneak Preview: The New Library Website

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The University of Minnesota Libraries are in the process of a website redesign project and would like to share a sneak peek with you--you may have already seen an email about this project.

Review the beta site here: www.lib.umn.edu/redesign

To provide feedback, please complete our brief survey before Monday, August 2.

Please note our beta site is still under active development, so you may encounter broken links or other similar issues with the content. Thank you in advance for your help, which will inform our work to launch the site in mid-August.

If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Inside Higher Ed: Using Library Experts Wisely

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A colleague of mine recently shared this article via Twitter.  From Inside Higher Ed -- it's an article written by an instructor at the University of Massachusetts about how he used the library to help support his teaching.

Here's a quote:

I can't emphasize this enough: contact your library specialists. You'll be surprised by how glad they are to take out their key rings in the service of something specific.

Here's the full article if you're interested in viewing.  If you're ever interested in talking about ways the libraries can help support student learning, please feel free to be in touch!

A Note to Users of SciFinder

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A note, from our Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty, about SciFinder Scholar:

Hi everyone,

This is a heads up that a new site.prf file will be distributed for
off-campus access to the client software for security reasons related to
recent unauthorized access to U of M user accounts. Within the next
couple of days, when you open SciFinder off campus, you will see a
message (http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/chem/SFSCredentialsMsg.jpg) with
instructions on getting the new file. An automated system issues the new
file, and you should receive it immediately after emailing the address
in the message. (The address shown is for Windows; there is a different
one for Macs.)

Also, I wanted to remind everyone that access to SciFinder via the
client software will be phased out around the end of this year and only
web access will be available. I don't yet have a firm date from CAS, but
I will let you know when I do.

Questions? Feel free to let me know!

Searching Within "Cited By" Search in Google Scholar

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Google Scholar has long given the researcher the ability to find articles that cite a specific reference by clicking the Cited By link in the Google Scholar Citation Record:


Now Google Scholar allows you search within those citing articles:


If you're interested in learning more about this feature you can check out Google Scholar's blog.

If you want to learn more about how to use Google's Tools in your research, you may be interested in checking out the online version of our Google For Researchers Workshop.

Trial Subscription to SPIE Digital Library

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The library has purchased a one-year subscription to the online content of the SPIE. To gain access, select from the e-journal list on the the library website or use this direct proxy link: http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/1658

The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing unprecedented access to more than 275,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than
17,000 new research papers are added annually. (Note that SPIE now includes some eBooks, but they're not included in our subscription.)

Since we're treating this subscription as a "trial" for this year, I'd appreciate any feedback you have on this subscription.

Library Building News

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(Image from Mulad via Flickr.  CC)

Here's some news about the physical spaces in the Science and Engineering Library.

Shortened 4th of July Weekend Hours
The library will be having some unusual hours this coming weekend due to the 4th of July holiday.  Here's the schedule for the next few days (on Tuesday, July 5th we'll resume regular summer session hours).

Friday, July 2:  8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 3:  11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 4:  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 5:  CLOSED

Foundation Level Temporarily Closed
With the heavy rains of last Friday, Walter Library sustained a mini-flood on the foundation level.  All the books are safe but we've had to close the "F" level to the public while the water-damaged carpet and drywall get repaired.

You can still access the books--here's how:

To request books located on the foundation level, either use the Get It button in the MNCAT catalog or fill out a request form at a Walter circulation desk.

We hope to have the Foundation open again soon!

We've been warned that Walter Library may feel vibrations throughout next week (Tuesday, July 6 - Friday, July 9) due to jackhammer usage in nearby construction.

Have a great 4th of July Weekend!