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Open Access Week Speaker Series

September 30th, 2010 by

Open Access Week (October 18-22) is an international event promoting open access: the idea that scholarly research should be freely and openly available to all. For Open Access Week 2010, the UC Davis Libraries are sponsoring a speaker series featuring renowned experts in open access issues. Please join us for these free lectures about the future of scholarly communication. Questions? Please contact Phoebe Ayers,, or 530-752-9948.

Catherine Mitchell and Patricia Cruse (California Digital Library)
“CDL Scholarly Publishing and Data Curation Services: Tools to Help You Manage Your Research at UC Davis”
Monday, October 18: 10am-12am
Location: Shields Library, 2nd floor library instruction room

Looking to expand the visibility of your work? Interested in reaching new communities with your research? Wondering how you are going to meet NSF’s new data management requirement? Come learn about exciting initiatives coming out of the California Digital Library that can help you achieve all these goals and more. See: and

Jonathan Eisen (PloS Biology, UCD Genomics)
“The Public Library of Science and Open Access”
Thursday, October 21: 10am-11am
Location: Shields Library, 1st floor library instruction lab

Dr. Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist and genomics researcher at UC Davis, focused on microorganisms. Dr. Eisen is also an active blogger ( and also the Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, one of the most pre-eminent open access journals. He will speak about PLoS and the importance of open access in scientific publication.  See:

Marta Brunner (Open Humanities Press, UCLA Libraries)
“The Open Humanities Press and the Development of New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities”
Thursday, October 21: 1pm-3pm
Location: 126 Voorhies

Marta Brunner shares her experience on the Steering Group at the Open Humanities Press (OHP), an international publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. Brunner, who is also a UCLA librarian, will discuss the opportunities and challenges Open Access models bring to humanities scholars in the context of the broader crisis in humanities publishing. See:

John Wilbanks (Science Commons),
“The Unreasonable Impact of Open Access”
Friday, October 22: 11am-12pm
Location: 1065 Kemper Hall

John Wilbanks is the head of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons, which aims to lower the barriers to research and sharing data and to develop tools to make open, web-based science easier. Wilbanks will talk about how free sharing of data and research helps improve scientific research, how open systems can improve quality measurement, and the impact of moving away from journal articles as the core form of knowledge transmission. See:

Guide to the library for new grad students

September 14th, 2010 by

The Sciences Librarians at UC Davis have put together a guide to the library specifically aimed at new science & engineering graduate students (or returning students who want a refresher course or reference). Much of the information is also applicable to undergraduates and faculty as well. The guide provides an introduction to library basics, finding information, and putting research in context, and includes links to our key services.

Download the pdf here:

IMechE Proceedings Archive now available

September 13th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

IMechEThe IMechE Proceedings Archive 1847-1996 gives you full-text access to over 200,000 pages of unique material, including technical papers, meeting reports, technical drawings, and editorial comment from as far back as 1847.

The IMechE Archive, a valuable resource for engineers, scientists, and historians is comprised of the following sections:

  • Engineering in Medicine 1971-1988 (vols 1-17)
  • J. Mech. Eng. Sci. 1959-1982 (vols 1-23)
  • J. Inst. Locomotive Eng. 1911-1970 (vols 1-59)
  • Proc. Inst. Automobile Eng. 1906-1947 (vols 1-41)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., 1847-1982 (vols 1-196)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Automobile Division 1947-1970
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part A: Power Process Eng. 1983-1988 (vols 197-202)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part A: J. Power Eng. 1989 (vol 203)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part A: J. Power Energy 1990-1996 (vols 204-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part B: Mgmt. Eng. Manufact. 1983-1988 (vols 197-202)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part B: J. Eng. Manufact. 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part C: Mech. Eng. Sci. 1983-1988 (vols 197-202)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part C: J. Mech. Eng. Sci. 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part D: Transport Eng. 1984-1988 (vols 198-202)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part D: J. Automobile Eng. 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part E: J. Process Mech. Eng. 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part F: J. Rail Rapid Transit 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part G: J. Aerospace Eng. 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part H: J. Eng. Medicine 1989-1996 (vols 203-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part I: J. Syst. Control Eng. 1991-1996 (vols 205-210)
  • Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part J: J. Eng. Tribology 1994-1996 (vols 208-210)

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

September 13th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for August 2010

The following new titles were published in August:

ASABE Technical Library down – Problem Resolved

September 13th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Access to ASABE Technical Library has been restored.

UC Davis currently has no access to the ASABE Technical Library [].  ASABE has been notified and is in the process of rectifying.  If you need to access an ASABE publication, please contact Bob Heyer-Gray (

Intersession hours

September 10th, 2010 by

PSE Library hours during Intersession (September 11-22) will be:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Don’t hesitate to contact us during intersession if you need a librarian for your class or orientation activities. We are happy to come to any size group to talk about library tools and tips for doing research effectively.

Regular hours will resume when classes start, on September 23. See you in the library!