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

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

seminar room with professor and students

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

Child coloring

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

The Makers Lab @ MIRA 2020

Multiple 3D printed projects

The Makers Lab presented at the 3rd annual Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) Conference. Normally hosted by the University of La Verne’s Wilson Library, this year’s conference was held virtually over WebEx on July 16th, 2020. Makers Lab staff look forward to attending the MIRA conference every year, as it brings together a diverse group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners across the country, providing a great opportunity for sharing experiences and … Read more

New Ways of Working Together

multi-person video call

When the UCSF Library closed its buildings on March 16 to comply with shelter-in-place orders, library staff, like everyone, had to adjust to a significant change in work routines and responsibilities. In particular, our Access Services staff — who normally greet visitors at the front desk, check out books and other materials, manage interlibrary loan deliveries, and provide in-person help and information — faced a sudden need to shift their focus to remote activities. Meanwhile … Read more

CLE updated to Moodle 3.8


Forum enhancements ​ The forum activity receives a number of enhancements: ​ Whole forum gradingWhen enabled, a number of forum grading options become available. Instructors can select points or a scale, or use advanced grading methods such as rubrics. Summary report and export discussionsInstructors can view a detailed summary report of student activity, along with the ability to export and download forum posts. New experimental forum viewUsers can test a new experimental nested discussion view … Read more

UCSF 3D Printed Face Shield Project Recap

3D printing face shield

The UCSF 3D printed face shield project began on April 1 and concluded on May 14, 2020. During this time, a portion of the UCSF Library was converted into a production center to manufacture face shields for the UCSF hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a recap of the project: The face shield project was a collaboration between the following groups: UCSF ORIF (Organized, Rapid, Intelligent Fabrication) team UCSF Clinical Engineering UCSF … Read more

Digital Exhibition on the UCSF Community’s Early Response to AIDS

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When HIV/AIDS first seized the nation’s attention in the early 1980s, it was a disease with no name, known cause, treatment, or cure. Beginning as a medical mystery, it turned into one of the most divisive social and political issues of the 20th century. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) was at the forefront of medical institutions trying to understand the disease and effectively treat early AIDS patients. They Were Really Us Drawing on … Read more

Coming soon: CLE updating to Moodle 3.8


On Monday, July 13, 2020, the CLE will be updated to Moodle 3.8. The CLE will be unavailable on that date from 5am-12noon. Here is a quick preview of the new and updated features. Forum enhancements ​ The forum activity will receive a number of enhancements: ​ Whole forum gradingWhen enabled, a number of forum grading options become available. Instructors can select points or a scale, or use advanced grading methods such as rubrics. Summary … Read more

Makers Lab Zoom Backgrounds

Makers Lab

At this time, the UCSF Library Makers Lab remains closed until further notice due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. Makers Lab staff are working hard to provide remote support and to adapt select in-person pop-ups to the virtual format. Although we may not be inside the physical space, it has been great to work with all of our UCSF makers via Zoom! Do you miss being in the Makers Lab as much as we do? Included … Read more

Meet Our Artist in Residence

Hamade watercolor image of human torso

We are excited to welcome the first-ever UCSF Library Artist in Residence, Farah Hamade. There was a remarkable response to the call for submissions, and the committee reviewed twenty-seven applications from artists in the Bay Area, several US states, and Canada and representing diverse media formats, including ceramics, interactive wood sculpture, photography, bookmaking, videography, collage, comic books, painting, 3D installation, and others. Farah Hamade was named the inaugural UCSF Library Artist in Residence and commenced … Read more