Entries for October 2005

October 31, 2005

Journal Costs Are Still Rising

Here is another example of libraries not able to keep up with the rising costs of journal subscriptions.

As Costs Rise, Library Cuts Journals
By Resse Rogers
The Daily Pennsylvanian
October 20, 2005

Students combing the stacks at Van Pelt Library may notice they have a little extra breathing room. The library has cut 2,255 journal subscriptions from its 2004-05 holdings, as journal prices have increased faster than the library's budget.

October 28, 2005

Are libraries adapting to technology?

Libraries: Standing at the Wrong Platform, Waiting for the Wrong Train? (Available in PDF)
By Paul B. Gandel
Educause Review
November/December 2005, Volume 40, Number 6

Libraries have taken some major hits over the past few months, again raising questions about how or whether libraries will survive a constantly shifting information landscape.

The article looks at how some libraries are remaining unchanged, while others are adapting to the internet and technology. It also ponders what role libraries and librarians will play in the future.

October 26, 2005

Yahoo! Site Explorer

Yahoo! Site Explorer Beta allows the user to enter a web address, and all links that have been indexed from that site by Yahoo! will be listed. This feature works great if you cannot find the site map of a web site or the site map is inadequate. It also allows a user to see what web sites linked back to the original. Very neat, especially of you are trying to judge the reach of your own web site.

October 25, 2005

New Biological Science Awareness Tool - Faculty of 1000

BioMed Central now publishes a new web site called Faculty of 1000. Faculty of 1000 is the next generation literature awareness tool. It is a revolutionary new online research service that will comprehensively and systematically highlight and review the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 1000 selected leading researchers.

Articles are categorized in subject areas, including biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cell biology, chemical biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics & genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular medicine, neuroscience, physiology, plant biology, and structural biology. In addition, users can browse the "Top 10", "All Time Top 10", "Most Viewed", or the "Hidden Jewels."

[About Faculty of 1000]
Faculty of 1000 will be run by scientists for scientists, and will provide a rapidly updated consensus map of the important papers and trends across biology.

Faculty of 1000:

  • Provides scientists with a continuously updated insider's guide to the most important papers within any given field of research
  • Highlights papers on the basis of their scientific merit rather than the journal in which they appear
  • Offers the researcher a consensus of recommendations from well over 1000 leading scientists
  • Systematically organizes and evaluates the mass of information within scientific literature
  • Offers an immediate rating of individual papers by the authors' peers, and an important complement to the indirect assessment provided by the journal impact factor.

October 24, 2005

Science Reporting to the Public: Science and the Media

Organized by Division of Chemical Information (CINF)

At 231st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 26-30, 2006

This symposium deals with the presentation of scientific information to the public. Potential topics include case studies of science reporting; the methods used in selecting topics for science reporting and for explaining them to the non-specialist audience; ethical issues in science reporting; the portrayal of science and scientists (especially chemistry, chemists and the chemical industry) in the popular media, etc.

If you are interested in being a speaker for this symposium, please submit an abstract via the ACS OASYS system. A direct link to the CINF sessions is below: http://oasys.acs.org/acs/231nm/cinf/papers/index.cgi

The deadline for abstract submission is November 23.

Please excuse duplicate posting.

Chuck Huber
Symposium Chair
Chemical Sciences Librarian
Davidson Library
University of California Santa Barbara

CINF E-News - Goes Open Access

CINF E-news, a publication of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information, is now available open access with the hope it will reach to additional chemical information professionals.

In addition, from the latest issue (v.7:1, Fall 2005), comes the announcement of the CINF-IO Informatics Scholarship for Scientific Excellence.

The scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) funded by IO Informatics is designed to reward graduate students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence and to foster their involvement in CINF.

Five scholarships valued at $1,000 each will be given out at both the Spring and Fall ACS National Meetings in a given year for a total of $10,000/year. Additionally, the winners will receive an annual license, free-of-charge, of IO Informatic's software Sentinent for their academic institution. The grants have been awarded for the first time at the 230th National Meeting of ACS in Washington, DC.

The first three winners of the CINF-IO Scholarship Award are:
Kunal Aggarwal, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, Ivan Tubert-Brohman, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, and Jérôme Hert, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield.

Applicants must be enrolled at a certified college or university. They have to present a poster at the respective National Meeting. Abstracts for the poster have to be submitted according to ACS rules on or before the deadline for electronic submission using OASYS (http://oasys.acs.org/oasys.htm). Point to the division (CINF) and select Poster session. Applications are accepted for the 2006 Spring ACS Meeting in Atlanta (March 26 - 30, 2006). The deadline for submission an abstract is November 23, 2005. Additionally, a 2,000-word long abstract describing the work to be presented has to be sent in electronic form before February 1st, 2006, to the chair of the selection committee at ggrethe@comcast.net. Any questions related to applying for one of the scholarships should be directed to the same e-mail address.
Winners will be chosen based on content, presentation and relevance of the poster and will be announced at the meeting. The content shall reflect upon the student's work and describe research in the field of chemoinformatics and related sciences. Winning posters will be marked "Winner of the CINF-IO Informatics Scholarship for Scientific Excellence" at the poster session.

October 21, 2005

Knovel Adds RSS Feeds

From the October 19, 2005, Knovel K-News:

Knovel has RSS-enabled many pages in the Knovel Library Web site, which means users can add a "feed" for a given page to their Newsreader and keep track of changes made to that page. For example, the RSS feed for the "All Titles" Web page will update when a new title has been added. Or the RSS feed for a particular Subject Area page will automatically update when new titles have been added to that area. Subscribers can conveniently add a feed to monitor "My Subscription" to know when new titles are added to their subscription.

To start using Knovel's RSS feeds, go to a page you want to monitor and click the orange RSS button on the right of the screen. Copy and paste the URL from the address bar into your Newsreader. That's it! Simply monitor your Newsreader periodically to see the new additions and changes.

CASE's subscription can be accessed directly from www.knovel.com or the research database list.

October 20, 2005

Technology - Progress or Interruption to Education?

The U.S. News & World Report (October 17, 2005) in Teaching with Tech introduces several of the new technologies used in today's college classrooms and libraries. It also addresses the advantages and disadvantages of this push to utilize technology in education.

October 19, 2005

Thesis on BLOGGING

James Torio of Syracuse University has written his thesis on blogging. According to the author, Blogs, A Global Conversation looks at how blogs have impacted business and communication. He looks at business utilization of blogs, revenue potential, and the future of blogging.

October 16, 2005

Journal Impact Factors - Good & Bad

The Chronicle of Higher Education, on October 14, 2005, published an article called The Number That's Devouring Science. The article points out ways publishers are exploiting the system to increase their visibility, and how the impact factor has become a measure for hiring, tenure, and research grants. The article points out how publishers, because of how the impact factors are measured and used, may be harming scientific research and publication.

October 15, 2005

Changes in Scientific Academic Libraries

Chemical & Engineering News (October 10, 2005, v.83:11, pp.52-53) highlighted the major issues facing academic chemistry libraries in an article called The 21st-Century Chemistry Library. The developments discussed, such as digital media, usage of storage facilities, competition for space on academic campuses, cost of scientific publications, etc. are issues relevant to all scientific libraries, and libraries in general.

Many of the services and resources discussed in the article are available to the Case community: laptops for circulation within KSL, collections in a storage facility close to campus, electronic journals and books, and an Engineering librarian available in the Case School of Engineering.

October 13, 2005

Engineering Reading Room & 125th Anniversary Celebration

If you are participating in the 125th Anniversary Celebration on October 15th during the Homecoming & Alumni Weekend activities, stop by and see the Engineering Reading Room in Nord Hall 507/508. I will be there from 11am-5pm telling people about the new services that the Kelvin Smith Library is offering to the engineering, mathematics, and statistics students.

Q&A with the Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, was interviewed on C-SPAN's interview series called Q&A. The original interview was from Sunday, September 25, 2005. Watch the program with Real Player, read the transcript, or listen to the podcast.

October 11, 2005

Biometrics Being Developed for Airports

Siemens is developing a biometric process for checking-in and boarding flights at the Frankfurt Airport.

The press release also offered some other links which were quite interesting:

October 10, 2005

Hiding Personal Information from Google

Wired News on October 3rd published an article describing how some people have avoided having their personal information indexed by Google. The article gives various hints in order to reduce the opportunities for identify theft to occur in the future.

October 07, 2005

1st German Conference on Chemoinformatics

From the Chemical Information Sources Discussion List, came an announcement about the 1st German Conference on Chemoinformatics.

Searching the "Deep Web"

Many Internet search engines do not have access to documents stored in databases, because in order to gain access, it requires online forms to be completed. Google or Yahoo only index a very small percentage of the web.

A company called Glenbrook has developed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to complete online forms in order to gain access to "deep web" documents. See the Seattle Times article on September 5th called Safecrackers open up the "deep Web" for more information.

As applications are developed comparable to this, I expect we will see more copyright lawsuits and potentially more information would be accessible only by subscription to protect from this deep collection of data.

October 06, 2005

Freedman Center - Digital Library, Language Learning, & Multimedia Center

The Freedman Center is a partnership between the Kelvin Smith Library and the College of Arts and Sciences, with support from Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC). In short, the Freedman Center is a Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center, whose presence on campus was made possible by the generous donation of Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. The Center provides help with creating digital materials, provides instructional assistance with technologies, and provides a state-of-the-art language lab. The Freedman Center is primarily self-service. How-to guides are available and trained staff will always be present to help you get started.

To learn more, visit the Case Wiki entry on the Freedman Center.

October 05, 2005

Review: Using the Mathematics Literature

Dana Roth, on the SciTech Library Question blog, wrote a short review about Using the Mathematics Literature, edited by Kristine K. Fowler. Using the Mathematics Literature can be located in the Kelvin Smith Library's reference collection.

October 04, 2005

Blogging & Copyright

Do you know that you could be breaking copyright with content in your blog?

ECommerce Times published an article on August 4th, 2005, called Bloggers Cautioned About Being Copy Cats. It provides a summary of some of the concerns about copyright as it relates to blogging.