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 (currently enrolled students and faculty/staff) 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.

Library Launches Redesigned Website

In case you didn’t notice, the Library recently launched a redesigned website with a more modern look and feel that is user-friendly across all devices.

We based a lot of our changes on the results of multiple User Experience studies as well as on feedback received via surveys taken by students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate those who took the time to participate in these studies, and we thank you for your efforts.

Here’s some of what’s new:

  • A new “Search” panel with the most frequently used resources right up front so users can quickly access journals, databases, research guides or other materials
  • Updated styling based on the UC San Diego campus templates and graphics. This means our new site displays better on screens of any size and easily conforms to accessibility standards
  • A shift in focus towards helping users accomplish tasks
  • Focused content especially for undergrads, graduate students, faculty and visitors

Some things that have not changed and still look the same:

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

Tip: Many of our URLs have changed. 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 the new URLs. If you have any questions at all about where to find your favorite page(s), please contact us.

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.

Library Workshops in May – Research Databases & Managing References

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

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.

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Upcoming Library Workshops for February and March: 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.

  • Getting Started with Research Data – Feb 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Managing Citations: Which Tool to Use? – Feb 16, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • PubMed Essentials – Feb 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Online – Feb 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substances and Reactions – Feb 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Desktop – March 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Zotero – March 7, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Zotero Drop-in Clinic – March 7, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Mendeley – March 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

10th Anniversary ArtPower Student New Media Festival

Interested in entering ArtPower’s Student New Media Festival? The Digital Media Lab @ Geisel Library has you covered when it comes to the tools and software you need to create your video submission. Visit the DML’s website for more information: library.ucsd.edu/dml.

My Articles Now Available in BrowZine

BrowZine, the current awareness service you can use on the web or mobile device to monitor new articles from your favorite scholarly journals, just got better.

The “Saved Articles” feature in the Android/iOS app has been renamed “My Articles,” and you can now sync those articles between the app and your account on Browzine.com. Imagine you’re scanning articles on your phone and find one you want to read, but you don’t want to read it on your phone. Now you can mark it for My Articles, which syncs up to your BrowZine web account for you to read on your laptop or desktop.

  • On BrowZine Web, you’ll get options for each article: read full text (of course), export the citation to EndNote/Zotero/Mendeley, and add to My Articles.
  • On the app, you can still tap the yellow bookshelf icon next to the article title, or open the article and select Save to My Articles. And you will need to update the app to the latest version to see the changes.
  • You can now create “collections” to organize your articles into groups.
    • If you already have saved articles, they will migrate into My Articles, under “General Collection.” If your articles don’t appear or you can’t open them, you might need to create a new collection and add your articles to it.

The Library has licensed BrowZine on a trial basis, through June 2018. If you have any feedback or questions about setting up or using it, please contact Teri Vogel (tmvogel@ucsd.edu). We also have a guide with more information.

Digital Media Lab Open House


Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Library’s Digital Media Lab (DML) Open House:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Digital Media Lab @ Geisel, East Commons (2nd Floor)

Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the DML and learn how its resources and services can support you!

The DML offers:

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment:
    • 2 HTC Vive Headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift Headsets
    • 360 Video Cameras
  • Augmented reality projects in Unity and Vuforia
  • Technology lending, including: High-end cameras, laptop/phone chargers, media streaming devices, and more
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

Details about the DML can be found at library.ucsd.edu/dml. For questions, contact Scott McAvoy at smcavoy@ucsd.edu.

Avoid the Check-Out Lines

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In a hurry? Line just too long? Head over to a Self-Check machine and you’ll be on the go in no time. Best part? Almost never a line!

Geisel Library offers five self-check stations (opposite the Front Desk on both the east and west sides)

Never done it before? It’s easy:

  1. Move your ID card under the red light with the barcode facing up.
  2. Doing one book at a time, slide the book’s barcode under the red light.
  3. Listen for the “clunk” sound.
  4. Press “Done” after your last book.
  5. Print [or don’t print] a receipt.

It’s that simple! So give it try the next time you visit us. You can also find Self-Check machines at the Biomedical Library.

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