Monday, June 30, 2008

Disaster Preparedness, AVMA

In light of recent severe weather and environmental disasters, it is reassuring to note that the American Veterinary Medical Association offers information to the practicing veterinarian and general public about how to protect and to plan for the rescue of companion and domestic animals.

The AVMA Disaster Preparedness site links to educational/training materials, fact-sheets, guides and resource contacts by state.

Journals Ranked by Impact (Energy & Fuels)

The Sci-Bytes column from ScienceWatch has recently supplied a table comparing the citation impact of journals in the subject category of energy and fuels during three time periods. Data for the 2007 impact factor has been drawn from the current edition of Journal Citation Reports.

According to Journal Citation Reports, "the journal impact factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year."

Journal Citation Reports can be accessed from the campus libraries' E-Resource Gateway.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Blooming Books

Blooming Books is currently on display at the Kohler Art Library through July 31, 2008. This exhibit of artists’ books explores the beauty and wonder of nature as found in flowers, trees, blossoms, leaves and insects. As artists’ books, the book design, itself, is often inventive, featuring pop-up, tunnel and accordion features, among other design elements. The books for this exhibition were selected by Lyn Korenic from among the Kohler Art Library’s extensive collection of artists’ books.

For online access to some additional "blooming books", consider viewing the following:

These titles and others can be found in the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Biomass Document Database

The Biomass Document Database provides access to public documents made available by the Department of Energy Biomass Program.

The database includes documents prepared by the Biofuels Technology Program, documents from the Biomass Program, generally, and selected, related documents considered relevant to the Biomass Program.

Available full-text documents are attached to records as PDF files. Do consult with a campus librarian for document or resource availability in the absence of this online full-text.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Fond Adieu

Come celebrate Patricia Herrling’s distinguished career as she embarks, this July, on her new adventures in retirement.

Steenbock Library staff will host a party, today (June 24), in the beautiful Allen Gardens from 2:30 until 4:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served with ample conversation.

Congratulations Patricia! We wish you well.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Liberry Literature

Some of my fondest summer memories are wrapped in the berry harvest—strawberries and raspberries—direct from the garden.

While easily consumed with a sprinkle of sugar (and we gorged on them!), there are endless other berry applications suitably-detailed in texts from the cookbook collection. Check out a few today—fresh-prep or preserved!

Titles from the collection:

Author: Berry, Riley Maria Fletcher.

Title: Fruit recipes: a manual of the food value of fruits and nine hundred different ways of using them
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Page, 1923, c1907.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX811 B53 1923

Author: Fischer, Lee, 1955-
Title: Berry lovers cook book
Publisher: Phoenix, AZ : Golden West Publishers, c2000.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX813 B4 F57 2000

Author: Krumm, Bob, 1944-
Title: The Great Lakes berry book: a complete guide to finding, harvesting, and preparing wild berries and fruits in the Great Lakes
Publisher: Helena, Montana : Falcon, c1996.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX813 B4 K78 1996

Author: Lyle, Katie Letcher, 1938-
Title: The wild berry book: romance, recipes, and remedies
Publisher: Minocqua, WI : NorthWord Press, c1994
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: QK98.5 A1 L94 1994

Title: How to dry fruits and vegetables at home, and 50 good recipes for cooking with them / by the food editors of Farm journal
Publisher: Philadelphia : Countryside Press ; New York : distributed to the trade by Dolphin Books, c1975.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX609 H68

Title: Preserving summer's bounty: a quick and easy guide to freezing, canning, preserving and drying what you grow / edited by Susan McClure and the staff of the Rodale Food Center.
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, c1995.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX612 V4 P74 1995

Author: Plagemann, Catherine, 1905-1976.
Title: Fine preserving; jams and jellies, pickles and relishes, conserves and chutneys and brandied fruits. Elegant and unusual recipes for city and country cooks
Publisher: N.Y., Simon and Schuster [1967]
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX811 P55 1967

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New! CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences

CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences provides search-able access to the data from indexed tables, figures, maps, graphs, charts and other images that accompany scholarly articles from more than 1,000 journals.

Indexed journals include titles from such subject areas as agriculture, conservation, earth sciences, environmental studies, food and food industries, forestry, geography, pharmacy and pharmacology, public health and safety, veterinary science, and water resources.

CSA Illustrata can be searched independently or as an additional search feature within other CSA Illumina databases. When using another CSA Illumina database, select the tab for "Tables & Figures.”

CSA Illumina databases familiar to many Steenbock users include:

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Ecology Abstracts
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Human Population and Natural Resource Management
Water Resources Abstracts

Access CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences and other databases from the E-Resource Gateway.

If you need assistance, using this or any library resource, contact a librarian.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New! GreenFILE Database

GreenFILE provides searchable access to the contents of scholarly, government and popular-interest reports and periodical literature treating topics such as global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

Some full-text article access is supplied within the database; Find It buttons link to additional campus library holdings or document delivery options (Library Express).

Access GreenFILE from the E-Resource Gateway.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Job Hunting (Workshop, June 18)

Discover resources and strategies for job hunting on the Internet/Web. The workshop will cover resume writing resources, databases for job postings, tips for finding non-advertised jobs, and methods for researching potential employers. There will be time for hands-on exploration.

Job Hunting on the Internet

Wednesday, June 18 (3:00-4:30 PM)

Steenbock Instruction Lab, Room 105

No registration is necessary in order to attend.

Visit the calendar for a listing of other library workshops offered this summer.

Google for Academic Research (Workshop, June 18)

Power search with Google to remove clutter and quickly locate quality resources!

This workshop will give you hands-on practice using Google, Google Scholar, Google Patents, and Google Book Search. You will also learn to use Find It and Refworks with Google Scholar and to evaluate your search results to get the best information from the Web.

Google for Academic Research

Wednesday, June 18 (1:00 - 2:30 PM)
Steenbock Instruction Lab, Room 105

No registration is necessary in order to attend.

Visit the calendar for a listing of other library workshops offered this summer.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer Term Hours

Steenbock Library will observe the following hours during the summer term (June 16 - August 10):

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Do note:

Friday, July 4, 2008: CLOSED

Steenbock Hours Information

Hours and locations for all campus libraries

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ramp Construction and Parking Alternatives

Work began on June 1 to expand capacity of the Lot 36/Steenbock parking ramp.

Metered parking there is currently unavailable with the lot closing completely from June 16 until approximately July 4; limited access will then commence for lower levels beginning July 7.

Should you require a metered space for short-term parking, meters are available in area Lots 32, 34, 35 and 43. Consult a campus map. Visit the visitor parking options site for descriptions of these lots by location.

Additional construction events information can be found on the Transportation Services site with a listing of Lot alternatives for permit holders.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Now with Macs!

Steenbock Library now has Mac laptops available for check-out from the InfoLab desk. These dual-boot laptops accommodate access to your preferred operating system, either Windows XP or OS X.

Visit the Laptop Checkout System page to find an available laptop from campus lab locations. In addition to laptop computers, you can use this system to find available cameras (still or video) and projectors.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Library Liaisons

Have you met your liaison? Summer is a good time to get acquainted. A Steenbock liaison works as a principal contact for each department and program the library serves.

Library liaisons can provide the following services:

  • Assist with library services and policies (e.g., Library Express, faculty runner cards, UW System search and retrieval…),

  • Customize email alerts to keep you informed about new articles matching your topic criteria and tables of contents of your favorite journals,

  • Provide in-depth reference consultations—our office or yours--(e.g., help with strategy and database choices, customize your own alerts…),

  • Supply customized instructional sessions and course web pages for students (e.g, hands-on training in using specific databases in your subject area, cited reference searching, evaluating websites),

  • Verify citations,

  • Assist with purchase requests or recommendations,

  • Consult on questions related to publishing your research (e.g., identifying target journals, managing copyright, measuring research impact, open access publishing),

  • Provide in-depth orientation for new faculty, staff, graduate students, and project and research assistants.

Find Your Steenbock Liaison!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Dairy Month

June has long been designated Dairy Month. In order to savor the bounty from dairy producers, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has posted a calendar of events at its site, statistics, and a request form for its free Traveler’s Guide, Cheese Map!

If you are interested, though, in history and status of the dairy industry, there are a variety of resources available, including the following listed below, that supply more comprehensive treatment.

The Centennial issue of Journal of Dairy Science (April 2006) features a selection of the “Major Advances in Dairy Science in the Last Twenty-Five Years”

(Full-text to this volume can be accessed by running a journal title search using the Find It form).

The Rise of Dairy Farming, Turning Points in Wisconsin History, Wisconsin Historical Society

Rethinking Dairyland (leaflets and discussion papers), Agricultural & Applied Economics

Status of Wisconsin Agriculture (annual outlook reports), Agricultural & Applied Economics

Understanding Dairy Markets (data and news), Dairy Marketing and Risk Management

Monday, June 02, 2008

Retain Access to Your Citations (RefWorks)

UW-Madison provides access to RefWorks for all campus users. If you are leaving this campus there are several ways you can retain access to your citations.

If you will continue to use RefWorks at another institution or through a personal subscription you should use the Backup/Restore feature of RefWorks.

First, backup your citations in your current RefWorks account.

Then, open your future RefWorks account, when available, and restore your backup citations.

Note: Your RefWorks account should be empty when using the Restore command. Restoring will overwrite all of the references in your database. When restoring, do so in an empty database or to an account that does not have any data you want to save.

If you will not continue to have access to RefWorks or will be switching to another citation manager such as EndNote, Reference Manager, or other, then you should use the Export feature of RefWorks.

Export your citations from your current RefWorks account.

Select Bibliographic Software (EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite)

Citations will not be saved in folders but in one merged file unless you export each folder separately.

Follow your specific software directions to Import these citations.