Ebrary and EBL books now on ProQuest Ebooks Central

E-books that were once on ebrary and ebl have migrated over to the new ProQuest Ebooks Central platform as of Wednesday July 26th.

Several things to note:

  • DDA books which we are leasing and have not yet purchased may not be active yet.  All purchased books should be fine.
  • EBL books may still require Active Directory login so UCSD students, staff, and academics should enter their UCSD email name and password to read the books and print or download portions of the book.

Need help or having difficulties with a particular title?  Ask us.

Wiley online library available again; Oxford DNB still unavailable.

CDL alerted us at 3:20 pm Wed July 19th that Wiley Online Library (journals, e-books, and reference resources) is down.  Access was restored by 4:45 pm.

Access to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [DNB] which had been out for the past week has also been restored as of Monday July 24th.  Thanks for your patience.

ProQuest databases working again

Update:  ProQuest has fixed the problems with their servers as of Tuesday. They have posted an explanation of what happened and steps to prevent this from happening again.

ProQuest databases (including PsycInfo, Georef, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times archives, etc) are currently down worldwide due to a power outage since 1 pm PDF Monday, July 17th.  They are working to restore access. We expect these databases to come back online sometime later this evening.

In the meantime, other resources are working (Web of Science, Lexis Academic, PubMed, and Ebsco databases).

Need help?  Ask us.

Web of Science Update – New Citation Report, 50K Marked Records, and More

Clarivate Analytics just released a major update to Web of Science. Here’s what’s new and improved:

  • Redesigned Citation Report
    • The Citation Report has been redesigned. It’s easier to view the key metrics (and what they mean), and the charts are interactive.

    New Marked Record Limit – 50,000

    • The marked record limit has been increased from 5,000 to 50,000 records.
  • Redesigned Search Results
    • You can now filter results to see Highly Cited Papers and Hot Papers, which is pulled from Essential Science Indicators.
    • The refine filters have been rearranged. Publication Years, Web of Science Categories, Document Types and Organizations-Enhanced are at the top, followed by Funding Agencies, Open Access, and Authors. The other filters are still available, under View More Options.

Read more…

Schottlaender to Lead UCLA Senior Fellows Program

Since its creation in 1982, the Senior Fellows Program at UCLA has identified and developed many academic library leaders who have gone on to distinguished careers. Upon the retirement of longtime director Beverly Lynch, professor of information studies, UC San Diego’s University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, will come on board as its new director. In addition, the program will become a collaborative effort of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the UCLA Library and Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit that provides guidance to the academic community.

The fellows program combines management perspectives, strategic thinking and practical and theoretical approaches to the issues confronting academic institutions and their libraries. During the three-week residential program, fellows listen to lectures, review case studies, attend field trips and participate in group study sessions. Of some 250 alumni, nearly half have gone on to positions as library directors.

“It’s truly my privilege to follow in the footsteps of Beverly Lynch, who has contributed so much toward the development and success of the Senior Fellows Program,” said Schottlaender. “I look forward to leading the program — in collaboration with our new partners — and am eager to help shape the next generation of library leaders in the academic world.”

Schottlaender, who will retire as UC San Diego’s University Librarian on June 30, was a member of the Senior Fellows Program’s 1995 class. Read more…

Categories: Library News, Staff News

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.

Summer Training for Scholarly Communications Starts July 31

The FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI), will hold a week-long summer training program designed to help researchers, administrators, librarians, and others navigate the ever changing and increasingly complex scholarly communications landscape. The program, which is being hosted by the UC San Diego Library, will be held at the university’s Institute of the Americas complex from July 31 through August 4, 2017.

FSCI@UCSD will incorporate intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures, and hands-on training, featuring leading world experts, practitioners, and theorists specializing in various aspects of scholarly communication. Some 30 courses will be offered—from the introductory to the cutting edge—on topics ranging from building an open and information-rich research institute, data across domains, and understanding metrics, to reproducibility and crowdsourcing. Courses will also be offered on online image and reputation management, peer review, and tools and technology, as well as a primer, scholarly communication 101. Courses are aimed at different audiences, including students, researchers, administrators, funders, librarians, and publishers, as well as other information professionals.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss and learn more about the latest trends in Open Access and data management, and gain expertise in new technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, new standards and expectations, and the new ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship.

FORCE11 (Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship) is a global community of researchers, students, librarians, publishers, funders and scholars interested in the future of scholarship. FSCI provides access to needed training, skills development, and expertise on effective ways of working in and navigating the evolving research communication sphere.

For more information and to register for FSCI@UCSD, visit www.force11.org/fsci.

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.

Categories: Library Services

What Do You Think? Exhibit

View of canvases on wall where students posted their op-eds

What Do You Think?
Geisel Library building, main floor, west wing

At a time when media are being discredited as purveyors of “fake news” and labeled as “the enemy of the people”, it is critical to remember the importance of fact-based civic debate for our democracies.  The “What Do You Think?” exhibit was created by students in Professor Fernando Dominguez Rubio’s Communication 10: Communication and Democracy class this past Spring Quarter. What you see here is a wall filled with students’ voices defending their arguments and political views on issues as diverse as media bias, gender equality, election results and racial discrimination.  This wall is a demonstration that it is possible to hold strong views and generate civic discourse based on facts, reasons, and arguments, rather than on accusations, falsities, and insults.

We invite you to read the wall and we challenge you to contribute to the conversation by leaving your own responses. Join the conversation!

The exhibit is located in the Geisel Library building, main floor, west wing.

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