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Since Summer 2008 the UC Libraries have been testing a pilot version of a replacement for the current Melvyl Catalog, which contains library holdings for all ten UC campuses. Members of the UCSF community are encouraged to test the pilot, called Melvyl@UCSF, and offer feedback on how well it meets their needs. The UCSF version is available at http://ucsf.worldcat.org/.
The pilot features a single interface that searches for physical and electronic sources at all UC Libraries, those of libraries around the world, and UC books digitized by Google. It also searches for article references in medicine and health, education, U.S. government publications, and general topics. UC-eLinks tells you whether UCSF has access to the articles.
Several new features have been implemented since the start of the pilot. You can now
California is the most populous state in America and one of the most diverse societies on the globe. For the health policy researcher, this means that California generates a trove of statistics that can be plumbed in order to develop and answer research questions.
Produced by the influential RAND Corporation, RAND California provides access to almost 150 statistical databases. These databases are updated at varying intervals and contain information from employment data to “quality of life” measures to government expenditures at the local, state, and federal level in California. Anyone in need of statistical information about the Golden State should visit RAND California before going anywhere else.
UCSF researchers looking to start a new journal should look no further than the University of California’s new and improved eScholarship. Designed to maximize access for readers and to increase citations for authors, eScholarship is entirely free. Authors maintain their copyright, and can freely distribute work in eScholarship as much as they would like. As Dr. Keith Yamamoto of UCSF says, “eScholarship can be seen as a call to action, challenging scholars to use its services to regain control over the distribution of their work.”
For more information about eScholarship, check out the 1 minute video on the eScholarship home page.
The Library's Research Software Licensing will simplify your purchase of annual research software. We offer discount licenses for SAS, PASW (formerly SPSS), JMP, NVivo, and SUDAAN. Our services are:
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Building on the success of past Open Access Days, 2009 features the first ever Open Access Week from October 19-23, to highlight the benefits of removing barriers to scholarly research.
October 19, 2009 also marks the fifth birthday for Public Library of Science (PloS) Medicine, one of the world’s premiere open access journals. Open access journals are peer reviewed, and available online at no cost to anyone. Open access offers one alternative to traditional subscription-based journals, which become harder for libraries to afford with every passing year. This is especially true during this year's UC budget crisis.
At UCSF we'll have information tables over lunch hour in Saunders Court on October 20, and at Genentech Hall on October 22. So stop by, grab a cookie, take a flyer, and talk about how to change scholarly publishing.
The Library has extended the trial period for access to Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) until June 2010.
IPA is a software application that allows researchers to compare pathways for common or unique biological molecules and to identify potential biomarkers. Users have been enthusiastic about how IPA can help facilitate their research.
The construction project to create a new Teaching and Learning Center on the 2nd floor of the Parnassus Library building is back in full swing after a nine-month delay due to the California state budget deficits.
The new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) will expand UCSF’s educational facilities and provide a state-of-the-art clinical skills, simulation, and telemedicine training center. Technology-enhanced classrooms will be part of the facility, and it will also contain updated student computing space to replace the Library’s existing lab. The TLC has been planned by a cross-campus team, including representatives from each of the schools and the campus leadership.