Current news at the WSU Libraries.
Did you know that the Owen Science and Engineering librarians are available to help you find science resources?
Architecture and the children’s literature collections are also now hosted in Owen. Stop by during reference hours for assistance with any of these collections!
Librarians are available Monday through Thursday from 10:000 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Use tablet app to browse, access journal articles
WSU Libraries is offering a tablet-based app for iPads and certain Android devices so users can browse and access scholarly journal articles from the libraries’ holdings.
BrowZine pulls articles from databases into complete journals, then arranges them by subject on a library-style virtual newsstand. To see a video about BrowZine or download the app, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/browzine.
WSU Libraries is piloting the BrowZine subscription for a year, and feedback is welcome. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With BrowZine, users can scan tables of contents and open articles for reading and markup in a preferred PDF reader such as GoodReader, iAnnotate or PDF Expert, said WSU social sciences librarian Lorena O’English. Users can automatically send articles or article information to other places, including Dropbox, and create a bookshelf of journals and individual articles to save for easy access.
“You could call this an academic version of magazine-style apps, like Flipboard or Google Currents,” she said. “Like Flipboard, BrowZine pulls content from other sources and makes it easier for the user to work with.”
Not all journals available through WSU Libraries are in BrowZine, but Third Iron, the St. Paul, Minn.-based company that owns the app, is working with academic publishers to expand BrowZine’s offerings, O’English said.
From headless people to geocentrism: MASC exhibit features ‘Outrageous Hypotheses’ through OctoberThe libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections will feature Blemmyes, Panotti and other instances of how human knowledge has gone awry over time in its upcoming exhibit, "Outrageous Hypotheses: Selections from the MASC,” that continues through Oct. 31. The exhibit is inspired by this year’s common reading book selection, "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” by journalist Kathryn Schulz.An opening reception is planned 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in MASC, downstairs in Terrell Library. Exhibit hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.For the full story, click on the WSU News Service link.
Starting Aug. 19, asking a Washington State University librarian for help with a research topic, citation styles or other resources will be just as convenient as searching the Web anytime day or night.
WSU Libraries has joined Ask-WA, a service coordinated by the Washington State Library in participation with libraries statewide. WSU faculty, students and staff can get a quality answer within minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the website at http://libraries.wsu.edu/ask.
WSU Libraries’ staff members answer chat questions weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All other hours—4 p.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday—chat questions are answered by librarians from other academic institutions who have access to WSU’s policies, catalog and library guides. They use their professional expertise to answer questions or refer them to other experts.
In 2012, college students and faculty statewide asked 16,430 questions using Ask-WA.
"Now that WSU Libraries are part of the statewide cooperative service, our library users can get help all of the hours they are searching for information, not just when the library is open,” said Marilyn Von Seggern, WSU Libraries’ government information librarian. "Other academic libraries in the state have shown how useful and convenient Ask-WA is for their library users.”
For more information, contact Jane Scales (email@example.com), WSU Libraries’ electronic projects librarian.
National medicine library director to lecture at WSU
Donald Lindberg, director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, will visit Washington State University for the inaugural distinguished lecture series through the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. He will present "The History of Science Publication in the U.S.” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in the science forum (room 305) of the new Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building. A reception will follow. For the full story, click on the WSU News Service link.