NASA Images Reveal Dramatic Drought Impact on California


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  • Library Seeks Volunteers for Website User Testing

    The UCSB Library is currently conducting a review of its website as a precursor to redesigning the site. We are gathering various types of feedback from our website users in order to identify functional improvements that we can make to the site that benefit the entire campus. During August and September, we are seeking volunteers for 15-20 minute user testing sessions. During these sessions, we will ask you to accomplish some tasks on the library website, and we will record the steps that you take to accomplish these tasks. The test is simply a test of our website, not of our users.

    New Display in EGSL on UCSB Student Activism

    Hunger Strike PhotoHungry for Justice: Student Activism and the Struggle for Dignity in the 1980s and 1990s is a new display on view in the Library’s 2nd floor Ethnic and Gender Studies Library.

    UC Launches Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) Pilot

    The UC libraries have launched a consortial Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) pilot program for 2014.  DDA is a new acquisition model that enables libraries to purchase monographs based on demonstrated needs of faculty and students in order to align cost with value as effectively as possible.  Though many of the UC libraries have implemented DDA programs locally, the pilot is the first systemwide implementation, and the first use of this approach at UCSB. 

    UC Libraries Reach Agreement with Elsevier

    The California Digital Library (CDL) recently completed a successful negotiation with Elsevier for a 5-year license to the Science Direct journal package of more than 1,200 titles, the largest of the CDL licensed journal packages, paid for by co-investment of the UC libraries.  As part of the agreement UC was able to move high-value journals from the unsubscribed Freedom Collection into subscribed status with perpetual access rights; the transferred journals were selected by UC librarians, including many from UCSB.  The agreement also includes CDL purchase of the Elsevier 2014 fro

    Library Acquires New Nature Titles

    The University of California Libraries have licensed three highly requested journals from Nature Publishing:  Nature Chemistry, Nature Climate Change, and Nature Communications. (Note that off-campus access to these journals is available through the campus

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  • Library Employees Recognized for "Living the Value" of Integrity

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    Congratulations to the Library employees who were recently recognized as "Living the Value" of integrity, one of six core UCSB Library values.

    Library Employees Recognized for "Living the Value" of Integrity

    Congratulations to these Library employees who were recently recognized as "Living the Value" of integrity, one of the six core UCSB Library values. The “Living the Values” employee recognition program recognizes staff who embody the Library’s values through their actions, activities, and deeds.

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    UCSB eScholarship Report Reveals Frequent Activity on Open Access Publishing Platform

    The UCSB eScholarship Campus Report for the second quarter of 2014 was recently published. See how departments are using this open access publishing platform and repository, which papers and publications are the most viewed, and how UCSB content compares to other UC campuses. 

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  • Floor 2 South (in the Library's 4-Story Building) to Temporarily Close

    Starting Friday, August 1, Floor 2 South (in the Library's 4-story building) will be temporarily closed to the public for approximately four weeks.  Affected collections are materials in call number ranges A through B, the Curriculum Lab materials, Microfilm, current U.S. and California government publications, the local government publications collection, the Tibetan Studies Collection, and the Ethnic & Gender Studies Library (EGSL) collections: Andelson, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Coleccion Tloque Nahuaque (CTN), Feminist Studies, and Native American Studies.