April 2008 Archives

Impact Factors: A how-to guide

It used to be that the best way to discover a journal's 'Impact Factor" (ahem, the average number of citations made to the journal's content over the course of a few years...thereby implying readership) was to use the expensive, library resource ISI's Web of Science (formerly the Science Citation Index). ISI has recently taken some heat following a debunking article from the editors of Cell who were unable to replicate ISI impact factors since the company is both secretive and selective regarding the type of articles they include in their calculations.

Now there are a few alternatives for Impact Factor calculations: SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) and Google Scholar. They too have pros and cons...

If we don't subscribe to a particular journal in the library... fill out an ILL request! You can have any journal article (not subscribed through UMN) emailed to you within one to two days through an inter-library loan (ILL) request. This free library service will request the article from another library and email the pdf directly to you. You can fill out interlibrary loan requests from the library web site (click ILL) or create your free account at the ILL page.

What's really nice is once you have an account, any article that the library doesn't have access to can be requested with just a click of the "Find IT" button. So whether you are in searching GeoRef, Web of Science, or even Google Scholar (set preferences first), the "Find It" button will link you directly to the article or give the option of a pre-filled ILL request if we don't have it. This works for books too!

To blog or not to blog?
Nature Geoscience 1, 208 (2008)
Gavin Schmidt1

"Scientists know much more about their field than is ever published in peer-reviewed journals. Blogs can be a good medium with which to disseminate this tacit knowledge."

Read the full article

Finding Open Access Journals

Finding a publisher that supports self-posting to repositories and open access to research can be tricky: reading those publisher agreements are boring. So SHERPA has made it easy by rate publishers by the color of their openness: from green (archive the post-print online) to white (no ability to post elsewhere).

Check SHERPA Romeo for a full publisher directory with a database of Publisher Terms/Conditions.

For Journals that are freely available online visit Directory of Open Access Journals E.g., Palaeontologica Electronica is a peer-reviewed, online journal of paleontology.

Need a book?

If you have suggestions of books the Science and Engineering Library should buy, this is a particularly good time to let me know. For the fifth year, the IT Endowed Library Fund is providing money for purchase of library books in all subjects covered by IT, which should provide about 20 new books in physics and astronomy. To be included in this project, I'll need your suggestions by April 18, but please feel free at any time to send me recommendations of books you think the library should have.

FYI, the IT Endowed Library Fund has provided over 400 books for the Science & Engineering Library and the Math Library in the past 4 years.

Save the date: SCImagine 2008

SCImagine! 2008: Robots take over the Library

Three robots, three student groups…a battle of the intelligent versus the artificially intelligent.

Friday, May 9, 2008
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Free, open to public. Refreshments!
Upson Room, Walter Library 102
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

SCImagine web site

Come see live robot demonstrations and the latest creations of artificial intelligence by students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The presentations will be accompanied by light refreshments and stimulating conversation.

SCImagine! emphasizes the Science & Engineering Library's role as an intellectual gathering place on campus. Each spring the library showcases university teaching, learning, and research in the physical sciences and engineering offering fascinating presentations and lively discussions.

MyLibrary Widgets

The myLibrary tab just got better! Not only can you save your favorite e-journals and databases or view materials you have checked out from the library, but we now offer the option to turn this information into RSS feeds or widgets for iGoogle, MyYahoo, or other portal/aggregator type venues.
Give it a try. Log in and click the RSS icon next to each module for more options..or you can click the Library tab in your MyU portal view.

Already almost 1,000 users have configured a myLibrary page with their personal library resources. Now all your favorites, like Nature or Science, can be just one click away! What's your favorite journal?

GSA Special Papers

Special Papers of the Geological Society of America now available online at the GSA website and in the library catalog.

What's included: All titles in the package
Dates of Online Coverage: 2007 -
Print: Is still available in Walter Library (search MNCAT by title)

Call for abstracts

I'm the Geoscience Information Society GSA technical session moderator for this years meeting in Texas October 5-9, 2008 and here are our poster and oral presentation topics. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in submitting something. We would love to hear from the geology community on these important library issues!

The deadline is June 3rd and you can submit your abstracts for a poster, talk, or both online.

2008 Technical/Oral Session Theme:

“Libraries in Transformation: Exploring Topics of Changing Practices and New Technologies"

2008 Posters Session Theme:

“Moving Mountains: Data Mining and Digital Repositories in the Geosciences?

Information Literacy

Information Literacy...things you need to know to effectively find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. How your librarian can help?

1. Online: The libraries host CourseLib pages, created by your librarian, to present a list of selected resources that your students might use when doing their research. The librarian is also available or consultation by IM Chat, Phone, email, or in-person office hours.
Ex. A CourseLib page for a geology class

2. In person: Work with your librarian to incorporate a hands-on workshop into a course assignment designed to test the skills and understanding of finding information sources in the literature and on the web. In one 50-minuet session, the librarian will demonstrate how to use the tools and then work with the students to analyze a specific problem.
Ex 1. Find an article containing the spectra of a chemical that relates to this weeks lab assignment using a database (Web of Science, SciFinder Scholar, GeoRef).

Ex 2. Using analysis tools such as Journal Indicators to identify an appropriate journals to which to submit your article. Next download their publishing agreement form and discuss how to manage your copyrights when signing a contract with this publisher.
Ex 3. List of example workshops available

Student Learning Outcomes

The University’s recent report on “Renewing Our Commitment to Liberal Education? noted that “students’ interpretive and evaluative skills have not kept pace with [the] information explosion? available through the Internet. “They can google ‘facts’ and information, but if they don’t understand how knowledge is created and how information is interpreted, then how can they assess what they google?? Last fall the university approved a set of learning outcomes to help address students' failing "information literacy."
View list of Student Learning Outcomes

Author's Rights

You may be aware of trends worldwide to encourage academic authors to retain sufficient rights for “self-archiving? their works either by posting on personal websites or contributing their works to open-access online collections. Some of you may already be adding your work to arXiv.org.

Publishers like the AGU have become reliable partners to this practice, but others have not. This is why the library's have taken action toward transforming scholarly communication . To solicit change we have developed a simple addendum for author's to include with their publication agreements. To learn more, please watch the 6 minute video on author's rights and what is being done at the university.

What can you do?
Learn about Author's rights in this short 6 min.video.
Download a pfd copy of the Author's Addendum to append to your next publishing agreement.
Open the discussion about publishing and author's rights with your colleagues with these questions.

University Digital Conservancy

Since launching the University Digital Conservancy (http://conservancy.umn.edu) last fall, this online venue for University faculty to deposit and share their works with colleagues in the University community and across the globe has accumulated over 5300 documents and growing.

For example, check out the growing Minnesota Geological Survey collection

To find out how to deposit copies of your works for long-term preservation and open access please contact me: ljohnsto@umn.edu


Save your favorite journals, list the resources you use most, and view the books you have checked out...all in one personal library page. Log into MyLibrary and start adding stuff to your MyLibrary portal page.

Browsing journals by title or subject category will allow you to add specific journals to your myLibrary account. Next to each entry click the "Add to MyLibrary" button. To get started:
Look for e-journals in Geology
Look for databases like GeoRef

Citation Linker

The Citation-linker will point you directly to journals and articles available online. Enter the information you have and be as specific (page numbers) or as vague (journal name only) as you like...we will do the rest. Try it now.

New Books for March

Each month our new book list is updated to display any item within the geology subject area. You may check out other subjects, like chemistry or physics, and past month's new book lists online at http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/newbooks/Nwtitles.phtml

New Geology Books for March 2008:
QE26.2 .S64x 435
Paleontology of the Upper Eocene Florissant formation, Colorado
Boulder, Colo. : The Geological Society of America, 2008.
ix, 177 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE48.85 .G43 v.36
Geoscience Information Society. Meeting (40th : 2005 : Salt Lake City, Utah).
Collaboration for the dissemination of geologic information among colleagues : proceedings of the 40th Meeting of the Geoscience Information Society, October 15-20, 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah
Alexandria, VA : Geoscience Information Society, c2007.
v, 123 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE85 .F54 2008
Field guide to plutons, volcanoes, faults, reefs, dinosaurs, and possible glaciation in selected areas of Arizona, California, and Nevada
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2008.
v, 262 p.
Link to MnCat Record

E Book
Central America [electronic resource] : geology, resources, and hazards
London ; New York : Taylor & Francis, c2006.
p. cm.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.environetbase.com/ejournals/books/book_km.asp?id=6027
Link to MnCat Record

QE278 .G46 14
Weidick, Anker.
Quaternary glaciation history and glaciology of Jakobshavn Isbrae and the Disko Bugt region, West Greenland : a review
Copenhagen : Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, c2007.
78 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE351 .R4x v.68
Oxygen in the solar system
Chantilly, Va. : Mineralogical Society of America, c2008.
xx, 598 p., [1] p. of plate
Link to MnCat Record

QE654 .W47 2008
West Gondwana : pre-Cenozoic correlations across the South Atlantic Region
London : Geological Society, 2008.
vi, 422 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Reference, Non-Circulating QE861.5 .H645 2007
Holtz, Thomas R., 1965-
Dinosaurs : the most complete, up-to-date encyclopedia for dinosaur lovers of all ages
1st ed.
New York : Random House, c2007.
427 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Get It Button

Get It: One-Stop Shopping for Book Requesting & Delivery

Starting March 3, 2008, requesting a book from a Twin Cities campus library will be a one-stop process for University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students.

Try it: Go to UM Library Catalog
Log into your account
Search for material
At availability screen click on “Get It? button
Select pickup location

Where: Any book, whether checked out or not, can be:

* held at the owning library
* delivered to a more convenient campus library
* delivered to an on-campus office, (UMTC faculty/staff only)

Once a book is either returned or found on the shelf, shipping will take place within 48 hours on weekdays; most requests shipped within 24 hours.

Welcome to the Geology Library news. We may be in different buildings, but this doesn't mean the we can't be connected! This new blog is my way of passing along valuable information about the library...without overloading your inbox. I have a backlog of items that I'll post here, including: easy tools for remote access to library resources, new online purchases of e-books and publications, and upcoming events and news that the library has to offer.

I'm always looking for feedback. Contact your librarian!

Lisa Johnson
Geology and Geophysics Librarian