October 2008 Archives

The former AGI magazine GeoTimes is now called EARTH.

To read this issue, and many other popular magazines in print, visit the library and browse the current journal reading room on the second floor of Walter room 204. They are ordered by call number and Earth is available at QE1 .G56.

Like most popular magazines, only partial content of archived issues are available online. See the web site to find out what is included in the GeoTimes archive (1996-2008).

Wilson Library Book Sale

Start making room on your bookshelves!

The Wilson Library Fall Book Sale
Thursday, November 13 - Friday, November 14 • 2008
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wilson Library Basement

Thousands of used books for sale:
every subject from mineralogy to Mamie Eisenhower (whose 112th birthday is November 14!).

Prices on Thursday: $2 per book
Prices on Friday: $1 per book (until 1 p.m.)
Bag sale after 1 p.m. on Friday ($5 per bag)

For more information, contact Mark Desrosiers at desro004@umn.edu.W

Chat with the Library 24-7

The University Library Chat service is now available 24 hours a day thanks to a partnership with other libraries around the world. Ask reference or library questions from our web site (click Chat under the logo).

Read the MN Daily new story from 10-06-08 at http://www.mndaily.com/2008/10/06/u-libraries%E2%80%99-online-chat-goes-247

Looking for more ways to connect? The Sci/Eng Library is now on Twitter. Follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/umsciref. We'll be tweeting about classes offered through the library, updates on new books, special library events ...all without clogging up your email inbox.

International Education Week

Save the date for the upcoming International Education Week November 17-21.

The Library's Diversity Outreach Collaborative would like to announce upcoming activities and to encourage everyone to participate. In addition to campus-wide programs, there will be an information fair held in Walter Library for students, faculty, and staff.

Watch the plans develop at https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/AP/DiversityOutreachCollaborative.

International Diversity in IT

This map represents the Undergraduate and Graduate student populations in the Institute of Technology during 2008. Click for the Poster pdf

Nature Geoscience...has arrived

The library now has access to Nature Geoscience starting with Vol 1, 2008.


The Big Ten university negotiations for a multi-year deal on all Nature spin-off publications (including the latest, upcoming edition, Nature Chemistry) were very successful. Thanks to everyone for being so patient!

Open Access Day 2008

In case you missed it, the 2008 Open Access day was October 14th and the library's Scholarly Communications office celebrated with a successful awareness campaign. Take a look at their web site for all the highlights http://www.lib.umn.edu/scholcom/openaccessday.phtml

Cool OA facts:

  • More than 300 University of Minnesota researchers have published their research in open-access journals since 2003.
  • U researchers get a 10-15% discount when publishing in open-access journals from Public Library of Science (PLoS), BioMed Central, and Nucleic Acids Research, thanks to subscriptions by the U Libraries.
  • The University of Minnesota Press has just released Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now by Gary Hall, a pioneer in open access publishing in the humanities.
  • NIH-funded U researchers can get help from the U Libraries and SPA in meeting NIH’s open-access requirement.

Find out how to get involved at http://www.lib.umn.edu/scholcom

New Books for September

View New Books for for the physical sciences and engineering updated monthly on the Sci/Eng Library web site at http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/newbooks/

G70.212 .G476 2006
GeoSensor networks : second international conference, GSN 2006, Boston, MA, USA, October 1-3, 2006 : revised selected papers
Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2008.
x, 270 p.
Lecture notes in computer science

Link to MnCat Record

G70.212 .G56 2007
GIS in geology and earth sciences : 4th International Conference, in vista of new approaches for the geoinformatics, Queretaro, Mexico 22-26 October 2007
Melville, N.Y. : American Institute of Physics, 2008.
x, 288 p.

Link to MnCat Record

GB54.5 .C468 2009
Christopherson, Robert W.
Applied physical geography : geosystems in the laboratory
7th ed.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2009.
1 v. (various pagings)

Link to MnCat Record

Many more in full entry.

New for 2010, courses that meet the College of Liberal Education (CLE) requirements must include a brief paragraph (300 characters) of how each course meets one or more of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). As the deadline for re-certification approaches the libraries are happy to provide an instructor guide on "Improving Student Research" either in print (request) or pdf download. The booklet contains specific examples of ways to address the new CLE requirements of the university's Student Learning Outcomes.

I left few of these guides in the Pillsbury reading room and the electronic version is available at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/guides/FacultyGuide.pdf

New Books for July and August

View New Books for all the sciences updated monthly on the Sci/Eng Library web site at http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/newbooks/

QE26.2 .S64x 440
When did plate tectonics begin on planet Earth?
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2008.
viii, 294 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE26.2 .S64x 441
Resolving the late Paleozoic ice age in time and space
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2008.
vii, 354 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE26.2 .S64x 442
The terrane puzzle : new perspectives on paleontology and stratigraphy from the North American Cordillera
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2008.
viii, 326 p.
Link to MnCat Record

GSA 2008: UMN Library Map search

GSA 2008 Houston

Two UMN librarians (Kristi Jensen, Borchert Map Librarian and your own Geology librarian, Lisa Johnston) will be presenting at this year's GSA meeting in Houston, TX tomorrow on a new system to help our users search and find maps held in the library. "MapHappy" is a custom-build user interface using the Google Map API to "mashup" with our library catalog allowing you to graphically browse our map collections.

The beta version of MapHappy is available on our test server as we are still in development. However we welcome feedback on the design and overall impact of this project.

Slides of our GSA presentation are available. Download file

Map Finding Resources: