Download the Campus VPN for Undisrupted Use of Library Materials

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service will soon become the sole campus-supported way for UC San Diego affiliates to access the wide breadth of Library resources—including e-journals, e-books, databases, and electronic reserve materials—from off-campus. The campus will soon discontinue the existing web proxy server, and as a result, users who are currently accessing the server through their internet browser will need to change their set-up and move to the VPN. Because the web proxy server is a passive system, many users may be unaware that they are connecting to Library resources via this method. By downloading the VPN software now, Library users can ensure undisrupted access. More information and instructions can be found at library.ucsd.edu/computing-and-technology/connect-from-off-campus. If you have trouble accessing a Library resource or have other questions, Ask A Librarian.

Access Thousands of Video Tutorials Online

lynda.com is a collection of 100,000+ video tutorials on everything from public speaking to computer programming. UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the Library’s one-week licenses, giving you free access to the courses from any device. For more information, visit: library.ucsd.edu/spaces/digital-media-lab/tech-tutorials.

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Library Website Redesign Launching June 20

The Library will launch a redesigned website on June 20, 2017.  The basic design of our current site was done about seven years ago, so we are due for a refresh.

We based a lot of our decision-making on the results of several rounds of User Experience studies as well as on feedback we’ve received in faculty/staff and student surveys.  If you participated in a survey, an interview or an online user test, thank you!

Here’s some of what’s new:

Slice of new Library home page

  • A new “Search” panel with the most frequently used resources right up front so you can get to your journals, databases, research guides or other materials quickly
  • Updated styling based on the UC San Diego campus templates and graphics. This means our site will now work better on screens of any size and conform better to accessibility standards
  • A shift in focus towards helping you accomplish your tasks, vs our previous structure which tended to resemble our organization chart
  • Focused content especially for undergrads, graduate students, faculty and visitors

Some things are not changing – the following sections of our site will still work and look the same:

  • Library catalogs
  • Databases and other e-resources provided by outside vendors
  • Subject and course guides
  • Digital Collections site

Tip: Many pages will be getting new URLs. If you have specific pages from our site bookmarked or linked in web pages of your own, you’ll want to use the website search function to get their new URLs after the launch. If you have any questions at all about where your favorite page(s) went after June 20th, please contact us.

Important Update about Accessing SDSU Items Via Circuit

As a member of San Diego Circuit, UC San Diego Library patrons are allowed to quickly borrow books from other Circuit libraries if the books are not owned by the UC San Diego Library or if the Library’s copy is already checked-out.

Starting next month, another member institution – San Diego State University (SDSU) –  will transition to a new Library Management System. As it does so, SDSU will cease lending its items through the Circuit. This will go into effect on Friday, May 26 and continue through mid-July. Some things for our users to note:

  • SDSU items will still display in the Circuit catalog, but their statuses will say “Local Use Only,” and UC San Diego users will be unable to submit requests for these items.
  • SDSU will continue to receive returns from UC San Diego users.
  • Visitor Checkout will no longer be available for UC San Diego users on-site at SDSU. This is a permanent change.
  • Visitor Checkout will no longer be available for SDSU users on-site at UC San Diego. This is a permanent change.

We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.

Paging Service & Self-Service Hold Shelves Now Available

Need a book from the Library but don’t have time to traverse the stacks? The UC San Diego Library has made it easier than ever for students, faculty, and the rest of the campus community to access print collections with the newly reinstated paging service and Self-Service Hold Shelves.

You can now browse materials online and request available items via Roger, the Library catalog. After submitting your request, Library staff will retrieve your materials and make them available for pick-up on the newly installed Self-Service Hold Shelves near the Front Desks in both the Geisel and Biomedical Library Buildings, saving you the time and effort of traversing across areas of the Library searching for needed materials. For those of you who enjoy browsing books in the stacks, you may certainly continue to do so.

Once you collect your requested items from the Self-Service Hold Shelves, you may then check out the materials via one of the adjacent self-checkout machines. However, if you have questions or wish to speak to library staff, you can take your items to the nearby Front Desk for check out.

Our goal is that these new services will streamline the library experience for users, resulting in the quick, no-hassle retrieval of materials. Library staff are always on hand to answer questions and assist with the process. Stay tuned for a survey link in which you can provide us with feedback and suggestions to improve the new services.

Immediate questions about the paging service can be directed to staff by calling (858) 534-0134 or contacting LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu.

Enhancements to the Tech Lending Program

The Learning Spaces Program has added six “GorillaPods” to its Tech Lending Program.  These smartphone tripods have bendable, gripping legs so they can be attached to a variety of surfaces at any angle, or used as a simple tripod.  Two versions are available, to accommodate any size of smartphone.  Simply do a Roger keyword search for GorillaPod or Smartphone Tripod to check availability.

Multi-device Charging Lockers in Geisel Lobby

One of the latest offering in the Geisel Building are the charging lockers located on the west side of the lobby near the photocopier. The charging lockers are secured by a digital code set by the user. There is a four hour limit per charging session.

Need a space to meet with students?

The library provides a space in both its Geisel East Commons (2nd Floor) and the Biomedical Library Building (Room 201) for teaching assistants (TAs), instructors and Instructional Assistants to meet with individual students or small groups of students. The Geisel TA / Instructor Consultation Area currently offers a round table & 4 chairs in a semi-private area. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can be used, as needed. While no computer is available, wireless internet and power outlets are available. Because it’s fully enclosed, BLB Room 201 is also an ideal site for TAs and instructors to host makeup exams with individuals or small groups, or exams for individuals requiring additional testing time or accommodations.  Detailed information is available at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/instructor-ta-consults.html.

De-Stress at the 2017 Geisel Library “Block Party”

For more information, visit library.ucsd.edu/spaces/de-stress/index or email LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.

Data & GIS Lab Open House

The UC San Diego community is invited to the Library’s newly upgraded Data & GIS Lab in Geisel Library.

Wednesday, March 1

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Geisel Library (Main Floor, West Wing)

Come see the newly upgraded Lab and find out how our experts can support your research. Light refreshments will be served!

The newly upgraded Lab offers:

  • A place to get help from consultants with expertise in GIS and data science
  • An interactive studio for supporting data intensive academic work
  • A flexible space for individual work or small group collaboration
  • A space with high powered computing resources that provide access to statistical and geospatial software, and much more!

The Open House will also include the following Data & GIS Research demonstrations from Library Experts:

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Bash deom by Reid Otsuji
2:20pm – 2:35pm  Markdown & Literate Programming demo by Tim Dennis
2:50pm – 3:05pm  GIS demo by Adi Ranganath
3:10pm – 3:25pm  Twitter Analysis demo by Soomin Lee

For more information, please contact data-consult@ucsd.edu or visit, lib.ucsd.edu/lab.

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