December 2009 Archives

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Our Winter Break Workshops in Walter are designed specifically for graduate students in the sciences and engineering. They are free and open to anyone, just register by following the links below each event. Many more workshops are also available throughout the University Libraries, see a full list here.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tue, 01/05/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 101 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Meghan Lafferty
Wed, 01/06/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Tue, 01/12/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Jon Jeffryes
Wed, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Wed, 01/13/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Janet Fransen
Register for this Course
Here are the new geology and geophysics books received at Walter. As always you may check our new books list for all the new books received in Science and Engineering subjects.

G70.217.G46 M45 2009
Meine, Hans.
The GeoMap representation : on topologically correct sub-pixel image analysis.
Heidelberg : AKA ; Amsterdam : IOS Press, c2009.
xvi, 220 p. ; 21 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

GB641 .P35 2009
Periglacial and paraglacial processes and environments
London : Geological Society, 2009.
272 p.
Link to MnCat Record

QE1 .L32x 126
Foubert, Anneleen.
Nature and significance of the recent carbonate mound record : the Mound Challenger code
Berlin : Springer, c2009.
xx, 298 p.
Lecture notes in earth sciences,
Link to MnCat Record

QE1 .L32x 119
Advances in geocomputing
Berlin : Springer, c2009.
xviii, 325 p.
Lecture notes in earth sciences,
Link to MnCat Record

Many more!...

The SMART Learning Commons will host a Cram Slam study event.

Cram Slam study event
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009
1-5 p.m.
Walter Library, Room 101
Snacks provided!

One-on-one support will be available for math, chemistry, physics, economics, writing and more!

Select previously used exams will be available. To see a complete list, visit our Test Bank at

Free workshops will also be available for Math 1051, Math 1271, Econ 1101, Phys 1301W, Chem 1015, and writing. If you are interested in attending any of the workshops, please RSVP on the Cram Slam Workshop Web site.

SMART Learning Commons
Walter Library

The IT Library Committee will meet on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in 314 Walter Library.

Faculty and Student Attendees:

Tryphon Georgiou - Electrical Engineering
Mike Grove - Council of Graduate Students rep
Alex Hamenev - Physics
David Holt - IT Student Board rep
Sanford Lipsky - Chemistry
Walter Littman - Mathematics
Friedrich Srienc - Chemical Engineering/Materials Science


1. Collection Updates -- Kris Fowler

2. Patron-driven acquisition of materials - Kris Fowler and Jon Jeffryes

3. Technical reports and the University Digital Conservancy - Jan Fransen

4. Assignment Calculator - Janice Jaguszewski

5. Library Course Page - Lisa Johnston

6. Patent tutorials and other workshops available online - Jon Jeffryes

Students: Library Study Break is back!

To all you hard-working and under-appreciated...Finals are upon us, but this doesn't interfere with your need for free food!
It's my pleasure to announce the:
Annual Science/Engineering Library Study Break
Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Walter Library

Please join us for cookies, drinks (the studious kind...), and free prizes!!

Remember, we kick off the fun at 7pm sharp and go until...about when the cookies run out. So take a break from studying (or thinking about studying) and join us!!


Ebooks becoming the norm in Academia?

The JISC just released a study on E-book use in the UK. Their "National E-Books Observatory Project: Key Findings and Recommendations" are presented online in..of course, an e-book at

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"The results of the two year project exploring the behaviours of e-book users and the impact of course text e-books on print sales are now available. The final report summaries the key findings of the project and the recommendations for future action... captured through deep log analysis, focus groups, user surveys and print sales analysis."