Monday, March 31, 2008

New Lost Books Policy

Effective April 1, 2008, the replacement cost for lost books that have been published within the previous five calendar years will be the full cost of the lost book plus a $20 processing charge plus any overdue fines that have accrued. The replacement cost for books with a publication date prior to the previous five calendar years will be $100 plus a $20 processing charge plus any overdue fines that have accrued. The library will not accept replacement copies of lost books purchased by the user responsible for the lost item.

Institutional Action: Students. If a student does not pay overdue fine & replacement costs within notification period, the matter will be given over to the Student Financial Services Center. The student’s account will be charged the required amount.

Institutional Action: Faculty & Staff. If a faculty or staff member does not pay overdue fine & replacement costs within notification period, the matter will be given over to the Dean of Faculty.

Clearing Fines & Payments : Before institutional action is taken, payments to the Library for missing books can be made in cash, by check or DuckBill$. Patrons are encouraged to return overdue books even if they are unable to make payments at that time. If the person responsible for the missing item finds the item after the library has ordered a replacement copy, the replacement costs will not be refunded to the user.

For more information on Circulation policies, see the Library's website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

ILL/DDS Department Looking for Student Workers


The SC Williams Library is looking for graduate student workers for the Interlibrary Loan department. Students must be reliable and detail oriented.

Students that will not graduate until May 2009 or later are preferred. Also, students should be available to work during the summer.

We are accepting applications until April 4th and the position will start in April. Those selected will be contacted for interviews.

Applications are available in the library administration offices on the third floor. Please contact Mary Ellen Valverde, Head Librarian for ILL/DDS, at (201) 216-5408 or, for more information.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Final Thoughts from Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

IEEE Spectrum Online recently featured the last interview with the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who passed away last week in a Sri Lankan hospital. The interview, conducted in January, reveals the famed author as "still entranced with terraforming planets, space elevators, and the search for extraterrestrials." Read more...>>

The Library owns several copies of Clarke's works; look for them out in our online catalog!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Nature's Publishers Make Genome Papers Available Through Creative Commons License

From the Nature website: "In the continuing drive to make papers as accessible as possible, Nature Publishing Group is now introducing a 'creative commons' licence for the reuse of [papers reporting full genome sequences]. The licence (see allows non-commercial publishers, however they might be defined, to reuse the pdf and html versions of the paper. In particular, users are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the contribution, provided this is for non-commercial purposes, subject to the same or similar licence conditions and due attribution."

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tech Review's 10 Emerging Technologies 2008

Technology Review presents their list of the 10 technologies that they think are most likely to change the way people live. Technologies profiled include: modeling surprise, probabilistic chips, NanoRadio, wireless power, atomic magnetometers, offline web apps, graphene transistors, connectomics, reality mining and cellulolytic enzymes.