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March 16, 2007

Two Centuries of Civil Engineering Knowledge Made Available Free to UK Colleges and Universities

.: From an e-mail that is making the rounds:

Laying the virtual foundations of engineering research and practice - Two centuries of civil engineering knowledge made available free to UK colleges and universities

A new JISC Collections agreement makes the largest collection of full text civil engineering papers in the world available free of charge to all further and higher education institutions. Some of the most important articles on civil engineering are now available in perpetuity to those communities.

An agreement between JISC Collections and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) now makes ICE’s massive archive of some 18,000 illustrated papers and over 200,000 pages easily accessible to all further and higher education institutions. The Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library contains every peer-reviewed technical paper published by the ICE between 1836 and 2001.

Some of the highlights include Transactions of the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Life of Telford; Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Engineering Division Papers; Journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. This relevance of this collection goes far beyond civil engineering to subjects such as the architecture, the built environment, building and construction, environmental studies, land management, property management, planning, transportation and urban design.

The JISC Collections agreement, which contains works from almost every leading British or British-trained engineer ever published follows a successful consultation with librarians and academics and will save institutions the £12,000 each it would normally cost them to purchase this essential resource.

One of those who responded to the consultation was David Buri, Architecture and Design Librarian at the Glasgow School of Art, who said: “I feel that the Institution’s collection would be of particular interest to our Architecture students when exploring the history of the subject. There was a considerable overlap between architecture and civil engineering in the nineteenth century, and a well-illustrated resource such as the ICE Virtual Library would be of great benefit particularly for understanding Victorian architecture, and the construction methods and materials of the time. The Virtual Library’s worldwide coverage would help to fill gaps in our own collection, and would be helpful to urban design students seeking to understanding the built form and infrastructure of many of the world’s major cities. The last decade or so has seen a re-convergence of the skills of architects and civil engineers, as witnessed by the work of people such as Santiago Calatrava, Nicholas Grimshaw and Peter Rice, and our students are constantly looking for information on these individuals. Again, the ICE Virtual Library would be very useful, but this time for information on contemporary design methods.”

Roddy MacLeod, Senior Subject Librarian at Heriot Watt University, said: "I'm delighted that JISC Collections has negotiated a licence in perpetuity to the Institution of Civil Engineer’s (ICE) Virtual Library. The Virtual Library provides access to almost two centuries of knowledge. It is a major information resource for those involved in civil engineering, the built environment, environmental studies, transportation, planning and urban design and architecture, and will be invaluable to colleges and universities with courses in these, and related, areas."

According to Leon Heward-Mills of ICE publishing company Thomas Telford: “With much of the world’s Victorian and pre-war infrastructure coming to the end of its useful life, the archive provides an invaluable, rapid resource for those planning refurbishment or replacement projects. Even for more recent works the archive may well prove to be the only source of reliable, as-built data.”

For further information, please go to: Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library at http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/catalogue/coll_icevirtuallib.html

September 16, 2004

ASCE Online Proceedings

:: As previously mentioned in July, ASCE has announced the release of ASCE Online Proceedings. From an e-mail posted today to SLA-ENG:

The American Society of Civil Engineers announces the release 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 5,400 papers, or 55,000 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.
The ASCE Online Research Library includes the following:
The ASCE Research Library is a comprehensive online tool for locating articles of interest across all disciplines of civil engineering. The Research Library provides you with unprecedented access to more than 18,500 full-text papers from ASCE Journals and Proceedings published since 1995 - that's over 175,000 pages! Approximately 4,000 new papers will be added each year.

June 14, 2004

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...

June 7, 2004

Report from SLA 1

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

March 19, 2004

ASCE Enhances Civil Engineering Database

:: This message appeared on the SLA-ENG listserv today:

The ASCE Publication Department is always looking for ways to enhance researching capabilities of the Civil Engineering Database. Here are the latest enhancements:
  • All abstracted CE Database records are searchable in Google.
  • We have added more than 400 records of books published by ASCE, making the book records section complete back to 1927.
  • Journal title field has been added for searching. This new field searches individual journal titles back to 1956.
Please visit CEDB at http://www.pubs.asce.org/cedbsrch.html.

December 5, 2003

Max Planck Research Awards 2003 Presented

:: "As part of the efforts to promote international cooperation in science, the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented the Max Planck Research Award for 2003 on November 26, 2003 at 5:30 PM to 12 scientists and researchers in an award ceremony at Harnack-Haus in Berlin-Dahlem. Each award is endowed with EUR 125,000 and gives highly qualified German and foreign scientists and researchers the opportunity to initiate, deepen, or expand mutual projects with the goal of achieving maximum scientific performance on the international scene."

November 22, 2003

Transportation Journal Scores Highest Percent Increase in Total Citations In Engineering

:: The November, 2003, issue of inCites reports that the journal with the largest percent increase in total citations in the field of engineering is Transportation Research Part C Emerging Technologies.

July 3, 2003

Google Updates Toolbar, Civil and Structural Engineering Online

:: Google has updated its toolbar (Beta 2.0), featuring three new functions: Popup Blocker, Autofill, and BlogThis. Chris Sherman provides details in Search Day, 30 June 2003. I use the toolbar everyday, and find it quite useful. Download the toolbar here.

:: The British Columbia Institute of Technology has a nifty site called civil & structural online @ BCIT. The various pages on the site "contain a combination of text and graphics to introduce the field of civil and structural engineering." (From: Internet Scout Report for Math, Engineering, & Technology.)