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Bay Bridge, 1947

Brought to Light Blog - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:09

Bay Bridge at dusk, 1947, MSS 2011-23

A slide of the Bay Bridge at dusk in 1947 from the Robert L. Day collection, MSS 2011-23.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Tips for Recording Audio Narration

Convergence - Wed, 2014-06-25 14:44

Many staff and faculty take advantage of the eLearning Studio, especially the Articulate Studio software, to get outside of the traditional lecture and flip their classroom with some audio narration. Employing this type of teaching model is beneficial for both faculty and students, however most folks don’t anticipate how challenging designing for online delivery can be. Use the following tips to help you think through how to best include audio narration in your next CLE course.

The number one piece of advice the Learning Technologies Group (LTG) gives to faculty and staff who are including audio narration is to write and practice reading a script before coming to the eLearning Studio to do their recording (and maybe even before you create your slideshow!).

Writing text for a learner to read is a lot different than writing text that will be listened to. A voiceover script is like a conversation with your learners, so write with listening in mind and give your learners the feeling that you are actually talking to each student personally.

Be sure to include transitional statements when moving from one topic to another. Phrases like “Now that we have a better understanding of [insert topic], let’s look at how to apply [insert next topic] or “Let’s shift gears to discuss [insert next topic]” help in carrying the learner along with you as you talk through the content.

Keep your script sentences short, simple, and direct. This will require some editing after your initial writing. When reviewing, first, take a look at the text at the paragraph level and cut out the sentences that aren’t really saying very much. Then, go to the sentence level and cut out the unnecessary words. You’ll probably find many ways to reduce the words on the page, but keep the content in tact.

Ideally, a script shouldn’t match the text learners see the screen verbatim. People read much faster than narration can play and this may be frustrating for the learner. This is a great opportunity to determine if your slides are visually appealing and pithy enough. Take advantage of the two different modes of delivery (audio narration and visual text) and deliver each piece of content in the mode that makes the most sense. (Check out the other UCSF Learning Technologies blog The Better Presenter for more tips on this.)

Always read your script out loud when you review it. Ask yourself is this how people really talk about this topic? Well designed courses reflect reality. Because of that, try to keep your writing and delivery as honest as possible. Your learners will appreciate it!

As you can see below, in Articulate Presenter, the speaker notes that you add to your PowerPoint slides appear for you along the side of the screen when you record narration in the software. Take advantage of this feature and copy the script for each slide into PowerPoint!

Additional spacing makes your script easier to read. Add a hard return between each sentence of your script. Also, mark the places in your script where you’ll want to add a natural pause or an inflection in your voice for emphasis. Indicate pauses with the word “pause” in brackets and indicate emphasized words with bold or italicized text.

When you’re sitting in the Studio about to start your recording, it’s best practice to wait one or two seconds from clicking the record button to beginning to speak. This will go a long way for the learner who’ll be listening to the slides back to back. Instead of receiving the information rapid fire, this gives them a short time to process the content on the slide before the narration begins. It’s also a good idea to wait a second or two when you’re finished speaking to stop the recording, especially if you or someone else will be editing your audio files.

Although most of us are neither professional actors nor voice over talent, it still is worth trying to add in differences in tone and inflection to make it clear why the content is important to the learners. Think about the kind of attitude you would want to hear when listening to a recording. Most eLearning developers and scriptwriters encourage the use of an informal, friendly tone in the delivery of the content. Help learners make a connection with you and stay engaged in the content. Listen to examples of well-done narration for online Learning by voice-over artists.*

Lastly, be open to rewriting the script as you’re recording or even after you think you’re done! You may decide something should be reworded, deleted, or added in while you’re in the Studio. And that’s OK, too! Ad-libbing helps with enhancing the natural flow of the conversation and makes for a more engaging course experience.

To learn more about the audio, video, and multimedia software and equipment available to you as a part of the UCSF community, check out the Multimedia Support Center or contact the Learning Technologies Group!

Do you have any tips or tricks for audio narration or script writing that you’d like to share? Please write your comments below!

*Please note the LTG has never worked with this artist and therefore, are not specifically recommending working with her.

Headset Image Credit: Microsoft Office



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Additions to the Catalog

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2014-06-25 12:13

As always, we’ve been working to make more and more collections accessible for research. The following are additions to the catalog over the past few months. Subject highlights include UCSF history, neurology, tobacco control, and stem cell research.

Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more. Don’t hesitate to use the calendar on the right to make an appointment to use collections!

AR 2002-18 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine — Office of the Dean videotape collection, 1991-2003: Videotapes of lecture series, including Dean’s Research Seminar Series (DRSS), Galante lectures, and other special lectures/symposia. Also includes State of the School addresses, faculty meetings, academic senate meetings, award ceremonies.

AR 2012-12 University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry records, 1952-1982: The papers of the UCSF School of Dentistry include: Newsletters of the Alumni Association of the University of California College of Dentistry, 1952-1980; Programs of the annual meeting of the Alumni Association of the University of California College of Dentistry, 1956-1977; Alumni Association of the University of California College of Dentistry by-laws and directory, 1974, 1981; CSEA UCSF Newsletter, 1956-1958; UCSF Alumni Association newsletter, 1982; UCSF magazine, 1982 Medi-Cal yearbooks; 2 photographs of School of Dentistry faculty and employees.

MSS 2010-16 Guenter B. Risse papers, 1987-2009: Papers relate to Risse’s research for his book “Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals” (Oxford, 1999). Materials include one binder with the original illustrations collected for the book, two folders with information about the origins of the illustrations and permissions to publish them, and one folder with correspondence and book reviews.

AR 2011-13 University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing records, 1988-1991: The collection contains materials relating to the UCSF School of Nursing Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) dated from 1988-1991. Papers include grants, clippings, promotional materials, various records from the program ranging from development to accreditation.

MSS 2011-18 Rheba Fradkin (de Tornyay) papers, 1946-1954: Collection includes photographs, nursing school application, reference letters, and clippings pertaining to Mount Zion School of Nursing graduate Rheba Fradkin (de Tornyay), the nursing school yearbooks, issues of NOIZ and Bib & Apron (1953-1954), announcements, pamphlets and recruitment brochures.

AR 2013-02 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Office of the Dean records, 1999-2012: Records include photographs, negatives, slides, contact sheets, CDs, and DVDs from the School of Medicine Dean’s office.

MSS 2012-29 Marilyn Reed Lucia film, 2012: The collection contains the film “Steadfast Purpose: the Life of Marilyn Reed Lucia, MD,” produced by Arc Light Digital Media in association with UCSF in 2012. The film chronicles the life of Dr. Lucia, graduate of UCSF Medical School– first in medicine, then in psychiatry– who taught and practiced at UCSF as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry for more than forty years. The film begins in the 1950s and continues throughout Lucia’s life.

AR 2011-04 UCSF School of Medicine, Class of 1963 Alumni collection, 2009-2013: Collection includes the newsletter founded and edited by UCSF School of Medicine alumnus Robert Sherins, M.D. issues 2009-1013, and the 50th Reunion Memory Book for his class of 1963.

AR 2007-09 Renee Reijo Pera laboratory notebooks, 1996-2007: Collection contains the papers of Dr. Renee Reijo Pera’s laboratory. Materials include laboratory notebooks and research data. Dr. Renee Reijo Pera performed embryonic stem cell research and established UCSF’s embryonic stem cell program in 2003. She was the UCSF co-director of the human embryonic stem cell research center, and director of the training program funded through the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

AR 2003-23 Dorothy Bainton papers, 1970-2012: Records from the UCSF Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs office relate to the tenure of Dr. Dorothy Bainton. Materials include records from the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW); files from the UCSF League of Women; other materials related to the status of women at UCSF; a copy of “Report on Ishi’s treatment at the University of California, 1911-1916;” materials related to the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture presented by Dr. Bainton at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2012.

AR 2013-23 University of California, San Francisco. Metabolic Research Unit collection, 1966: Collection contains materials that relate to the UCSF Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) and includes four photograph prints depicting employees and researchers of the MRU and the inauguration ceremony and a 1966 School of Medicine Alumni-Faculty Association bulletin with an article about the history of the MRU from 1950-1966.

MSS 2013-20 Melvin M. Belli Tobacco Control papers, 1950-1999: Professional papers of Melvin M. Belli (1907-1996), a high-profile attorney in San Francisco, California, relate to actual and potential litigation matters pursued by Mr. Belli and colleagues against tobacco companies. Materials consist of various court filings, media clippings, correspondence, memoranda, publications, and others.

AR 2003-13 Department of Neurological Surgery records, 1958-2000: Records from the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery include: publications, reports, correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, videotapes, and films.

MSS 97-04 Howard C. Naffziger papers, 1907-1983: The personal and professional papers of Howard Naffziger include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, ephemera, certificates, military orders, notes, diaries, and artifacts. Subjects matters include Dr. Naffziger’s military experience in World War I and II, biographical information, his experiences at UCSF and his instrumental role in neurological surgery, and other work-related information.

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Reminiscences about UCSF History

Brought to Light Blog - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:00

Within 18 years of California Statehood in 1850, the University of California was established in Oakland (1868). Already well-known in San Francisco were 2 private medical colleges, Cooper Medical College, which later was aligned with the University of the Pacific and then became the Stanford School of Medicine, and Toland Medical College, which first offered classes in 1864. Within 9 years (1873), Hugh Toland gifted the University of California with the school buildings and property in North Beach across from the San Francisco City and County Hospital.

Toland Medical Building was the site of science instruction for the College of Pharmacy (in 1875-1876) and Dentistry (1882-1891) as well as the Medical School (1864-1898)

Significantly, the origin of the U.C. Medical Department became California’s first State-sponsored school of medicine. The Regents of U.C. and the U.C. Medical Department Administrators joined forces to establish the State’s authority for medical licensure and established the standards of excellence for physicians, by creating and sharing oversight of the new California State Medical Board.

In 1873, the U.C. Medical Department accepted in its first class of students the first female medical student, Lucy M. F. Wanzer, who graduated in 1876. She established her practice in San Francisco and in opposition to the medical establishment of the San Francisco Medical Society she was accepted as its first female member, becoming an officer and then president soon afterwards. Despite the pre-eminence of her professional career, she could not vote until passage of the 19th U.S. Amendment to the Constitution in 1930 (read Dr. Sherins paper: Dr. Lucy M. Field Wanzer, First Woman Graduate U.C. Medical Department ).

Another well-known lady of San Francisco, Emma Sutro, daughter of SF Mayor, Adolph Sutro, also graduated from U.C. Medical Department in 1881. She became a physician despite great opposition by her father, who believed that women of such a socially elite family did not become doctors. Despite his misgivings, Sutro gifted the Regents of U.C. with part of the property from the Land Grant, Rancho San Miguel that he had purchased. That land became the campus of the “Affiliated Colleges” of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

Grading the site of the Affiliated Colleges, August 29, 1895.

Because of the devastation from the 1906 Earthquake and fires and the discovery of rats in the SF City and County Hospital in 1908, which risked a plague epidemic, the facilities of the Affiliated Colleges on Parnassus Heights became the premier sight for hospitalization in addition to medical education.

UC buildings on Parnassus ave.

In 1956, the ranking of the U.C. Medical Center was elevated to independent status as the University of California, San Francisco, making possible its administrator to receive the title of Chancellor (read Dr. Sherins papers: The Origin of UCSF: An Illustrated Retrospective).

Robert S. Sherins, MD graduated from the UCSF, School of Medicine, Class of 1963 and was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1972. He served on the active medical staff of Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California, from 1970 to 1997 and was Chairman of the Ophthalmology Section of the Department of Surgery from 1980 to 1986, as well as participating in the clinics and classes supported by the Southern California Lions Eye Institute at Saint John’s Hospital. Dr. Sherins completed his residency at Wadsworth Veterans Hospital and the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1970, serving on the Clinical Attending Staff until 1984. He has been an active member of the Bay Surgical Society of West Los Angeles since 1973, serving as chairman in 1985 and historian since 1985. He is a founding member of the Saint John’s Physicians Alumni Association since 1997; serving as Chair from 1997-2006; and as Historian since 1997.

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Learn to Use RefWorks with these Online Tutorials

In Plain Sight - Wed, 2014-06-18 11:59

Don’t have time to attend a RefWorks class? Forget how to use it? There is now a series of superb short online tutorials that cover everything that RefWorks does, from adding references and linking PDFs to creating a bibliography.






You can also find more information and help on the UCSF Library’s citation management subject guide.

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Final Cut Pro 10.1: New Workflow

Convergence - Fri, 2014-06-13 10:19

In the 4th quarter of 2013, Apple released a new version of its operating system (see previous post on Mavericks). Following that update, Apple also updated a number of their apps, including a “point” update to Final Cut Pro X. The application was updated from version 10.0.9 to 10.1. This update to Final Cut Pro is significant, because it fundamentally changes how project files are managed and archived. Both Mavericks and the new version of Final Cut Pro are available on each of the Macs in the Tech Commons, CL240 of the Parnassus Library.

This is especially important to users of our multimedia workstations, because our local hard drives are “frozen” and erased every night. So if you don’t properly manage your projects, you could lose your work!

Note: To discover which version of FCP you’re using, open the application, and choose “Final Cut Pro > About Final Cut Pro” from the menu bar.

The good news, is that the new project workflow is much easier to manage, because everything, including project files, events, imported media, and even rendered media is now collected into one single file called a library. Moving projects from one computer to another is as simple as dragging and dropping the library file using the Finder. And furthermore, you don’t have to format your external hard drive as “Mac only” anymore to archive your files!

If you have existing projects that were created in Final Cut Pro 10.0.9 or earlier, you will need to “update” the file before you can edit with the new version. If you are starting a new project, you simply need to save the library file to your external hard drive before you begin editing.

Click here to download our new “Managing Final Cut Pro 10.1 Files” document, which offers a detailed explanation, along with step-by-step instructions for updating, creating and archiving files in Final Cut Pro 10.1.

Print versions of this handout are also available at each multimedia workstation in CL240.

Stay tuned, because coming soon we will have documentation on the new version of iMovie (v10), which also uses the new library file workflow!

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Collaborate Retiring August 2, 2014

Convergence - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:44

On Friday, July 25, 2014 Saturday, August 2 the Blackboard Collaborate web conference system will no longer be supported at UCSF. [Ed. note: Due to issues the theme developer has encountered, the CLE upgrade will be delayed to the following Saturday, August 2.]

As part of the UCSF Unified Communications plan, WebEx will be the web conference system supported on campus by the UCSF TeleHealth and Telemedicine department.

UCSF faculty, staff and students will no longer be able to create or join Collaborate sessions, and all recorded Collaborate sessions will be deleted from the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) on August 2, 2014.

What do you need to do?

  1. Beginning the week of June 20th, the UCSF TeleHealth department will manage the distribution of WebEx accounts. If you are an active Collaborate user, we highly recommend that you stop using Collaborate and transition to using WebEx by July 1. Please contact Najla Faranza at Najla.Farzana@ucsf.edu for more information on WebEx accounts.
  2. If you have recorded Collaborate sessions in the UCSF CLE that need to be archived for viewing after August 2, 2014, please follow the instructions provided in the Archiving Collaborate Recordings in the CLE document.
  3. If you have recorded Collaborate sessions hosted outside of the CLE that you would like to archive, please contact the Learning Technologies Group for instructions.

Please note that all School of Nursing Collaborate recordings will be converted and downloaded by School of Nursing staff. If you are faculty in the School of Nursing, please contact Xinxin Huang at xinxin.huang@nursing.ucsf.edu to access archived Collaborate recordings.

What is WebEx?

The Learning Technologies Group has been testing WebEx and is excited for its release at UCSF. While WebEx and Collaborate share much of the same functionality, we have found WebEx to be much more user-friendly with a softer learning curve. We are confident that Collaborate users will have a smooth transition to WebEx and are working hard to develop support resources for using WebEx with the CLE.

We will email Collaborate users during the week of July 28th with documentation and best practices for using WebEx with the CLE. As illustrated in the table below, the functionality of the Collaborate and WebEx web conference systems are very similar:

Please contact the Learning Technologies Group with any questions about the transition from Blackboard Collaborate to WebEx.

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Vegetarianism and Raw Food in the 1930s

Brought to Light Blog - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:36

Many of us would assume that the vegetarian diets and other trends in eating one hears of so often lately are a more recent fad– a preoccupation brought on by modern life. Or, especially for those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’d perhaps date them to the 1970s. However, a pamphlet from the George Williams Hooper Foundation Administrative Records, 1882-1958, collection number AR 59-1, shows us that like many ideas, vegetarianism has been around longer than we have.

The following issue of The Vegetarian and Fruitarian from March 1932, published in Lewiston, Idaho, promotes ethics, ideals, culture, health, and longevity. It describes itself as “a fund of information as to ethical and physical reasons for choosing meatless foods– for an argument or debate this booklet fits in nicely– giving ammunition for proving that vegetarianism is sound and logical.”

The Vegetarian and Fruitarian, March 1932

At the time, the vegetarian and raw food movements were, in part, tied to feminism. It was viewed as a way to free women from the confines of the kitchen and allow them to pursue other activities and interests. Notice the brief article “Vegetarian Soups for the Hurried Housewife” below on page 16. In the lower right hand corner of page 17, “Places to Visit When in Los Angeles” recommends raw food living “if you are wedded to the cook pot and would like to know of something different.” Similar to various lifestyle publications and articles today, it goes on to advise a vegetarian-friendly guest house in the area. Other vegetarian recipes appear across both pages such as Mock Hamburger– the parenthetical note for which is particularly interesting.

The Vegetarian and Fruitarian, March 1932, page 16 and 17. Hooper Administrative Records, AR 59-1.

Pages 14 and 15 give voice to two other current food and health trends that have history in the early 20th century– carbohydrates as devil and raw food. A Texas subscriber wrote in that she believed that the raw food diet had cured a number of her family’s ailments, including one of her daughter’s bad tonsils. The article on page 15, “Lowly Spud Seeks Help,” attempts to make a case for the healthfulness of potatoes to help bolster decreasing potato sales. It says, “Women have a mistaken idea. Potatoes, it is claimed, do not round out the figure.”

The Vegetarian and Fruitarian, March 1932, page 14 and 15. Hooper Administrative Records, AR 59-1.

For more information on the George Williams Hooper Foundation please see a brief history of the organization on the UCSF History Website and their current website. I’d also like to point you toward the post on Slate’s The Vault blog about 19th Century Vegetarian Personal Ads, which I found quite interesting.

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Production Packer Passwords: Securing the Root User

CKM Blog - Mon, 2014-06-09 17:21

Packer is a tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. It is mostly used to create base images for developers using Vagrant. However it’s just as useful for creating virtual machine (VM) images to deploy in production. Using Packer in this way, you can create a consistent starting point for VMs which are then provisioned further with, for example, Puppet or Chef, creating a ready-to-deploy image with your application already installed.

One minor headache for using Packer in this way is how to safely create a root account with a known password without exposing that password in configuration files.

The key to this process is hooking into the scripted install process. For Debian this is known as Preseed. Redhat calls it Kickstart. Most Packer VMs are built with some kind of Preseed/Kickstart file.

You can override the options in the file with some passed on the command line of the Packer boot process. This will allow you to use a dynamic root password instead of a hash stored in a file.

First update your Packer JSON file to prompt for the root password by adding it to the variables section:

"variables": { "root_password": null }

Now, when you run the Packer install, you will be prompted for a root password. You have access to it in your Packer scripts as user `root_password`.

The next step is to replace static SSH credentials with your new root ones. Change the ssh_username and ssh_password lines in your builder section to:

"ssh_username": "root", "ssh_password": "{{user `root_password`}}",

All that is left is ensuring that your distribution sets the root password on install. This is done by modifying the boot_command property in the builder section of your Packer file.

"passwd/root-password=\"{{user `root_password`}}\" passwd/root-password-again=\"{{user `root_password`}}\" ", ]

My full Ubuntu boot_command looks like this:

"boot_command": [ "", "/install/vmlinuz noapic preseed/url=http://{{ .HTTPIP }}:{{ .HTTPPort }}/preseed.cfg ", "debian-installer=en_US auto locale=en_US kbd-chooser/method=us ", "hostname={{ .Name }} ", "fb=false debconf/frontend=noninteractive ", "keyboard-configuration/modelcode=SKIP keyboard-configuration/layout=USA keyboard-configuration/variant=USA console-setup/ask_detect=false ", "passwd/root-password=\"{{user `root_password`}}\" passwd/root-password-again=\"{{user `root_password`}}\" ", "initrd=/install/initrd.gz -- " ]

Make sure you remove passwd/root-password and passwd/root-password-again from your preseed.cfg if they are present.

That’s it! You can now safely build production VMs without exposing your root password in configuration or source files. Enjoy!

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EndNote alternative? ReadCube Grows Up!

In Plain Sight - Tue, 2014-06-03 13:58

ReadCube arrived on the reference management scene in late 2011. I looked at it a year ago and found it lacking in comparison to the “big 5” — EndNote, Menedeley, Papers, RefWorks and Zotero (these are in alphabetical order, I am not playing favorites here!).

ReadCube released a mammoth upgrade about a month ago making it worthy of consideration as your primary reference manager. Read Cube works with any browser on both Mac and Windows machines, it also works on iOS devices; there is no Android version yet.


The basic version is free and now integrates with Microsoft Word, and provides simple altmetrics information. Altmetrics describes a way to measure the impact of the article you are reading. The PRO version costs $5/mo. or $45/yr. but you get several features for your money. It syncs across your iOS devices, adds unlimited cloud storage, advanced article metrics, and “watch folders”. What’s a watch folder? When new article PDFs are added to folders on your computer that you have told ReadCube to watch, they are automatically added to ReadCube. Note: I do not have a PRO account so the above is based on the ReadCube website.

Test Drive:
A search using the PubMed Special Queries (found near the bottom of the PubMed homepage) “Comparative Effectiveness Research” search tool to find information about cost-effective diagnosis of pulmonary embolism found 81 results. Several of these articles looked quite good and I wanted a way to move all of them into ReadCube in one step. It appears that you can only import one article at a time (!) from PubMed by using the by Add to Read Cube bookmarklet.

Comparative Effectiveness Search through PubMed

ReadCube encourages you to use their in-application search. It is convenient, but feels stripped down and is limited to GoogleScholar and PubMed. Sophisticated PubMed searchers will feel hamstrung by the simplified search. GoogleScholar results are shown by relevance, you cannot sort by year. I also searched in Scopus and Web of Science and was able to import one article at a time into ReadCube with the bookmarklet.

GoogleScholar and PubMed search within ReadCube

UCSF full text is easily accessible by selecting “University of California, San Francisco” from the drop down menu in Institutional Affiliation found in Preferences.

Formatting in-text citations and references in Word works well. Like Papers, pressing Control twice will launch the citation tool.

All in all, ReadCube has improved rapidly. As you can see from the above there are some capabilities I would like to see added to ReadCube. With a devoted user group and the quick evolution to date I expect to see further evolution soon.

Please contact me if you have questions. Evans.Whitaker@UCSF.edu

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Ishi: The Greatest Anthropological Treasure

Brought to Light Blog - Fri, 2014-05-30 11:03

Syanpse, the UCSF Student Newspaper, published a wonderful article about Ishi and his history with UCSF this week, Ishi: The Greatest Anthropological Treasure, by Yi Lu.

Portrait of Ishi

Read the article and follow it up with The Story of Ishi on the UCSF History website for more information. The Archives & Special Collections has information regarding published resources available here and other institutions.

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Don’t call it a comeback…

Convergence - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:45

…It’s been here for years. I’m not talking about LL Cool J’s career. I’m talking about the eLearning Studio located in the UCSF Parnassus Library Tech Commons, room CL-245.

The room’s not new, but the Learning Technologies Group (LTG) is continuing to encourage the UCSF community to take advantage of all the features that are available to them. Take a look at this pic for some highlights of the software and hardware available in the Studio:


The LTG have helped hundreds of staff, students, and faculty with projects like:

  • Creating presentations for showing at conferences that they can’t attend
  • Adding narration, interactivity, and graded quiz questions to PowerPoint lectures
  • Creating screencasts for training in a website database
  • Flipping the classroom and creating engaging online learning
  • Recording interviews and editing the final footage
  • Annotating video screencasts and narration of a piece of software in action
  • Digitizing analog media and archiving the footage

If you’re working on a project like this or have another need in mind, go ahead and reserve the eLearning Studio for a time that’s convenient for you. If you need any software or equipment support or would like an orientation to figure out the best way to get your project done, contact the Learning Technologies Group to schedule an appointment.

And, as always, check out the Multimedia Support Center for how-to guides and instructions on using the software and equipment in the Tech Commons.

This post is part two of a two part series on What’s New at the UCSF Tech Commons.

Image Credit: Dylan Romero


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RefWorks Write-n-Cite and EndNote Updates

In Plain Sight - Wed, 2014-05-28 16:20

EndNote. Summer usually sees the launch of a new version of EndNote, so I suppose we’re awaiting news on EndNote X8.  In the meantime you can download X7.1, an update for X7.








With this latest release, you can now:

  • Sync Smart and Combined Groups across desktops.
  • Use an expanded set of tools to annotate your PDFs.
  • Easily navigate through full text attachments with added PDF link navigation.
  • Take advantage of improvements to Find Full Text and DOI matching during PDF import.
  • Easily spot Quick Search keywords in search results.
  • Quickly save references from additional online Capture sources including: ERIC database, Wikipedia, WorldCat OCLC, DSpace, and more. (Available in EndNote online)

Write-n-Cite Update for RefWorks is now ProQuest for Word.

RefWorks released a new version of Write-N-Cite in April: Windows versions 4.3.1217 and Mac versions 4.3.1203. Note that they’re now calling it ProQuest for Word.

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5 Great Things About Mavericks

Convergence - Wed, 2014-05-28 12:04

This post is part one of a two-part series on What’s New at the UCSF Tech Commons.

Mavericks has arrived at the UCSF Library! Stop by the Tech Commons (CL-240) on the second floor of the UCSF Library and try out Apple’s newest operating system, Mavericks. This is a great opportunity to try out the operating system before upgrading your work or personal computers (PS Mavericks* is free!).

*After a 14 year run, Apple operating systems are no longer named after big cats and are now named after locations in California.

Tech Commons staff have been testing Mavericks and discovering new features and applications that members of the UCSF community will be excited about. Members of the Tech Commons & Desktop Services (Benjamin Stever) and Learning Technologies Group (Dylan Romero) have collaborated to identify our top five new features with the biggest bang for their buck and listed them below (in no order of importance):

  iBooks App (review by Dylan)

I am a sucker for creating multitouch books using iBooks Author. It is by far one of my favorite new applications for its ease of use and ability to produce stunning, interactive content. With the release of Mavericks, you can now view these multitouch books on your Mac computer and are no longer limited to viewing on an iPad or iPhone. This has instantly increased the audience for multitouch books, which means iBooks Author users have a lot of work to do!

Read more about the iBooks App http://www.apple.com/ibooks/

New iMovie (review by Dylan)

One of the most popular applications in the Tech Commons is iMovie. After filming using digital video equipment checked out through the Library, quickly edit your clips together and create a digital story in iMovie. With the latest release of iMovie, the process of editing your videos continues to get much easier. Check out the new iMovie interface, all new themes, as well as built-in story-boarding tools to help you prepare for your big production!

Read more about the new iMovie http://www.apple.com/imovie

And for more information on saving your iMovie project on Tech Commons workstations, please visit the Multimedia Support Center.

Keynote (review by Dylan)

We love to create presentations using Keynote! With the complete overhaul of the iWork suite, we are eager to try all of the new features and themes included in this release of Keynote (well, maybe not the Spin or Shimmer transitions). Keynote has an all new interface and inspector with a built-in “presentation coach” that will help you along the way while adjusting to the Keynote update. Check out the newest version of Keynote in the Tech Commons, I know we will!

Read more about the new Keynote http://www.apple.com/mac/keynote/

Finder (review by Ben)

Spring cleaning is upon us, so let’s get to work cleaning up that desktop clutter. The update to Finder makes it easy with the addition of tabs. Similar to tabbed browsing in most modern web browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer), tabs give the option to manage multiple instances of Finder in one, clutter-free window. All the functionality you’d expect is there, from opening and closing tabs with keyboard shortcuts to merging all open windows. A small change to a fundamental component of OSX, but one we’re really excited about.

Read more about Finder tabs http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5840

Preview (review by Ben)

When it comes to PDF applications, the options are seemingly limitless. Preview has always been a great PDF reader, but with newly-enhanced annotation capabilities, it has emerged as frontrunner in a crowded pack. A robust selection of tools including highlighter, notes, shapes, color options, and signatures are now available. Browse your markups and stay organized with the Annotation Inspector. Annotations carry over to your iOS devices, as well as most other PDF applications. Check out the latest options in Preview under the Tools menu.

You can read more about Preview here http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2506

For a complete list of new features in Mavericks, visit the Apple website. And stop by the Tech Commons on the second floor of the UCSF Library any time the Library is open to use a Mac or PC workstation and contact LTG staff for assistance.

Image Credit: Apple

Categories: Convergence

Moving Mementos, 1930-1938

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2014-05-28 10:58

Take a quick 7 minute break to watch this newly digitized and previously rarely seen footage we presented at last night’s Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) program– Video Capsule: Treasures from Bay Area Archives! UCSF’s contribution was this amalgamation of clips from “moving memento” films of the 1930s. For a time the UCSF School of Medicine had a tradition of creating these dynamic mementos of each class of students of staff. The films are comprised of faculty and staff introductions and a variety of candid scenes around campus and in the hospitals.

Or watch the video on the Internet Archive.

Categories: Brought to Light

May 27th VIDEO CAPSULE: Treasures from Bay Area Archives

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:32

Join us next Tuesday, May 27th, at the Exploratorium at 7pm to take in some rarely seen audiovisual treasures from local archives– including some of our own! UCSF’s contribution is an amalgamation of clips from “moving memento” films of the 1930s. For a time the UCSF School of Medicine began a tradition of creating these dynamic mementos of each class of students of staff. The films are comprised of faculty and staff introductions and a variety of candid scenes around campus and in the hospitals.

Here is more information from the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), and do note that while the program is free there is a link to RSVP:

WHAT: Video Capsule: Treasures from Bay Area Archives
WHERE: Exploratorium, Pier 15: Kanbar Forum. Please enter the Exploratorium through the historic Pier 15 Bulkhead located directly on the Embarcadero.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 27 at 7PM

Join Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Preservation program staff for an evening of video preservation revelry. Anchored by recent selections from BAVC’s Preservation Access Program*, tonight’s program includes archivist favorites, unexpected gems, and rarely seen treats from artists and arts organization participants from the program as well as friends from other Bay Area preservation organizations– including Stanford Media Preservation LabSan Francisco Media ArchiveUCSF Archives, the GLBT Historical Society and California Audiovisual Preservation Project. We invite you to join us as we share recent, prized work, making for a congenial celebration of archival craft and our media legacy.

Co-presented with BAVC by the Exploratorium Cinema Arts.

Let us know you’re coming. RSVP here.

Please note: there will be no Museum access during this program. Join the Exploratorium during adult evening hours on May 29th, 6-10pm, which will include a film screening co-curated by Walter Forsberg and Exploratorium Cinema Arts.

*The Preservation Access Program is made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).


Categories: Brought to Light

See your failures: Taking screenshots with PhantomJS running Behat tests

CKM Blog - Wed, 2014-05-14 14:04

PhantomJS is a headless browser which, when combined with Behat, can run the same tests you can run in a browser like Chrome or Firefox. Headless testing is faster because it doesn’t actually render anything for a user. This makes it ideal for rapid test driven development.  

A downside to headless testing is that when it fails it can be hard to see exactly why.  Figuring out whether it is your code or your test that is causing the issue can be extremely frustrating and you might find yourself asking; Why can’t I just see it?  The frustration mounts when the same test runs just fine via Selenium in a GUI browser.

OK, was that enough buildup?  Are you ready for the good stuff?  Right then, here we go.

Any Selenium2 Behat driver already has a method of taking screen shots at any point built in.

$screenshot = $this->getSession()->getDriver()->getScreenshot();

In any method of your FeatureContext class, this will return a nice PNG of whatever the browser looks like right then.

So all we really need to do to start seeing the last step in our failed tests is wrap this up in a reusable method Behat will understand. Using Behat’s hook system, we can add a method to our FeatureContext class which is called after every single step. In the method, check to see if the step failed. If so, take a screenshot to save to disk and BAM!… we’re done. The full method looks something like this:

/** * @AfterStep */ public function takeScreenshotAfterFailedStep($event) { if ($event->getResult() == 4) { if ($this->getSession()->getDriver() instanceof \Behat\Mink\Driver\Selenium2Driver) { $screenshot = $this->getSession()->getDriver()->getScreenshot(); file_put_contents('/tmp/screenshot.png', $screenshot); } } }

For the Ilios Project we made this code a little bit more generic to store the screen shot in the system temp directory (which changes for different operating systems) and give it a unique name so that if more than one step fails in a single test run, you won’t overwrite the screenshot file.

/** * @AfterStep */ public function takeScreenshotAfterFailedStep($event) { if ($event->getResult() == 4) { if ($this->getSession()->getDriver() instanceof \Behat\Mink\Driver\Selenium2Driver) { $stepText = $event->getStep()->getText(); $fileTitle = preg_replace("#[^a-zA-Z0-9\._-]#", '', $stepText); $fileName = sys_get_temp_dir() . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $fileTitle . '.png'; $screenshot = $this->getSession()->getDriver()->getScreenshot(); file_put_contents($fileName, $screenshot); print "Screenshot for '{$stepText}' placed in {$fileName}\n"; } } }

I wasn’t able to figure out how to print the screenshot location to Behat’s console using their pretty colors, so if anyone knows how to do that, please let me know!

Categories: CKM

National Hospital Week (May 11-17)

Brought to Light Blog - Mon, 2014-05-12 14:05

More historic images brought to you this week in honor of National Hospital Week! Celebrated May 11-17, Hospital Week serves to recognize the dedication of all hospital professionals.

Operating Room at City County Hospital, circa 1890

UC Hospital Men’s Ward, circa 1920s

UC Hospital, circa 1918

UC Hospital Lobby, 1920s

UC Hospital Kitchen, 1924

Read more about the history of San Francisco’s hospitals on the UCSF History website.

Categories: Brought to Light

Celebrating National Nurses’ Day (May 6) and National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12)

Brought to Light Blog - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:26

Happy National Nurses’ Day! Here’s a selection of a few of our favorite images of nurses from the UCSF Historic Photograph Collection. For more images, check out our Digital Collections.

Moffitt Hospital Nurses’ Station, circa 1970s

UC Nurses, World War I, Base Hospital # 30

Nurses at the 30th General Hospital, June 1943

Tuberculosis service, circa 1930s

Three UC Nurses– Rigney, Dubois, and Catton– in the nursery with infants an unidentified man, 1912

UCSF School Of Nursing students watching TV in the Nursing Dorm, circa 1955

UCSF School of Nursing students in the Nursing Dorm archway, circa 1950s

UCSF School of Nursing class in Toland Hall, 1941

Categories: Brought to Light

A Fix for Problems with RefWorks Write-n-Cite and Mac Mavericks OS.

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2014-05-05 16:04

From the Dudley Knox Library:

Upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks may disable Java or remove it.  If you have installed OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you will need to make sure the prerequisites are installed to ensure WNC 4 functions correctly on the computer.

If you are prompted to download Java when attempting to install Write-N-Cite 4 for Mac after upgrading to OS X 10.9, please restart the computer and download Java by navigating to the Apple Icon > System Updates.

Once you have reinstalled/enabled Java, please check for Microsoft Office updates.  You can check for Microsoft Office updates by opening Microsoft Word and navigating to Help > Check for Updates.

Once you have updated Microsoft Office, installed all system updates for OS X 10.9 and have verified that Java is enabled in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, please restart your computer and reinstall the latest version of Write-N-Cite 4 for Mac.

If you need further advice please contact refworks.support@refworks-cos.com giving full details of your problem and also the versions of Java, OS X, Word and WNC4 that you have installed.

Categories: In Plain Sight
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