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Mathematics Statistics Library Newsletter
Spring 2009 (All Issues)

  1. OskiCat: Getting Ready for the New Library Catalog
  2. Other Changes Afoot: INSPEC and Next Generation Melvyl
  3. Springer Ebooks and MyCopy
  4. Springer Open Access Pilot for UC Authors
  5. 24/7 Chat Reference and Science IM Services
  6. Contact Us by IM, Email, Phone

1. OskiCat: Getting Ready for the New Library Catalog

Coming in Summer 2009: OskiCat, the new UC Berkeley library catalog, will replace Pathfinder and GLADIS, offering more contents and convenient new features.

With OskiCat you will be able to:

  • Renew items
  • Find course reserves
  • Limit results to available items
  • Limit results to a particular library on campus
  • View status of individual volumes and journal issues
  • Request items in storage (NRLF) or checked out to another borrower
  • ... and much more!

To prepare for this change:

  • Return library materials you no longer need.
  • Check your inventory on GLADIS and renew any items you still need.
  • Update your email address at any library circulation desk - we are going paperless!

Some loan periods and limits on the number of items you can check out will change this summer.

2. Other Changes Afoot: INSPEC and Next Generation Melvyl

INSPEC: INSPEC, the premier database for physics, computer science, information technology, and electrical engineering is moving from Ovid to ISI Web of Knowledge. We have access to INSPEC through both platforms until June 30. INSPEC via Web of Knowledge offers many special features, including the ability to search the entire database back to 1898 and analyze your results based on author, subject, country, and source title. If your research involves applied mathematics - such as scientific computing, numerical analysis, mathematical physics, or fluid mechanics - you should consider giving INSPEC a try.

Next Generation Melvyl: Improvements continue to be made to Next Generation Melvyl as we evaluate it as a possible replacement for Melvyl. Recent enhancements include:

  • Cover art added to search results
  • Relevance ranking algorithm improved
  • Detailed record redesigned to display information more clearly
  • Option added to email item details, including call number, without signing into WorldCat
  • "More like this" options expanded and made clearer

3. Springer Ebooks and MyCopy

The UC Libraries have purchased most of the Springer ebooks published from 2005 to 2009. This purchase builds on our existing access to Springer book series - such as Lecture Notes in Mathematics - to greatly expand our ebook collections. Books are available in many subject collections, including Mathematics and Statistics.

As part of our deal, library users can also take advantage of the MyCopy print-on-demand service. Through the MyCopy service, you can order your own personal softcover copy of many Springer ebooks for $24.95 (including shipping & handling). To purchase a personal copy, look for the Buy a Print Copy of this Book for $24.95 Including Shipping link or the orange MyCopy box when viewing a Springer ebook. Currently, over 11,500 English-language titles from 2005 forward with fewer than 832 pages are eligible for this service.

4. Springer Open Access Pilot for UC Authors

In January, the Libraries announced a ground-breaking agreement in which UC-authored articles accepted in most Springer journals will be published using Springer Open Choice, which brings with it full and immediate access to all readers. This means that UC authors will pay no additional publication fees in order for their articles to be immediately and fully open to all. Under this agreement, articles will be published under a license in which authors retain the right to distribute and re-use their articles freely.

To invoke the Open Choice option, the corresponding or submitting author simply selects a UC campus affiliation from the drop-down menu that appears on the acceptance screens that he or she completes once the article has been accepted for publication. A message on the acceptance screen will indicate that the Open Choice option is being made available to them at no charge through an arrangement with the University of California Libraries.

As a reminder, the Libraries also offer the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) to support open access. This is an 18 month pilot project to provide funding to faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication. Check out the BRII website for more information, including instructions for application and reimbusement and a selective list of open access and hybrid publishers.

5. 24/7 Chat Reference and Science IM Services

Get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the new Ask a Librarian service launched in January. Ask a Librarian is a chat reference service that connects you to a librarian any hour of the day. This is a collaborative service so questions may be answered by a Berkeley librarian, a librarian from another UC, or a librarian from another University.

This new service supplements our own Science IM Reference. Participating UC Berkeley science libraries are offering reference services over instant messaging from 10am-12pm and 1pm-5pm on Monday through Friday. You can access IM reference through the Meebo chat widget that appears on our home page or by adding the username "ucbscilibs" to your buddy list on AIM, Google Talk, or Yahoo Messenger.

6. Contact Us by IM, Email, Phone

If you have any questions or suggestions for the library, feel free to contact us. In addition to the IM service, the librarian is available via email and phone. We look forward to hearing from you.

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