Posts Tagged 'Library'

Library Tour at UVa — and a Free Gift!

This Thursday, August 29th , in coordination with the folks in the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs, we’re offering our annual Fall Library Tour. We’ll visit Clemons, Alderman and the Small Special Collections libraries and provide a glimpse of 21st-century teaching, learning, research and scholarship. All participants will receive a free Library flashdrive preloaded with a link to the Library Research Portal.

The tour will begin at 3 p.m. in the lobby of Clemons Library. No advance registration is necessary—you can just show up. The tour will last roughly half an hour.

The tour is open to anyone.

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Todd Burks
 Reference – Instruction

  Outreach – Accessibility

Clemons Library

University of Virginia

434-924-3162

tcb2e@virginia.edu

 

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Nuts and Bolts for the Fall 2013 semester!  Hopefully, everyone had a pleasant summer vacation and is now ready to get back to the school routine.  Nuts and Bolts is here to help — my goal is to share with you lots of interesting and useful information about happenings in and around the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library here at the University of Virginia, as well as in the world of science and engineering across the country and around the globe.  Check back often and best wishes for a great semester ahead!

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IEEE Xplore Digital Library Enhancements

This week, the first IEEE documents in HTML became available in IEEE Xplore.

These first HTML articles mark the beginning of weekly additions of thousands of HTML-formatted documents to IEEE Xplore. By the end of 2012, you will see nearly 200,000 articles in this new format.

IEEE Xplore subscribers will automatically have access to the HTML versions of documents, as per existing subscription terms.

The dynamic new design redefines how IEEE publications are displayed online. Presenting cutting-edge IEEE articles from select publications in an elegant, state of the art, HTML layout provides a richer and more interactive research experience that allows you to:

  • Scan and interpret articles in under 60 seconds using “Quick Preview”
  • Navigate between sections of long articles with intuitive floating navigation
  • Effortlessly explore text, figures, equations, and multimedia files
  • Quickly view and copy mathematical equations, expressions, and formulas
  • Enhance your research with recommendations of related articles

The collection of articles available in HTML will build rapidly over the next several months, with a current focus on all IEEE journal content from 2001 to present. You will also start to see conference papers from 2001 and later in the new format by the end of this year. Magazine and Standards will follow in 2013, with over 2 million HTML articles available by the end of 2014.

Other new features also added to IEEE Xplore this month:

  • Share IEEE Xplore documents on social media sites
    Social media buttons now appear on all abstract pages so you can easily share links to IEEE Xplore articles through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Filter to only show content included in your subscription
    IEEE has expanded the popular search filter that allows users to “show only content in my subscription” to all IEEE Xplore subscriptions. You can find this filter on the search results page and in Advanced Search.
  • View a history for Top 100 Documents Downloaded by month
    Browse the most popular search terms and top downloaded documents by month plus see an archive of top downloaded documents from previous months.
  • Coming Soon: Save documents to Project Folders
    My Projects allows users to create personal project folders within IEEE Xplore to help organize documents by project or topic. Save documents to an unlimited number of folders, personalize with project descriptions, and add notes and tags to individual articles as you save them to projects. Sign in with your personal IEEE Account to access this feature.

University of Virginia readers may access IEEE Xplore from the Library’s Research Portal Page.

Linda Hall Library Fellowships

The Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, MO, is pleased to announce that resident fellowships for 2012 are now available.  Though the Library is open to anyone who wishes to use the collections, fellowships up to $3,000 per month will assist scholars to finance a research visit.

Resident fellowships are offered for the duration of 1 to 9 months in support of research projects in science, engineering, and technology; in the history of science, engineering, and technology; or in interdisciplinary topics that link science or technology to the broader culture.  Applications from U.S. and international scholars are welcome.

Recipients of fellowships are expected to work full time on their research projects while at the Library, to engage with other resident scholars, and to offer a presentation on their work to the general public.

Eligibility

Doctorate-seeking scholars, post-doctorate scholars, and independent scholars who can demonstrate similar professional or academic experience are eligible to apply.

Application Information:

The application deadline for 2012 fellowships is January 3, 2012.  Recipients will be notified in early spring 2012.  Please see the Linda Hall Library Fellowships webpage for more information and application instructions:  http://www.lindahall.org/fellowships/index.shtml.

For further information, you may also contact:

Donna Swischer
Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-9268718
fellowships@lindahall.org

Libra – The New Digital Repository for UVa

The following article is reposted from the August 1, 2011 issue of UVa Today.

New Online Service Preserves, Promotes Digital Faculty Scholarship

July 29, 2011 — The University of Virginia Library has developed a new service to preserve faculty scholarly work and make it easily accessible online.

Libra, a new digital repository, is designed to archive U.Va. faculty articles and scholarship from any discipline in a searchable database, said Martha Sites, deputy university librarian. The service will also host student theses and dissertations, as well as research data sets.

“It provides a way for scholars to ensure the long-term durability of the scholarship they produce,” Sites said. “That’s the overarching goal.”

Digital technology makes it easier to disseminate scholarly work, but it has also created unforeseen preservation problems, she said. Even if a journal or publisher posts an important scholarly article online, there’s no guarantee it will stay there for the long run. And if an article was born in a digital format – meaning  no print version exists – it could potentially be lost forever if a server crashes or the publication folds, Sites said.

“It is a problem in the digital realm that doesn’t exist in the same way in the print realm, in that the best ways to manage digital content over time and through changes in technology are not yet well understood,” she said.

Libra will provide a stable, long-term home for U.Va. scholarship that isn’t tied to a commercial endeavor, said James Hilton, vice president and chief information officer. More and more institutions are heading down similar paths, he said.

“It’s completely appropriate for academic research libraries to be developing these tools and providing these solutions, because they are the only ones charged with the mission of preserving the scholarly record forever,” Hilton said.

When a library buys a physical book, it has the right to loan that book out and preserve it indefinitely, Hilton said. But when it obtains an electronic item, such as a digital copy of a scholarly article, the library only has a license, which – unless the contract says otherwise – doesn’t include the right to preserve it.

“What I think is beautiful about Libra is that it places control in the hands of scholars,” Hilton said.

University faculty members who use Libra are responsible for securing publishing rights to their work and uploading it. Instructions are available on the site.

School of Medicine neurology professor Ivan Login, the first faculty member to upload his work to Libra, said the service could become a powerful tool for scholars who need free access to published research.

“Part of the value of Libra is that it gives faculty members a place to put their papers where the world can get at them without having to pay,” Login said. “The repository allows these articles to be available, if you know where to look for them.”

Sites said Libra was developed in conjunction with Faculty Senate efforts to increase access to scholarly works. Last year, the senate approved a policy designed to encourage scholars to retain rights to publish their research findings online a year after the articles are published in academic journals.

Law professor Edmund Kitch, who served on the Faculty Senate’s Task Force on Scholarly Publication and Authors’ Rights, said many publishers have been cooperative with that process. In some cases, the authors already own publication rights for important pieces of scholarship, he said.

In addition, uploading articles to Libra assures worldwide distribution of work that could otherwise be hard to find, he said.

“It’s a reality that many important scholarly journals are very expensive and have very limited distribution,” Kitch said. “There are millions of people who have no way of getting at the scholarly literature at the present time. If you have a piece of scholarship on Libra, it can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection throughout the world.”

The library partnered with Information Technology Services to create the site’s infrastructure, and library staff is currently working to make Libra materials searchable through Virgo, the library’s primary search portal. Beta testing for the inclusion of data sets, dissertations and graduate theses should begin in coming months, Sites said.

In the future, online repositories such as Libra could be an important step toward larger digital scholarship repositories that span many institutions, Hilton said.

“In my view, digital preservation efforts are going to increasingly play a role in the life of premier research libraries,” he said.

— By Rob Seal

Contact:

Rob Seal
U.Va. Media Relations
434-243-3492
rseal@virginia.edu

New Graduate Student Reading Room

Welcome to the new  Alderman Library Graduate Student Reading  Room  which officially opened on Monday, August 22nd!   The Grad Reading Room occupies the  former Interlibrary Loan office on the 3rd floor between the 3Old Stacks and the 3East Reading Room (Maps/Microforms).

The space contains two  4-seat study tables, three individual study tables, a number of comfortable chairs, and laptop tables.  Shelves along the walls will be assigned to interested grad students  and lockers are available for short term storage needs.   Contact Warner Granade (granade@virginia.edu) if you are interested in shelf space.   Locker keys will circulate from the service desk in the  3rd Floor Central Reading Room.

The Graduate Student Conference Room (Room 310)  is located at the back of the Grad Reading Room.  The Grad Conference Room will be reserved for Library use until 1pm.  After 1pm and on weekends it is available for reservation by graduate students only.   Small study groups or presentations, single office hours, and other meetings are welcome to reserve this space.   We cannot accept long-term or multiple bookings.  The Grad Conference Room can be entered via the Grad Student Reading Room or the 3New Stacks.  For larger meetings  please ask attendees to enter via the 3New Stacks entrance.

For   more information on the room and to reserve the Grad Conference Room please see the Graduate Student  Reading Room guide.  This space is for graduate students and their guests only.   All grad students are welcome, regardless of school or college.   Signs on the doors – from the 3East Reading Room and the 3Old Stacks –  will indicate that the room is reserved for graduate student use.   This is your space in Alderman Library.  Please use and enjoy it!

All-New Virgo Library Catalog

Now You Can Search for Books AND Journal Articles At the Same Time!

The University Library catalog, Virgo, has been greatly enhanced to include journal articles from many publishers. It features a simple and fast search engine that helps you discover relevant information on any topic from the University of Virginia Library collections. Virgo is the place to start your research in scholarly journal and newspaper articles, books, videos, maps, manuscript collections, music scores and more. From your search results page, one click will display the full text of an article or tell you whether or not a book is on the shelf.

Virgo’s new integrated article search is part of a suite of online services the Library offers to researchers through the new Research Portal which provides access to the specialist databases – the recommended approach for those who are working on in-depth literature reviews.

For more information about the new Virgo interface or the Research Portal stop by any UVa Library or contact your subject librarian.

 


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