Friday, December 16, 2005

TDNet Replacement Coming

To those faculty who use TDNet through the UH Libraries' home page to search for online journals and to get journals' tables of contents delivered to your desktop:

The Library is planning to migrate to a new vendor for these services due to service problems we encountered in recent months with TDNet.

The purpose of this email is to let you know that TDNet will be unplugged January 6, 2006 and the new service is to be rolled out January 7.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Chinese Web Portals for Electronics Designers

From the Knowledgespeak website:

"B2B media firm Global Sources Ltd. and Electronic Engineering Times-China (EE Times-China) have launched three specialised electronics web sites targeted at Chinese designers of cellular phones, media players and automotive electronics. The sites are at, and, respectively.

The portals provide news updates, new product reports and technical features in simplified Chinese. They also host forums for the engineers to discuss design issues in their respective fields. The new sites are expected to help Chinese engineers meet the increasing pressure from manufacturers to develop innovative, cost-effective designs in the shortest possible time. They seek to offer a comprehensive source of methodologies and technologies required by the designers. The sites are also expected to help technology firm reach specific design communities in China. Each site offers more than 500 specialised technical reports.

About 30,000 engineers have pre-registered for the three web sites since September 2005. Technology firm that are sponsoring the sites include Cypress Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, US. The content is sourced daily from EE Times-China and tailored to meet the requirements of the designers. The Electronic Engineering Times network is part of Global Sources' integrated information portfolio that serves the electronics industry from design to export through print magazines, web sites, and conferences and exhibitions. EE Times-China is published by eMedia Asia Ltd., a joint venture between Global Sources and integrated media firm CMP."

Note--the sites are in Chinese (which I don't read) so I can't tell you how helpful they might be.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

IEEE PDFs Inaccessible: November 28

IEEE Explore will be upgrading from 1-2pm on November 28th. During that time the site will be up and functional, but you will not be able to access any full text articles, etc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

AMA President Speaking Friday

As part of the National Health Forum 2005, Dr. J. Edward Hill, President of the American Medical Association, will give a talk "In Search of Captains" on Friday, November 18, 10 a.m., in the M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion. Dr. Hill's talk will touch on the following topics:

* public health
* the need for health care leaders in the 21st century
* the role of doctors as leaders
* the importance of technology
* the importance of care-based costs.

While Dr. Hill's talk is focused toward the students, the entire UH community is invited to attend.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Cards to use at HAM/TMC

The UH Libraries are pleased to announce that access, including remote access, to the holdings of the Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library resources is now available to UH (main campus) faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Please note that remote access is not available to staff or undergraduate students.

Eligible individuals must apply in person for a HAM-TMC Library card at the M. D. Anderson Library Service Desk, the Optometry Library, or the Pharmacy Library. Please be prepared with the following:
• a valid Cougar 1Card
• a valid UH e-mail address
Only those in good standing with the UH Libraries will be issued a card. Faculty accounts must be renewed after two years, while all other accounts must be renewed annually.

Once you have received the HAM-TMC card, you will be given instructions on how to register for remote access. Within two (2) working days you will be able to register for remote access on the HAM-TMC Library’s Web site. It is important to note that passwords for remote access are issued to individuals and are not to be shared with others.

If you have any questions, please contact
• Diane Gwamanda, Head of Access Services, M. D. Anderson Library –; X3-9714

Or you may of course contact me with questions!

Friday, November 11, 2005

IEEE Downtime: November 15

IEEE is upgrading, adding RSS feeds for tables of contents and adding some non-indexed materials in their entirety (reviews, editorials) to the database. To accomplish that, the database will be down on November 15th, from 9-11am. Occasionally these downtimes go a bit long, so you may want to plan your IEEE searching for the afternoon!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New Personal Technology Magazine


"Newspaper USA Today has launched an 80-page consumer technology magazine titled USA Today Now Personal Technology. The magazine seeks to guide readers on using the latest electronic gizmos. Home and office appliances as well as automobile gadgets are covered. Features include Q&A columns, reference notes on setting up home theatres and tips on producing good quality photos and videos.
Developed under the leadership of Mendy Fetterman, the magazine is focused on the lay user, rather than the expert. It is projected to improve the consumer buying process in the forthcoming months. The annual is priced at $4.95. Approximately 300,000 copies of the first issue have been printed."