Syllabi Central is an SIS application for the storage and
display of class syllabi. It features an intuitive web site that makes it easy for faculty or administrators to upload
a syllabus. Links to these syllabi are included in University applications such as Course Listings to make it easy for
students to see a syllabus when they are searching for courses. Students want to be able to review a syllabus for courses
they are considering taking. Syllabi are rarely available three to four months in advance when students are preparing
for registration, but by accessing an archive of past syllabi, students can make better informed decisions about courses
in which they are interested.
Other benefits of a central syllabi archive are:
A resource for departments/schools during accreditation and curriculum planning.
A resource for subject librarians and other course staff in helping faculty with course materials and planning.
A resource for University archivists.
A resource for new faculty.
An easy way for faculty to distribute the syllabus to a class (every syllabus has a unique URL).
Syllabi Central can be used by faculty, TAs, course staff, and WUCRSL administrators. They are automatically linked
to the courses for which they are responsible. I would be happy to upload your syllabus for you if you send it to
House Delivers New Open-Access Policy That Has Activists Cheering - The Obama administration says federally
financed research should be made freely available within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. From
John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy: "I have issued a memorandum today to
Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop
plans to make the results of federally-funded research publicly available free of charge within 12 months after
BrowZine Trial - BrowZine is an iPad app with the look and feel of the iTunes bookstore, except it is for
library journals. As you can see in the screenshot below, each journal title appears on the “bookshelf”.
Users can click to open the journal and browse the articles.
The trial, which runs through October 15, is for a limited set of content and does not represent all of our
journal holdings, but hopefully it will give you a sense of how the app would work, were the library to purchase it.
With BrowZine you can:
Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
Easily view table of contents of current past journals
Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals (when users add a journal title to their personal bookshelves,
they are subsequently alerted when new articles appear in that journal – similar to an RSS feed).
Save articles to Zotero, Dropbox, and other services
Share with other researchers by posting to Facebook, Twitter and more
After six years of negotiation,
the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is now close to ensuring that
nearly all particle-physics articles — about 7,000 publications last year — are made immediately free on journal websites.
There is also a good article in Nature.
KnowItAll U provides an online spectral search/retrieval system of over 1.3 million spectra (IR,
NMR, MS, Raman, UV-Vis) including chemical structures and properties.
Users can access spectral data from virtually any hardware platform or