October 19: Emergency Response Exercise

On Tuesday, October 19th the campus will conduct an emergency response exercise, including use of the Triton Alert system. This is a good time to make sure you are signed up to receive emergency notices on your phone.

Information on the exercise: http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/notices/2010/2010-10-18-1.html

Registering for emergency notifications: http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/emergencies/campuswide/notifications.html

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E-Book Survey – Give us Feedback, You Could Win $50!

Take the Survey!  
The University of California Libraries are surveying UC faculty/academics, staff, and students to find out how you prefer to use print vs e-book materials for your academic work.   We want to ensure that all disciplines are represented, so please consider filling this out today!  The survey is completely voluntary.

Enter now from Monday, October 11, 2010 through Monday, October 25, 2010

Please note: the survey will at some points specifically ask about Springer e-books. It is not necessary for you to have used Springer e-books (or any e-books) for your feedback to be valuable.
The survey can be accessed directly at: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/aaeg467ab

Respondents who provide their name and email address will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates to the UCSD campus bookstore. Names and email addresses will be used only for the drawing and will be destroyed after the drawing and not connected to your responses.

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Libraries Web Redesign

The Libraries websites are now  revamped with the new UC San Diego templates and will be relaunching starting the night of Thursday, September 16. Some of the behind-the-scenes structure is also being updated, and on Friday, we will be working hard to reconnect any links that break along the way.  If there’s a page you’re not finding after the relaunch, please contact us.

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Changes to Roger Request Service

On September 17, much of the UC San Diego Libraries’ main campus intra-library book/journal paging and delivery service (Roger Catalog Request) will no longer be available.

We are taking this step due to budget cuts. For more about budget cuts and the Libraries’, please see our Budget Cuts FAQ.

On-campus users will still be able to:

  • Request materials from off-campus/remote facilities, including the Medical Center Library (MCL), Scripps Institute of Oceanography Library (SIO) Library and the Annex to be delivered to BML.
  • Request materials from BML to be delivered to off-campus libraries, including MCL and SIO.
  • Recall checked-out items and and place holds on items in processing or on order.
  • Request non-UCSD materials via services like Circuit, Melvyl Request and Interlibrary Loan.
  • Return books from all other UCSD libraries to BML.

Users located at Hillcrest can still request books to be sent to MCL.

Beginning September 17, you will no longer be able to:

  • Request available items shelved at any main campus library for pickup at the same or another main campus library. This includes BML and all the libraries in Geisel (e.g. S&E), as well CLICS.
  • Request available items shelved at the MCL or SIO Libraries for pickup at the MCL or SIO circulation desks.

If you have any questions or comments about this change, please let us know. Comments submitted using this form are read by Catherine Friedman, Associate University Librarian for User Services, and cc’ed to others in the Libraries.

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Printing at the library computers

Here’s a short video from the UCSD Libraries on printing from library computers:


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UCSD Libraries New Mobile Website

The UCSD Libraries now have a new mobile-friendly website that works on most smartphone browsers!  Just point your browser to http://libraries.ucsd.edu/m/

The mobile site features the information you need on the go – our hours, contact info, directions, as well as several ways to ask us questions and finally a list of research tools from our collections that we’ve tested out on mobile devices.   There is also a link back to the “regular” website, which does work on phone browsers but is more difficult to navigate on the small screen.

Please note, some of the research tools might not work optimally from all smartphone browsers, and some of them require you to be connected to the UCSD network.

Please let us know what you think about this new site and if there is additional information you’d like to see from the libraries when you’re using your mobile device.

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Elimination of BML and MCL Popular Reading Materials

The Biomedical and Medical Center Libraries regret that due to continuing budget cuts for collections across the UC San Diego Libraries, we are eliminating popular reading materials at both locations. This includes popular books, magazines and newspapers.

The libraries are currently planning for a minimum $500,000 cut to collections next year. This is on top of the 1.2 million in cuts we have taken over the last 2 years.

Eliminating popular reading resources is one part of the libraries’ strategy for avoiding the need to eliminate core research, teaching, and patient care resources. Unfortunately, a larger than expected budget cut next year, or continuing cuts in the coming years may force the libraries to consider canceling more critical resources.

The large popular reading collection available at CLICS is still available for now. You may see what new books are available here. You may also request popular reading books from the San Diego County Library through the Circuit. Of course, your local San Diego public library is a great source for these materials as well.

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Summer hours in effect

The libraries are transitioning to our summer hours.  See the current hours for all the libraries here: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/hours . The Biomedical Library’s hours will remain as follows through the summer:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm

The Geisel Library building will have a couple of weeks of short “intersession” hours, then adopt summer quarter hours in July.

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Closed on Monday, May 31

The Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday. Have a fun and safe long weekend!

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Mobile Chat with a Librarian

Smart phone users, heads up.  There is a widget that allows you to get a librarian’s help from your phone no matter where you are or what time it is.  The widget for our 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat service works with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices.

Just go to our Ask a Librarian website from your phone, and click on the box with the blue arrow in it that says “Please click here to launch our mobile chat widget.”  A new window will open with the chat screen for you to ask your question.  Hit the “send” button after you enter your text.  You will also be asked to enter your email address so that we can follow up with you afterwards, if necessary.

One glitch about accessing Ask a Librarian by phone is that you can not see the previous comments that have already scrolled by – but you will be sent a transcript of the conversation by email.

To facilitate future chatting, you can bookmark the chat window or add it as an icon to your screen for easy access next time.

UC librarians (not just UC San Diego librarians) staff this service Monday 11-9, Friday 11-5, and Sunday 5-9 (these hours are subject to seasonal change).  At other times, you will be directed to a web page where you can enter your question on the right, and your question will be answered by an academic librarian at another institution.  UC San Diego librarians can follow up with you later if you need more assistance.  However, keep in mind that there are several other ways to get help from the UC San Diego Biomedical Library directly.

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