October 2010 Archives

Team Skills : Library Tools for Collaboration

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Have you ever been on a team project and been frustrated that things didn't move along as easily as you'd hoped? 

Do you have a big team project coming up and want to make sure that your team is efficient and effective?

If so come to Team Skills:  Library Tools for Collaboration!  This new interactive workshop will provide an introduction to tools that will maximize your group's efficiency as well as discuss skills and best practices, like brainstorming, giving feedback/communication, and project management that will make your team work proceed smoothly. We'll discuss ways that you can use Google Docs, Google Sites, the Assignment Calculator, RefWorks, Zotero and other tools to facilitate productivity and keep your project on schedule.

Team Skills: Library tools for Collaboration


Wednesday, October 27  2:30 - 3:30

Register Here

We ask that if attendees have a laptop, that they bring it to the workshop.

We need a minimum of six attendees to hold the workshop...if you're interested please sign up soon!

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Walter and Mathematics Libraries Closed, Saturday October 23

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Walter Library and the Mathematics Library will be closed on Saturday, October 23rd for President Obama's visit to campus. Walter Library will re-open Sunday 10/24 at noon.  The Mathematics Library will re-open on Monday 10/25 at 8:00AM.

Advanced EndNote Q&A

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Advanced EndNote Q & A with EndNote Rep, Doug Nguyen.
Thursday, November 18
9-10:30 AM
Walter Library, Room 310

EndNote Representative/Instructor Doug Nguyen will be visiting campus on Thursday, November 18 to meet with University of Minnesota--Twin Cities EndNote Users.

Doug will showcase the new features that are available in EndNote's latest version, X4 and also answer any questions that you may have encountered while using EndNote. Doug is an EndNote expert and advanced questions are welcome.

So gather your questions and come to Walter Library at 9:00 AM, Thursday, November 18. You can register at http://bit.ly/AdvancedEndNoteQA. If you have questions, please contact Jon Jeffryes at jeffryes@umn.edu

Open Access Week 2010

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Open access to research and scholarship has been facilitated by digital technology. Today there are many open access peer reviewed academic journals represented in the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/) and many more journals allow archiving of your work in web accessible places, see this site for details on a particular title (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/).

In order to foster awareness of the open access movement on campus, the University Libraries are organizing a series of activities during the week of 18-22 October, designated as National Open Access Week. These activities will include webcasts, workshops, and awareness tables. Below you will find the time and place of those activities.

Register for events here

Monday, October 18

11am-1pm: Coffman Union, awareness table
noon: 310 Walter Library, webcast of address by Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute at the kickoff of National Open Access Week
1:30-3:30pm: Walter Library, awareness table

Tuesday, October 19

10:30am-12:30pm: St. Paul Student Center, awareness table
1-3pm: Magrath Library, awareness table
3:15-4:15pm- 81 Magrath Library, workshop "Making Your Own Work OA" (register)

Wednesday October 20

2-4pm: Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall) awareness table

Thursday, October 21

11am-1pm: Wilson Library awareness table
noon: S30B Wilson Library, replay of address by Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus at the kickoff of National Open Access Week

Friday, October 22

12:30-1:30pm: 310 Walter Library, workshop "Making Your Own Work OA" (register)

New Mechanical Engineering Books (and a Journal) at Walter

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Here's a selection of new titles that arrived in Walter Library back in August that may be of interest to Biomedical Engineering.  To see the full list visit our website.

Differential equations for engineers
Xie, Wei-Chau
New York : Cambridge University Press , 2010.
xvi, 550 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
TA347.D45X54 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian and fluid-structure interaction : numerical simulation
Souli, M., Benson, D. J.
London : ISTE ; , 2010.
xvii, 294 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
TA357.5.F58A44 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.
Lamit, Louis Gary.
Stamford, CT : Cengage Learning , 2011.
x, 769 p. ; 28 cm.
TA174.L36 2011
Link to MNCAT Record

Introduction to the simulation of dynamics using Simulink
Gray, Michael A.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press , 2011.
xvi, 308 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
TA352.G73 2011
Link to MNCAT Record

Fluid mechanics
White, Frank M.
New York, N.Y. : McGraw Hill , 2011.
xv, 862 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
TA357.W48 2011
Link to MNCAT Record

Next-generation and nano-architectured photovoltaics : December 1-5, 2008, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Materials Research Society. Meeting
Warrendale, PA : Materials Research Society ; , 20102009.
127 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
TA401.M37x v. 1121
Link to MNCAT Record

Durability of building and construction sealants and adhesives : 3rd volume
ASTM Symposium on Durability of Building and Construction Sealants and Adhesives, Wolf, A. T.
West Conshohocken, PA : ASTM International , 2010.
xvii, 417 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
TA401.A19 1514
Link to MNCAT Record

Nanofunctional materials, structures, and devices for biomedical applications : December 1-5, 2008, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Materials Research Society., Materials Research Society. Meeting
Warrendale, PA : Materials Research Society ; , 20102009.
137 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
TA401.M37x v. 1138
Link to MNCAT Record

Theory of isotropic/orthotropic elasticity : an introductory primer.
New Delhi, India : Ane Books India ; , 2009.
234 p. ; 25 cm.
TA418.B43 2009
Link to MNCAT Record

Tribology & design.
International Conference on Tribology in Environmental Design
Southampton, UK ; : WIT Press , 2010.
285 p. ; 24 cm.
TJ1075.A2I585 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Micro- and nanoscale fluid mechanics : transport in microfluidic devices
Kirby, Brian
New York : Cambridge University Press , 2010.
xxiii, 512 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
TJ853.4.M53K57 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Microfabrication for microfluidics.
Lee, Sang-Joon John.
Boston : Artech House , 2010.
xii, 262 p. ; 24 cm.
TJ853.4.M53L44 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Energy and the new reality 2 : carbon-free energy supply
Harvey, Leslie Daryl Danny
London ; : Earthscan , 2010.
xlix, 576 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
TJ163.3.H3825 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Energy and the new reality 1 : energy efficiency and the demand for energy services
Harvey, Leslie Daryl Danny
London ; : Earthscan , 2010.
li, 614 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
TJ163.3.H38 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Robotics for electronics manufacturing : principles and applications in cleanroom automation.
Mathia, Karl.
Cambridge ; : Cambridge University Press , 2010.
xii, 238 p. ; 26 cm.
TJ211.M38 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Adaptive control of robot manipulators : a unified regressor-free approach.
Huang, An-Chyau.
Singapore ; : World Scientific Pub. , 2010.
xi, 262 p. ; 24 cm.
TJ211.35.H83 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Engineering thermodynamics.
Chattopadhyay, P.
New Delhi ; : Oxford University Press , 2010.
xii, 683 p. ; 24 cm.
TJ265.C438 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Introduction to wind principles
Kissell, Thomas E.
Boston : Prentice Hall , 2011.
viii, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
TJ828.K57 2011
Link to MNCAT Record

Pipeline integrity assurance : a practical approach
Mohitpour, Mo.
New York, NY : ASME , 2010.
xxx, 582 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
TJ930.P5664 2010
Link to MNCAT Record

Automotive sensors.
Turner, John.
New York : Momentum Press , 2009.
viii, 278 p. ; 24 cm.
TL272.5.A88 2009
Link to MNCAT Record

The Library also recently acquired a subscription to the ASME Journal of Medical Devices. You can access that journal online through the ASME Digital Library.

Walter Workshops Oct. 11-15

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We're offering two workshops next week that still have space in them.  Click the register links below to sign up!

Any questions about Walter Workshops...feel free to drop me a line.

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How do I Know I Found Everything? Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Explore ways to approach the search, and identify useful--and perhaps unusual--resources.

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Jody Kempf
Register for this Course

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Intro to Library Research Part 1 (Formerly Unravel the Library) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 9:45am - 11:00am

Gain an overview of the University Libraries. Learn the basics of academic research including search techniques, how to find articles, how to evaluate your sources and more. This workshop is designed for new students to the University. NOTE: If fewer than eight students register for a session, the session will be canceled.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 9:45am - 11:00am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Andrew Palahniuk
Register for this Course

NSF announced more DMP details

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From Lisa Johnston's Physics and Astronomy Library News:

As appeared in the DigitalKoans Blog: The National Science Foundation has released its revised NSF Data Sharing Policy. As of January 18, 2011, NSF proposals must include a two-page (or less) "Data Management Plan" in accordance with the Grant Proposal Guide, chapter II.C.2.j (see below excerpt).

Here's an excerpt from the Award and Administration Guide, chapter VI.D.4:

b. Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. Privileged or confidential information should be released only in a form that protects the privacy of individuals and subjects involved. General adjustments and, where essential, exceptions to this sharing expectation may be specified by the funding NSF Program or Division/Office for a particular field or discipline to safeguard the rights of individuals and subjects, the validity of results, or the integrity of collections or to accommodate the legitimate interest of investigators. A grantee or investigator also may request a particular adjustment or exception from the cognizant NSF Program Officer.

c. Investigators and grantees are encouraged to share software and inventions created under the grant or otherwise make them or their products widely available and usable.

d. NSF normally allows grantees to retain principal legal rights to intellectual property developed under NSF grants to provide incentives for development and dissemination of inventions, software and publications that can enhance their usefulness, accessibility and upkeep. Such incentives do not, however, reduce the responsibility that investigators and organizations have as members of the scientific and engineering community, to make results, data and collections available to other researchers.

Here's an excerpt from the Grant Proposal Guide, chapter II.C.2.j:

Plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan". This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results (see AAG Chapter VI.D.4), and may include:

  1. the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
  2. the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
  3. policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
  4. policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
  5. plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

A May 2010 NSF press release ("Scientists Seeking NSF Funding Will Soon Be Required to Submit Data Management Plans") discussed the background for the policy:

"Science is becoming data-intensive and collaborative," noted Ed Seidel, acting assistant director for NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate. "Researchers from numerous disciplines need to work together to attack complex problems; openly sharing data will pave the way for researchers to communicate and collaborate more effectively."

"This is the first step in what will be a more comprehensive approach to data policy," added Cora Marrett, NSF acting deputy director. "It will address the need for data from publicly-funded research to be made public."

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