Penrose Newsletter to NSME Faculty
October 2001

The Penrose Library has quite a number of things that we would like to announce to the Science and Engineering faculty here at DU.

The IEEE Journals : Options for Web Access

We will have a trial to the electronic versions of the IEEE journals and conference proceedings starting October 1, 2001. There are many options for the 105 or so IEEE journals that we currently subscribe to. We could:
  1. just get web access to the journals for the same price that we are paying now and no longer get the print journals. This would also save us the cost of binding and storage.

  2. continue the current arrangement - pay for just the print package of journals.

  3. pay an annual surcharge ($7,000/year) to include web access plus print.

  4. Pick and choose among titles with no web option.

I would guess that option #1 listed above would be OK with most faculty and students, but some faculty might be concerned with long term archiving of the journals. We would be relying on the publisher to archive rather than keeping the print copies locally available.

What do you think we should do? Send me an email ( if you have any thoughts concerning the matter.

We are Now Getting GeoRef

The GeoRef Database is available site wide through Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. GeoRef is the most comprehensive database in the geosciences and continues to grow by more than 60,000 references a year. It contains over 2.2 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. It covers the geology of the world from 1933 to the present and North America from 1785 [not a typo] to the present.

Current Journal Usage Study

We removed a wall between Current Periodicals and the Reference area in the Penrose Library. One can now use the journals anywhere in the building. However, we ask that researchers return the print journal issues to the area when they are done.

Library staff are keeping track of current print journal usage. So, when you are done reading your journal issues, just leave them on a table so that they can be counted as a use when they are reshelved.

Statistics from ACS Journals

We recently received usage statistics for the last three months (April-June, 2001) for our American Chemical Society (ACS) full text access license. In short, over 500 articles were downloaded in that three month span, and over 1,100 article downloaded in the last six months. The recent report can be found here -

Some New Reference Books

The following is a smattering of recent reference works that we have received.

Call Number
Title & Publisher
REF QH541.14 .W45 v.1-3 Encyclopedia of Biomes / Marlene Weigel, Detroit : UXL, 2000.
REF GF4 .D52 2000 The Dictionary of Human Geography / edited by R.J. Johnston, Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
REF QA5 .D53 2000 Dictionary of Analysis, Calculus, and Differential Equations / [edited by] Douglas N. Clark, Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2000.
REF QA273.3 .K64 2000 CRC Standard Probability and Statistics Tables and Formulae / Stephen Kokoska, Daniel Zwillinger, Boca Raton, Fla. : Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2000.
REF QB14 .E534 2001 V.1-4 Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics / editor-in-chief, Paul Murdin, Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub. ; London ; New York : Nature Pub. Group, 2001.
REF QL673 .H265 1992 V.1-6 Handbook of the Birds of the World / [edited by] Josep del Hoyo, [et al.], Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 1992-
REF QL474 .A76 2000 American Insects : a Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico / Ross H. Arnett, Jr., Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, 2000, 2nd ed.
REF RA1193 .D53 1999 V.1-7 The Dictionary of Substances and Their Effects / editor, S. Gangolli, Cambridge, UK : Royal Society of Chemistry, 1999, 2nd ed.
REF TL501 .J3 2001/2002 Jane's all the World's Aircraft, New York : McGraw-Hill, 2001.
REF TP12 .C443 Chem Sources U.S.A., Orlando Beach, Fla. : Directories Publishing Company, Inc., 2001, 42nd ed.

Bibliography of Recent Interesting Articles

Butler, Declan, "The future of the electronic scientific literature," Nature, September 6, 2001, 413(6851):1. -

De Robbio, Antonella, "Online Resources for Mathematics in the Scientific Virtual Reference Desk," High Energy Physics Libraries Webzine, Issue 3, March 2001. -

Meek, James, "Science world in revolt at power of the journal owners," The Guardian, Saturday May 26, 2001. -,3604,496855,00.html

Walker, Thomas J., "Market-driven free access to journal articles", The Scientist, June 11, 2001, 15(12):43. -

"Science and technology: Will journal publishers perish?" The Economist, May 13, 2000, 355(8170):81-82.

Miscellaneous Items

We will have a trial of Elsevier Science Direct - - sometime in the fall. I will have more details about the dates later. We currently subscribe to about 150 Elsevier journals.

Another interesting web site is the ARL Create Change web site - This is a resource for faculty and librarian action to reclaim scholarly communication. This is part of the Office of Scholarly Communication of the Association of Research Libraries.

Highwire Press at Stanford University - - is one of the two largest archives of free full-text science journals and articles. As of 9/26/01, they are assisting in the online publication of 320,687 free full-text articles. They focus on life science and medical journals, but they have physical science and social science resources as well. This is our vendor for electronic access to Annual Reviews -, and PNAS -, among others.

The American Physical Society has announced that the Physical Review Online Archive - - now goes back to 1893!

How do I get some of my news and information? I read the NSF Sci-Tech Newsletter - and use the Scout Report for Science and Engineering -

The webpage for this Newsletter is at:

Let me know if you have any questions concerning these or other services that the library provides.


Joseph R. Kraus   Science Librarian
U. of Denver      2150 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO        80208
v. 303-871-4586   fax 303-871-2290