New Equipment in the Information Commons

The library’s Information Commons has acquired some exciting new equipment this month:

  • 70 high performance Dell computers loaded with Windows 7 and Office 2010
  • 5 all-in-one Apple iMac computers with large, high-color displays
  • New, easy-to-use  video camera for recording your presentations in the Practice Presentation Room

Service consultants are available to help you make the most of the new equipment.

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BML Media Room – up and running!

The BML Media Room came online last fall and is up and running in our Information Commons area and is waiting for your business!  We’ve got a nice flatbed scanner with attachments for slides and transparencies, the Adobe CS3 suite, Dreamweaver, video and audio editing and a webcam.  We’re not trying to take the place of the higher-end equipment at the Media Center or the professional services offered by VMG, but it’s available for all UCSD students, faculty and staff at no cost on a do-it-yourself basis.  Come by and check it out!

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Wellness Books and More at the UCSD Bookstore

The UCSD Bookstore’s Medical Department is placing a new emphasis on wellness.  They have pulled out the medical books related to wellness and put them into new sections:  Complementary Medicine, Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation.  They also have a number of wellness-related books on sale at special discount prices.

The Bookstore now has wellness products such as exercise balls, elastic stretch bands, hand weights, Yoga products, spot massagers, etc. 

In the future, some UCSD faculty and local physicians who are highlighting wellness in their practices will be giving talks at the Bookstore.  Keep an eye on the Bookstore’s News and Events page for details about these talks, once they are arranged, and other events.

For more information, contact Debbie Foreman at or (858) 534-6825.

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InfoCommons Focus Group – update: cancelled

Attention students! Are you a user of the Biomedical Library’s Information Commons space (ACS computer area, presentation room, scanner, etc.) ? We’re evaluating the service and we’d like to hear from you. We’re conducting a focus group this Friday, February 15, 10:30 am. If you join us, you’ll get a $15 TritonPlus card as well as snacks.

UPDATE: we only got one signup so this session is cancelled!

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UCSD Bookstore RSS Feeds for New Medical Books

The UCSD Bookstore has a way for you to find out when it receives new medical books in your discipline. Go to their website and click on “List of RSS Feeds;” then click on the subject area you’re interested in to add that feed to your feed reader (e.g., Google Reader).  The information you receive in the feed will include a synopsis of each new book. If you buy a book from the bookstore website, you will receive a 5% discount. Check to see if you are in an eligible area for free daily delivery by calling (858) 534-0028.

If you are not sure what RSS feeds are or how they can help you, click on “About RSS Feeds” to find out about the benefits of using a feed reader, how to get one, etc.

Note: If you are a UCSD faculty member, staff member, or student, you can use the feeds to find out about new books but you don’t have to buy them. Check the UCSD Libraries Catalog, Roger, to see if we have the book, and if we don’t, fill out our interlibrary loan form and we will borrow the book for you to use.

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Biomed LInC Orientations

Be all that you can be by signing up for one of the UCSD Biomedical Library Information Commons (LInC) orientation sessions!  This session will show you the wide range of software available on LInC computers, how to get advice and support, and ways you can use the LInC to collaborate with others.  LInC service consultants will also be on hand to give you a technical perspective.  The classes will be held on:

  • Oct. 15, 10:30-11:30 in the BML laptop classroom
  • Oct. 17, 2:30-3:30, BML computer classroom
  • Oct. 19, 12:30-1:30, BML laptop classroom

This will be an hour well-spent.  In addition, all attendees will receive their very own copy of the 24-page Information Commons Student Handbook.  Sign up for one of these sessions at

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InfoCommons computer problems

Most of the computers in our Information Commons and 24-hour graduate study are not working at present. Academic Computing Services is having problems with the process that “builds” lab computers like ours. Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact estimate for when the problem will be fixed. We do have about 10-15 computers working, as well as the 22 InfoStations which are not part of the Commons.

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