Physics-Astronomy Library, University of California, Berkeley
  Physics-Astronomy Library News, Spring 2012
1. Hours & Facilities
2. Library News
3. Resources: arXiv, ebooks, ejournals,
4. Data Management, Scholarly Communication & Open Access
5. Exhibits
6. Website
7. Contact Us
1. Hours & Facilities
In addition to our regular hours: M-Th 8am-7pm, F 8am-5pm, we are pleased to offer Spring Semester Sunday hours, 1-5pm for building access only users.
Summer hours will be: M-Friday, 10am-5pm.

Due to the Campbell Hall construction project, the Library's large north facing windows have been covered. They will remain covered throughout most of the construction project.


2. Important Library NEWS:
24/7 ASK A LIBRARIAN - Beginning with the Spring 2012 semester, the UCB Science Libraries will offer 24/7 Ask a Librarian, a popular chat reference service provided by the UC Libraries. During the 2010-2011 school year, UC Berkeley students asked over 4,000 questions using this service and immediately got the research help they needed online.

UNIVERSAL RETURN - there is a slow roll-out of this convenience. Patrons can return their books to any book return on campus, except course reserves.

The Library has embarked on a "RE-ENVISIONING" process in order to evaluate current resources, staffing and circulation points. A survey will be posted in late April for all campus users to participate. There will be more news on this project.

The PHYSICS-ASTRONOMY LIBRARY COMPUTERS have received a big hardware upgrade making them much faster to use. Software will be upgraded later.

COPY/SCANNING SERVICES: Cal 1 Cards are now used for all copying and printing throughout the libraries.  For those not affiliated with UC Berkeley, we have a "guest card" to which funds can be added online.

    UC LIBRARY CATAL0G Updates:
  Melvyl, the UC catalog, now searches articles, ebook + books, dissertations and other formats from selected indexes. Results can be limited. Other features such as alerts, downloading to bibliographic management software are available. Users will see records from the HathiTrust, Google books - these may or may not be full text.

UC eLinks wording has been clarified. And the OskiCat link shows up when UC eLinks is clicked on, making it easier to find our campus material.

OskiCat continues to be UC Berkeley catalog. Use "My OskiCat" to check your inventory, renew books and view course reserves.
   
3. RESOURCES: arXiv, electronic books, ejournals & backfiles
arXiv: the Physics-Astronomy Library continues to support the Sustainability Initiative and collaborative business model. arXiv is a preprint server, hosted at Cornell University Library.

eBook Collections: are growing. Titles can be searched in OskiCat or Melvyl with links to the ebook.
Use our list of eBook titles by collection. New and expanded physics and astronomy ebook collections include: Cambridge ebooks, Elsevier, Oxford, Springer ebooks and series, Wiley Online Books, and Woodhead.

Springer Materials.com - frequently updated with new volumes; this is the web interface to the Landolt Bornstein series.

Wiley-IEEE Press ebooks: are available through the IEEE EXplore Digital Library. The collection includes over 400 handbooks, introductory and advanced texts, reference works, physics and engineering books.

Physics Department Colloquium DVDs and videos: search in OskiCat by title or speaker to locate the colloquium DVD or video.
The library has digitized and streamed a few of the older colloquium videos stored in NRLF. They are cataloged by title in OskiCat and Melvyl with links.
Try this one: Ultracold Atoms
  / Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, 1994.

Knovel Library: Click “new titles” to see added books to the e-collection, you can set up alerts for new titles.

PUBLISHER UPDATES:
Elsevier: update the physics & astronomy ebook collections
Nature: continue receiving ejournals
Taylor & Francis: backfiles include Philosophical Magazine, volume 1, 1798;
EDP Sciences: Journal de Physique, vol.1, 1872-, Annales de Physique.
SIF: La Rivista del Nuovo cimento + Nuovo Cimento C
Institute of Physics, IOP: adding supplementary e-material to records.
Use: Physics-Astronomy Library’s ejournal list or eJournals A-Z; use the Library Proxy Server to access resources from off-campus.

4.Data Management, Scholarly communication, & open access:
  DATA MANAGEMENT: in response to new NSF and NIH federal requirements for data management plans in grant proposals; the UC Berekeley Library and CDL are providing guidance, online forms, links to EZID.

  BRII: Berkeley Research Impact Initiative supports faculty members and will subsidize, in various degrees, fees charged to authors who select open access or paid access publication.
Visit the UC Berkeley Library's Scholarly Communication page to learn more about Open Access publishing.

  SCOAP3: The 'Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics' is a global network of high energy physics funding agencies, research laboratories and libraries. The aim of SCOAP3 is to assist publishers to convert the 'core' HEP journals to open access. The UC/California Digital Library is supporting this unique initiative. For details see the SCOAP3 report, "Towards Open Access Publishing in High Energy Physics"

5. EXHIBITS
  POSTER PRESENTATIONS & SCIENCE WRITING is up for the Current Exhibit. EXHIBIT BOOKS supplement our Bulletin Board Exhibits, they are displayed on the laboratory console and can be placed on hold. Yearly Exhibits include, Poster Presentations, Faculty Publications, APPS for Physics & Astronomy, & Science Writing.

Our NEW TITLES Books are added to the console every week; the new titles list is updated. You can place holds on new books, to generate an automatic email notice; the item will be placed on the hold shelf for pick up in the library.
7. Website Changes: new & updated web pages ~~
 
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