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    The Green Impact Scheme

    Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme empowering staff and students to take an active role in reducing their environmental impact. This is done through the creation of teams of ‘champions’ within each area of the University.

    Did you know all the NTU libraries are taking part in this scheme as well as your own student union?

    Having achieved the bronze award last year the 3 libraries are aiming for the silver  award by March 2013, which we believe will be a fantastic achievement that will show how green we are. For this award we have to meet a more specific criteria relating to energy; waste and recycling; travel; biodiversity and community; embedding and communication; and procurement.

    In the meantime there are a few things that you can do to help us achieve the award:

    Please use the recycling bins provided in the library for paper/card, plastic/cans.

    ·  Think about the tree’s and try  not to print out hand-outs etc. if possible, and print  double sided if practical.

    · If you need to scribble a quick note down, why not use some scrap paper which we may be able to supply from the library, please ask?

    · Report leaking taps and water coolers to library staff, a dripping tap can waste up to 5,000 litres of water a year.

    • Each team workbook will be audited by NTU students trained in environmental auditing.

    NTU as a whole has made a long term pledge to cut its carbon footprint by 48% before 2020. In the shorter term however each area of NTU is working to cut their electricity use by 10% by the end of June 2013.

    Many thanks for your help and if you have any questions relating to green issues in the library then please feel free to contact us by emailing:


    Referencing and Dissertation Help

    We’re again running our referencing and dissertation drop in desk in the libraries.  If you’d like some help with either, simply come along at the following times and ask us:

    Brackenhurst Library 19 and 21 February 1pm – 2pm

    If these times are not convenient, you can always contact your liaison librarian, heather.parsonage@ntu.ac.uk, and book an appointment.


    Blog close

    Dear all,

    With each academic school now having its own blog (InfoSci has acted as a College blog), there will be separate blogs for SST and ARES in the future.

    The future blog for SST will be SST Library Updates@NTU (URL: http://sstlibraryupdatesntu.wordpress.com/)

    The future blog for ARES will be http://areslibraryupdatesntu.wordpress.com/.

    Thanks for reading this information, and we look forward to providing a School-specific service in the future.


    Jon and Heather.

    Nobel Prize resources (Physics and Chemistry)

    Good morning,

    To mark the awarding of Nobel Prize for Physics and Medicine, free associated resources (lectures, articles and papers) are available via http://www.physica.org and http://www.reproduction-online.org/misc/Nobel_prize_2010.shtml. Each has a limited release, so the sites should be checked for more information.

    Other resources may well be available, and I shall post these as I find them.



    Royal Society of Chemistry: site update

    Please find this update about the forthcoming improvements to the RSC site:

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) would like to announce our migration plans for the new RSC Publishing platform and how this will affect our customers.  http://pubs.rsc.org/

    After successfully launching the RSC Publishing ‘beta’ platform, which gave students, researchers, scientists, librarians and information specialists access to the platform in test stage, we have been continually developing the platform for release.  Thank you to those of you that have fed back during this process, your input has been very valuable to us and we will continue to keep our Librarian Testers involved in future developments.

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    Launch of the new RSC Publishing platform

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    *July 27th 2010** – RSC Publishing platform will be launched
    * All dynamic links to content will be set to resolve to the new platform
    * The RSC Publishing platform and the old website will run in parallel alongside each other to give our customers time to highlight any broken links and amend as necessary – please read the legacy URL column and short cut URL column notes
    GO TO www.rsc.org/urls
    * Where possible, website redirects will be put in place to reduce errors for customers
    * We will remove access to content via the old website once there are minimal redirects measured. We anticipate this to be in several months
    * Our COUNTER statistics customers will access statistics through the Librarians’ Portal once we close off access to the old site
    * All our customers to set up an individual Librarians’ Portal account on new platform before old website access closed
    GO TO http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Librarian

    **Please note that timescales are approximate and may be subject to change

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    Customer Support

    * Training – we will be organising webcasts throughout July to October
    * Communications – we will continue to keep our customers up-to-date with migration, training and planned maintenance through the Librarians’ Portal news and to registered email addresses
    * For all customer queries
    EMAIL sales@rsc.org quoting P1007b

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    Technical Support

    * Migration guidelines – we are currently producing migration guidelines to help our customers to transition over to the new RSC Publishing platform, these will be available shortly
    * We will be using Xlink to redirect all our links – please ensure you check any direct URLs do not have the format rsc.org/publishing… as these will become broken and will need to be changed
    * For a full list or URLs (please read the legacy URL column and short cut URL column notes)
    GO TO www.rsc.org/urls
    * For all technical queries
    EMAIL technicalsupport@rsc.org quoting P1007b

    Are you involved in Biomedical Research (of any type)?

    If you are involved in biomedical research, the British Library Science team would like to hear from you!

    Please complete our short survey about how you access and manage information.

    To thank you for your feedback, four lucky respondents will win a £25 voucher to spend at the British Library Online Shop.

    Please note the deadline for completion of the survey is 28 May.

    Find out more about what we do at British Library Science

    Christina Murphy

    Research Liaison Officer

    Science, Technology & Medicine


    96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


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    New! Browse the Complete PopSci Archive

    Quoted from http://www.popsci.com/announcements/article/2010-03/new-browse-137-years-popsci-archive-free (click link for images):

    “We’ve partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. And today we’re excited to announce you can browse the full archive right here on PopSci.com.

    As you will soon see, it’s an amazing resource. Aside from bringing back memories for longtime readers, as a whole the archive beautifully encapsulates over a century of PopSci’s fascination with the future, and science and technology’s incredible potential to improve our lives. Tracing our dreams and visions of the future back through time, you’ll see that not a lot has changed. Some things we projected with startling accuracy, and others remain today what they were then–dreams. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

    In the future, we’ll be adding more advanced features for searching and browsing, so stay tuned.”

    Text by By John Mahoney Posted 03.03.2010 at 1:00 pm