Archive for January, 2009

Manoa MAGIS Open House

30 January 2009

Wednesday, 4 February 2009, 11 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Library, Room 310

The library is making available GIS workstations and geospatial reference assistance to the campus and the community at large.  The center has three workstations equipped with ArcGIS suite of software and will be open to library users Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5 and by appointment.  Other software and additional hours will be added as funds and staff become available.  The center also houses the large format printer/scanner and copier, which is set up primarily for geospatial data users.

The open house will feature an aerial photograph contest, maps on display and demos of the large format printer/scanner/copier. Refreshments will be served.

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ASHS Journals Now Online!

29 January 2009

I am very happy to announce that we have finally been able to arrange electronic access to these American Society for Horticultural Science journals:

HortScience starting with 1995
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=54370

HortTechnology starting with 1991
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=54371

Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science starting with 1990
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=54369

These links have not yet been added to the Hawaii Voyager records for these titles; for now, access is limited to the electronic resources gateway links included above. Also, please note that in order to pay for the electronic subscriptions, we have had to cancel the print subscriptions to these titles.

Spring 2009 Faculty Lecture Series

27 January 2009

“Darwin and the Origin of The Origin,” Steven Stanley, Geology and Geophysics.

Darwin’s early informal training in natural history under the tutelage of a variety of mentors prepared him well for his life’s work. Geographic distributions of organisms that he observed on the voyage of the HMS Beagle convinced him of the reality of evolution. His reading of Malthus’ works triggered his sudden conception of the process of natural selection. The “eureka” moment and the steps in his reasoning are recorded in his journal. The reasons for his delay in publicizing his theory were more complex. First, he felt the need to become a respected anatomist and taxonomist, so he took several years to become the world’s expert on barnacles. Additional delays, undoubtedly, resulted from his dread of the devastating impact his contribution would have on his numerous fundamentalist contemporaries, one of whom was his beloved wife, Emma Wedgwood.

February 12, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Manoa Campus, UH Hamilton Library, Room 301

2009 Year of Science at UH Manoa Library

26 January 2009

UH Manoa Library is celebrating the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science’s “Year of Science 2009.” 2009 is an important year in the science community. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose work, Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago and became the foundation for all biological research that followed. It was 400 years ago this year, in 1609, that Galileo Galilei demonstrated the first telescope. Also in 1609 Johannes Kepler published his first two laws of planetary motion, which are still used today to describe the paths of the planets in our solar system.

To highlight science and recognize scientific innovation, past and present, Hamilton Library’s Science and Technology department has organized three exhibits in which celebrate the Year of Science and the scientists who describe our reality:

1) Books that inspired some of our University of Hawaii at Manoa scientists to pursue the challenging work of unveiling the secrets of the natural world.  [Developed by Sara Rutter]

2) A look at the life of Charles Darwin as he developed an understanding of the mechanism for the development of the astonishing diversity of organisms in nature.  His seminal book Origin of Species continues to inform the discoveries in biological sciences today. [Developed by Allie Jordan]

3) A celebration of the life and work of E. Alison Kay (1928-2008), a noted malacologist at UH Manoa and a scientist and teacher whose committed engagement to her scholarly and public communities stands as a model of the citizen scientist. [Developed by Eileen Herring]

Library Closed Tomorrow, Friday, 16 January 2009

15 January 2009

According to the UHM Safety Alert:
“Due to the potential dangers posed by high-wind gusts predicted to be as high as 60 mph, UH Manoa campus will be closed tomorrow. Classes are cancelled. Only essential employees should report to work.”

The Library will be closed… hopefully the electricity will stay on and you can enjoy our electronic resources!

New Sci/Tech Reference Desk Hours

7 January 2009

Science & Technology Reference Desk hours have changed for Spring Semester 2009. We will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on Monday through Friday. We will not have Sunday reference desk hours. When the Sci/Tech Reference Desk is closed, you can get assistance at the reference desk on the first floor of the main part of Hamilton Library or via 24/7 chat reference available at http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/services/chat/chat.html. For complex information needs, please contact the Science & Technology librarian for your subject area and make an appointment for a consultation.

American Phytopathological Society journals now online

6 January 2009

The UH Manoa Library has converted our subscription to these journals from the American Phytopathological Society (APS) from print only  to online only. This change was effective at the beginning of 2009 and our electronic access is already active. Electronic access to these journals goes back through 1997. You can now access the following journals via the Library’s Electronic Resources Gateway: