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Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

October 23rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The following titles were published in September.


Wiley Online Library: unavailable 10/18/14, 2-4pm

October 17th, 2014 by Cory Craig

The Wiley Online Library will be unavailable on Saturday 10/18/14, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT) due to the need for essential maintenance and upgrades to improve services.  Wiley electronic journals and online books will be unavailable during this period.

The UC Open Access Policy and what it means for you

October 10th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

UC Open Access Policy Learn More

The UC Open Access Policy ( or was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014. The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate.  Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers,


September IEEE & MIT Press – eBook Alert

October 6th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray


September New Books List @ PSE Library

October 1st, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 9/29/14 is now available.

Problems with Wireless Access to Library Resources?

September 25th, 2014 by Cory Craig

On 9/24/14, Campus IET changed the IP ranges for the campus wireless networks.  Unfortunately, the library was
not notified in a timely manner.  Because library resources are primarily IP-authenticated, individuals using the
wireless to access library resources are currently denied access.


Short-term solution:

This will give you an IP address that should provide access to licensed library resources.
If the VPN proves cumbersome see the tip below for Using Google or Google Scholar From the VPN.


Long-term solution:
The library and the California Digital Library have been doing everything possible to get wireless access to library resources restored as quickly as possible.  The process of notifying  all our vendors is well underway and once they have the updated IP ranges in place, the short term solution of using the VPN while on campus will no longer be necessary.  Our vendors need to implement the changes on their end, although we have indicated this is a high priority, we don’t control how long this might take on their end.


Using Google or Google Scholar from the VPN:
Use these steps to easily access Google or Google Scholar from the VPN.  Enter the appropriate URL ( or in the box on the upper right of the VPN Home page (see image below).  After entering the URL, click the BROWSE button to the right.


Note this works for any URL (e.g., enter for the journal “Science”).

For additional help with the VPN, see:  “How to Use The VPN” (2 minute video)

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

September 23rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The following titles were published in August.




Please give us feedback about the arXiv

September 12th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

The UC Davis library is conducting an informal survey about arXiv ( to collect your suggestions and comments about this resource. The UC Libraries are an institutional member of arXiv, so we provide  financial support for maintaining the site. Members have been asked to collect feedback from faculty who use arXiv to find out if the site is currently meeting researcher needs, and to get suggestions for improvements as arXiv is developed in future.

Please reply to Phoebe Ayers at by September 26, and feel free to send this to colleagues who would be interested in providing feedback. Responses will be anonymized, collated, and shared with the arXiv staff.

1) Do you use arXiv? As a reader, paper submitter, or both? Are there other archives or repositories that you prefer to use, and if so why?

2) What role does arXiv play in your research or scientific communication?

3) Are there features that you need (as a reader or submitter of papers) that arXiv is not providing? Are there features that would make arXiv more useful to researchers in your field?

4) Are paper classifications appropriate and useful? If not, how could they be improved?

5) arXiv tries to strike a balance between quality and openness: submissions are reviewed by expert moderators to verify that they are on-topic scientific contributions that follow accepted standards of scholarly communication. Submissions may be rejected or  reclassified based on moderator input. In your opinion, are arXiv standards and processes adequate and appropriate for ensuring quality?

6) What do you see as the up-and-coming needs of graduate students, and what would you suggest arXiv do to help meet these needs?

7) Anything else you wish to share about arXiv?


If you would like the librarians to follow up with you, or would like more information about arXiv or this survey, please give your name and email:
Thank you very much for your time!

Phoebe Ayers
UC Davis Librarian for Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Geology

Bob Heyer-Gray
UC Davis Librarian for Mathematics, Statistics,  Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and Transportation Studies

August IEEE & MIT Press – eBook Alert

September 4th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray



August 29th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

Here is a good link to various resources, including webcam feeds, to follow the two volcanic eruptions that happened recently: Bárðarbunga in Iceland and Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea. An overview news story about both eruptions from NPR is here, and a story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about Mt. Tavurur is here.

For Iceland, you can follow volcano news through the Icelandic national broadcasting agency in English here. For Tavurvur, there is an overview page and link to news here. You can also follow global volcano reports through this site from the Smithsonian and USGS. Here is a Q&A from National Geographic about Icelandic volcanoes.

Want to know more about volcanoes in general? See the Volcanoes page of the Geology LibGuide for reference books and databases.