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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Federal technical reports digitization

The Greater Western Library Alliance and the Center for Research Libraries
are collaborating on a pilot project to ascertain both the practicality of
and impediments to digitizing and making openly available selected pre-1975
U.S. government agency technical reports.

The pilot project database has been named
(TRAIL - Technical Report Archive and Image Library)
and is available for your perusal at

An initial survey of libraries suggested the following agencies' reports
were favored for digitization, in order of preference:
DOE, EPA, NASA, USDA (including the Forest Service), NBS, USGS, AEC, NACA,
US Army, and the US Bureau of Mines.

The next phase of the project will be assessment of the pilot project,
estimating costs and securing support for a full-scale effort.

Friday, March 16, 2007

INHS Library New Books, March 2007

The latest batch of new books is on display, and will stay up through April 20, 2007. Please stop by the library to see what we have added. Reserve new books by writing your name on the blue streamers in the books; we will check the books out to you when they rotate off display in April.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Bird lit database, Illustrata trial, protocol trials

The following online resources may be of interest to INHS staff.

Avian Literature Database
Developed by theNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this database indexes literature on "effects of wind energy development on birds include mortality factors such as collision and electrocution, and impacts on nesting, foraging, roosting/loafing, and other bird disturbances." This database is free to anyone.

CSA Illustrata Trial
Go beyond full text! This trial of Cambridge Scientific Abstract's new Illustrata tool allows searching within the figures and tables in journal articles. In depth indexing of figures and tables allows you to find and view images and data, even from journals to which UI does not subscribe.

Nature Protocols and Cold Spring Harbor Protocols Trials
We have trials running until the end of March, 2007, for two new, important sets of peer-reviewed protocols, one from the Nature Publishing Group and the other from Cold Spring Harbor Press. Both sets of protocols cover a wide range of fields within molecular and cell biology, from bioinformatics and computational biology to basic microscopy and electrophoresis.