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May 30, 2006

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, Spring 2006

.: The #46, Spring 2006 issue of ISTL: Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship is now available. A number of interesting articles are featured, including an examination of the role of industry standards in academic libraries supporting top engineering schools, a joint review of Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology and Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, and an innovative library liaison assessment activity.

New Nanotech Blog Emphasizes Electrical Testing Issues

.: From today's Knowledgespeak:

Keithley introduces nanotechnology test blog - 30 May 2006

Nanotechnology products maker Keithley Instruments, Inc., US, has announced that it has sponsored a nanotechnology test blog targeted at engineers and researchers dealing with electrical testing issues in the field of nanotechnology and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). The blog, coordinated by Nanotech Briefs magazine, a digital magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, can be accessed at www.nanotestblog.com.

The blog provides visitors with the latest news in the nanotechnology and MEMS industry through frequent posts of technical and business developments. Visitors to the blog can send responses to particular items or post questions to other visitors.

In addition, there is a link to a library of white papers and articles and announcements of upcoming events and conferences, which may be of interest to the nanotechnology and MEMS test and measurement community.

May 27, 2006

National Trends Regarding the Assignment of Duties to Science Librarians

.: The following entry was posted on 26 May 2006 to the SLA-ST discussion list. If you have time, complete the survey. It will be interesting to see the results of the survey if they are posted.:

Dear Colleagues,

We are in the midst of planning for an upcoming reorganization and would like to get some feedback on national trends regarding the assignment of duties to science librarians. I know how busy this time of year gets, but I'm hoping you would be willing to take 3 minutes or less to answer the following questions (most of which are yes/no questions). Your feedback is extremely important and will have a direct and immediate
impact.

Responses on or before Wednesday, May 31 (2006) would be most useful. I'll be happy to summarize results for the list.

  1. Do you currently have collection planning (a.k.a. collection development, collection management) responsibilities for a particular subject(s)?
  2. Do your collection planning duties comprise more than half of the focus of your job?
  3. Do you also participate in some reference and instruction duties? If so, how many hours per week do you work reference?
  4. Do you teach both undergraduate and graduate students?
  5. If you were planning to hire a new science librarian, would one of the duties include collection planning?
  6. In hiring science librarians for your library, if a candidate did not have prior experience in collection planning, would that eliminate them from your consideration?
  7. What is your title?
  8. At what institution do you work?
Many thanks for your help with these questions.

Catherine Soehner and Wei Wei

Science & Engineering Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Phone: 831/459-3582
Fax: 831/459-2797
Eamil: wwei AT ucsc.edu

May 25, 2006

Engineering Village 2™ Wins 2006 Codie Award for Best Content Aggregation Service

.: Excerpt from the press release:

New York, N.Y., 22 May 2006 - Engineering Information (www.ei.org) announced today the selection of the Engineering Village 2 discovery platform as the winner of the Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 21st annual Codie Awards in the category of “Best Content Aggregation Service.” The Codie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the software and information industries.

Engineering Village 2™ is the premiere web-based research and discovery platform specialized for the information needs of engineers and engineering researchers. The platform integrates premium engineering content databases and utilizes faceted search technology to provide users with greater intelligence throughout the search and discovery process. Premium data sources include Compendex®, Inspec® and patents databases.

Established in 1986, the Codie Awards is the longest-running awards program in the software and information industry, and acknowledges the most innovative products and services. The Codie Awards utilize journalist and peer-company review to identify leaders and innovators across the software, digital content and education technology industries. This year the SIIA received 1,026 nominations from over 500 companies for 71 award categories. Category winners were announced at the 21st Annual Codie Awards Gala held at the Westin San Francisco on May 16th.

The complete list of the 2006 Codie Award Winners is divided into four industry sub-categories: software, content, education, and corporate.

Any comments I give about EV2 and its products must be prefaced by noting that I am the Chair of the Engineering Information Scope and Coverage Committee. That said, I want to congratulate Rafael Sidi and his team for this well-deserved accolade. EV2 has been at the forefront of innovation, developing and releasing features such as faceted searching and embedded RSS feeds into search strategies. I keep waiting for other major db developers to do the same, especially with the RSS feeds, but to date, I am not aware of any others offering a feature of such utility.

May 24, 2006

What Happened Before The Big Bang?

.: This kind of stuff absolutely fascinates me. From Penn State Live:

Penn State researchers look beyond birth of universe
Monday, May 22, 2006

University Park, Pa. -- According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, the Big Bang represents The Beginning, the grand event at which not only matter but space-time itself was born. While classical theories offer no clues about existence before that moment, a research team at Penn State has used quantum gravitational calculations to find threads that lead to an earlier time.

"General relativity can be used to describe the universe back to a point at which matter becomes so dense that its equations don't hold up," said Abhay Ashtekar, holder of the Eberly family chair in physics and director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at Penn State. "Beyond that point, we needed to apply quantum tools that were not available to Einstein."

By combining quantum physics with general relativity, Ashtekar and two of his post-doctoral researchers, Tomasz Pawlowski and Parmpreet Singh, were able to develop a model that traces through the Big Bang to a shrinking universe that exhibits physics similar to ours.

In research reported in the current issue of Physical Review Letters, the team shows that, before the Big Bang, there was a contracting universe with space-time geometry that otherwise is similar to that of our current expanding universe. As gravitational forces pulled this previous universe inward, it reached a point at which the quantum properties of space-time cause gravity to become repulsive, rather than attractive.

The full press release is here.

What Are Your Core Reference Tools?

.: Diane Kovacs of Kovacs Consulting is conducting her "Current 'Core' or Essential Reference Tool Surveys". In an e-mail sent to various discussion groups, Diane asks, "Please take the time to share your understanding of which reference tools are most important for you to do your job in the following areas:

Diane also notes the following: "As always, I will post the data I've gathered on core subject reference topics back to the lists I posted the surveys to for everyone to share as well as posting the data to http://www.kovacs.com/misc.html. Last year's data is available on that page now - scroll down past the current survey links. I'm in the midst of compiling data from the other reference tool surveys that I sent out earlier this year. Moving slowly, but steadily."

I think lists of core reference tools would be of value to new and recent graduates who are becoming familiar with their subject areas. I would like to see the subject coverage of engineering be further subdivided into its subject disciplines. The previous survey for this area covered engineering, computer sciences, and technology - way too broad, and the results would be of little help to someone beginning work in engineering disciplines such as mechanical, materials, civil and environmental, electrical, and so forth. Further subdivision of subjects might include biological sciences down to botany, zoology, entomology, microbiology, and genetics, as well as splitting mathematics and computer sciences into their own surveys. The one subject missing is agriculture, and its subdisciplines as well. Would be great to see a survey for those subjects as well.

These are not criticisms, just suggestions! :-)

May 19, 2006

IoP Announces New OA Journal: Environmental Research Letters

.: The latest Knowledgespeak reports that the Institute of Physics is launching a new open access journal, Environmental Research Letters:

The Institute of Physics, UK, has announced the launch of open–access (OA) journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL). The new journal seeks to bring together professional scientists, economists and engineers, as well as the public sector and people engaged in efforts to understand the state of natural systems and, increasingly, the human footprint on the biosphere. Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley serves as the editor-in-chief.
Full IoP press release here.

May 18, 2006

Open Access Articles Generating More Citations Than Non-OA - Report in PLoS Biology

.: The 18 May 2006 issue of Knowledgespeak includes mention of a study just published in PLoS Biology, which suggests that OA articles are more likely to be cited more frequently than non-OA articles. The study, Citation Advantage of Open Access Articles, was written by Gunther Eysenbach, University of Toronto, and was based on analysis of articles published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Excerpts from the abstract:

Open access (OA) to the research literature has the potential to accelerate recognition and dissemination of research findings, but its actual effects are controversial. This was a longitudinal bibliometric analysis of a cohort of OA and non-OA articles published between June 8, 2004, and December 20, 2004, in the same journal (PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Article characteristics were extracted, and citation data were compared between the two groups at three different points in time: at “quasi-baseline” (December 2004, 0–6 mo after publication), in April 2005 (4–10 mo after publication), and in October 2005 (10–16 mo after publication).

Articles published as an immediate OA article on the journal site have higher impact than self-archived or otherwise openly accessible OA articles. We found strong evidence that, even in a journal that is widely available in research libraries, OA articles are more immediately recognized and cited by peers than non-OA articles published in the same journal. OA is likely to benefit science by accelerating dissemination and uptake of research findings.

May 15, 2006

"Search, Search and More Search" - Google Update

.: Today, Information Today reported on the Google Press Day Webcast, during wnouncedhich four new Google products were announced. Introduction from the article by Barbara Quint, titled "Whither Google? Report on Google's Press Day Webcast":

May 15, 2006 — From all over the country and, indeed, all over the world, reporters came to Mountain View, Calif., last Wednesday to hear what Google executives had to say about where the company was headed and what new treats it had planned for the world of Web users. Even reporters who did not come to California for Google Press Day participated through a 5-hour Webcast with the option to ask questions via e-mail. (By the way, if you’d like to experience what the Webcast watchers did, just grab your popcorn and aim your Windows Media Player or Real Player at http://investor.google.com/webcast.html.) Many of the reporters asking questions during the meeting wanted to hear about the imminent war of the titans between Google and Microsoft. They were disappointed. Google executives want the company to address all the new and unaddressed problems in the world of search, not “do over again what’s already been done.” Search, search, and more search is Google’s goal. Four new products, all search-oriented, were announced: Google Trends, Google Gadgets, Google Co-op, and Google Notebook.
Quint singles out Google Co-op as the best of the bunch. From the introduction to her article:
May 15, 2006 — Of the four new product announcements made last week at Google Press Day [http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb060515-1.shtml], Google Co-op (http://www.google.com/coop) looks to have the greatest potential impact. At first glance, it would seem that Google has now entered the social bookmarking arena, along with services like del.icio.us, Furl, Spurl, Shadows, Scuttle, Yahoo! MyWeb 2.0, Ma.gnolia, etc. All of these services, and many others, offer ways for users to share and find collections of linked material built around and by communities of user interests. Regardless of the present quality of Google Co-op—and some users with whom I spoke consider it anemic at this point—the entry of giant Google into this arena, along with Yahoo!, could mark a sea change in the importance and growth of such tools. The product manager for Google Co-op, Shashi Seth, said that, as Google Co-op grows, lessons drawn from its content and usage are expected to lead to improvements in search quality in the main Google.com service.

May 12, 2006

Scopus Author Identifier - New Feature

.: Scopus sent an e-mail today announcing a new feature on the db called Scopus Author Identifier:

We are pleased to announce a major new feature to Scopus - the Scopus Author Identifier.
The Scopus Author Identifier helps solve one of the biggest problems associated with author searching:
  • How do you distinguish between articles belonging to one author and those belonging to other authors with similar names?
  • How can you be confident that your search has captured all results for an author when their name is recorded in different ways? And, can you be sure that names with unusual characters such as accents have been included?
The Scopus Author Identifier does the hard work for your researchers by automatically matching variations of an author’s name and distinguishing between authors with the same name. It’s the only database that takes the guesswork out of author searching on such a large scale. The Author Identifier will be activated on the 13th May.

What are the benefits to your users?
  • Accuracy*: Users can be confident in the accuracy of their results even if they don’t know exactly how the author’s name is formatted. They can easily see the right authors, matched with other variants of the same name.
  • Speed: Your users can be sure they’ve found the right author without having to check each individual full-text article.
  • Convenience: Users can quickly and easily access a one-page overview of all of an author’s publications, citations and co-authors.
*Note: In the first release of this significant functionality we have been careful to avoid incorrectly assigning documents to authors. Documents with insufficient data to make an accurate match may be separately listed in your search results. We will continue to match documents as more data becomes available and in addition have provided a feedback link on the Author Details page that can be used to let us know of any amendments.

More Information

For a step-by-step "Getting Started Guide" and an overview demo about the Scopus Author Identifier, please go to www.info.scopus.com/authoridentifier

If you have any questions, please contact your local helpdesk at http://www.info.scopus.com/contactus/

May 10, 2006

Info*Nation - Promoting LIS Professions In Canada

.: A new website promoting library and information professions in Canada is being developed, to encourage recruitment to said professions. From an e-mail received earlier this month:

Join the Info*Nation Movement!

Info*Nation is a participatory website that promotes library and information professions in Canada. It is targeted at today’s youth and other people seeking exciting career opportunities. It will speak their language and grab their attention.

To find out more about Info*Nation check out our pre-launch site at www.infonation.ca. It has been designed to announce the project, start a buzz, and above all engage potential participants from the information professions.

Every nation needs its citizens. Join now! We need your help to gather the diverse voices of people that work in Canadian libraries. If you have an interesting job in the information world and are passionate and proud of what you do, join our movement by visiting www.infonation.ca and putting the reasons why into a few words.

You can also help us spread the word! Join the campaign. Write about the project on your blog or website and grab a free graphic off our site to help with publicity. Tell your friends. If you know someone who loves their work and is interested in bringing in new recruits to the profession, you should encourage them to join up too.

How long do you have? Well, the pre-launch campaign runs throughout the month of May and the official Info*Nation website is set to launch mid June at the CLA conference.

For more information contact us at infonation.project AT gmail.com.

Oh yeah, and who are we? We are the Recruitment Working Group of the CLA President’s Council on the 8Rs http://www.cla.ca/top/whatsnew/presidents_council_8rs.htm. Our members are Jason Bird, Fiona Black, M.J. D’Elia, Karen Hildebrandt, Murray McCabe, and Catherine Steeves. But this is not about us, it is about you and our profession.

May 9, 2006

TechXtra - A New Resource for Searching in Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing

.: Roddy MacLeod, Senior Subject Librarian at Heriot Watt U in Edinbugh, sent the following press release announcing TexhXtra (pronounced Tech-Extra) a new initiative from the creators of the Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library, EEVL, which itself is about to undergo a major change. From the press release:

TechXtra suite of free services simplifies access to technology information

http://www.techxtra.ac.uk

Finding technology information just became easier!

TechXtra is a suite of ten freely available services which simplify access to a multitude of different types of technology information from a host of different sources.

TechXtra facilitates immediate access to the freely available full-text content of hundreds of thousands of eprints, technical reports, theses, articles, news items, job announcements and more. In cases where the full-text is not freely available, TechXtra provides links to vendors for pay-per-view options. TechXtra searches a combination of digital repositories, journal databases, technical reports servers, web information, news sources and more, all with a focus on technology information.

Anyone looking for information in technology will find TechXtra useful, especially researchers, academics, students and practitioners.

The suite of services includes:
  • Database Cross-Search This searches over 4 million items from 25 different databases. Use this to find articles, key websites, theses and dissertations, books, industry news, new job announcements, technical reports, eprints, learning & teaching resources and the latest research in engineering, mathematics and computing.

    Sources include: Australian Research Repositories Online to the World, arXive (eprint archive in computer science, maths and related subjects), CiteSeer (research articles in computer science), Directory of Open Access Journals, ePrints UK (selected open archives in the UK), Copac (union catalogue from the Consortium of University Research Libraries), National Engineering Education Delivery System (digital library of learning resources), NASA Technical Reports (12 different NASA technical report series)... plus 18 other databases. More will be added in the near future.

  • The Very Latest Job Announcements
    OneStep Jobs brings together the very latest job announcements from more than 35 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable format in one place. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include: Jobs.ac.uk, ICErecruit, The Engineer, Redgoldfish, Jobsite, Engineeringjobs.co.uk, 4engineers.co.uk, Matchtech, TipTopJobs and more.
  • The Very Latest Industry News
    OneStep Industry News brings together news feeds from over 80 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable format. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include: The Engineer Online, Engineeringtalk, New Scientist, scenta, Moreover, Yenra, Control Engineering News, Design News, EurekAlert, Slashdot, PC Magazine, BBC Tech News and more.
  • Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions & Technical Document Downloads
    Hundreds of trade publications and their advertisers want to give qualifying individuals their publications. It's worth it to them to give you the magazine free because you need the information and products described, and their advertisers need a vehicle to deliver their message which justifies the cost of giving you subscriptions for free. In addition, this service now includes free Webcasts, live Webinars, informative eBooks, interactive CD-ROMs, and numerous whitepapers.
  • On-Line Bookstore
    TechXtra users save up to 35% on any title from this bookstore from Pearson Education - books on everything from Computer Graphics & Design, to Programming, Software, Careers and Personal Development titles. Postage is free within the UK and Europe.
  • Offshore Engineering Information Service
    This service gives information about publications and meetings dealing with: oil and gas exploration and production; offshore health, safety and environmental protection; resources of the seabed and renewable energy; and marine technology.
  • Discovery Guides
    Free indepth reports on topical engineering, mathematical and technology issues.
  • Information about Validated Engineering Design Data
    This subset of ESDU contains over 1,300 abstracts of data item design guides. Access to the full text is via subscription only.
  • Recent Advances in Manufacturing
    A database of bibliographic information for manufacturing and related areas, covering items in over 500 niche and mainstream journals and magazines, plus details of books, videos and conference proceedings.
  • Selected links to top sources of technology information
    Internet tutorials, newsletters and gateways.

    TechXtra harvests data from external sources using standard protocols such as Z39.50 and OAI-PMH.

    TechXtra is an initiative of the ICBL and the Library, at Heriot-Watt University. The ICBL is also the base of the PerX Project, which has produced a Pilot to help scope future developments in cross-searching. Feedback on the Pilot would be much appreciated. A 60 second survey is available, and those providing feedback will be entered into a draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

    For more information about TechXtra, contact:
    Roddy MacLeod
    Senior Subject Librarian
    Heriot-Watt University Library
    Edinburgh
    0131 451 3576
    r.a.macleod AT w.ac.uk

  • Further information on TechXtra is available from the About section. I need to study this further and try it, but it looks impressive. My question to Roddy: when and how do you and your colleagues find the time to create portals like EEVL and TechXtra? :-)

    E-Streams April 2006

    .: The latest issue of E-Streams, v9 n4 April 2006, is available in HTML and PDF formats.

    May 5, 2006

    GlobalSpec Launches Targeted Newsletters, Product Alert System

    .: From Knowledgespeak:

    Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced the recent launch of several new product-specific e-newsletters. It has also introduced a new product alert system to its millions of segmented e-mail subscribers with the help of retention e-mail marketing services provider iPost, US.

    Engineers and technical professionals visiting the GlobalSpec site can now select from 132 product topics to receive weekly e-mail updates about new products, suppliers and technical articles. iPost has helped keep GlobalSpec e-mail subscribers returning to the site through the expansion of its suite of product-focused e-newsletters. The company increased its set publications from four to 16 in late 2005, and has launched several more in 2006, in areas ranging from lights and lasers to supply chain management and scientific instruments. The company’s Techs & Specs weekly e-newsletter has an audience exceeding one million.

    GlobalSpec's trademarked parametric search technology, SpecSearch, allows visitors to search for products by specification, while The Engineering Web enables users to examine over 250 million engineering and tech web pages. The company publishes over 40 e-newsletters each month.

    I haven't used GlobalSpec much in the past, but I think I need to give it more attention. I like its search engine options, which include the "Engineering Web", a "vertical search engine that indexes hundreds of millions of pages of engineering content from both the open web as well as from a variety of proprietary content publishers", product specification, material properties, part numbers, standards, patents, application notes, and products and services. I'm not sure where Knowledgespeak verified this entry, because I can't find any mention of it on the GlobalSpec site.

    RLG / OCLC Merger

    .: RLG to Combine With OCLC. Excerpt from press release:

    DUBLIN, Ohio—May 3, 2006—Two of the world’s largest membership-based information organizations have agreed to come together. The combined organization will offer an integrated product and service line, and will give libraries, archives and museums new leverage in developing services, standards and software that will help them support research and disseminate knowledge online.

    The RLG Board of Directors and OCLC Board of Trustees have recommended that the two service and research organizations be combined effective July 1, 2006. If approved by RLG member institutions, RLG's online products and services will be integrated with OCLC products and services, and RLG’s program initiatives will be brought forward as a new division of OCLC Programs and Research.

    A combined organization would provide an opportunity to leverage program strengths, services and innovative research initiatives, and to deliver more value to a greater number of libraries, museums, archives and other research organizations around the globe.

    From: KnowledgeSpeak.

    May 4, 2006

    I Go To Rio...For An ASEE Colloquium

    .: Anyone for a trip to Rio de Janeiro? The ASEE is holding its 5th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, “Engineering Education in the Americas and Beyond”, in Rio from October 9 – 12, 2006:

    The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) presents an annual global colloquium that unites the diverse elements of the international engineering education world while focusing on issues of interest to the international engineering education community. The colloquium, held annually in locations such as Berlin, Beijing and Sydney with the assistance of engineering education organizations from the host country, links engineering educators across international borders and brings together teachers and researchers who would otherwise never have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and viewpoints.

    This year, ASEE is pleased to be present the 2006 Global Colloquium in Rio de Janeiro with the assistance of ABENGE, the Brazilian Society for Engineering Education, and Rio universities Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Instituto Militar de Engenharia. Program tracks will address the core issues of primary and secondary education, curriculum for the global engineer, and engineering for the Americas. The focus of the Colloquium is on successful strategies for dealing with each of these issues. Contributors will present examples of successful strategies, describing actions that are being taken and providing supporting evidence of what works and why. Beyond the excellent technical program presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to tour sites in Rio de Janeiro, along with the finest engineering colleges in Brazil.

    May 3, 2006

    Engineering Information Offering Open Training Sessions

    .: Ei Engineering Information is offering open training sessions this month. The courses are taught by Ms Gali Halevi, Training Manager for Ei. I missed posting the first session, an intro to Engineering Village 2, held yesterday. Ms Halevi reported that many registrants participated in the May 2 sessions. The following two courses are forthcoming, and recommended for anyone interested in these Ei products and services:

    • May 9th: Ei Patents
      Times: 9:30AM, 2:00PM (EDT)
      Length: 45 minutes
      Content: This is an introductory overview of Ei patents databases. The training will cover:
      1. Patent searching on Engineering Village (unique features and search tips)
      2. Faceted searching and browsing
      3. Using patents searches for 'Technical Intelligence'.
      4. Combining bibliographic and patent searching
    • May 16th: Creating effective Competitive and Technical intelligence reports
      Times: 9:30AM, 2:00PM (EDT)
      Length: 45 minutes
      Content: This session will demonstrate how to create a competitive and technical intelligence reports on a given subject using Engineering Village 2 data sources including Compendex and Ei Patents. The session will cover:
      1. Learning how to identify major trends in industry and science by using data facets.
      2. Incorporating bibliographic information and freely accessed resources in your report.
      3. Keeping your report current by embedding alerts.
      This session will include a case study and a full example report that will be sent to all participants.

    May 2, 2006

    75th Anniversary of the American Institute of Physics

    Diverse Frontiers of Science Symposium is a two-day event, May 3-4, commemorating the founding of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).. The opening session will be available as a live webcast, 12:45pm EST, Wednesday, May 3. Viewers can begin connecting to the webcast at 12:25pm EST. It is unclear whether more of the sessions will be webcast.

    • Diverse Frontiers: Mildred Dresshaus, Chair
    • Opening Remarks, Marc Brodsky, American Institute of Physics 12:45 pm
    • Historical Trends, Spencer Weart, American Institute of Physics 1:00 pm
    • Astronomy & Cosmology, Martin Rees, Cambridge University 1:30 pm
    • Optics & Biophysics, Steven Chu, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory 2:00 pm
    • Condensed Matter, Marvin Cohen, University of California, Berkeley 2:30 pm
    • Acoustics, Lawrence Crum, University of Washington 3:00 pm

    OSA and SPIE name top books in optics/photonics

    The Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering presented the first Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, administered by a joint committee of the societies, in March. The biennial award is funded ($5000) by the J.W. & H.M. Goodman Foundation. The prize honors a recent outstanding book in optics and photonics.

    The 2006 recipients are Harrison H. Barrett and Kyle J. Myers for Foundations of Image Science (Wiley, 2004).

    Five honorable mentions were designated by the committee from among the nominated book.

    Nonlinear Fiber Optics, 3rd edition, G.P. Agrawal (Academic Press, 2001)
    Nonlinear Optics, 2nd edition, Robert W. Boyd (Academic Press, 2003)
    Optical Imaging and Aberrations, Part II. Wave Diffraction Optics, Virendra N. Mahajan (SPIE Press, 2001)
    Classical Optics and Its Applications, Masud Mansuripur (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001)
    Modern Lens Design, Warren J. Smith (McGraw-Hill & SPIE Press, 2005)

    May 1, 2006

    STS Signal Spring 2006 Issue Now Available

    .: The v21 n1 Spring 2006 of STS Signal, the newsletter of the Science & Technology Section of ACRL is now available.