Library facilities are closed until further notice except for quiet study space. For help with remote instruction and learning, see Teaching and Learning Continuity.

360° Videos/Photos in the UCSF Library

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Now more than ever, 360° video and other forms of virtual reality content will be critical for showcasing immersive experiences in a time of social distancing. Find out how 360° video/photo equipment from the Makers Lab has been used to create these experiences around the UCSF Library! What are 360° videos/photos? 360° videos and photos are shot using omnidirectional cameras that capture a 360 degree field of view, versus traditional cameras which only capture a 180 … Read more

Open Access Week 2020

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Join the UCSF Library in celebrating 2020 International Open Access Week in September and October! Open access (OA) is the free, immediate, worldwide access to research publications and other outputs, and the right to share and re-use these outputs. See the two primary approaches to OA in “What is Open Access?” International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its thirteenth year, is an opportunity for OA advocates to engage with their communities about … Read more

Quick Access to PDFs from Global Search

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There’s a new full text feature when you search for articles, books and other resources using the global search box, which can be accessed from the Library’s home page: Shortcut to open access and freely available articles A link to freely accessible, full text PDFs now appears below each free or open access journal article result, as in this example result from a search on COVID-19 and social grooming: The PDF link leads you directly … Read more

Faculty experience: Transitioning to Remote Learning

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As staff and faculty shift to remote learning, we at the UCSF Library are committed to helping provide resources and information that aid with the transition. In addition to workshops and consultations, one of the ways we hope to provide support is by showcasing the transition journey of fellow faculty members and highlighting key takeaways from their experience. In this post, we are highlighting Dr. David Killilea and Dr. Ellen Fung’s experience with transitioning the … Read more

Upcoming Zoom Skills Workshops

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Were you unable to attend our Zoom workshops last month? Perhaps you still have unanswered questions about using Zoom for remote instruction? The UCSF Library’s instructional designers will be hosting two workshops to help guide faculty who are transitioning their courses to the remote learning environment.  Join us via Zoom These workshops will provide faculty and support staff with technical information, advice, and ideas to help prepare for remote teaching. The live sessions will include … Read more

Call for Students: Library Student Advisory Committee 

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Share your voice and help shape library services The Library Student Advisory Committee (LSAC) is a group that promotes communication and collaboration among students and library staff. The Committee meets once a quarter via Zoom and students from all schools and programs are welcome to join at any time.  Interested in joining? Contact us to get started.  Read more at Library Student Advisory Committee.

Digitization-on-Demand Continues

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Written in collaboration with Jazmin Dew. Although we’ve been sheltering in place since March, we have been able to continue work on the digitization-on-demand project. This involves describing and publishing digital items on Calisphere, a gateway to digital collections. The aim is to provide the public more remote access to our collections, while the library is closed. The digitization-on-demand project allows us to create new collections and also expand existing collections that are available online. … Read more

No More Silence Panel and Workshop

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On August 11-14, The GLBT Historical Society and the UCSF Archives & Special Collections organized a panel discussion and programming workshop on digital community history in the context of LGBTQ archives and AIDS/HIV. The panel discussion was a fascinating exploration of ethics, practices, and infrastructures of community-centered digital history archiving and research. We are so thankful for the time and effort of our panelists: Anirvan Chatterjee, Kelsi Evans, Clair Kronk, Charlie Macquarie, Krü Maekdo, and … Read more

Faculty Development Series for Transitioning to Remote Teaching

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Do you have questions about transitioning to remote teaching in the fall? We’re here for you! The UCSF Library in partnership with experts around campus (ed tech support staff, instructional designers, SON faculty, and accessibility experts) developed a training series to guide faculty who are transitioning their courses to remote learning.  Join us via Zoom This series will provide faculty, teaching assistants, and ed-tech staff with information, advice, ideas, and support for their remote course planning and … Read more

Print Books Update

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Shifting focus from print to online access In an effort to make better use of our limited space, staffing, and budget, the UCSF Library will be deaccessioning all duplicate print books in our regular, circulating collection and relocating our unique titles offsite for continued access and safekeeping. Our regular print book collection, comprised of approximately 160,137 volumes, has experienced very little growth over the last decade as the Library has prioritized providing stable, online access … Read more

Reentering Elsevier Negotiations

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Following a series of informal meetings with Elsevier this spring and summer that suggest there may be new potential for progress, UC’s publisher negotiations team is restarting formal negotiations with Elsevier. UC remains committed to its goal of reaching an agreement that provides for open access publishing of UC-authored articles and restores UC’s access to Elsevier journal content, at a reasonable cost. The negotiations will commence by the end of the summer. Resources Read about … Read more

Makers Lab Family Fun @ Home

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Due to the closure of the Makers Lab related to COVID-19, we will be unable to host our annual Family Fun Day event this summer. We’d like to offer you some project suggestions you can do with your child in the safety of your own home. Below is a collection of web resources that offer a variety of projects. Some websites linked have tools to limit projects by age. In some cases we have made … Read more