Finals week: meeting room open for active/group study

We know our group study rooms are really popular this week, so we’ve opened up our meeting room for active/group study use this week.  It’s on the 1st floor, past the public-use computers.  Group talking is OK in this area, but please be aware the room is not completely soundproof, so try to keep to your “inside voice.”

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Clarification about the Group Study room transition

Background:  Four of the Biomedical Library’s group study rooms will be temporarily occupied by members of the School of Pharmacy bioinformatics group, starting January 2010.  This is the result of a lengthy negotiation between the Division of Health Sciences and the UCSD Libraries.  Please be assured that the Libraries did not come to this decision for financial reasons, but, rather, in order to help our Health Sciences colleagues alleviate a very serious space situation they are facing.   More information about the decision can be found in this letter from University Librarian Brian E.C. Schottlaender. (PDF)

The Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have communicated with Health Sciences students via the Med-Ed Portal student site.

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What do you want? Tell us!

The UCSD Libraries are engaging in a strategic planning process that will guide us for the next few years. We want to know what YOU want. Help kickstart the conversation by giving us your feedback at  There are three questions posted for your feedback:

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Libraries Winter Holiday Schedule

A flyer went out today from Brian E.C. Schottlaender, the University Librarian, with details about the UCSD Libraries’ winter holiday closure.  All the UCSD Libraries will be affected by the UCSD closure and will be closed from December 19th through January 3rd.  At the Biomedical Library this closure WILL include the 24-hour Graduate Study, as heating systems for the building will be shut down.

We would like to reiterate the note in the flyer for faculty planning to place items on course reserves for Winter 2010 to get those requests in now so we can be ready to go when classes resume.  With the closure a week earlier this year, we will have very little post-finals time to remove the Fall items and prepare for the new quarter. Reserves request form:

More details concerning library services and resources affected by the closure are available at

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Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

All the UCSD Libraries will be closed for three days over Thanksgiving this year.  We will be closed from Thursday through Saturday, reopening on Sunday with our usual hours.  The 24-hour Graduate Study area will be open during these days.

Update: forgot to mention, today, Wednesday November 25, we will close at 8pm.

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Health Literacy Display at Biomed

Rosenthal and Health Literacy Display SmallerThere is a new display in the Biomedical Library breezeway, “Health Literacy: What You Need to Know.”  Cynthia Rosenthal, MSN, the Patient Education Coordinator in the Nursing Education, Development and Research Department at UC San Diego Medical Center, created this display to help raise the awareness of medical students, and others, regarding the issue of health literacy.

Medical students and healthcare workers generally have the highest degree of health literacy but may not be aware of the low literacy level in much of the general population – including their patients.  Health literacy is defined in HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 as “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”  It is important for doctors to recognize the behaviors of someone who does not understand the health information being given to them and to be able to provide a trusting environment where the patient feels respected and safe in asking questions.  Medication compliance, changes in health-related self-care, use of the healthcare system, and the elimination of health disparities are all affected by communication in the provider-patient relationship.

Stop by the Biomedical Library to take a look at the health literacy display which will be available through the end of February 2010.

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Printing / copying system migration today (9/18)

The Biomedical Library is transitioning to the libraries’ new printing/copying system today.  There will be significant disruptions to public computer use, printing and copying today.  We are posting updates on our Twitter stream throughout the day – if you need to use our printing or copying today, please check that or call us before heading over today.  We anticipate some problems printing from the Information Commons and 24-hour Graduate Study this afternoon and for part of the weekend.  Our goal is to get everything up and running as soon as possible but there are a lot of players involved.

Follow our updates on Twitter (you do not need to join just to read updates):

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Library Hours are Changing

Due to budget cuts, the Biomedical Library, along with the other UC San Diego Libraries will be shortening hours effective September 20th.

The Biomedical Library’s hours will change Fridays and Sundays. The new hours will be:

Fridays: 8 AM – 6 PM
Sundays: Noon – Midnight

The Library’s full hours schedule is available here.

More information on this, and other budget cut impacts at the Libraries is available here.

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Labor Day: Libraries are closed

All the UCSD Libraries are closed on Monday, September 7th, Labor Day.

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Print/Copy Card Changes Coming

In early September 2009, the Libraries will be changing from our current debit card system for printing and copying to an account based system.  UCSD affiliates: you will use your campus photo ID or departmental Imprints copy cards in the libraries – you will no longer need a separate card just for the library equipment.  Non-UCSD users: you will continue to be able to print and copy using guest cards.  For six months after the new system is installed, we will have stations available to transfer value from your old Imprints debit cards to the new system.

Why are we doing this?

  • The current equipment is obsolete and it’s very hard to get parts when equipment breaks down
  • Cards frequently get jammed inside the readers – the new system will use a swipe mechanism and the card will never leave your hand
  • For UCSD users: no need to carry a separate card just for the libraries. (You will, however, need to make sure you have your campus card with you and that the part with the magnetic strip is not broken off!)
  • If your card is lost or stolen, you can cancel it and not lose your money
  • Departments will have more flexibility for giving authorized users the ability to print/copy on index numbers

More information is available at the Libraries website. We will post more details about the transition date when we know more. There may be one day when printing and copying are unavailable.

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