The University Libraries now provide Web access to JSTOR, a collection of about 150 scholarly journals in 15 subject areas including complete back issues. You can access JSTOR through the Research Center or using the URL: http://www.jstor.org/
We are beginning to experiment with INSPEC, an electronic database indexing and abstracting engineering and mathematics materials.
A demonstration of the Web of Science has been planned so we can get closer to our goal to purchase Web access to Science Citation Index.
Renovation on the group study rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors of Ekstrom Library is complete. The furniture is on order and the rooms soon will be open for use.
UPS is funding a computer laboratory for Ekstrom Library through the Metropolitan College. [Editorís note: According to http://www.jcc.uky.edu/mc/,Metropolitan College (MC) is a joint venture between the University of Louisville, Jefferson Community College, Kentucky Tech and UPS. MC provides students with a tuition-free post secondary education and a good paying part-time job with benefits at UPS. Classes are held at times which accommodate studentsí work schedules.] It should be in operation early next year. The lab will be in the area right outside the CLC in Ekstrom Library.
We have filled faculty vacancies in Reference (Mark Ford) and Content Access(Fannie Cox).We have also made an offer to fill the Music librarian position by early next year. An advertisement will be placed shortly for a Web Site Manager for the Libraries.
Our contract to run the University Hospital library has been renewed for another year.
Western Kentucky University, Murray State University and the Community Colleges and Trade Schools will migrate to Voyager from Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. and join the University of Louisville on the our server to support that system. Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University and Morehead State University will migrate to Voyager using a server at the University of Kentucky.
We have submitted a Request for Proposal to catalog our government document collection, including the document collection in the Law Library. The Government Publications staff aims to complete the complicated profiling process early next year.
--Hannelore Rader, University Librarian