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  • New: Walkstations Available in Library Tech Commons

    Staff member using a walking workstation.

    The Library recently installed two walking workstations, or Walkstations, in the Tech Commons on the 2nd floor. Combining a height-adjustable work surface and a low-speed treadmill, the Walkstation lets you walk comfortably, burn calories, and feel more energized while working at a computer.

    See our new Walkstations in action, or come to the Library Tech Commons (CL240) to try them out.

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  • UCSF Launches Open Online Courses on January 28

    Student using a laptop, Coursera logo

    On January 28, UCSF will launch its first two MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – on the Coursera platform. MOOCs are a way to make select UCSF educational content available to the world, increase visibility as an educational institution, and experiment with new types of teaching and course delivery methods. Coursera, which launched in 2012, has partnered with top-tier universities around the world to help develop and deliver MOOCs.

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  • Open Access Explored! with Jorge Cham of PhD Comics

    Open Access concepts

    Please join us online or in person on Thursday, January 17th at 12:00 noon in the Pottruck Auditorium in Rock Hall at the Mission Bay Campus for a conversation with Jorge Cham, the creator of PhD Comics. PhD Comics’ video, Open Access Explained!, has over 120,000 views on YouTube and has sparked the interest of countless students and scholars.

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  • WikiProject Medicine Events: January 7-11

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    James Heilman, MD, one of the leading clinician-Wikipedians behind WikiProject Medicine, will be a guest lecturer at UCSF the week of January 7-11. Hear him speak at noon every day that week.

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  • Holiday Gift Ideas: Library Products on Zazzle.com

    UCSF Library t-shirt

    Searching for a last-minute holiday gift for a colleague or loved one? Our online store offers note cards, mugs, and t-shirts displaying images from the UCSF Library's Archives & Special Collections.

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  • Access Elsevier Ebooks Through January

    Various ebook covers from Elsevier ScienceDirect

    Take advantage of over 1,500 "Evidence-based Selection" ebook titles published by Elsevier between 2007-2012 and available via the Library Catalog. With Evidence-based Selection (EBS), UCSF has unlimited access to the selected titles until January 31, 2013. At that time, the Library will pick which titles to purchase permanently based on the usage throughout the last year. Books not purchased will no longer be accessible.

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  • Library Launches Pilot Open Access Fund

    Piggy bank with Open Access logo

    Publishing in open access (OA) journals has become a popular choice for UCSF authors. Yet more authors would choose OA if they had funds to cover the publication charges. The Library has begun a pilot to help authors pay article processing charges and other OA publishing fees. The goals of the program are to:

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  • December 12: Coffee Break for UCSF Students

    Coffee cup and cookies

    UCSF students, it's the middle of finals, and we know you're tired from all that studying! Stop by the Library on Wednesday, December 12, to relax and recharge for a few minutes. We’ll have coffee, tea, and cookies on hand.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Parnassus Campus Library, Room 325 (main floor, near the Service Desk)

    Sponsored by the UCSF Library.

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  • Music in the Library: Scissors for Lefty

    Scissors for Lefty band members

    Join us for an acoustic performance by Scissors For Lefty. This San Francisco band's style features melodies in between melodies, dance-rock guitar, glittery keyboard, disco bass, and galloping propulsion from a 6'10" drummer -- all fronted by heavy-breathing tales of poignant relationships and counter-culture glow. Listen to Scissors For Lefty here.

    There will be light refreshments and free chair massages (first-come, first-served).

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  • Convergence: New Blog Offers CLE Support

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    The UCSF Library has launched a new blog called Convergence. Designed to create awareness about content creation tools for the CLE, the blog provides best practices, news, and in-depth information about the transition to Moodle 2. The blog will cover a wide range of categories, but all share the common goal of being used in the CLE.

    Some of the topics that will be covered:

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