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Mathematics Statistics Library Newsletter
Spring 2008 (All Issues)

  1. Berkeley Research Impact Initiative
  2. New Online Resources
  3. Expanding Ebook Collections
  4. Library Network Upgrade
  5. UC Book Scanning Project in Wired Magazine
  6. Contact Us by IM, Email, Phone

1. Berkeley Research Impact Initiative

Campus funding is now available to cover open access publication fees. In January, the University Librarian and Vice-Chancellor for Research announced that they are co-sponsoring a pilot project to subsidize in part or whole publication charges for open access journal articles. The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) will subsidize, to various degrees, fees charged to UCB authors who select open access or paid access publication. Open access or paid access fees are often discounted based upon a UCB Library membership or subscription. More information can be found at the BRII website, including a selective list of qualifying publishers. A comprehensive subject listing of open access journals can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

2. New Online Resources

Over the past few months, we have gained access to a number of new online resources. Access is available from all campus computers. UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can also access these resources from off campus via the Library Proxy Server.

Online access to the Berkeley Symposium was made possible by the work and support of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Project Euclid, the Cornell University Library, and the UC Berkeley Libraries. We are also grateful for the encouragement offered and time expensed by Ann Jensen and Jim Pitman.

3. Expanding Ebook Collections

Over the past year, we have continued to add more and more ebooks to our digital collections. Many of our ebook collections continually add new books, automatically increasing our access. Some of the rich resources in mathematics and statistics include:

Links to individual ebooks in most of these collections can be found in both Pathfinder and Melvyl. [Editor's note: The link to Pathfinder was removed on 6/24/2009. Please use OskiCat instead.]

4. Library Network Upgrade

If you have visited the library recently, you may have noticed faster connections on our public computers. Along with other units in Evans Hall, the library upgraded its network from 10Mb to 100Mb during the fall semester. During this upgrade, two additional network jacks were also installed. As a result, over the summer, we will be adding two new stand-up workstations near the circulation desk. We recognize that our public computers are often occupied, and we hope these additional workstations will free up computers for quick catalog and database searching.

5. UC Book Scanning Project in Wired Magazine

Have you ever wondered about our book scanning process for the Open Content Alliance? On March 19, Wired published a photo essay called The Internet Archive Keeps Book-Scanning Free. The photo essay provides an interesting view of the process used to scan public-domain books at the University of California's Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF).

Books scanned at NRLF are added to the University of California Libraries collection on the Internet Archive. Currently, this includes over 140,000 free books from UC libraries.

6. 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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