Open Science at UCSF

Researchers of various backgrounds working together

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