All newly created Chalk courses now include a module from the University of Chicago Library. The Library Help module suggests appropriate Library research guides and librarian contacts for the course. For example a chemistry course would link to Andrea Twiss-Brook’s contact information as well as her chemistry research guide that offers information on finding relevant chemical information such as articles, chemical and property data and more.
Instructors and TAs may also add the module manually to their older Chalk course.
When you create a new chalk course, the guides and librarians listed in the module are automatically selected based on the department or program affiliated with the course. Instructors and TAs can contact the Library to change the guides and librarians listed in the module, or add a custom-designed research guide for their course.
The Library module only appear in courses that have been added to Chalk after September 15th.
More information is available on our Library Help Module guide.
Eckhart Library from the Photographic Archive
Eckhart Library will reopen during the winter quarter, having completed a major renovation and reconfiguration of the Library space.
The reopened Eckhart Library will contain 40 seats of study space for students; the reserves collection for mathematics, computer science and statistics; and a core collection of mathematics books. The Library’s hours will remain the same.
Monographs in the subject areas of computer science and statistics, as well as less frequently used mathematics monographs, have been moved to Crerar Library and permanently integrated into the collections there. They are presently available in Crerar’s 3rd floor stacks. All journals in mathematics, computer science and statistics now also available on Crerar’s third floor.
Location: Crerar Library Computer Classroom
Learn about the desktop citation management software, EndNote. Topics covered include creating and managing libraries, importing references from online databases, importing and managing PDFs and creating formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.
The AMS now offers mobile pairing, a way for users to “pair” their various web browsing devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops) with the University of Chicago network. Once you have paired your device you can access AMS electronic products the Library subscribes to easily whether or not you are connected to our network.
Pair your device at ams.org/pairing/pair_my_device.html when you are on campus.
Your pairing will last for 90 days and you can renew it as many times as you like. More information is available here: http://ams.org/publications/mobilepairing.
In case you thought Thanksgiving and science had nothing to do with one another, we offer these selections found on Discover magazine’s blog Seriously, Science? Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of the John Crerar Library!
Investigation of the best suture pattern to close a stuffed Christmas turkey.
Verwilghen D, Busoni V, van Galen G, Wilke M.
Vet Rec. 2011 Dec 24-31;169(26):685-6. doi: 10.1136/vr.d6221.
PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22193586
The effect of the Thanksgiving holiday on weight gain.
Hull HR, Radley D, Dinger MK, Fields DA.
Nutr J. 2006 Nov 21;5:29.
PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17118202
Pilgrims sailing the Titanic: Plausibility effects on memory for misinformation.
Hinze SR, Slaten DG, Horton WS, Jenkins R, Rapp DN.
Mem Cognit. 2013 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Link to full text for UChicago readers: http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13421-013-0359-9
And don’t forget to check out the Library’s Turkeys guide: http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/turkeys
December 3, 2013, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Computer Classroom, John Crerar Library
Swift (http://www.ci.uchicago.edu/swift) is a simple language for writing parallel scripts that run many copies of ordinary programs concurrently. Swift runs multiple programs concurrently as soon as their inputs are available, reducing the need for complex parallel programming. Short, simple Swift scripts can do large-scale work. The same script runs on multicore computers, clusters, grids, clouds, and supercomputers, and is thus an excellent tool for moving your work from a laptop or workstation to the RCC parallel “Midway” cluster. Swift can run a million programs, thousands at a time, launching hundreds per second. It is being used in many fields of science, engineering, and business. This hands-on tutorial will give you a taste of running simple parallel scripts on Midway, and provide pointers for applying it to your own work.
Included in the online exhibition are images from Louis Pasteur’s work on fermentation “Études Sur La Bière: Ses Maladies, Causes Qui Les Provoquent, Procédé Pour La Rendre Inaltérable; Avec Une Théorie Nouvelle De La Fermentation”
The National Library of Medicine has an interesting new online exhibition From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry. Featured in the exhibition are images from the print collections of NLM.
Those interested in exploring the topic of the exhibition further will be able to find some of the works featured in the exhibition in the Library’s extensive print collections.
From the website:
“MICROBES—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages.
Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines.
A glimpse into the past reveals a history of human enterprise that has adapted these tiny organisms for health and profit. This exhibition explores some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use life.”
Digitally enhanced image for The Fabric of the Human Body
The University of Chicago Library has recently acquired a wonderful new reference, The Fabric of the Human Body. The work is a new two-volume set of an English translation of Andreas Vesalius’ 16th century anatomical atlas, De humani corporis fabrica. This impressive new work features a comprehensive, side by side annotated translation of both the 1543 first and the 1555 second editions. Dr. Daniel H. Garrison (Professor, Department of Classics, Northwestern University) and Dr. Malcolm H. Hast (Professor Emeritus in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), spent the last twenty years critically comparing the two editions, resulting in more than 5,000 annotations. Scholars may visit the Special Collections Research Center to make use of this new translation.
The purchase of The Fabric of the Human Body was generously supported by the Library Society’s Steering Committee.
Read more about work that created The Fabric of the Human Body in the publisher’s Karger Gazette special issue titled Anatomy & Art through the Ages:
Research Data Management Resources at UChicago
November 13, 2013, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Nicholas Labello and Elisabeth Long
Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library
Many funding agencies now require documentation of your research data management practices as a prerequisite to receiving an award. This workshop will cover basic strategies for managing your data; available resources and services at UChicago; and writing data management plans that meet the requirements of a variety of funding agencies. Available resources for doing data-intensive computing, transferring and sharing data, working collaboratively on shared data, storage, backup, and version control options will be discussed.
RCC User Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 2:45
Kathleen A. Zar Room in the Crerar Library
Please join the Research Computing Center next Thursday, November 14th for our first user meeting. This is an informal opportunity to talk with the RCC staff and other Midway users about research projects and resources. All users are invited to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is not required, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to aid planning.