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June 30, 2004

SLA Nashville Presentations Now Online

:: Via EngLib: Selected powerpoint presentations from the Nashville SLA Conference are now available for viewing. In addition, Contributed Papers from the conference are also online.

Entomological Routes to Open Access

:: From an e-mail on STS-L:

Dr. Thomas J. Walker, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, Gainesville, gave an excellent presentation on open access at the STS Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group Session on Saturday, June 26, during the American Library Association 2004 Annual Conference. Dr. Walker talked about the different approaches used by two entomological societies to move from traditional, paper-based dissemination of journal articles to dissemination that is Web-based and free to all users.

Dr. Walker's PowerPoint presentation and explanatory notes are posted at http://csssrvr.entnem.ufl.edu/~walker/epub/ALAtalk.htm

Dr Walker has created a page on his web site called Web Access to Traditionally Published Journals, which features links some of his articles, presentations and discussions on open access, as well as links to other sites of related interest.

Experimental Mechanics Added to Highwire Press

Experimental Mechanics (EM), the outstanding flagship research journal of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, has just been added to the HighWire Press publishing service. Although EM is available on Ingenta , it is a very limited backfile. Backfile digitization and mounting is proceeding rapidly at HighWire and is free to all comers through mid-October.

Experimental Mechanics
Fulltext v42+ (2002+)
Fulltext v32(2)+ (June 1992+). Fulltext free through 18 October 2004
Print ISSN: 0014-4851

The announcement from HighWire indicates that additional backfile digitization is underway and will be released as it is ready. As with the Ingenta fulltext access, HighWire fulltext is included in a standard institutional subscription. - George Porter

IoP Announces New Conference Journal

:: Institute of Physics Publishing has launched a new journal to cover timely publication of high quality, international conferences. No word on when the first issue of Journal of Physics: Conference Series, will appear later this year.

June 29, 2004

National Air Photo Library (Canada) Announces NAPL Online

:: From an e-mail: The National Air Photo Library (NAPL) of the Mapping Services Branch,
Natural Resources Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of NAPL On-Line, an innovative web-based tool facilitating the search and retrieval of metadata for over 3 million aerial photographs covering all areas of Canada.

After registering for NAPL On-Line, clients may search for photos using several criteria, including official place name, geographical coordinates, National Topographic System map number, or Roll and Photo number. NAPL On-Line visually depicts the "footprint" of air photos on a seamless map background provided by the Centre for Topographic Information in Sherbrooke. After a search is completed, the air photos can be ordered from the National Air Photo Library.

Visit NAPL On-Line at: http://airphotos.NRCan.gc.ca/photos_e.php

June 28, 2004

ISI Web of Knowledge and Web of Science upgrades

:: From the Thomson site: "Thomson ISI is pleased to announce that the ISI Web of KnowledgeSM upgrade and simultaneous upgrades of Web of Science® and Journal Citation Reports® on the Web are now available for librarians and administrators to preview." Also available is an FAQ regarding the upgrades, and a What's New info page.

Nucleic Acids Research Moves to Open Access Model

:: Oxford U Press has announced that Nucleic Acids Research will move to an open-access model:

Oxford Journals, a Division of Oxford University Press (OUP), announced today that its flagship journal Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) is to move to a full 'Open Access' (OA) publishing model from January 2005. This represents a significant step towards maximum dissemination of scholarly research, a core part of OUP's mission as a leading University-owned Press.

NAR will adopt a mandatory OA model whereby authors pay a fee once their paper has been accepted, and all articles published online are immediately available without charge.

The full text of the announcement is available here. Further details are available here.

From: Peter Scott's Library Blog.

June 25, 2004

Applied Mechanics Reviews Online Database - Buh-Bye

:: According to information sent to our library from Philip DiVietro, Director, ASME Technical Publishing, the Applied Mechanics Reviews AMR Abstracts database is to cease on July 1, 2004. We have access to it, but when I checked it just now, it wasn't working.

I am assuming until told otherwise that access to the Applied Mechanics Reviews Online will still be available; however, the online coverage is to the book reviews and review articles only, not the abstracts. The AMR Journal Article Abstracts Database is described as "a companion product of Applied Mechanics Reviews. This online database includes abstracts from more than 350 international journals in the engineering sciences and contains over 250,000 records."

I'm not sure why ASME is pulling the plug on the online version. I was never impressed with its search functionality, but other than Ei Compendex, Web of Science, and Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts from Cambridge, there isn't much out there indexing mechanical engineering. I find it odd that there is no mention of this development on the AMR web pages within the ASME site. However, as mentioned, when I try to enter the AMR Abstracts Database online, I get a "500 Internal Server Error", so perhaps ASME has already pulled the online plug, so to speak.

I hope ASME lets us know what's up. Surely they don't think their users want to return to searching monthly paper copies of AMR.

June 24, 2004

Standards Sessions at SLA, Nashville, June 2004

:: At the 2004 SLA Conference in Nashville, I found most of my conference time taken up with Engineering Division board meetings, vendor lunch and breakfast meetings. As the Standards Chair of the Engineering Division and Aerospace Section, I was also responsible for coordinating and moderating two panels on standards.

Standards Roundtable: One of the two panels I moderated was the annual Standards Roundtable, which was a qualified success. Much hard work, and assistance provided by Cheryl Hansen throughout the year, paid good dividends, as eight speakers provided the latest news and information from their standards development organizations and documents/standards delivery companies. Participants included ANSI, ASCE, ASTM, Document Center, IEEE, ILI Infodisk, IHS Global, and Techstreet. With a good crowd on hand, many of the speakers were asked questions following the presentations.

Historical and Obsolete Standards: The other panel I moderated was on Historical and Obsolete Standards. The speakers were Claudia Bach of Document Center, and Jean Z Piety, Science and Technology Department of Cleveland Public Library.

Claudia began her presentation, entitled “The Standards Detective: The Search for ASA-A14.1 1948”, by advising that it is important to understand the mind of the engineer, in order to recreate “the scene of the crime”. The first clue is that the document is a result of a group, and groups can change their names and/or their mission, merge or disband. The second clue: a standard is written using a process, as follows: the idea, the committee, public review, association ballot, publication, and periodic review. The third clue returns us to the originators, in that engineers will have written the standard. As such, the numbers on the standard will have meanings.

One problem is that many repositories will not keep their old standards. Why use out-of-date information? The problem is, many engineers need access to the old standards, especially when working on projects in which they are required to know what standards were used at the time of construction. An example would be building or bridge rehabilitation.

The fourth clue is making use of “the usual suspects”. If you have a network established of “close relatives” (contractors, customers, and friends), “snitches” (fellow librarians and information specialists, committee members), and “the neighbourhood” (libraries and other repositories), maximize your use of it when necessary.

Jean Piety told the audience that when looking for historical or obsolete standards, it is necessary to enjoy “sleuthing”. When searching for old standards, remember other terms that might describe the document, such as code, regulation, specification, bulletin. The status of the standard is critical. Has it been withdrawn or declared inactive? Jean reminded us that standards with the designation “M” refer to the metric version. Standards with an “R” designation indicate that the standard has been reaffirmed, not revised. She cited conflict with other standards as one of many reasons a standard may be withdrawn.

Old standards are of interest to many different groups of users, including lawyers, expert witnesses, engineers, scrap dealers, students, instructors, designers, among others. Finally, she advised that format may also be a problem. Was or is the standard available as fiche, paper, CD, microfilm, or even online?

The two excellent presentations were followed with a short question and answer period. Thank you to Claudia and Jean for their hard work on behalf of all librarians interested in tracking down hard-to-find standards.

June 23, 2004

Engineering Position at Florida International University - Deadline Extended

:: The deadline date to apply for the engineering librarian position at Florida State University has been extended to September 1, 2004.

Thoughts on Mastering the Chemical Literature

Dana Roth posted the following on CHMINF-L yesterday, an excerpt from an interview with photochemisty Nick Turro, in which Turro talks about mastering the chemical literature. Turro's comments are timely and encouraging, and speak directly to the importance of information literacy.

You can never totally master the literature. But there are certain levels of mastery that are essential and are straightforwardly achievable by all students. In fact, there is a certain attitude that students should take with respect to the literature. Most students don't fully appreciate the importance of this attitude until they discover that somebody knows something that they themselves should have known and could have known if they had studied the literature properly.

The basic attitude required is that you should be familiar with enough of the literature so that you never unnecessarily repeat work published in the past and that you should be aware in broad strokes of what has been published in the past. Students need to be aware that when a paper is submitted for publication, a lack of knowledge of the literature leaves them open to the professional embarrassment that occurs when some knowledgeable referee cites data published in the past that supports (pleasant surprise), or undermines (awful surprise), or duplicates (unpleasant surprise) what you've reported, and says, "You really should have known about this work."

... Due to their dependence on the web, students don't seem to know how to use a library effectively any more. Rather than go to the library, they go to the web, and punch in a few key words. Something comes up or something doesn't come up. And to them, that's it. If it doesn't come up, it doesn't exist.

... I can accept that a starting student who gets into a new area, wants to get into the laboratory and splash around a little. But only up to a certain point, especially when the results are not working out. You know somebody made it work out in the past, then you've got to get into the literature and dig. Yet in some cases the student still doesn't stop and check the literature. It is fundamentally inexcusable and there is no way to condone such an attitude. It's what I will call fundamentally unprofessional behavior.

... Somebody spends an enormous amount of time writing a review or a book and sometimes their great reviews are not cited because nobody knows they exist. The only way you know it's there is to spend hours in the library looking though, say, Advances in Photochemistry or Organic Photochemistry and seeing what articles are there.

... Every Saturday, if I can, I go down to the library and go through about 40-50 journals by hand. I use a spreadsheet in a lab notebook to keep track of any article that I think is, or might be, of future interest, and I make brief notations about each article.

Excerpted from, "how to skate on the edge of the paradigm ... keep from falling off", an interview with Nicholas J. Turro (who received the ACS 2004 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education). Nick is a Caltech graduate (1963), who has been at Columbia since 1965.

The full interview is in The Spectrum (2004), 17(1), 4-9,34

- Dana L. Roth

June 22, 2004

IEEE Support Site for Libraries

:: While at SLA in Nashville earlier this month, I learned of IEEE's great library support page. Divided into two sections, the page offers information about training for libraries, and tools for libraries. Selected items include an IEEE Xplore tutorial, precise instructions for implementing OPAC links, and 10 tips to encourage use of IEEE online products in your organization.

June 21, 2004

Engineering Information Releases Enhanced ChemVillageTM

:: HOBOKEN, N.J. 18 June 2004 - Elsevier Engineering Information (www.ei.org) announces the latest release of the ChemVillage™ discovery platform, enhancing the way users access chemistry content. With focus on applied chemistry research, ChemVillage™ offers access to high quality text-based resources including bibliographic databases Beilstein Abstracts® and Chimica®, and the leading business news source covering the global chemicals industry, Chemical Business NewsBase®.

This latest release enhances the research process through significant upgrades to the platform's underlying technology. The FAST search engine has been implemented to deliver standard bearing search and retrieval speeds. Intuitive functional enhancements include multiple database searching with user controlled de-duplication, personalized searches and extensive full-text linking options. Unlimited email alerting offers all users the ability to receive weekly updates on record additions in their area of interest. All upgrades enhance researcher driven discovery with tools designed to simplify chemistry research.

June 18, 2004

IEEE News from SLA

:: I attended the annual IEEE Breakfast at SLA last week in Nashville. Despite being semi-conscious from lack of sleep, I was able to scribble a few notes, and hope that I can translate them into something coherent for STLQ! Some of the items mentioned included:

  • IEEE has a new "warm failover" site, with a mini-IEL configuration; in the event of a disaster like the 2003 power outage, it could be online within an hour
  • While not new to some of the breakfast audience, it was noted that IEEE Xplore® upgraded to Release 1.7 on April 29, 2004. Included in this release was the Full-Text Search Prototype:
    IEEE Members and users at subscribing institutions now have the option to test full-text search capabilities in IEEE Xplore. The new Full-text Search Prototype allows you to search metadata fields (as before) and the associated full-text journal/transaction content from 1996 forward. This currently represents over 10% of the IEEE Xplore database. In the coming months, we will be expanding the full-text search capability to more documents in the database.
    The other significant upgrade with Release 1.7 is that reference links are now available for most IEEE periodicals:
    The recent addition of references in more than 20 IEEE Computer Society journal and magazine Abstract Plus records now allows you to link from most IEEE periodicals in IEEE Xplore. Like other content in IEEE Xplore, links will send users to documents within IEEE Xplore, to external publisher sites via CrossRef, or to the Ask*IEEE Document Delivery Service for immediate purchase of non-IEEE content. Reference lists are available for most IEEE periodicals starting from 1995 or 1996.

    Reference sections are not available for the following publications:
    • IEEE conference proceedings and standards
    • IEE journals, magazines, and conference proceedings

  • Release 2.0 is in development, with rollout expected to be early 2005. New features expected include a new graphical design, free basic search functionality for non-subscribers, and publication branding.
  • Beyond Release 2.0, IEEE is considering adding a profiling function, consolidating conference files, and integrating IEEE press book content. Open URL compliance is also being studied.
  • Consideration is being given to providing individual title usage statistics
  • We learned that as of February 2004, Google referrals are now just under 12% of IEL queries.
  • 38% of content of periodicals used in IEL has been published in the last three years
Further up the line, IEEE is thinking of adding more content, such as patents, author profiles, and tutorials, as well as non-traditional content, such as interactive mathematics, multimedia, and visualization tools. The slides from the breakfast presentation should be available on the IEEE web site sometime soon.

June 17, 2004

Web-Based Subscription Services for Standards - Review

:: Susan Bertoni recently asked a question on SLA-ENG: "has anyone have any experience with using the web based subscription services for standards such as ASME, ASTM, ISO, DIN?" Susan was asked to look into Techstreet. She inquired further: "Anybody using Techstreet or a similar service?"

Here is a summary of the recommendations and comments she received.

USA Information Systems
  • pay per view website
  • Your "sedan" with a few perks
  • order the standard as they need them, offers bookmarking and notes capability so when the staff go to order, they can tell if/when someone else in the firm has already ordered that particular standard.
  • A bit pricey but worth it.
  • Monthly usage reports
  • Used for individual standards when necessary
  • Now using pdf downloading software with a locking feature that doesn't allow any file transfer
  • Use for AWWA and Hydraulic Institute Standards - subscription service that they offer is a little complex but allows us to control who accesses the standards.
  • Happy with Techstreet
  • Have a deposit account with TechStreet but don't use the subscription service preferring to order standards from them on an as needed basis.
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Library
  • Good standard collection and can help get standards that aren't available elsewhere
Boolean Research
  • Milwaukee Information Broker has access to a standards collection at a library near her office. She asks $20/hr plus costs.
  • Have web based subscription for AWS standards. Good service and works well.
  • Uses it for ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code and NFPA with prepaid deposit account.
  • Your "Hot rod" with all the perks but expensive
  • Covers more of the organizations that are of interest to us (GM, Ford, etc.)
  • Have had good luck with IHS
  • IHS representatives have been good to work with.
  • Wide variety of industry standards
  • Routinely uses IHS Global for standard delivery
  • Used service for about three years and it is well used
  • For an annual membership fee, you can get 50 or 100-packs of ASTMs downloadable on demand
  • Offers a set number of downloads per year accessible by anyone in our company
Susan Bertoni
Engineering Librarian
F.L.Smidth, Inc.
Phone 610 264-6742
Fax 610 264-6554
E-mail susan DOT bertoni @ flsmidth DOTcom
Visit our web site at www.flsmidth.com

June 16, 2004

Google Considering RSS?

:: A report from NewScientist.com suggests that Google is mulling over offering RSS feeds for some of its services. Currently, Google uses Atom as its news feeder, rendering it non-functional for most users unless they are registered Bloggers. With the indexing of scholarly dbs such as IEEE Xplore and journal packages such as IoP, Google's importance among scitech librarians is increasing. Adding RSS feeds to Google products makes good sense.

Bill Bryson Wins Aventis Science Book Prize

:: Travel writer Bill Bryson received the General Prize for the Aventis Prizes for Science Books 2004 on Monday on London, England, for his work, A Short History of Nearly Everything. He accepted his prize money of £10,000 and then announced he would donate it to a charitable organization.

June 15, 2004

A Handbook of Chemoinformatics: From Data to Knowledge

:: The Handbook of Chemoinformatics: From Data to Knowledge, edited by Johann Gasteiger, is available as a four-volume set from Wiley. A very detailed review of the book is available, written by M Karthikeyan of the Digital Information Resource Center, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.

June 14, 2004

The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century [and] Communication Patterns of Engineers

:: The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century, has been released by The National Academies Press. The book can be purchased, but also read online for free (as can >3,000 other NAS titles). The book is from the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies. Seems like a lot of academies to me. From p2 of the Executive Summary:

This report is the result of an initiative of the National Academy of Engineering that attempts to prepare for the future of engineering by asking the question, "What will or should engineering by like in 2020?" Will it be a reflection of the engineering of today and its past growth patterns or will it be fundamentally different? Most importantly, can the engineering profession play a role in shaping its own future? Can a future be created where engineering has a broadly recognized image the celebrates the exciting roles that engineering and engineers play in addressing societal and technical challenges? How can engineers best be educated to be leaders, able to balance the gains afforded by new technologies with the vulnerabities created by their byproducts without compromising the well-being of society and humanity. Will engineering be viewed as a foundation that prepares citizens for a broad range of creative career opportunities? Will engineering reflect and celebrate the diversity of all the citizens in our society? Whatever the answers to these questions, without doubt, difficult problems and opportunities lie ahead that will call for engineering solutions and the talents of a creative engineering mind-set.

:: Also worth a mention is the recent title by Carol Tenopir and Donald W King, Communication Patterns of Engineers. Tenopir and King were present at SLA to autograph copies of their book, published recently by Wiley. About the book:
Communication Patterns of Engineers brings together, summarizes, and analyzes the research on how engineers communicate, presenting benchmark data and identifying gaps in the existing research. Written by two renowned experts in this area, the text:
  • Compares engineering communication patterns with those of science and medicine
  • Offers information on improving engineering communication skills, including the use of communication tools to address engineering departments’ concerns about the inadequacies of communication by engineers
  • Provides strong conclusions to address what lessons engineering educators, librarians, and communication professionals can learn from the research presented

Periodicals Price Survey 2004, Johns Hopkins Reviews Elsevier Titles, ASCE Online Research Library, STS Conference Info

:: There is a lot of information moving at lightspeed through various listservs this morning:

  • Library Journal has published its 2004 periodicals price survey.
  • Johns Hopkins has joined in the movement towards downsizing Elsevier collections. The latest edition of its newsletter advises that the library is "analyzing our collections of Elsevier journals to identify low- and no-use titles."
  • ASCE has announced that its conference proceedings will be available online in the fall of 2004:
    The American Society of Civil Engineers announces the Fall 2004 launch of ASCE Online Proceedings – a new online subscription which provides access to proceedings papers from 2003 to the present. At its launch, ASCE Online Proceedings will include more than 4,800 papers, or 50,000 pages of content. For a limited time, ASCE is offering libraries the opportunity to sign up for a FREE trial access to ASCE Online Proceedings. For more information, simply visit www.ascelibrary.org and submit your request using the Proceedings Only Free Trial Form that appears in the right column.
  • Information on the Science & Technology Section (STS) of ACRL's annual conference is available, including the conference schedule, program, poster session abstracts, discussion group topics and descriptions, and new member orientation. It looks like a great program. I've attended 13 SLA conferences, but have never been to ALA or ASEE (even when it was in Edmonton some years back, I couldn't attend), always due to lack of funds. Someday...

Open Access and Archiving At SLA

:: Obviously I kept missing other bloggers at SLA. Garrett Eastman dropped me a note this morning, with links to his summaries, posted on Open Access News, of two important sessions at SLA, both of which I missed because of other commitments. The sessions Garrett covered were Publisher/Libarian Archiving Initiatives and Open Access Publishing. Thanks for letting me know!

The Serials Ecosystem: Perspectives on the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals

:: Interesting note on ELDNET-L from John Teskey, Director of UNB Libraries, about an upcoming conference at the University of New Brunswick in the fall:

UNB Libraries is proud to present The Serials Ecosystem: Perspectives on the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on September 25 - 26,

Our conference will offer a wealth of interesting perspectives and diverse opinions about the current and future direction of the online serials ecosystem. I am confident that attendees will gain valuable insights useful for future planning.

We invite you to join us and to contribute to the discussions on the complex transition from print to electronic journals. For registration and further information please visit our conference website at www.lib.unb.ca/SEC.

The impressive list of speakers includes Stephen Abram, Vice-President/President Elect of CLA, Daniel Boivin of OCLC Canada, Bernard Dumouchel, Director General of the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), Ernie Ingles, Associate Vice-President (Learning Services), University of Alberta, David Kohl, Dean for Libraries, University of Cincinnati , Aileen McHugh, Director of Electronic Publishing,Project MUSE, Carol Hansen Montgomery, Dean of Libraries, Drexel University, Frank Vrancken Peeters, Managing Director, Elsevier Science, and Jan Velterop, Publisher, BioMed Central Group.

June 13, 2004

RSS In Library Applications

:: Gerry McKiernan at Iowa State U has created another useful site, called RSS(sm): Rich Site Services:

RSS(sm): Rich Site Services is a categorized registry of library services that are delivered or provided through RSS/XML or Atom feeds. RSS is an initialism for RDF Site Summary / Rich Site Summary / Really Simple Syndication. In general, for each entry, the home institution library is listed, as is a hotlinked entry for the item. When available, a link to the feed, or an associated information page, is provided.
Introduced on June 6, 2004, links and RSS feeds are listed by categories, including: announcements, cataloguing, databases, instruction, Internet resource guides, new books, new journal issues, new, and table of contents. Gerry posted messages about his project to the Chemical Information Sources Discussion List (CHMINF-L). Read more here and here. He notes:
I am greatly interested in learning of ANY and ALL
bibliographic/abstract databases that offer RSS feeds. Such feeds might offer current search results, or automatic updates for a saved search strategy. I would be interested in any current operational systems, working prototypes, or projects under consideration.
If you know of such RSS feeds, e-mail Gerry at gerrymck AT iastate DOT edu. I've added the page to STLQ, bottom, right-hand column.

June 12, 2004

Report from SLA 2

:: I am back from SLA in Nashville, which already feels like it was a few weeks ago. Does time seem to move faster when you get older? In the final couple of days, I found myself wrapped up in board meetings, breakfast/lunch meetings, and chairing panels. Mix in the exhibit area and meeting old friends and making new ones, and the conference was quite rewarding.

Among those I met were bloggers Teri Vogel of Georgia State University Library, creator of the blog, Science News, and Christina Pikas, she of On Christina's Radar ("scitech stuff") and Christina's LIS Rant. I know that at one point, I saw MaryDee Ojala, one of the many InfoToday Blog - Live From Nashville! bloggers, but it was one of those ships-passing-in-the-night moments.

Unfortunately, I missed seeing the other two scitech library bloggers, fellow Canadians Catherine Lavallée-Welch of EngLib, and John Dupuis, of Confessions of a Science Librarian. Even more frustrating, John blogged on Catherine's site, and Christina and Catherine were blogging side-by-side at one point. Hey guys, what about me? :-( If Christina hadn't dropped me a note on the message board, I would've missed everybody! Catherine and John, really sorry I missed seeing you both. Hopefully in Toronto, this won't happen again.

Overall, I can report that between attending the many SLA-ENG board meetings and other functions, the vendor lunches and breakfasts, chairing the two panels, and meeting people and vendors in the exhibit area, I was able to attend but one session myself. Nonetheless, it felt like I accomplished a lot while I was there. Also of note, I spoke to Bob Michaelson of Northwester, about contributing to STLQ, and you can look forward to reading his words here, as well as more from Dana Roth at Caltech.

Engineering Position at Florida International University

At the request of Sarah Hammill, Distance Learning Librarian at Florida International University, I am posting the job advertisement below, which sounds quite exciting!

Engineering Services Librarian

Florida International University Libraries invites applications for the position of Engineering Services Librarian. This position reports to the Head of Reference and Instructional Services at the University Park Campus, and is responsible for Engineering Library Services at The Engineering Center, a satellite of the University Park campus.

Position Description: This position primarily serves the faculty and students at FIU’s College of Engineering. The successful candidate will provide reference assistance and coordinate delivery of materials to The Engineering Center. As Library liaison to the Engineering departments, the candidate will participate in information literacy, library instruction programs and collection development. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Required Qualifications: An MLS from an ALA accredited program; two years of professional reference experience, knowledge and experience with information technologies; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; a strong commitment to service; and the ability to work independently and cooperatively.

Preferred Qualifications: A degree or course work in engineering, or in an allied field; experience working in an Engineering Library; experience with group instruction; and experience with web authoring software.

Rank/Salary: Assistant or Associate University Librarian level; salary $38,000-$45,000. Librarians have 12 month non-tenured faculty appointments.

About the Libraries: The 8-story Green Library, located at the University Park campus, is designed to accommodate state-of-the-art information technology. Together with the Biscayne Bay campus, the collections total more than 1.6 million volumes with subscriptions to more than 11,000 scholarly journals. The Libraries provide access to over 250 databases and services, including the statewide OPAC that is currently migrating to the Ex Libris Aleph library management system. The FIU Libraries are nationally recognized as pioneers among information literacy programs.

Engineering Library Services (ELS) is located at The Center for Engineering building. The ELS provides on-location services and research assistance.

University Setting: Florida International University is one of the fastest growing units of the State University System of Florida and one of the most rapidly growing urban, multi-campus comprehensive universities in the country. With an enrollment exceeding 32,000, FIU prides itself on the cultural and ethnic diversity of its students and faculty. FIU is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive institution. For further information, see the FIU website at

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on September 1st, and will continue until the position is filled.

Apply to: Send a letter of application with your resume, including names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses of three references to:

Stephanie Brenenson, Chair
Search and Screen, Engineering Services Librarian
Green Library, GL 233B
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199

Email: brenenso AT fiu DOT edu
Fax: (305) 348-3408

FIU is an equal opportunity / equal access / affirmative action employer.

June 9, 2004

Reed Elsevier gives in on free research

This may be old news already, but I remembered a few interesting pieces that came out fairly recently regarding institutional repositories. The Elsevier decision seems to be promising news that publishing in high profile journals and providing a reasonable degree of unfettered access doesn't always have to be at odds...

Reed Elsevier gives in on free research
By Saeed Shah, 04 June 2004

Reed Elsevier has allowed academics who submit articles for publication in its science journals to make the research available for free on their personal or institutional websites.

The move was seen as a major concession to the "open access" lobby - a movement among academics and university librarians that argues that published research should be made available to all scientists free. Academic libraries have complained that subscriptions to leading science journals, such as those published by Reed Elsevier, are cripplingly expensive. The company has responded that it acts as a guarantee of quality...

Nature also recently published an article endorsing the "green road" of institutional self-archiving.
The green and the gold roads to Open Access

The crisis in university journal budgets first brought to light the problem of access to published research. But the problems of affordability and access, although often confused, are distinct. We describe here a practical solution to the access problem...

June 7, 2004

Report from SLA 1

:: I am in Nashville attending the annual SLA conference. A few items of interest:

June 3, 2004

Electronic Theses on the Web

:: A number of e-mails are flying around scitech-related listservs today, regarding electronic theses availability on the web. Here is a list of the resources mentioned:

  1. Australian Digital Theses
  2. Caltech's Electronic Theses db
  3. Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
  4. OAIster - from University of Michigan Digital Library Production Services
  5. Serveur de Thèses Multidisciplinaire/Multidisciplinary Theses Server

June 2, 2004

World's First Private Spacecraft Launches June 21

:: The first non-governmental flight to leave the Earth's atmosphere is scheduled to be launched on June 21, 2004, from the Mojave Civilian Aerospace Test Center:

A privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June 21 on a mission to become the world's first commercial manned space vehicle.

The pilot of the craft, still to be announced, will become the first person to earn astronaut wings in a non-government sponsored vehicle, and the first private civilian to fly a spaceship out of the atmosphere.

That's the word today from Scaled Composites in the Mojave, California desert -- designer and builder of SpaceShipOne. The announcement is the first time the group has pre-announced a high-altitude run of its piloted rocketship.

Investor and philanthropist Paul Allen and aviation technologist Burt Rutan have teamed to create the program, which will attempt the first non-governmental flight to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

Further details are available from Scaled Composites, builders of SpaceShipOne.

June 1, 2004

IoP Joins CrossRef Search

:: The Institute of Physics has joined CrossRef:

The Institute of Physics is pleased to be participating in CrossRef Search, a new initiative enabling users to perform cross-publisher, full text searches of the latest scholarly research.

CrossRef Search is available free of charge in our Electronic Journals service. It can also be found on the Web sites of the other eight participating publishers, which include The American Physical Society, Nature Publishing Group and Oxford University Press.

CrossRef Search has been developed by CrossRef in partnership with Google™. Said Ed Pentz, Executive Director of CrossRef:

'CrossRef is very excited to work with Google on this pilot program. Researchers, scientists and librarians should find CrossRef Search a valuable search tool. Now, researchers and students interested in mining published scholarship have immediate access to targeted, interdisciplinary and cross-publisher search on full text using the powerful and familiar Google technology'.

CrossRef Search is a pilot program which will run through 2004 to evaluate functionality and gather feedback. Further information on the initiative is available.

STS Signal, Blogging SLA

:: The v19 n1, Spring 2004, issue of STS Signal, newsletter of the Science & Technology Section of ACRL, is available.

:: Editors and writers from Information Today will be blogging SLA beginning this weekend in Nashville.

Next week is the 95th annual conference of SLA—that's the Special Libraries Association for those of you who prefer the traditional name—and several Information Today, Inc. editors and writers will be there ready to blog. The official dates are June 5-10, 2004, but the Board of Directors holds meetings both before and after the main conference. The Live from Nashville blog (http://www.infotodayblog.com) will cover as many aspects of the conference as the bloggers can handle. That would include association business meetings, conference sessions, the exhibit floor, and social events. Plus, we’ll have backup from some editors not in Nashville.

Why blog SLA? According to Tina Creguer, director, communications, ProQuest Information and Learning, “The Special Libraries Association conference is an exciting event, with news, gatherings, and an exchange of ideas that help shape the library world. The blog hastens the speed of information sharing, and we’re always enthusiastic about improving access to information.” ProQuest is sponsoring the ITI Live from Nashville blog.

I'll be attending the SLA conference, and am looking forward to the many good sessions, panels, and meetings, as well as some well-deserved downtime with a few good friends who also attend the conference.