March 2010 Archives

Government Docs in (other) Library

The Gov Doc collection located in Wilson Library (on the West Bank) is moving. This does not affect government reports, maps and materials that are in the Sci/Eng library in Walter.

Message from Gov Doc Librarian:

Beginning Spring Semester 2010, walk-in government information-related research help will be provided at the 1st floor reference desk in Wilson Library, rather than from the present service desk in the basement of Wilson Library.

This is in keeping with other ways the Libraries is working to enhance access to government information. Recently the Libraries provided 85,000 government documents to Google for digitization. Access to these documents is being made available through the Google Book Search and eventually through the Hathi Trust (

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Kirsten Clark, Government Information and Regional Depository Librarian ( / 612-626-7520). I am also happy to meet with individual faculty and staff, or to speak at departmental meetings about this change in service.
-Kirsten Clark

Patent Info: How to Search/Find

Our engineering Librarian, Jon Jeffrys, has put together a couple of guides to using the patent literature.

Introduction To Patents
An short introduction to patents and patentability created by the UMN Science and Engineering Library.

Patent Searching: A Step-by-step Tutorial
A tutorial on searching for patents using Google Patents and the United States Patent and Trademark Office database.

See more tools and resources at the Sci/Eng website for Patents

This was of interest at the last Sci/Eng Library Committee meeting. To recap: our library contract with Springer allows all our e-books to be printed on demand for your very own personal copy at 25$ a book.

Currently the library has purchased every book published by Springer from 2005-present in an electronic format. You can search for available titles in our online catalog or SpringerLink.

Springer is now offering a deal to our library users where if the library owns an electronic copy, Springer print, bind and mail you a copy for $24.95 including shipping. A much reduced rate than purchasing a full price book for your personal collection.

Since the book is for your personal collection you have to pay...but it might be a money saver for you. When you're in SpringerLink just look for this link:

From the Technology Review's Physics arXiv Blog:

The Battle to Preserve An Old Accelerator's Data
The 100 TB of unique experimental data from the Large Electron Positron collider can never be reproduced. So how can it be preserved for future generations?

Ref: : Data Preservation at LEP

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