Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Journal of Fluid Mechanics - online vol1 onwards

Our access to Journal of Fluid Mechanics digital archive (purchased this year) has been activated which gives us online access to this title from volume 1 onwards.

Please access the issues via the library's e-journal webpages which will be updated with the new holdings dates soon.

Library e-journal pages

Select the Cambridge University Press option of those available for Journal of Fluid Mechanics

UK Research Reserve (UKRR) - first members, incl UoEdinburgh, sign up

15 UK higher education institutions (HEIs) were accepted by the UKRR Selection Panel at its inaugural meeting. These first members include the University of Edinburgh.

Shared across the the 15 participating institutions, over 14k linear metres of material will be processed during this first tranche of activity.

More information from the UKRR website

For more information on the implications for EUL, please contact your Liaison Librarian

Bridging the Gaps - call for proposals (EPSRC)

The EPSRC are seeking outline proposals for their Bridging the Gaps call to help research organisations build a programme of activities that will stimulate creative thinking, across disciplines, reflecting institutional strengths and strategies.

They encourage applications that bridge the gaps between engineering and physical sciences (EPS) and other non-EPS research areas. In particular, they welcome proposals that include working with the social sciences and/or arts and humanities.

More information from the EPSRC website

Deadline for applications is 16 September.

Call for nominations for Biosciences Federation Science Communication Award 2009

Sponsored by Pfizer, this award recognises bioscience researchers from UK universities and institutes who make an outstanding and consistent contribution to communicating science to the public.

Awards categories are New Research (£500) and Established Research (£1500).

More information from the Federation's website

Nomination of researchers working in any sector of the biosciences, from UK universities or institutes, must be supported by a named representative from a Biosciences Federation Member or Associate Member Organisation by submission of a completed Nomination Form.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 28 August.

Vitae researcher development conference 2009: realising the potential of researchers

8-9 September 2009,

More information from the Vitae website

This conference will address strategic and practical implications of:
*sustaining the investment in our researchers in order to build research capacity and remain globally competitive;
*research and evaluation relating to the impact of researcher development and of researcher careers;
*the implementation of the Concordat, including the benchmarking process;
*the latest developments in policy relating to postgraduate researchers and practice to support researcher skills and career development.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Library Catalogue - no self-renewals early next week

The Library Catalogue is getting an upgrade next week. There'll be a period when only the Aquabrowser interface is available and when the catalogue's information is a little out of whack with the situation on the shelves.

It is expected that self-renewals on the library catalogue won't be possible midday Monday 27th July until the evening of Wednesday 29th July. The best idea would be to renew now, otherwise contact library staff.

More information on the library news pages

New look for the EJournal webpages

There has been a recent change in the way the library's e-journal webpages look. This is because we've changed to a different feeder database which, behind the scenes, will integrate better with the library management system and help us improve services.

The default presentation of the list is more streamlined than before. Select "Switch to Detail View" if you want to see, for all the titles listed, the years available and from which websites. Select the "i" for this information for individual titles.

There are no records for our electronic journals in the library catalogue but these will be coming.

More information on library news

There's also a known problem linking to Elsevier's Science Direct journal site from Web of Knowledge and other databases using "findit@Edinburgh". As with all links to journal full-text, double check whether or not you can get it from the library using the e-journal webpages and the library catalogue incase we have only have the journal/year in print.

As you can tell, it's a work in progress and we'd welcome comments or questions on it.

E-Journal web pages

Friday, 10 July 2009

mathematical content in electronic media - technical workshop

Wednesday 9th September
Open University, Milton Keynes

The one-day workshop will have three main themes:

1. Content related technical problems in supporting e-Learning in mathematics
2. Standards related to digitisation of mathematics research literature
3. Formulas and equations in otherwise non-mathematical content

Attendance is limited to about 30, and there are funds for travel and accommodation.

JISC and the OU are funding this workshop.

For more information, and to attend, visit:

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Higher Education Academy’s Student Employability Profiles

The Higher Education Academy’s Student Employability Profiles have now been in use across the sector for almost five years and the Academy is following up on the outcomes, usage and success of the profiles with a short survey to inform the Academy’s future work in further developing the Student Employability Profiles, to enhance graduate employability through effective learning.

The Employability Profiles are available on the Academy’s website: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/learning/employability/disciplines

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes: https://www.questback.com/thehighereducationacademy/sep/

Improving Student Learning (ISL) International conference

7th -9th September 2009,
Imperial College London

Improving Student Learning Symposia will bring together researchers into learning in higher education and practitioners concerned with improving their practice.

Participants, whether presenting papers or not, are invited to bring a poster presenting work they are doing which is concerned with improving student learning.

Registration is now open. Full details can be found on our web site:

Physics Community and Cooperation - GIREP-EPEC 2009 and PHEC 2009 International Conference

17th - 21st August 2009,
University of Leicester

Providing an emphasis both on modes of collaborative learning and on collaboration between institutions to share good practice and to enhance the student learning experience.

Registration is available online and closes 19th July. See the website for details: http://www.physics.le.ac.uk/girep2009/registration.shtml