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Workshop: Get Organized!

Do you struggle to stay organized as the semester progresses? Are your notes and files scattered about in notebooks, folders, and various electronic storage devices? Would you like to share your own tips and tricks for staying organized with others? Join us for a Get Organized workshop to learn about free software tools you can use to get organized and stay organized all semester long and share your organization solutions with the chronically disorganized.

Get Organized
12:30 – 1:20 pm, Wednesday, September 24
Sciences Library, 3rd Floor Computer Room

In this workshop, you will learn how to use free software such as Evernote and Dropbox to:

  • Take notes electronically using text, audio and images;
  • Keep your notes organized and sync across all your devices;
  • Access your notes and files from any computer with an Internet connection;
  • Share your notes and files with others.

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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The National Atlas will be removed Sept 30

From the USGS newsroom, 2/28/2014: The National Map and National Atlas Merge:

“Announcement – The National Atlas Will Be Removed from Service September 30, 2014

This year we are combining the National Atlas of the United States with The National Map to provide a single source for geospatial and cartographic information. This transformation is taking place to streamline access to information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program. USGS budget austerity has compelled our organization to prioritize its civilian mapping role and to consolidate its core investments.

Our organization will continue its long history of providing topographic maps and other geographic information by offering a range of scales and layers of geospatial information on its National Map Viewer and through the US Topo product. As a result of the conversion to an integrated single source for geospatial and cartographic information, nationalatlas.gov will be removed from service on September 30, 2014.

We recognize that not having the same access to information about the population, economy, infrastructure, natural resources, environment, government, and history of the Nation, organized for display on national and regional maps, may place a burden on USGS customers. Please take advantage of the remaining months to browse and download anything you need from the National Atlas.

We value National Atlas customers and want to make this transition as easy as possible. We have posted more information on the future availability of National Atlas products and services.

Another page provides questions and answers about the future of the National Atlas.

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What’s going to happen to the products and services of the National Atlas?

The National Atlas of the United States will be removed from service on September 30, 2014. Some of its products and services will continue to be available from The National Map (nationalmap.gov) while others will not. Everything currently available from the National Atlas will remain accessible until the end of September. We encourage you to explore nationalatlas.gov and to retrieve any products of lasting use to you.

What follows is more information about the future availability of the nine products and services currently delivered by nationalatlas.gov. We will update this information as the year progresses.

National Atlas products and services:

  1. nationalatlas.gov (updated June 24, 2014)
  2. Map Maker (updated March 11, 2014)
  3. National Atlas Data (updated July 7, 2014)
  4. National Atlas Data Documentation (updated May 1, 2014)
  5. National Atlas Web Services (updated May 1, 2014)
  6. Printable Maps (updated May 1, 2014)
  7. Wall Maps (updated March 11, 2014)
  8. Dynamic Maps (updated April 15, 2014)
  9. Articles

1. nationalatlas.gov (updated June 24, 2014) The Web site that delivers the products and services of the National Atlas will be shut down on September 30, 2014. The National Map (nationalmap.gov) will deliver the products and services that continue. The U.S. Geological Survey ended support for the Google Custom Search capability used. We replaced the Google solution with USASearch. Support pages for new or revised frameworks data were posted to nationalatlas.gov. Download and support pages for Global Map data were added.

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2. Map Maker (updated March 11, 2014) The Map Maker will also be shut down on September 30, 2014. The National Map Viewer atnationalmap.gov will be your source for data visualization after that date. Thematic map layers currently viewable in the Map Maker will not be ported to The National Map Viewer. Also, please note that emailing a custom map sends a link to a Map Maker map; it does not send a map image. This means that these maps will no longer be available after September 30th.

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3. National Atlas Data (updated July 7, 2014) The National Atlas provides two types of data: framework and thematic. Framework data include the layers of information that are fundamental to any map making endeavor, such as boundaries, geographic names, transportation, and surface waters. The National Map will continue to develop and offer small-scale framework data.

This spring we are delivering new and updated framework map layers at one million-scale, including:

This spring we also released Global Map editions of many of these datasets (June 24, 2014).

Later this year we will deliver other new small-scale framework datasets at one million scale, including Federal Lands, Indian Lands, and Wilderness Areas. We will not produce an urban areas dataset as originally planned.

Here is a list of framework datasets (PDF 178 KB) that will be delivered by The National Map.

Thematic data spans all chapters of the National Atlas. These topical areas include agriculture, biology, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, people, transportation, and water. No new thematic datasets will be produced. Those that are available from the National Atlas now will continue to be available for download at no cost from Earth Explorer. National Atlas thematic datasets are also catalogued in other systems such as the Geospatial Platform andData.Gov to facilitate discovery.

This is the current page for downloading all National Atlas Data. It will be removed on September 30, 2014.

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4. National Atlas Data Documentation (updated May 1, 2014) All small-scale datasets are delivered with detailed documentation that adheres to the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata.This includes new and revised framework datasets being delivered this year. All small-scale framework data will also be documented for inclusion in the National Geospatial Program’s Digital Product Standards and Specifications.

This is the current page for viewing all National Atlas Data Documentation. It will be removed on September 30, 2014.

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5. National Atlas Web Services (updated May 1, 2014) The National Atlas currently offers these two types of Web services that comply with the latest specifications of the Open Geospatial Consortium:

  • Web Map Service (WMS) for all thematic and framework map layers.
  • Web Feature Service (WFS) for framework data at one million-scale.

Web services for small-scale thematic data will be discontinued on September 30, 2014. Existing Web services for small-scale framework data will continue to be offered until new services are developed for delivery through The National Map.

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6. Printable Maps (updated May 1, 2014) Our final two maps in the Presidential Election Results series were released. No new page-sized Printable Maps will be prepared. The Printable Maps that are currently available from nationalatlas.gov will be available from nationalmap.gov after September 30, 2014.

This is the current page for previewing and downloading all Printable Maps.

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7. Wall Maps (updated March 11, 2014) No new wall maps will be made. The existing National Atlas Wall Maps will continue to be available for purchase through the USGS Store until supplies are exhausted. Our Geology map will be made available in several formats (PDF, JPEG, TIFF) in the USGS Geologic Map Database. You will findthem here when the files are ready.

This is the current page for previewing and ordering all Wall Maps.

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8. Dynamic Maps (updated April 15, 2014) Most dynamic maps will be abandoned on September 30, 2014. The exceptions are: Streamer and the Set of Topographic Maps Illustrating Physical Features.

Streamer will continue to be developed within The National Map and will be delivered bynationalmap.gov. An updated release occurred on April 15. This is the current link to Streamer.

The Set of Topographic Maps Illustrating Physical Features will also be delivered vianationalmap.gov. There are no plans to update this Dynamic Map. This is the current link to the Set of Topographic Maps Illustrating Physical Features.

Regarding the Tapestry of Time and Terrain, a redesigned Web site was in development, but was not finished. Working files were provided to USGS National Geologic Map Database project members, who may complete this development. This is the current link to the Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

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9. Articles Most articles will be abandoned on September 30, 2014. However, some articles related to mapping may be ported to nationalmap.gov. Any articles that are retained will be reported here. This is thecurrent link to National Atlas Articles.”

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EndNote Workshop

Are you starting a new research paper or project and looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote! EndNote is a citation management program supported by the UI Libraries. The web version is available for free to the entire UI community and the desktop client is available for free to UI faculty, staff, graduate and professional students.

EndNote Workshop
12:30-1:30pm, Wednesday, September 17th
3rd Floor Computer Room, Sciences Library

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for (or download) EndNote for free!
  • Transfer existing references from other services to EndNote;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote;
  • Use EndNote to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

 

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Now available: IOP ebooks

The UI Libraries now has access to two new e-book collections from IOP. The Expanding Physics collection includes in-depth texts from the leading voices in physics research and related subject areas aimed at the recent graduate/researcher level. The Concise Physics collection includes shorter texts in rapidly advancing areas and introductory texts aimed at the undergraduate/researcher level.

Both collections are accessible instantly for multiple simultaneous users at: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/IOPBooks.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about IOP ebooks, please contact Sara Scheib, Sciences Reference & Instruction Librarian.

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New Resource: BioOne.1 Journals Collection

The UI Libraries has acquired access to the BioOne.1 Journals Collection. This collection provides full-text access to 108 research journals from 82 publishers, focused on the biological, biomedical, ecological, and environmental sciences.

You can access the BioOne.1 Journals Collection directly from this link: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/bioone, or from the A-Z Databases List,  the library catalog, or the Biology, Environmental Sciences, or Geoscience subject guides.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the BioOne.1 Journals Collection, please contact Sara Scheib at 335-3024 or sara-scheib@uiowa.edu.

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RefWorks to EndNote Transition Workshops

As you may have already heard, the University has acquired a campus-wide license for EndNote and the UI Libraries will end its subscription to RefWorks on December 31, 2014 (more info). Any free RefWorks accounts you have created will not be available after that date, but you can transfer your references to another service quickly and easily. In order to help our RefWorks users make this transition, we are offering several RefWorks to EndNote Transition workshops this summer:

  • Friday, June 13, 10-11:00 am
  • Monday, June 23, 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2-3 pm
  • Wednesday, July 23, 3-4 pm
  • Thursday, August 7, 4-5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2:30-3:30 pm

In each workshop you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free EndNote Basic account;
  • Transfer your references from RefWorks to EndNote Basic;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote Basic;
  • Use EndNote Basic to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote Basic to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!

All workshops are free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. Workshops will be held in the Sciences Library classroom (102 SL). There is no need to register. If you would like assistance with transitioning from RefWorks and are unable to attend one of these workshops, please contact Sara Scheib to arrange a one-on-one consultation. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib.

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Finals De-Stress Activities at the Sciences Library

The Sciences Library is not only a great place to study for finals, we’ve also organized some fun activities to help you de-stress. Here’s what’s going on:

  • Refuel with free hot beverages and treats. (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th – 16th.)
  • Take a break from your studies to build your own creation! Legos, K’NEX and idea books provided. Bring your imagination! (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th - 16th.)
  • Exercise your brain with card games, Phase 10 and Uno! (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th - 16th.)
  • Challenge your study buddy to a game on our Wii console! (6-10PM, May 11 – 15)

Sciences Library hours during Finals Week:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Workshop: RefWorks to EndNote Basic Transition

Do you use RefWorks? Did you know the UI Libraries recently acquired another popular and powerful citation management program, EndNote? The web-based version, EndNote Basic, is available to all UI students, faculty and staff and the desktop client, EndNote Desktop, is available to UI faculty, staff, graduate and professional students. Join us for an introduction to EndNote Basic (web version) and learn how to transfer your references from RefWorks to EndNote Basic.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
RefWorks to EndNote Basic Transition Workshop
12:30-1:20pm, Wednesday, April 30th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free EndNote Basic account;
  • Transfer your references from RefWorks to EndNote Basic;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote Basic;
  • Use EndNote Basic to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote Basic to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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The Merck Index Online

Now available from the UI Libraries: The Merck Index Online (http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/MerckIndex)

An authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals, the Merck Index Online offers the same highly authoritative information as the print edition in a convenient and easily searchable full text database. It contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition. The Merck Index Online will be updated regularly with accurate information curated by experts.

This acquisition was made possible by generous donations from Chemistry Department alumni. Thank you!

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Blood Moon – April 14, 2014

Last night’s clear skies provided ideal conditions for viewing the Blood Moon. Did you miss it? Never fear! Here are some links to amazing time-lapse videos and photographs of this extraordinary event: