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  • 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 using 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!

  • 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.

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 9:34 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Library Space Survey – Thanks and Early Results 

    Well the Library Spaces Survey has come to an end and I am excited to say that after two weeks we received a whopping 850 responses!

    A big thanks to Andy, Joanna, and the weekend circulation staff (Art, Aira, Don, Tyrone, Alberto and Mark) for distributing the surveys every day. You papered the place! Also big thanks to Kemi for designing the surveys and making them so attractive. It wasn’t lost on me that the majority of people preferred her beautiful paper version to my boring online form. Finally, thanks to the Assessment Committee (Jim, Gail, Polina, Sarah, Andy, Jason, and Kemi) for their help designing and organizing the survey.

    Ok now that the thanks are done, what did we learn? Well because most of the surveys were paper we still need to enter the data from about 200 of them online. Then we need to create codes to classify and analyze the free-text responses. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek based on the data we have so far:

    What is your status?

    What is your School/Department?

    What are you doing in the Library?

    Where would you go if the Library was closed?


    Stay tuned for a more comprehensive analysis in the next month!

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 9:54 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great response! I like the word clouds to reflect many different responses but still show patterns.

    • Charles Macquarie

      Charles Macquarie 9:43 am on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for doing all this work y’all. Great to have some actual data to inform thoughts about library spaces!

  • Kirk Hudson

    Kirk Hudson 2:17 pm on May 18, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: hardware, process, purchase, request, software,   

    New Process for Library Staff to Request Computer Hardware & Software 

    To improve the process for Library staff requesting computer hardware and software, and to provide tracking, we have chosen to use Zendesk for all requests moving forward from today.

    To make sure your requests get routed to the Tech Commons directly, please make sure to select these options when making your request:

    1. Go to
    2. In the first field titled, I need help with: select Hardware/Software
    3. Complete the remaining fields. In the field titled, Affiliation: select Staff
    4. In the field titled, Department: enter Library
    5. In the field titled, How can we help you?: enter as much information about the hardware and/or software you are requesting.
    6. Click the Send button to submit your request

    Completing the form with these four fields completed as indicated makes tracking easier.
    Post-sale and after digital download of software, tracking of license codes is important for future upgrades or purchases. Ideally, when we/you receive your hardware or software, entering serial numbers, digital download URL’s, license codes, etc. into the ticket will allow us to retroactively look this information up. If you don’t have access to Zendesk, please contact your manager or supervisor to request access.

    We are hopeful this new process provides more transparency regarding the hardware and software request and purchase process. If you have outstanding software or hardware purchases, and have not received an email from Zendesk indicating the purchase, please complete your request using the process above.

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 2:30 pm on May 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Website Updates: Library Site Header & Footer 

    As most of you know, the Web Team is using an iterative approach to the Library site redesign: we launched a pretty good version of the site, and make incremental improvements as we learn more about what is/is not working for our users.

    With that in mind, we will introduce changes to the header and footer on Monday, May 22:

    Finding All Hours Information

    A few weeks ago, we introduced changes to how branch hours are displayed. These changes were sparked when user testing revealed that while our patrons appreciate seeing today’s hours in the header, users interested in future hours were more likely to go to a branch page.

    Another key takeaway from that round of testing was that the All Hours link at the top of every page did not look like a link to most users.

    We tested different solutions, and the most successful design brings back the horizontal layout from the old site, and replaces the All Hours text link with an obvious button. While the button was far more visible to those who want to see all hours, the majority of testers still sought hours information at the branch level, not the global level.

    Redesigning the way hours display at the top of the site meant finding a new place for the Search this website feature. Our first impulse was to find a way to keep it in the header. However, by taking a close look at our site search analytics we discovered that many users were mistaking our website search for an articles/database/catalog search, entering queries like PMID numbers and article titles. Our solution is to move the Search this website field to the site footer, grouping it with the rest of the About the Library information.

    Site search in footer is a common web design pattern, and the bonus is our users will see the more sought-after articles/database/catalog search first.  We’ll keep an eye on our search analytics to see if this cuts down on the number of off-target searches.

    A More Usable Mobile Site

    Finally, the changes above go a long way to fixing some of the known issues with how our site works on mobile devices. The logo, hours info, site search, and exposed menus push the page content out of view on smartphones, forcing users to immediately scroll if they’re interested in anything besides hours and menus.

    We weighed the benefits of having hours and menus always visible (as they are on tablet and desktop) against immediately bringing the page into view.

    We decided to prioritize the page content; the simplified mobile header, with its collapsed menu bar, button-ized hours link, and relocated site search, now brings the main content of every page into a smartphone user’s view.


    Customer-facing staffers should note these changes, in case our users have questions. Please slack or email the web team with their comments; and as always, we want to hear from you too!

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 9:17 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    Library Space Survey: Coming May 8-21st! 

    Heads up everyone! From May 8-21st the Parnassus Library will be papered in small surveys asking our patrons to let us know who they are and what they are working on in our space.

    Why are we doing this?

    We actually know very little about who uses our physical library spaces. We have some data from LibCal and badge-in spaces like the music room, but overall we only capture a tiny percent of the number of people that walk in the door every day. Why does this matter? As the library changes and grows it is important that we understand who is already using our physical library, who is not, and what kinds of activities are taking place here.

    (More …)

    • Tab McDaniel

      Tab McDaniel 9:45 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hooray! Exciting times!

    • Lisa Leiva 10:45 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am looking forward to seeing the results and learning about what people do when they are here!

  • Dylan Romero

    Dylan Romero 1:59 pm on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    New Makers Lab Staff – Jenny Tai 

    picture of jennny in makers labYou may have asked yourself, who is the new person making that awesome withdrawn book art in the Makers Lab? Well that’s Jenny Tai, who will be helping out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Makers Lab.

    Jenny brings great experience from her studies in Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction at UC San Diego, where she worked on user experience and wayfinding projects in addition to other design endeavors as an avid user of UCSD’s makerspace.

    In her spare time, Jenny enjoys drawing both traditional and digital art and keeping up with all things sci-fi.

    Stop by the Makers Lab, introduce yourself, and make something!

    Wonder what’s going on in the Makers Lab? Check out a few projects and events from the past month on Google Photos.

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:01 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Happy Tuesday, y’all. This month’s respondent is Public Services Assistant and key player on the Maker Team, Aira Lipson.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: San Luis Obispo, California

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Art. I also very much enjoyed Botany.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Math

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Babysitting neighborhood kids in middle school. Once I got my work permit, I worked at various restaurants.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: My son Sam laughing or making up songs. I also love the sound of rain at night.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: People cutting their nails on public transportation.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: The first curse word that pops into my head.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: A chef or baker, an artist or an orchid farmer.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: It’s difficult to name just one- I really like soup. I make chicken stock once a week so it will be on hand to make other soups. Other favorites include Gruyere and salami, La Palma’s rice and English breakfast tea. Yes, I consider tea food.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: So many places: Japan, South East Asia, particularly Laos where my father in law is building a BnB, South Africa and Egypt. Closer to home I would love to go to Zion National Park with my son and husband.

    • Jason Hedrick 2:25 pm on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Aira! Thanks for sharing! Perhaps you could expand on this “La Palma’s Rice” dish you mentioned? Is that a specific recipe? Or from a restaurant, perhaps? Or is it a type of rice you can purchase and cook? just wondering! Also, good call on the nail-clipping Muni/BART passengers! Cutting nails on public transpo (heard OR seen!) is so gross!

    • Aira Lipson 9:20 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jason. La Palma is a Mexicatessen in the Mission-
      Their rice is cooked to perfection for you. They are well know for their amazing fresh tortillas and chicharrones. I highly recommend checking them out if you like Mexican food.

    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 11:19 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aira I just got back from Zion National Park and it was amazing! I would definitely recommend you go 🙂

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 5:54 am on April 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    Campus STAR Spot Awards 

    Now that we’ve nominated our colleagues for STAR Achievement Award this year, we wanted to get the word out about the Spot Awards offered through the campus STAR Awards program.

    Please consider nominating a staff member (see eligibility list) for a $1,000 STAR Spot Award.

    What is a STAR Spot Award?

    • Cash awards designed to recognize significant employee achievements and contributions for a specific project or task over a relatively short period.
    • To recognize achievements and work performed January-June 2017.
    • Nominate from now until June 15 2 (last day to submit a nomination; new deadline!).

    How does the nomination process work? 

    • Complete Section A of this brief form and send it to the nominee’s supervisor (included in eligibility list).
    •  In addition to nominating Library staff,  you can also nominate people who work in the Library but report to a different department and/or people from other departments.
    • Supervisors will need to complete some additional administrative data and approve the form for submission.
    • A Review Team (Gail, Jim, Rich) will review nominations and ensure they comply with all policies and then finalize the award.

    Is the Library’s Spot Award program still active?

    • Yes, we are keeping our internal recognition program, but have decided to rename it “Thank A Colleague”
    • You can continue to nominate people for a “Thank a Colleague” award by submitting those nominations to Michael Foster as always.

    So take a few moments and submit a nomination to recognize a colleague’s noteworthy contribution.

    Important Links:

    If you have any questions, please let us know.


  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 4:36 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    CDL Request for Feedback: Changes to UC-eLinks 

    Some of you guys have already received announcements from CDL about the introduction of their new UC-eLinks sidebar panel, which will replace the current design of a UC-eLinks frame sitting on top of an article. The change is scheduled to go live to all UC campuses on April 17, 2017.

    The Web and Collections teams are excited about the design update; we know that confusion around UC-eLinks is a major pain-point for our users, and we hope the new sidebar will help to orient users, and clarify alternate methods of accessing article content.

    Testing Period & Request for Feedback thru April 14, 2017

    The CDL is asking for feedback, suggestions, and comments. Send email to with “DirectLink SideBar” at the beginning of the subject line.

    Click any of the following links to view specific examples:

    1. Loads in SideBar; multiple fulltext options
    2. Loads in SideBar; one full text & one selected full text target
    3. Loads in full menu; vendor doesn’t allow content in frame

    Conduct a search at the UCSF Melvyl Testing Site

    You can run a search that you know will generate a UC-eLinks button at our UCSF Melvyl testing site. Clicking the UC-eLinks button will pull up the new sidebar.

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 10:20 am on April 7, 2017 Permalink |

    Improved Hours Display 

    Next week, we will be updating the way hours are displayed on the library website. We wanted to share those changes with you and some of the behind-the-scenes work.

    As some of you may be aware, Library hours are entered into LibCal, and we use code snippets to display that data in various places. However, the resulting wide table provided by LibCal is not mobile friendly, and the Hours page just seems disjointed.

    The new version will divide the page more clearly and show regular hours next to specific exceptions for each location. It will also display nicely on small screens.



    new all hours












    In the course of user testing, the Web Projects Team has also found that people tend to seek the hours for a location, more often than seeking an overview for the whole library. We’ll address that by including a week’s worth of hours on the location pages rather than just hours for the current day.

    Parnassus Library

    Mission Bay Library

    Hub at Mission Bay







    We also want to give a shout-out to Stefan Topfstedt who supplied the developer skills needed to massage the LibCal API data. His help was instrumental in making these improved layouts a reality.

    • Mary Tahir 11:02 am on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really like these changes! Much easier to read, and it makes sense separating locations

    • Andres Panado

      Andres Panado 1:52 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      definitely a lot more user-friendly. thanks!

    • Stephen Kiyoi

      Stephen Kiyoi 9:51 am on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can we list ZSFG Hours there too?

  • Sean Mcclelland 9:55 am on March 27, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , sustainability   

    Library Green Team 

    Hello everyone. Join me on Monday, April 3rd, from 1-2pm in CL201 for the Library Green Team kick-off meeting! All library staff are welcome to attend.

    During this meeting, we’ll define what sustainability means to each of us, and how the concept applies to the Library (hint: it’s not just about waste management). We’ll brainstorm as a group to identify goals and potential projects. I have plenty of ideas to get us started. The Library Green Team is for you, if:

    • You care about sustainability
    • You want to affect positive change in the Library
    • You understand the difference between trash, recyclable and compost items
    • You value a healthy working environment
    • You are interested in attending a Recology tour
    • You just like green things and want to help

    If you are interested, please join the #greenteam channel on the “UCSF Library” Slack team. This is where our communications will take place. I recommend using the desktop app, but here is a direct link to the channel on the web:

    Can’t attend the meeting in person? No problem. I’ll set up a WebEx or Zoom session, and share the link on Slack.

    Questions? Need help with Slack? Let me know: / x69426

    Thank you, and I hope to see you there!

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 1:16 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    UCSF signs on to the Open Access 2020 Initiative 

    As you heard in last Friday’s staff meeting and from the post on the Library web page, UCSF is announcing today its support for the Open Access 2020 initiative. The reason this is such a big deal is both 1) the scope of what OA2020 is trying to accomplish, and also 2) the fact that, to date, only one other United States institution had signed on.

    First, the scope. OA2020 is an international movement, led by the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in Germany, to convert the entire corpus of scholarly journal literature to open access by the year 2020. The OA2020 movement intends to accomplish this transition or “flipping” by encouraging institutions to convert resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds that support sustainable open access (OA) business models.

    Why is this so monumental? There’s been steady growth in the amount of “born open access” (as opposed to made OA after some publication delay) content being published over the last 15 years, but it’s still only about 20% of the massive amount of scholarly literature that gets published every year. Meanwhile, the majority of established journals continue to operate on their closed-access, subscription model, while taking in some extra income for articles here and there that authors elect to pay for to make them OA (otherwise known as hybrid OA). There’s very little transparency about how subscribers get compensated for this added hybrid OA income.

    The motivation behind OA2020 is to do a swift, large-scale transformation of these subscription journals. Because the movement is led by scholars and academic institutions, it’s a substantial signal to publishers that we want to work with them to make this transition. The details of how the flip will occur will vary from publisher to publisher and between disciplines.

    Second, why has there been so little support from the United States so far? The initiative was spearheaded by a German research organization, and has earned many supporters from institutions in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Notably absent was support from the U.S., which generates 30% of the scholarly output (and, interestingly, pays more like 50% of publisher revenues). Many U.S. library leaders saw OA2020 as overly favoring the author-pays model, which is not ideal outside of STEM diciplines, and as having the potential to make the large commercial publishers even more profitable. A couple of key press releases came out against the initiative, which had the effect of quelling interest and even discussion amongst library groups.

    After thorough review with Ralf Schimmer of MPDL, University Librarians and Scholarly Communications Officers from UC Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco, Merced, Santa Cruz and Irvine, as well as California Digital Library leaders, clarified that OA2020 is not prescriptive with regards to OA business models. Rather, OA2020 provides flexibility for institutions to define for themselves how to repurpose their journal subscription funds in support of OA publishing. Everybody agreed that they stood behind the three aspects outlined in the Expression of Interest. UCSF, UCB, and UCD determined they were ready to sign the EoI and set about doing so before the Berlin 13 conference, where there will be a meeting for signatories.

    Rich Schneider, the UCSF Professor who chairs the faculty Committee on Library & Scholarly Communication, and who shepherded UCSF’s approval through with faculty committees and the EVCP (along with Jim’s and my assistance), is attending the meeting in Berlin this week. I’ll keep you posted on news about this initiative, and on the progressive process of transitioning journals with our publishers. This is not a change that will happen overnight, and our users are not going to lose access to their subscription journals as a result of UCSF adding its signature to OA2020.

    Additional resources

    To read more, see UCSF’s press release and UC Berkeley’s press release. There’s also the site put together by a handful of us to offer our perspectives on why we signed, and to provide resources for other institutions that want to consider doing the same.

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 11:11 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Website Updates: Searching, Profiling, Making, Reserving 

    So much happening on the Library website! Let’s dive in, shall we?

    New Page: Makers Lab

    The web team worked closely with Dylan and Kemi to give the Makers Lab more of a presence on the site. We’re very happy with the new Makers Lab page, and will continue updating it as Dylan migrates content from the old Guide.

    New (Old) Page: Reserve a Computer Classroom

    When Tech Commons switched to the 25Live platform for classroom reservations, we disabled the old Classroom Reservation form and started sending our users straight to the 25Live home page. This was less than ideal, since users had to go through a search & filter process every time they wanted to view available Library classrooms.

    Now that 25Live has enabled direct linking to classroom calendars, we’ve brought back our dedicated Reserve a Computer Classroom page. Hooray for direct links!

    Staff Profiles are back!

    We mentioned last month that staff profile pages were making a comeback, and we’re happy to report that they went live last week. A welcome side-effect is that a staffer’s profile is usually the first thing that appears when you search the site for a staffer’s name, which is really good for our users and staffers.

    Please take a moment to access your profile from the staff directory, and let us know if you have any changes.

    All praises due to Service Desk staffer Shauna Hannibal, who alerted the web team to the poor results she was seeing from the Search This Website search box at the top of our site. Thanks to Shauna’s feedback, we’ve made some improvements to the way site search works, and also fixed an issue with code fragments appearing in search results.

    Dialing in search is a challenging and ongoing process, so if you’re seeing unexpected or unhelpful results from your site searches, please let the web team know!

    • Gail Persily

      Gail Persily 12:34 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for these updates about new content and features on the website. They are very helpful!

    • Shauna Hannibal

      Shauna Hannibal 4:55 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Tab!

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 2:46 pm on March 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the updates! It makes it easier to keep track on what’s changing on the website. And thanks very much for the return of the Reserve a Computer Classroom page. It will make scheduling classes easier.

    • Dylan Romero

      Dylan Romero 9:32 am on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you for all your hard work Michele and Tab – the site looks really clean on a laptop, phone, and tablet!

  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 9:46 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    D/I at the UCSF Library 

    In case you missed the presentation at all staff meeting, here’s the info on the Library’s new Diversity and Inclusion (D/I) effort. D/I is a really important topic, and one that I know a lot of you care about very deeply!

    We’re pulling together a “D/I Workgroup” to help think through how best to promote D/I in the Library and around campus. We’ll also be working with an outside consultant, who will work with us to develop an initial plan. We really believe that this is worth focusing on, and that the Library can make a big difference.

    Everyone is welcome to participate! Just comment below, or send an email to me, or Gail. And, join the #divincl channel on Slack to keep tabs on what we’re up to.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 9:48 am on March 17, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: achievement, colleague, nominate, spot,   

    Nominate Co-workers for UCSF STAR Awards 

    The campus recently announced this year’s UCSF STAR Program. STAR awards recognize significant employee achievements and contributions. All staff are welcome to nominate eligible colleagues for these awards. Here are a few details.

    Two Types of Awards

    Achievement Awards – nominations due March 31 27!

    • $5,000 or 10% of employee’s salary, whichever is lower
    • based on achievements during 2016 calendar year
    • see below for details on criteria

    Spot Awards (sound familiar?!) – nominations due late June

    • $1,000 or 10% of employee’s salary, whichever is lower
    • to recognize a specific project or task performed from January to June 2017
    Given the short timeline for the Achievement Awards, we are going to provide the details for that award now and post more info on the campus Spot Awards in April.

    Nomination Process for Achievement Awards


    Nomination should be based on contributions made during calendar year 2016. These nominees will have exhibited sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions over an extended period of time. Here is a detailed explanation of the Achievement Awards process and criteria.

    Achievement must reflect at least one of the Chancellor’s Priorities and/or Values as listed below:

    • Chancellor’s Priorities
      • Continuous Learning
      • Equity and Inclusion
      • Precision Medicine
      • Transformative Partnerships
    • UCSF PRIDE Values
      • P for Professionalism, how we conduct ourselves and our business
      • R for Respect for our patients, families, ourselves and each other
      •   I for Integrity, always being the honest, doing the right thing
      • D for Diversity, understanding and embracing the diverse beliefs, needs and expectations of our patients, community, and employees
      • E for Excellence, what we strive for in everything we do

    The EVCP has also added a few other attributes, which can be found in the EVCP form (see Process section).


    Unfortunately, not all staff positions are included in this program. Only CUE and non-represented staff employees are eligible to make it simple for nominators, here is a list of all the eligible Library staff and their supervisors.

    • Check with the supervisor of nominee before beginning the nomination process.
    • Obtain signed approval from nominee’s supervisor, director, and Jim Munson before the March 27 submission deadline
    • The Office of the EVCP is appointing an Achievement Awards Review Committee to review all completed nominations and recommend recipients. The Library will have representatives on the Committee.
    Links to forms and more info

    STAR Award Nomination Form

    EVCP Additional Documentation Form

    Full details on HR site

    Achievement Awards Criteria

    Chancellor’s Priorities

    UCSF PRIDE Values

    Miscellaneous Questions

    How many Achievement awards will be awarded?
    We don’t know. We encourage you to nominate anyone you feel is deserving.

    I’m not eligible, can I nominate someone else?

    Yes, and thank you for considering making a nomination.

    Can I nominate more than one person?


    Can someone be nominated more than once?
    Yes, but they cannot receive more than one Achievement Award, however.

    Can I nominate myself?
    Nope, sorry.

    Is the award taxed?

    More Questions?

    Use the comments feature in this blog to post your question or contact Gail or Kemi. We may not have the answers, but we will try to get them.

  • Dylan Romero

    Dylan Romero 12:15 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Staff Engagement Survey Starts Today! 

    You should have received an email this morning from Gallup containing a personalized link to this year’s Staff Engagement Survey. If you did not receive this email, please let me know!

    picture of someone writing survey on dry erase board
    As you know, Griffin and I are your friendly survey ambassadors this year. We are here to help with your survey questions and make sure we achieve our goal of 93% completion for Library staff (100% would be awesome). If we reach our goal, we will have an all Library staff pizza party – see image below to commence pizza party excitement!

    cat wants pizza
    Here are details for this year’s survey: (More …)

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 9:30 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: new employee,   

    Welcome Joanna Kang! 

    We are very excited to introduce Joanna Kang, who is the new Coordinator for Data Science and Marketing. Joanna will be providing administrative support to the Data Science Initiative and assisting Kemi with the library’s marketing and communication efforts.

    A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Joanna previously worked as an Archives Assistant in the Capital Group Corporate Archives. She has a Bachelors in Political Science from UC Irvine and in her free time enjoys coffee, concerts, and David Sedaris books. If you need someone with a deep knowledge of Las Vegas (she lived there for 13 years) or Teochew (a Chinese dialect) Joanna is your gal!

    Joanna will be working in Megan’s old cube in the CKM so stop by and say hi!


  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 10:14 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    Adding a PubMed Search Field 

    As some of you may recall, earlier versions of search on the Library home page included a field for PubMed. Since there’s also a prominent link under Popular Resources, we decided to remove the PubMed field and make the search area shorter.

    The PubMed link under Popular Resources does get heavy use, but feedback has shown that some of our users miss being able to enter article titles in search. In response, we’ve decided to add back the PubMed option under search, in addition to the direct route under Popular Links.





    Finally, the text styles were also changed to improve contrast. Notice white links rather than lighter blue.

    Please make note of these changes, in case library users have any questions. Run a few searches yourself too, and report any problems to the Web Projects Team. As always, we will continue to monitor usage and feedback.

    • Andres Panado

      Andres Panado 10:32 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i think this is very helpful. it’s one less click for users if they can quickly search in pubmed as soon as they go on our library hompage, particularly since it’s what they used the most. thanks!

    • Gail Persily

      Gail Persily 11:49 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oooo, I like the readability of the new text style.

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