Current Awareness and Professional Aids For Science Librarians





Journal Routings

Journal TOC & Alert Services

Electronic Journals

Professional Organizations




Things to Watch & Know

Keeping Up

General Internet Links of Interest



Journal Routings for Science Librarians

Librarians at ISU can sign up to have newly-arrived issues of journals routed to them. Most librarians have 5-10 individual titles routed to them regularly. The following is a composite listing of the titles currently being routed to science librarians at ISU.

Against the Grain


Collection Building

Collection Management

College & Research Libraries

College & Research Libraries News

Computers in Libraries

Information Today

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Journal of the Medical Library Association

Library Journal

Library Quarterly

Library Trends


Publishers Weekly

Quarterly Bulletin of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists

Reference & User Services Quarterly

Reference Librarian

Reference Services Review

Science & Technology Libraries

Science News

Serials Librarian


Journal Table of Contents & Alerting Services

Many journal publishers offer researchers the ability to be notified when something of interest has been either published or added to a database.  These can be things on a specific topic(s) or from a specific journal(s) and are usually referred to as “saved searches” or “alert services.”  Definitions and terminology vary from one publisher to another, as does the frequency of the notifications. 


The ISU Library currently has a page of instructions for setting up alerts in major scientific databases and journals. In other libraries, it will vary immensely depending on which journals a given library subscribes to and which software interfaces are available…but, in general, there are 2 ways to locate instructions: 


1) Go to the homepage for your local library.  Log into whichever database/journal is of interest to you – e.g., Library Literature or The Reference Librarian.  Once the database or journal page has loaded, look for a HELP or INFO button.  Instructions for saved search or alert services are usually provided as part of the help screens; however, keep in mind that these services are not available for all databases.


2) Go to the journal publisher homepage (a search of the journal name on Google should quickly identify their location).  Look for a link labeled “journals” or “electronic journals.”  Once you get to the main journals page, look for links labeled “alerts” or “my account” and follow directions for setting up these services with that particular publisher.  Most publishers will provide alerts free to anyone, even if your local library does not have a subscription to the journal, but it usually requires a registration process because they will need to have your email address and preferences on file.


Some electronic journal publishers likely to be of interest to science librarians include:

American Library Association – Products & Publications section


Highwire Press



Taylor & Francis



Electronic Journals

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (free)

portal: Libraries & the Academy

SciCentral Gateway (free science news)



Professional Organizations for Science Librarians


American Chemical Society has a Chemical Information Division

American Library Association (ALA)

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL – a subsection of ALA)

Within ACRL – there is also a Science & Technology Section

Atmospheric Science Librarians International

Engineering Libraries Division of ASEE

Geoscience Information Society

International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries & Information Centers (IAMSLIC)

Iowa Library Association (ILA)

ILA also has an ACRL chapter for Iowa academic librarians

and a Health Sciences Library Association subdivision

Medical Library Association (MLA)

MLA also has a Midwest chapter

Special Libraries Association (SLA)

SLA has a variety of very active divisions – each with their own websites – including:

Academic – one of the newer sections

Biomedical & Life Sciences



Environment & Resource Management

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Materials Research & Manufacturing – see Chemistry

Natural History Caucus

Petroleum & Energy Resources

Pharmaceutical & Health Technology




USAINU.S. Agricultural Information Network


There are also a number of organizations dealing with more specialized aspects of librarianship such as Information Literacy, Bibliographic Instruction, Collection Development, Reference, Serials, Cataloging, etc.  Consult Google for additional organizations in these areas.





LIBREF-L (listserv for reference librarians)


STS-L (listserv for SciTech librarians)







Confessions of a Science Librarian


LISNews – Librarian and Information Science News


Mr. Library Dude


Scholarly Kitchen – for scholarly publishing!


Screwy Decimal


Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries (by Randy Reichardt and Geoffrey Harder)





Getting Started with RSS: The Fifteen-Minute Tutorial - If RSS hasn't made sense yet, Karen Schneider's directions will "get you from baffled to 'ah hah' in less than fifteen minutes."


RSS for Non-Techie Librarians (by Steven M. Cohen)



Things to Watch & Know


Altmetrics – basic info from an ISU Library guide.


Copyright and Fair Use:

o   Overview – from Stanford University Libraries website on Copyright and Fair Use

o   Copyright Tutorial from the Crash Course in Copyright at UT-Austin


Crisis in Scientific Publishing – includes sections on Faculty Comments, Proposals for Change, Non-Profit and Scholarly Ventures, Open Access, Peer Review, Promotion and Tenure Impact, and the Big Deal.


Digital Millennium Copyright Act:

o   Overview – from ALA

o   Association of Research Libraries info page on DMCA


Peer review:

o   Arms, William Y.  What are the Alternatives to Peer Review?, Journal of Electronic Publishing, August 2002.

o   Harnad, Stevan.  The Invisible Hand of Peer Review, Exploit Interactive, issue 5, April 2000.

o   Should Universities Pay for Peer Review? Scholarly Kitchen post, March 16, 2011.

o   What is the Future of Peer Review?  Scholarly Kitchen post, Sept 15, 2016.


USA Patriot Act in the Library



Keeping Up


Bell, Steven J. 2000.  “To Keep Up, Go Beyond:  Developing a personal professional development plan using e-resources outside the bounds of library literature.  College & Research Library News, vol. 61, no. 7, p. 581-584. [No longer available online – but still useful advice.]


Google SciTech news page


Keeping Up With the Profession – from LibSuccess Wiki



General Internet Links of Interest


Best of the Web


CISTI – large Canadian scientific library – many of their materials are not listed in OCLC – useful for conference proceedings verification if not on WorldCat


Internet Library for Librarians


IPL2 - Internet Public Library


Library Anecdotes, Facetiae, Satire, Etc.


Linda Hall Library – large science library in Kansas City – collection contains a lot of society publications, very old technical reports and proceedings as well as journals. Search their library catalog. – has some annoying pop-up ads but also has a very handy search feature and lots of great links for general facts and news


Scholarly Societies Project


STS Guide to Professional Development Resources for Science and Technology Librarians – database training guides and professional education tools



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