June 18, 2012
Update on Library services for Ag-bio-medical research
Several of our science librarians are retiring at the end of June. This includes Tina Chrzastowski, Chemistry Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org), Diane Schmidt, Biology/Veterinary Medicine Librarian (email@example.com), and me, Katie Newman, Biotechnology Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org). After taking a two month break, both Tina and Diane will come back part time for a few months, until their replacements can be found. The Biology Library is closed, with its collection housed within the Funk Library; you can find a link to the Virtual Biology Portal from the Funk Homepage (http://www.library.illinois.edu/funkaces/). The Chemistry and Veterinary Medicine Libraries remain open; currently a search is underway for a new Veterinary Medicine Librarian. A search is also underway for a biomedical sciences librarian, whose mandate will be to work with researchers from across campus; this is a new position. Later in the year it is expected that a search will commence for a new Biology Librarian.
The Biotechnology Information Center, a virtual branch of the University Library, which is located in 2130 IGB, will be closing at the end of June. Many of the services I have offered over the years will be available from other University librarians. For example, if you need help tracking down a citation or gaining access to an article, please contact one of the Funk Librarians: Pat Allen (email@example.com); Melody Allison (firstname.lastname@example.org); or Sarah Williams (email@example.com). The Funk Librarians are also available to teach information literacy sessions in your classes or can help you set up research literature alerts in databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, BIOSIS, etc. If you need assistance creating a data management plan, please contact Sarah Williams.
Other services are available from librarians affiliated with our central resources. For questions having to do with EndNote or RefWorks, please contact Jenny Emanuel, a member of our Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) group. Sarah Shreeves, head of the Scholarly Commons (http://www.library.illinois.edu/sc/) and IDEALS, can help you figure out what your rights are as authors and can help you keep your rights when publishing. Sarah can also help you add your publications to IDEALS, the university repository for academic research and scholarship (http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/).
Until June 29th, 2012, please let me know if you have questions or concerns!
Katie Newman, 2130 IGB, email@example.com, 265-5386
Posted by Katie Newman at 12:05 PM