Insights from 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.

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

 

New Shared Puzzle in G2W

Love a fun challenge? Need a study break but still want to stay in the Library? Check out the community puzzle in  Geisel, floor 2 west wing.  A community puzzle is on a table   just to the left of the photocopy machine. Once the puzzle has been completed, it will be replaced.

What Equipment Do You Want in the Geisel Media Lab?

Do you want to win $20 in Triton Cash? Enter our drawing by completing a short survey on multimedia  to drawing to be included in the drawing!

 

Do you use multimedia for your research or coursework? We’re in the process of creating a multimedia lab in the Geisel Library building.  We want this lab to have everything you will need to create digital videos, music, graphic designs, and more! Help us provide what you need by telling us what multimedia equipment, software and services you’d like us to include.

 

UCSD Students:  Take the survey now! 

 

Instructors:  Take the survey now!

Coming Soon: Geisel Media Lab

Students do you want $20 Triton Cash? Complete a short survey on multimedia to enter a drawing!

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Do you use multimedia for your research or coursework? We’re in the process of creating a multimedia lab in the Geisel Library building.  We want this lab to have everything you will need to create digital videos, music, graphic designs, and more! Help us provide what you need by telling us what multimedia equipment, software and services you’d like us to include.

 UCSD Students:  Take the survey now! 

 Instructors:  Take the survey now!

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