Closing the Loop On 3D Printing

By Thienthy Nguyen, Jenny Tai, Dylan Romero, and Dr. Alexis Dang 3D printing has been rapidly gaining traction outside of industrial use, consequently becoming more accessible for the common consumer. The production of affordable desktop printers under $1000 and the online distribution of open-source software has opened up new opportunities for hobbyists and professionals of educational institutions, allowing them the ability to explore both creative and health science applications. A Brief History Production material is … Read more

VisualDx Trial Now Available

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The UCSF Library is happy to announce that we have set up a short-term trial to VisualDx from now through January 15, 2018. Best known for its extensive image library, VisualDx combines a diagnostic framework with visualization of disease. This resource was developed to assist medical practitioners in clinical decision-making by providing peer-reviewed, evidence-based information at the point of care. This tool aims to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety by … Read more

Expanding Library Access: Responding to our students

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From Dan Lowenstein, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost As a UCSF alum, faculty member, physician, and now its EVCP, my experience with the Library comes from many perspectives. I have seen time and time again that the Library is a vital place for community, collaboration, and change at UCSF. One aspect of change that the Library has boldly stepped forward to explore is space – specifically, space in the Parnassus Library. In 2015, we received … Read more

Stories from the Makers Lab: A Proof of Concept

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When the Makers Lab opened in April 2016, we were eager to explore 3D printing applications for UCSF. We soon learned there are countless applications for this technology at a health science institution. Even better, there are some incredible applications for us right here in the UCSF Library, specifically for the Library’s Archives & Special Collections department and the Makers Lab. Connecting the new with the old may not immediately appear to be a great … Read more

UCSF Library Presence at Sharecase 2017

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Sharecase 2017 is this Thursday and the Library will have a major presence this year. The Library’s Makers Lab, Academic Information Systems, Learning Technology Group, and Data Science Initiative (DSI) will all be exhibiting and/or presenting. To kickoff the conference our very own University Librarian Chris Shaffer will be delivering the morning keynote! With all of this participation and excitement, the one question you might ask is. . . What exactly is Sharecase?  Launched in 2012, Sharecase is an event hosted by the the … Read more

Open Access Week 2017: Oct 23 – 29

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Join the UCSF Library as we participate in this year’s International Open Access Week! Open access (OA) is the free, immediate, online access to the published results of scholarly research and the right to use, share and re-use those results. This year’s OA Week theme, “Open in order to…” is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.  “Open in order to…” serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and … Read more

Access Restored

Good news! Access to all affected resources, including Nature, BMC and Palgrave, has been restored. Thank you for your patience. We’re experiencing problems accessing some of our resources, including Nature, BMC, and Palgrave. We will send notice when the issue is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.

What You Said About Library Spaces

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In May 2017 the Library launched a survey campaign to learn how people use the physical spaces in the Parnassus Library. We distributed the paper survey throughout the Library for two weeks with an option to complete a digital version. By the end of the campaign we received 850 responses! Thank you for your input! The following is a visualized summary of the insightful data we pulled from your feedback of the Parnassus Library: Now What? … Read more

SFGH 1930s Photograph Collection on Calisphere

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This is a guest post by Griffin Burgess, ZSFG Archivist. The Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Archives has its first collection available as part of UCSF’s digital collections on Calisphere! The collection consists of over 100 digitized images scanned from 3 x 5 cellulose acetate negatives that date from the 1930s. The images document the exteriors of the hospital buildings as well as interior rooms, hallways, equipment, and staff. The ZSFG campus looked very different in … Read more

A Snapshot of the UCSF Library Makers Lab [An Infographic]

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This is a guest post by Jenny Tai, Makers Lab staff member. The Makers Lab has grown a lot in the past year, thanks to the support of a wonderful community of makers here at UCSF. We’ve had over 1,500 UCSF makers visiting the Makers Lab since opening in April 2016, and over 250 of those makers have shared their interests with us. Have you wondered where the majority of your fellow makers come from? … Read more

Stories from the Makers Lab

The Makers Lab has been open for just over a year and we have already seen the UCSF community work on some incredibly innovative projects. Students, faculty, staff, researchers, and practitioners from all across the UCSF community come to the Makers Lab in the UCSF Library to unleash their natural creativity. As projects have become more complex and specialized, we have selected a few stories that we believe are in line with the mission of … Read more

Makers Lab Now Open 5 Days a Week!

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Have you heard the news? The Makers Lab is now open 5 days a week, Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm! Why are we expanding Makers Lab hours? To meet the demand from UCSF community members! Since opening in April 2016, we have received a large amount of feedback from the community, specifically that people want more time to work on their Makers Lab projects. There are a number of ways to stay up to date with … Read more

UCSF – Meet the Form 2 3D Printer!

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We have seen hundreds of successful 3D prints using the Ultimaker 2 and Lulzbot Taz 5 3D printers since opening the Makers Lab in April 2016. During this time, we have also identified a few limitations with the two printers. Both the Ultimaker and Taz are fused deposition modeling printers (FDM), which 3D prints by laying down filament one layer at a time. FDM printers are great for the large majority of projects in the … Read more

Open Access Publishing Discounts

Open Access Publishing Discount

Did you know that UCSF provides authors discounts on publishing open access articles and books with several publishers? Through the University of California’s institutional subscriptions and membership programs, all UCSF authors are eligible for discounts on open access publication costs with participating publisher agreements.  The discounts range from 15% for articles published in BioMed Central and Springer Open journals up to 100% for articles published with the Electrochemical Society. On top of the UC discounts, AAAS … Read more

#BREAKING: UCSF Welcomes New University Librarian Chris Shaffer

New UCSF University Librarian Chris Shaffer

  New University Librarian Chris Shaffer Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Christopher Shaffer has been appointed UCSF’s next university librarian (UL) and assistant vice chancellor – academic information management. Chris comes to us from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where he currently serves as university librarian and associate professor. I am confident that Chris’ vision for the future of libraries coupled with his well-rounded experience and perspectives across UCSF’s research, clinical, … Read more

(May 20 – 21) UCSF Programming Workshop: Beginning R or Python

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DATE AND TIMESat, May 20, 2017, 9:00 AM – Sun, May 21, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT LOCATIONUCSF Mission Hall Room 1406/1407550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158 Course OverviewThis event, brought to you by the UCSF Library Data Science Initiative and UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences, is an example-driven two-day workshop that introduces the basics of R or Python, Git, and the Unix Shell. Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are … Read more

oaFindr Helps you Find Open Access Articles

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UCSF has purchased a trial subscription to the oaFindr database, an open access article discovery platform. oaFindr crawls scholarly databases and the web for full-text, peer-reviewed open access articles that don’t require a subscription to read. It is continually updated and searches across open access content from publishers, as well as hundreds of institutional repositories, professional websites, and networking platforms like ResearchGate. The oaFindr bibliographic database currently boasts over 24 million records from over 65,000 … Read more

Beyond Basics with Advanced Techniques in the CLE

Go Beyond the Basics with the New Advanced Techniques in the CLE Course!

We are pleased to announce a new online workshop designed to teach you the advanced features of the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)! This online training is self-paced and covers the intermediate and advanced features of the CLE such as organizing course materials, generating activity reports, applying restrictions, and creating Groups and Groupings. The course also includes sections that cover the Quiz activity and the Gradebook. Participants can self enroll by simply logging in to the … Read more