January 2009 Archives

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: http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/fooddrink.phtml. 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.

APS Journals Allow Derivative Works

Note: According to copyright law, author's always retain the right to create derivative works, regardless of copyright ownership, under the fair use policy. For an entertaining explanation see this Fair(y) Use video.

Editorial: APS now leaves copyright with authors for derivative works

"When you submit an article to an APS journal, we ask you to sign our copyright form. It transfers copyright for the article to APS, but keeps certain rights for you, the author. We have recently changed the form to add the right to make 'derivative works' that reuse parts of the article in a new work. The importance of this change is discussed below."

To learn more about publisher policies that allow authors to rights such as posting their work to a web site or Digital Conservancy, visit the SHERPA reporting site http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/PDFandIR.html

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.

Research Videos and ITunesU

From today's brief:

"THE RESEARCHCHANNEL'S SECOND ROUND OF CONTENT SUBMISSION provides an opportunity to promote the outstanding research and discovery that takes place at the U. Faculty, staff, and eligible students are invited to submit videos to the ResearchChannel by Jan. 30. To view the selection criteria and for additional information, visit OIT Video Solutions or the ResearchChannel Web site."

If you need some incentive,. read this article from the NYT's last week describing video search (like YouTube) as the future web search engine.

Also see:

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.

2009 International Year of Astronomy

The University of Minnesota Department of Astronomy is a proud partner in the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA). In celebration, the Astronomy Department will be involved in many exciting events throughout the year. All of these events, such as weekly (Friday's at 8pm) Observing Nights, will be open to the public. Visit our Web site and Events Calendar to keep track of what IYA events are happening locally.


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 Geological Society of America 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 http://map.lib.umn.edu/mhapo/index.html). MHAPO provides access to over 7700 digitized copies of historic photos covering the Twin Cities metro area.

Send me your feedback and suggestions!

Spring Workshops at Walter


January 29RefWorks Basics11:00-12:00
January 29Making an Impact with Wikipedia1:00-2:00
February 4Web Tools11:15-12:15
February 5EndNote for Sci/Eng11:15-12:15
February 9Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools2:30-3:30
February 10Zotero11:15-12:15
February 11Research Made Easy2:30-3:30
February 12Grant Funding3:00-4:15

These workshops are available in Walter 310. More workshops are available at other libraries. Check them out on the registration page.

New Books for October and November

QB15 .N67 2008
North, John David.
Cosmos : an illustrated history of astronomy and cosmology
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
xxv, 876 p., [16] p. of plates
Link to MnCat Record

QC174.12 .S74 2008
Steward, E. G. (Edward G.), 1923-
Quantum mechanics : its early development and the road to entanglement.
London : Imperial College Press ; Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific Pub., c2008.
xxi, 257 p. ; 23 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

QC879.8 .V65 2008
Volk, Tyler.
CO rising : the world's greatest environmental challenge
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2008.
xvi, 223 p. ; 22 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

Many more...keep reading!

Walter Winter Workshop Series

These workshops are located in Walter Library Rm 310. Many more workshops are available through the University Libraries. Find out more by clicking links below!

Monday, January 12, 2:00-3:00: Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Tuesday, January 13, 2:00-3:00: Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 3:00-4:00: Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Wednesday, January 14, 3:00-4:00: RefWorks Basics
Thursday, January 15, 3:30-4:30: Collaborative Web Tools Additional class held on February 4th.

Morning workshops are also available at Magrath Library.

How are you "Keeping Current" ?

Do you get monthly email alerts from a choice selection of journals? Organize your electronic pdf download's using Papers? Have a personal system that only works for you!

The University Libraries are looking at how researchers keep up-to-date with developments in their fields and how they manage the information they find. We would like your input to inform us as we develop and promote tools and services aimed at addressing these issues. We invite you to complete our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=UqsQU4MDNFIZCkLBMxiDHQ_3d_3d.
It should only take about 5 minutes of your time.

Please contact me (ljohnsto@umn.edu) or Meghan Lafferty (mlaffert@umn.edu) with your thoughts or questions!

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