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

Friday, July 31, 2009

Having Fish and Eating It Too

Read the full story in the New York Times.

An unusual collaboration of marine ecologists and fisheries-management scientists have produced a global assessment of the world’s saltwater fish stocks.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Online catalog alternative

There have been some problems recently with the servers for the online catalog, and you may have noticed it has been down quite a bit the last few days.

The alternative catalog, VuFind, contains the all the bibliographic and holdings information contained in the "classic" catalog, and typically remains up when the "classic" catalog goes down.
A link to VuFInd is on the INHS Library website, on the left under catalogs.

It is possible to request materials using VuFind. You need to establish an account using your borrower ID, but thereafter you may log in with a user name and password of your own choosing. For more information about VuFind, see the VuFind FAQ page on the website of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

The VuFind interface is still in beta test mode, and there are links in the interface to provide feedback.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Elsevier announces the 'Article of the Future' project

Read the full story in Knowledgespeak.

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the ‘Article of the Future’ project, an ongoing collaboration with the scientific community to redefine how a scientific article is presented online. The project takes full advantage of online capabilities, allowing readers individualised entry points and routes through content, while exploiting the latest advances in visualisation techniques.

The Article of the Future is set to launch its first prototypes this week, revealing a new approach to presenting scientific research online. The key feature of the prototypes is a hierarchical presentation of text and figures so that readers can elect to drill down through the layers based on their current task in the scientific workflow and their level of expertise and interest. This organisational structure is a significant departure from the linear-based organisation of a traditional print-based article in incorporating the core text and supplemental material within a single unified structure.

Monday, July 20, 2009

2009 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish

November 2–5, 2009
Portland, Oregon

This event brings together public health and environmental professionals from governmental agencies, industry, environmental and health advocacy groups and other interested parties to discuss the many issues related to the risks and benefits of fish consumption.

Who should attend?

Health and environmental officials from state, tribal, and federal agencies and others interested in discussing issues related to assessing, managing and communicating health risks and benefits associated with fish consumption.

For more information, visit