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Mathematics Statistics Library Newsletter
Fall 2008 (All Issues)

  1. Report on Citation Statistics in the Mathematical Sciences
  2. Next Generation Melvyl Pilot
  3. Library Catalog Survey
  4. IM Reference Service
  5. ArXiv Milestone
  6. Recent Ebook Developments
  7. Contact Us by IM, Email, Phone

1. Report on Citation Statistics in the Mathematical Sciences

Are you interested in the use of citation statistics for evaluating research? Back in June, three international mathematics organizations jointly released a report, Citation Statistics (PDF), on the use of citations in assessing research quality. The report analyzes a number of citations statistics, including the impact factor and h-index, and addresses common misuses of these numbers. The report was commissioned by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in cooperation with the International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Worthwhile reading for those with an interest in the topic.

2. Next Generation Melvyl Pilot

In May, the UC Libraries released a pilot version of the Next Generation Melvyl. This system is being tested as a potential replacement for Melvyl, the combined library catalog of all ten UC campuses. It is a joint project of the UC Libraries and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The pilot system searches for books and other items in over 10,000 libraries around the world, including items in the UC Berkeley Libraries, with our records listed first. Note: Not all records are included in this test system [Details].

Please give it a try and provide your feedback by using the Feedback link within the pilot system.

3. Library Catalog Survey

In preparation for some new developments, the Library is conducting a survey on your library catalog needs. Tell us what features you use, and want, in a library catalog. The survey takes just a few minutes and will be available through Wednesday, December 10.

4. IM Reference Service

Participating UC Berkeley science libraries are now offering reference services over instant messaging. Chat reference will be available Monday through Friday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-5pm. You can access IM reference through the Meebo chat widget that appears on our home page. Additionally, you can add the username "ucbscilibs" to your buddy list on AIM, Google Talk, or Yahoo Messenger.

5. ArXiv Milestone

The arXiv e-print repository at Cornell University Library recently hit a new milestone: 500,000 e-print postings of research articles online. Cornell Professor Paul Ginsparg developed arXiv in 1991 when he was working for Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. See the press release for more information.

arXiv includes publications in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and quantitative biology. Researchers can upload their own preprints to arXiv, providing free and rapid access to their research. The repository is very active and represents a model for scholarly communication that transcends borders, publishers, and time. You may recall that Perelman's proof of the geometrization conjecture was published solely in a series of e-prints on arXiv.

The repository offers RSS feeds and email alerts as a great way to stay current in your field.

6. Recent Ebook Developments

Over the past few months, we have seen many new developments related to ebooks:

  • Ebrary. Over the summer, the Library licensed ebrary, a collection of nearly 40,000 ebooks in all disciplines. This rich resource provides online access to ebooks in business, computers, engineering, life sciences, and more. Ebrary requires the Reader plug-in or java client. See our tips on Getting started with ebrary for details.

  • Springer ebooks trial. Through the end of December, we have trial access to Springer eBooks as part of an ebook pilot project undertaken by the UC Libraries. While we already license a number of Springer book series online (including Lecture Notes in Mathematics), this trial expands our access to more Springer ebooks.

  • Google Books settlement. In November, Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers announced that they had settled their lawsuit on Google's book scanning project. The University of California, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University issued a joint statement of support for the agreement. Google also released a new website on The Future of Book Search to highlight potential changes based on the settlement.

  • HathiTrust digital repository. Current partners, including the University of California, announced in October this new initiative to establish a repository for university libraries to archive, preserve, and share their digitized collections. Books digitized by Google form the backbone of the repository, and the UC Libraries will be contributing all of our mass digitized materials from both the Google Books and Open Content Alliance projects. You can sample the HathiTrust content through the HathiTrust Experimental Search and the HathiTrust Digital Library search in the Mirlyn Library Catalog.

7. Contact Us by IM, Email, Phone

If you have any questions or suggestions for the library, feel free to contact us. The librarian is available via instant message (IM), email, and phone. We look forward to hearing from you.

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