Floor 2 South Closed Temporarily

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Floor 2 South is closed to the public for a few weeks for construction. Collection materials can be retrieved from this area for you by Library staff. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Floors Currently Closed for Construction: 2 South

Floor 2 South is closed to the public temporarily for construction. If you require collection materials from call number ranges in this area, you can request them directly from the Library Catalog or through a form on the Library’s website. Staff members will retrieve collection items every two hours on a daily basis and hold them for you at the Circulation Desk. Please note that the grand stairwell between floors 1 and 2 is still passable.

NASA Images Reveal Dramatic Drought Impact on California


This image from June 2014 was taken from NASA's Acqua Satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) .  2013 was the driest year on record for the State of California, with drought monitoring showing 2014 conditions to be even worse.

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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