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Engineering Librarian Newsletter August 2011

Here is the online version of the Engineering Librarian Newsletter for August 2011.
ScholarWorks Institutional Repository
Western Michigan University offers its faculty and students the opportunity to deposit certain scholarly and creative works into the University’s open access scholarly repository (http://scholarworks.wmich.edu ). This provides long-term access and preservation services and free online global dissemination. You can use this repository to store durable online copies of articles, patents, and anything else you wish to share.  If you choose to post your materials in this repository, they will be quickly indexed by Google and be much more easily found by other scholars.  In addition, the Digital Commons service that we are subscribing to for this repository can also be used to start an online journal.  For more information and to participate, please contact Maira Bundza at maira.bundza@wmich.edu ; phone: 269-387-5207.
New Subject and Class Guides Coming in September
The University Libraries have migrated all subject and class guides to library resources to a new interface.  This has necessitated changes to the URLs to my engineering and computer science subject guides.  Please note that the new URLs are as follows:
Guide to Engineering (This will replace all engineering subject guides except Computer Science) – http://libguides.wmich.edu/engineering
Computer Science –  http://libguides.wmich.edu/compsci
IME1020 Technical Communications Class Guide – http://libguides.wmich.edu/ime1020 
If you use any of these URLs in your course syllabi, please update them accordingly.  If you don’t currently include these in your syllabi, please consider doing so, along with my contact information.
WMU Authors Collection
On the first floor of Waldo Library, we now have a collection called the “WMU Authors Collection.”  The WMU Authors Collection is a circulating collection of monographs that WMU faculty, emeriti, staff and students have authored or edited since 2000 together with earlier works by current members of WMU who have requested their works’ inclusion.  The collection comprises works mainly from 2000-present that are attributed to Western Michigan University.  I need to know about your recent book publications so we can order them (if we do not have them) or find them (in our collection) and add to the authors collection.
In a related development, the University Libraries wishes to showcase your work in our WMU Authors Exhibitions.  The goal is to introduce students (and faculty and staff) to research and the scholarly contribution faculty are making to WMU and scholarship in general in a way that they can appreciate while standing briefly before an exhibit case. Authors can include a picture (of themselves or other stuff), a description of the research field, off prints of articles or feature a project in the development stage. A picture would allow someone who sees the case and then has the opportunity to meet the faculty member to easily identify them. Ideally, these will be driven by the faculty member, since that person knows their research best.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Susan Steuer, Head Special Collections, at susan.steuer@wmich.edu; phone: 269-387-5250.
New interface for SAE Digital Library 
The SAE Digital Library has transitioned to a new interface at http://digitallibrary.sae.org/quicksearch . One of the nice new touches is that each paper in SAE now provides a durable web link to each paper abstract in the database.  In addition, citations (now including DOIs) can be downloaded in RIS, EndNote, RefWorks and BibTeX as well.  Plus all searches are automatically limited to the full text subscribed to by the library.  If you want to do a broader search, you will need to uncheck the “Limit to Full Text” box.  Our access is to technical papers from 1998 to the present.

About Ed Eckel

I am a engineering and applied sciences librarian at Western Michigan University.


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