Archive for June, 2008

Reduced SciTech Reference Summer Hours

30 June 2008

Effective starting June 30 until August 24, 2008, the Science and Technology Reference desk will close one hour early Monday through Friday. The new summer hours will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and Sundays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

The reference hours are being reduced as a result of a 50% reduction in the number of librarians in SciTech (from 4 to 2). These reduced hours will remain in effect through the summer unless there are changes in staffing. SciTech hours and services for the Fall may be further reduced, depending on staffing and other considerations.

Paul Wermager

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Paul Wermager, Head, Science & Technology Reference Department

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Blackwell, Wiley journals down this weekend

27 June 2008

Both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley Interscience, the journal delivery interfaces for Blackwell and Wiley titles, respectively, will be down this weekend. The intended schedule for the outages are as follows:

  • Today, 3 p.m. HST: Blackwell Synergy goes down
  • Tonight, 11 p.m. HST: Wiley Interscience goes offline
  • Sunday, 3 p.m. HST: Wiley Interscience returns, with Blackwell journals now incorporated

The reason for the outage is Wiley bought Blackwell Publishing last year, and this weekend are migrating all Blackwell journal content to the Wiley platform.

The UH Manoa Library has access to nearly 1,000 journal titles via Blackwell and Wiley combined.

Changing Climate Effects on Extreme Weather Events

20 June 2008

From http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2008/20080619_climatereport.html

June 19, 2008

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research today released a scientific assessment that provides the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change previously evaluated extreme weather and climate events on a global basis in this same context. However, there has not been a specific assessment across North America prior to this report.

Among the major findings reported in this assessment are that droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and intense hurricanes are likely to become more commonplace as humans continue to increase the atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

The report is based on scientific evidence that a warming world will be accompanied by changes in the intensity, duration, frequency, and geographic extent of weather and climate extremes.

Journal of Extension

5 June 2008

From their Web site:

You now have two ways to subscribe to the Journal of Extension (JOE)–a new option, subscribing to the RSS feed, and subscribing to the e-mail list.

RSS Subscription

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a format for content distribution. The JOE RSS feed includes the title, author listing, abstract, and link to the complete article for each article in the current JOE issue. The feed is updated when a new issue is released (six times per year).

E-Mail Subscription

By adding your e-mail address to our subscriber’s list, you will receive e-mail notification of each new issue of JOE as it becomes available. The subscribers’ list is used only to send new issue announcements once every two months.

Visit <http://www.joe.org/subscribe.html> to arrange to keep up with JOE the way you want to.

Hawaii Quadrangle Maps Available at MAGIS (Maps, Aerials and GIS)

2 June 2008

UH Manoa Library Maps Collection now has the most recent (1989-1999) set of United States Geological Survey 1:24,000 topographical quadrangles for Hawaii available on-line. They are available as downloadable 300 DPI tiffs with a visual thumbnail index. These are some of our most requested maps often used to provide a base map or layer for other Map/GIS outputs. These maps were digitized by the Library and are available at http://magis.manoa.hawaii.edu/maps/digital/quads.html