Tuesday, April 26, 2005

New Product Announcement--->Elsevier Backfiles

As most of you have heard, we have purchased all of the collections that make up the journal backfiles on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform.

Some notes on this product:
  • The content includes close to six million articles in just over 1400 journals covering many different disciplines.
  • The backfiles cover all the journal content on ScienceDirect owned by Elsevier and go back as long as articles are available. This can be many years; for example, with the Lancet, issues begin in 1823.
  • Aside from journals which are merely hosted on the ScienceDirect platform (e.g. the American Psychological Association journals), there should be “green flags” indicating access for all the journals on the site.
  • The backfiles have been set up as SFX targets and are in the catalogue, via Serials Solutions.
This purchase is a big deal so we’re going to be promoting it in many different ways. Right now, please announce it to your faculty and student contacts. I will be getting a variety of brochures and other materials that can assist with promotion of the backfiles. More on this later.

Monday, April 25, 2005

New Product Announcement--->World Tourism Organization e-library

World Tourism Organization e-library

The WTO elibrary is an online fully cross-searchable portal of a vast number of WTO publications in their respective languages (already over 500 books in English, French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic).
The latest statistical information is now very comfortably presented within the “Tourism Factbook” on a country by country basis.

Marc records are not available for the WTO. Liz Watson will be working with Bib Services to identify priority titles for cataloguin

New Product Announcement-->Journal of Optical Networking

Journal of Optical Networking

The Journal of Optical Networking (JON) is an online-only, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of optical networking with an emphasis on network architectures, performance, protocols and algorithms, emerging network technologies, and the networking aspects of and the interaction with the physical layer.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

New Product Announcement-->Encyclopedia of Religion

The interface is not the best, but later in the summer when we purchase the Gale Virtual Reference Collection, this title will probably move to the xrefer plus interface.

Encyclopedia of Religion

Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium -- with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia -- Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field.

This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries -- many heavily updated -- as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.

New Product Announcement-->EHRAF Collection of Archaeology

EHRAF Collection of Archaeology

A companion to our EHRAF Collection of Ethnography

Currently covers over 41 major archaeological traditions with more than 50,000 pages. Each tradition file also consists of a general summary and full-text sources

The eHRAF Collection of Archaeology (eHRAF for short) database is a unique teaching and research tool as it offers an innovative way of finding information on archaeological traditions. It provides researchers and students access to archaeological materials for comparative studies within and across regions. Annual installments cover eight or more major traditions from around the world with at least 10,000 pages indexed with subject codes. Each major tradition typically contains an overview by an expert and descriptive materials on 5 to 7 sites.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Springer adds backfiles

Dear Madam / Sir,

Welcome to the Springer Online Journal Archive Update, Springer's e-mail service which will keep you up-to-date to the progress of the new Online Journal Archives and informs you on the latest developments of SpringerLink.

Debut Online Journal Archives

You may have noticed that we've added more journals and more abstracts to SpringerLink recently. These listings are part of our new product involving the digitization of all Springer journals back to Volume 1, Issue 1. The Springer Online Journal Archives will offer users 11 subject area packages in a variety of scientific and non-scientific categories. You will be updated on the progress of each package and we are pleased to announce the completion and launch of the first two packages:

Online Library Package No. Titles No. Volumes 2005 Launch Date
Chemistry & Materials Sciences 76 3,639 May
Physics & Astronomy 70 4,520 May

The availability of all issues will be made more complete as we advance our collection. In January of 2005 over 500,000 historical articles were available through SpringerLink, and each subsequent month during the year, approximately 150,000 new ones will be added. When finished, the Online Journal Archive will have digitized a total of 2 million articles –from the middle of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here is the complete launch schedule of all the Online Library Packages:

Online Library Package No. Titles No. Volumes 2005 Launch Date
Earth & Environmental Sciences 99 4,091 June
Business & Economics 52 1,053 June
Behavioral Sciences 61 1,147 July
Computer Sciences 93 2,876 July
Engineering 99 2,684 August
Humanities, Sociel Sciences & Law 117 2,613 September
Mathematics 103 5,616 September
Biomedical & Life Sciences 176 10,774 October
Medicine 137 7,863 October
Full set 803 34,800 October

As articles are digitized, regardless of the Online Library Package, they will automatically become available on SpringerLink on a regular basis. Articles from some Online Library Packages will be available sooner than others. However, we have established the launch dates as a mechanism to announce when approximately 90% of the articles within that Online Library Package will be available. We estimate by the end of October 2005, 99% of the total collection will be complete.

SpringerLink Developments

Most journals now offer two entries on their homepage –one for current and contemporary pieces published from 1997 to 2005, and one for the backfiles, or articles printed prior to 1996 and indicated as a Historical Archive. However this will be changed in early May. Each journal will then have one home page, from which users can choose Current, Contemporary or Online Archive Articles. Journal pages are scheduled to be redesigned later this year providing more information and allowing more intuitive navigation through the complete content of each journal.

New Product Announcement---> Making of Modern Law

After all the science stuff here's one with wider appeal. Particular fun if you like to read lurid true crime stories. Also good for looking at changing attitudes to social issues.

ITS and Bib Services re currently working with the Marc records for this as well as Eighteenth Century Collections Online, they should be loaded sometime this summer.

Making of Modern Law

Legal Treatises comprises over 21,000 works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on British Commonwealth and American law, with 14,900 titles from the nineteenth century and 7,100 titles from the years 1900 to 1926. It covers nearly every aspect of law, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, some very rare. The monographs and materials in Legal Treatises include casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches. The collection is of interest to scholars and patrons interested in domestic and international law, legal history, business and economics, politics and government, national defense, criminology, religion, education, labor and social welfare, and military justice.

A legal treatise is a monograph or other writing about the law, rather than a transcript of actual laws or actual cases. To describe what legal treatises are, it is necessary to state what they are not: They are not trial transcripts, state documents, collections of laws, or judicial reports. They are secondary source materials that analyze and examine the law, usually a specific law or subject area, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature.

Works from key legal thinkers, including Bentham, Austin, Maine, Kent, Story, and Holmes are present. The majority of the material is from the Harvard Law School Library. The collection is organized into separate units of British and American Treatises, enabling users to trace the evolution of modern law in Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States

Legal Treatises is considered an essential reference collection for historical and contemporary legal studies. With a range of valuable literature from the most influential writers and key legal thinkers of the time, researchers have the resources to trace the evolution of modern law in Britain and the United States during these periods of monumental changes. These comprehensive collections from the world's foremost law libraries are now available for the first time in a fully searchable, digital format.

New Product Announcement---> More Wiley Titles (8)

Here is another batch of Wiley products purchased as part of our plan to expand our online reference collection.

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

This one is a true classic. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is in its seventh edition, the benchmark reference in chemistry and chemical and life-science engineering.

.... detailing the science and technology in all areas of industrial chemistry. Subject areas include: inorganic and organic chemicals, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, polymers and plastics, metals and alloys, biotechnology and biotechnological products, food chemistry, process engineering and unit operations, analytical methods, environmental protection, etc.

Patty's Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology Online

Patty's Industrial Hygiene includes:

  • Recognition and Evaluation of Chemical Agents
  • Recognition and Evaluation of Physical Agents, Biohazards, Engineering Control, and Personal Protection
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Management Issues
  • Specialized Topics and Allied Professions

Patty's Toxicology includes:

  • Introduction to the field of Toxicology
  • Metal Compounds
  • Organic Halogenated Hydrocarbons and Organic Nitrogen Compounds
  • Organic Halogenated Hydricarbons and Aliphatic Carboxylic Acid Compounds
  • Ketones, Alcohols, and Ester Compounds
  • Epoxy, Glycol Ethers, and Synthetic Polymer Compounds
  • Specialized Topics in Toxicological Assessment
Handbook of Statistical Genetics

Comprising 36 comprehensive articles written and edited by leading international experts in the field, each article is complemented by examples, case studies and dynamic linking to useful resources on the Internet.

The work covers the following areas:


Mouse Models of Human Cancer
Mice have become the species of choice for modeling the complex interactions between tumor cells and the host environment. Mouse genetics are easily manipulated, and a growing array of technology exists for this purpose. Mouse models allow investigators to better understand causal relationships between specific genetic alterations and tumors, utilize new imaging techniques, and test novel therapies. Recent developments along these lines show great promise for the development of new anti-cancer treatments.

From mouse handling and genetic engineering to preclinical trials, Mouse Models of Human Cancer is a comprehensive guide to using these models and relating them to human disease. Its uniform presentation describes organ-specific models in clinical, imaging, and molecular terms, and lays out the relevant genetics, experimental approaches, histological comparisons with human disease, and conclusions.

Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences
This second edition collects the entire original edition, plus supplements and updates in one searchable, continuous online product.
Key Features

  • Three important tasks are accomplished in this second edition: (1) description of new topics in the statistical literature; (2) detailing of methods and applications that have gained prominence since the first edition; and (3) repositioning of gaps in coverage provided by previous volumes.
  • In addition to the main selections, which feature fascinating discussions of developments in various branches of the statistical sciences, users will find a series of shorter entries ranging from the lives of pioneers in statistics, updates of popularly-held methodologies, and reviews of statistical agencies and journals.
  • The series is viewed as the cutting-edge reference of choice for those working in statistics, probability theory, biostatistics, quality control, and economics with emphasis in applications of statistical methods in sociology, engineering, computer science, biomedicine, psychology, survey methodology, and a host of other client disciplines.
Encyclopedia of Cell Technology
Over 100 clear and concise articles provide comprehensive treatments of critical issues facing the fields of animal and plant cell technology. Coverage includes ethical and regulatory issues; the basic science of cells and cell culture; techniques and equipment used in growing cultures and harvesting product; product development and classification; licensing and patenting, as well as the history of cell technology.

Handbook of Plant Biotechnology
The Handbook provides extensive coverage of the field including articles on plant genetic modification; applications of plant biotechnology to crop improvement in agriculture, production systems for pharmaceutical proteins, ethics and safety issues, public perception and public relations; scale-up, and testing and legislation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Monday, April 18, 2005

New Product Announcement--->More Wiley Titles

Four new titles for casual nightime reading.

International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus
Sections covered include epidemiology, diagnosis, pathogenesis, management and complications of diabetes and public health issues worldwide.

You can search the Textbook by subject, article and keyword. The first chapters launched online in August 2003, with further chapters added subsequently. Online publication of the core chapters is now complete. With new and revised articles to be added, this work will stay at the forefront of developments within the various fields of diabetes.

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Genomics is a rapidly growing field, driving technological advances and increasing our understanding of biology and disease. Systematic experimental approaches and large-scale computational analyses are bringing us a more complete knowledge of cellular processes and how these are coordinated within organisms.

By integrating articles on genetics, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, this major reference work reflects the broad nature of this field and ensures a truly multidisciplinary approach. The focus is on the human and mouse genomes, but other important model eukaryotes, as well as pathogenic bacteria, are given in-depth coverage. Topics include Genetic Variation and Evolution, Epigenetics, The Human Genome, Expression Profiling, Proteome Families, Structural Proteomics, Gene Finding/Gene Structure, and Protein function and annotation. The work incorporates a vast amount of topical information, profiling cutting-edge techniques and presenting the current scientific understanding in the field.

Encyclopedia of Imaging Science and Technology
Exploring all aspects and fields of imaging science—from archaeology to life sciences to engineering to analytical chemistry. In the past this area has been approached on a field-by-field basis (medical imaging, analytical chemistry, nondestructive testing, structural analysis), but there has been no single reference work bringing all this information together. The rich content provided here can be categorized as follows:

* Imaging Applications
* End User
* Spectroscopy
* Image Formation
* Detector Technology
* Digital Image Processing
* Display Technology
* Image Techniques and Systems.

By addressing both the theory as well as the application of imaging science this encyclopedia will appeal to the academic as well as the industrial divisions of this large and diverse industry.

Wiley encyclopedia of Telecommunications
Engineers have long required a comprehensive yet concise resource to turn to for reliable, up-to-date information on the continually evolving field of telecommunications. In five easily searched volumes, the Wiley Encyclopedia of Telecommunications provides a broad, clear overview of both the fundamentals of and recent advances in telecommunications. This essential reference—the only one dedicated to telecommunications for electrical engineers—is available in print and online formats.

Topics Include:

* Optical communications
* Modulation and demodulation
* Coding and decoding
* Communication networks
* Antennas

Library Journal - Best Reference Sources 2004 (nice mention of UofC site)

Library Journal - Best Reference Sources 2004

Read to the bottom to see a mention of Our Future Our Past. Nice pat on the back for all involved.

ERIC News- ERIC Annouces Beta Version of Open Online Submission System

ERIC News- ERIC Annouces Beta Version of Open Online Submission System

May be something to bring to the attention of researchers in relevant areas.

Virtual Reference Desk Proceedings Link

VRD 2004: Proceedings

Thursday, April 14, 2005

New Product Announcement-->Canadian Social Investment Database

Canadian Social Investment Database

A different kind of database. UofA reports lots of users in the social sciences disciplines, in addition to the regular business and economics types. So take it for a whirl and see what its all about.

The Canadian Social Investment Database (CSID) contains social and environmental profiles of companies in the TSX Composite Index. These profiles report on corporate performance using a comprehensive set of social and environmental indicators, and highlight areas of strength and concern using MJRA's social and environmental rating criteria. Read more about MJRA's framework for research and evaluation.

JSTOR new titles

Dear JSTOR Participant,

We are pleased to announce that twenty-two new titles have been added to the JSTOR archive. Participants in the Arts & Sciences II Collection, the Arts & Sciences III Collection, the Arts & Sciences IV Collection, the Arts & Sciences Complement, and the Language & Literature Collection will be able to access new content immediately.

Anthropology & Education Quarterly
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 28 (1970-1997)

Art Education
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 52 (1948-1999)

Critical Inquiry*
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 28, No. 2 (1974-2002)
*At the publisher’s request, JSTOR is releasing content beyond the 5 year moving wall.

Cultural Critique
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 49 (1985-2001)

Duke Law Journal
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 49, No. 3 (1951-1999)

Economic Policy
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 14 (1985-1999)

Harvard Law Review
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 115, No. 2 (1887-2001)

Hesperia. Supplement
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 30 (1937-2001)

Journal of Cuneiform Studies
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 53 (1947-2001)

Journal of Law and Religion
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 16 (1983-2001)

The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 34 (1968-2001)

Modern Language Studies
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 31 (1971-2001)

Oxford Art Journal
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 22 (1978-1999)

Pacific Coast Philology
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 34 (1966-1999)

Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association
New Content: Vol. 11 – Vol. 75, No. 2 (1937-2001)*
*Vols. 1-10, 12, 37, 74.1, 74.2 to be released at a later date.

Review of Agricultural Economics
New Content: Vol.1 – Vol. 18; Vol. 1 – Vol. 21 (1961-1999)

Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 57 (1948-2003)

South Atlantic Review
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 64 (1935-1999)

Studies in Art Education
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 41, No. 1 (1959-1999)

Teaching Sociology
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 30 (1973-2002)

Theatre Journal
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 47 (1949-1995)

Woman’s Art Journal
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 22 (1980-2001/2002)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Information Literacy fatigue and a rude comment on faculty status driven research

Some thoughts on ACRL

I don't necessarily agree with this writer, but the comments are thought provoking.

As a followup, here's the latest news story I could find on the Bangor librarians job situation. Looks like many of them are leaving "voluntarily".

-from Lorcan Dempsey's weblog

EBSCO buys SportsDiscus

Ebsco Buys Sports Discus

Citation Review of Science in Canada

SCI-BYTES: Science in Canada

from ResourceShelf

Another weary librarian, this one with collections fatigue

Cindi Trainor on The Changing Balance

Boy are there ever a lot of tired folks out there. I remember the good old days when all we had to do was cancel journals--now that was an adrenline inspiring experience!

from STLQ

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

New Book List

Here is the new book list for March/April 2005

The html subject based version

The Excel version for sorting by fund

I have been deleting the old titles lists as I go along because I had limited room on the directory I was using. Now I've moved to a new directory. To help people catch up here are the older EXCEL files.

January/Febuary 2005

November/December 2004

September/October 2004

SF Hub: home

SF Hub: home

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Annotated New York Times

The Annotated New York Times

This is a very cool and interesting idea. An example of a digital product that has no print equivalent--showing that we are free to let go our print metaphors when looking a digital text, (no e-books, no e-journals) and by doing so we can fully exploit new technology.

Also shows how the descriptive structure (metadata) we use for print information is inadequate for digital communication.

-from Lorcan Dempsey

Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries

Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries

Article co-authored by Randy Reichardt who maintains the excellent SciTech Library Question blog.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Not too sexy for her suit

Harvard librarian loses her suit

Its a relief to us all to know that excessive sexiness will not lead to a career burnout, or perhaps dismay at knowing we can't sue if it does?

Yankee Book Approval plans are arriving

The first shipment of the new publisher approval plan has arrived. This includes the backlog of books released since early January. Susan has sent a note to those with books to review. As this reflects a larger than usual shipment please review in relation to the profile carefully & let me know where if there are problems.
We made a number of changes to the profiles thru Jan & Feb so feedback will be appreciated.

At the same time I'll include a link here to the collections web page which will remind you what the new publishers are that have been added to the Book Approval plan.



Search tool for course Syllabi

Center for History and New Media - Syllabi

Kind of an interesting tool. It includes 1160 hits for the term University of Calgary.

-from Inside Higher Ed

What History Students Read

What History Students Read

Mostly they read textbooks in survey courses....sigh.

-from Inside HigherEd

Best Practices of Academic Library Technology Directors - Research and Markets - Market Research Reports

Best Practices of Academic Library Technology Directors - Research and Markets - Market Research Reports

The overview includes some good facts, for example

"- Ebook usage is steadily increasing especially among smaller libraries.
Increased ease of use for patrons and librarians, a focus on downloadable
titles rather than special viewing devices, and an increase in the number of
titles available, has led to an upsurge in demand and usage. Other factors
that have stimulated Ebook usage are the continuing advance of distance and
cyberlearning, and the better integration of Ebooks into course management
and electronic reserve systems and library catalogs. Some users complain
about incompatibility among different vendors of Ebooks."

Monday, April 04, 2005

Training Announcement--CSA Illumina

Karen Hinton from CSA will give an overview of CSA's new platform, Illumina, on April 27 in IC classroom B. She will focus on the major changes that have been made to the platform, with an opportunity to ask questions. There will be two sessions with the same content, 9:00 - 10:00 am and 10:30 - 11:30 am. Feel free to attend either session.

Friday, April 01, 2005

A librarian who reads books all day

Champion Amazon reviewer

mmm, I wonder if I could do this and call it scholarship? Looks like someone needs to balance this out with lots of good science fiction reviews.

-from Arts and Letters Daily