Archive for May, 2007

May 25, 2007

New environmental technology e-journals available from the library – May 2007

by Debbie

The library has recently subscribed to the following journal titles relating to environmental technology. All are accessible via the library catalogue.

Review of environmental economics and policy
Available from: Vol. 1 (2007) onwards
Access: IP authentication and Athens
Published by: Oxford University Press

Please note that the first issue of this journal has yet to be published.

Blurb about this title:

Oxford Journals and the Association for Environmental and Resource Economists will be launching an exciting new journal in 2007. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy aims to fill the gap between traditional academic journals and the general interest press by providing a widely accessible yet scholarly source for the latest thinking on environmental economics and related policy. The Review will publish a range of material including symposia, articles, and regular features.

Renewable agriculture and food systems
Available from: Vol. 10 (2007) onwards
Access: IP authentication and Athens
Published by: Cambridge University Press

Blurb about this title:

Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (formerly known as American Journal of Alternative Agriculture) is a multi-disciplinary journal which focuses on the science that underpins economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable approaches to agriculture and food production. The journal publishes original research and review articles on the economic, ecological, and environmental impacts of agriculture; the effective use of renewable resources and biodiversity in agro-ecosystems; and the technological and sociological implications of sustainable food systems. It also contains a discussion forum, which presents lively discussions on new and provocative topics.

May 24, 2007

Closure of Hammersmith Campus Library this summer

by Katharine Thompson

Hammersmith Campus Library will close in mid June for 10 weeks during the refurbishment and redevelopment of both floors. We are planning a library service point on the sub-basement floor of the Commonwealth Building, Hammersmith Campus and we will post information about this and other service arrangements on the library website.

We hope you can bear with us as these library spaces are developed.

May 24, 2007

Central Library summer opening hours

by Katharine Thompson

Our full summer opening hours are as follows.

Saturday 23 June – Sunday 1 July : CLOSED

Monday 2 July – Saturday 29 September
Monday – Friday 09.30 – 19.00
Saturday 09.30 – 17.30
Sunday Closed

Closure periods
Wednesday 11 July – closing at 14.00 for College Centenary Event
Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August Bank holiday weekend
Friday 14 September internal library training event

There will be ongoing building noise throughout the summer.

May 24, 2007

Access to collections and services during the Central Library refurbishment

by Katharine Thompson

We anticipate that there will be reduced access to some collections during parts of the Summer.

The Haldane Collection (humanities Level 1) will be moving to level 5 in mid-June prior to the start of building works.

The journals collection will be affected whilst it is reorganised into a single alphabetic sequence in August and early September. Where possible, the library will provide a daily fetching service for journals housed on Level 4 north during this period.

On occasion we may advise users to use inter-library loans or alternate library holdings. The cost of ILL requests will be met by the library during the closure of Level 4 north in August.

Access to older material and some theses held in store may be disrupted once building work commences in July.

All Public Services will be delivered from Level 2. The Help Desk will move to share the ILL space. The Issue/membership desk will operate from the vacated Help desk area.

The Library attendants will be based close to the change machine / value loaders on Level 2.

May 24, 2007

Central Library closure – Saturday 23 June – Sunday 1 July 2007

by Katharine Thompson

The Central Library will close between Saturday 23 June – Sunday 1 July to allow our move from the ground floor at the start of building works. There will be no access to the building or print collections. Staff will be available to take enquiries, renew books etc via

Telephone – 0207 594 8820
Email – and
In person – Civil Engineering Department Library (Monday to Friday 10.00 – 17.30)

Students finishing their degree this year are advised to either return borrowed material prior to closure, or may return items to the Civil Engineering Department Library. All other staff and students are encouraged to renew their loans during this period.

The Inter Library Loans service will operate as usual and ILLs can be collected from the Civil Engineering Department Library.

The Library will reopen on Monday 2 July with a temporary access route via Level 2 of the Sherfield Building. All desk services will be delivered from Level 2 and staff will be able to advise on any service restrictions.

May 24, 2007

Imperial College Libraries are changing this summer!

by Katharine Thompson

A significant programme of building work will be happening both at the Central Library, South Kensington and the Hammersmith Campus Library this summer. Both developments will deliver enhanced IT, study and learning space for users across College. The projects are going to impact on our services throughout the summer. We will be doing our best to support our users and keep you informed of changes as they occur.

In the case of both projects we will post regular updates regarding opening hours and changes to service on our website at Further information about our redevelopment and an indicative floor plan of the new Central Library ground floor is also available.

May 2, 2007

Need help using online resources?

by Katharine Thompson

If the library training sessions now seem a long, long time ago and you’ve forgotten how to search all those databases, why not sign up for the Central Library Programme which starts next week.

Sessions last one hour and take place over lunchtimes.

Venue: PC training room 2, Haldene Collection, Level 1, Central Library.

You can book your place online.

More details and the full timetable can be found on the Central Library Programme webpages.

RefWorks – Thursday 10 May, 12:00 to 13:00
Learn how to store your references and create a reference list

Web of Science – Friday 11 May, 12:00 to 13:00
This multidisciplinary database covers a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine and social sciences. It also includes cited references for all articles.

CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) – Tuesday 15 May, 12:00 to 13:00
CSA covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

EBSCO Business Source Complete – Wednesday 16 May, 12:00 to 13:00
Ebsco provides access to a wealth of business information including company and country reports and full-text journal articles. This session is for business and non-business students who need to find business information for their projects.

Metalib – Monday 21 May, 12:00 to 13:00
This information portal provides access to databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library. Many of the resources can be cross-searched, where a single search is carried out on more than one database.

Intelligent use of the Internet – Friday 25 May, 12:00 to 13:00
We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This session will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

May 2, 2007

New e-resources from OECD available

by Katharine Thompson

The following resources are now available from OECD:
Development Centre Working Briefs
Development Centre Working Papers
Economics Department Working Papers
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Working Papers
Health Technical Papers
Jobs Study Working Papers
Labour Market and Social Policy Working Papers
Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers
Social Employment and Migration Working Papers
Statistics Working Papers
Trade and Environment Working Papers
Trade Policy Working Papers

Access is via IP authentication and is available from South Kensington Campus only.

All the above can be accessed from either the library catalogue, or the e-journals page.

May 1, 2007

Suspension of the SML store service

by Katharine Thompson

The Science Museum Library no longer runs a store service collection for materials in the Central Library store. This is to facilitate removal of parts of the Science Museum Library collections to SML Swindon.

As such any material you wish to access from the service will need to be submitted as an ILL request. Please make a note on the form that it is a periodical that is located within the store.

As theses will remain accessible, there will be a store collection service twice a day from the Level 2 Help Desk. For further information, see the store service website.

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