Carol Green reports from the FRL: “Browsing the journal display shelves in the FRL, you will see yellow signs instead of, or in addition to, some unbound journal issues. The signs tell you that these particular journals are now available to you electronically, either in place of the print journal or in addition to the print version. The signs direct you to the UW Libraries Catalog for a link to the online versions. Similar signs are in the stacks; reminders are also posted on the library tables. Electronic journals are available to you through the Catalog from home (through your UW NetID), from your office, or from any computer connected to the campus network.
As part of the serial review process that FRL conducted during spring and summer of last year, we determined that the Libraries could save money and provide wider access by canceling some print subscriptions and replacing them with electronic subscriptions. The changes in these subscriptions took place in January 2002. Titles affected include: Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Hydrology, Cellulose, and Journal of Environmental Management, to name a few.
In other instances we have been able to add electronic access while retaining the print subscription. Some titles in this category include Journal of Forestry, Forest Science, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Soil Science Society of America Journal. Electronic access for additional titles is continually being added. If you have a favorite journal traditionally available in the FRL or in any other UW Libraries unit, do a title search in the UW Libraries Catalog to find out if there is a link to an electronic version. And watch for the yellow signs.
A reminder to everyone: if you have a particular research question or need assistance for a class, don't hesitate to contact me at 543-2758 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserve or circulation issues should be directed to Kathy Gilbert at email@example.com.”
The Miller Library staff has been working out the kinks in providing full service to patrons at the library’s interim space in Isaacson Hall. With one-fourth of the previous square footage and a collection spread over three locations, this has required some changes in procedures. All materials not damaged in the fire that are stored off-site are retrieved on a twice weekly schedule, with requests from Monday through Wednesday available by Thursday afternoon; Thursday through Saturday by the following Monday afternoon. To check on the availability of a specific title, contact the library staff (206) 543-0415 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The international Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries pledged their support to the Miller Library immediately after the fire. Recently an appeal to the membership went a long way towards replacing damaged serials, especially recent unbound issues that suffered the most from water damage.
Fund raising for expansion of the rebuilt library has been very successful, including $8,500 raised on February 16, 2002 at the annual Hellebore Open Garden at Heronswood Nursery, co-founded by Dan Hinkley (’85). The Northwest Horticulture Society will hold their “Ultimate Garden Auction” for the benefit of the library on May 5, 2002. For more information, visit the society’s new website at www.northwesthort.org. Previously proceeds from the NHS auction went to the library’s endowment. This year these monies will be the cornerstone for the new NHS Fund for Furnishing the Miller Library, a very generous pledge to raise $200,000 to replace library furnishings in time for the expected June 2004 reopening of Merrill Hall.