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  • One Year Anniversary of NIH Public Access Policy

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    April 7, 2009 marks the one year anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy, which obliges investigators of NIH-funded research to make their research articles freely available in the NIH PubMed Central archive (PMC). In 1999, UCSF Nobel Laureate and former NIH Director Harold Varmus conceived of what has now become PubMed Central. The idea, then and now, is to utilize the Internet to more broadly distribute the results of taxpayer-funded research.

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  • Purchase Research Software Through the Library

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    Research Software Licensing (RSL) offers discounted annual licenses for several popular data analysis software programs. UCSF faculty and staff are eligible to purchase licenses, and payment is made easy with recharge. All licenses include access to technical support plus any software upgrades that become available during the year.

    Purchase a license or get more information about RSL.

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  • Upcoming Classes on UCSF Chimera at Mission Bay

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    Beginning in late March, UCSF students and personnel can attend classes on UCSF Chimera, an extensible molecular modeling program developed and taught by the UCSF Computer Graphics Laboratory. The Chimera Series consists of seven hands-on classes which cover basic and advanced features of the software. View dates and class descriptions.

    All classes are free and will be held at the Mission Bay FAMRI Library. To sign up, please visit the library class schedule.

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  • Enhanced UC-eLinks Makes It Easier to Get Articles

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    UC-eLinks now links directly to full-text articles from library databases such as PubMed@UCSF. When full text is not available electronically, the UC-eLinks menu is displayed, allowing you to check for a print copy, request the article from another library, add a citation to a bibliography, or get help.

    UC-eLinks is a service to help UCSF students and personnel get articles when searching California Digital Library (CDL) and UCSF Library databases such as PubMed@UCSF. View the UC-eLinks QuickGuide or contact us for more information.

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  • Music in the Library: The Royals

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    The Royals are Katie Colpitts, lead guitarist, and Emily Palen, violinist, of the "blues influenced, hard rock inspired" band Dolorata. They will return to the Library to perform an acoustic set showcasing their musical talent and shared vision, featuring original works and modified pieces from Dolorata.

    Wednesday, March 18, noon-1 p.m.
    Lange Room
    Free admission

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  • Smart Searching and Researching with Google: View the Video

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    In November Dan Russell—the “Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness” at Google—spoke to a full audience in the Lange Room of the UCSF Library on Parnassus. The H.M. Fishbon Memorial Library at Mt. Zion, and the San Francisco division of the Librarians Association of the University of California sponsored this event.

    In his entertaining talk, “Google Search and Research,” Russell describes how Google seeks to improve their search interface and other products. In the last ten minutes of the hour-long presentation, he offers very handy tips for searching Google more efficiently. People interested in this topic are welcome to take the Google Search Tips & Tricks class offered by the UCSF Library.

    UCTV filmed Russell’s presentation, which is available here.

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  • New Legislation May Affect Access to NIH Research

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    The Fair Copyright in Research Act, sponsored in the US House of Representatives by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), seeks to modify US copyright law in a way that could have a profound impact on the future of the NIH Public Access Policy.

    Ways to stay informed: follow the bill’s progress, and keep up with the news and blog coverage. If you have concerns about the ramifications of the Fair Copyright in Research Act, please contact your Congressional representative.

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  • What Do You Think of the Popular Reading Section?

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    Let us know what you think of the Popular Reading section located on the main (3rd) floor of the Parnassus Campus Library. [Survey is now closed.]

    Your feedback will help us determine how to build the collection. The collection is constantly updated by adding new titles each month and returning ones that are no longer popular. Help us identify new titles to include and less popular titles to return.

    The survey will be available until March 31, 2009.

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  • Welcome! Library Launches New Website

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    We listened to your comments and have completely redesigned the UCSF Library website to better meet your needs. In addition to the totally new look, the site gives you quick access to library resources:

    • Use QuickSearch, located at the top of every page, to simultaneously search across the website, our lists of databases and online journals, the Library Catalog, and PubMed@UCSF.
    • Access our Most Popular resources and Key Services with one click from the home page.
    • Check out the Learn and Of Note sections for info on upcoming classes and new initiatives.

    We've streamlined our pages and simplified the text to make them easier to use. As before, useful links to contact us and search PubMed@UCSF are located at the top of every page.

    Throughout the design process we interviewed staff, faculty, and students at multiple UCSF locations. Thank you for sharing your ideas and feedback with us. We hope you will find the new site inviting and easy to use. Let us know what you think.

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