Top Ten Things to Know About the UC San Diego Library

Posted On: September 26, 2017

Welcome Tritons! Whether you’re a new or returning student, a faculty member or a researcher, this is your library. You have a voice and a place here. We want to support both your academic success and your curiosity. 

Start your Fall Quarter off right by learning how to save time using library resources and services.

1. There are two libraries on campus.
The UC San Diego Library has two library buildings – Geisel Library and Biomedical Library. Each are located on opposite ends of Library Walk, both are available to serve your study and research needs. 

2. The Library is here for you, anytime, anywhere.
The library is open 65.5 hours each week and our online resources never sleep! Our website has guides to help you get started with your research, information on holiday closures, and so much more. You can access our online resources 24/7 from off-campus

3. Sign up for a Welcome Week Tour.
Named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Geisel Library building is a UCSD landmark. Get acquainted with the wide variety of study spaces, collections, equipment, and amenities we offer. 

4. Got questions? Ask a Librarian!
By chat, email, text, phone, walk-in, or appointment, librarians are here to help! Check all your options for research assistance here.

5. Need technology? We have it.
Borrow tech gadgets! Geisel’s Tech Lending Program allows you to checkout essential items like chargers, cables, video adapters, headphones, bookstands, and lamps. You’ll also find fun gadgets like GoPro cameras, projectors, and tripods. 

6. Book study rooms with the touch of a button.
Finding a space on campus to collaborate with classmates can be tough. The Library has dozens of rooms in both buildings where you can work on group projects or study together. Reserve one now!

7. Explore Geisel’s Digital Media Lab.
The DML is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more. An open house for students will be held on Tuesday, October 10 from 10am – 5pm.

8. Find a quiet study space at the Graduate Study Lounge.
The Biomedical Library Building is home to a 24-hour lounge for graduate and professional students in all disciplines (advance registration required). The room offers tables, comfortable seating, computers, and a printer. The Geisel Library offers 48 lockers for graduate students (reservation is required). Request one here.

9. Stay in the know. Connect with us!
Be the first to know about new resources, workshops, special events, and exhibits by following us on social media.

10. Looking for textbooks?
The Library may have textbooks on Course Reserves that you can check out for three hours. There are also some e-books, articles, and streaming films available online. It could save you significant money!

 

Are You a Techie? Join Us for the Digital Media Lab Open House!

Posted On: September 14, 2017

The Digital Media Lab (DML) is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Geisel Library’s East Commons (2nd Floor).

Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the Digital Media Lab, and learn how its free resources and services can support you!

The Digital Media Lab offers: 

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment including:
    • 2 HTC Vive Headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift Headsets
    • 360 Video Cameras
  • Augmented reality projects in Unity and Vuforia
  • Research consultations for simple part production and 3D visualizations
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

For more information about the Digital Media Lab, click here. For questions or concerns, contact Scott McAvoy at smcavoy@ucsd.edu.

 

Make Your Mark at the Library

Posted On: September 12, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for the Library Student Advisory Council 

Do you want to shape what we do at the Library, meet new peers, and have fun at the same time? Be a changemaker! Join a group of students dedicated to connecting the Library to the campus student body.

The UC San Diego Library is in a dynamic period of change. We believe your voice is essential as we strive to meet our students’ evolving academic needs.

The Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) is a forum for ongoing dialogue between students and Library staff with the goal of providing the diverse UC San Diego student community with the best possible library services, collections, and spaces.

How do I apply? 
We’re taking applications for the 2017-2018 academic year, with a deadline of Sept. 30, 2017. For more information about the Library Student Advisory Council, visit lib.ucsd.edu/lsac. To apply, click here.

What would I gain from the experience?
Serving on the Council will provide an opportunity to share with Library staff concerns of highest priority to students. Participation can provide connections for future references; be an opportunity to meet new friends, and help create the kind of UC San Diego community students want. You will be an influencing voice in shaping the Library services and spaces important to you and your peers.

Share your thoughts with LSAC via email at lsac@ucsd.edu.

Changes Are Coming! Geisel Library Renovations Slated for Fall 2017

Posted On: September 5, 2017

Temporary Closure of Geisel’s 8th Floor to Begin September 2017 

The long-awaited and much-needed renovation of the interior spaces of Geisel Library is moving forward, with Geisel’s 8th floor scheduled to be closed as of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Work will begin promptly and the 8th floor is expected to reopen in Winter Quarter 2018. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will undergo renovation and new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms will be added to each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations on floors 4 – 7 will likely continue through Winter Quarter 2018. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty, and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the project moves along.

Nominate a UC San Diego Librarian!

Posted On: August 18, 2017

UC San Diego librarians touch the lives of the students they serve every day. Why not tell everyone why they’re real life superheroes.

Nominations for the American Library Association’s I Love My Librarian Award are now open through Monday, September 18. 

The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

Can’t recall the name of the UC San Diego librarian that assisted you? Search our directory of librarian and subject specialists

Every year 10 inspirational librarians are selected for the award. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 30. In the award’s first nine years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 17,000 nominations. A total of 90 librarians have won the award to date.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational institution accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information, visit ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

Wiley Online Library and Oxford DNB Available Again

Posted On: July 19, 2017

CDL alerted us at 3:20 pm Wed July 19th that Wiley Online Library (journals, e-books, and reference resources) is down.  Access was restored by 4:45 pm.

Access to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [DNB] which had been out for the past week has also been restored as of Monday, July 24.  Thanks for your patience.

ProQuest Databases Working Again

Posted On: July 17, 2017

Update: ProQuest has fixed the problems with their servers as of Tuesday. They have posted an explanation of what happened and steps to prevent this from happening again.

ProQuest databases (including PsycInfo, Georef, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times archives, etc) are currently down worldwide due to a power outage since 1 pm PDF Monday, July 17.  They are working to restore access. We expect these databases to come back online sometime later this evening.

In the meantime, other resources are working (Web of Science, Lexis Academic, PubMed, and Ebsco databases).

Need help? Ask us.

Web of Science Update – New Citation Report, 50K Marked Records, and More

Posted On: June 26, 2017

Clarivate Analytics just released a major update to Web of Science. Here’s what’s new and improved:

  • Redesigned Citation Report
    • The Citation Report has been redesigned. It’s easier to view the key metrics (and what they mean), and the charts are interactive.

    New Marked Record Limit – 50,000

    • The marked record limit has been increased from 5,000 to 50,000 records.
  • Redesigned Search Results
    • You can now filter results to see Highly Cited Papers and Hot Papers, which is pulled from Essential Science Indicators.
    • The refine filters have been rearranged. Publication Years, Web of Science Categories, Document Types and Organizations-Enhanced are at the top, followed by Funding Agencies, Open Access, and Authors. The other filters are still available, under View More Options.

Read more…

Library Partners with OMA to Exhibit Works by Artist Ted Meyer

Broken Back; Photo Credit: tedmeyer.com

Posted On: May 11, 2017

A sampling of the works from artist Ted Meyer’s intriguing Scarred for Life series will be on display, beginning May 15 through September 1, 2017, in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway. The exhibit and an opening reception on May 15 are a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and Oceanside Museum of Art, which is holding a major exhibition of the artist’s work—Ted Meyer: Scarred for Life— from May 27 through September 17, 2017.

At the May 15 reception, Ted Meyer will talk about his work and some of the fascinating human stories behind it. Members and staff from Oceanside Museum of Art will also be in attendance and will discuss the OMA exhibition. The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Monday, May 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Biomedical Library Building.

Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate, who helps patients, students, and medical professionals see the positive, in the worst life can offer. Meyer’s personal experience with Gaucher Disease, a rare genetic disorder that he was born with, has served as his artistic motivation in creating his 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars.” In his work, he chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through serious accidents and health crises. Those stories are told through graphic, yet beautiful depictions of people’s suddenly altered bodies and the resulting scars. Meyer’s artistically-enhanced monoprints—taken directly from scarred skin— are accompanied by a photographic portrait and a written story by his subject. Each tells a unique and intriguing story of resilience and healing.

Brain Cancer; Photo Credit: tedmeyer.com

Meyer, whose art has been displayed at museums and other venues both nationally and internationally, is currently the Artist in Residence at the USC Keck School of Medicine, where he curates exhibitions of artwork by patients. The portraits of patients are incorporated into the medical school’s curriculum, teaching future doctors to see their patients as complex human beings.

UC San Diego Library contact: Scott Paulson, spaulson@ucsd.edu.

More information about the artist: tedmeyer.com.

More information about Oceanside Museum of Art exhibition: oma-online.org/meyer.

Library Workshops in May – Research Databases & Managing References

Posted On: May 3, 2017

Upcoming Library Workshops for May: visit library.ucsd.edu/services/instruction/workshops-at-the-library for descriptions, times, locations (some are at Geisel, others at BLB), and links to register.

  • Managing Citations: Which Tool to Use? – May 4, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • PubMed Essentials – May 8, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substance and Reaction Searching – May 1o, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substance and Reaction Searching – May 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • EndNote Desktop – May 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – May 18, 10:30 – 12:00 pm
  • Mendeley – May 25, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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