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Archive for September, 2008

Weekly Silent Book Auction

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Check out the weekly Silent Book Auction for some extraordinary bargains. The auction is located near the New Books shelves in Bailey/Howe Library. It closes at 3:30 each Friday afternoon. The minimum bid is $1.00, and new titles are offered every week.

The Silent Book Auction has been a University Libraries tradition since the 1980s. Created originally as a means to dispose of the library’s discards and duplicate donated titles, the weekly auction has become a keenly anticipated and well-loved weekly event. After more than two decades the auction continues to attract faculty, staff, students and the general public to battle for that long sought-after book. Travel books, science texts, history, biography and fiction have all been included in the auction. Proceeds benefit Special Collections events and acquisitions.

Natural Standard

Monday, September 15th, 2008
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Want to know if the Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type diet has been studied by scientists? Curious to find out if echinacea can really fend off a common cold? The UVM Libraries provide access to Natural Standard , a powerful resource that provides high quality, evidence-based information on complementary and alternative therapies such as herbal treatments, dietary supplements, and nutritional recommendations. Natural Standard assists clinicians, patients, and health care institutions in making informed therapeutic decisions. Founded by clinicians at Harvard University and the University of California, Natural Standard has grown to an international research collaboration with more than 500 contributors from over 100 eminent academic institutions. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and opinions. A sophisticated grading system is utilized to evaluate the quality of available evidence, and findings are presented in order of strength of evidence. Links to relevant news items are provided, as well as abundant references, often numbering into the hundreds, with links to article abstracts. Natural Standard is impartial and is not supported by any interest group, professional organization, product, or manufacturer. To learn more about Natural Standard, visit the Dana Medical Library’s Featured Resource Bulletin, which provides an in-depth overview.

New Computers in Bailey/Howe Library

Friday, September 12th, 2008

The Bailey/Howe library is pleased to announce that twenty-four new computing stations have been added on the second floor, in current periodicals.

The machines are for use by University of Vermont affiliates and provide access to internet browsers, printers, and software such as Office, SPSS, Minitab, Mathematica and more.

Greener Printing in Bailey/Howe

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

In an effort to reduce the consumption of paper and to support the green initiative on campus, printers in Bailey/Howe now default to double-sided printing.

Each side of the paper counts as ONE page, so one sheet of paper will count as TWO pages. The cost for black and white printing is ten cents per page (seven cents per page if using a Cat$cratch card). Color copying costs 25 cents per page.

For example: a four-page black and white document will print on two sheets and will cost 40 cents (or 28 cents on Cat$cratch).

We thank you for your cooperation as we transition to this more environmentally friendly policy.

Foreign Dissertations from CRL

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) most recent FOCUS newsletter outlines the strength of CRL’s foreign dissertation collection. Works by scholars such as Albert Einstein, Martin Heidegger, and Albert Camus are among the 800,000 PhD level dissertations in the collection.

UVM is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, which makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. In 2004, 92% of the Center’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90% of copies were delivered within one business day as well.