Annual review of statistics and its application
This will be freely available until January 2015. After that, I'm fairly sure we will have WU subscription access. "Statistical methods and tools important to any study or field that involves quantitative data and reasoning—from biostatistics, bioinformatics, economics, and machine learning to psychology, sociology, and aspects of the physical sciences—the journal will provide broad analysis of major methodological advances and computational devices not only for statisticians and quantitative methodologists, but for all scientists and users of statistics"
The Libraries are exploring options to expand space for special collections on Olin Library Level B (where paper math books and journals are kept). Planning is in the early stages. As a first step, oversized books and A and Z call numbers have been moved from Olin Level B to West Campus. You will be able to REQUEST those items through the catalog for delivery when you need them. (More info at Collection Projects.)
Call numbers (QA etc.) will be using fewer shelves on Level B in future; this is possible in part because of purchased online journal backfiles which will allow us to keep fewer paper volumes with minimal inconvenience. I expect to be reviewing lists of very-low-use, readily-available titles throughout the coming semester; for more about that work see Collection Management Guidelines and Procedures, December 2013. I'm told that lists of books being withdrawn will be posted on libguides.wustl.edu/collections for a short time in case any faculty want to claim them before they are sent to book vendors or to disposal. The first list will be posted Feb. 24 for 1 week. Please keep Ruth Lewis informed about any questions or concerns. Thank you.
We are negotiating a new contract with Elsevier later this year so will have a window of opportunity to cancel less-used/very expensive titles. Because our Elsevier contracts have not allowed us to cancel, we did not review them in previous years' reviews of subscriptions.
This is our current plan:
Cancel at the end of 2014; we will still have any paid backfile and current access through 2014. Interlibrary loan will be able to get any needed articles.
Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare - C Nonlinear Analysis
Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis
Bulletin des Sciences Mathematiques
Comptes Rendus Mathematique
Differential Geometry and Its Applications
Journal de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees
Journal of Approximation Theory
Journal of Computer and System Sciences
Journal of Differential Equations
Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
Journal of Multivariate Analysis
Linear Algebra and its Applications
Nonlinear Analysis - Hybrid Systems
Nonlinear Analysis - Real World Applications
Nonlinear Analysis - Theory Methods and Applications
Topology and its Applications
Also Physics is planning to cancel: Advances in Applied Mathematics
Ask to keep subscribing:
Advances in Mathematics
Journal of Algebra
Journal of Combinatorial Theory - Series A
Journal of Combinatorial Theory - Series B
Journal of Functional Analysis
Journal of Number Theory
Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra
If you have questions or concerns about these decisions, please contact Ruth Lewis. Thank you.
Academic Search Complete has replaced Academic Search Premier. It indexes more sources and has more fulltext articles. [Academic Search Complete is NOT available from the WU School of Medicine campus currently; we are working on clarifying this situation.] More info.
Neureuther book collection essay competition: Graduate students (or undergraduates) may want to consider entering this competition. 2014 info is now available.
eJournal calendar year subscription renewals and changes sometimes cause access problems. The sooner we learn about a problem, the sooner we can fix it. Use the "Problem? Let us know!" link at the top of your Get it! menu or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Thanks very much for your help with this!
Some AV materials are now available from some MOBIUS libraries. In addition to borrowing books from other MOBIUS libraries, WU students, faculty, and staff can request DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and other AV materials from participating institutions for a 10-day loan period. As part of the agreement, WU will also be loaning some of our AV materials to others. You request AV materials from MOBIUS the same way you do books. The local borrowing period for our AV materials has increased to 14 days. So you can check out DVDs, etc., owned by WU Libraries for two weeks now!
Don't miss Math Dept. Chair David Wright's 13-minute podcast in the People, Places and Ideas series: Musical Mathematics.
American Mathematical Society on Facebook posts very interesting and useful things, such as, what's new from the AMS Bookstore, meeting info, links to blog posts, and more. If you use Facebook, I strongly recommend you "Like" the AMS site so you get updates.
4 AMS journals now offer Article-level Social Sharing Metrics (altmetrics) on their sites. It's pretty easy to get this date on arXiv posts also. Just install the Almetric bookmarklet, go to the arXiv record and then click on the almetric.it bookmark for a quick report. I'm not sure anyone has really figured out how to use and compare these data yet, but most researchers agree that Journal Impact Factor has big problems when used to assess research (example Declaration on Research Assessment), so it is probably worthwhile to put alternative metrics on your radar.
We now have access to K-Theory again: K-Theory (1987-2008)
You may recall that last year we did have online access through Springer, however early this year all of that content was removed. I don't know the explanation as to why this happened. I guess Springer somehow lost the rights to that journal; it may have something to do with the history of the journal which involved the editorial board leaving and establishing a new title, the Journal of K-Theory, with Cambridge University Press in 2007-2008.
As some of you will remember, in 2007 the editorial board left the Springer journal [Another Journal Board Resigns] and a new Journal of K Theory was begun in 2008 at Cambridge University Press. Now Springer has dropped all online content, 1987-2008, from their site; I don't know the explanation for this action yet.
I have spoken with people at Portico and I believe they will make at least our online-only content, 2003-2008, (and possibly the entire archive of K Theory) available to us soon.