CSU San Marcos library books not requestable this week

Due to a software changeover, books at the California State University San Marcos Library are not available via Circuit. This will last for a week and requesting should resume by Tuesday July 22nd.

For more about San Diego Circuit, see the UCSD Library’s Services page on Requesting books.

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Q&A with a UC San Diego Science Librarian

This month we had a chance to interview one of the UC San Diego Library’s expert science librarians, Deborah Kegel.DKonly2014

We asked Deborah five questions to learn more about her work, favorite research tip, what she’s reading, and what music she’s listening to right now.

1.  Describe what you do at the UC San Diego Library?

I’m the Librarian for Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, and the Physical Sciences & Engineering Reference Coordinator.

Working closely with the respective academic departments on campus, as well as faculty and students, my position is responsible for identifying and purchasing library materials and databases for these subject areas to support research, teaching and learning at UC San Diego. I also provide specialized research assistance in the Library, and online, and create unique webguides to help facilitate effective use of the myriad of research tools and library materials in these subject areas.

2.  What inspires you most about your job?

I most enjoy assisting students and faculty during the research process. It’s like being on the College Bowl team – you never know what someone will ask and you have to use your knowledge & experience to figure out where to look for the answer.  Teaching someone how to find the information is what I strive to do, so that, the next time, they’ll have acquired new knowledge and skills through the encounter that will enable them to research and find the information they are seeking more easily and quickly.

3.  Do you have a favorite research tip to share?

To locate the best, most-recent, and/or most accurate information, try a variety of resources, starting with the databases we recommend in your subject area. Often people think they can find the highest quality information in Google, but that’s usually not the case. Also, try searching in more than one of our specialized databases on your research topic and Ask a Librarian when you have questions. We can save you time and help you locate exactly what you need.

4.  What are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just finished Invisible Country: A Mystery by Annamaria Alfieri,  a fictional murder mystery set in 1860’s Paraguay. And, I was immersed in All the Light We Cannot See, a novel by Anthony Doerr that contains history, science, engineering and intrigue, all set in WWII France and Germany.

5.  What’s playing in your music library right now?

Emmylou Harris’ “Songs of the West”.  I’m also streaming classical and folk music available from the Classical Music Library.

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New DMPTool v2 Features Numerous Enhancements

According to Reid Otsuji, a librarian with the UC San Diego Library’s Research Data Curation Program,  UCSD researchers will find a number of enhancements with the latest version of the newly released Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool), including:

Data management plans that were created in the previous version of the DMPTool, said Otsuji, have been migrated to the new DMPTool v2.  All UCSD users can continue to work on current data management plans, edit a previously created plan, or start a new one in the latest release of the DMPTool.

Bookmark and start using the new DMPTool to create or edit your data management plan: http://dmptool.org

For more information on the University of California’s DMPTool: http://dmp.cdlib.org

UCSD researchers who need assistance in using the DMPTool can contact the Library’s Research Data Curation Program at: Research-Data-Curation@ucsd.edu

New Data Management Tool Available

The University of California and several partners have released an enhanced and much anticipated version of the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool), a free tool that helps researchers and their institutions create effective data DMPTool logomanagement plans required by the federal government.

“The DMPTool, whose development was led by the UC Curation Center (UC3) in Oakland, is a critical service to UC faculty and an essential component in the suite of data management tools provided to researchers by the UC San Diego Library, ” according to David Minor, Director of the Library’s Research Data Curation Program.

The DMPTool aids researchers with a critical component of research practice required by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Under the 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy directive, this requirement will expand to nearly all federal agencies within the next year.“This innovative technology was created by a talented group of colleagues working together,” said Patricia Cruse, Director of the UC Curation Center (UC3). “This highlights the importance of collaboration in the success of complex projects such as this.”Read the UC press release in its entirety.

RDCPlogo UCSDTo learn more about using the DMPTool and the data management, curation and sharing services available to UCSD faculty and researchers,  visit UCSD’s Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) website or email the RCDP for assistance in getting started with data management.

UCSD Research Data Curation Web site

UCSD Research Data Curation Email

Library Student Advisory Council Accepting Applications

Do you have ideas on how to improve the UC San Diego Library? Let your voice be heard. We’re accepting applications for theGeisel_lsac_w Library Student Advisory Council for 2014-2015 through May 30th.

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, spaces, and collections to meet their academic needs.  We want to hear from you!

For more information and to apply, visit: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/lsac.html

Stay Connected to The Library!

Next time you login to your favorite social media account, say hello and stay connected! We regularly post library news, photos, event and exhibit information, videos, contests, author talks and more!  library.ucsd.edu/connectSocialMedia_PromoCard_digitial image QR code

 

Look up Course Reserves on Your Mobile Device

Quick Tip: Look up course reserves on your mobile device without having to wait in line for a look-up station in the Library!  CourseReserves Mobile Lookup

Research Smarter: Spring Quarter Workshops @ The Library

We offer a variety of free workshops designed to help you research more efficiently and effectively.   ETS05

Spring quarter learn how to manage citations using RefWorks or Endnote, search for and find patents, maximize the power of Excel, and find research literature using the PubMed database.   Browse the full schedule and register for workshops online.

Try a workshop and research smarter with us!

Win a VIP Study Room during Finals Week!

VIPStudyRoomWin exclusive, 24/7 “VIP” access to a study room in the Geisel East Learning Commons (Room 2) on Monday March 17th 10am – March 18th 10am.

The study room will be all yours for 24 hours, stocked with  finals-themed goodies, and even a velvet rope!

To be entered to win, tell us what you like most about the Library in the comments below, or on any of our social media accounts, before Midnight March 13, 2014. It’s that easy.

One random winner will be drawn on Friday, March 14th from all entries. Good Luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Andres Nevarez from Sixth College, our VIP winner, and thanks to all who entered! Good Luck on finals, Tritons!

How Do You Study?

When in the Library, do you study with a group? If so, we have wonderful study rooms available for your use. Just select the room that will best meet the needs of your group from http://libraries.ucsd.edu/services/places-to-study/ then reserve the room online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/services/places-to-study/reserve/index.html

 

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