The Future of Learning: A Talk with Dan Russell, Search Quality Engineer at Google

Note: This event is sold out and walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available. The event will be recorded and available for post-viewing via The Library Channel.

Join us in hearing Dan Russell’s experience in search quality and where the future of learning will take us. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Register here

What does it mean to be literate in the age of Google? At a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds, scan over trillions of online images, and look deeply into planet-wide maps, we need to rethink what it means to be literate and to be a learner. Although you might think that “literacy” is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding. How will advancements in virtual- and augmented-realities affect the way we reason, understand, and think?

In his talk, Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.

UC San Diego Library Expands Hours to Meet Patron’s Needs

We’re excited to announce we’re expanding our Friday hours starting September 28. New Friday hours at the Geisel Library Building will be 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Biomedical Library Building hours will remain the same.

As the Library actively reimagines its portfolio of services, spaces, and resources to best meet the needs of the campus community, it’s clear more user-friendly hours is what our students desire. In response, we’re changing our Friday hours and will stay open two hours longer until 8 p.m. during regular academic quarters to provide library services.

Over the last year, the Library has been working on several projects to better meet our students needs. This fall, new and returning Tritons will be pleasantly surprised to find–in addition to a later closing time on Fridays–a renovated study space on the 8th Floor and newly renovated and gender-inclusive restrooms on floors 4-8.  Read more…

Geisel Library Welcome Week Tours for New Students

Welcome Week Geisel Library Tours

 

Welcome New Tritons! Learn about the UC San Diego Library’s services and resources by attending a tour.

Welcome Week Geisel Library Tours for New Students

Tour space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis

Monday, September 24th: 10 a.m.

Monday, September 24th: 1 p.m.

Wednesday. September 26th: 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 26th: 1 p.m.

These tours showcase the wide variety of study spaces, library collections, technologies, equipment, and amenities offered within Geisel Library, and offer an introduction to the many services its staff provides. Services and spaces offered in the nearby Biomedical Library Building are also mentioned. Tours are approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Library visitors are asked to respect the needs of the campus community by minimizing interference, not blocking traffic, and keeping visits short. Tour groups are restricted to the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Floors 4 – 6 are designated for quiet study, and floor 7 is for silent study.  Floor 8 is closed.

 

BrowZine Pilot Extended Through June 2019 – Stay Current with Your Favorite Journals

The Library has renewed BrowZine, our web/app-based service to help keep up with the latest articles from your favorite scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, for another year.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Create a customized list of up to 64 scholarly journals that you want to “follow,” from hundreds of publishers across all disciplines (arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, social sciences).
  • Access your “bookshelf” from the web, or from iOS/Android tablets and smartphones, synced across your devices.
  • Be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save articles for later reading (including offline), organize the articles into collections, integrate with bibliographic management software to export references, and more.

Please contact Teri Vogel if you have questions or feedback about using Browzine. We also have an FAQ on our guide.

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UC San Diego Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary of School of Medicine

UC San Diego School of Medicine 50th Anniversary Exhibit
Biomedical Library Breezeway
July 23-September 17, 2018

The UC San Diego Library celebrates 50 years of medical education at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Throughout this time medical faculty, physicians and students have played an integral role in the achievements and success of the program today. This exhibit is on display through September 17th.

Fifty years after its first class of medical students, the School of Medicine is considered to be among the 20 best in the country in terms of research and primary care. The campus has become a hub for medical science and for translating fundamental discoveries into new clinical therapies. There is a lot to celebrate – from establishing the region’s first Level 1 Trauma Center in 1976 that has been used as a model for trauma centers around the world to establishing an international model for HIV and AIDS patient care known as the Owen’s Clinic.

Visit the UC San Diego School of Medicine 50th Anniversary page for a look at the oral histories and the accomplishments displayed in the exhibit.

New Popular Science Reading – June 2018

Lots of new popular science books added just in the last few weeks, including UC San Diego Professor Brian Keating’s Losing the Nobel Prize.

You can find these and the rest of the collection on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel Library Building West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf, arranged by call number for easier browsing.

Many of the books under the “On Order” tab already have links to records in Roger, so if there’s one on that list that catches your attention, you can place a Request on the book and be the first one to read it when it arrives.

Book covers from new popular science books

UC San Diego Library’s ‘Food for Fine$’ Program Waives Overdue Fees for a Good Cause

The UC San Diego Library is teaming up with the UC San Diego Triton Food Pantry to offer students a unique alternative to paying recall or reserve library fines with nonperishable food donations.

In support of the food pantry, the Library’s Food for Fine$ is a new initiative encouraging students to offer food donations to receive a $2 credit per eligible item toward their existing fines for recent overdue Library materials.

“This initiative demonstrates the Library’s commitment to the UC San Diego community by providing needed relief to some students who might otherwise skip a meal to save money,” said Kymberly Goodson, program director for Spaces, Lending, & Access (SLA). “We’re thrilled about this partnership with the Food Pantry. It’s something we’ve never done at the Library, and we hope we can continue it in the future.”

To participate, students can drop off nonperishable foods at the Geisel or BLB Front Desks, including canned meats, canned vegetables, boxes of cereal, cooking oils, and much more (see details of eligible donations and fines here). No glass containers will be accepted and food cannot be repackaged, damaged, opened, or expired. Food for Fine$ kicks off May 27 and runs through June 9.

“Only fines incurred in Weeks 1 through 8 of Spring Quarter will be credited by donated goods, up to a $40 maximum,” said Goodson. “Alternately, participants can receive a credit for already paid fines from this time period.”

The UC San Diego Library joins a network of other universities with similar programs, such as UC Irvine Libraries, U-T at Arlington, and Texas A&M. Food for Fine$ originated in public libraries as a way to further contribute to their communities while also providing a way for library users to decrease or pay their fines and begin using their library cards again.

“We’ve seen an increase in students using the pantry as tuition costs rise. We currently serve over 700 students per week. A 2012 UC Undergraduate Experience Survey showed 25 percent of UC San Diego students ‘often’ skip meals to save cash,” said Sherlock Li, manager at the Triton Food Pantry. “With summer around the corner, Food for Fine$ is a great way for students to clear their cupboards before moving out and keep the Food Pantry stocked.”

The Triton Food Pantry was launched by Associated Students in February 2015 to ensure the academic success of students of all backgrounds. All registered students with a valid UC San Diego identification card can visit the pantry once per week to get up to 10 points worth of food. Fresh produce is also available to supplement students’ needs.”

For more information about the Food for Fine$ program, contact staff at either the Geisel or BLB Front Desks.

A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition


A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition

A Discussion & Book Signing with Psychiatrist Jonathan Salk
Thursday, May 24 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Free admission, RSVP recommended.

In the new book, “A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future,” Jonathan Salk and co-author David Dewane take a look at the problems presented by population growth and changing human values. The book is a revised version of an earlier publication Jonathan wrote with his father, visionary scientist Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine.

More than 40 years ago, Jonas Salk understood that we are at a unique moment in the history of humankind. Population growth has begun to slow and is trending toward equilibrium. This change is accompanied by an equally significant change in human values — a shift from those based on the unlimited availability of resources, unremitting growth, excess, independence, competition and short-term thinking to those based on limits, balance, interdependence, cooperation and long-term thinking. This transition is the source of the far-reaching tension and conflict happening in the world today.

Salk argues the way through this difficult time is to understand its basis and to focus on new values that will be of the greatest benefit both to individuals and humankind. He adds with population equilibrium societies are more focused on cooperation rather than individual excesses and are in harmony with nature.

“A New Reality” delivers a message of both caution and hope. Readers across the social and political spectrum will find it a reasoned and balanced counterpoint to current social and political trends. Its elegant design and perspective will appeal to general readers, policymakers, millennials, baby boomers, teachers and students, filling a need for a work of positivity and wisdom in otherwise bleak times.

This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

The Library is offering a large selection of workshops this spring for all UC San Diego students, faculty and staff. All workshops are free!

Special Workshops

Measuring Your Scholarly Impact with Metrics & Altmetrics
May 3, 2 p.m. at the Biomedical Library Building
Identifying your most impactful research is more than just cited data these days. Traditional tools as well as alternative metrics (i.e., Altmetric) can provide additional data to help tell the story of the impact of your research. To register, click here.

Managing Your Researcher Scholarly Identity
May 9, 2 p.m. at the Biomedical Library Building
This workshop provides information about tools and techniques to retain more control over your reputation and ensure that search results reflect how you want to be seen.  It will also cover strategies and services so that this process is manageable for any comfort level. To register, click here.

Regular Workshops

For more information or to register for these workshops, click here.

PubMed: The Basics
Tuesday, May 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Wednesday, May 30, noon-1:30 p.m.

Managing Citations – Which Tool to Use?
Wednesday, June 6, 2 -3:30 p.m.

EndNote Desktop
Thursday, June 14, 2-3:30 p.m.

For workshops about Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote Online please ask for a custom workshop or consultation with a Librarian.

Take the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey and Win Prizes!

Every student has a voice, let your voice be heard! The UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)  is an official UC survey conducted every two years at all nine general UC campuses. The survey is a vital tool in learning about student experiences on campus, and how staff can improve undergraduate life. Campus staff and decision makers were alerted about affordability and diversity issues at UC San Diego following a study of the survey results. The Undergraduate Experience Survey has made an impact. Did you know the Triton Food Pantry was created after findings from UCUES?

When you complete the survey, you’re entered into prize drawings that include $40 Visa gift cards and a $250 Grand Prize. Several drawings will take place throughout the survey period, so the sooner you complete UCUES, the more chances to win. UCUES is also giving away four iPads and one Apple Watch each day during the first week of May for a total of five Apple prizes (one per day).

The next UCUES will not be offered again at UC San Diego until spring 2020. This will be your last opportunity, for some time, to have your voice heard through the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey.

Complete the survey today!

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