News and notes for history of science-medicine-technology, Aug.-Sept. 2017

Post from Becker Medical Library about how medical illustrations such as Vesalius’ were widely and legally plagiarized: Before There Was Copyright

We have trial access to World’s Fairs through December 15th. “Explore the phenomenon of world’s fairs from the Crystal Palace in 1851 and the proliferation of North American exhibitions, to fairs around the world and twenty-first century expos. Through official records, monographs, publicity, artwork and artifacts, this resource brings together multiple archives for rich research opportunities in this diverse topic.” Please let Ruth or your primary subject librarian know your comments regarding this database and it’s potential value to your research and teaching. Thank you.

Digitized Archival Primary Sources in STEM: A Selected Webliography, compiled by Amy Jankowski. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Summer 2017. DOI:10.5062/F4FT8J93. Nice list of archives arranged in broad subject categories: Biology & Natural History, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering & Technology, Environment, Forestry, & Agriculture, Medicine, Physics, STEM General. There’s also a brief discussion of opportunities for instruction & curricular integration. Since most of these are not listed in WU catalog or PRIMO, faculty and librarians will need to make a special effort to be sure relevant sources are available to students either in library research guides, course pages, or by special request for addition to our catalog. I began to wonder how a student or faculty member might locate these rich resources. I didn’t find many in Registry of Open Access Repositories; I expected to find more in List of Repositories by Discipline (OA Directory) than I did; I do find a lot of them in WorldCatalog and ArchiveGrid (which is mentioned as a source in the article) and also Google, so I guess those are sources to be sure to check for such primary source repositories. Archive Finder is the other source recommended in the article. What’s your favorite way to discover such resources? I’ll share them in the next issue if I receive some responses. Thanks.

The current plan is that the North entrance to Olin Library will open on October 18th, the day after fall break. Check What’s New for dates and details as they become available.

Improvements Introduced to WU Libraries’ Homepage; I think these are really useful small changes. I hope you enjoy them.

Updates to Campus Box Delivery Introduced

Does citing sources give you a headache? Zotero may be the cure. Zotero drop-in clinics in Olin Library lobby, 1-2 pm, 3rd Thursday of the month: October 19 2017, November 16 2017.

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries in June-September:

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819