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October 14, 2008 marked the first worldwide Open Access Day. Open access publishing provides peer-reviewed journal articles free of charge on the Web, making them easier to cite and to utilize in subsequent research.
The UCSF Library joined organizations around the globe in sponsoring Open Access Day events. Information tables at Parnassus and Mission Bay attracted approximately 100 people, many of whom wanted to know how they could help promote the concept of open access publishing. In addition we presented an evening webcast at Mission Bay by Dr. Philip Bourne, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UCSD and editor of the open access journal, Public Library of Science Computational Biology.
Open Access Day also included a "Voices of Open Access" video collection, in which several people discuss the value of open access in their lives.
To prepare for construction of the new Teaching and Learning Center on the Parnassus Library's 2nd floor, we will move the journals on the 2nd floor to the 1st floor, as well as consolidate our book collections. The materials will be moved from October 6 to November 2, 2008.
During the move, Library collections will be available via staff mediation. The stacks area will be off-limits to users to facilitate the move and keep users safe. If you need something from the stacks when you are in the building, ask for assistance at the Service Desk, or contact us to ask for help online. Some study space on the affected floors will also be unavailable at various times.
Visit the TLC website to learn more and view alerts about the project's impact.
Preparations are underway to transform the Library's second floor into the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC), which will open in Spring 2010. The new facility will house a simulation and clinical skills education center; new teaching and learning space, including technology-enhanced active-learning classrooms and computing labs; and communications technology for telemedicine and related activities. For details about the project, see the TLC website.