FOR THE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
A PUBLICATIOUJ OF THE GEORGE A. SATIrHER5 LIBRARIES
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Welcome back! We hope you've had a good
summer and are ready to see what's new in the
libraries for you and your students.
The first thing to notice is that we have a new
Web page. Please spend a few minutes exploring
the resources for your discipline. The top page
will get you quickly to electronic catalogs,
indexes and abstracts, electronic journals, a list of
the libraries on campus and the disciplines
represented in their collections, subject guides to
Internet resources in various disciplines, and
electronic forms for various services like
mounting course reserves, renewing books,
asking reference questions, and sending us
comments and suggestions. We've tried hard to
make this page easier and more intuitive to use, as
well as packing it with new information. We'd
welcome your feedback.
Second, we are in the process of establishing a
new Digital Library Center. There will be an
article in the next issue to introduce the Center
manager and its projects and plans. Investment in
effective creation, storage and dissemination of
electronic information is one of our highest
priorities. The Center will focus and facilitate the
Libraries' development of digital programs and
services. Its purview includes multi-media
databases, digital collections, electronic text
applications, online exhibits and finding aids. A
primary goal of the new Center is long-term
storage of university research and resource
materials from the Libraries' collections. We
expect our new Center to collaborate with faculty
in selecting scholarly resources that lend
themselves to digital storage and in raising
foundation (or other) funding to support these
Third, we certainly continue our efforts to
build both traditional and electronic collections.
Library subject specialists have been working for
ten years to fill in gaps and rationalize collection
decisions. You will read in this issue about
bibliographic staff who traveled to Cuba to help
re-establish our relationship with the Archivo
Nacional de Cuba. In recent years, bibliographers
have gone to Central Europe, Brazil and Africa,
in each case securing access to materials that are
not available in this country. Four new electronic
collections have been added this summer-
twenty-seven journals of the American Chemical
Society, Electronic Collections Online (453
predominately scientific journals), HRAF's
Anthropology database, and EBSCOhost (1,700
social sciences, humanities and business full text
journals). Such individual reference items as the
African-American Biographical Dictionary and
the Grove Dictionary of Art (also introduced in
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Short Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What library training opportunities will be available this fall?
A. There is a list of upcoming library orientations in this issue. Other opportunities can be
coordinated with your library subject specialist or one of the bibliographic instruction coordinators,
Alice Primack (392-2822) for science and engineering or Jana Edwards (392-4919) for humanities & social
Q. How can I get more library handouts for my students?
A. The libraries provide helpful handouts about WebLUIS, the homepage, connecting from home,
and research strategies. See the complete list elsewhere in this issue and contact the Information/
Reference desk in any of the Libraries to request enough copies of the latest update for your class.
Q. What has happened to Library East?
A. This newly refurbished old building (renamed Smathers Library for George A. Smathers who
gave generously for its renovation), now houses Special Collections, the Latin American Collection, the
Resource Services, Preservation and Systems Depts., the Digital Library Center, the bookstore and a
large student reading room with power and network outlets for laptops.
SResource Services Department
Interlibrary Loan Service Update
The University of Florida Smathers Libraries' Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service continues to improve in offering its users the best
possible service. Our turnaround time for getting materials for users has much improved with the implementation of the
Distance Learning Library Initiative (DLLI) state courier. With this courier, which picks up and delivers on a daily basis to
Library West, we have been able to obtain materials much faster from the State University System (SUS) institutions and other
Florida libraries. Materials that formerly took a week or more now are delivered in a couple of days.
In addition to the ILL print and Web forms, users may now submit interlibrary loan requests via WebLUIS and LUIS. The
WebLUIS SUS ILL request forms give users a more convenient way to submit ILL requests. The benefits of the WebLUIS
SUS ILL request forms to users are:
Submission of ILL requests can be made while in a WebLUIS database without having to fill in the citation information
(i.e., General Academic Index)
Submission of a "blank" ILL request form where the user fills in the citation information is also available
Patrons will save time in submitting their requests because they will not have to complete a hand-written form
A copy of the request that the user submits is sent to the user's email address; so that he/she has a record of what's
been ordered via ILL
Because receiving ILL requests via the WebLUIS catalog will greatly benefit library users and staff, the Interlibrary Loan office
will be promoting the WebLUIS SUS ILL form as the ILL form of choice.
During the Fall semester, we will be encouraging users to try the new forms and to provide us with feedback.
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
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Check Out Our Web Site New And Improved!
Connect to the Libraries' Web site http://web.uflib.ufl.edu, and you'll notice some big changes.
insert.> During the past year, the library staff has devoted considerable time and resources to a
substantial re-design of the Libraries' Web presence. Attention has been given to enhanced content as
well as visual design and navigational structure. Immediately noticeable is a new appearance and
structure, including common visual elements throughout the site to provide for easy and predictable
navigation. Featured enhancements include the prominent placement of collection and Internet subject
guides authored by UF Librarians, and the "Database Locator", powered by the familiar WebLUIS
search engine. Take some time to explore these and other enhancements on the Libraries' new site. We
welcome your comments and suggestions as we fine- tune the site throughout the fall semester.
Architecture & Fine Arts Library
Florida Electronic Federal Depository Library is now open!
The Government Documents Department is pleased to announce the implementation of the Florida
Electronic Federal Depository Library (FEFDL). This interactive Web site is designed to aid not only
the general public but also all document depositories and other libraries in the State of Florida. It
provides a free "all-in-one" site for federal, state and local government information on the Web. The
Library contains over 300 Web pages and approximately 4,000 links.
The Web site provides a comprehensive list of thousands of links to federal, state, county and city
government departments. It also features a clickable map of Florida that grants access to extensive
information for all 67 county governments, from educational facilities to election results. Each county is
featured on its own page containing detailed listings of frequently requested statistics and demographics.
Patrons can find county and city home pages, county department listings, and federal and state
legislators with Web pages. Thematic maps for each county provide population density counts. Income
and age distribution maps are soon to follow.
The Federal Electronic Federal Depository Library can be viewed at: http://depo. uflib. ufl. edu. This
site is designed to function fully with Internet Explorer 4.x or Netscape Navigator 4.x or later browsers.
Some functions such as image swapping or client-side image mapping may not work with some earlier
browsers. Alternative features have been provided for critical functions that do not work in earlier
Featured Resource: The Grove Dictionary Of Art Online
The Grove Dictionary of Art Online is a comprehensive online resource
encompassing all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory through
the 1990s. Its contents include over 41,000 scholarly articles on the arts and
culture of Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Pacific regions, with links to
images and further information in museum and art-related Web sites. The
Database is regularly updated and expanded to include revisions of original
articles as well as new essays on additional topics and contemporary artists.
Researchers can use keywords to search headings or the full text of articles. A
browsable hypertext index is also available.
The database is further enhanced with over 30,000 searchable images from the Bridgeman Art
Library. A quick image search on "Chartres" returns 37 views of the cathedral, including views of
interior and exterior architecture, architectural drawings, sculpture, and stained glass windows.
Explore this new resource by pointing your browser to http://www.groveart.com/tdaonline/index.asp
or by visiting the Libraries' subject guide for Art and Art History at http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/afa/art.
Architecture & Fine Arts Library
Undergraduate Library Services
The George A. Smathers Libraries has created a new
position to work with undergraduate library users. The
Program Director for Undergraduate Library Services will
serve as an advocate, working to ensure that this
population's unique research needs are met through
reference and instructional services, the collections and
other resources or services offered by the libraries. Former Ms. Jana Edwards
Outreach Librarian Jana Edwards will work closely with
university faculty, support staff and organizations in her
new position as program director. If you have ideas or
concerns relating to library services for undergraduate
students, please share them with Ms. Edwards at
email@example.com or 392-4919.
Director for Public Services
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) continues to expand its activities in accordance with its
mission to promote greater competition in the scholarly publishing arena. Recently, SPARC announced a new public-private
initiative with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium, the University of
Kansas and the Allen Press to develop an electronic source named BioOne.
BioOne will begin as an electronic I _. ii.., of the full texts of dozens of research journals in the biological, ecological and
environmental sciences. It will provide an Internet access and delivery system, based on an archival SGML database, to a broad
selection of the journals and bulletins of the 55 member societies which constitute the AIBS. Back issues will be included and
additional publishers/journals may be added over time. Should the effort succeed, BioOne may ultimately include over 200
bioscience titles from both AIBS and other publishers. In essence, the coalition approach enables smaller, underfunded
bioscience societies to move strongly into electronic dissemination of research, thereby reaching a broader audience and
expanding service to their constituencies. BioOne is scheduled for beta release in early 2001 and full availability soon
thereafter. Financing will come from the societies, the 166 member libraries of the SPARC coalition, and other sources.
In other SPARC news, the American Chemical Society has launched its new title Organic Letters, covering peer-reviewed
research in organic chemistry. The ACS is the first major publisher to agree to work with research libraries to offer new
journals at lower prices to compete with costly competitors. A major innovation is that this journal offers a completely online
system of manuscript submission, peer-review, editing and publishing. Articles in the Web edition of Organic Letters will be
published sequentially within 48 hours of peer-review under the ACS's innovative ASAP (As Soon As Publishable) system.
This system should make the publication the fastest of the "letters" journals.
GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES' MISSION TO HAVANA
In May of this year Jim Cusick, Florida History curator, and Bruce Chappell, archivist, both with the Department of Special
Collections, spent a week in Havana, Cuba, representing the George A. Smathers Libraries. Their primary objective was to
reestablish relations with the Archivo Nacional de Cuba (ANC) and open negotiations for a joint microfilming/digitization
project for four centuries of Havana notary records held by the ANC and collectively known as the Protocolos Habaneros.
This little-known collection of over six million pages is of hemispheric significance and in danger of loss due to deterioration.
Secondary objectives included reestablishing collegial and professional relations between the Smathers Libraries and the
University of Florida and the Cuban Academy of Sciences, the Museo de la Ciudad de la Habana and individual scholars.
Within the framework of these objectives the mission was an unqualified success. Chappell and Cusick left Cuba with a sense
that the Libraries and the University of Florida now enjoy a favored position in Havana and that prospects for future
cooperation, particularly for the proposed joint project, bode well.
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Smathers Libraries' Orientation for UF
Students, Faculty and Staff- Fall Term 1999
You are invited to attend a Library Orientation -- learn which library on
campus to use, see demonstrations of WebLUIS and of the brand-new home
page, and get your questions about the Libraries answered. Please encourage
any new faculty, staff, and students to attend also. Times and places are listed
below and on fliers in the Libraries:
tAugust 19 3 -3:30 p.m. Library West Room 148
August 25 4 4:30 p.m. Marston Science Library Room L107
August 26 11 11:30 a.m. Marston Science Library Room L107
[September 1 9:30 10 a.m. Marston Science Library Room L107
ASeptember 2 2 2:30 p.m. Marston Science Library Room L107
5September 8 3 3:30 p.m. Library West Room 148
ASeptember 143 3:30 p.m. Library West Room 148
If you would like to arrange a specialized library instruction session for
your course, please see your library subject specialist or contact coordinators
Jana Edwards for Humanities and Social Sciences (392-4919) or Alice Primack
for Sciences and Engineering (392-2822).
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this newsletter) are recent additions. Other electronic publications are being
We hope to hear from you about the utility of the new Web page,
services and electronic collections. Please let us know if your discipline has
needs that are not being met and also let us know if you like the new
initiatives. We know we should keep moving in the same direction if you are
pleased with what you use!
Dale B. Canelas
Director of University Libraries
A number of library handouts have been revised over the summer, and
some new ones were created. Please contact the Information/Reference desk
in any of the Libraries to get as many copies as you need of the latest editions
of these: Enter the World of Information (map of Libraries), WebLUIS In
Brief, WebLUIS Advanced Searching, WebLUIS Special Features, Database
Locator, Keyword Searching for Beginners, Connecting to UF Libraries'
Resources from Home or Office, UF Libraries' Home Page, Library
Database Searchers' Cheat Sheet, Web Search Engines Cheat Sheet, and
Finding Articles: Using Indexes and Abstracts, Research Paper Strategies,
and Tips for Evaluating A World Wide Web Search.
Marston Science Library