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Makers Lab Mobile 3D Printing Service

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The UCSF Makers Lab has been open to the UCSF community for over two years. During this time we have explored numerous applications for “making” in the health sciences. Examples include integrating 3D printing technology in anatomy education, research, and patient care. But did you know you can check out equipment from the Makers Lab like you would check out a book from the UCSF Library? Makers Lab staff spent the Fall 2018 quarter piloting … Read more

Meet the Maker – Aira Lipson

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This month’s featured maker is UCSF Library staff member Aira Lipson. You may have seen Aira either staffing the Makers Lab or offering information assistance at the Parnassus Library’s main service desk. Q: What did you make? A: Felt flowers & succulents Q: Why did you want to make them? A: It kind of started as something fun to do with my hands. I wanted to do something that combined fabric & sewing that was … Read more

Digitization and Metadata Intern

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The Digitization and Metadata Intern will assist the UCSF Archives & Special Collections staff with various work to digitize, describe, and publish collections materials online through Intern will be supervised and assisted by Digital Archivist. Potential projects include: Carrying out patron-digitization requests, scanning items, delivering files to patrons. Uploading items into Nuxeo Digital Asset Management System, providing metadata for items, and facilitating publishing of items online in collaboration with California Digital Library team. Completing … Read more

The CLE update for January 2019 is here!

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Throughout the year we apply updates to the CLE that bring new features and capabilities. On the morning of Wednesday, January 2nd, the CLE received an update. Help documents and links provided below offer details on the most notable changes! Capture is a new tool that allows users to record videos with the following options: Record your screen Create a voice over Include webcam footage Utilize the web-based editor Share privately or publicly Note: The … Read more

February Update: Possible Impact of the UC Journal Negotiations with Elsevier

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FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE: The University of California and Elsevier have agreed to continue good-faith discussions for the time being. For now, access is expected to continue. Should we learn of any changes to access at UC, we will notify our community. JANUARY 2019 UPDATE: On December 21, 2018, the University of California (UC) and Elsevier agreed to extend the UC’s access to Elsevier journals through January 31, 2019, in a good-faith effort to conclude negotiations by this … Read more

Navigating the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database

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The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database is a new database available to the UCSF community. It is a great database for finding evidence-based practice resources. Upon reviewing this database, I ran some test searches to see what information is available to find, notable database features, and what kind of searches work best. Running an initial search: You will find that it will search your topic among the publication types: systematic reviews systematic protocols evidence summaries … Read more

Open Science at UCSF

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In celebration of OpenCon, the international open science conference being held this week in Toronto, the UCSF Library is reflecting on all things open science. What is open science exactly? Open science is a movement that promotes open sharing of scientific data, code, publications, and information to re-energize the way science is currently practiced in order to harness the power of technology for public good. According to a recent report by the National Academies of … Read more

Stories from the Makers Lab – Learning to Knit as a Lesson in Humility and Empathy


This is a guest post by Jim Munson, UCSF Library Operations and Finance Director It never ceases to amaze me how many different lessons can be learned through making. Several weeks ago as part of the first year med student ARCH week, I led a session on beginning knitting, along with my trusty partners in crime, Dylan Romero & Patty Nason. I have to admit I went in with some trepidation, worried that we weren’t … Read more

Maker Faire Staff Trip

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My son and I were excited to leave our misty, cool, fogged-in-paradise, known as the Sunset District for the potentially sweltering heat and direct sunlight of San Mateo. The Maker Faire has been taking place at the San Mateo Fairgrounds since 2008. I was thrilled and grateful that the Library had secured a ticket for Makers Lab staff development, information, and learning. Over 100,000 people attended the Maker Faire in San Mateo this year. All … Read more

Library Conversations: Karla Lindquist

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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 – Nov 2

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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 open … 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

Blueprint for Creating a New Learning Environment


This fall the UCSF School of Pharmacy (SOP) launched a new curriculum which emphasizes collaborative problem-solving, continuous learning, and leadership in patient-centered quality improvement. The SOP Office of Education and Instructional Services (OEIS) partnered with the Learning Technology Group (LTG) to create a new CLE course template that encourages student engagement and supports online learning and collaboration activities. The SOP Curriculum Design Workgroup was formed to foster a collaboration between both departments, to assist with instructional … 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