The UCSB Library team was busy during the summer preparing for the start of the academic year. Here’s a summary of what’s changed.
The UCSB Library has merged its Reference Desk and Services Desk in order to offer a more convenient and efficient one-stop shop with longer hours for users seeking basic information and services.
The Reference Desk closed on September 14.
Melvyl, the UCSB Library's connection to library collections across the UCs and around the world, is getting a new and improved user interface starting Monday, June 17. Melvyl is a discovery platform designed for the UC system that offers the ability to search and request hundreds of millions of items from research institutions worldwide through a single search box.
UCSB Library is pleased to announce the NEW Library Award for Undergraduate Research - offering six cash prizes to undergraduate students who impress us with their research!
The annual Library Award for Undergraduate Students recognizes student projects that make expert and sophisticated use of the collections, resources, and services of UCSB Library. First-place prizes of $750 and second-place prizes of $500 are awarded in each of three broad categories: Humanities & Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences & Engineering.
The Library Catalog is now UCSB Library Search. UCSB Library Search, an advanced discovery tool, searches across hundreds of catalogs, indexes, and databases to deliver the most relevant results from the Library’s increasingly diverse resources. UCSB Library Search is accessible from the Library’s website homepage. In addition to the new UCSB Library Search, users looking to sign-on to their My Library Account now need to use a UCSBnetID and password.
UCSB Library has selected a new, more modern online search tool to replace our 16-year old Library Catalog. The current Library Catalog is the entry point for locating books, journals, DVDs, and other materials held by UCSB Library. However, additional search tools are required for searching electronic journal articles and materials at other libraries.
Researchers who use the UCSB campus VPN (virtual private network) to access Library subscription resources from off-campus should be aware that Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) has upgraded the service. The new VPN supports a wider variety of operating systems, including mobile clients for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS. To use the new VPN, users must download and install new client software.