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This week's digest contains 3 messages:
1) EEGS Publications Join SEG Digital Library on Scitation Platform
2) The Geological Society of London adds further journals to The Lyell
3) Some Results from Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks

Message 1:

Subject: EEGS Publications Join SEG Digital Library on Scitation Platform
From:"Lori Carlin" <>
Date:Fri, 10 Oct 2008 16:21:54 -0400

Please excuse cross-posting

Partnership of Two Leading Geophysical Societies Expands Research
Available to their Members and Other Subscribers

DENVER, October 8, 2008 -The complete journal and proceedings archives
of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society have been added
to the SEG Digital Library ( ( )),
the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ publications portal on the
Scitation platform operated by the American Institute of Physics.

All 13 volumes of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering
Geophysics and all 21 annual proceedings of the Symposium on the
Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems are
available within the EEGS Research Collection (

“Near-surface geophysics is a field of increasing importance, with a
growing range of engineering, environmental, and resource applications,”
said Jonathan E. Nyquist, recently elected as EEGS president. “By
putting JEEG and the SAGEEP Proceedings online within the SEG Digital
Library, EEGS is giving the work of its member scientists exposure in
the broader community of applied geophysicists and with researchers and
practitioners in many other disciplines.”

The complete JEEG and SAGEEP Proceedings archives are online thanks to a
partnership between EEGS and SEG. In the SEG Digital Library, the EEGS
Research Collection shares an interface and search engines with the SEG
Research Collection (, which includes Geophysics,
The Leading Edge, the SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, and the
online version of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics,
fourth edition. The EEGS publications have been added to the Digital
Cumulative Index, SEG’s bibliographic database of applied geophysics
literature published by five geoscience societies.

“With EEGS publications, the SEG Digital Library has improved its
coverage of geophysical applications in such areas as water resources,
fault mapping, groundwater cleanup, and unexploded ordinance,” said Fred
Aminzadeh, SEG president. “Our alliance with EEGS will facilitate more
technical innovation across the geophysics community.”

EEGS members are gaining access to full-text articles in the EEGS
Research Collection plus the SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts.
SEG members are gaining access to the EEGS Research Collection in
addition to the SEG Research Collection access they already enjoy.

Institutions subscribing to JEEG in print have gained access to the
online EEGS Research Collection for the duration of 2008 and will have
the opportunity to add continuing access for 2009. Institutions
subscribing to SEG publications have obtained access to the EEGS
Research Collection for the remainder of 2008 and can maintain that
level of access with an upgraded subscription for 2009.

“We are pleased to add EEGS publications to the Scitation platform,
which is heavily used by researchers worldwide and where they will have
a natural online home with a wide range of other engineering and
physical science content,” said Darlene Walters, AIP senior vice
president, publishing.

Subscriptions to EEGS and SEG publications are available through AIP’s
Circulation and Fulfillment Service at +1-800-334-6908, +1-516-576-2270,
or Rates are available at

The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) is an
applied science organization founded in 1992 with headquarters in
Denver, Colorado. EEGS promotes the application of geophysics to
environmental and engineering problems primarily through its
publications and its annual meeting (SAGEEP).
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), founded in 1930 with
headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the world's largest professional
applied geophysics society, with more than 30,000 members in 130
countries. SEG promotes the science of geophysics and the education of a
wide range of geoscientists. The society fosters the expert and ethical
practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural
resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating earth
hazards. The society fulfills its mission through its publications,
conferences, forums, Web sites, and educational programs.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP), founded in 1931, is a
not-for-profit membership corporation created for the purpose of
promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and
its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to
serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving its ten member
societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and
the general public. AIP provides a spectrum of services and programs
devoted to advancing the science and profession of physics. A pioneer in
digital publishing, AIP is also one of the world’s largest publishers of
physics journals and produces the publications of more than 25
scientific and engineering societies.


Jackie Jacoby, JEEG/FastTIMES Coordinator, EEGS, (303) 531-7517, Ext. 308

Ted Bakamjian, Director, Publications, SEG, (918) 497-5506

Rich Kobel, Director, Publishing Services Sales, AIP, (800) PUB-4STM, (516) 576-2447

Message 2:

Subject: The Geological Society of London adds further journals to The
Lyell Collection
From: amy williams <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:40:54 +0100

Dear colleagues,

I thought you might be interested in a major release of new content
within the Lyell Collection, which is the Geological Society of London's
collection of Earth science literature. The new content spans centuries,
from the historic Transactions of the Geological Society of London (the
Society's first publication, which will be added to the Lyell Collection
in November) to its most recently-launched journal, Geochemistry:
Exploration, Environment, Analysis (which was added to the Collection in
September). By opening up, juxtaposing and digitally enhancing content
from the foundations of geology right through to its current front line,
the Society hopes to help researchers uncover past trends, to identify
parallels with current scenarios and to inform and shape future
understanding at this critical period of our planet's evolution.

The new content brings the total number of articles in the Lyell
Collection to over 15,000. Institutions can license the Collection by
annual subscription; for further information, including prices and how
to order, please visit The
Collection itself can be found at

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Neal Marriot
Director of Publishing
Geological Society Publishing House
T +44 1225 445046

Message 3:

Subject: Some REsults from Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks
From: James Moses <primarydat@AOL.COM>
Date:Thu, 16 Oct 2008 09:13:23 -0400

Primary Research Group has published Academic Library Cataloging
Practices Benchmarks (ISBN 1-57440-106-8). This 254 page report presents
data from a survey of the cataloging practices of approximately 80 North
American academic libraries. In more than 630 tables of data and related
commentary from participating librarians and our analysts, the report
gives a broad overview of academic library cataloging practices related
to outsourcing, selection and deployment of personnel, salaries, the
state of continuing education in cataloging, and much more. Survey
participants also discuss how they define the catalogers’ range of
responsibilities, how they train their catalogers, how they assess
cataloging quality, whether they use cataloging quotas or other measures
to spur productivity, what software and other cataloging technology they
use and why, and how they make outsourcing decisions and more. Data is
broken out by size and type of college and for public and private colleges.

Just a few of the reports many findings are presented below:

• More than 70% of the libraries in the sample say that their catalogers
have salary levels that are comparable to those of public service
librarians at their institutions.

• About 27.3% of the survey participants routinely use paraprofessional
staff for original cataloging. Public colleges were more than three
times more likely than private colleges to use paraprofessionals for
original cataloging, and larger colleges were more than twice as likely
as smaller ones to do so.

• 41.56% of the libraries in the sample outsource authority control,
obtaining new and updated authority records.

• About 15.6% of the libraries in the sample outsource the cataloging of
e-journals; close to 28% of research universities do so.

• 20.78% of libraries in the sample use MarcEdit or other MARC editor to
preview records and globally edit to local standards prior to loading.

• 29.7% of the libraries in the sample have technical services areas
that track turnaround time from Acquisitions receipt to Cataloging to
shelf-ready distribution.

• About 24.7% of the libraries in the sample use paraprofessional
support staff for master bibliographic record enrichment in OCLC. Most
of those doing so were public colleges and offered beyond the B.A. degree.

• Authority control experience was considered a very important criterion
for hiring by only 8.11% of survey participants, while a bit more than
35% considered it important. 21.62% considered authority control
experience not so important as a hiring criterion.

• The mean number of librarians in mostly cataloging functions that are
likely to retire over the next five years was a mean of only 0.27. The
figure was nearly 0.6 for colleges with more than 10,000 students.

• Only 11.27% of survey participants said that recent hires were well
prepared in subject genre/thesauri systems, and close to 24% said that
they were prepared.

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