UPDATE: we now have a page on our website with details for Medical Center users about how to get access to collections and services following the closure of MCL.
From Melissa Just, Director of the Biomedical Library:
Due to the current budget situation, the UCSD Libraries have had to make the difficult decision to close some library facilities. One of the affected facilities is the Medical Center Library (MCL), which will close on April 1st, 2011. The administration of the Libraries regrets that we are having to resort to these measures.
On April 1st we will close the Medical Center Library facility and do the following:
- Reassign MCL staff to positions in the Geisel or Biomedical Library
- Cease clinical support services, including the services of the nursing librarian
- Stop physical delivery of library items from UCSD to Hillcrest
In the weeks immediately following the closing, we will:
- Review online clinical resources for renewal or cessation
- Evaluate the physical collection and identify items to retain and relocate to other UCSD Libraries
- Relocate computer workstations and other equipment to other UCSD Libraries
If you have questions about MCL’s closing, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the overall Libraries budget situation can be found on the UCSD Libraries Budget News site at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/budgetcutsFAQ/intro.html. The press release about the closure is here: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/press/releases/2011/mcl-to-close.html
If you have concerns about the closing of MCL and its possible impacts and would like to share them with the Libraries, University, and/or Health Sciences administration, you may send them to:
Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian: email@example.com
David Brenner, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences & Dean of the School of Medicine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suresh Subramani, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: email@example.com
Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa L. Just, MLIS, EdD, AHIP
Director, Biomedical Library
University of California, San Diego
email@example.com | 858.534.1200
More information will be forthcoming for Medical Center users about logistics for materials you have out currently, as well as additional closure-related notices as details become available.
(Originally posted March 10, updated March 28)