DML Project: Fallen Star Model

Using Autodesk Inventor and an Ultimaker 2, our staff has modeled and printed a version of UCSD’s famous Fallen Star

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Focused on Asian and Asian Pacific American Art & Artists

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Wikipedia is one of the most widely-used resources in the world for general information. But even though it’s one of the most widely-used information sources online, there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to underrepresented communities. That’s why the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is hosting WikiAPA, a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons in cities all across the U.S. during the month of September! These events are meant to encourage people to get together to create and update Wikipedia articles around Asian Pacific American content.

We invite you to join in on the wiki-magic here at Geisel Library on Wednesday, September 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in Geisel Classroom 1. This event is open to the public and refreshment will be served. Register here. Whether you’re a seasoned Wikipedian, an APA studies scholar, or completely new to all of this, your help is needed!

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This event is hosted by the Library’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

The My Ideal Library Display

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If you thought that assessment projects can only be lists of questions, well…let the Library’s Learning Spaces Program (LSP) help you to think outside of the box – literally! Stop by the display on Geisel’s 1st Floor Southwest to see the results of LSP’s 2014 ‘Ideal Library’ Project. UCSD students were asked to use markers to draw and describe their ideal library on small white cardboard boxes. Actions resulting from the results of this initiative are presented on informational posters, along with the original boxes in display cases. This fun and creative assessment activity has informed LSP staff regarding the technology, furnishing, and de-stressing enhancements of interest and value to library users. We’re planning to conduct a similar activity again in the fall of 2015 to gather additional feedback from library users.

Detour to 1st Floor East Books During 2nd Floor East Closure

Stairwells on the East side of the Geisel library building will be closed from August 17 through approximately September 3 for recarpeting of the Geisel East Learning Commons (2nd Floor East).

To get to the 1st Floor East books (Q-Z) and bound journals, please use the elevators or stairs across from the Information Desk or the west side stairs by Special Collections and the Research Assistance Desk to get to the lower (1st) floor. Then use the Computer Lab Tunnel to head over to the East side stacks, which are open during the recarpeting. See http://libraries.ucsd.edu/_files/pdf/floor-plans/geisel-1st-floor-layout.pdf for a map.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Sept. 18 Dinner in the Library Focuses on ‘Building for the Future’

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The University of California, San Diego’s 12th annual Dinner in the Library will take place Friday, Sept. 18 in the university’s iconic Geisel Library building. The event, which is open to the public, will celebrate the theme “Building for the Future,” with proceeds supporting the UC San Diego Library’s collections, services and learning spaces. Festivities will include dinner and cocktails, a silent auction and a keynote talk from Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library.

“The UC San Diego Library plays a vital role in supporting the university’s world-renowned research and instruction,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.  “Private support from Dinner in the Library helps ensure that the Library remains at the leading-edge of the nation’s academic libraries. We are pleased to have Sarah Thomas of Harvard Library join us to share her insights on the enduring value and impact of libraries.”

Dinner in the Library attendees will hear from Thomas on a topic that is of critical interest to readers and lovers of knowledge and libraries. Her talk, “Back to the Future with the Brave New Library,” will focus on how libraries are changing to meet evolving scholarly and public needs in new and often unexpected ways. Before joining Harvard in 2013 to head the university’s vast library system, Thomas served as Bodley’s Librarian, overseeing the libraries of the University of Oxford, including the renowned Bodleian Library, which dates back to the 12th century. She was the first woman and non-British citizen to hold Oxford’s head librarian position, and published “The Bod Squad” in Transforming the Bodleian (2012), detailing her experiences. Previously, Thomas served as the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University.

“We are thrilled to host Sarah Thomas for a talk addressing the future of libraries in the digital age,” said Brian E.C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “Like many libraries across the nation—and around the globe—we see library facilities and resources being used just as much as in the past, but in different ways.  It is critical that academic libraries such as the UC San Diego Library continue evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of our students, scholars and researchers. I can think of few speakers, if any, better suited than Sarah Thomas to expound upon this evolution—and to do so with wit and grace.”

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Hundreds of Seuss Fans Visit Geisel to Celebrate New Dr. Seuss Book

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Hundreds of Dr. Seuss fans paid a visit to Geisel Library on July 28 to celebrate the release of  the new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?. At the event, the UC San Diego Bookstore sold a limited number of copies of the new book, which was released publicly by Random House on July 28.

Along with the book sale, the Library’s annual exhibition of original drawings and sketches by Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Boids & Beasties,” was on view. The exhibition included original materials from What Pet Should I Get?.

What Pet Should I Get? is based on materials that were donated in 2013 by Audrey Geisel to the UC San Diego Library’s Dr. Seuss Collection, the primary repository for Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative works. The Library’s Mandeville Special Collections houses more than 15,000 items in its Dr. Seuss Collection, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 up until his death in 1991.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

DML Projects: Homepage Video Game

We made a short video game to spice up our website. We’ll be adding extra info and options as the Lab develops.

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Organic Reactions (new resource)

This summer the UC San Diego Library licensed the Wiley major reference work/database Organic Reactions.

Organic Reactions is a series of critical reviews focusing on 240,000+ important and useful synthetic reactions, “…much more than a surfeit of primary references; they constitute a distillation of an avalanche of information into the knowledge needed to correctly implement a reaction.”

Each review includes:

  • A critical discussion of the featured type of reaction, including mechanism, scope and limitations, applications to synthesis, and comparison with other methods.
  • A step-by-step guide to performing it, enabling the user to successfully repeat the process quickly.
  • Dedicated compilations of information about each reaction including extensive tables that catalog all published examples of the reaction in the literature, as well as safety and procedural guidance to help ensure safety and success in their execution.

You can search the series by standard bibliographic fields like author, title and full-text/keyword, as well as:

  • Chemical name, molecular weight or formula, reaction keyword (browse or search), catalyst, solvent, temperature, yield
  • Use the MarvinSketch editor to draw or import structures and reactions.

DML Projects

With the Digital Media Lab (DML) set to open in October, our staff have been working hard to identify tools & techniques which will be useful to our users, and training to master them. We’ll be offering specialized on-one-one consultations and group workshops. Email us at DMLtech@ucsd.edu if you have any questions or suggestions.

These are some flat style job aids we’ve made for the Price Center’s One Button Studio, and another for out Makerbot 3D printer. We’re looking to apply the same simple styles to infographics and data visualizations.

Here’s a stop motion video animating books in the Library. The actual photo shoot took a couple of hours, but editing took days. It was a valuable lesson in project planning.

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Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook (new resource)

The UC San Diego Library has acquired the latest edition of Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook from Wiley. This reference source covers key areas in engineering, perfect if you need an overview of unfamiliar topics. The articles cover the basics while providing references to key resources for further reading.

Volumes and sample articles:

  1. Materials and Engineering Mechanics
    Stainless Steels, Smart Materials, Quantitative Methods of Materials Selection, Nickel and Its Alloys, Stress Analysis, Vibration and Shock, Acoustics, Introduction to the Finite-Element Method.
  2. Design, Instrumentation and Controls
    Reliability in the Mechanical Design Process, Life-Cycle Design, Reliability int he Mechanical Design Process, Electric Circuits, Data Acquisition and Display Systems, Mathematical Models of Dynamics Physical Systems
  3. Manufacturing and Management
    Production Processes and Equipment, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Coatins and Surface Engineering, Engineering Economy, Total Quality Management for Mechanical Engineers, What the Law Requires of the Engineer
  4. Energy and Power
    Thermodynamics Fundamentals, Heat Transfer Fundamentals, Mechanics of Incompressible Fluids, Biofuels for Transportation, Liquid Fossil Fuels from Petroleum, Solar Energy Measurements
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