Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Science and the Rio Olympics

from Marlbrooks biomechanical analysis video below
Zika? Water pollution in Brazil? Biomechanics of Olympic athletes? Want to know more about some of the issues happening at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games from the point of view of science?

University Libraries has information.

Random facts to get you started (sources: see links below):
  • False starts in track are signaled when a runners applies pressure to the starting block within 100 milliseconds of the electronic gun which is faster than a human’s nervous system can react
  • Time keeping clocks used in the Olympics measure to the 1000th of a second
  • Fast pools” are engineered to reduce turbulence so that swimmers can swim faster by making the pools deeper (3 meters),
    • having lanes proportionate to the pool width (the wider the lanes the better – 2.5 meter lanes for an 80 meter pool is standard),
    • source: Wikimedia Commons
    • having side troughs that help prevent waves from rebounding back into the pool,
  • lane line markers convert wave energy into spin rather than letting waves pass into other lanes
  • Zika virus
    • can not only pass through a mother’s placenta to the fetus but may also be sexually transmissible
    • Zika mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) are active during the day which renders malaria netting ineffective (malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles) are active at night)
  • Fecal matter in Guanabara Bay is 198 times higher than the legal US limit
  • 55 rivers and 8 million residents in 15 nearby cities bring over 18,000 litres of sewage per second into the bay

MORE INFORMATION: Ball State University Libraries Resources

Call number ranges, subjects, & keywords
  • Biomechanics, human mechanics, sports medicine, sports performance, biophysics RC1200-1299, QP303
  • Water quality, environmental quality, groundwater quality
    • Purification, wastewater treatment/management TD400-699
    • Pollution research TD420 
    • GovPubs: EP 11.2:600 (EPA reports on soil analysis etc), I 19.42/4-4 (regional water quality reports)
    • Microbiology QR1-502 
    • Virology, virus HE 20 (SuDoc), QR200-502
  • Disease theory, etiology, pathogensis RB151-214; general patholgy RB1-17
  • Look up these call numbers on your own:
  • Use CardCat or OneSearch to find books, articles, DVDs, and more in the Libraries' collection
Selected books & theses 

EVEN MORE INFORMATION: Websites & Articles

Friday, June 10, 2016

Printing from storage devices

On the heels of color printing services coming to the Science-Health Science Library, another new service is now being offered: library users may now print files directly from their flash drives or SD cards using the Ricoh copy machine.

This service is not part of the print allocation of 500 pages per semester. Instead, this will work like the current copy machine service where copies are paid for at the time of printing via the vend machine by cash or copy card (copy cards can be purchased from the Science Librarian for exact change of $1).

  • Black and white prints: $0.10 per 8.5"x11" area ($0.06 per page with a copy card)  
  • Color prints: $0.25 per 8.5"x11" area 
Other points to remember:
  • Supported file formats: PDF, JPG, and TIFF. Any Word, PowerPoint, or other documents will need to be converted to one of these formats before they can be printed.
  • Drive formatting must be in FAT or FAT32
  • Non-standard or compressed files may not print
  • Memory devices with security features (eg password protection) may not be accessible.
How to print from your storage device:
  1. Go to any Ricoh copier.
  2. If necessary, press the "Energy Saver" button to wake up the device.
  3. Insert storage device (either flash drive or SD card) into the appropriate slot on the left side of the touch screen panel.
  4. On the touch screen, press the "Printer" icon.
  5. Find and press the button labeled "Print from Memory Storage Device."
  6. On the next screen, press the large button picturing your type of storage device.
  7. A list of the files and folders on your storage device will appear. Select the file or touch the folder to open it and then select the file.
  8. If you want to change the defaults printing settings, press the button on the right side of the screen labeled "Detailed Settings" to configure and confirm settings.
  9. Press the "Start Printing" button.
  10. If you have not already inserted money or a copy card (copy cards are for sale from the Science Librarian for $1 in exact change) in the vend unit (aka "coin box"), you will be prompted to do so before your file will print.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Color printing has landed

That's one small step for color, one giant leap for the SHSL.

We are very happy to announce that on Friday, 27 May 2016, color printing arrived in the Science-Health Science Library (SHSL).

After many years of this being our most frequently asked question, this service is now available through our copy machine for the same fee as color printing in Bracken: $0.25 per 8.5"x11" area. Paper sizes available are letter (8.5"x11"), legal (8.5"x14"), and ledger (11"x17").

Here's how you do it:
  1. Login to a public access computer (PAC)
  2. Obtain a document to print
  3. From the print menu, select the COLOR_PRINT_SHSL printer (the default in the SHSL is printer 9) (NOTE: this is also where you set it to print double-sided if you want)
  4. A dialogue box will appear asking you to name your file
  5. Click PRINT
  6. Go to the copy machine - you may have to wake it up by pressing and holding the "energy saver" button
  7. Tap on the PRINTER icon
  8. Look for your BSU username on the bottom half of the screen, it should appear there as a button
  9. Tap your username button
  10. Find and tap your file's button
  11. Add money to the vend unit (ie cash/coins up to a $5 bill or copy cards)
  12. Press the START button on the copy machine
  13. That's it! Collect your print job from the copy machine
If you have any problems or questions, please ask at the counter or in the office.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Daylight Saving Time 2016

 from WikiMedia Commons

So, when exactly do we reset our clocks? And is it forward or backward one hour?

Daylight Saving Time can be very confusing. First of all, the very phrasing is often confused: it's Saving not Savings. We are saving daylight not putting something in a savings account. Read below to help end your confusion! [The chart on the left plots the times of sunrise and sunset (with DST adjustment as separate lines) in Greenwich, GB for 2007.]

Short answer
For the Spring- On Sunday, 13 March, 2016 at 2:00am, you should set your clock forward one hour to 3:00am.

For the Fall- On Sunday, 05 November, 2016 at 2:00am, you should set your clock backward one hour to 1:00am. (Remember "spring forward, fall back...").

Easy answer: Most people who go to bed earlier than the wee hours of the morning simply set their clocks back/forward one hour before they go to bed on Saturday.

Detailed answer: Go HERE.

For more information...
Daylight Saving Time from WebExhibits

World Clock for Indianapolis DST

National Geographic on DST

US Naval Observatory on DST

Figure out what time it is in the United States at Time.gov

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Collection spotlight: Birds of North America

Title: Birds of North America
Call Number: Sci Ref QL681 .B625

This set is the print equivalent of a movie “cult classic”: not necessarily well-known, but a satisfying discovery you will return to again and again.

Beginning in 1992, the set was published bi-monthly by the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. It covers 716 of species of birds that live in North America. Each bird gets its own pamphlet which describes its habitat, range, diet, vocalizations, breeding, conservation and management, and even future research priorities. Photos, illustrations, maps, and diagrams allow you to see the birds and their habitats in full-color detail.

Housed in the Science-Health Science Library’s Reference Collection, they can nevertheless be checked out for 3-days at a time and can certainly be enjoyed in-house.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Service: Interlibrary Loan Pickup in Cooper

Late Fall Semester 2015, the University Libraries expanded our Interlibarry Loan (ILL) service to choose your pickup location for your requested books or other non-electronic items through ILLiad.

In the past, items requested via Interlibrary loan that were not deliverable electronically had to be picked up in Bracken at the Main Circulation desk or the Interlibrary Loan window.

Now, in addtion to Bracken, you may pick up your ILL requests at the Science-Health Science Library (CN16) and Architecture Library. Just use the dropdown menu in ILLiad to select your pickup location (see image above).

As usual, you will receive an email to let you know when your items are available. Remember to bring your BSU ID with you when you’re ready to pick up the items.

University Libraries boasts one of the most robust interlibrary loan programs in Indiana and we continue to strive to make it better every year.

More power outlets & new furniture

With smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other portable electronics everywhere, the demand for places to charge those devices is high. 

The requests for more power outlets to the SHSL have not gone unheard. New electrical outlets and tables have been added  to create additional and attractive study space in the quieter study area in the back of the library.

Along with this, comfy new rolling chairs were added throughout - the same kind you have seen at the public access computers here and in Bracken – for user convenience and to help maximize space usage.

Come in and give them a try.

New solid state drives & faster login times

Over winter break, Library Information Technology Personnel fitted many Public Access Computers (PACs) in Bracken and all of them in the Science-Health Science Library (SHSL) with new, solid state drives or SSDs. Basically, these are large capacity flash drives that replace the older, traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) that used magnetic, spinning metal disks to store data.

The login times in the SHSL have dropped from 3 minutes on average to less than 10 seconds. That’s an incredible 94.44% decrease in login time. Library users have faster access to CardCat, research databases, and productivity software via the campus Key Server which monitors software license activity.

Reasons for the longer login times of old include network cabling capacity, number of network hub connections, speed of the PAC itself, and connecting with our Key Server. The Key Server alone requires a significant amount of time and processor power.

Since the changes, Science Library staff have heard lots of praise from users. Users can now get to the network and software available on the PACs much more quickly and efficiently.