News and notes for history of science-medicine-technology, February-March 2017

Might you be interested in contributing (or eventually using) a History of Science and Technology Open Textbook? The entire section about “The Medieval Period (500 to 1400 CE) — The Golden Age of Islam” is still looking for an author; there are a few other planned chapters in the first volume that also need to be claimed. More information.

What books (or journals or databases) do you need? Now would be an excellent time to submit requests while I still have funds available for books and ebooks this fiscal year. For very expensive titles and for journals and databases which require annual payments, I usually can’t order them immediately but I can add them to the “wish list” and/or consider replacing a low priority title with a higher priority title. Please email your requests to Ruth Lewis [ ] or use the request forms from the library website, Recommend a purchase for the library collections (book, CD, DVD, other) OR Recommend a journal order or cancellation. Thank you!

Help Olin Library Evaluate Book Usage We ask that you leave any books and other materials which you used on tables or designated “Count Use” shelves on each floor. Look for the bright blue signs labeled “Count Use” near the entrance from the main staircase on each floor, in the first section of shelving on the right. Thank you for your help with this.

#DataRescueWU Washington University Libraries is hosting a DataRescue hackathon to help preserve at-risk federal data. You may have seen press on similar events happening around the country, for example events were recently covered in this New York Times article on March 6, Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It. #DataRescueWU is an opportunity for programmers, scientists, archivists, activists, and volunteers of all kinds to identify, back-up, and help preserve federal data resources. Special technical expertise is NOT required. Please join us for a few hours or a full day of civic technology and citizen archiving. This event is free and open to the Washington University community and takes place on April 14th from 9am-4:30pm. Registration is now open; please register AM, PM or all day. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. If you have questions please send them to or ask Ruth [].

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