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Release: Nov. 13, 2001

Carver Trust grant supports UI Libraries' digital resources

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries has received a $194,922 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine to broaden and enhance digital information resources in science and technology. The grant will enable the Libraries to purchase electronic back files of important indexes and journals.

The University Libraries has been making significant investments in digital resources in many fields for some time, and especially in science, technology and medicine. The grant is designated for the purchase of back files of journals such as those of Elsevier Science, a major publisher of scientific journals. Acquisitions will include journals in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, physical and analytical chemistry published by Elsevier and made available through their electronic journal platform, Science Direct.

The grant will also be used to increase the Libraries' access to titles through JSTOR, a full text database of back issues of scholarly titles covering a wide range of subjects from anthropology to statistics. The Libraries already subscribes to several categories, and with this grant will be able to add the General Science and the Ecology and Botany Collections. These include important historical documents such as the publications of the Royal Society of London, ranging back to the 17th century, as well as contemporary journals such as "Science," the "Journal of Ecology," and "Systematic Botany." Other resources to be acquired include seven additional years of the "Web of Science," taking coverage back to 1979, and an online cumulative index to "Chemical Abstracts" bringing coverage up through 2001.

Edward Shreeves, director of collections and information services, notes the grant "will substantially increase the amount of digital information available to students and faculty in the sciences. While the UI Libraries already provides current issues of many electronic publications, this grant will enable us to increase the range and depth of resources we offer to students and researchers in the sciences."

Although some of these publications are available in print, the advantages of electronic resources are many. Digital resources can increase the productivity of faculty and students in teaching and learning and provide better support for distance education students. Users can get into digital materials anytime, anywhere. The speed of access and the increased searching and linking capability result in increased knowledge discovery. Full text databases provide convenient access to many important research publications, which are the lifeblood of most scientific disciplines.