Collections Consolidation Update, Impact on S&E Collections

As many of you are aware, the UCSD Libraries are consolidating collections as we reduce the number of buildings and plan how we can best utilize the Geisel and Biomedical Library spaces.  To summarize: As a result of budget cuts and the consolidations that have accompanied them, the Libraries are transitioning from a discipline-based and decentralized structure to a comprehensive library in two locations that offers a suite of services across its facilities.  The Associate University Librarian for Collections has posted an update on the progress made and the proposed plans going forward:

Of special note:

Q.  What about the Science & Engineering Library?  Where will those materials reside?
A.  Our current plans call for the physics and chemistry resources to be integrated in the Biomedical Library building, where they will complement the existing life sciences collections in that facility, sometime in 2013.  This includes the current periodicals and books. Those materials in engineering and mathematical sciences will continue to be housed in the Geisel Library building, where they will remain in close proximity to the Jacobs School of Engineering.  This decision is not final, however, and we encourage feedback from affected faculty to ensure that our decision about the location of the collections best meets the needs of the campus community. (Pre-2000 print journals will be stored offsite at the Annex. We will continue to scan articles on demand.)

Your feedback on this is critical. If you have questions, concerns or comments, you can contact your liaison librarian directly or use the form on the webpage. We’ll compile all feedback received between now and the end of the academic year, when the final decisions on the collection dispositions will be made.

  • Teri Vogel:
    Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials Science, Chemical & Nanoengineering
  • Deborah Kegel:
    Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
  • David Schmitt:
    Bioengineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering
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Photos with Albert

Wednesday, March 14 is both Pi Day AND Albert Einstein’s birthday.  Each year,  the S&E Library celebrates by holding a photo shoot with Albert.  See this year’s photos here.


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Second Calit2 Faculty Lecture at S&E: “Health and Technology: Applications in Pediatric Medicine”

The second in our series of three lectures by Calit2 researchers will feature Dr. Jeannie Huang, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Researcher at the UCSD Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems.  Her topic will be “Health and Technology: Applications in Pediatric Medicine.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
3:00-4:00 pm
Science & Engineering Library

The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register online at

With the advent and continued development of mobile and web technologies and health sensors, the potential for healthcare to be delivered outside of the home is beginning to become a reality. How and  this might be feasible and the issues related to such health delivery will be discussed as well as examples of a current project in practice.

Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH joined UCSD and Rady Children’s San Diego in 2002. Her clinical practice includes the treatment of all gastrointestinal, hepatic, pancreatic and nutrition disorders affecting children.  Dr. Huang works with other investigators at the UCSD Center for Wellness and Population Health Systems to determine how the health of individuals, families, social networks, and populations, can be improved through creative use of networked technologies and ubiquitous computing.

More information.

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Public Access to Scholarly Publications: Publisher Comments

The White House Office of Science & Technology Policie put out a call for comments, “soliciting public input on long-term preservation of, and public access to, the results of federally funded research, including peer-reviewed scholarly publications as required in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.”

The comments, from researchers, libraries, universities, societies and publishers are available here. Among the science/engineering society and commercial publishers who submitted comments:

Comments from University of California Council of Librarians, ALA/Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.


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Calit2 Faculty Lecture at S&E: “From Buildings to Smart Buildings”

The Science & Engineering Library is pleased to present the first in a series of lectures by Calit2 researchers. The kickoff lecture, by Dr. Yuvraj Agarwal, Research Scientist and member of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, is entitled, “From Buildings to Smart Buildings: Metering, Monitoring and Energy Use Control in a Campus-wide Testbed.”

Thursday, February 2, 2012
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Science & Engineering Library

The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register online at

Dr. Agarwal will describe the “Energy Dashboard” which he and his colleagues have developed to monitor energy usage across over 500 UCSD buildings, He’ll discuss their findings regarding the three primary sources of energy usage (IT loads, HVAC systems, and plug loads), and inventive systems to manage energy consumption.

Yuvraj Agarwal is a Research Scientist in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. He is the Director of the SYNERGY — Systems, Networking and Energy Efficiency — Lab at UC San Diego. He is also the Executive Director of the new NSF Expeditions Center in Variability. He completed his Ph.D. in September 2009 at UC San Diego, doing research in the area of power and energy management.

More information.

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Total Lunar Eclipse! Sat Dec 10

The next total lunar eclipse will come in the early morning hours of December 10, 2011. …the good news is that some of us will see the eclipse when the moon is low in the sky – when the moon might look exceptionally large due to the moon illusion. …You’ll see a super-sized eclipse!
The Rocky Mountain states of the U.S. and especially the Pacific Coast states will be able to see a total eclipse before the moon sets. more
NASA 12.10.2011 LE plot
USNO Lunar Eclipse Computer

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Welcome Week Tours and Workshops at S&E

If you’re new to UCSD, or just want a refresher on the resources and layout of the Science & Engineering Library, join us for one of the workshops or tours we’re offering during Welcome Week. Two more tours will be offered the following week in case you’re Welcome Week calendar is full.

More information.

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8 Millionth U.S. Patent Issued Today

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued its 8 millionth patent today. US 8,000,000 is titled “Visual Prosthesis,” and describes an invention for people who have lost their vision due to outer retinal degeneration. Read more about it.

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Printing Change Coming!

Starting July 25, the ACMS computers in the Geisel Library will print to the Imprints IACCESS printing system that’s in use at other library computers as well as photocopiers.

We will not have ACMS printing in the libraries anymore. This includes the 1st floor “tunnel” lab as well as the Science & Engineering lab and InfoCommons area. The change to IACCESS printing in S&E will happen on August 1.

If you haven’t used IACCESS before, your UCSD photo ID card is your printing card. You can find out more about printing with this system at the Libraries’ Printing and Copying page

If you have money left in an ACMS printing account, you can still use it at other ACMS labs with printing. The closest ones are in the Price Center.
If you have any questions about printing in the libraries, please ask a library staff member or stop by the Imprints service window.

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Maria Mayer Postage Stamp to be Released Today

UC San Diego Nobel Laureate and founding faculty member Maria Goeppert Mayer will appear on a new stamp issued Thursday, June 16, by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp art combines images from UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library, and includes photographs of Mayer and her signature. The stamp is one in a series that honors Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to science.

Libraries blog post

Union Tribune post

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