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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."


HathiTrust: Shared Digital Repository

Have you begun to follow the developments around what is emerging as the world's largest digital library? Did you know that the University of Minnesota is a charter partner in this enterprise? Now you can search the entire digital library collection using their just released "Full Text Search" at

The HathiTrust is a massively scaled digital repository providing both access and preservation services for a growing number of research institutions, including all of the CIC, the University of California system, the University of Virginia, and more to be announced. Launched a little more than one year ago, the HathiTrust already contains an impressive 4,619,395 volumes or 1,616,788,250 pages (all full-text searchable) or 172 terabytes or 55 miles of shelved materials. Of these volumes 710,961 are in the public domain and are fully displayable.

The University of Minnesota Libraries are in the process of adding tens of thousands of scanned government documents into HathiTrust and anticipate adding hundreds of thousands of items over the next few years. The current catalog for searching the holdings of HathiTrust is available at: . A collaborative project is underway to build a longer-term discovery interface for HathiTrust with OCLC using WorldCat Local technology.

An impressive list of other initiatives around HathiTrust, including data mining, ingest of image and audio files, understanding the relationship between digital and print repositories for the purposes of preservation, and many more are underway. Monthly progress reports are published via RSS feeds at: . Check it out; HathiTrust is certain to be part of our "shared digital future."

SciFinder Scholar Now Available Online

If you're a SciFinder user than you know that in the past you've had to download client software onto your desktop to search SciFinder's database and use VPN if you wanted to access it off-campus.

Now SciFinder has recently made an online version available to UMN Library users.

To use SciFinder online you'll have to set up a SciFinder's the steps that our Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty sent out:

  • Log in to
  • Click on (or paste it into the address bar in your browser).
  • If you come to an Access Denied page, click on the "Please login..." link.
  • Use your e-mail address when filling out the registration form, .
  • Because only current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff are permitted to use SciFinder Scholar, please do not share registration/log-in information.

For those of you who currently use the client software, it will continue to work...but they are planning on phasing it out in late 2010.

We only have a limited number of SciFinder seats so please make sure to log out when you are finished using it.

Library Update to Geology Faculty

This week I attended the geology faculty meeting to present a few new and not-so-new library updates. There I also got the chance to introduce the libraries new Copyright Librarian who gave a wonderful presentation of the new services we offer. Here is her contact info:

Nancy Sims,

If you missed my update or want more info on what I highlighted, I've added some l links to the topics I mentioned at the meeting:

  • Library Budget
    The Geology budget remains level this year, however, things might change for FY10, so please get any requests to me ASAP. I can manage most one-time purchases, such as books, e-books, online reference material, or journal back-files. Journal subscriptions, that require an ongoing commitment, will be harder to instate at this time, but I'm happy to hear about them so that I can prioritize.
  • Retiree
    Gary Fouty, past Geology Librarian, retired in May 2009. We miss his expertise in everything already!
  • Pillsbury hours
    Librarian Office hours in Pillsbury continue throughout the regular school year. I'm available for library research questions from 1-3 on Tuesdays in the reading room. Otherwise I'm happy to meet with you or students by appointment when convenient.
  • Moved Reference
    The reference room in Walter underwent a change this year. We "moved" the reference desk, staffed by full-time librarians, from Walter room 206 to a more prominent location at the 2nd floor circulation desk in the Great Hall.
  • Blogs
    Uthink Blogs, managed by the library, has been upgraded. New features include the ability to easily build a forum (closed or open) and a custom website.
  • GMail
    Google Apps Suite will be offered to students from the freshman class this fall. If you are curious to know more about what these apps are all about, sign up for a library workshop to find out.
  • Maps
    Did you know the maps can be checked out just like a book? Now they are easier to find since the geology map collection in Walter is halfway complete with cataloging all maps into the online catalog. We now have the US state maps added. We are working on the foreign collection next. Try searching our mashup application which uses google maps to present the cataloged collection, including all maps in the TC libraries, called MapHappy, still in beta. I'm been the lead developer on this project and would love your feedback!
  • Student help
    Tutoring services have been moved to Walter smart learning commons in math, physics, and other subjects. Geology Tutoring is also available in other smart commons library locations.
  • Research data
    I've been involved with a campus initiative to look at cyberinfrastructure and how the future of digital data will affect the archiving, preservation, and sharing of important research. If you have a digital data collection that you are interested in preserving, we would love to have some preliminary examples of what issues you face, how you manage you data, and what grant funding agencies are requiring you to do to make sure your data stands the test of time. Email me to discuss this important topic.

Solar Decathlon House Up and Ecofriendly

At last May's SCImagine1 event hosted by the Sci-Eng Library, the U of M's first ever Solar Decathlon team presented their engineering, and green-architectural design for what promises to be a winning house at the competition in Washington DC this fall.

But first, you can get free tour of the house on the St. Paul Campus from September 16-18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Visit the Solar Decathlon Web site for more info.)

The house if located at the north side of Buford Place (just east of Gortner Avenue), U of M St. Paul campus. Visitors should park in the University's Gortner Avenue Ramp. From the ramp, turn left onto Gortner Avenue, walk past Buford Avenue, and turn right onto Buford Place.

Geology Literacy

Interesting NSF e-book that explores the basic ideas behind current geology research. This science literacy effort is a great example of how the government can actually help the public's understanding of science. And at 13 pages, the public might even read it!

VIew the web site to download the printable pdf.

IMAGE: This is the cover of Earth Science Literacy Principles.

According to their press release on

Earth Science Literacy Initiative explores 9 'Big Ideas" at core of current research

The new Earth Science Literacy Principles establish nine "Big Ideas" and 7-10 supporting concepts for each, which together cover the essential information that everyone should know about the Earth sciences. The resulting Earth Science Literacy framework will also become part of the foundation, along with similar documents from the ocean, atmosphere and climate communities, of a larger geoscience "Earth Systems Science" literacy effort.

The scope of the new ESLI Earth Science Literacy Principles spans a wide variety of research fields that are funded through the NSF-EAR program. These fields include geobiology and low-temperature geochemistry, geomorphology and land-use dynamics, geophysics, hydrologic sciences, petrology and geochemistry, sedimentary geology and paleobiology, and tectonics.

The project included a 2-week online workshop with over 350 participants and multiple revisions supervised by a dedicated organizing committee of a dozen Earth scientists and educators.

Elsevier's Publishing Ethics

A few links on the recent Elsevier publishing scandal. Although I have no original comments, I didn't want to let this this ethical issue go unnoticed. Instead, here's the news story coverage that I've been following.

Reporting on an Australian court case involving the health risks of a Merck product, Bob Grant reports the connection to Elsevier:

"Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles--most of which presented data favorable to Merck products--that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship. (see Bob Grant, “Merck published fake journal,” The Scientist 30th April 2009.)

On May 7th, Grant reports 6 journals produced by Elsevier were fake:

"Scientific publishing giant Elsevier put out a total of six publications between 2000 and 2005 that were sponsored by unnamed pharmaceutical companies and looked like peer reviewed medical journals, but did not disclose sponsorship, the company has admitted."(see full story Bob Grant, “Elsevier Published 6 Fake Journals.” The Scientist, May 7, 2009).

Further coverage in The Guardian includes this comment:

"Elsevier chief executive, Michael Hansen, has now admitted that they were made to look like journals, and lacked proper disclosure. "This was an unacceptable practice and we regret that it took place," he said." (see full story Ben Goldacre, "The danger of drugs … and data" The Guardian, Saturday 9 May 2009 )

Finally, here is Elsevier's posted press release in response, saying:

"We are currently conducting an internal review but believe this was an isolated practice from a past period in time. It does not reflect the way we operate today. The individuals involved in the project have long since left the company. I have affirmed our business practices as they relate to what defines a journal and the proper use of disclosure language with our employees to ensure this does not happen again."

World Wide Science is an online digital library of 52 science databases and government publications from 56 countries.

The interface provides an alternative to sifting through the web in search of international scientific publications and open source journals.

Just added is the CERN Document Server, with nearly 1 million records, with 360,000 full-text documents of interest to researchers working in particle physics and related areas. The database covers preprints, articles, books, journals, and a significant volume of multimedia.

The People's Republic of China is another significant addition to in recent months with the addition of a database from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC).

For more info contact Tim Byrne
Information International Associates, Inc.
DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge,TN 37831
Phone: 865-241-2358

The multidisciplinary abstract database Web of Science (formally Science Citation Index) now indexes grant award and funding agency information for many publications.

Also new:

  • Conference Proceedings are now searchable included within Web of Science.
    Note: Times Cited counts now include proceedings citations. More information.
  • Authors can create their personal Researcher ID to correct author identity issues and increase citation count accuracy.
  • The 2007 Journal Citation Reports can show you the: Most frequently cited journals in a field and the highest impact journals in a field

    This database is listed on the Sci & Eng library homepage under "Multidisciplinary" or at

Stimulus Bill Funding listserv

If you haven't already, for details about Stimulus Bill funding opportunities and news, visit and subscribe to the listserv STIMULUS-RES-INFO

Recent news updates regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill) include:

  • $1.1 billion allocated for comparative effectiveness research
    Members of new "Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research" also named. More>>

  • NSF Director outlines key elements of Recovery Act implementation
    Notice no. 131 includes information on programs that will receive Stimulus funding, prioritization, and special award conditions.

  • Proposal deadline calendar now available
    Includes a brief description of the announcement, deadlines, links to useful information, and any applicable limited submission criteria. The (sadly, pdf) document will be updated as new information becomes available.

  • Researchers who are considering an interdisciplinary research proposal that includes the use or creation of high throughput data, as well as the associated issues of data management, analytics, and sharing, can contact Dr. Anne-Francoise Lamblin for guidance on proposal preparation. Anne-Francoise is the newly appointed Coordinator for the University's Interdisciplinary Informatics Initiative within OVPR. Anne-Francoise can be reached at 612.625.7414 or

Beta Assignment Calculator

New tools added to the UMN libraries Assignment calculator will appeal to students and instructors alike.
Try is

The new features include:

  • New assignment templates (Video/Media, Speech/Presentation) - Lap/scientific reports are coming soon as is an advanced research paper assignment.
  • Instructor control possible over steps to reflect actual due dates.
  • Add/Remove/Rearrange individual assignment steps.
  • Ability to add personalized notes and links to assignment steps.

At this point it is only a BETA tool, so we're looking for feedback from you on how to improve it. Also, I'm happy to help set up your assignments in the new system so they can be shared with students in Moodle/WebVista. Contact me!

Watch the video to learn more

If not working, try here

Spring Workshops at Walter

Jumpstart Your Research
Science & Engineering Library Spring Workshops
Walter Library 310

Join us for hands-on workshops to learn about library and web-based tools that can give you a head start on your research.

February 25 Making an Impact with Wikipedia 11:00-12:00 pm
February 26 Keeping Up: Web-based Tools 2:30-3:30 pm
March 4 Google for Researchers 11:15-12:15 pm
March 5 Getting Published 11:15-12:15 pm
March 9 Zotero: An Introduction 1:25-2:25 pm
March 10 Google for Researchers 2:30-3:30 pm
March 11 Formatting your Dissertation in Word 9:00-10:00am
March 17 Grant Funding for Grads 2:00-3:15

Please register at

IT Library Committee Update

The following message was sent out to the IT Library Committee Members on 1/30/2009.

Members of the IT Library Committee,

Much has been happening in the Libraries since we met last fall. Here is a quick summary:

1. Walter Library now has a presence on Facebook, It includes our current workshops and events, news items, and photos. We currently have 17 fans, but would love more!

We also have a Twitter feed:

2. In addition, our own Kris Fowler, who has spoken at previous meetings of the IT Library Committee about changing models in scholarly publishing and retaining authors' rights, has co-authored an online guide entitled, "Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library," which is being promoted widely by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries. It's available at:

3. Finally, I'm pleased to report that the University of Minnesota Libraries have received the prestigious "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" for 2009, given by the Association of College and Research Libraries . A description of the award is available at:

I encourage you to read our actual nomination, which summarizes all that the Libraries have contributed to the University and beyond in recent years:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information on anything I mentioned.



Janice Jaguszewski
Director of Academic Programs, Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Minnesota Libraries
108 Walter Library
117 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The UMN-Twin Cities Libraries have received the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries award. This award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA)/Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), recognizes the accomplishments of library staff “as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution.”

See the ALA press release about this award The actual award is to be presented by the President of ACRL (Erika Linke of Carnegie Mellon University) at a campus wide celebration ceremony to be planned for sometime in spring.

Got ArcGIS? The library does!

If it's difficult to get your hands on Arc GIS software, to make your own maps and create your own mapping applications, there are several options around campus- including the libraries.

The Borchert Map Library has ArcView software installed on the ten computers in our Automated Cartographic Information Center. The hours for the Map Library can be found here on their website. They also provide some assistance for creating and manipulating your data. Also, I've been told that ArcView software is on the computers in lab HHH 50 (open 8am to 6pm, M-F) in Blegen.

We have GIS data too. Take a look at the list of GIS information that the library subscribes to at

Try the Updated 5.0 includes a single-interface access science and technology information from 17 separate federal science organizations and searches:

Also, for those interesting in unlocking more government data and information, get your opinions submitted to Show Us the Data by March 9, 2009. The project will result in a report that will recommend documents and data that the federal government should make more freely available to the public in usable formats.

Libraries Allow Food/Drink

The library has loosened up on restrictions that ban food or drink in the library. Now you may enjoy "non-crumbly" meals and covered beverages without fear! View the new guidelines on the library web site at: Bookmarks with the new guidelines will be available at circulation desks at Wilson, Walter, and Magrath and all service desk will also keep cleaning supplies in stock.

This change was made in part to encourage library users to report spills for immediate clean-up.

I've been frustrated by our library catalog lately and the sheer number of library databases (nearly 600!) are overwhelming and can be hit-or-miss on whether you might find the article you are looking for.

Luckily Google Scholar has shaped up to be a reliable way to access most article citations, and though a partnership with the Library, you can use Scholar to get full-text access to all library supported e-journals.

Here's how it works. In Google Scholar set your preferences (next to the search box) to "Library Links" = University of Minnesota - FindIt@U of M Twin Cities. Then each time you search Google, Scholar will display FIND IT Links to the library content - both electronic and print - otherwise a ILL link will appear for your convenience.


Also useful in preferences, you can set Google Scholar to provide citation export links in the format of your choice, like the free citation manager, RefWorks, that's supported by the library.

Walter Reference Desk Moved

In an effort to reduce the number of service points in Walter Library and to make our services more visible, Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) reference has moved from Walter 206 to the second floor circulation desk in the Great Hall. We hope that by providing both services in one area, this move will eliminate the need for library users to choose who to go to for assistance. We are piloting this change during the spring semester and will then evaluate it to determine if the move should be made permanent.

Please note that this move will not cut back on staff hours; a librarian will still be available for in-person reference from 8-5 M-F, and 1-5 Sat.

Google Map Mashup with Library

Try out this new tool I've created that allows you to search and discover maps held at the library using the power of Google Maps. The MapHappy mashup was debuted at the GSA Meeting in Houston last year and is now ready for your review and input!

  • MapHappy: A new way to find maps at the lIbrary!

Looking for digital Aerial Photos? The John R. Borchert Map Library is pleased to announce the release of MHAPO - Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online (see MHAPO provides access to over 7700 digitized copies of historic photos covering the Twin Cities metro area.

Send me your feedback and suggestions!

Transactions of the Geological Society of London (1811 to 1856) has been digitized and added to the Lyell Collection.

GSL writes:

The Transactions represent the Society’s earliest systematic publication, published from 1811 to 1856. During this period they featured almost 350 papers, many of which have become classics, but the title was eventually superseded by the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. Print sets of the Transactions are now rare and highly prized but this complete online version, captured to the highest electronic standards, is now available for the first time.

To visit the Lyell Collection:

To visit the Transactions:

Amazon: You can download a widget that alerts you if a book in is already in the library (Go to the download page). Of course if it's not... recommend it to me. The link pops up in the Amazon page:

Google Just like your myLibrary tab in MyU, the Libraries search box on the home page can be added to your iGoogle (go to download page).

Take a look at all the latest tools and widgets created by the digital library development lab at

In Walter Library, the Great Hall on the 2nd floor will be open 24 hours starting Thursday, December 11 and ending at 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 18, 2008.

To kick-off the week, two Finals Week related events will be held in Walter:

  • From 1-6pm on Wednesday (12/10) the SMART Learning Commons will sponsor a Cram Slam event in 204 Walter Library in partnership with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. Tutors and consultants will be available in biology, chemistry, physics, math, statistics, economics, writing, language, and more. Free food!
  • On Thursday (12/11) at 7:00 pm, the Science & Engineering library will host our annual Study Break with free refreshments, prizes, and a chance for students to stretch their legs and take a break. Meet us in first floor lobby of Walter until the cookies run out!

Also for those on the West bank, Wilson Library will be offering 24 hour study space in the basement area starting on December 11 and ending at 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 18, 2008.

The Get It Book delivery service has broken the 7,000 request mark during the month of October 2008. Only eighth months in service, Get It delivers books, journals, and other library materials directly to your campus office or nearest library for pick-up.

Get it Button Requests Per Month


Want to learn more about the Get It button, read my earlier post.

Maps in Library: Update

The reorganization of the geologic maps in the Library is complete. A "Maps in Walter" page linked from the Sci/Eng library site that describes the updated shelving of our maps held in the Walter Reference Rm 206.

Geologic Maps in Walter include:

GIS lecture and posters Nov 19th

This year’s Borchert Lecture will feature Michael Goodchild, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Goodchild will deliver the lecture "Geographic Information in the World of Web 2.0," Nov. 19, 2 p.m., theater, Coffman Union.

The Geographic Information Science (GIS) Day poster session showcasing GIS-related research with poster presentations by students and faculty will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and from 3:15-4:30 p.m. For more information, see

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

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

Looking for more ways to connect? The Sci/Eng Library is now on Twitter. Follow our tweets at 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

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

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

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:

Journal added to GSL's Lyell Collection

The Geological Society of London's online archive, the Lyell Collection, now included the journal: Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis , a quarterly series in it's 8th volume. Get online access to all articles of this GSL journal and the Lyell collections other titles:

Time-Saving Workshops for Fall 2008

The Science & Engineering Library is offering over a dozen workshops this fall that are open to all staff, faculty and students. Join us to learn how to more effectively use freely available resources. Here is just a sampling coming up:

Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter

This workshop will introduce you to web-based tools like for tagging, RSS feeds and readers, as well as library databases that can help you more efficiently keep up with your fields of interest.
Time: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 2:30 PM -- 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 310

Create your Poster in PowerPoint

Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer.
Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:30 PM -- 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 310

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article

This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.
Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM
Location: Walter 310

Visit the Science and Engineering Library's workshops page for more information on upcoming workshops. If you have questions about the workshops or would like schedule a workshop for your class or research group contact Jody Kempf ( for additional information.


MNCAT Plus is a new interface to the libraries' catalog which offers new features such as:

* Google-style searching. Simply type a search term or two and click “Go.?
* Relevant results. The items that best match your search terms will rise to the top of your results list.
* Powerful filters. Start with a broad search and refine your results with the links on the right-hand side of the screen.
* Real-time availability information. See at a glance whether materials are available online or at one of our libraries.
* Familiar functions. Features like Did You Mean? suggestions and links to Google Books and WorldCat make it easier for you to find what you need. When available, cover images of books will be displayed.
* Social networking features. Reviews and tagging allow you to make your own contributions to the experience of others.
* Save and gather your citations. Push citations for materials you want to use or share to RefWorks and
* Integrated access and delivery. Search MNCAT Plus and then move directly to online versions of items or request delivery of physical items with the “Get It? link.

I have set up a trial access to the two databases GeoRef and GeoBase on one combined platform, Engineering Village. This interface will combine the two indexes for more comprehensive literature search results, plus a few extra tools:

  • A new results mapping tool plots geological features included most often in GeoRef and GeoBase search results on a digital map, giving users insight into the geographical context of their research.

  • Not only can you search across GeoRef and GeoBase, but you can include the two database the library already provides through the engineering village, Inspec (physics, geophysics) and Compendex (engineering, geotechnical).

  • Set-up automated search alerts that update you to new research in your field of interest

I am considering switching to this interface, so please send me your feedback by October 1st. Thanks!
Try the new platform with GeoRef and GeoBase at

Compare to the current versions on separate platforms:

Walter SMART Commons Open

After a year of renovation of the former Learning Resources center, the new Walter SMART Learning Commonsl opened this summer on the second floor of the Science and Engineering library. There students may access the library media collection (DVDs, VHS, CD's, LPs), use media software (iMovie, Photoshop) and check out media equipment (like digital video cameras and our new flat screen viewing room). In addition to media service, the SMART commons incorporate workshops and academic tutoring support for many disciplines.

And save the date for the SMART opening reception in Walter: September 24 from 11:30-1:30.

LibX toolbar

LibX - Library Toolbar Browser Plugin is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to your library's resources from the Twin Cities campus. Use it to:

  • Search the library catalog directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.

  • access library content off campus by making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.
  • directly search Google Scholar for articles and access the electronic copy subscribed to by your Library. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.
  • link to library books directly from Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other sites. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in MNCAT. (like this )
    Watch this screencast for examples of this cool feature. (requires Macromedia Flash Plugin)

Maps in Library: Shifting

The maps located in the reference room 202 of Walter library are shifting this summer. A new Map page on the Science & Engineering Library website shows the layout which will be completed by the end of August.
New changes include:

  • Topographic maps organized by 1:24,000 (7.5 minute) scale are updated to latest quadrangle

  • Folded geologic maps are now available in the stacks Level F (books) and searchable through MNCAT

  • Maps with supplemental material have been bound together and placed in the stacks

  • Flat Geologic maps by country and state are actively being loaded into MNCAT for search capability (now available for most states surrounding MN)

  • All USGS maps are still held in the reference room and searchable through the USGS website or GeoRef

All maps can be checked out from the library on regular loan periods and many are available digitally. If you can't find what you are looking for, as someone at the reference desk for assistance.

Scientist Memoirs online

The National Academy of Sciences posted hundreds of memoirs online. Find 900 full-text files for scientists like Thomas Edison, Joseph Henry and dozens of others at:

Also, remember that all of the NAS publications, reports and papers are available for download. In addition, check out other great biographical databases online, such as the electronic version of American Men and Women in Science. See more at the Physics Library resource page.

myLibrary now saves citations

I just wanted to let all of you know that myLibrary now has new functionality: the ability to create a list of "My Saved Citations!" Learn how to save citations or just try it anytime you are in the "Find It" menu from our databases and website.

If any of you have any suggestions for how to improve this please let me know.

Summer 2008 Workshop Series

Sign up for a free library workshop this summer.

Workshops at Walter Library:

May 21 Getting Published... 2:00-3:00
May 28 RefWorks Basics 3:00-4:00
June 4 Research Made Easy 2:00-3:00
June 11 Keeping Up: Web-based Tools 1:00-2:00
June 18 Grant Funding for Grads 12:30-1:45
June 25 SciFinder on the Web 2:00-3:30
July 9 Google for Researchers 1:00-2:00
July 23 RefWorks Basics 1:00-2:00
August 18 RefWorks Basics 2:00-3:00
August 21 Grant Funding for Grads 9:00-10:15
July 16 Create your Powerpoint Poster 2:00-2:45

More workshops held at McGrath and Bio-Med libraries

The Spring meeting of the IT Library Committee was held:4:00 -5:00 PM Thursday May 1 in Room 310 Walter Library

1. Announcements

Two new engineering librarians have been hired

  • Jan Fransen: Aerospace and Civil Engineering, May 19
  • Jon Jeffryes: Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, June 2

SCImagine 2008: Student Robotics Projects Friday, May 9, 3:30 pm, Upson Room, 102 Walter Library

Competitive edge: Workshops for faculty and graduate students
o Grant funding: Search tools and resources
o Getting started: Publishing your science research article

Science Quiz Bowl: Terrific Success!
o 140 IT students participated

SMART Learning Commons, 2nd floor Walter Library
o Opening in May, offering tutoring services, writing assistance, computers for multimedia production, group study

2. Demonstration of New Tools and Services

o Can now attach files (pdf, jpg, tif, etc.) within your RefWorks account

Citation Linker
o Quick way to find the full text of a specific citation

E-Journal lists by subject
o Now available from the Libraries' main web page

"Get It" delivery service
o Click one button in MNCat to request delivery of books and journals

MyLibrary/MyU Portal
o Customized interface of key journals, databases, items checked out
o Link from

3. Update on author's rights

NIH mandate went into effect April 7. Learn more at Bio-Med library blog.

RefWorks: Organize your work

The web-based tool that lets you create a bibliographic library and automatically format citations has just been upgraded. RefWorks now allows users to upload files to attach to your citations. You can attach the article pdf from your computer and organize your research folders. Other ideas:

  • Create a personal bibliography
  • Attach notes
  • Upload supplementary material such as data sets, interviews, and power point presentations.

RefWorks is a free library service. Sign up for a new account. RefWorks works with BibTex and GSA citation styles and your library can be backed up on your hard drive.

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!

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?


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

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:
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