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.

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.

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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.

Library Partners with OMA to Exhibit Works by Artist Ted Meyer

Broken Back; Photo Credit: tedmeyer.com

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.

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