BioMed Central Veterinary Research

Launch of BMC Veterinary Research

BioMed Central today announces the launch of BMC Veterinary Research, the first international Open Access journal to cover all areas of veterinary science and medicine. BMC Veterinary Research will provide unrestricted access to this multi-disciplinary field where readership is currently restricted by the high subscription prices of specialist journals. The journal is now accepting submissions at www.biomedcentral.com/bmcvetres.

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Dean of Libraries Barbara Dewey elected to serve as SOLINET delegate to OCLC

Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee since 2000, will represent academic libraries in the Southeastern U.S. and the Carribean and assist with improving access to the world’s information.

Dewey was among those elected to the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) delegation to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Members Council at SOLINET’s Annual Membership Meeting this May in Atlanta. SOLINET is a network of 2,600 libraries that works to strengthen libraries and the communities they support. OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to information worldwide and reducing information costs.

In explaining the significance of the SOLINET delegation to the OCLC Members Council, Dewey said, “SOLINET has some of the most innovative libraries in the world, and we play an instrumental role in guiding OCLC towards the most effective programs to support our faculty, students, patrons, and staff as we make dramatic changes in the way we acquire and access information resources.” Dewey is Chair of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Committee, President of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and member of the Board of the New Media Consortium.

Here are the complete election results from SOLINET:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Dean of Libraries, University of Kentucky
William Miller, Director of Libraries, Florida Atlantic University

Delegation to OCLC MEMBERS COUNCIL
Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
John Ulmschneider, University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Lamar Veatch, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service

In addition, the Board of Directors elected the following OFFICERS
Chair, James Nelson, State Librarian and Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Vice Chair: Robert Vaughan, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Secretary/Treasurer: Pat Pickard, DeKalb County Public Schools, GA.

Founded in 1973, SOLINET is a non-profit membership organization serving more than 2600 libraries of all types and sizes in ten Southeastern states and the Caribbean. Primary programs are OCLC Services, Preservation & Access, Electronic Databases, Library Products, Digital Services, Educational Services, and Consulting. For further information, click here to visit the SOLINET Web site.

UT College Catalogs Digital Project Receives Award

Digital course catalogs help university to better serve students

A recent yearlong collaboration among the Office of the University Registrar, the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Office of Creative Services made an essential publication for the UT community easily accessible, and has yielded a notable campus accolade – the UT Employee Team Excellence Award.

“Providing this service to our users is yet another way we strive to carry out our Service Philosophy – ‘providing the highest quality service to all patrons, and equitable access to information in print and electronic resources,’” Barbara Dewey, Dean of University Libraries, said. “This award is truly an honor to our team members and our libraries.”

The project to digitize the UT undergraduate and graduate college catalogs began in mid-2003 and took a year to complete, from the first steps of determining the ownership of the catalogs to the final posting of the documents. The key aspect of the project was devising a method of converting existing catalogs into PDFs, which can be viewed online with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Now, all users of the catalog can access any undergraduate or graduate catalog from 1994 to the present. The team plans to digitize all catalogs published and is currently in the process of doing so.

According to Arwen Hutt, metadata librarian at University Libraries, this project was identified as a timely, practical function. There was a pressing deadline to get the materials online, and she says the feature is “not fancy,” but a large amount of material was placed online quickly and efficiently. One useful component of the technology is optical character recognition (OCR), which allows users to scan for specific words within a large PDF. Another helpful element is the “breaking up” of the large PDFs into smaller sections.

College catalogs serve as an important point of reference for past, current and future students; advisers; staff in the Registrar’s Office; Reference librarians and the University archivist. These catalogs are the key to fulfilling major requirements, whether to find substitutions or to define the next steps for the semester. According to statistics from the Digital Library Center, the catalogs have received more than 100,000 hits between January and April 2005, indicating the popularity of this service.

“We’re excited that something worthwhile for our users and a perfect example of what collaboration really is has been recognized,” Linda Phillips, head of Collection Development and Management, said. “All parties had a similar vision and mission, so everything just came together.”

The UT Team Excellence Award is given to employees who have worked together to achieve outstanding performance and results. One award is given in the spring and one in the fall. Chancellor Loren Crabtree gave this semester’s awards on Friday, May 13, 2005 at the Employee Team Excellence Award Breakfast.

Documentary film presentation Argentina: Hope in Hard Times

Presented as part of the Global Studies Association Conference

The documentary Argentina: Hope in Hard Times will be shown Saturday, May 14 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium as part of the Global Studies Association Conference Crosscurrents of Global Social Justice: Class, Gender, and Race. The event is free and open to the public.

The film explores the economic depression in Argentina that began in 2001, when one of the most prosperous countries in South America was thrust into poverty. Argentina had been a poster child for corporate globalization before its economy collapsed.

Unemployment reached 40%, and people who where middle class learned how it felt to be powerless, hungry, and poor. The country’s entire political system was discredited, and Argentina went through a dizzying changeover of four presidents in less than one month.

With times so hard, people might have turned on each other in fear and desperation, but instead they turned toward each other in mutual support.

This special screening will be followed by a discussion.

Argentina: Hope in Hard Times
a documentary
Saturday, May 14
1 p.m.
discussion to follow
free and open to the public

For more information about the documentary, visit the Argentina: Hope in Hard Times Web site.

For more information about the conference, visit the Global Studies Association Web site.