Library Conversations: Karla Lindquist

Data image. Karla Lindquist, Scientific Lead, Data Science Initiative, UCSF Library

October is National Medical Library Month and this year the UCSF Library is celebrating with a series called Library Conversations. Communications Manager, Kemi Amin, sat down with four Library staff members to discuss everything from books to new technology to childhood aspirations, and everything in between. This week Kemi chats with Data Science Initiative Scientific Lead Karla Lindquist. We discuss art and science, women in science, and touch on Frankenstein. Karla works with researchers, postdocs, … Read more

Archives Intern for AIDS History

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The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records. The Archives Intern for AIDS History will be assigned various tasks to assist in completion of the project including performing Quality Control checks on digitized papers, digital objects and metadata. Candidate should be a student or recent graduate from a library or information science program, preferably with a concentration or interest in archives and special … Read more

From CT Scans to 3D Prints: A Med Student’s Summer Experience

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This is a guest post by Cecilia Im, Student, UCSF School of Medicine Even with a year of medical school under my belt, CT scans are incredibly hard to read. I can’t even imagine trying to use the scans to educate a patient on the status of their disease with these scans. This summer, I discovered how 3D printing could improve patient education, medical education, surgery planning, and more but the majority of healthcare students … Read more

Open Access Week 2018: Oct 22 – 28

Join the UCSF Library as we participate in 2018 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 theme is on designing equitable foundations for open knowledge. Our events to celebrate OA Week are: Information Table in the Medical Sciences Building Lobby at Parnassus, Monday, October 22 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Stop by to learn more about … Read more

October is American Archives Month

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October is American Archives Month, and UCSF Archives and Special Collections is celebrating with a number of events in the coming weeks to showcase our work as custodians of Health Sciences and UCSF History. Wednesday, October 3: #AskanArchivist Day Join us and countless other repositories and Archival Institutions on Twitter using the hashtag #Askanarchivist Pose your burning questions and curiosities about our collections, services and archives work in general. Follow us on Twitter @ucsf_archives Wednesday, October … Read more

Digital Processing and Implementation Intern

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The Digital Processing and Implementation Intern will assist the UCSF Digital Archivist with various aspects of the Digital Archives program as they are implemented and brought online for the first time. Potential projects include: Testing digital forensics and processing hardware and software being implemented in the digital forensics lab. Compiling inventory of physical archival collections containing digital media, and pulling collections and identifying, counting, and cataloging digital media present. Disk-imaging digital media removed from collections … Read more

Print Journal Cancellations

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Over the past 15 years, the UCSF Library has steadily reduced our print journal holdings as online access has become the preferred method of reading medical literature. We have asked for our users’ feedback before making these annual changes and the Library now subscribes to less than 70 print journal titles, with usage now almost nonexistent for most titles. As one future effort to further align the Library’s resources with our users’ need for remote access, we will be … Read more

Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice (JBI EBP) Database Now Available to UCSF

JBI EBP is now available to the entire UCSF community thanks to the generosity of the Institute for Nursing Excellence. This database is produced by JBI, a not-for-profit, membership-based, research institute based at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The UCSF JBI Centre for Evidence Synthesis & Implementation was founded in 2011 and is designated as a JBI Centre of Excellence. JBI EBP is international in scope and contains seven types of evidence-based information for … Read more

Summer Internship Showcase

It has been a busy summer for the Makers Lab! From launching our crowdfunding campaign to supporting the development of the upcoming Introduction to 3D Printing for Health Science Students fall elective, this has surely been an eventful period for us. During these past few months, we’ve seen some of the best projects come out of the space. This of course, includes projects by our summer interns, who have been working away in the Makers … Read more

Funding the Next Generation of Makers at UCSF

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Since opening in April 2016, the Makers Lab has supported over 3,000 UCSF students, staff, postdocs, and faculty. We have clocked over 2,000 hours on the 3D printers, held over 200 workshops (or pop-ups), and recently established a mobile cart service. As we discover more applications for 3D printing across UCSF, the Makers Lab will need more consumables (or materials used to 3D print). We just launched a crowdfund campaign to raise $10,000 in three … Read more

UCSF now has trial access to DynaMed Plus

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UC Health, with the assistance of the California Digital Library, has begun a two year trial to DynaMed Plus for all of the UC campuses. DynaMed Plus is a clinical reference tool that provides concise, evidence-based recommendations with supporting references across disease, condition, procedure, and drug topics in all specialties. Written by a team of physicians and researchers who synthesize the evidence and provide objective analysis, content is updated daily to ensure physicians have timely information for … Read more

Library Launches Texting Service

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See Something? Text Something. The Library has just launched a security texting service for UCSF students, faculty, postdocs and staff. This service is for the UCSF community to discreetly notify the Library staff of low-level misconduct and suspicious behavior. We recommend that you save the Library texting number (415-200-3272) to your phone as UCSF Library Alerts. In the event of an emergency please call the UCSF emergency line at 415-476-6911. Email if you have any questions or feedback about the … Read more

3D Print the Ultimate Business Card

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This is a guest post by David Wu, MD-PhD Candidate, UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program. Hey! If this is what you’re here to learn about… You’re in the right place! Intro This is a lithophane. You’d traditionally have to manually carve it from a porcelain or wax plaque. Under normal lighting, it’ll look like a poorly-made relief, if like anything at all. But when backlit, an incredibly detailed image appears! So how does it work? … Read more

Stories from the Makers Lab: Continuing Traditions

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Here at the Makers Lab, we’re always excited to see how we can apply 3D printing and related technologies to the various health science projects coming into the space. Last November, we’ve shared with you the process of working with UCSF Archives and Special Collections to recreate medical artifacts. This month, we’ll share with you our latest project involving a special piece of UCSF history: recreating the Gold-Headed Cane. This was a project that I started working on with … Read more

Add References from Word to a Reference Manager

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OK, here is the situation. You have a Word document with a nice list of references at the end. You want to add those reference to your reference manager (programs like EndNote or RefWorks). Will you be forced to add each one by hand? Two techniques should save you from the tedious task of repeatedly copying and pasting. EndNote Traveling Library: If you have formatted the Word document with EndNote, a Traveling Library was created … Read more

UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive Expands

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Addition of Monsanto Papers and Agrichemical Industry Documents​ The UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL) is pleased to announce the addition of two new collections to our Chemical Industry Documents Archive. These documents reveal the agrichemical industry’s scientific, legislative, regulatory and public relations activities in defense of its products and profits. The Roundup Products Liability Litigation Documents Known as ‘The Monsanto Papers,’ this collection contains a set of 118 significant internal company documents (1063 pages) obtained … Read more

National Library Week

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Celebrate with Us! UCSF is celebrating National Library Week by hosting a traveling pop-up table every day this week. We are promoting our services and resources, and best of all, it gives us a chance to meet our amazing members of the UCSF community! Anneliese and Sophia at UCSF Medical Center’s Moffitt Cafe While at the pop-up this week, many people came by to tell me about their experiences with libraries: parents frequenting a public … Read more

Open Access Discovery:

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What is it? Unpaywall is a web browser extension that scours the internet for a free, legal, and full-text version of that pesky paper you thought you couldn’t access. The software harvests thousands of institutional repositories, preprint servers, publishers, and websites like PubMed Central. Head over to and click the green button, “Add to Chrome” or “Add to Firefox” to install the plugin for free. A green unlocked padlock is the perfect icon to illustrate … Read more