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January 2019
Interlibrary Loan Renewal

Boulder Labs Library works with lending libraries to ensure that loan periods are extended so customers have enough time to use an item. If a renewal is not available via ILLiad (if lender already gave an extension, or lender’s policy does not allow one), request one by emailing the Library. Many libraries will make an exception and grant one. If not, we will request a loan of the same item from another library.

Boulder Labs Library Renewal

How to renew library books from the Boulder Labs Library:

  1. Go to our library home page.
  2. Click on “My Account” in the upper right of your screen.
  3. Click on “Library Account Login.”
  4. Log in using your username and password. If you don’t remember your login, ask a librarian.
  5. Click on your name in the upper right of your screen.
  6. Click on “My Account.”
  7. You should see a list of the items you have checked out. Click on “Renew” for the items you would like to renew.
  8. If your books will not renew, please contact us. Possible reasons for this include:

  • Your account has expired. We just need to update your account with the current expiration date on your CAC.
  • You have renewed the books too many times. You are allowed to renew books up to 11 times, and then they must be returned. You can check them out again later.
  • You have too many overdue books. A librarian will need to override default system limits and renew the books for you.
February 2019
Mobile Access to Journals & Databases

If you would like to access select journals and databases that Boulder Labs Library offers on your iPhone or Android, visit the Boulder Labs Library homepage, and then select “Services” and “Mobile Applications”. Then, click on any of the hyperlinked resource pages and follow the instructions on the Mobile Applications webpage. Please note that some of these must be accessed from a NOAA-enabled device.

Easily Search All of Web of Science

You are now able to search the entire Web of Science Core Collection, using the ‘All Fields’ search option. You are able to combine key terms, author names, funder details and more in a single search box. This allows you to focus more on the results list, instead of the search query. Watch the tutorial.

Search 10.4 Million Datasets on Mendeley

Access links to images, tabular data, geospatial data, software, and videos on the Mendeley Data website at Mendeley Data. The domain-specific and cross-domain repositories contain an impressive 10.4 million datasets. Become a part of the community of researchers that uploads and shares research data. Plus, sharing data is a great way for you to get exposure for your research.

March 2019
Videos You Can’t Find on YouTube

Books 24x7, an ebook platform that the Boulder Labs Library provides a subscription to, now provides instructional videos in addition to ebooks. These short, focused videos provide how-tos or information on everything from Adobe Acrobat to web services. These professional videos are useful to all computer users and developers at Boulder Labs.

To access these videos, log into Books 24x7 and then select either Desktop Video Topics or IT and Technical Video Topics in the Browse Topics window at the right (#1 below), or use the search box and select IT, Productivity, and Collaboration Tools Videos (#2 below). Check back often, as new videos will be added regularly. If you have questions about setting up a Books 24x7 account or using the platform, contact the Library.

Geofacets, AGU Millenium Edition

As part of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) centennial, AGU members have access to a new research database – Elsevier’s Geofacets, AGU Millenium Edition. This database allows you to search publications by geographic location and geologic time period, focusing on the maps and figures that accompany AGU journal publications.

Expand Your Skills with Our Special Collections

The library has much more than scientific books and journals in its collection. We have books, eBooks, and audiobooks that can help you develop a presentation, learn a language, further your project leadership, learn office computer skills like Excel and more! To help you find the best and latest in our collection on these topics, we developed six online special collections. You can also always contact your library liaison or stop by the library for assistance in finding exactly the book or audiobook that fits your needs.

April 2019
Open House April 9 & 11

Celebrate National Library Week at the Boulder Labs Library Open House. Refreshments will be provided, prize drawings will be awarded, and demonstrations will be presented! Your Boulder Labs Library staff will be presenting and answering questions regarding the many services and resources that they provide, including: bibliometrics, website resources and search box, new meeting and study spaces, 3D printing, book/file scanning, document delivery and interlibrary loan.Dates: April 9 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Building 1, Room 1200 and April 11 from 12pm to 2pm at DSRC, Room 2C407. See handouts from the event below.

3D Printing Bibliometrics Geofacets Doc Delivery & ILLiad Search Box Seating Scanner Website

From the Stacks: April

Inspired by the NOAA Heritage Exhibits in the DSRC, the Boulder Labs Library has a new exhibit in its Branch Library (DSRC-2C407) called From the Stacks. This exhibit celebrates the research history of NOAA-Boulder and its predecessor agencies by displaying reports and books from the Library collection and changes monthly. The theme for April is “The Name Makes the Project: Cool Acronyms.” The items on display are all on projects whose names become cool or unique acronyms.

May 2019
From the Stacks: May

May's theme is "Local Impact" that covers NOAA reports on meteorology of Boulder and surrounding areas, from Boulder air quality to Colorado storms, and the impact the Boulder Labs have on the local economy.

2019 Trainings & Events
Library Open House (Apr 9 & 11, 2019)
May 2018
How Can I Share It?

How Can I Share It is a resource for researchers that provides information and tools on how you can share, where you can share and recommendations for sharing sites where you can engage and collaborate with the research community. How Can I Share It also provides information on best practices for sharing and copyright rules.

Retraction Watch

Retraction Watch is an organization aimed at alerting the research community on retracted articles. Their blog features the latest retracted articles (which are also searchable in their database) and how to report misconduct.

JoVE Video Journal Content

JoVE, a video methods journal releases an average of 150 video journal articles each month. It is able to release so much content because it reduced time to publication by 25%, to 6 months. The library provides subscription access to three of the JoVE collections: chemistry, engineering, and environment.

October 2018
Filter Book Search by Boulder Labs Library or Nearby Ones

You can filter library catalog search results to show only books (or electronic resources) available through the Boulder Labs Library. You can set filters to see if a book is in nearby Boulder- and Denver-area libraries. You can either use the advanced search to start your search with specific libraries or use the library filter in the search results.

Request Supplementary Data via ILLiad

Did you know you can request supplemental data as well as articles and books through ILLiad, the library's interlibrary loan service? Go to the Library’s homepage and click on the Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery icon. Log into your ILLiad account. From the Make a Request menu, select Other (Free Text). In the box labeled Citation or Description of Item, enter the phrase “Request for copy of supplementary data that accompanies this article: [enter the citation of the article here].” Also enter any information about the supplementary data, its description, title or its DOI. Following these procedures will help ensure that your request is fulfilled with the supplementary data instead of the article copy.

Wiley Online Archives

Access 20 electronic archives starting from volume 1, with some of the most-used journals in our collection. These archives are available right at your desktop, however you can find the articles through our library catalog, research databases, or even Google. This access was made possible by collaboration with NOAA libraries nationwide.

Why You Need a Lexis-Nexis Advance Account

The Lexis-Nexis Advance database contains full text of more than 32,000 sources, including business, news (local through international) and legal sources, including federal legislation and regulations. Sources include newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and scholarly journals. The Lexis-Nexis Advance database can help you:

  • Find economic and market data
  • Enumerate impact and mentions in news and trade publications
  • Receive congressional, legislative, and regulatory alerts
  • Stay up-to-date on procurement and contracting news

You must have an individual account to access Lexis-Nexis Advance and all users must be employed by DoC. To request an account, e-mail the Boulder Labs Library with your: name, mail code, and e-mail address.

November 2018
Web of Science Features

Web of Science citation report provides citation statistics for a set of search results, including h-index, total times cited (with and without self-cites), cites per year, and more. Analyze results helps you examine countries, organizations, journals, and more for a group of papers. Analyze results helps you answer questions such as:

  • What researchers in China have cited my work?
  • In which journals are my publications cited the most?
  • Which organizations are funding my area of research?

To log in using your Google account, begin by clicking “Sign In” from any EBSCOhost screen. On the sign in screen, click the blue “Sign in with Google” button, then select or enter in the Google account you’d like to use. Note: if you have an existing EBSCOhost account, you can’t transfer it to one that uses the Google login, you’ll be creating a new account.

Quickly Research Topics in Web of Science in Your Browser

With the Web of Science (WoS) Quick Search Google Chrome extension, you can search topics from over one billion cited references within the Web of Science database.

To add the extension, go to your Google Chrome settings in your browser and select extensions. At the top of the screen, enter “Web of Science - Quick Search” in the search box and then select “Add”. You should now see the Clarivate Analytics’ (producer of Web of Science) logo at the top right of your Chrome browser.

December 2018
Employees Get Free Access to Washington Post

If you want to casually read the Washington Post, every employee with a .gov e-mail address can sign up for an account using that e-mail and enjoy free, unlimited access to this newspaper.

Library Resources are Available 24/7

You can still access library resources even when you are not on campus. As long as you are connected to the Boulder Labs computer network, you can continue to access and use our library databases and eJournals and eBooks.

EBSCOhost Resources

EBSCOhost provides access to nearly 6,000 full-text journals, including more than 5,500 peer reviewed; other publications include books, proceedings, reports, and reviews; create login to save, organize, and share searches; export citation to bibliographic management software, including EndNote and Reference Manager; and full-text articles from STM Source are accessible via the Library’s WorldCat Discovery interface.. EBSCO STM Source is available to NOAA and NTIA employees on the Boulder Campus. STM Source is a full-text database concentrated in science, technology, engineering, and medicine.

You can also log into EBSCOhost account with your Google account. When you sign into a personal account on EBSCOhost, you can personalize your search screens, save articles for later, and more. EBSCOhost also allows you to log on using your NOAA or personal Google account.

2018 Training, Events & Staff Updates
Web of Science Training (Jan 9, 2018)

Advanced search tips to help you find journal articles and conference papers relevant to your research

ResearcherID Training (Jan 11, 2018)

Learn how to register for a unique identifier and build your publication lists, track your times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification.

Grounds for Discovery: Library Resources (April 24-25, 2018)
Grounds for Discovery: How the Global Research Community Informs which Scientific Papers to Publish (May 24-25, 2018)
Grounds for Discovery: Accessing & Searching in GeoRef, Meterological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (June 11, 2018)
Grounds for Discovery: JoVE Publishing & Submisson (July 17, 2018)
Library Annual Survey Conducted (Aug 2018)
Library Website Soft Launch (Sept 7, 2018)
Library Move Completed (Dec 2018)

Technical reports and 2,500 journal volumes moved to Branch Library, making the materials more accessible

Stacy Bruss, Collection Services Coordinator & Librarian (June 2018 Start Date)

Stacy comes from the NIST Research Library in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

September 2017
ESSOAr Open Preprint Server

The Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) is a community server established to accelerate the open discovery and dissemination of Earth and space science early research outputs, including preprints and posters presented at major scientific meetings. In the future, other rich conference presentations may be added.

Earth and Space Chemistry Journal

The ACS journal, Earth and Space Chemistry publishes research in the fields of geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, astrochemistry, and analytical geochemistry.

October 2017

Unpaywell harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories. It searches over 90 million indexed open access full text versions, and also ensures that the articles found abide by copyright compliance. It has Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox extensions.

Research Impact Metrics

Research impact metrics helps researchers: figure out where to publish, bolster a research profile & portfolio, assist with applying for funding, and allow researchers to benchmark their research outputs. Elsevier has created an infographic to help researchers understand what different impact metrics measure and how they can be used.

November 2017
CSL Citation Styles

CSL Citation Styles is a resource for researchers creating bibliographies who need to look up a citation style. From the popular and more well-known citation styles to the uncommon citation styles, this open source tool allows researchers to search for citation styles by name and by example.

Link Boulder Labs Library to Google Scholar

You can add Boulder Labs Library (and other libraries) to your Google Scholar search. Once linked, Google Scholar will let you know if Boulder Labs Library owns a full-text version of the article that you are looking for. Linking Boulder Labs Library to your Google Scholar account is easy, all you have to do is go to the Google Scholar Menu, then Settings, then Library Links and search “Boulder Labs Library” in the search bar. Once the search icon is clicked, this will automatically add our library to your Google Scholar search.

HeinOnline Email Alerts

You can set up email alerts on HeinOnline for similar articles written by a specific author. Researchers can set up email alerts for a specific author and get monthly article updates sent straight to their inbox.

2017 Trainings, Events & Staff Updates
Usability Survey (Nov-Dec 2017)

The Boulder Labs Library usability survey was conducted to help inform access to information needs on the new website. The website launched in September 2018.

Aurelia Mandani, Technology Services Librarian (Oct 2017 Start Date)

Aurelia grew up in Colorado. She received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Seattle Pacific University Outside Link and received her MLIS with a focus in Information Technology from the University of Denver in June of 2017. While in graduate school, Aurelia researched information seeking behaviors of different user groups. Before coming to the Boulder Labs Library, Aurelia worked as an Intercultural Librarian at Arapahoe Library District.

February 2016
ACS Omega, OA Journal

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Omega Journal includes chemical articles. It has rigorous peer review, international staff of four editors (based in China, India, Europe, and the Americas), open access articles, author submission fee discounts, and high visibility.

NIST on YouTube

NIST hosts its own YouTube page, where you can find other informative videos posted by NIST on a variety of topics related to cutting-edge issues in science and technology. NIST even provides access to prominent talks from its colloquium series on To search for specific colloquia, or to find those related to a certain topic or date range, click on the “Filters” drop-down menu. You may narrow your browsing list by Upload date, Type of media, Duration, Features, and Sort by relevance, number of views, or rating.

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is an Open Access, interdisciplinary journal focusing on the impact of human activity on natural systems. Elementa is the product of collaboration between CU Boulder, BioOne, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, University of Washington, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Features include: peer reviewed; authors can publish under one of six “knowledge domains” (atmospheric science, earth and environmental science, ecology, ocean science, sustainable engineering, sustainability transitions, and public policy); governed by CC-BY license; and authors also invited to publish in topical Elementa Forums.

April 2016
Rapid OA Publishing with IEEE Access

IEEE Access is an Open Access, multidisciplinary journal covering all of IEEE's fields of interest. Its first articles were published in 2013. IEEE Access utilizes the “Binary” peer review process, where articles are accepted or rejected upon submission in order to facilitate rapid publishing. Fields of interest include: Aerospace; Bioengineering; Communication, Networking & Broadcasting; Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems; Computing & Processing; Engineered Materials, Dielectrics & Plasmas; Engineering Profession; Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics; General Topics for Engineers; Geoscience; Nuclear Engineering; Photonics & Electro-Optics; Power, Energy, & Industry Applications; Robotics & Control Systems; Signal Processing & Analysis; Transportation. IEEE Access utilizes the IEEE Xplore platform. Read the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox for instructions on preparing articles for submission.

Natural Earth Open Access Map Data

Natural Earth offers Open Access raster and vector map data for creating custom maps. The site is supported by a number of institutions, including the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Florida State University, and the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Data features include: data downloads available in large (1:10m), medium (1:50m), and small scales (1:110m); vector data available as cultural or physical map data; varying types of raster files to suit bandwidth and content focus; gray earth raster data for geographic maps; built-in scale attributes for display at different zoom levels; and built-in GIS attributes.

APL Photonics

APL Photonics is an Open Access journal from AIP, covering both theoretical and applied research in all areas in photonics. Features include: rigorous peer review; types of submissions include articles, letters, and special topics; and authors retain copyright through CC BY 4.0 license.

June 2016
OSDC Cloud-Based Data Hosting

Opensciencedatacloud (OSDC) enables researchers to upload, store, share, and analyze scientific datasets on the terabyte and petabyte scales, with the purpose of improving the reproducibility and transparency of research. Features include: Public Data Commons – hosted repository of publicly-available (OA) datasets; Specific clouds available to researchers depending on whether they are working with secure or unsecure data; Hosted datasets for large projects; and Training in data science for students via the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, sponsored by the NSF. For researchers interested in contributing data, read the OSDC page on Resources Availability and Allocation.

Research Data Alliance

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) enables researchers to create and manage collaborative groups directed towards facilitating open data sharing in all disciplines. To join, read the RDA Guiding Principles and create a login. Types of groups include: working, interest, and birds of a feather.

July 2016
DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center

The U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) is an information clearinghouse on alternative fuel technologies. Information contained in AFDC includes: data and statistic related to sources of energy like hydrogen and ethanol (pros and cons of use, fueling stations using interactive maps, vehicles, and laws and incentives), tools (calculators, maps, data searches), case studies, publications, and tips on fuel conservation. AFDC is a resource offered as part of DOE’s broader Clean Cities initiative.

European Space Weather Portal

The European Space Weather Portal offers access to a variety of space weather resources hosted by European repositories. The site is hosted by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, and is entirely in English. Resources include: search for documents, access research models related to space weather, datasets, software (such as visualization tools), and publications.

August 2016
Accessible Chemistry Resources with Wired Chemist

Wired Chemist provides data, tutorials, and discussions related to the fields of chemistry, environmental science, mineralogy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging. The site is intended as an accessible reference resource for both students and professional researchers. Resources include: instructional modules, laboratory demos, quicktime movies and videos, data, formulas, links to other resources, and bibliographies.

AGU GeoHealth Journal

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) GeoHealth journal is an interdisciplinary Open Access journal focusing on the interaction between the environment and health. Specific topics include: impacts of climate change on health, air and water pollution, radiation and its effects on health, geomedicine, and impacts of disasters on health.

OA2020 Initiative

OA2020 is an initiative to encourage scholarly journals to transition from the subscription model to Open Access. The initiative builds on the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, which had 560 signatories. Specific aims of OA2020 include: (1) Transition most extant scholarly journals from subscription to OA, respecting the publication preferences of specific communities; (2) Accomplish the transition by using existing funds spent on subscriptions to finance sustainable OA models; and (3) Invite collaboration from all parties involved with publishing, including universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers on the transition to OA.

October 2016
Scientific Data: OA Journal from

Scientific Data is an OA journal published by Nature covering datasets of all sizes. The journal publishes “data descriptors,” a type of article providing detailed descriptions of datasets for the purpose of facilitating data reuse. Features include: peer reviewed, scope includes analyses of datasets and original articles on data-sharing technologies, Data Descriptors published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY), and Scientific Data being guided by six key principles, which are credit, reuse, quality, discovery, open access, and service.

Grey Literature Network Service

GreyNet International is an organization devoted to facilitate awareness of, and open access to, grey literature. Grey literature consists of documents of any format produced by government, business, academic, or similar institution not published through traditional commercial or academic channels, and for which citation metrics may not exist. Services offered by GreyNet include: annual international directory of grey literature organizations, research and Education (including workshops and lectures), the Grey Journal - an OA Journal focused on grey literature topics in all disciplines, including the sciences, and links to repositories and indexes

November 2016
Open Data Repository

The Open Data Repository (ODR) is a platform that supports creating and managing project-related data repositories online. ODR aims to offer a number of unique features, including: use drag-and-drop features to create database schemas, ready-made field types for common data elements, such as date/time, default plugins for graphics tools and specialized applications such as displaying chemical formulas, users have control over data sharing (including establishing an embargo until a specified date, what types of data to share, and making data public)

LinkedEarth Develops Data Standards for Paleoclimatology

LinkedEarth is a project to develop a set of data standards for paleoclimatology. Sponsored by EarthCube, LinkedEarth aims to give researchers in paleoclimatology the tools to curate data by: Building Community Data Standards based on the LiPD (Linked Paleo Data) format; Development of the LinkedEarth ontology, which aims to define descriptors and specify relationships between terms in a dataset; Crowdsourcing standards development via the LinkedEarth Wiki platform; Develop open-source software for data visualization, modeling and analysis; and Integrate infrastructure with parent project EarthCube, and with other projects such as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Neotoma, and NCDC Paleo.

December 2016
IET Open

IET Open is an initiative for supporting its full Open Access (OA) journals. IET Open features include: Journals published on the Gold OA model; All articles published under Creative Commons license; Select pre-publication articles available as “eFirst” articles; Papers submitted via ScholarOne.

Nature OA Journal

Nature's Open Access journal, npj Climate and Atmospheric Science is part of its Nature Partner Journals (npj) series. The journal focuses on climate and atmospheric sciences. Features include: peer review, Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY) license, subject areas (include climate dynamics, climate variability, weather and climate prediction, climate change, weather extremes, aerosols, hydrological cycle, air-sea interaction), articles on methodology also invited (such as modeling, in situ observations, and remote sensing), and submissions being original research articles, brief communications, reviews, and dataset summaries

2016 Trainings, Events, & Staff Updates
IEEE Xplore Training (Jan 26 & Feb 4, 2016)

Improve your ability to find resources via IEEE Xplore, a database of over 3 million items in the areas of computer technology, electrical engineering, remote sensing, and telecommunications.

ResearcherID Training (Feb 9 & 18, 2016)

Use ResearcherID to track your times-cited counts and h-index and to manage your publication portfolio in EndNoteWeb

Web of Science Training (Feb 11 & 16, 2016)

How to build and save searches, select citations for bulk export, analyze citation metrics, and access metrics like the h-index in Web of Science

Books 24x7 Training (Feb 25, 2016)

Enhance your computer and management skills with Books 24x7, which gives you full-text access to over 10,000 eBook titles in areas including: Business and Culture, Databases, Desktop and Office Applications, Graphic Design, Networks and Protocols, Programming, Telecommunications, and Web Development.

Boulder Labs Library Vendor Fair (May 5, 2016)

Join the Boulder Labs Library for a Vendor Fair specifically designed for Boulder Labs staff. Vendor representatives will be on-site to demo their products and to answer your questions. Join us for: clinics on library resources, promotional items and goodies, and food and coffee at 10am-1pm in Bldg. 1 Lobby and Main Library, Rm. 1-1200.

Patti Marraro, Collection Services Coordinator (May 2016 Start Date)

Patti Marraro has over 34 years of experience working in NOAA, 22 of them providing a wide array of library services. Prior to becoming Collection Services Coordinator at BLL, Patti was the Technical Information Specialist and a Fishery Biologist at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory in North Carolina. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from North Carolina Central University in Durham and her undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University in Galveston.

Sue Visser, Public Services Librarian (Oct 2016 Start Date)

Sue Visser has been a librarian for over 25 years, mostly working in special libraries. Her first library position was at Synergen, Inc., a pharmaceutical biotechnology startup in Boulder (now defunct). For the last 18 years, Sue has been the solo librarian for Stratus Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University, and a BA in English from Calvin College.