For the time being, undergraduates and research students should continue to use their existing tickets up to the expiry date. All other readers are invited to change their tickets at their convenience, even if they have not expired. (Senior Members of the University may make appointments with the Admissions Office, telephone (3)33084.)
The new ticket has the advantage of having the Photocopy Charge Card built into it, so you only need to carry one card instead of two. And should you leave your new 'photocopy-card' in a machine, it has your name on it, so it can be returned to you.
Readers are asked to take care of their tickets and, in particular, not to leave them in the photocopying machines, where they could be used by others.
John Reynolds, Head of the Library's Admissions Office, produces the Vice-Chancellor's new ticket
Equally exciting, the journals covered by these agreements will also be available electronically in HEFCE-funded institutions in Cambridge. The University Library and its three dependent libraries, the Squire Law, Medical and Scientific Periodicals Libraries, will all be making access to these journals, where appropriate, available in their IT areas. The initial batch of journals from Academic Press will be made available under the acronym IDEAL - the International Digital Electronic Access Library, which is an Internet-based service providing access to all Academic Press journal titles. Users of IDEAL are able to browse and search the tables of contents and abstracts, and download the full text version of any paper of interest. Currently, 174 journal titles from Academic Press are available under this agreement.
Use of the electronic texts will be possible from individuals' own desktops. A World-Wide Web browser such as Netscape or enhanced Mosaic is required to access IDEAL and view abstracts and tables of contents. Any browser that supports forms and password authentication will be suitable and almost all recent browsers have this capability. For the full text of articles, which are in Adobe Acrobat portable document format, a free Acrobat reader is required. Articles can be downloaded and printed for private study; photocopying of these downloaded articles for use in study packs is also allowed.
Users will require user names and passwords to access IDEAL. At the time of writing, these are being despatched from the publisher. News of their availability will be published in the University Library's WWW pages at URL http://www.cam.ac.uk/Libraries/News/. Access to all 174 electronic journals will be available in the University Library and the dependent libraries as soon as possible. The co-ordinator of the development in Cambridge is Michael Wilson, Librarian, Scientific Periodicals Library (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Please direct any comments to him or to Paul Ayris, Head of IT Services, Cambridge University Library (e- mail: email@example.com).
The first new service is Medline via the Library's newly-launched ERL Service, installed with the co-operation of the Computing Service. The ERL Service utilises SilverPlatter's ERL (Electronic Reference Library) technology to support a local server platform capable of providing networked access to SilverPlatter databases. Medline, the leading biomedical database, has hitherto been available within the University through a series of locally-mounted CD-ROM services, and via mediated searching of the Medline database on external hosts, but the ERL Service now supplies it for the first time as a networked service across the University. The Service offers free access to the full Medline database (1966 - ) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for users of PC, Mac and Unix workstations with a TCP/IP connection to Cambridge University Data Network. As an interim measure, the Service utilises an external ERL server at University College London until the Cambridge ERL server becomes operational in the near future.
For further information, see the Library's Web page at http://www.cam.ac.uk/Libraries/ERL/, or contact any of the following:
Access to EDINA BIOSIS is free of charge but password controlled, and readers will have to register for the service. Registration forms and further information are available in the first instance from Michael Wilson, Scientific Periodicals Library, e-mail: mlw firstname.lastname@example.org
The growth of database services that are free to the end-user has prompted the Library Syndicate to review its policy of charging users who require mediated searching of databases. Accordingly, it has resolved to abolish most charges for mediated searches. From 1 May 1996, basic access to databases, whether online or in-house, whether mediated or searched by the end-user, will be available to Library users at no charge. Certain exceptions will apply in special circumstances, where a charge may be necessary to control excessive demand or to provide something which exceeds the basic free service.
On 8 March Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by the Chancellor, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, opened the new Law Faculty Building. Her Majesty is seen above, meeting Roy Welbourn, Deputy Librarian of the University Library who is flanked by (left to right) Peter Fox, University Librarian, and David Wills and Peter Zawada of the Squire Law Library
This selection of letters, edited by Frederick Burkhardt and produced by the staff of the Darwin Correspondence Project, is drawn from the first seven volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin. The Project was set up in 1974 by the late Sydney Smith and by Burkhardt, and is directed by him from Bennington, Vermont, with a staff of seven working at Cambridge University Library. The Darwin archive, part of the manuscripts collection at the Library, contains the world's largest deposit of Darwin material. In addition to many books from Darwin's own library and copious notes and manuscripts, the archive also contains almost 10,000 letters, both to and from Darwin. They constitute approximately two- thirds of the total known extant correspondence.
Working with the original manuscripts and with xeroxes of letters in other institutions around the world, the editors aim to produce the definitive edition of both sides of Darwin's correspondence, complete with extensive critical apparatus. The edition has been described as a work of 'magisterial scholarship': nine out of a projected total of thirty-three volumes of the Correspondence have already been published by Cambridge University Press, and volume ten (covering the year 1862) is currently in production.
The aim is to complete the edition by 2009, the bicentenary of Darwin's birth. In the meantime, the Selection is a collection accessible to general readers as well as students of the period, offering fresh insight into the life of one of the nineteenth century's most influential scientists.
Charles Darwin's letters: a selection 1825-1859, edited by Frederick Burkhardt, is published by Cambridge University Press at £14.95.
For further information contact Dr J. Topham on (3)33008, e-mail: email@example.com
Extract from a letter to John Stevens Henslow, Professor of Botany at Cambridge
The proposal has been prepared by a working party chaired by Sir Anthony Kenny, Chairman of the British Library Board. The other five legal deposit libraries were represented on the working party by Cambridge's Librarian, Peter Fox. The proposal calls for new legislation to enforce the comprehensive legal deposit of publications not already covered by the current UK system of legislation. This at present does not apply to microform publications, electronic publications or any other publications produced in non-print form, films or sound recordings.
Magadan and surrounding area
The gardens are for the benefit of all working in the Library and it is recognised that readers may on occasion wish to have a sandwich and a drink in the gardens rather than the Tea Room. In this case, readers are reminded that they may take into the gardens only sealed drinks and wrapped food and that food and drink may not be consumed elsewhere in the Library.
Saturday, 25 May 1996 at 11.30 in the Meeting Room (coffee will be served at 11.00)
Mr Adrian Miller and Mrs Vanessa Lacey
'The Greensleeves Project'
A chance to catch up on news of the Library's major retrospective conversion project, launched in 1994.
3 April - 29 June
Commonwealth connections and collections
1 July - 14 September
In the Entrance Hall
Scanderbeg - national hero of Albania: books from a private collection
10 April - 20 May
Greek tragedy in Cambridge
23 May - 13 July
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