Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Monday, August 30, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
CAS Extends Access to Additional Research from Early 20th Century
CA Databases Add More Than 7,000 Publication Records back to 1900
Philadelphia, August 23, 2004 - CAS has expanded its "Scientific Century" project by making thousands of additional early 20th century articles from American Chemical Society (ACS) journals and others available online. Planned for release in September, the enhanced content will enable researchers to access more than 7,000 additional records back to 1900, including publications even older than the beginning of Chemical Abstracts (CA). CAS announced the expanded access during the ACS National Meeting being held this week in Philadelphia.
"We have learned from the scientists and information specialists who rely on our information services that 'more is better,' and literature from an earlier era can contain findings highly relevant to current research," said Dr. Matthew Toussant, CAS Vice President, Editorial Operations. "Now we have gone even beyond the traditional coverage of CA to make thousands of published studies easily accessible online."
Included in the newly added information accessible through STN.
services, SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar is material from ACS journals and other sources, as described below:
o Journal of the American Chemical Society - more than 1,500 records, including abstracts for journal articles and summaries for book reviews;
o Journal of Physical Chemistry - more than 5,200 records, including abstracts of articles published in the journal plus other "abstracts of interest" to the journal (i. e. published in other sources of the time); and
o more than 400 documents of lasting importance published from 1900 - 1912 in various sources and not originally covered in CA.
These are landmark publications cited in CA/CAplus files since 1998.
Among the early literature studies that continue to be cited in more recent publications are a paper on radioactive substances by Marie and Pierre Curie in Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de l'Academie des Sciences (1902); a study by Emil Fischer on amino acids, polypeptides, and proteins in Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft (1906); and a paper by Victor Grignard regarding organometallic combinations of magnesium and their application to the synthesis of alcohols and hydrocarbons, from Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de l'Academie des Sciences (1900).
Since CAS announced the Scientific Century project in 2001, more than
3.5 million documents from the first half of the twentieth century have been added to the online CA and CAplus files. In total, 23 million records for journal articles, patents, symposia, books, and other documents of scientific interest are available in these databases, which are accessible though SciFinder, SciFinder Scholar and the STN services, including STN Easy and STN on the Web.
CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is an organization of scientists creating and delivering the most complete and effective digital information environment for scientific research and discovery.
CAS provides pathways to published research in the world's journal and patent literature - virtually everything relevant to chemistry plus a wealth of information in the life sciences and a wide range of other scientific disciplines - back to the beginning of the twentieth century.
In addition to offering STN in North America, CAS publishes the print version of Chemical Abstracts (CA), related publications and CD-ROM services; operates the CAS Chemical Registry; produces a family of online databases; and offers the SciFinder desktop research tool. The CAS Web site is at http://www.cas.org.
Friday, August 20, 2004
Xerox Canada has announced a $1-million gift to McMaster University of Hamilton, Ont., for the building of a new Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The funding, a joint gift from Xerox Canada and The Xerox Foundation, will establish the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the School for Engineering Practice at McMaster University. An team of faculty and staff will operate the centre, assembled to research and teach the mechanisms of translating technical expertise into product and process innovation and commercial success.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Kieran F Lim: Textbook The Chemistry Style Manual (revised 2nd edition, 2004) K. F. Lim Deakin University, Geelong (Vic), 2003 (ISBN: 0 7300 2569 1) (1.1 Mb). The original second edition and first edition (ISBN: 0 7300 2552 7) are also available (mainly for arvhival purposes). Kieran F Lim: Edited book Rejuvenating the Learning and Teaching of Chemistry: RACI Division of Chemical Education National Conference K. F. Lim (ed.) Deakin University, Geelong (Vic), 2002 (ISBN: 0-7300-2564-0)
Abstract This paper examines the methodology and results from Web-based surveys of more than 15,000 networked electronic services users in the United States between July 1998 and June 2003 at four academic health sciences libraries and two large main campus libraries serving a variety of disciplines. A statistically valid methodology for administering simultaneous Web-based and print-based surveys using the random moments sampling technique is discussed and implemented. Results from the Web-based surveys showed that at the four academic health sciences libraries, there were approximately four remote networked electronic services users for each in-house user. This ratio was even higher for faculty, staff, and research fellows at the academic health sciences libraries, where more than five remote users for each in-house user were recorded. At the two main libraries, there were approximately 1.3 remote users for each in-house user of electronic information. Sponsored research (grant funded research) accounted for approximately 32% of the networked electronic services activity at the health sciences libraries and 16% at the main campus libraries. Sponsored researchers at the health sciences libraries appeared to use networked electronic services most intensively from on-campus, but not from in the library. The purpose of use for networked electronic resources by patrons within the library is different from the purpose of use of those resources by patrons using the resources remotely. The implications of these results on how librarians reach decisions about networked electronic resources and services are discussed.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Libraries Stuck in the Middle : Reactive vs. Proactive Responses to the Science Journal CriIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship Winter 2004
Libraries Stuck in the Middle: "Issues in Science and Technology LibrarianshipWinter 2004"
Libraries and the scholarly community share a dream of creating a world where scholarly articles are easily available on the Internet to everyone who wants them, without any fees, restrictions or barriers of any kind. What is preventing us from fulfilling such a noble and worthy goal? This paper examines selected case studies that show how libraries and scholars are coping with the science journal crisis. By highlighting responses that are innovative and proactive, this paper hopes to contribute to a general awareness of responses that have the potential for transforming the current scholarly communication process into an open, unimpeded, author-controlled electronic-journal based scholarly communication process.
Friday, August 13, 2004
The magnitude of Newton's accomplishments places him in the very first rank of scientists and mathematicians. However, although most early modern scientists have been honoured with comprehensive editions of their collected works, there is no similar tribute to Newton. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this was seen as a gaping lacuna and even a national disgrace by scientists and statespeople alike. There are excellent editions of his mathematical and scientific papers, as well as of his correspondence, but very few of his non-scientific writings have ever appeared in print. The Newton Project will place these writings in their relevant contexts, which will be made accessible by means of hyperlinks.
A complete electronic edition of all of Newton's works will add substantially to our understanding of his life and work and more generally to the intellectual history of the early modern period. The Newton Project also aims to be one of the most extensive and technologically sophisticated online resources for the study of any one individual, using both XML encoded texts and database technology.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Xerox Research Centre of Canada -- Library
Technical Information Assistant
Reporting to, and working closely with, the Manager, XRCC Library, the Technical Information Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Library. This is a regular part-time position (22.5 hours/week) with schedule to be determined on an individual basis. This position requires a person who can adapt to and thrive in a world of change, is quick to understand what is needed in a variety of situations, who enjoys helping people but can work alone, requires minimal supervision, and gets the job done.
§ Responsible for the daily fulfillment of information requests from all staff through the use of state-of-the-art information search and retrieval tools
§ Provide reference assistance
§ Responsible for journal check-in, obtaining interlibrary loans, copies of patents, standards, and translations in a timely and cost effective manner
§ Responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the collection (circulation, shelving, etc.)
§ Maintain Library records and statistics
§ Responsible for a number of ongoing and/or one-time projects
§ Assist and support the full time Manager, XRCC Library, all operations of the Library, and provide backup coverage during vacation periods
§ May direct one student assistant
§ Willing to become involved in local library committee and association activities
§ Maintain and update skills on a continual basis
§ Library Technician Diploma from community college or a strong desire to formally pursue a career in the library and information sciences field
§ 1-2 years relevant (sci/tech -- chemistry) work experience
§ Experienced with, and very competent using, MS Office software and able to quickly learn new computer applications. Experience with Endeavor’s Voyager library system is an asset
§ Familiar with, and able to do, basic Web design and HTML coding
§ Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
§ Strong interpersonal, customer service and conflict resolution skills
§ Effective time management including the ability to prioritize tasks in a fast, challenging environment.
§ Exceptional attention to detail.
§ Ability to work independently, with people individually, and as a team.
§ Must be physically able to carry out the requirements of the position (lifting boxes, shelving books, climbing step ladders, etc.)
Reports to: Carolyne Sidey, Mgr. XRCC Library
The start date for this position is September 1, 2004. Resumes and mandatory cover letter listing three professional references will not be accepted after August 27, 2004. Interviews begin August 23, 2004.
Forward application to:
FAX (905) 822-7022
Address Xerox Research Centre of Canada, 2660 Speakman Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5K 2L1
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 9, 2004
Always wondered if this was financially feasible!
Woman translates love for books into online business - July 27, 2004
Friday, August 6, 2004
Form Pilot - form filler software. Fill out form on your computer instead of a typewriter.: "Form Pilot is a form filler software. You will be able to fill out form on your computer instead of using a typewriter. You may use preprinted or blank paper forms."
Access to Archival Databases - List of Series
AAD has approximately 400 data files with millions of records available online, but how do you know which one will be of interest to you? To assist you, NARA has grouped the series available in AAD in eight ways. Select one type of list below, click "Submit" and you will see all the relevant series grouped in that way. Click on a series title, and you will get more information about the series, including links to information about the data files in the series
Amazon.com: Mongo : Adventures in Trash: Explore similar items
mongo n. 1 [1970s +] an idiot. 2 [1980s +] (US, New York) any discarded object that is retrieved. 3. [1980s +] (US, New York) a scrap-metal scavenger. (The Cassell Dictionary of Slang)
When journalist Ted Botha moved to New York from South Africa, where people constructed homes out of what others considered trash, he decorated his apartment with furniture he found on Manhattan streets. Soon he realized he wasn't the only person finding things of value in the garbage, and he began roaming the streets meeting all kinds of collectors, united by their obsession with mongo-any discarded item that is rescued from the trash.
Here is Botha's remarkable record of his travels among collectors, who are as varied as the kind of mongo they seek. They range from housewife to homeless man, from accountant to computer consultant, from retrenched bank worker to full-time collector. One man finds jewelry in the sludge of New York's sewers; another has built one of the most extensive rare book collections in the city. The myriad reasons for collecting open a window into the range of human desires: some people collect for fun, others to make a living; some to find friends, others to snoop; some to make a political statement, others because it is an addiction. Collecting mongo is a longtime, universal phenomenon, at last receiving a worthy-and appropriately addictive-literary appreciation.