October 2008 Archives

Browse the last 20 Years of Physics

Latest issue of IOP's Physics World highlights the ways in which Physics has changed in the last 20 years. Great cover!

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 Physics World is available at QC1 .P66.

Like other popular magazines, the older issues are available through the library's electronic subscription, in this case there is only a few months lag in the Physics World archive (1988-three months ago).

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.

Applied Physics Encyclopedia Online

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics Now Available Online

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
• URL: http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/eoappphys
• Location: WALTER Sci/Eng Reference QC5 .E543 1991

Provides the basic principles and in-depth coverage of all technically pertinent areas of modern-day physics, coupled with technological applications from real life. Key subject areas covered include the basics, methods, and applications—as well as all the neighboring fields of physics and engineering. The encyclopedia comprehensively covers such specific topics as: optics, laser physics, solid state and semiconductor physics, atom and nuclear physics, and biophysics.

Chat with the Library 24-7

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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

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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 support of the campus-wide program, there will be an Information Fair held in Walter Library for students, faculty, and staff:


  • Information is Culture: Tuesday, November 18 from 11am -2 pm in the 1st floor Walter Library lobby.

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

Scholarly Communication at the U

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

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


E-book
Encyclopedia of applied physics [electronic resource] /
[New York, N.Y.] : Wiley, [2002?]-
Link to MNCat
Internet Access


QC20.7.G76 Q36 2008
Quantum groups.
Zurich : European Mathematical Society, c2008.
vi, 133 p. ; 24 cm.
Link to MnCat Record


QC174.12 .S896 2008
Susskind, Leonard.
The black hole war : my battle with Stephen Hawking to make the world safe for quantum mechanics
1st ed.
New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
viii, 470 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Many more new books for September...

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.

Tthe electronic version this tool is available at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/guides/FacultyGuide.pdf

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