Images of Africa

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A new exhibition in Special Collections draws upon research materials in Special Collections, by and about Africans over the past 400 years. 

Library Hires First Geospatial Data Curator

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Tom Brittnacher recently joined the Library as the first of a number of data curation experts.

Tom Brittnacher, Geospatial Data Curator, Joins Library

Tom Brittnacher headshotAs part of the Library's efforts to support data activities at UCSB, we are hiring a number of data curation subject experts. Tom Brittnacher recently joined the Library as our first Geospatial Data Curator, and we sat down with him to ask a few questions about what this means.

What is a Geospatial Data Curator?

Newly Acquired Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica) Microfilm

The Black Studies Collection has acquired the most current microfilm of The Gleaner, a long-running newspaper published in Kingston, Jamaica. Now available in microfilm at the UCSB Library are the years 1988 to 2013. First published in September 1834 as a weekly newspaper, The Gleaner is now a multi-sectioned newspaper which is published daily.

Floor 1 South Collections (in the 4-story Building) to Temporarily Close

Starting Saturday, September 6, select areas of Floor 1 South (in the Library's 4-story building) will be temporarily closed to the public for approximately three weeks.  Affected collections are the Reference materials, the Media Collection, current serials and newspapers, and the Map & Imagery Lab.  The following service points will remain open during normally scheduled hours:  Reference/Information Desk, the Circulation and Reserves Desk, and MIL.  Computers, printers, and scanners will remain accessible.

Pardon Our Noise, Excuse the Mess!

Its finally our turn!

Fire/life safety construction on the 1st floor of the Davidson Library will begin on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 and continue for approximately 1 month.  MIL will remain open, but it will be a noisy environment during this time. Work in areas adjacent to MIL will be done during regular business hours.   We expect the work to be completed before the start of the Fall 2014 term.   

UC Becomes Charter Member of Knowledge Unlatched

UC has become a charter member of  Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a promising new open access initiative, with an innovative business model for the publication of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities.  

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.

Fire Alarm System Testing in Davidson Library Tower (Wed. Aug. 13 - Fri. Aug. 15 & Mon. Aug. 18)

The new fire alarm system in the Davidson Library 8-story tower will be tested from Wednesday, August 13 - Friday, August 15, and on Monday, August 18 (between 8 am and 5pm each day).  The audible testing is necessary to assure the proper functioning of the new fire alarm system.