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Clark Physical Sciences Library – September Update


Dear faculty, students and staff-

Welcome to the 09/10 academic year, I hope the semester is starting up
well.  It has been a busy summer at the Clark Physical Sciences Library
as we begin work on the transition plan developed by a team of faculty,
students and staff.  This process will proceed through the fall semester
and our goal is to continue to provide service and assistance
throughout.  An updated FAQ  is attached that addresses the future
of the library collections and services.

The bound journal collection has been successfully transfered to the
Annex Library.  With a recent bequest we have been able to purchase
online access to back issues of almost 400 additional journal titles in
the physical and related sciences.  Links to the back files currently
available to Cornell are included in the CU Library eJournals list
( and the library catalog
( Articles from journals at the Annex
that are not online can be requested through the Annex article scan
service at no charge:  New print
journal issues will continue to be available in the Clark Library
Reading Room through December, after which time most subscriptions will
become electronic based.

The print books will be distributed to related science libraries
according to the general subject areas described below.  Due to space
constraints in these libraries, books that have not circulated since
2000 will be transferred to the Annex Library and will be available on
request within 2 business days.  This transfer process is underway and
will be completed by the end of September.  Please contact the library
if you need assistance in locating books (255-4016,

Books scheduled for other science libraries will be transferred starting
in late October through early December.  Reserve materials will remain
in the Physical Sciences Library through the final exam period.
Print book distribution:
Mann Library: organic & bio- chemistry.
Mathematics Library: mathematics; astronomy; general, atomic & particle
   physics; theoretical physical chemistry.
Engineering Library: analytical, inorganic, organometallic &
   experimental physical chemistry; experimental physics.

The reference collection in the Physical Sciences Library is one of the
largest science reference collections in the Cornell system and is
utilized by researchers across the disciplines.  In addition to
increased online journal holdings, we will be investing in increased
online reference resources, such as crystallographic databases, spectra,
and critical tables.  Please let me know what reference materials are
the most critical for your research and teaching.

Please visit our new website for updates,

If you have questions or comments about the library transition, please
don?t hesitate to contact me at or 5-1361.


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