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July 31, 2008

Via UBC's Information Repository: 6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates Conference Proceedings Online

.: My pal Kevin Lindstrom, Science & Engineering Librarian at UBC Library, asked me to pass along this post regarding the availability of the conference papers from the 6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates Conference, which was held in Vancouver from 06-20 July 2008. Select conference papers presented at ICGH 2008 are now available online at cIRcle, the UBC Library's Information Repository. It's a good example of how effective a digital repository can be when papers can be uploaded to such a site only days after a conference has been completed. More information on cIRcle is available here.

Podcasts From SLA

.: A number of podcasts from selected sessions at the SLA Conference in Seattle, 14-18 June 2008, are available for listening via the Click U site. You do not need to be a member of SLA to listen to the podcasts (as best I can determine).

July 29, 2008

ICIS To Update August 2006 Bulk Chemical Prices

.: This morning I was in conversation with Simon Robinson of ICIS Connect, regarding the state of ICIS' historical bulk chemical prices from the 28 August 2006 (and final) issue of Chemical Market Reporter, now known simply as ICIS Chemical Business. My concern was twofold: 1) would ICIS continue to maintain this list and make it available to users everywhere, especially the thousands of chemical engineering students requiring these prices for their design projects, and 2) would some of the prices be updated to reflect 2008 prices, where available?

Simon confirmed both my concerns: the prices will remain, and ICIS will be working to update the chemicals to give indicative prices for 2008 where available. This is great news to those of us who work with students in chemical and materials engineering, who will be requiring access to such prices for their forthcoming design projects.

For those interested in the STLQ discussion thread involving ICIS and Chemical Market Reporter, all the posts can be found here. I am very pleased that ICIS remains committed to maintaining this price list, which is absolutely invaluable to students and faculty working in chemical engineering design classes.

Also of note is the actual ICIS Connect site itself. The site includes Forums, one of which is for Students. Students can post a question under headings such as, "I Need Help With ..." There is also a section, called "Downloads" (for now, anyway), in which documents of interest from many different categories can be downloaded for use, and users can also upload documents of potential use and interest to other users of the site. The term "Downloads" needs to be changed to better reflect the content of that part of the site, and Simon is working on a number of upgrades to ICIS Connect, including rebranding some of the content.

In order to make ICIS Connect successful and of use and value to our chemical engineering students, we need to publicize it, and encourage them to make use of the resources there.

July 18, 2008

100 Awesome Youtube Vids for Librarians

.: Here's a link to 100 library-related videos via YouTube. Excerpt from the page:

Librarians should no longer be thought of as fuddy duddy types with long dusty cardigans or pince-nez dangling around their necks. These days, public librarians and academic librarians are on the cutting edge, dedicated to bringing their resources and their patrons into the 21st century with technology. Librarians are also bloggers, IT professionals, database managers, technology mavens; and these YouTube videos and tutorials are just for them. Watch these vodcasts and recordings to learn about new library tools, interesting literacy campaigns and outreach programs, and even hysterical videos about library stereotypes that are circulating on the Internet.