Archive for October, 2009

ScienceDirect Outage Tomorrow, 31 Oct 2009

30 October 2009

From our Electronic Resources Librarian:

ScienceDirect, the online platform for Elsevier journals, will be down for scheduled maintenance this Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 3 p.m. Hawaii time. The outage is scheduled to last until midnight of the same day. The University of Hawaii at Manoa currently has access to approximately 2,000 journals via ScienceDirect.


GIS Day – 4 November 2009

28 October 2009

Manoa MAGIS of the UH-Manoa Library is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating GIS (Geographic Information System) day for the first time ever on November 4, 2009. Under the auspices of the Library Forum we will host two speakers on GIS related topics.

Where: Room 301 of the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus.

When: 9.30 am and 11. am, refreshments at 9 am.

Details as as follows:

First Speaker, 9.30 am
Title: Role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Social Sciences—some applications.
Speaker: Shriram Bhutada, GIS Specialist, Extension Faculty, Center on the Family, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

There has been growing interest in application of GIS in social sciences recently. The intent of this presentation is to provide an introduction to the role of GIS in social sciences. GIS can play various roles in social science research such as geovisualization, spatiotemporal analysis, information integration and geographically weighted regression. Some examples of GIS projects will also be discussed. Additionally, the audience will be introduced to geocoding and custom geocoding programming along with a list of available GIS and non-GIS data sources.

Second Speaker, 11 am.
Title: Global Positioning System – GPS 101
Speaker: Karyn Nolan, President, Pacific GPS.

This presentation will give an overview of basic GPS principles including sources of error, GPS settings, accuracy requirements and differential correction (real time and post processed). We will focus on Trimble Mapping and GIS hardware and software and also discuss Geographical Information Systems (GIS) integration.

Refreshments are being sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing.

PubMed Interface Changes Implemented TODAY!

27 October 2009

PubMed (Medline) has a completely redesigned interface that went live today. Many of the enhancements are not major changes, but the look and feel is quite different and may be confusing to some regular users. The articles at the links below provide explanations of the changes.

FSTA Direct service interruption

22 October 2009

From our Electronic Resources Librarian:

There will be a brief interruption to our FSTA Direct service from 10:00 am HST to approximately 2:00 pm HST on Friday 23 October for the application of updates and server maintenance.

Update on FindIt button outage

21 October 2009

More from our Electronic Resources Librarian:

The potential FindIt button outage we alerted you to last week has been rescheduled to begin at 9 p.m. HST on Friday, Oct. 23. The planned upgrade should take about 2 hours, but could last up to 6 hours. Again, this potential outage would only affect linking directly to articles from database searches and the Electronic Journals and Books page. You will still be able to find electronic journals, books and databases via the Library’s Electronic Resources page.

Potential FindIt button outage

19 October 2009

From our Electronic Resources Librarian:

The FindIt button, which allows for one-click access from database searches to full-text articles, may be unavailable next Friday, Oct. 23, due to a system upgrade. The upgrade is scheduled to take place between 3 and 9 p.m. HST. The Library’s Electronic Journals and Books page may also be unavailable during this period.

Sinclair Fumigation Notice – 25 to 28 Nov 2009

15 October 2009

Ever since the devastating flash flood in October 2004, the UH Manoa Library Government Documents Department has been temporarily housing part of their collection in Sinclair Library. The rebuilding of their space in the ground floor of Hamilton Library is almost complete and they are scheduled to move back into Hamilton Library during the early part of December. Before this can happen, their collection must be fumigated in order to avoid transporting pests. The fumigation has been scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend. Therefore, Sinclair Library building will be closed to all UH personnel including non-library departments and the general public from Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 4:00pm to Saturday, November 28th at 12:00pm or until the all clear is given. Please plan accordingly.

Open Access is Sustainable Access for the Library

13 October 2009

Faculty scholars and researchers routinely give away the fruits of their labors to for-profit publishers of scholarly communication. To maintain the integrity of our peer-review process, faculty also function as unpaid reviewers for these same publications. Finally, faculty frequently serve as unpaid or poorly paid editors for these journals. Yet after faculty have freely and willingly contributed content and labor to the publishers of our scholarly journals, the resulting publications are sold to our Libraries, at an enormous expense, generating significant profits for the publishers and creating an ever-expanding budgetary black hole for the Library!

If this situation fails to arouse an appropriate sense of injustice, perhaps consider that the general public –- which has already paid for all of this research through their tax dollars –- often cannot access this literature without paying a per-article cost to the publishers!

But change is at hand. There are concerted efforts on multiple fronts to restore some sense to the scholarly communication process. A growing number of university libraries have established institutional repositories to provide general access to the work of their scholars and researchers. Authors are amending their copyright agreements to ensure that their work can be freely accessed via their institutional repositories. The National Institutes of Health are requiring research that they fund be made accessible — at no additional cost — to the public that paid for the research. An increasing number of scholars and researchers are taking scholarly communication into their own hands by introducing Open Access (OA) journals as an alternative to journals produced by for-profit publishers.

Join us in exploring these myriad efforts to liberate scholarly communication during the international celebration of Open Access Week, October 19 – 23, 2009. Events organized for the week are:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
12:00 noon
Queen Lili’uokalani Center, Room 412
RSVP required*; light lunch will be served*
*RSVP at <> by October 19th)

Listen to faculty members who are involved in Open Access publishing discuss trends and issues.
Panel Participants:
Mark Wright, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
Will McClatchey, Professor of Botany
Ken Rehg, Professor of Linguistics
Gary Ostrander, Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education

Thursday, October 22, 2009
12:00 noon
Queen Lili’uokalani Center, Room 412
RSVP required*; light lunch will be served
*RSVP at <> by October 19th)

Danielle M. Conway, Professor of Law & Director, UH Procurement Institute

Monday, October 19th
Tuesday, October 20th
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Campus Center

You can talk to graduate students about Open Access issues, receive free information, and an get an Open Access pen!

Sinclair Library Hours Change effective Oct. 1, 2009

8 October 2009

(Sorry I’m a bit late with this one….)

In order to work within the latest reduction in funding the Sinclair Library will move from a 24/7 operation to a 24/5 operation.

We have planned this reduction in such a way that it will impact the fewest number of our valued patrons. We have tracked the usage of our facility for years and we know when our lowest usage occurs. Using that information we established the following hours beginning October 1, 2009.

Sunday noon to Friday 6 p.m. — OPEN CONTINUOUSLY
Saturday — Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Monday to Thursday — 8:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:45
Saturday and Sunday — Noon to 5:45 p.m.

Please note that Sinclair WILL be open for six (6) hours on Saturday while Hamilton Library will be closed.

Be sure to arrange your study time accordingly. If you plan ahead you can request to have books from Hamilton Library sent to Sinclair Library for Saturday pick up. Please allow at least 1-1/2 days for this transaction.

E-resource access problem resolved

6 October 2009

From UH Manoa Library DNS Department:

“Access to and Manoa proxy resources has  been restored.  I will continue to monitor the situation…”

Great work guys!