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Changes to Publishing Open Access Articles with Cambridge University Press

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Starting in 2020, the University of California’s system for open access publishing with Cambridge University Press will be fully in effect, under the transformative open access agreement first announced in April 2019. Funding is available from the UC Libraries to help cover open access publishing fees — and a new payment workflow makes it easy to claim your UC discount and funding support. See the complete description of what’s changing and how the payment process … Read more

Why do I need an ORCID identifier?

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You might have heard of ORCID and wondered whether it applies to you. Or perhaps you already have an ORCID profile but haven’t yet filled it in. ORCID identifiers (iDs) are unique digital identifiers that distinguish individual researchers and that can be used to connect researchers with their professional contributions over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation. These free, 16-digit identifiers are assigned and maintained by the non-profit organization ORCID. ORCID … Read more

UCSF to Preserve LGBTQ History Collections

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UCSF Archives and Special Collections was awarded a $14,986 local assistance grant by the California State Library for the “Documenting the LGBTQ Health Equity Movement in California” project. Preserving California’s LGBTQ History is a grant program that funds projects that support physical and/or digital preservation and digitization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) materials relating to California history and culture. This California State Library program will award a total of $500,000 in one-time … Read more

Zotero works with Safari again!

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Good news for the adventurous of you who use Zotero as a reference manager and Safari as a browser. There is now a beta-version of Zotero ready for download that works with Safari. I’ve tested it, and all seems to work fine. For the less adventurous, there will be a production version of Zotero that works with Safari soon. Zotero continues to work with Chrome and Firefox on both Mac and Windows. Please let us … Read more

The New PubMed Is Here!

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The new PubMed is now available. The functionality of the new PubMed is very similar to what you are used to, although we think you will find it easier to create good searches in this new version. Highlights of the new PubMed: Improved mobile user experience – The new PubMed works with any screen size. There is a consistent look across all your devices. The same features are available on your phone and computer. Full-text … Read more

Carnegie Mellon University and Elsevier Sign an Open Access Publishing Deal

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Elsevier recently reached its first ‘transformative’ read and publish agreement with a U.S. academic institution, Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, PA. Under the agreement, CMU will have access to all 3500 of Elsevier’s scholarly journals, and articles with a CMU corresponding author will be published open access starting January 1, 2020 (see CMU’s announcement). Though specifics of CMU’s deal with Elsevier have not been shared, its outcome is similar to what the University of … Read more

Meet the Maker – Jacqueline Booker

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This week’s maker is 2nd year student in the UCSF School of Medicine, Jacqueline Booker. We caught up with Jacqueline in between her busy schedule to see what she has been making in the Makers Lab. Q: What did you make? A brain-spine pathways model. I used the Cricut and other tools to create the model of the spinal cord and brain stem that shows how different pathways move through the structures. Q: Why did … Read more

UCSF AIDS History Project Fundraising

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Over the past three decades, UCSF Archives & Special Collections has played a vital role in documenting the AIDS epidemic. We are seeking your help to maintain and grow the AIDS History Project (AHP) archive as a critical, one-of-a-kind public record of the institutions and individuals involved in containing and treating the HIV both locally, and worldwide. Please help support the UCSF AIDS History Project by donating. Your generosity advances vital work to collect, preserve, … Read more

UC’s Proposed New Copyright Ownership Policy is Open for Feedback

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The UC Office of the President is inviting comments through December 15 on its proposed revision to the existing Presidential Policy on Copyright Ownership for UC employees (links below). This is the principal policy that governs ownership of copyrights at UC, and it was last updated in 1992. In addition to updating the policy, the proposed revisions aim to reduce areas of ambiguity and streamline the language. The most substantive changes of the revisions are: Expands eligibility … Read more

Course Redesign Strategy

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Course redesign and revision can be an opportunity to review your course as a whole, to rethink just one or two elements, or to try something new. I have been reaching out to faculty and course coordinators to help them make improvements to their courses and offer my services for Instructional Design. I recently met with Louise Hendrickson who is a Program Manager for the Principles of Interprofessional Practice Program to discuss how we can … Read more

Changes at Mission Bay FAMRI Library

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At the opening of the Rutter Community Center Building at Mission Bay, the computer classroom and drop-in computer lab in the FAMRI Library was an ideal place to teach and learn. In 2019, the changing needs of the research community at Mission Bay has prompted the Library to reassess use of the space. The UCSF Library will host classes in room CC151, where participants will use their own laptops. When not scheduled for a class, the UCSF … Read more

Oculus Rift S – Improved Virtual Reality

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We have a new addition in the Makers Lab – The Oculus Rift S. This VR system is computer powered, which means it relies on computer hardware and software to deliver a smooth, 3D experience. The Rift S does not need external sensors, so set up is very plug-and-play. We have some great apps already installed, such as medical apps about anatomy (Sharecare VR) and dementia, as well as Google Tilt Brush for artistic exploration. … Read more

Digging into Data Sets at the Industry Documents Library

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Here at the UCSF Industry Documents Library (also known as IDL), we’re always looking for ways to make our collections more accessible and searchable for anyone who wants to use them. With nearly 15 million documents collected from the tobacco, drug, chemical, food, and fossil fuel industries, IDL supports a huge range of research – whether you’re a post-doc examining e-cigarette marketing methods, a faculty member researching the effects of environmental toxins on reproductive health, … Read more

Makers Lab Art Show Recap

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On September 26th, the 3rd Annual Makers Lab Art Show was held in the Makers Lab. This special event showcased art made by staff, students and researchers within the UCSF community. Makers were welcome to submit artwork of all mediums, as long as a portion of it was created in the Makers Lab. We were very excited to see all the unique pieces of artwork brought in for the show! Highlights for this year’s event … Read more

Library Conversations: Charlie Macquarie


October is Archives Month and this year the UCSF Library is celebrating with an entry of the Library Conversations series. We sat down with two Library staff members to discuss everything from books to new technology to childhood aspirations, and everything in between. This week we chat with Archives & Special Collections Digital Archivist Charlie Macquarie. We discuss history and the future, water, and collaboration. Charlie works to digitize the Archives & Special Collections’ holdings … Read more

UCSF Library Artist in Residence

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The UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections and the Makers Lab are piloting a one year artist-in-residence program. The UCSF Library Artist in Residence award, valued at $6,000, will be given annually to one candidate with a degree in Studio Arts or a related field and/or a history of exhibiting artistic work in professional venues. The goal of this program is to promote health humanities by exposing and re-purposing historical materials preserved in the Archives … Read more

Introducing Dryad!

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The UCSF Library is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Dryad, an open-source, research data curation and publication platform. Dryad, which recently merged with the UC platform Dash, is available as a free service for all UCSF researchers to publish and archive their research data. Dryad is integrated with hundreds of journals and is an easy way to openly publish data and comply with funder and publisher mandates. With Dryad you can: Upload up … Read more

Open Access Publishing with Cambridge Journals Begins

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Earlier this year, we shared news about exciting changes to UC’s agreement with Cambridge University Press that will make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish open access (OA) in Cambridge’s journals. Those changes are now here! As of September 19, authors will see UC’s discounted OA publishing option when they go through the manuscript submission and publication process. For specifics on how the process works, visit the UC Office of Scholarly … Read more