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CSE Library Committee

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College of Science and Engineering Library Committee met on Thursday, December 9, 2010

Prof. Paul Garrett (guest, Mathematics)
Prof. Andrew Odlyzko (Mathematics)
Prof. Friedrich Srienc (Chemical Eng)
Prof. Tryphon Georgiou (Electrical and Computer Eng)
Prof. Chun Wang (Biomedical Eng)
Prof. Steven Girshik (Mechanical Eng)
Prof. Sandy Lipsky (Chemistry)
Ben Stanley (Council of Graduate Students, Geology Dept)
Janice Jaguszewski (Dir. of Science & Engineering Library)
Jon Jeffryes (Librarian for Biomedical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
Meghan Lafferty (Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Eng/Materials Science)
Jody Kempf (Librarian for Instruction and Outreach)
Nancy Sims (Copyright Librarian)

  1. Collections Update (Meghan Lafferty)
    • The University Libraries were asked to model budget cuts of 3% and 5%
    • The collections budget is a part of that planning, with a tentative target of about $750,000
    • We must also plan for inflationary increases as well, potentially another $750,000
    • Planning and data gathering has just begun; subject librarians will be communicating with departments about what might be cut
    • Please consider how you now use the collection; for example, are subject databases as core to your library research as they once were? Do you use alternatives such as Google Scholar or arXiv or Web of Science instead?
  2. New Libraries Web Site (Janice Jaguszewski)
  3. Libraries web site includes new features for those who log in:
    • Customized Library Course Pages for every course a student is taking or an instructor is teaching (can include specialized e-resources to support assignments, and links to print and online Reserves)
    • Ability for users to save databases, journals and other e-resources for easy access
    • Direct link to the subject librarian's contact information through the "Ask a Librarian" tab
    • Recommendations based on books checked out or articles read
    Questions raised
    • Can the recommendations be "turned off"? Currently, you may opt out of journal and database recommendations. I forwarded to our web development staff the suggestion that users be able to opt out of book recommendations, and they will work on it.
    • How do these features relate to MyLibrary on the Portal? MyLibrary combines many of the customized/personalized features on the web site into one page; however, the web site has many additional links and options.
    • Do you still need a separate ID and password to request items through Interlibrary Loan? Yes, but web development staff are working on the authentication process for the ILL system so that your x.500 ID and password will eventually also work for ILL -- stay tuned

  4. Contract considerations when publishing a book (Nancy Sims)

  5. Nancy Sims, Copyright Librarian, discussed the trend of print books now being published in an electronic format and the implications for authors. See her handout for an outline of the issues.

    Prof. Paul Garrett described how he posted the contents of his textbook, Abstract Algebra, on the web (both on the University Digital Conservancy,, and on his own web site) and then negotiated to have a print copy sold by CRC Press.

  6. Negotiating a copyright transfer agreement when publishing a journal article (Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical Engineering)
  7. Prof. Georgiou described his experience negotiating with Taylor & Francis to retain some of his rights to post his article on a web site.

  8. NSF requirement to include a data management plan in all grant proposals (Meghan Lafferty)
  9. Meghan distributed a handout describing the requirement and ways in which the Libraries can support you:

    • Managing Your Data
    • Bringing together tools and resources including data repositories in various disciplines, research computing tools available on campus
    • Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
    • Hour-long recorded workshop

    • You can also contact Lisa Johnston (, 624-4216) or Meghan Lafferty (, 624-9399) for assistance.

  10. Other topics

    • When off campus, would you like to be able to access the full text of journal articles through Google Scholar? It's easy when you set your "scholar preferences." For directions, see

    • The physics electronic preprint server,, is exploring new business models. See for an update.

Walter Great Hall open 24 hours/day until 12/22

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The Great Hall in Walter Library will be open 24 hours per day until December 22 at 6 pm. See the Walter Library hours page for more information.

Learn More About the Library Course Page (video)

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Reduced Library Hours over Labor Day Weekend

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Sa 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
Su 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
M 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Walter Foundation Level is now open

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The Foundation Level of the books stacks is now open. There are still areas that need additional work. Please contact library staff if you need an item in a restricted area.

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