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  • Sarah McClung

    Sarah McClung 4:30 pm on September 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Call for Dishware Donations 

    The Library Green Team would like the piles of trash from group events to be a thing of the past. With your help, we can make it a reality!

    Using recyclable and compostable items and disposing of them properly is a great start, but we’d like to reduce the Library’s footprint even more by providing reusable dishes and flatware instead of disposable ones at Library events. In order to do that, we need to rebuild our collection of shared, reusable items in the breakroom that everyone can use.

    How can you help? We’re so glad you asked!

    1. Please return all shared dishware to the marked cabinets in the breakroom ASAP.
    2. Do not store shared dishware in your desk or office space. Please do not take items home.
    3. Bring your own mug to events for your caffeination needs.
    4. Do you have any extra dishes or flatware at home? Please donate them to our cause! Mismatched and unique items are welcome. If you wish to donate more than a few items, please notify us first. We are in need of:
      • Large and medium sized plates
      • Medium sized bowls
      • Drinking glasses
      • Forks, spoons, knives

    Our next big event is social hour on Friday, October 6. Can we count on you to help us move the dial closer to zero waste for that event? Please drop off any items you’re willing to donate to the labeled breakroom cabinets in time for our October social hour. Let’s see how little trash we can accumulate!

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 10:31 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Summon Beta Launched, Staff Feedback Breakdown 

    Today we’re going live with our Summon Beta

    Our home page has been updated with a prominent call-to-action, inviting site visitors to explore our beta home page with global search, and complete a short survey.

    Library Staff Survey Results

    Collections and the Web Team couldn’t have gotten this far without all your help. Below you’ll find an overview of what we learned from the staff-only survey.

    While all respondents think that our patrons will like Summon, they called out some key issues like

    • some Archival Materials were miscategorized as Books (fixed)
    • filtering is nice, but it takes some time to figure out (ruh roh)
    • we should alert the user when we have multiple formats for a result, like print and full-text online (working on a fix)

    Click below for a closer look at all your feedback; we’ll also post color printouts in Room 114 by the end of the week.

    Public-facing staffers

    If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with how Summon works, please reference and maybe bookmark these resources:

    • The videos provided by Summon under Reference Staff for a good overview
    • There is also a Summon LibGuide that is largely geared toward questions that library staff may have

    We’ll stay in Beta until Summon is ready

    We’re actively working on the problems you’ve found, and we’ll keep you posted as we make progress. In the meantime, we hope you’ll keep calling out issues and giving us feedback so we can get Summon to work the way our patrons need it to. We’ll stay in this Beta phase for the foreseeable future.

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 9:05 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    This month’s respondent is Joanna Kang, our no-longer-quite-so-new Data Science & Marketing Coordinator and FBI aspirant (who knew?).

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Los Angeles, CA at the Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Blvd.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Geometry – fun subject and I had a great teacher who was an excellent role model.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: ESL. It was very poorly done at my elementary school and while I tested out of it in a few months, the “black mark” stayed on my permanent record until I graduated high school.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Paid intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters. I spent most of my time in a 90-degree file room organizing the extremely extensive background reports required to be a mentor.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Still quiet of early morning

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Fidget spinners and movie talkers

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Prolonged “why?!” and uncontrollable laughter.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: FBI Intelligence Analyst in the White Collar Crime program or congressional staffer. Unfortunately, most of the food in D.C. is terrible.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Noodles, particularly rice noodles. Banh canh, kway teow, pho — so many possibilities!

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Hiroshima, Japan.

  • Alan Daniel

    Alan Daniel 2:50 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Mt. Sutro Forest Walk 

    So we had planned a walkabout on the same day we had scheduled a meeting. Anneliese suggested having our meeting on the mountain. So we did.

  • Andres Panado

    Andres Panado 8:01 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink |  

    Milestone Years of Service – Access Services 

    Please join me in congratulating the following Access Services staff in reaching a career milestone in years of service with UCSF (occurring in the calendar year 2016):

    • Irene Lau – 10 years (July 2016)
    • Tyrone McCloskey – 15 years (February 2016)
    • Art Townsend – 15 years (February 2016)
    • Mark Zanandrea – 15 years (May 2016)

    They have been invited to attend the annual UCSF Milestone Service Recognition Event, as recognition of staff achievement, which is being held on September 29, 2017.

    Andy Panado
    Access Services Manager

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 4:55 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    The Summon Beta is coming… 

    Thanks again to all who gave your feedback on the Summon search experience during the staff-only testing phase. Because of those insights, we were able to fix a few collections-related glitches already.

    The next phase will be a soft launch of Summon for everyone. That is, library users will have the opportunity to search as usual — or to try our new search on a separate beta home page and give their feedback. It will be clear that the Summon search interface is in beta and could change based on feedback.

    Summon search beta


    The beta Summon option will be available starting September 20.

    Getting Up to Speed

    All staff members who may get questions from users about searching or results should become familiar with how the new single box search works before launch. There are a few ways to do this:

    • The trainings provided by Summon under Reference Staff provide a good overview.
    • There is also a Summon LibGuide that is largely geared toward questions that library staff may have.
    • If you’d prefer an in-person walk-through of using Summon, come to Room 119 at 11am on September 14. We will run through some test searches and try to answer any questions.
  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:01 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    Please Participate in the Diversity and Inclusion Climate Survey 

    You should all have received an email from Kawanna Bright last week on Aug. 30, asking you to complete the Diversity & Inclusion climate assessment she prepared for us. ICYMI, here is her email and link to the survey. Thanks to everyone who already responded!

    Dear Members of the UCSF Library Community:

    I wanted to thank you again for your efforts to make my recent consultation visit with the Library a success.  Your willingness to share your time and your thoughts, experiences, and ideas has been very valuable to my work.

    As I mentioned during my visit, part of the consultation process includes having the Library complete a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) climate assessment.  This assessment is conducted through an anonymous, online survey.  Only I will have access to the collected survey data for the purpose of data analysis.  The survey results will be presented in an aggregated manner, and no individual survey responses or identifiable information will be shared with anyone within the Library or at UCSF.

    The assessment is fairly lengthy, but please take your time to consider each statement before you respond.  All of your responses will be carefully considered and are important for the Library’s ability to create an informed D&I plan.  It is not expected to take you more than 20 minutes to complete the entire assessment and most people will need less than 20 minutes.

    I hope that everyone will be able to complete the survey and provide feedback that I know will be extremely important, not only for the consultation process, but also for the Library overall.  I will be integrating the aggregated assessment data into the final report that will be made available to everyone in the Library.

    The survey can be accessed using the following link:

    If you have trouble accessing or completing the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at or  I also welcome any questions or concerns that you may wish to express about the survey or the consultation process.

    The survey will be open for a two-week period beginning Today, August 30th, and remain open through Tuesday, September 12th.

    Again, I want to express my appreciation for your involvement in this process.



    • Christopher Shaffer 10:42 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This information will be very valuable to us in supporting diversity & inclusion in the library. Please respond to the survey if you haven’t already done so.

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 10:48 am on September 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    Welcome Karla Lindquist! 

    I am excited to announce the arrival of Karla Lindquist, who is joining the Data Science Initiative team in the role of Scientific Lead. Karla will be helping us grow the Data Science Initiative and will have a particular focus on programming, bioinformatics, and statistics.

    While she will be new to the Library, Karla is very familiar with UCSF. She worked as a statistician in the UCSF Division of Geriatric Medicine for eight years before getting her PhD in Biological and Medical Informatics here on campus. For the past two years, Karla has been working as a Postdoc in the Department of Urology. We look forward to seeing how her experiences with UCSF research life influence her work here at the Library.

    In her free time, Karla enjoys biking, walks on the beach, cooking and eating with friends, traveling and photography.

    Karla (and Ariel) are now working out of the old Disability Services office, come by, sit on the couch and say hi!

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 11:03 am on August 29, 2017 Permalink |  

    Community Artifacts for Library Staff 

    You might be wondering, “What are community artifacts?”

    Well with all that has been happening in the world, I’ve been thinking a lot about community. In what ways do we continue to build our Library community, not only for those we serve but amongst each other? A significant aspect of community is communication; how we communicate with each other is ultimately reflected in our communication with the UCSF community. Digital media is a very relevant way in which we can and do communicate and build community, but what about physical media? I am also interested in creating ways to communicate our brand identity through tangible objects or…community artifacts.

    About two years ago, the Library staff came together to generate ideas for our purpose statements: vision (how we envision the future), mission (the work we do every day to achieve the vision), and values (our guiding principles). This took the form of a workshop that started with an icebreaker activity where groups of 5 to 6 staff members teamed up to write a fold-over story, which is a variation of the Consequences game. As a result, everyone came up with super fun and creative stories. Some were even a bit poetic! The activity made for several great artifacts that documented the experience:


    That icebreaker activity was followed by a brainstorming challenge where each team was tasked with creating their own version of the vision, mission, and values for the Library. We distilled everyone’s versions, with some additional refinement, to develop the Library’s official purpose statements.

    Since then, the question for me has been how do we integrate our vision, mission, and values into daily life at the Library? So far I have included the values in our updated signage that is steadily going up throughout the Library. Recently, I designed our new Library lanyards (and badge reels) and decided to include our values into the design as well. Additionally, I am working to develop semi-permanent signage with our vision, mission, and values at the general entrance areas of the Parnassus, Mission Bay, and other locations as we continue to expand.

    And that brings me back to the concept of community artifacts, which I am defining as an object or objects made to reflect the culture and values of a community. I’ve gathered a few essential community artifacts for us that include the following:

    • a Library lanyard
    • a Library badge reel
    • copies of our purpose statements: vision, mission, and values
    • a copy of the “We stand with you” flyer in English (if you’d like you can download and print the four other available languages HERE)

    I encourage you to wear your lanyard and/or badge reel and post your copies of our purpose statements and the diversity and inclusion flyer inside or right outside of your office/cubicle. I hope that these community artifacts serve as a reminder to all of you and the UCSF community the importance of why we’re here and how we’re connected.

    You can pick up your community artifacts now! Head to the admin office on the 1st floor and you will find them located on the counter next to the double door entrance. 

    Lastly, I would love to hear your thoughts on what other ways you would like to see our vision, mission, and values integrated into spaces and objects at the Library. Leave a comment below, slack me, or email me at

    • Christopher Shaffer 12:06 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These are great, thanks for getting them for us!

    • Dylan Romero

      Dylan Romero 4:58 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Amazing work on the lanyards Kemi, I love them! I have a number of ideas for creating community artifacts in the Makers Lab – one is to use the Cricut ( to create vinyl lettering of our values that can be stuck to the walls in the Makers Lab (or other areas of the Library). We can also use the Cricut to create vinyl decals of the Library logo and/or values that can be stuck to our laptops. I added these to our next check-in, thanks Kemi!

  • Lisa Leiva 11:50 am on August 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Library Updates or is it Current Topics? 

    The Library Updates meeting is often confused with Current Topics, but they are actually two separate meetings. Sophia and Lisa are identifying ways to revamp Library Updates. Some of the items we are working to improve are:

    Clear Definition & Purpose

    Library Updates hosts a variety of speakers from the Library and community as a way to share interesting projects, and is open to all library staff. This share space is open to all staff and aims to be educational for everyone in the diverse roles we have here at the Library.

    Current Topics, coordinated by Michael, are Library staff reports from conferences and meetings.

    New Meeting Time

    We moved the meeting time to the first Friday of the month at 11:00am right after coffee hour. Some meetings may be at other times to accommodate outside speakers. We encourage all members of the library staff to participate and take away knowledge. Remote attendance via Zoom will be a regular feature.

    New Meeting Name

    We are changing the name of “Current Topics” to “Meeting Reports” to better reflect the theme of conference reporting, and to differentiate it from Library Updates. We’re also open to suggestions for new meetings names, so feel free to share any ideas by adding them to our wiki or commenting below.

    Mark your calendars!

    September 1

    Our very first speaker will be Charlie Macquarie from Archives and Special Collections. Charlie will be presenting on a project that he started in the spring for a Library of Approximate Location.

    October 27

    In October we have an invited speaker Robin Chandler who was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Learn more about Robin, by viewing her Digital Pioneers Portal Interview.

    We will keep you posted about future presentations. You can contact us with your questions, suggestions, or sign up to be a speaker on our wiki.

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 12:07 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great to see that the meetings are evolving! I would also like to see both meetings consolidated to one in the future. Not sure if that’s possible logistically, but it may make for a simpler way to communicate all happenings, projects, and news among staff.

      Thank you Lisa!

    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 12:41 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am also interested to know more about the difference between Library Updates and the longer updates presented in Library Staff meetings. What topics should go where?

    • Lisa Leiva 2:42 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Kemi and Ariel, I am not sure if we can consolidate both meetings for now because there are quite a few meeting reports that take place, but you have given us something to think about.

      Ariel, that’s a good question. I’ll have to check in with Library Staff Meeting organizers to find out their criteria for selecting presentations so that we can help clarify this.

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 3:09 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Since there will now be two library-wide monthly Friday events (coffee hour and Library Updates), can we make a general library-wide policy not to schedule other meetings on those days? 🙂

    • Gail Persily

      Gail Persily 5:15 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll take a stab at answering Ariel’s good question!

      Comparing the two meetings, I see the main differences as:
      — Library Staff Meetings – less frequent, multiple agenda items of broad interest/value to all staff, large # of attendees
      — Library Updates – monthly, 1-2 reports, open to anyone who is interested in the topic

      Given those different characteristics, I’d say topics for staff meetings tend to be more informational, when you want to get the info out to as many staff as possible, but don’t need to go in depth. Also good for topics that affect all of us, like planning, mission/vision/values discussion, website redesign, etc.

      Library Updates provide a venue where we can go into a topic in more depth. There is ample time for questions and discussion. The topic may or may not be of broad interest. There is not an expectation that all staff would attend.

      For example, I could see presenting the results of the space survey at the Staff Meeting. And presenting more details about that same project – methodology, in depth analysis of the data – at a Library Update.

      I’m sure my examples and comparisons don’t fit every scenario…

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:26 pm on August 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    This month’s respondent is our new fearless leader, Chris Shaffer. Now that he’s been here a whole 2 weeks, how about we get to know him a little better?

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Cleveland, Ohio.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Theater.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Spanish. I know how important languages are, but starting in high school is not recommended, and I have always struggled.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I did yard work for neighbors and a tween and teen, but my first real job was washing dishes at The Hot Biscuit, a diner.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: EDM / ambient house (think Hearts of Space / The Orb / Tetsu Inoue).

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The constant background of automobiles and other traffic in cities.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Son of a beach!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Anthropology / ethnology

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Peanut butter. I gave up peanut butter for Lent as a child, and it was horrible. I regularly enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: St. Petersburg. The history and culture of Russia, especially from the Time of Troubles through Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, has always fascinated me.

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 2:47 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Hot Biscuit – that’s a memorable first job name!

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 5:37 pm on August 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    LibGuides Improvements 

    Sophia has been assessing and identifying ways to spruce up our guides. She’s primarily working with the Education group to come up with some best practices and ways to improve content, but much of what comes out of the process will be helpful to all of us.

    A few steps were recently taken to make our guides blend better with the main library site:

    1. made background color white instead of grey
    2. changed box title background from orange to dark blue and
    3. made box title text larger, so it actually looks like a heading

    You can observe those updates in the UCSF Researcher Tools guide and the Systematic Review guide, to note just a couple examples.

    Some other improvements in the pipeline include making sure each guide has a good description and metadata, so it will be discoverable in Summon. Also important will be making sure every guide has the creator’s profile on the main page.

    Something else that we hope to roll out soon with Kemi’s help is the addition of a collection of UCSF images in a shared library within LibGuides that will make it easier for guide creators to add visual interest without having to hunt down appropriate images, determine rights, resize for the web, etc.

    shared images

    More improvements will be happening in the coming months, so keep an eye out.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 5:53 pm on August 11, 2017 Permalink |  

    Diversity & Inclusion at UCSF Library – Recording of Kawanna Bright’s wrap-up 

    Hi. For those of you who were not able to attend Kawanna Bright’s presentation today, here is a recording of her presentation. She provided some preliminary observations from her meetings and discussions over the past two days.


  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 1:05 pm on August 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    Newsletter Sign-Up Forms Now on Library Website 

    The Library website now features newsletter sign-up for various topics. In the footer on every page, there is a “Subscribe to Newsletters” button that leads to a form to select which email newsletters you would like to receive:


    There are also specific newsletter forms located on topic pages. For example, the Makers Lab web page features a sign-up form for the Makers Lab newsletter, and the Searching & Managing the Literature features a sign-up form for the new Education & Research newsletter.

    So far the Library has six monthly and quarterly newsletters that users can subscribe to:

    • Library Notes: general Library events, workshops, and news
    • UCSF Archives & Special Collections
    • UCSF Makers Lab
    • Data Science Initiative
    • UCSF Library at Mission Bay: general Library events, workshops, and news for UCSF Mission Bay students, faculty, and staff
    • Education & Research

    We have already seen a growing number of users subscribe since the newsletter sign-ups went live in late July, and we look forward to using this as another avenue to keep our patrons informed.

    Thanks to Michele and Tab for working with me to develop this new feature.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 11:30 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink |  

    Upcoming Library Staff Photo Days 

    All Library staff are invited to sign up to have “professional” (I play a photographer on social media) photographs taken from mid-August through mid-September.


    • Share who we are with the UCSF community
    • Convey a sense of approachable professionalism through our digital presence
    • Create consistency with our staff photos

    What will your photo be used for?

    • Staff directory, profiles, and departmental pages on the Library website

    How can you use your photo?

    • Professional use at your discretion (i.e. Slack, UCSF email, UCSF Profiles, other UCSF websites, speakers/presenter photo submission, LinkedIn, etc.)
    • Personal use (i.e. framed on your living room wall, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)

    How do I sign up?

    • Click the link below
    • Decide on a date and time (20-minute slots)
    • Hit the Edit button on the top right-hand corner of the wiki page
    • Leave your name next to one desired date and time slot
    • Mark your calendar

    How do you prepare for photo day?

    • Recommended attire: work casual to business casual (personal style encouraged)
    • Recommended colors: solids – light and dark neutrals, and bright colors
    • Makeup recommendations: if you wear makeup, keep it as light/natural as possible


    Locations TBA

    Leave your questions in the comments section or email me directly

  • Jason Hedrick 4:33 pm on July 31, 2017 Permalink |  


    UCSF Library celebrates Jim Munson’s tenure as ‘Interim Non-UL’ AND his 30th Anniversary with ‘Dessertpalooza’ extravaganza!

    Thank you, Jim!


    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:04 pm on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hooray for Jim! And thanks for all the treats, including the funnest (is that a word?) cake ever!

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 5:17 pm on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yay Jim! That is soooome cake.

    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 9:37 am on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Jim and thanks for all the sugar! 🙂

    • Mary Tahir 4:35 pm on August 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So sorry I missed this! The cake looks awesome

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 12:32 pm on July 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Thank you Library staff! 

    Well, that was fun!

    It was great seeing all who attended the Jamboree and many thanks to all staff for representing the Library so well. During the Jamboree, we displayed the gratitude testimonials you submitted, and threw in a few staff-at-work candids. Check out the testimonials and photos in the gallery below:

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    Also, a quick visual of some of the summertime social goodness that went down:



    Buddha Board art by Ariel Deardorff and others.

  • Dylan Romero

    Dylan Romero 11:09 am on July 19, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , , makers lab, , ,   

    Now Hiring: Makers Lab Technician 

    The Library is hiring for a Makers Lab Technician position. If you know of anyone with experience in educational technology with an emphasis on emerging tech, design, or crafts, please encourage them to apply. The full-time position will provide technical support for the Makers Lab, guiding UCSF community members to use technologies to conceptualize and construct innovative maker-related projects.

    The position can be found on UCSF Careers by searching for “Makers Lab Technician” or Req Number 47609BR. (More …)

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 4:19 pm on July 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    Default search for catalog 

    Based on staff feedback, tomorrow we will be switching the home page default catalog search to use title instead of keyword. Currently, if a user enters part of a title, they usually get lots of results but not the specific one they seek. This is not surprising, because keyword is meant for more broad topic exploration, but those results may be frustrating to the person searching.

    catalog defaults

    keyword search



    If we default to a title search instead, a person trying to find a known work is more likely to get a good result. However, even if they don’t find a known item or were trying to do a topic search in the first place, options are clearly presented for broadening it to a keyword search or even suggesting a title for purchase.

    title search

    As always, we’ll be listening for user feedback on this, so please share if you hear anything when interacting with library users.

  • Andres Panado

    Andres Panado 8:53 am on July 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    Congratulations to Irene Lau! 

    Charlie Macquarie nominated Irene for a Thank a Colleague Award for her assistance with an archives project.  Although she doesn’t normally work with the Archives & Special Collections team, Irene enthusiastically pitched in and helped with obtaining all the UCSF website URLs off a public list, and compiled them into an easy-to-use list.  Irene completed the project far in advance of the deadline provided, and Charlie noted that having the list will make overhauling their web-archives program so much easier and more efficient.

    Great work and many thanks, Irene!

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 5:37 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Thank a Colleague Award – Susan Boone 

    Michael Foster nominated Susan for her quick and ready assistance at the Service Desk on June 26 when no regular opening staff were available. Susan helped patrons at the Service Desk and put up a sign to direct patrons until the doors could all be unlocked.

    Congratulations, Susan, on your Thank a Colleague Award for your “calm, cool, and collected” help when it was needed!

    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 5:42 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great job, Susan! Always a joy to work with you.

    • Andres Panado

      Andres Panado 7:37 am on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Susan – what else can I say? I am so, so, so happy that you were here to help us here at Access Services at last minute. It was definitely a crazy morning that day, but your willingness to help out another unit is definitely appreciated and is exemplary of what this library is all about. Did I already say I was happy? 🙂

    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 9:18 am on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Glad I could help!

    • Charles Macquarie

      Charles Macquarie 11:12 am on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Calm, Cool, and Collected: the Susan Boone story. Kudos Susan!

    • Shauna Hannibal

      Shauna Hannibal 11:06 am on August 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s great for us in Access Services that Susan continues to help out on a regular basis at the Service Desk! I’m not sure how long she’s been doing so but I know it’s been for the past several years.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 10:30 am on July 10, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: jamboree, , social, , testimonial   

    Library Staff Summer Jamboree 

    A friendly reminder to register for the Library Staff Summer Jamboree by this week Thursday, July 13. The Library staff event will take place on Thursday, July 20 from 12 – 2 pm in the Lange Room & Terrace, 5th floor (mark your calendars!).


    We are also encouraging staff to submit at least one testimonial sharing one sentence about someone or something that you are grateful for at the Library. So far we have received some really great acknowledgments of staff and services and we look forward to receiving more from you.

    Your submissions can refer to a colleague within your working group or in another group, an initiative, a resource, or a service within the Library. You can submit as many testimonials as you like through Monday, July 17.


  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 6:06 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    Introducing Kawanna Bright – Diversity & Inclusion Consultant 

    Happy to announce that Kawanna Bright will be our consultant for Diversity and Inclusion (D/I) in the Library. Kawanna will be visiting us in August, and she’ll meet with small groups to gather our experience with D/I in the library, and how we can promote D/I through our work. All staff will be welcome to participate.

    After her time getting to know us, Kawanna will share recommendations for us to get started, a framework to assess our progress over time, and recommended resources we can use for this work. Stay tuned for more details to follow!

    And here’s a little more about Kawanna:

    Kawanna Bright is currently a third-year PhD student in the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education Research Methods & Statistics Program, focusing on assessment in libraries.  Prior to returning to school full-time, Ms. Bright was an academic librarian who, over the span of 12 years, held positions as the Head of Information & Research Services at the Florida International University, Green Library; Head of Information Services & Student Engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Instructional Services Librarian at NCSU; and Instructional Services Librarian and Minority Resident Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, iSchool.  One of Ms. Bright’s main research areas is diversity in libraries, a topic she has engaged with throughout her 12-year career.  Ms. Bright has both served on and chaired diversity committees within two academic libraries, participated in diversity-based professional development programs – including serving as a keynote speaker, and engaged in diversity-related research.  Most recently, Ms. Bright and her co-researcher were awarded the Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Round Table Research Paper Award for their paper titled Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Work.  Ms. Bright will be applying the quantitative and qualitative research skills from her PhD program training directly to her library assessment work, including her work on assessing diversity in libraries.


    • Jim Munson

      Jim Munson 12:55 pm on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kawanna sounds really interesting. Can’t wait to meet her!

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:05 pm on July 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Hope y’all had some fun over the holiday. This month’s respondent is Ned Raggett, the ZSFG Library’s User Services guy and pretty much jack of all trades. Great to have a ZSFG’er up for a little 10 Questions fun!

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Bremerton, Washington, which is across Puget Sound from Seattle. My dad was in the Navy and there’s a big submarine base there. But he got transferred to San Diego a few weeks after I was born, and I’ve only ever been to Bremerton twice since on short day visits while visiting Seattle. (Side note: if you’d like to know more about me, my dad and the Navy, enjoy – this is from 1982, and this is a real TV clip: )

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: English/English lit, easy. Always been a pretty active reader and so I gravitated towards those classes which I liked. (This somehow led me to reading things like Thomas Pynchon in 11th grade – as a formal class assignment!) Both my BA and MA are in English lit.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Phys ed. Sorry, NOT my favorite or strong point. I did end up being the referee for a lot of games, though, so that was a nice way to do something without doing something. Pretty much any kind of organized group exercise/gym thing is not my cup of tea; I prefer solitary exercise or something like a walk or hike with a small group of friends.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: High school, 1988…page at the local public library, where I spent a lot of my free time anyway. So you could say my course was set from the start.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Reflective silence, conversation with my partner Kate, family or friends, dogs and/or babies having a good time in the local park or really, really good music. That particular list goes on.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Really, really bad music. And that list also goes on.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Something annoyed, under my breath and likely unprintable.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I’ve already attempted it, I think! My ‘other’ life professionally is as a freelance writer on music, which I’ve done in one form or another since around 1992. I have been published by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, the Guardian and a wide variety of other publications, including (locally) the SF Chronicle, KQED Arts and the SF Weekly. If there was real security in this work I might have considered it full time when I was younger, but some experienced writers laid out good truths to me at the time and I preferred to have it be a side pursuit.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: If I could only pick one: cheese. The tangier or more flavorful the better.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Right now, Iceland – I’ve been lucky to get to places I have wanted to visit too (New Zealand, the UK, Italy and elsewhere), but Iceland has long intrigued me, and one day I’ll get that chance.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:45 am on July 3, 2017 Permalink |  

    Teddy Gomes Presents on Open Access Policy Project Friday July 7 

    As part of the monthly Library Updates series, Teddy Gomes will be presenting about her work to improve UCSF faculty participation in the open access policy.

    Friday, July 7, 9:00 am, Room 201

    Attend remotely:

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:31 pm on June 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    STAR Recognition Awards 2016-17 

    The Library Leadership Team is very pleased to share the results of this year’s STAR Achievement and Spot award nominations. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process.

    The STAR Achievement Awards were decided by a large committee which included 2 staff members from every department under the EVCP unit. Jim Munson and Lisa Leiva represented the Library (when necessary, committee members recused themselves from discussions).  The EVCP unit gave out a total of 12 Achievement Awards, 4 of which went to Library staff! Achievement Awards were designed to recognize extraordinary work over the past year.

    STAR Achievement Awardees 

    Jim Munson –  leadership and guidance of the Library as interim director

    Iesha Nevels –  leadership in community building with underserved populations at ZSFG

    Dylan Romero – building the Makers Lab into a vibrant and vital service

    Stefan Topfstedt –  leadership of collaborations and community-building in UCSF’s IT community

    Spot Awards

    In recognition of going the extra mile, numerous Library staff members received Spot awards. These employees each brought their unique strengths and passions to their work, going above and beyond the requirements of their jobs to contribute to the work of the Library and UCSF. The contributions of these awardees covered a wide gamut: proactively improving challenging processes, stepping up to support new programs like Makers Lab and data science, contributing to staff wellness and community, lending expertise to colleague’s projects, building partnerships and community outside of UCSF.

    Spot Award Recipients

    Geoff Boushey
    Alan Daniel
    Michael Foster
    Shauna Hannibal
    Jason Hedrick
    Jon Johnson
    Lisa Leiva
    Aira Lipson
    David MacFarland
    Naika McDonald
    Gail Persily
    Ned Raggett
    Rachel Taketa
    Rich Trott

    The STAR recognition program will be offered again next year, giving us more opportunities to recognize the work of Library staff. The program is expected to resume in the fall, giving everyone lots of time to put together nominations throughout the year.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 10:22 pm on June 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Welcome Sophia Prisco! 

    By now I hope most of you have met Sophia Prisco, our new Education Librarian.  Sophia will be joining the Education group and will be focusing on experimenting and incorporating new technologies in our education programs.  She is also the product manager for LibGuides and work with staff to update, expand, and redesign the guides to better serve our users

    Sophia comes to us from West Coast University – Center for Graduate Studies where she was the Campus Librarian.  She managed the library, which is a full-service academic health sciences library, as well as served as the liaison to WCU’s six graduate programs.  Prior to that she was the Health Sciences Librarian at American University of Health Sciences.  Sophia earned her M.I.L.S from UCLA.

    During her free time, Sophia enjoys finding and reupholstering old furniture, college football, cooking, walking her dog Tumbleweed in new neighborhoods, camping, and LA history.

    Sophia is currently located in the CKM in the middle aisle (across from Kemi).  Please stop by and say “hi” if you haven’t met her yet.

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 12:46 pm on June 16, 2017 Permalink |
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    UCSF Library’s eScholarship Site 

    The Library now has a departmental space on eScholarship, UC’s institutional repository. Departmental spaces – also called academic units or research units on eScholarship – are designed to showcase a unit’s scholarly output. All content in eScholarship is openly accessible to anyone, anywhere online, and is discoverable via search engines.

    Our space has three series:

    1. Posters
    2. Presentations
    3. Publications

    If you’ve presented a poster or talk at a professional meeting, this year or in the past, or have published works, please submit them so that they can be shared with the world! If you’ve already deposited published works in eScholarship, let me know; they can be cross-listed and linked from the Library’s site as well.

    To make a submission, you’ll need an eScholarship account. See the Submission Guidelines, then click the “Submit Paper to this Unit” button from and select the series.

    You can either upload your file or link to another freely accessible location for it. Use either the Paper/Article or Book/Chapter form for any file type that contains text, to ensure that it gets OCR’d. Non-textual is for multimedia files.  After you’ve approved your submission, I’ll get pinged to review and release it. See the user guide and video tutorial for additional guidelines.

    If you’d like another series added, please let me know. Also, a note that eScholarship will see a complete redesign late this summer, so expect it to look much nicer soon!

    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 2:40 pm on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Should our submissions be limited to work we’ve done since we started working at UCSF?

      • Anneliese Taylor

        Anneliese Taylor 3:15 pm on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good question. Yes, eScholarship is meant for the work of UC employees, so it should be limited to your work while at UCSF.

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 1:56 pm on June 12, 2017 Permalink |  

    Melvyl Now Works with EZproxy 

    We partnered with CDL to fix a long-standing usability issue with with Melvyl.

    An off-network visitor might be prompted to sign in to UCSF Library before viewing search results. Unfortunately, following this prompt sent the user to our full text information page, instead of giving them an easy way to log in and view the full site.

    We’re finally meeting user expectations

    The Melvyl/EZproxy integration means off-network users who are prompted to sign in or click a remote access link can use their MyAccess credentials; after signing in, the site will reload as if they’re on the UCSFwpa network.

    As with all things MyAccess, an already logged-in user might bypass the sign in form, and see the refreshed site immediately after clicking.

    Melvyl Off-network: Before & After EZproxy

    • Richard Trott 2:26 pm on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I tried including emoji but they didn’t work in this commenting system. So you’ll have to accept this instead:

      100! Thumbs up! Wow face! Tada! Face with sunglasses looking cool!

  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 7:45 am on June 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    New Intern at ZSFG! 

    The ZSFG Library has a new intern!

    Her name is Miriam Avilez, and she’s a MPH student at UC Berkeley, with a concentration in Health and Social Behavior. Miriam is a “double bear” also having obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Before coming back to Berkeley for her MPH, Miriam worked in Federally Qualified Health Centers in San Diego, where she helped patients and their families navigate the healthcare system.

    As a public health student who seeks to address health disparities, Miriam chose the summer internship with the library because it offers her a unique opportunity to work in a team that shares the same vision and interest in empowering patients, while improving access to healthcare and increasing health literacy.

    Miriam will be helping out with Patient Portal and Health Literacy projects at the library – the final year activities of the NLM G08 Grant, and the IMLS Grant application for Library+Healthcare partnerships.

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