Prototyping for Ophthalmology Research

test tube container

Have you ever wished that you had the perfect tool for your research needs? Well, you are not alone. Now you can create your own lab accessories right here in our library, and that is exactly what Jill Mankoff did. Jill, a high school student from Nueva School and a volunteer summer intern in Dr. Jay Stewart’s Lab, designed a test tube container using AutoFusion360 and 3D printed it in the Makers Lab today. It will be used to … Read more

MakersLab opening week was a success. Hail the return of the Taz!

Taz 3D printer

We completed our first official week of  being open without problems. No fires or explosions (kidding)! Several members of the UCSF community, excited and interested in the possibilities, stopped by to see what was going on.  We are open from 2-6 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday and want YOU to stop by and see what we have and what we hope the Makers Lab will be. There is a UCSF Library staff person on duty while the lab is … Read more

Specialty 3D Printing Filaments


Your 3D printed objects do not have to be limited to using ABS (LEGO plastic) or PLA (corn starch based) filaments. We also have specialty filaments available in bronze, stainless steel, magnetic, conductive, wood, bamboo, laybrick (stone), t-glase (moderate reflectivity) and PCTPE (flexible).  Pictured here is a stylus printed from conductive filament and it actually works!  So why not experiment with a different type of filaments for your next 3D print job.

Let the Button Maker help get your message out.

button making

Today in the Makers Lab, the San Francisco Health Investigators, a group of high school interns led by Dr. Ben Koo and Dr. Jenna Bernard from the Science & Health Education Partnership, proto-typed buttons for their health messaging campaign. The students designed buttons on topics such as Zika Virus, the importance of immunization, and birth defects prevention to raise awareness about current health issues in their communities. They had blast!

UCSF Makers Lab Visits Noisebridge

The Noisebridge lab

UCSF Library makers went on a field trip to the Noisebridge makerspace last week, and to say we had a good time is an understatement! What is Noisebridge? It is a community hackerspace/makerspace in San Francisco’s Mission District and is an educational non-profit. When you first walk in to Noisebridge, it may look a little different than the UCSF Makers Lab, but there are also many similarities. I personally found the open working spaces and … Read more

The New Way to Reserve Equipment

equipment to borrow

At long last, our equipment reservation calendar is online and available to users. The days of emailing or calling Tech Commons staff to check on equipment availability are over (we know, we’ll miss it too)! With just a few clicks, you can view an online calendar, and then reserve equipment for pick up in our CL240 lab. Our reservation policies remain the same, though you will no longer be required to sign a paper form … Read more

Open Access Funding Opportunity for All UCSF Faculty

Open Access Publishing Fund

The UCSF Academic Senate voted to double the amount of funds available in the Open Access Publishing Fund in 2017. The Fund is made possible through a generous yearly gift from Chancellor Sam Hawgood to the Academic Senate. The UCSF Library oversees the management and implementation of the Fund. In 2015 and 2016 during the first two years of this gift, $45,000 was dedicated each year to the Fund to help cover publication charges for … Read more

Four Factors of Fair Use – Fourth Factor: The Effect of the Use on the Potential Market

students having fun

Assessing the fourth factor of fair use can be the trickiest, because one needs to consider existing and potential markets for the work, including secondary markets, which might include translations, movie rights, or images on mouse pads or coffee mugs. Uses that can result in lost sales for already established markets tend to be determined as not a fair use by the courts. Another consideration for this factor is whether or not there is a … Read more

Four Factors of Fair Use – Third Factor: Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Taken

woman and man discussing

The third factor of fair use concerns itself with the amount of material used from a particular work. Have you used only what you need to achieve your purpose? Can you achieve your purpose without it, or with less? Is what you are using “the heart of the work?” Courts do not set limits on quantity. There is no maximum; even the use of an entire work can be fair, particularly if the use is … Read more

Four Factors of Fair Use – First Factor: The Purpose and Character of the Use

man studying

The first factor of fair use centers around why you are using the portion of copyrighted material, and what you want to do with it. The courts generally favor, and it is written into the fair use statute, that nonprofit educational uses are favored over a commercial use of the copyrighted material. Courts also tend to favor transformative use, so when weighing this factor, think about whether or not your use is transformative. Types of … Read more

Four Factors of Fair Use – Second Factor: The Nature of the Copyrighted Work

woman with phone and laptop

When assessing the second factor of fair use, think about the work itself. Courts tend to favor factual works over more highly creative works as a fair use. So an original poem or short story would garner stronger copyright protections from the courts than a factual article on the etiology of diabetes mellitus. Courts are typically more protective of creative works (art, poetry, film) than non-fiction works. In the same way, courts have favored published … Read more

UCSF Archives and Special Collections Receives NHPRC Grant

Selma Dritz at chalkboard

UCSF Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 2016 National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) grant from the National Archives in support of the project, Evolution of San Francisco’s Response to a Public Health Crisis: Providing Access to New AIDS History Collections, an expansion of the AIDS History Project (AHP). The project will greatly expand the historical record of San Francisco’s broad-based response to the AIDS public … Read more

Open Access – What You Need to Know (@ZSFG)

Open Access at ZSFG

The UCSF Library is hosting this “upload-a-thon” session to help authors navigate the UC Open Access Policies as well as the upload process through both the UC Publication Management System (Senate Faculty) and eScholarship (all others). Who: this session is open to all UCSF faculty and staff covered by the policies, as well as delegates using the Publication Management System. When: January 26, 2017. The policies and how to upload will be covered at two … Read more