PubMed and UC e-Links: wrong button showing

There is a glitch between PubMed and our UC e-Links service, and the wrong button graphic is currently displaying.  It’s currently showing a button labelled “Online Full Text” instead of the UC e-Links graphic. The button works the same as always and brings up the UC e-Links window with links to full text if available, as well as options to locate the journals in our collections or request items we don’t have.  We hope to have the correct button image restored soon.

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Quantified Self and the Self-Tracking Movement

On May 30 from 12-1 pm, Ernesto Ramirez will speak about “Quantified Self and the Self-Tracking Movement” as part of the UC San Diego Biomedical Library lunchtime seminar series.

Quantified Self is “a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g., mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical).”  Self trackers share their methods, tools and results with one another in a variety of ways, including meetupsforums, and Quantified Self conferences.

Ernesto Ramirez is an organizer and community builder for Quantified Self. He is also working towards a Ph.D. degree in Public Health and is “developing the science of persuasive health technology” at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) and the UC San Diego Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems.

Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible in order to reserve a seat. Feel free to bring a discreet lunch; cookies and water will be provided.

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Join the Writing Instrument Brigade

WIBbinsJoin the Writing Instrument Brigade!

“Upcycle” your defunct writing instruments at the libraries and other various locations.  For more information on how to get more involved visit TerraCycle!

For more information and tips on sustainable living, please visit our Earth Week display.

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Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Come view the award-winning movie, “Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” ( that will uncover daily habits and products that are more detrimental to our public health and the environment than one might believe.  The movie is being shown on Thursday, April 18th from noon to 1pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.  Happy Earth Week, everyone!

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Earth Week 2013: Living Sustainably Display

Come visit the “Living Sustainably” exhibit at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library during the month of April, the theme of which was inspired by UC San Diego Earth Week 2013.  The exhibit includes a three-part display located in the library breezeway and a table exhibit situated inside the library, next to the entrance.  The exhibit is a collaborative effort of the Biomedical Library, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG), Roger’s Community Garden (a student-led group), and the local non-profit organization, San Diego Coastkeeper.  The exhibit highlights initiatives that have moved from “thinking green” to actively “being green.”

The San Diego Coastkeeper has provided an engaging display about their efforts “to protect and restore swimmable, fishable, drinkable water in San Diego County.”  Roger’s Community Garden “shows us the path to diversity through sustainable gardening and composting co-mingled with the ease and beauty of drought-tolerant landscaping” by sharing their practices and showcasing an assortment of native Southern California drought tolerant succulents.  The middle section of the breezeway display compares reusable items versus “one-time use” disposables, and provides information about an array of interrelated subjects including recycling, composting, worm farming, eco-design, aquaponics, air plants, and terrariums, and more.

The Biomedical Library and ESG’s overall intent is to promote awareness and pique interest in a more sustainable approach to living, emphasizing the UC San Diego Earth Week 2013 (April 17-24) goals of “Making Zero A Reality,” and the University’s goal of Zero Waste by 2020.

Please join us in celebrating Earth Week 2013, and make sure to mark your calendars for the Library and ESG’s screening of the movie, “Bag It”, on Thursday, April 18 from noon-1:00 pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.  There will be a raffle of reusable and eco-conscious items, and San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation representatives will also be present.  Surfrider San Diego Chapter’s “Rise Above Plastics”’ mission is to “reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.”  Both groups are dedicated to protecting our oceans, and their spokespeople will be there to provide information on beach clean-ups and offer other opportunities for individuals to get involved and help protect their beach communities.

"Living Sustainably" exhibit in the Biomedical Library breezeway

“Living Sustainably” display in the Biomedical Library breezeway










"Living Sustainably" display in the Biomedical Library foyer

“Living Sustainably” display in the Biomedical Library foyer










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Presentation Practice Room Out of Order – UPDATE: fixed!

The Presentation Practice room at the Biomedical Library is currently out of service as we work on an equipment problem. We hope to have it back in service soon.

UPDATE: the work is done and the room is back in operation.

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Insomnia: Causes, Consequences and Cures

On March 21 from 12-1 pm, Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel will speak about “Insomnia: Causes, Consequences and Cures” as part of the UC San Diego Biomedical Library lunchtime seminar series.

Insomnia is a disorder that affects over a third of adults. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep results in decreased daytime functioning as well as problems with memory, concentration, health and overall quality of life.  Insomnia is often co-morbid with medical/psychiatric problems, medication use, circadian rhythms (biological clock) alterations and other primary sleep disorders. Behavioral treatments are available that “re-teach” the insomnia patient how to sleep. Pharmacological treatments are also available.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, Director of the Gillin Sleep and Chronomedicine Research Center, and Director of Education at the Sleep Medicine Center at UCSD.  Dr. Ancoli-Israel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ancoli-Israel’s expertise is in the field of sleep disorders and sleep research in aging. Her current interests include the longitudinal effect of sleep disorders on aging, the effect of circadian rhythms on sleep, therapeutic interventions for sleep problems in dementia, and fatigue, particularly the relationship between sleep, fatigue and circadian rhythms in cancer and other chronic illnesses.

She is Past-President of the Sleep Research Society, Past-President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, and was on the founding Executive Board of the National Sleep Foundation.  She was honored in 2007 with the National Sleep Foundation Life Time Achievement Award and the Sleep Research Society Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award and in 2012 with Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Distinguished Career Award. Dr. Ancoli-Israel has been a guest on television and radio programs including NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

She is published often in medical and psychiatric journals with close to 400 publications in the field.

Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible in order to reserve a seat. Feel free to bring a discreet lunch; cookies and water will be provided.

Sonia April 2012

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Publishing in the 21st Century

On February 12, 2013, from 3:30-5:00 pm, Martin Frank, Executive Director of the American Physiological Society, will talk about “Publishing in the 21st Century” in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.

Since the founding of Philosophical Transactions in 1665, journals have been the vehicle of choice for the dissemination of scientific knowledge.  Since that time, the number of active, peer-reviewed learned journals has expanded to approximately 28,000, collectively publishing over 1.8 million articles per year.  Of these, most are accessible via subscription and prior to the mid-1990s were only available on paper.  By the end of the 20th Century, most journals had moved their content to online platforms greatly increasing accessibility to scientific information.

Online dissemination served as the impetus for the open access (OA) movement and the call for free dissemination of the information contained in journals.  OA advocates adopted the words of Stewart Brand to develop their slogan, “Information wants to be free.”  They promoted their cause to legislative bodies by claiming, “The taxpayer paid for it, so the taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay again to read the content.”  The question is what has the taxpayer paid for and can information dissemination truly be free.

Martin Frank, Ph.D. has been the Executive Director of the American Physiological Society, Bethesda, MD since 1985.  In 2004, he helped found the Washington DC Principles Coalition for Free Access to Science, a Coalition that represents approximately 70 not-for-profit society and university press publishers.  Frank received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1973 working under Dr. William W. Sleator.  He served as a research associate in the Cellular Physiology Laboratory, Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit, and in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing.  In 1975, he joined the Department of Physiology, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, as an assistant professor.  From 1978-1985, he served as the Executive Secretary, Physiology Study Section, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.  From 1983-1985, he was a Member, Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.  As part of the program, he served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, DHHS.

This talk is co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities, The Library, and the Office of Graduate Studies and is another in a series of talks about the evolution of scholarly communication.  A reception will follow the talk at 5:00 pm.



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UpToDate Remote Access

The popular UpToDate clinical medical information tool is available off campus via the VPN.  If you are based at the UC San Diego Medical Center or on campus you should be able to just get right in, but off campus you will need to set your computer up to use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN).  UpToDate does NOT work via the campus Proxy Server.


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UC San Diego Open Access Fund (Pilot)

Beginning this week, Open Access Week 2012, University of California campuses are launching a pilot open access fund for scholarly articles. This fund will help offset open access publishing charges for authors who do not have grant funds available to cover them. Eligible charges include Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Open Access (OA) fees for fully open access journals. Funds from the pilot may not be used for color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submission charges. Articles must be made freely available at the time of initial publication, without any embargo periods.

UC San Diego faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, researchers, and staff are eligible to apply for funds. The fund will pay up to $1000 per article in a fully open access journal (journals in which all articles are immediately available open access), and has a cap of one article per author per year.

The California Digital Library (CDL) and UC campuses are providing the funds in order to support UC researchers interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing. The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California scholars and encouraging greater awareness of authors’ rights. Campuses will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated after 12-18 months.

Additional details, as well as the application form, are located at


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