Woodward Blog

Today in mathematics- first computer bug (or really a moth) reported – September 9, 1947

First computer “bug,” an actual moth caught in the machinery of the Harvard Mark II computer, logged at 15:45 hours.

More information about:
The First Computer Bug
Harvard Mark II

** From MAA math blog

TRIAL – Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

The Library has a trial to the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences, a collection of short (50-120 pages) electronic books (referred to as “lectures”) that synthesize a topic in the biomedical/life sciences. The lectures are published by Morgan & Claypool and are grouped in series, each having an editor prominent in the field. Sample series include: Building Blocks of the Cell, Integrated Systems Physiology, and Stem Cell Biology.

The trial is available at: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?details=colloquium-digital-library-of-life-sciences&id=2147

We are very interested in your feedback. Please let us know what you think of these e-books by completing the feedback form at:


If you have any questions, please contact Sally Taylor, Woodward Library.

Trial ends November 15, 2013.

Today in math history – Michael Faraday discovered his law of electrical induction.

In 1831 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday%27s_law_of_induction

(From MAA blogs)

USPTO Adopts PDF for Patent Documents

From Michael White’s blog – http://patentlibrarian.blogspot.ca/2013/08/uspto-adopts-pdf-for-patent-documents.html

The USPTO has adopted PDF as the default format for displaying patent documents from its databases, making it one of the last (if not last) of the major patent offices to switch to the world’s most popular document image format. Since 1998, viewing US patent documents obtained from the USPTO website required the use of a TIFF plugin such as alternaTIFF or interneTIFF.

CTLT and UBC Library Connect, Course Reserves and Copyright Full Day Drop-In Support

CTLT and UBC Library Connect, Course Reserves and Copyright Full Day Drop-In Support

When:  August 29, 2013 10-4pm

Where: Irving K Barber Learning Centre – Seminar Room 2.22A

Are you struggling with a particular feature(s) of Connect, want a quick recap or just need to discuss the structure of your course materials?  Do you need help with creating your course reserves lists?  Do you have questions about copyright and your course content?  If yes, come to the Connect All-Day Drop-in, talk to the CTLT and UBC Library specialists and get one-on-one assistance with your Connect course, course reserves and copyright issues!

UBC ECE and CMC Microsystems Open new Adaptive Microsystems Lab

The UBC Faculty of Applied Science and CMC Microsystems have opened an innovative new microsystems research lab called the Adaptive Microsystems Laboratory, or “AdaMist”. The facility is now part of the nation-wide Embedded Systems Canada (emSYSCAN) initiative.

emSYSCAN is a five-year project worth over $50 million, and involves more than 350 university researchers spread across 37 Canadian institutions. The emSYSCAN infrastructure shortens the microsystem development cycle, leading to rapid commercialization, publication, and training of highly qualified personnel within a national and international multidisciplinary research environment.

More information – https://www.ece.ubc.ca/news/201307/apsc-and-cmc-microsystems-open-new-adaptive-microsystems-lab


On this day in Math – August 1, 1767


Courtesy of MAA:

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon finished drawing what some describe as “the world’s longest straight line.” Actually two straight lines, it forms parts of the boundaries between the U.S. states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. 

More information about: 
Mason-Dixon Line

Image credits – http://www.flickr.com/photos/padraics_travels/


Embase(Ovid) Database Notice

Embase™ Database Notice

Dear Ovid Customer:

Elsevier has recently notified us that over the next few weeks Embase Customers will see a considerably large amount of records in their daily update. During this time period they will be importing up to 15,000 MEDLINE® (non-Embase) records per day.

Please note, this is not a database reload. You should not need to rerun any AutoAlerts and depending on the search strategy specified in your AutoAlerts you may find a higher than expected number of records in your results due to these new MEDLINE® records. No additional action is required.

If you have any questions, please contact Ovid Customer Support at support@ovid.com.


Wolters Kluwer Health – Ovid

Upcoming changes at BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre (Hamber) Library and St. Paul’s Hospital Library

IMPORTANT: Upcoming changes at BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre (Hamber) Library and St. Paul’s Hospital Library: Announcement | FAQs:

Upcoming Feb 2013 Workshops at Woodward Library

Library workshops are for everyone!

February 1 –  PubMed
February 1 –  Keeping Current with Research
February 6 –  Web of Science

February 7 –  Compendex
February 12 – PsycInfo
February 14 – Advanced Medline
February 27 – Compendex

For details & registration, please see this link —