Information Update - Spring 2008

From the Library Dean

As we begin a new calendar year, the Weinberg Library welcomes a host of exciting events: the Schemel Forum again provides an array of outstanding courses and lunchtime lectures; the Library will host an exhibit on the works of Sinclair Lewis from the private collection of Stephen Pastore; and the Friends of the Weinberg Library will honor Mary Gordon, author and scholar from Barnard College, with its 2008 Distinguished Author Award on Saturday, May 3rd.
 
This semester, the Library introduces a new journal article delivery service, RAPID, a unique system created by Colorado State University Libraries' Interlibrary Loan department  for Interlibrary Loan staff. Comprised of hardware, software, and a relational database, RAPID is predicated on a 24-hour turnaround time service commitment by all participants. The Library will participate in a PALCI pod.  Unlike other ILL databases, which go only to the records' Title level, the RAPID database maintains holdings at the Year level. A borrowing request in RAPID automatically routes only to libraries owning the specific year requested. A decision-making hierarchy that routes requests among participants provides load leveling among participants.
 
The Library is piloting an Instant Messaging (IM) service at the Reference Desk during its evening hours. Instant messages or IM programs let you exchange text messages with another person over the Internet in real time. You can access IM Reference, Email Reference, or 24 by 7 Virtual Reference by clicking on Ask a Librarian on the Library’s web page. 
 
In the world of Open Access (OA) for federally funded research, the day after Christmas President Bush signed an omnibus spending bill containing a provision requiring the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to mandate open access for NIH-funded research. Measured by the ferocity of opposition overcome and the volume of literature liberated, it's the largest victory in the history of the OA movement thus far.

Charles E. Kratz,
Dean of the Library