Wednesday, September 29, 2004

ACRL has joined the Alliance for Taxpayer Access

Association of College and Research Libraries has joined the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (, an informal coalition of libraries, patient and health policy advocates, and other stakeholders who support reforms that will make publicly funded biomedical research accessible to the public. ACRL also encourages libraries and institutions to join the Alliance.

Today the vast majority of research funded with public dollars is available only through increasingly costly journal subscriptions (often costing thousands of dollars annually for a single journal), institutional licenses (more than a million dollars annually for many universities), or per article purchases (as much as $30 per article). Alliance supporters believe the current system of subscription-based access to scientific research is economically unsustainable and effectively impedes the dissemination and use of research that has been paid for with public dollars. Libraries and institutions wishing to join the Alliance for Taxpayer Access will find membership information and a list of current members on it's website.

IEEE Bioinformatics

The joint bioinformatics journal from IEEE and ACM is now available from
both societies major digital journal repositories.

IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB)
Fulltext v1+ (2004+)
ISSN: 1545-5963
From: George S. Porter
Sherman Fairchild Library of Engineering & Applied Science
California Institute of Technology

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Out of this world

The Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is free online from 1994. Has some absolutely beautiful photos and interesting links such as the Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon.

Friday, September 03, 2004

SCIRUS - open access from Elsevier!

SCIRUS is an open access scientic database from Elsevier. It searches across several well known open access (such as BioMed Central, NASA, the US Patent Office) and proprietary databases that Auraria Library subscribes to (including Science Direct) and some that we don't (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).