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GIS Day in Dimond Library on November 20

November 14, 2013

As part of global Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on November 20th. we invite you to join us in our new Geospatial Services Center. The Center, in Dimond Library room 337, was recently launched and this is a great chance to find out what this new resource is all about.

Geospatial technologies are increasingly used in research and teaching within the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and other disciplines. Here at UNH, we are experiencing this growth of Geographic Information Systems and related technologies in classes and research.

As part of the events, there will be treats in the Geospatial Services Center, an Applications of GIS poster walkthrough around the library, and presentations on the uses of GIS throughout the day. The presentation schedule:

  • 10am-10:15am – Introduction to GIS
  • 11am-11:15am – Intro to Google Earth
  • 12pm-12:15pm – Marketing with GIS
  • 1pm-1:15pm – Introduction to GIS
  • 2pm-2:15pm – UNH Courses in GIS
  • 3pm-3:15pm – Introduction to GIS

The Geospatial Services Center is located in Dimond Library room 337. Hope you can join us!

IMLS grant will help build new geospatial search interface

November 7, 2013

The UNH Library and its partner, the Earth Systems Research Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, have been awarded a grant in the amount of $474,156 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services though its National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The grant will help fund the building of PLACE, the Position-based Location Archive Coordinate Explorer.

PLACE will be a geospatial search interface, available to the general public through the library website. Access to embedded geospatial information in a flexible visual interface will enable library users to develop important skills such as visual, global and environmental literacy.

The PLACE project will develop:

  • new tools not currently available in a geoportal, including a new geospatial gazetteer tool for improved searching
  • new time series capabilities to easily assess changes over time
  • usability driven interface improvements

By developing code to enable the Open Geoportal to interoperate with Fedora (the software platform used for the library’s digital collections), we will be providing other Fedora libraries with collections containing geospatial or geographic content a mechanism for making those collections searchable in Open Geoportal for the first time. All PLACE modifications to Open Geoportal will be shared with the geoportal community and may be incorporated into future releases of the technology.

The PLACE project will build on the library’s existing digital collections. In the 1990s the UNH Library was a pioneer in scanning historic USGS topographic maps and has continued to develop its digital library capabilities since then.

Featured resource: Space Weather Prediction Center

November 5, 2013

Government information presents its latest featured resource from the National Weather Service, The Space Weather Prediction Center.

The Space Weather Prediction Center is the nation's official source for alerts, watches, and warnings on space weather. They are the primary warning center for the International Space Environment Service. They also work with many national and international partners with whom they exchange data, products, and services.

The Space Weather Prediction Center provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and many other technological systems. SWPC also explores and evaluates new models and products and transitions them into operations.

UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents the Fred Buda Quintet on Monday, November 4

October 24, 2013

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents the Fred Buda Quintet on Monday, November 4 at 8pm in the Johnson Theater at the Paul Creative Arts Center.

General admission tickets are $8 each and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the UNH Paul Creative Arts Center Ticket Office and at the door one hour prior to the performance. You may also order tickets online or call 862-PCAC (7222).

Fred Buda is a retired drum set player for the Boston Pops after 35+ years. He has been heard on countless recordings and been seen on televised programs swinging the Boston Pops under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart. An alumnus of the Herb Pomeroy Big Band, Buda leads the Jazz Pops All-Stars Ensemble and Jazz Pops Swing Ensemble.

Buda is also a retired principal timpanist for the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and now serves as the new personnel manager for the Boston Ballet. He is the supervisor of orchestral personnel for the Wang Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Theatre in Boston, MA. (Zildjian)

The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz. The library, established in 1978 by Dorothy Prescott, comprises books, recordings, and memorabilia and is housed in Dimond Library. Prescott’s generous endowment funds its activities including the Traditional Jazz Series concerts.

Hydration Stations in Dimond Library

October 22, 2013

Hydration Station

We have installed two new hydration stations in Dimond Library on Level 1 and Level 3 (Main Floor). They are located between the bathrooms where the old water fountains were previously. These stations have been installed across campus to promote sustainability and to provide clean, filtered water to all students. The hydration stations make filling your water bottle easier, more hygienic, and more environmentally friendly than a normal water fountain.

Read more in the Campus Journal.

IEEE Events in Kingsbury, October 10

October 8, 2013

This Thursday, October 10, we have some events planned in partnership with IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, including updates and information on using IEEE Xplore.

IEEE has over 400,000 members in 160 countries, and publish the most highly-cited journals in electrical engineering as well having a strong presence for computer science. The Library subscribes to all IEEE journals, conference proceedings and standards. These are accessible in full-text via IEEE Xplore.

  • IEEE Student Chapter Meeting: 11:10 am- Noon, Kingsbury S320
    Open to all. See how you can use IEEE for job searching and what awards are available to members. Also enjoy some free pizza.
  • Tips & Tricks about IEEE Xplore - 12:10pm-1 pm, Kingsbury S320
    Open to all UNH students, faculty, and staff. Free pizza and prizes! Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager, will present and she is quite informative and entertaining.

Also check out the IEEE information table in Albert’s Lobby from 2-4 pm.

Relaxing in a Madhouse, paintings by John Angelopoulos, poems by Charles Simic in Special Collections

October 3, 2013

“Relaxing in a Madhouse, Paintings by John Angelopoulos, Poems by Charles Simic” is now open in Milne Special Collection’s Dunleavy Reading Room. The display features 12 of Angelopoulos’ paintings inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry of Professor Emeritus and former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic.

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Simic is known for his surreal, metaphysical poems. His first collection “What the Grass Says” was published 1967. Since then, he has published more than 60 books.

Angelopoulos’ paintings for the exhibit were created based on his interpretation of selections from “The World Doesn’t End,” the collection that won Simic the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.

Special Collections is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library. The exhibit will be on display until October 26 and can be viewed Monday through Friday, 10 AM-4 PM and Saturday 12 PM-4 PM.

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents Paul Broadnax Quintet with vocalist Shawnn Monteiro, October 7

October 3, 2013

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents Paul Broadnax Quintet with vocalist Shawnn Monteiro on Monday, October 7 at 8pm in the Johnson Theater at the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Tickets are $8 general admission; $6 students/senior citizens and are available at the PCAC Box Office (603) 862-7222, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., online at www.unharts.com, and at the door one hour prior to performance.

Paul has appeared with many nationally recognized jazz artists including such notables as Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton and Dorothy Donegan, Alan Dawson, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Witherspoon, Diane Carrol, Donna Byrne, and Rebecca Parris.

Shawnn has a liveliness of lyrical phrasing and intermittent scat variations that she draws from her influences, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. Shawnn's father was the late renowned bassist Jimmy Woode, veteran of the Duke Ellington band. Throw into the mix, a lot of musical inspiration and guidance from her Godfather, Clark Terry, and you come up with a combination that can't miss.

The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz. The library, established in 1978 by Dorothy Prescott, comprises books, recordings, and memorabilia and is housed in Dimond Library. Prescott’s generous endowment funds its activities including the Traditional Jazz Series concerts.

For more information on the Traditional Jazz Series, call the UNH Music Department at (603) 862-2404.

Updated: Library resources affected by federal government shutdown

October 1, 2013

Due to a lack of continued funding for the US federal government, a number of library resources are currently unavailable. Updated 10/8/13

Here is a partial list:

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (bea.gov)
  • Business.gov
  • Census sites
  • Classification Web and ProQuest Congressional may be affected by lack of updating
  • Copyright.gov
  • Data.gov
  • Davis - Bacon Wage Determination Decisions
  • Disability.gov
  • ERIC (eric.ed.gov)
  • FCC.gov
  • FTC.gov
  • Library of Congress (loc.gov)
  • Most US Geological Survey sites except those for hazards
  • NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) (ProQuest’s AGRICOLA is still accessible, but may be affected by lack of updating)
  • NASA.gov
  • National Park Service (nps.gov)
  • NIMH.gov
  • NIST.gov
  • NOAA.gov is offline but you can still get to weather.gov, NSF.gov, Nutrition.gov, and USDA (usda.gov)
  • Patent and Trademark Database (U.S.): Federal government interface – operating on reserve funds, then possibly shutting down
  • Science.gov
  • US Government Information Official Archive (FDsys)

More information about government services during the shutdown is available from USA.gov.

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Participants needed for web usability testing

September 25, 2013

Update: all sessions are currently full for October 11 usability testing. Please contact Liz Fowler if you're interested in participating in the next round of testing.

The Library is doing a usability test of a web site on the morning of Friday, October 11, 2013 and we need a few participants. It will take about an hour of your time in Dimond Library.

For your participation, you will receive a $15 Dining Services card, good at any Dining location on campus, or a USB flash drive.

If you’re interested and available, please contact Liz Fowler.

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