March 31, 2006
More Blogs and RSS feeds from the University Library!
Did you know that you're reading a "blog"?! Yes! A blog is merely a way to put news and opinions up on the web. Blogs can be read by going to the blog website (e.g., going to the Biotech Info Center's News site, or via an RSS feed reader such as Bloglines. Bloglines and other RSS feed readers are handy because they let you easily keep track of "what's new" from many resources -- blogs, newspapers, CNN, table of contents of journals, new books, etc. If you're curious about RSS feeds, please read our short page explaining about RSS feeds and how to get started with Blogger.
The University library is using Blogs and RSS feeds in several instances. For example, the following libraries have blogs as vehicles to tell you "what's new" --
Business & Economics
Biotechnology Information Center
You may also want to keep up to date on what's happening in issues such as open access, author copyrights, google, etc. by reading the Scholarly Communications newsletter.
If you're using an RSS feed reader, you can set up RSS feeds so you will be notified when new electronic journals and databases are added to our ORR registry or when new books (or other materials) are received and added to the Online Catalog. In both cases, you can specify the subject area in which you're interested.
Posted by Katie Newman at 11:15 AM
March 17, 2006
New Master's Degree in Bioinformatics Offered at UIUC
GSLIS (the Graduate School of Library and Information Science) recently announced that two of their professors, Associate Professors Carole Palmer and Bryan Heidorn, had been awarded a $250,000 NSF grant to develop curriculum for a new master's degree specializing in the field of bioinformatics. Read the announcement or learn more about the GSLIS program.
This is part of a campus-wide program whereby students may obtain a MS in Bioinformatics from one of five departments, depending on their desired area of specialization. Students interested in this program must apply for admission to one of the participating departments/units:
- Department of Animal Sciences
- Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Crop Sciences
- Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Posted by Katie Newman at 12:18 PM
March 10, 2006
Accessing Faculty of 1000 from Off-Campus
Several of you have let me know that you're having a difficult time accessing Faculty of 1000 from home.
The situation is pretty weird...
- To use F1000 from off campus, one must have first registered when on campus. (I.e., from within the campus IP range.) You can only register when you're on campus.
- Then, to log in from off campus, one must have logged into F1000 while on campus, within the previous 30 days.
- If you've used F1000 within the past 30 days while you're on campus, that's still not good enough, though! You actually have to have been logged in to your "MyF1000" account from on-campus.
- Note: If you allow cookies, you can have your on-campus computer set so that when you access F1000, you're logged in automatically. Test this out: The next time you access F1000 from on-campus, look at the upper left-hand corner of the screen; if you see a message welcoming you (e.g., I see Welcome Katie Newman), you've been logged in automatically.
- When you access F1000 from off-campus, using our special URL, http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=226365 , login as if you have a "personal subscription".
Pretty strange, hey?
There is an alternative!
Use CITES' Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to establish a connection to the University, and to authenticate yourself as a UIUC affiliate. When you use VPN to access resources from off-campus, it's as if your computer were physically located on campus!
Caveat: for VPN to work properly with library resources, you must use the library profile. Read more about VPN, and download the client; be sure to also download the Library profile. When you use the VPN + Library profile, you'll be able to get into F1000 from off-campus, whether you've previously registered with F1000 on campus, or not. (Of course you'll still need to authenticate yourself when you start up the VPN client.)
Of local interest, I thought you'd be interested to know that UIUC is well represented amongst the nearly 2000 faculty who have been chosen to be evaluators in F1000! Click on the links below to see what they've been recommending!
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign F1000 Evaluators
Andrew Belmont CELL BIOLOGY > Nuclear structure & function
Martin Gruebele STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY > Protein folding
Steven Huber PLANT BIOLOGY > Plant biochemistry & physiology
Kim Hughes GENOMICS & GENETICS > Evolutionary/comparative genetics
David Kranz IMMUNOLOGY > Antigen processing & recognition
Deborah Leckband CELL BIOLOGY > Cell adhesion
George Ordal MICROBIOLOGY > Microbial physiology & metabolism
Scott K. Silverman STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY > Structure: RNA
Jonathan Sweedler CHEMICAL BIOLOGY > Chemical biology of the cell
ps.. I generated this list by clicking on the "Faculty Member List" link, and searching for "Illinois" in the "by institution" search bar.
Posted by Katie Newman at 10:04 AM