Database downtime August 27-28

The California Digital Library has announced downtimes for 4 vendors (H.W. Wilson, Alexander Street Press, InformaWorld, and ScienceDirect),  scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.  See below for additional details.

  • H.W. Wilson (WilsonWeb) — The H.W. Wilson Company has scheduled a routine maintenance period for its WilsonWeb System.  WilsonWeb will be temporarily unavailable for searching, from the following:   Friday, August 27th at 7:00 PM to approximately 11:00 PM (PDT).
  • Taylor & Francis/InformaWorld/InformaHealthcare T&F/Informa resources will be unavailable on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 11:00:00 PM – Midnight PDT in order to complete some essential work.
  • ScienceDirect & Scopus ScienceDirect & Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 9 hours on Saturday, 28 August at 4:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT.
  • Alexander Street Press — ASP will be performing scheduled maintenance on all Alexander Street Press collections on Saturday, August 28, 2010. While ASP does not expect any major service outages, access may be disrupted sporadically between the hours of 5 AM and 1 PM PDT.

To learn more about these resources, search their names here.

The University of California & the Nature Publishing Group

News release from the California Digital Library and Nature Publishing Group

“Representatives from the University of California and Nature Publishing Group met on August 17, 2010 to discuss our organizations’ current licensing challenges and the larger issues of scholarly communication sustainability. The discussion was positive, with a full exchange of views and mutual recognition of the value that each of us contributes to the scholarly communication enterprise. Our two organizations have agreed to work together in the coming months to address our mutual short- and long-term challenges, including an exploration of potential new approaches and evolving publishing models.  We look forward to a successful planning and experimentation process that results in mutual agreement that serves all stakeholder groups—NPG, the UC libraries, and the scholar community, thus avoiding the need for the boycott that had been discussed at an earlier stage.

We are aware that many in the library, publishing, and academic communities are interested in the outcome of these discussions, and we will provide further updates on our progress as appropriate.”

This was sent by CDL, and is posted on the Nature blog.

Science Libraries hours and Saturdays

With the start of classes, the Science Libraries have resumed their Fall semester hours (with the temporary exception of Saturdays). To check the hours for any campus library, please visit our Library Hours page.

Eleven subject specialty libraries, including four science libraries, will resume Saturday hours on September 11. In the meantime, the Moffitt Library and Gardner Stacks are open on Saturdays with 1,000 study spaces.

These science libraries will be open Saturdays beginning September 11:

  • Bioscience – 1-5 p.m.
  • Chemistry – 1-5 p.m.
  • Engineering – 1-5 p.m.
  • Public Health – 1-5 p.m.