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  • Next Generation Melvyl to Replace Current Melvyl on June 24

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    On June 24, 2011, the current Melvyl database of UC Libraries' holdings will be retired as the University of California Libraries move to the Next Generation Melvyl search tool, powered by OCLC's WorldCat Local. The new Melvyl was released as a pilot in April 2008 and has proven to be an invaluable search tool for all researchers: students, faculty, staff, and the public.

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  • Ebook Trials Through May 2011

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    This news item has been updated, 10/6/2011

    In order to provide more ebook content to UCSF, the Library ran a trial with four ebook providers through May 31, 2011. The trials were made available to all UCSF students, staff, and faculty on the UCSF network and via VPN.

    Three of the providers (ebrary, MyiLibrary, and R2 Library) have full text ebooks from multiple publishers, while the Elsevier trial was for selected subject areas from a single publisher:

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  • Audiobooks Added to Popular Reading Collection

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    Now you can listen to library books as well as read them! We've added audiobooks to the Popular Reading Collection located in the Parnassus Campus Library.

    A small selection of audiobooks is currently available, including The Devotion of Suspect X, The Inner Circle, Mr. Chartwell, The Paris Wife, The Red Garden, and The Weird Sisters. More selections will be added in the coming months.

    The audiobooks join the existing collection of popular fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers. See a list of books available.

    Please let us know how you like the audiobooks, or the Popular Reading Collection in general, by sending a message to Julia Kochi.

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  • Pick Up Books & Bound Journals at Your Convenience

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    Did you know that you can have a book or bound journal held for you at the library service desk of your choice? Just follow these simple steps:

    • Search for the item you want in the UCSF Library Catalog.
    • Click on the "Request Item" button at the top of the catalog record.
    • Fill in your information. We've recently streamlined the process for books.
    • If the item is not checked out, you will receive an email within 1-4 working days that it's ready for pickup.
    • If the item is checked out, it will be held for you once it's been returned. Most materials can be recalled for you after 14 days of use.

    We send many of our notices via email. Please make sure your borrowing account is up to date.

    If you need assistance, contact the Service Desk at Parnassus or Mission Bay. 

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  • New: UCSF Mobile Web Includes Campus Maps

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    UCSF Mobile Web has a new look and now offers campus maps! Search for a specific building, choose from a list of locations, or view a whole map of the Parnassus or Mission Bay campus. You can even examine parts of the maps in "street view."

    What else can you do with UCSF Mobile Web?

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  • Music in the Library: David Luning

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    David Luning captivates audiences with his award-winning original songs, charming personality, and warm rich voice. His compositions include surprising insights into love and car troubles, tales of ramblin' and homesick desperation, and foot stompin' sing-alongs. Luning has been compared to a young John Prine or Bob Dylan, his original music and lyrics continue to win songwriting competitions, and his fan base is quickly expanding. Listen to David's music here.

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  • Thieme E-Books: Online Textbooks, Full-Color Illustrations

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    The UCSF Library now has access to the Thieme E-Book Library, a collection of online textbooks covering a wide range of subjects in medicine and the life sciences, including anatomy, dentistry, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, and radiology. The collection includes Thieme's Flexibook and Color Atlas series, which features renowned full-color photos and illustrations.

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  • Starved For Attention: 195 Million Stories of Malnutrition

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    Doctors Without Borders and VII Photo present "Starved for Attention," a multimedia campaign exposing the neglected and largely invisible crisis of childhood malnutrition.

    "Starved for Attention" aims to rewrite the story of malnutrition through a series of multimedia documentaries that seamlessly blend photography and video from some of the most accomplished and award-winning photojournalists working today. The campaign presents frontline stories of malnutrition from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, India, Mexico, and the United States.

    This video exhibit will be on view through June 2011, on the Parnassus Campus Library's main floor, around the corner from the elevators.

    For more information, visit the official website.

    Image: Burkina Faso, 2009. © Jessica Dimmock/VII Network

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  • Free Classes on Digital Video, Elluminate, and the CLE

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    Are you ready to enhance your teaching materials with advanced tools in the CLE, live web conferencing, and digital video? If so, check out the Library's educational technology workshop schedule, available in the CLE Support Center. Taught by Learning Technologies staff, sessions are held in the new Technology Commons, and include discussion of best practices as well as hands-on learning time.

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  • Use AccessMedicine on Your Mobile Device

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    AccessMedicine Mobile is now available! The mobile site is optimized for iPhone, Google’s Android, and BlackBerry Bold and includes a targeted subset of AccessMedicine’s content. You must log in using an AccessMedicine personal profile.

    Get a personal profile:

    1. Visit http://accessmedicine.com/ using a non-mobile browser.
    2. Click the "My AccessMedicine" link in the upper right, and follow the directions to create a personal profile.
    3. Once complete, visit AccessMedicine Mobile on your mobile device and log in with the username and password you just created.
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