Archive for May, 2009

Text Call Numbers to Your Cell!

22 May 2009

from Allie Jordan, Emerging Technologies & Instructional Services Librarian, Science & Technology Department:

No more scraps of paper and loose post-it notes! The Hawaii Voyager Catalog has introduced a new feature – it allows you to send a call number to your cell phone via text message. Now, when you view a record in Voyager, there is a link next to the call number which reads “Text me this call number.” Clicking the link opens a new window where you enter your cell phone number – I used the (123) 456-7890 format – and choose your service provider from a list. In less than a minute you will receive a text message with the title, call number, location and status of the item.

There are a few things to be aware of, however. First, any text message charges from your service provider will apply. Second, the entire title is included in the text. If it’s a long title, this may lead to the call number being cut off, or yield a 2 page message. So, it’s a good idea to read the message and verify that the information is complete before heading to the library. Third, although the message tells you if the item is checked out, you will not be notified if this status changes. If you have to wait a few days before tracking down your book, check Voyager again to be sure it is still available.

New Journals in JSTOR Biological Sciences collection

14 May 2009

The following journals have been added to the JSTOR Biological Sciences collection.

Journal of Coastal Conservation
Release Content: 1995 – 2004 (Vols. 1 – 10)
Moving Wall: 3
Note: The content for 2005 will be released as soon as the issues become available to JSTOR.

Transactions of the American Entomological Society (1890) [1890- ]
Previous Title: Transactions of the American Entomological Society and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences [1878-1889]
Previous Title: Transactions of the American Entomological Society (1867) [1867-1877]
Release Content: 1867 – 2003 (Vols. 1 – 129)
Moving Wall: 5 years

Crustaceana
Release Content: 1960 – 2003 (Vols. 1 – 76)
Moving Wall: 5

Ecological Bulletins [1975- ]
Previous Title: Bulletins from the Ecological Research Committee [1968-1973]
Release Content: 1970 – 2001 (Nos. 4 – 50)
Moving Wall: 7 Years

Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Release Content: 1928 – 2005 (Vols. 1 – 78)
Moving Wall: 3 Years
Note: The content for Vol. 78, Nos. 1 – 2 (2005) will be released as soon as the issues become available to JSTOR.

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine [1989- ]
Previous Title: The Journal of Zoo Animal Medicine [1970-1988]
Release Content: 1970 – 2003 (Vols. 1 – 34)
Moving Wall: 5 years

Plant Ecology [1997- ] (Biological Sciences; Life Sciences)
Previous Title: Vegetatio [1948-1996]
Release Content: 1948 – 2005 (Vols. 1 – 176)
Moving Wall: 3 years
Note: The content for 2003-2005 will be released as soon as the issues become available to JSTOR.

These titles and the entire JSTOR collection can be accessed through the UHM Library Electronic Resources Gateway.

Reduced Library Hours for Summer 2009

12 May 2009

Due to budget concerns, library building hours at both Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries are reduced for Summer 2009. The biggest change is that both library buildings will be CLOSED on Saturdays. The Science and Technology Reference Desk will continue to be open on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Individual Sci/Tech librarians also have office hours. More at the department Web site at http://www.hawaii.edu/sciref/

All the details on Summer 2009 UH Manoa Library hours are available at http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/about/hours_summer09.html

24/7 Chat Reference continues to be available through QuestionPoint at http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/services/chat/chat.html

Open Access Publishing – Catherine Nancarrow

4 May 2009

Open Access Publishing
May 15, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Manoa Campus, A153 Hamilton Library (Eugene Yap Room)

We will have the opportunity to hear from a managing editor from the Public Library of Science, an organization devoted to open access publishing.

Catherine Nancarrow is the Managing Editor of PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Pathogens, PLoS Genetics, and PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease.

She will be speaking at an afternoon session on Friday, May 15th in Hamilton Library about open access journal article publishing and its short and long term benefits to faculty/academicians, universities, and libraries. New models of research publication can serve to increase the creative use of knowledge and information, and help us take a giant step forward in advancing science (basic and applied) at a time when doing so has a fresh focus in the US.

Working closely with her editorial boards, Ms. Nancarrow brings a tremendous amount of insight into the researcher/publisher relationship and will be able to address many of the questions researchers may bring to this session regarding open access publishing and the Public Library of Science publications.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) was founded in October 2000 by Harold E. Varmus, Patrick O. Brown, and Michael B. Eisen. PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public resource. The PLoS journals include: PLoS ONE, PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Though PLoS is focused on science, any researcher will find this discussion about open access publishing enlightening.

Sara Rutter
Science & Technology Librarian
Hamilton Library
University of Hawaii at Manoa

From CABI: Free Access to GlobalHealth

1 May 2009

News release

CABI today has announced free access to its specialist Global Health database – the definitive database for public health information – www.cabdirect.org/globalhealth

Simultaneously CABI has developed a Swine flu ‘dashboard’ that brings together up-to-the-minute information on the virus (http://www.netvibes.com/cabialerts).The ‘dashboard’ includes resources from CABI and critical advice from key health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“Our mission is to help people worldwide through the provision of scientific knowledge,” said Dr Trevor Nicholls, CEO of CABI. “Today we are offering our most applicable resource, over the coming weeks, to help health professionals and others working on the front line.”

In a fast changing sequence of events that has led to the rapid escalation of concern from WHO, and the reaction of national governments in considering their response to a possible influenza pandemic, release of the database is designed to give urgently needed support to those who need it most: scientists, medical professionals and health authorities investigating the causes and treatments of the disease and linkages to past outbreaks.

Influenza researchers urgently need to be able to refer back to previous scientific work in this area to understand the behaviour of previous strains of the virus and to research effective mechanisms for handling earlier outbreaks.

The Global Health database brings together global knowledge on every aspect of influenza since 1910. The knowledge it contains could provide a key weapon in health researchers’ response in understanding and controlling the virus.

Much of the data in Global Health is derived from publications that have long since vanished. They tell us a great deal about past pandemics, from rates and patterns of transmission, duration, timing of epidemiological peaks, geographical distribution of the disease, government preparedness and quarantine provisions through to effects on different age and social groups, severity in developing versus developed countries, symptoms, causes of mortality (secondary problems, especially pneumonia, were devastating in the Spanish flu) and mortality rates.

By opening the door to a wealth of historical information on past pandemics, the Global Health database has the potential to reveal vital clues in the international fight against swine flu (influenza A – H1N1).