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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

Oil spill bibliography

June 30th, 2010 by

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the library and information services department at NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) have put together a selected bibliography of resources related to oil spills, response, and restoration:

IEEE goes Mobile

June 17th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

IEEE Xplore Mobile, which gives users the ability to conveniently perform searches of over two million technical documents with any mobile device connected to the Internet, has officially come out of beta this week.

IEEE Xplore Mobile is still a completely free service.
Try it Today:

New features include:

  • Refine basic searches by using the “search within results” feature or
    by using subject filters found at the bottom of the results page.
  • A predictive type-ahead feature, that suggests searches as you type,
    is available for mobile devices that are JavaScript-enabled.
  • All results you would find on the classic IEEE Xplore for abstracts
    and citations are displayed ten at a time by relevancy.
  • Some users at subscribing institutions will be able to access full-text
    PDF documents using a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device. Sign in to the
    Wi-Fi at any institution with an active IP authenticated subscription
    and receive full-text access, based on the subscription terms.

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UC response to NPG’s public letter

June 10th, 2010 by Karen Andrews

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has written a response to CDL about this dispute, which they have posted on their website:

UC has also written a response to Nature :

Chronicle of Higher Education on UC/Nature conflict

June 10th, 2010 by Karen Andrews

The Chronicle of Higher Education has also reported on this issue

Possible UC boycott of Nature journals

June 10th, 2010 by Karen Andrews

UC faculty members and researchers are considering a possible boycott of the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) journals. UC Libraries will face an unprecedented 400% increase in the cost to license access to 67 Nature journals for the calendar year, 2011. This increase is the equivalent of over $1 million per year. An informational update
PDF is presented for your review. Please direct comments and concerns to Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director of NPG, or other members of the executive committee at In addition, we would appreciate receiving a copy of your correspondence with any member of the Nature Publishing Group’s executive committee.

Please send copies of your correspondence to Karen Andrews,, or Gail Yokote, Acting Co-University Librarian, We welcome questions and concerns.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

June 7th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Update for May 2010

The following new titles were published in May:

ACS Journals: suspected excessive downloading

June 7th, 2010 by Cory Craig

Access should be restored to ACS journals by later today (6/7), hopefully by 1pm.  After speaking to ACS, they agreed to remove the block on the IP address.  They are currently experiencing trouble with their servers, resulting in a delay in removing the blocked IP address.


As of 6/7, ACS Publications (American Chemical Society) has blocked an IP address for a Chemistry Dept DHCP server due to suspected excessive downloading. This means some people in the chemistry dept cannot access ACS journals. We are working on getting this resolved. In the meantime, ACS journals can be accessed via library computers.

If you have additional information email: Cory Craig (

-cory craig

RSS Feeds For New Books

June 2nd, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray
If you are interested in keeping up with the new books that have been acquired but would prefer not to head into the library, simply paste the following into the RSS reader of your choice.

New at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library:

New Mathematics & Statistics Books @ Shields:

RSS (Google Reader) feed of new PSE books

RSS (Google Reader) feed of new PSE books

Simply click on the title from within your RSS feed to be taken to the record for call number/location.

If you prefer not to use an RSS reader but would like to keep up with the newest titles added, you can also simply bookmark the new items lists in your browser.

New at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library:

New Mathematics & Statistics Books @ Shields:

New Math & Stat Books List in Next Generation Melvyl

New Math & Stat Books List in Next Generation Melvyl

From the list of items, simply click the title to be taken to the call number/location of the book.

CDL Archiving Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Websites

June 1st, 2010 by Karen Andrews

The California Digital Library is using the Web Archiving Service to archive sites related to the gulf oil spill.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography now digitized

June 1st, 2010 by Karen Andrews

Working together with CDL and Google, UCSD has finished digitizing nearly 100,000 volumes from the collections of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library – the world’s largest oceanographic library. Included are works on marine biology, climate science, ecology, geology, and many other subjects. The collection includes scientific expedition reports from as far back as the 18th century, many of which were previously unavailable in digital form. These wonderful materials join our other UC collections in HathiTrust.