Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Penrose Now Has a Twitter Account

We now have a Twitter account (

Why do we have this? It is an easy way for us to send updates and announcements to our "followers". It is a good way for students, staff and faculty to get Penrose Library news on their cell phones (or any other twitter-enabled device). While we could use something like this for receiving reference questions, we plan to use this more for short outgoing communications. We plan to use another chat service for short reference/research questions in the near future, but we are not ready to implement that yet.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Death by Black Hole

This is a great video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Reminds me of another book from Dr. Philip Plait -- Death From the Skies!

Springer E-book Package

The Springer e-book package has now been turned on. This means that we can now access the full text of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics (LNM), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), and lots of other book series' going back to 1997.

For regular monographic works, we have their English language titles from 2005-present. For example, here are some of the 2009 titles we can access. (Ignore the book if it doesn't have little green box next to it.) We will add records to Peak for the individual titles as soon as we can.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sciencexpress is now active

Our new subscription to Sciencexpress is now active.

"Sciencexpress is a weekly pre-publication service that provides electronic publication of selected Science papers in advance of print. This service provides rapid electronic publication of selected Research Articles and Perspectives that have recently been accepted for publication in Science. Each week we select several papers for online publication in PDF format within two weeks of acceptance. For authors, it is a chance to get their peer-reviewed results in front of the scientific community as much as four to six weeks before they would otherwise appear in print. For readers, it is an opportunity to connect with these pre-published articles immediately."