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arXiv user survey

April 8th, 2016 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Dear Colleagues,

As noted in our recent update, 2016 is the 25th anniversary of arXiv, an important milestone. We are engaged in a series of vision-setting activities and, as part of this process, we are implementing a user survey to help us improve arXiv and clarify future directions for the service in a way that best serves the user community:

Click here to start arXiv survey
We need your help in reaching out to the user community. Please share the link far and wide and encourage scientists, researchers, and students to complete the survey. If you or your institution is active on social media please post the link freely. The survey will close on April 27. The responses we gather will help us plan the future for arXiv and continue to provide a service that is based on actual user needs and experiences.

With appreciation,

Oya

Oya Y. Rieger, Ph.D.

Associate University Librarian

arXiv Program Director

Scholarly Resources & Preservation Services

Cornell University Library

AccessEngineering trial through May 15, 2015

April 13th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Trial Database: AccessEngineering

Dates: Now through May 15, 2015

Contact: Bob Heyer-Gray

Description:

The UC Davis Libraries are pleased to offer trial access to McGraw-Hill’s AccessEngineering, a database that provides full-text access to engineering handbooks, instructional videos, downloadable calculators, interactive tables and graphs, student study guides, and global engineering news.

Access this trial database through May 15, 2015.

Feedback: Your feedback on the usefulness of this resource for teaching, learning, and research is much appreciated. Please e-mail the contact above with your thoughts on AccessEngineering.

Note: Access is through IP authentication for on campus access. For off campus access, please use the VPN.

SAE Backfile now available, coverage 1906 – present

March 18th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The papers from the Society of Automotive Engineers are now available to UC Davis users in full-text going back to 1906.  Previous access to papers was limited to 1998 – present.

http://digitallibrary.sae.org/quicksearch/

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Digital Library provides access to thousands of SAE Technical Papers covering research in all areas of mobility engineering including ground vehicle, aerospace, off-highway, and manufacturing technology.

UC Davis now has campus-wide access to Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) publications

February 20th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

UC Davis now has campus-wide access to Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) publications.  E&E is a leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets.  Our subscription for 2015 entitles us to access to:

EnergyWire http://www.eenews.net/ew

EnergyWire is designed to provide deep, broad and insightful coverage of the transformation of the energy sector. EnergyWire focuses on the business, environmental and political issues surrounding the rapidly expanding energy industry.

ClimateWire http://www.eenews.net/cw

ClimateWire is designed to bring readers coverage of the debate over climate policy and its effects on business, the environment and society.

GreenWire http://www.eenews.net/gw

The one-stop source for those who need to stay on top of all of today’s major environmental and energy action. With an average of more than 25 stories a day, Greenwire covers the complete spectrum, from electricity industry restructuring to Clean Air Act litigation to public lands management.

E&E Daily http://www.eenews.net/eed

Designed for those who need to know what’s happening to issues on Capitol Hill. From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place insiders go to track their environmental and energy issues in Congress.

E&E News PM http://www.eenews.net/pm

A late afternoon roundup providing coverage of all the breaking and developing policy news from Capitol Hill, around the country and around the world.  A must-read for those who need to be ahead of the next day’s headlines.

E&E TV http://www.eenews.net/tv

Webcast program featuring in-depth interviews and analysis with compelling energy and environmental policy leaders.

Announcing a Demand Driven Standards pilot with IHS (Information Handling Service)

December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Need an industry standard for your research, teaching, or a project? The IHS Standards Expert (https://login.ihserc.com/login/erc?) database searches about 1.6 million standards from 370 technical societies worldwide.

The UC Davis Library will now purchase print copies of standards for the library’s collection and make them available to you.

  • There is no charge to the requester.
  • Delivery times can vary, but should take 7 working days or fewer.
  • You will be notified when the standard is available for use in the collection.

Please keep in mind that we do already provide full-text online standards from ASTM, IEEE, and ASABE and also have current print editions from a handful of other societies and standards bodies. A guide to Standards and Specifications at UC Davis goes into greater detail about our access to standards. If you ever aren’t sure if we already have access to a standard, please feel free to send an e-mail to Bob Heyer-Gray at rheyer@ucdavis.edu.

Searching and ordering through the IHS Standards Expert database does require registration. Step by step instructions are available at http://guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/IHS_setup. You are not required to request standards through the IHS interface and/or if you happen to already know what standard you need, you can either request using the following order form or by contacting Bob Heyer-Gray directly at rheyer@ucdavis.edu.

Data Rights and Data Wrongs workshop

November 6th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Data Rights & Data Wrongs

REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Register here or go to

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-rights-data-wrongs-tickets-14079810091

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Date & Time: December 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: MPR, Student Community Center, UC Davis

Scholars are increasingly subject to pressures from funding bodies, disciplinary norms, professional and personal ethics, and institutional directives to share their research data and make it available for reuse. There is, however, a great deal of heterogeneity across the research enterprise with respect to what is meant by ‘data’ and ‘data sharing,’ why data sharing is deemed important, and what data management strategies are considered most effective. Moreover, data are often difficult and costly to produce and share. Therefore, many scholars view these as a significant product of their intellectual labor for which they should receive some sort of credit towards tenure and promotion, authorial recognition through citation, or financial compensation. While balancing all of these considerations is desirable to promote increased access to data, it is difficult to guarantee that the concerns of all research stakeholders will be met given (1) the diverse forms that data can take, as well as the mobility and malleability of data given widespread access to new information technologies, (2) the complex and variable legal status of data as not-quite/not-always property, and (3) the ethical considerations and legal restrictions implicated in the sharing and reuse of data related to sensitive topics such as personal health information, national security, and vulnerable populations. This workshop will address theoretical concerns and pragmatic solutions that can be harnessed to help researchers comply with requirements or desires to share their data in ways they deem appropriate for their goals.

Panel Topics

– Mapping the varied perspectives on why sharing research data is important and the social norms, policy pressures, ethical considerations, and legal realities facing different stakeholders (e.g., researchers, university administration, and funding bodies),

– Discussing the legal tools different parties have developed or are in the process of developing in order to increase access to data, but still ensure stakeholders interests are met (e.g., DUAs & CC-BY), and

– Addressing how these issues are further complicated when sensitive data, data requiring additional protections given the underlying subject matter (e.g., health information), are involved.

Keynotes speakers

Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA

John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks

Agenda

9:00-9:30 am || Registration & Coffee

9:30-10:15 am || Morning keynote || Delivered by Christine Borgman

10:15-11:30 am || Panel 1 || Perspectives on Data Sharing Across the Research Enterprise

  • Ellen Auriti, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, UC Office of the President
  • Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA
  • Dav Clark, Data Scientist @ D-Lab & Fellow at Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UC Berkeley
  • Jonathan Eisen, Professor in Genomics, UC Davis
  • Carl Stahmer, Director of Digital Scholarship, Library, UC Davis
  • Alexandra Lippman, Postdoctoral Fellow, ICIS, UC Davis (moderator)

11:30-11:45 am || Coffee Break

11:45-1:00 pm || Panel 2 || Legal Tools for Data Sharing

1:00-2:15 pm || Lunch

2:30-3:15 pm || Afternoon keynote || Delivered by John Wilbanks

3:15-4:30 pm || Panel 3 || Sharing Sensitive Data Subject to Additional Legal & Ethical Considerations

4:30-5:00 pm || Closing discussion

 

Please contact Allison Fish (aefish@ucdavis.edu) to express interest in attending.

 

Carol LaRussa retiring

June 18th, 2014 by

Carol LaRussa, the long-time librarian for geology and civil and environmental engineering, is retiring this June. We will miss her expertise, collegiality and deep institutional knowledge, but wish her the best in this new chapter!

For the time being, Carol’s subject areas will be split between the current PSE librarians:

  • The librarian for geology, meteorology and oceanography is Phoebe Ayers. Contact her at psayers@ucdavis.edu, or 752-9948.
  • The librarian for civil and environmental engineering, hydrology, and mining and petroleum engineering is Cory Craig. Contact her at cjcraig@ucdavis.edu or 752-0347.

If you have a reference question, please contact pse@lib.ucdavis.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are open from 8:00am-8:00pm M-T, 8:00am-6:00pm F, and 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday during the summer. Our reference hours are 1:00-5:00pm M-F, or you can make an appointment to meet with a librarian. Please contact us with any questions!

UC Davis General Catalog: online or print-on-demand

May 6th, 2014 by Cory Craig

As of 2014 the Davis General Catalog will only be available online or via print on-demand (for a fee).

Online Catalog:  Current and archived versions of the UC Davis General Catalog are available here in PDF format.
The 2014 catalog should be available online on 6/20/14.

Print On Demand:    Use the public or staff links on this page to request a print copy of the catalog for $20.

For more info see:  http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/

Wikipedia events at the UC Davis libraries

May 2nd, 2014 by

During May, the UC Davis library is hosting three Wikipedia-related events.

On May 8 from 3:30-5:00pm in the Shields Library Instruction Lab, there will be a workshop on how to teach with Wikipedia. Dozens of faculty around the country have used Wikipedia to teach skills like media literacy and expository writing with the world’s largest encyclopedia. Join UC Davis librarian Phoebe Ayers to explore how these assignments work, and what some of the benefits and pitfalls are.

And, on May 16 and May 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm in the Shields Library Instruction Lab, the library will host two “edit-a-thons” — drop-in events that are opportunities to learn how to edit Wikipedia and work with others to improve articles. Everyone is welcome at all three events; find out more at: http://lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/wikipedia/

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Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship & Education Through Openness

May 2nd, 2014 by

OER

Open California Tour:  Monday, May 12th

Technology has revolutionized the way we create and share knowledge, opening up pathways to advance and democratize research and education that are just beginning to be realized. New models that fully harness this potential are developing, from Open Access, which ensures the free, immediate online availability of research articles with full reuse rights, to Open Educational Resources*, which make textbooks and other materials free for anyone to use, tailor, and share. With a system-wide open access policy and one of the largest bodies of world-class scholars, the University of California system is poised to be a global leader in further leveraging these new models to expand access to knowledge, accelerate research, and reduce financial pressures.

As part of a week-long tour of California universities, two prominent experts on Open Access and Open Educational Resources, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey from SPARC, will visit UC Davis on Monday, May 12, 2014. Their talk will focus on how openness can accelerate scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education—including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved.

Presentation, including Q&A session, will be held:

Date:  Monday, May 12, 2014

Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM

Location:  1065 Kemper Hall    [map & visitor parking]

Followed by an informal discussion:

Date:  Monday, May 12, 2014

Time:  3:30 – 4:30 PM

Location:  Shields Library, First Floor Library Instruction Lab   [map & visitor parking]   [LIR map]

Sponsored by UC Davis Library.

Questions?  Contact Amy Studer  |  530-752-1678  |  acstuder@ucdavis.edu

* Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge (SPARC, 2014).  California has committed state funds to make educational resources more open and affordable.

Additional resources:

Huckabee, C.  (2012, September 28).  Calif. Governor Signs Bills Giving Digital Textbooks and Other Help to Students.  Chronicle of Higher Education.

SPARC:  Open Education Resources Fact Sheet

California Open Education Resources Council (COERC)

Student PIRGs:  Open Textbooks

Image credit:  Remix of UNESCO English OER logo.  License:  CC BY-SA