Friday, December 19, 2008

2008 World's Most Ethical Companies

In the spirit of the holidays, and in this rough economic patch we're going through, it's nice to highlight some businesses who are not just about the almighty dollar (especially seeing what irresponsible business practices have done to the banking/auto/credit industries, helping push us into this rough patch in the first place...)

Ethisphere magazine lists 2008's most ethical companies, along with their methodology for choosing them. From the article:

"The World’s Most Ethical Companies are the ones that go above and beyond legal minimums, bring about innovative new ideas to expand the public well being, work on reducing their carbon footprint rather than contributing to green washing and won’t be found next to the words “Billion Dollar Fine” in newspaper headlines any time in the near future. These are the companies that stand out among the competition in their industry." Read more...>>

On that note, we at SC Williams Library wish you a very safe and happy holiday. The library will return to its regularly scheduled programming (aka reopen) on January 5th, 2009 at 9:00am.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Interlibrary Loan Holiday Schedule

Due to the potential for delayed delivery or lost packages during the holiday mail rush, ILL will not process new book requests from Dec. 5th, 2008 to Jan. 4th, 2009.
The last day to guarantee Regular Delivery document requests arrive before the start of Winter Break is December 5th.
The last day to guarantee Rush Delivery document requests arrive before the start of Winter Break is December 16th.
Please note: ILL will not process new document requests from Dec. 16th, 2008 to Jan. 4th, 2009.
The ILL Department and the Library will be closed from Dec. 19 through Jan. 4th. We will process any book or document requests in the order they were received when we reopen January 5th, 2009. Please understand that turn around time for these requests may be a bit longer than our usual turn around time.
Thank you.

JoVE: the Journal of Visualized Experiments

We just stumbled upon a great resource, a scholarly journal that Nature calls the "YouTube for test tubes". It's actually an all video format journal, something you don't see very often in the halls of academia. So, by JoVE, what is it exactly? (I'm sure I'm the first person to make that joke about this journal...) Well, from their website:

"Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, free access, online journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format. JoVE was established as a new tool in life science publication and communication, with participation of scientists from leading research institutions. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques, thereby addressing two of the biggest challenges faced by today’s life science research community: i) low transparency and poor reproducibility of biological experiments and ii) time and labor-intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques."

You can check out their website at or you can find them indexed in the PubMed database.