Author rights presentation

An upcoming presentations by Sarah Shreeves may be of interest to Institute staff…  She will discuss what you can do to retain your rights to use your own work…

Your Research Rights: Managing Your Copyrights
Wednesday, September 28 12-1 in  23 Illini Hall
Presented as part of the ‘Teaching With Technology’ Brown Bag Series

INHS receives honorable mention in 2011 Green Book Festival

Canaries in the Catbird Seat, published by the Illinois Natural History Survey and available for loan from various libraries (including ours), or for sale from the Institute Publications Sales Office, has received an honorable mention in the scientific category of the 2011 Green Book Festival.

The volume features chapters on research by the “Illinois Natural History Survey and its staff, who, since 1858, have had the unique and privileged position to make observations and analyze data collected throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and beyond.”

Congratulations to editors Chris Taylor, John Taft, and Charlie Warwick, and to all the contributing authors!

Great Lakes Fishery Commission eForum

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission has published the first issue of it’s new electronic newsletter, eForum.  This new information outlet will contain articles related to the commission’s program, Great Lakes fishing, and the long-term sustainability of the fishery.

Upcoming Illinois Research Data Initiative Events

Institutional Issues in Research Data

September 14, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon (refreshments at 10:00 am)
Levis Center, 2nd floor
Managing and Preserving Research: “Forever” Soup to Nuts, James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia.

Illinois Research Data Initiative Opening Symposium

September 27th from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM (refreshments at 8:00 AM)
Alice Campbell Hall Ballroom

Prompted in part by the new National Science Foundation requirement for data management plans in grant proposals, this symposium will kick off a campus conversation focused on identifying a campus-level strategy for infrastructure and services to support long-term research data access and preservation.  This symposium is the first of a series of events scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The series will focus on understanding research data management needs within and across the subject domains and identifying a campus-level strategy for supporting long-term research data management at Illinois.

Keynote speaker Chris Lintott  is a researcher at the University of Oxford, Junior Research Fellow at New College,  Citizen Science Project Lead at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and leads the team responsible for the Zooniverse collection of citizen science projects.

Savvy Researcher Workshops: Fall 2011

The Savvy Researcher workshop series is designed to address the advanced research and information management issues our university community faces in their daily work. We offer sessions on citation management, data services, current awareness tools, scholarly communication, organizing research materials and presentation skills.

Workshops of particular interest include:

Citation Management Tools (Refworks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley)
Your Research Rights: Ownership Awareness
Finding Grants
Journal Impact Factors
Understanding Open Access
Practical Copyright
Using PowerPoint
How to Build a Great Poster

Check out the list of workshops and register for one or more workshops now!

Encyclopedia of Snow Ice & Glaciers online

Check out this new title to learn about the earth’s cryosphere, which includes snow, glaciers and ice caps, ice sheets, ice shelves, sea ice, river and lake ice, and frozen ground, and which contains about 75% of the earth’s fresh water.  The Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice, & Glaciers (Springer, 2011) is available online.

Covers topics ranging from the atmospheric processes responsible for snow formation; transformation of snow to ice and changes in their properties; classification of ice and glaciers and their worldwide distribution; glaciation and ice ages; glacier dynamics; glacier surface and subsurface characteristics; geomorphic processes and landscape formation; hydrology and sedimentary systems; permafrost degradation; hazards caused by cryospheric changes; and trends of glacier retreat on the global scale along with the impact of climate change.

Many new eBooks are available in the University Library’s online collection; search for them using EasySearch.

Boneyard Creek materials digitized

A small  Boneyard Creek Collection has been added to the Illinois Harvest portal.  Materials were selected from the Boneyard Creek Bibliography authored by Pat Gobert, a former Illinois State Water Survey Librarian.  Materials from the bibliography not subject to copyright restrictions and not already available online were digitized by the University Library’s Digital Content Creation unit.  

Among the items digitized for the Illinois Harvest Boneyard Creek Collection are:

Click the collection link above for the complete list.  

More Boneyard Creek materials may be found by searching “Boneyard Creek” in IDEALS.

New open access journal on biological invasions: Neobiota

Neobiota, a new Pensoft offering, publishes peer-reviewed research on alien species and biological invasions, including aquatic and terrestrial, animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms.  Articles are published immediately online upon editorial approval, and can be freely copied, downloaded, printed and distributed at no charge for the reader.   The publisher’s innovative online platform features semantic markup of and enhancements to published texts, data publication, and extensive cross-linking within the journal and to external sources.

The new journal continues the monographic series of the same name; volumes 1-8 of the series were published by the Institut für Ökologie of the Technische Universität Berlin.

Data purchase awards program

The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty and graduate students who need to purchase numeric or spatial data for their research.   Awards will be made on a competitive basis after the beginning of the academic year; application deadline is September 15, 2011.

Awards will be targeted toward meeting smaller needs (in the $5,000 range). However, the amount available to be awarded for individual proposals will depend upon the total number and suitability of applications received.  Award amounts will vary depending upon need and the availability of funding from other sources, but the availability of additional funding is not conditional for receipt of funding from the Library.

The University Library will make the data purchased or licensed as part of this program available for general use by the campus community.

For further information, see:

The Quotable Editor- the view from Science

Laura Zahn, editor at Science magazine, provides her views on publishing and the state of scientific publishing.  Suggestions will be provided on the editors view on how to prepare a scientific manuscript and disseminate your research.  Tips on aiming a manuscript towards a general audience and what is expected in writing reviews are also addressed.

Tuesday, August 30, noon
612 Institute for Genomic Biology (lower level of the smaller IGB bldg.; conference room located next to the Array Café)
Laura M. Zahn, Ph.D.
Senior Editor, Science, Washington, DC