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  • Ingenuity Pathways Analysis: Trial Through June

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    Through June 2009 the Library is offering a trial of Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA), a software application that allows researchers to compare pathways for common or unique biological molecules and to identify potential biomarkers.

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  • Japanese Prints: Fighting Measles with Care and Prayer

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    A new exhibit presents a selection of Japanese prints related to the cure and prevention of measles, and 2 hanging scrolls. Most of the prints in the exhibit were produced in response to a severe measles epidemic in Japan in 1862.

    Some of the prints were intended to be placed in doorways and used as charms against the disease; others present advice for preventing or curing measles.

    The prints illustrate a variety of folk cures, dietary advice, religious beliefs, and superstitions. Several of the prints stress the importance of diet in curing measles cases, as certain foods were believed to be good or bad for measles patients. Various talismanic objects were believed to have curative powers: wheat, the tarayo (Japanese holly) leaf, horses, certain toys, and Mt. Fuji. Shinto deities were called upon to fight measles, along with traditional heroes such as Shoki, the Demon Queller -- also featured in the two hanging scrolls on display.

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  • Book Delivery Service to Mission Bay and SFGH

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    Request delivery of circulating materials owned by the UCSF Library between Parnassus, Mission Bay, and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Items located at Parnassus may be delivered to Mission Bay or SFGH, and vice versa. Learn more about book delivery.

    Users can also arrange for their Interlibrary Borrowing materials to be delivered to Mission Bay and SFGH. Simply email Circulation by noon (M-F) after receiving notification that your items have arrived at Parnassus from the lending institution.

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  • First Open Access Day at UCSF

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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.

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  • Books & Journals Being Relocated

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    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.

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  • Teaching & Learning Center Construction Begins

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    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.

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  • New Arts and Humanities Resources

    UCSF researchers typically read about the latest medical advances or parse promising genome sequences, and the Library has many resources to aid discovery in these important areas. But we also strive to serve the cultural and leisure needs of UCSF's students, faculty, and staff.
    The Library has recently secured online access to many new databases in the arts and humanities. Interested in learning about the history of early English books? Want to see full reproductions of important pieces of art? Are you a film buff who needs more biographical information on your favorite stars? You can learn all of this and more in our Arts & Humanities databases collection.
    You can also access this collection by browsing "Arts & Humanities" in the Databases area.
    Interested in more leisure reading? Our recently developed Popular Reading Collection, located on the main floor of the Parnassus Library, provides access to popular books, newspapers, and magazines.

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