The INHS Library News blog is to inform users of new resources, library events, library systems downtime, and library schedule changes.

Friday, April 20, 2007


The latest batch of new books is on display, and will stay up through June 1, 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 requested books out to you when they rotate off display in March.

For a virtual browse of the new books, try:

Monday, April 16, 2007

IDEALS Institutional Repository

The INHS, ISGS, ISWS, and WMRC Libraries recently invited Sarah Shreeves to speak to survey scientists about the University of Illinois' IDEALS institutional repository.

For those who missed the presentation or those wanting a review, her presentation is available here:

Friday, April 13, 2007

Catalogs down Sun Apr. 15

The UI and all other I-Share catalogs will be down for maintenance starting 12:01 a.m. April 15. Work is expected to be complete and the catalogs back up by 10 a.m.

Open Content Alliance interview

Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education conducted this interview with Brewster Kahle, founder of the Open Content Alliance: "How Digital Book Collections Will Change Academe"
(audiofile, 13 minutes).

The Fieldiana series, currently being digitized as part of Illinois Harvest will be added to the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which is part of the Open Content Alliance.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Digitized book of the week is a fish monograph!

From Betsy Kruger, Coordinator of Digital Content Creation

Through a special agreement with the Chicago Field Museum, we will be digitizing all the issues of the Museum's "Fieldiana" series in the areas of Zoology and Botany.

The Fresh-water Fishes of Mexico North of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Zoological Series, v. 5, 1904) was one of the first volumes to be completed. UIUC's Biology and Natural History Libraries own most of the issues in these 2 series, and those we don't have will be loaned to us by the Field Museum's library. As a result of our contributing this content to the Open Content Alliance, our library has been named a contributing member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a group of ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions that is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. This literature will be available through a global "biodiversity commons."

See, the Illinois Harvest portal for more digitized books.