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
College & Research Libraries
College & Research Libraries News
Computers in Libraries
Cyberskeptic’s Guide to Internet Research
Information Bulletin – Western Association of Map Libraries
Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Information Technology and Libraries
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Journal of the Medical Library Association
Libraries & Culture
Library & Information Update
Quarterly Bulletin of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists
Reference & User Services Quarterly
Reference Services Review
Science & Technology Libraries
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 librarians include:
American Library Association – Products & Publications section
Sci-Tech Library Newsletter (from Stephanie Bianchi at the NSF – a great way to keep up on new Sci-Tech Internet sites and free e-books. The annual Christmas and Halloween editions cover links to science-related sites dealing with these 2 holidays – quite humorous.)
SciCentral Gateway (science news)
American Chemical Society has a Chemical Information Division
College & Research Libraries (ACRL – a subsection of
Within ACRL – there is also a Science & Technology Section (STS) –
Engineering Libraries Division of ASEE
Iowa Library Association (ILA)
ILA also has an ACRL
MLA also has a Midwest chapter
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 the Library Associations page from the Internet Library for Librarians for additional organizations.
LIBREF-L (listserv for reference librarians)
STS-L (listserv for SciTech librarians)
It’s a Blogs World (a basic introduction to blogs for librarians)
The Kept-Up Academic Librarian – Helping Academic Librarians “Keep Up” With News and Developments in Higher Education
LISNews – Librarian and Information Science News
Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries (by Randy Reichardt and Geoffrey Harder)
To identify additional weblogs of interest, consult Library Weblogs
ABCs of RSS – (by Gerry McKiernan) a PowerPoint presentation
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."
LISfeeds.com – list of some of the most popular library-related RSS feeds
RSS and News Aggregators: What do you really need to know to keep up? (By Steven J. Bell – speaks against librarians needing to use RSS to “keep up”)
RSS for Non-Techie Librarians (by Steven M. Cohen)
RSS: Less Hype, More Action (by Roddy MacLeod – gives good general overview & ideas for exploiting the potential of RSS)
For a good example of RSS feeds in action – check out the Hennepin County Library RSS offerings. Their option to get RSS feeds from new content added to their subject guides is particularly nifty.
Alternative methods of 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.
Copyright and Fair Use:
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 UCLA
o Association of Research Libraries info page on DMCA
Text messaging use in reference services:
o TXTing Librarians @ Curtin – excellent overview of text messaging and how to set up a text messaging service for reference questions
The Up-to-Date Techie Librarian: Six Resources Every Techie Librarian Should Use – from Tame the Web (a blog), January 24, 2005
Twelve Techie Things for Librarians 2005 – from Tame the Web (a blog), January 12, 2005.
Vine, Rita. 2004. “Staying up to date in the ever-changing Web search world: refine your Web-searching skills.” Information Outlook, vol. 8, no. 3, p. 30-34.
CISTI – large Canadian scientific library – many of their materials are not listed in OCLC – useful for conference proceedings verification if not on WorldCat
Linda Hall Library – large science library
Openly Jake (allows you to search by journal abbreviation)
Pinakes - a subject guide launch pad
Refdesk.com – has some annoying pop-up ads but also has a very handy search feature and lots of great links for general facts and news
STS Continuing Education on the Web – database training guides and professional education tools
Created on: June 2004
Links last checked: June 17, 2007
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