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  • 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.

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 12:02 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink |  

    Website Update: Staff Directory & Profile Pages 

    The web team has published an improved Staff Directory. The updated directory table can now be sorted and filtered, and fixes a problem with how information from this page displays in search results.

    We’ll bring this improved table format to the Study Spaces and Computer Labs pages as well.

    Alongside the improved directory, we’re ready to roll out staff profile pages:

    Some new ideas we’re trying:

    • less text on the page, making it easier for users to find the information they’re looking for (usually a way to call or email a staffer)
    • links to social media
    • linked email addresses instead of individual contact forms
      • instead of building and maintaining 50+ individual form pages, we will embrace the UCSF Directory example of simple email links. We’ve added an obfuscation script to prevent bots from harvesting our email addresses
    • a link to your UCSF Profiles page (if you have one)
      • we know there’s a desire to pull UCSF Profiles data into this page. We do not currently have developer support to explore this idea. We recommend keeping your UCSF Profile up to date and pointing users there

    We did a short round of user testing to make sure these changes made sense

    We were concerned that:

    • if we removed the old profile column from the table to save space, users might not understand that clicking a staffer’s name would open their profile
    • users would be frustrated at having to click through to a staffer’s profile page to send them a message (versus having an email link right in the table)

    When tasked to 1) find an employee directory and from there 2) send a message to Sarah McClung, most testers performed as expected. While 100% of testers located the staff directory (without using site search), 80% of testers understood that clicking the Sarah McClung link would lead them to Sarah’s contact information.

    Action items: we need your help

    Live examples of the headshot and no headshot staff profiles are on our staging server for your review. We’ll need to build each profile one at a time, and we appreciate your continued patience.

    To speed the process, please email or slack the web team by 2/17/17, telling us

    1. if you have any updates to your directory listing
    2. if you have social links you want to share
    3. if you have a UCSF Profile you want to share
    4. if you do not want to list your telephone number
    5. if you do not want to share your email address
    6. if you do not want a profile page at all
    7. what, if anything, you’d like to feature in Ask Me About
    8. headshots: we already have images for a number of staffers. If we do not already have your headshot, or if you have an update, please forward your high-resolution headshot to the web team. Alternately, just let us know if you prefer the no headshot profile page

    If we don’t hear from you at all, we’ll dupe the information from the current staff directory.

    As always, your feedback is welcome!

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:48 am on February 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Our respondent for February is Charlie MacQuarie, our first-ever digital archivist. He’s just finishing up his first month here, so let’s get to know him a little better.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, California (but I grew up entirely in Nevada)

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: I think that’d have to be English. Somehow I sort of wanted to be a writer even though I didn’t like writing at the time.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: PE was pretty bad, mostly because my parents took me on hikes every weekend so I didn’t need it, and the locker room was so frightening that I just cowered in the corner while all the other kids beat each other up and gave each other swirlies (the sticking the head in the toilet thing).

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I worked doing data entry about urban-planning design elements, being a barista, and being a bike mechanic all concurrently, so I guess those all count.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Passing diesel freight trains – both the whistle and the rumble of the engine.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The sound of a cyclist getting doored (hit by someone opening their car door)

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: “WHY DO I OWN A BOX FULL OF RUSTY RAILROAD SPIKES?” (but I still kept them)

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: A wildland firefighter

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Onions if we’re speaking in terms of raw ingredients. Burritos if we’re speaking in terms of whole meals.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Mostly, the deserts: the Gobi, the Atacama, the Tibetan Plateau.

  • Andres Panado

    Andres Panado 2:29 pm on February 3, 2017 Permalink |  

    Welcome Ryan White! 


    In the last two weeks, you probably have seen a new face at the Service Desk, and that would be our new hire, Ryan White!

    Ryan has recently joined Access Services to fill our Interlibrary Services Borrowing Coordinator position, which has been vacant for over a year since Azar Khatibi retired after 40+ years of service.  Aside from being primarily responsible for interlibrary borrowing, he will have regular shifts at the Service Desk and the Makers Lab.

    Ryan comes with extensive UC experience having worked the last eight years at NRLF in their Interlibrary Lending Unit.  Previous to that, he worked at UCSB Davidson Library and the Pacific Graduate Institute Research Library.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from UCSC, completed his Library Information Technology Certificate from CCSF, and is currently attending SJSU’s MLIS online degree.

    He is temporarily located down in the administration office and his extension is 2-5789

    Please join me in welcoming Ryan to the UCSF Library.

    Andy Panado
    Access Services Manager

  • Kirk Hudson

    Kirk Hudson 7:11 pm on December 13, 2016 Permalink |
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    Welcome Salman Saeed! 

    The Tech Commons has a new employee, Salman Saeed, (pronounced saul mahn). He may be a familiar face to many of you from his work with ITFS, providing desktop support for staff. Prior to the Library, Salman worked for UCSF ITFS focused on challenging tech problems and as a quick responder for VIPs, originally starting as an ITFS contractor. Salman’s first day was Tuesday, 12/13/2016.

    Salman Saeed

    Salman Saeed

    Salman is originally from the Bay Area, and realized after living in Pakistan, Oregon and Texas, that the Bay Area was home, returning in 2014. He now hails from the East Bay, living near his family. In addition to spending time with family, Salman has many interests. Weight lifting, and good food and drink brings him pleasure. He celebrates his May birthday attending FanimeCon in San Jose, CA.

    Salman enthusiastically brings a commitment to customer service and curiosity about all things tech to his daily work. Developing his system administrator skills and diving into the variety of tasks required to maintain the assortment of Tech Commons services will keep him learning and growing for the next couple of years. Please stop by the Tech Commons in room 240 to meet him.

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 8:57 am on December 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Welcome Stephanie “Teddy” Gomes! 

    I’m pleased to announce that Stephanie Gomes, who goes by Teddy, will be joining the UCSF Library today as the new Open Access Projects Assistant. She’ll be working with me part time over the next several months to increase participation with the UC Open Access Policy and on assessing UCSF open access publication. You can meet her at this morning’s Social Hour at 10:00!

    Teddy provided this excellent description of her background and interests:

    I am from rural Delaware and I went to Smith College in Massachusetts. I moved out to San Francisco in 2006 and worked in online and digital publishing managing production and distribution needs for newspaper and book publishers, most recently through the company INscribe Digital (now a division of Independent Publishers Group). I’ve also had one foot in library and archives and have completed collection processing and digitization projects at several local San Francisco history focused organizations such as the GLBT Historical Society. I love making information accessible to as many as possible as quickly and easily as possible and I’m excited to be working on this project with Anneliese.

    I love San Francisco, especially the history, parks and surrounding park lands in the Bay Area. My husband is from Santa Cruz county and our son just turned three– he keeps us very busy! He’d like everyone to know that they should all just have cats as pets and not dogs because cats are more fun and they don’t arf.

    Please join me in welcoming Teddy!

  • Jill Barr-Walker 8:52 am on December 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    MLA webinar at ZSFG Library next week 

    We’re hosting the MLA webinar “Beyond Systematic: The Librarian’s Role in Shaping Reviews” at ZSFG Library on December 7 from 11-12:30.

    Registration is open to everyone.  Please register if you’re going to come or if you’re interested in getting a link to the recorded sessions.

    Register here.

    More information about the webinar here.

    Hope you can join us! And maybe stay for lunch after the webinar. 🙂

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 10:33 am on November 29, 2016 Permalink |

    Now Hiring: Data Science Initiative Scientific Lead 

    Hi Everyone,

    The Library’s Data Science Initiative is now hiring for a Scientific Lead! This position (replacing Megan) will work with me to lead the Library’s Data Science activities. We are specifically looking for someone with a background in science, so if you know of anyone good please encourage them to apply! The complete posting can be found here:



  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:38 am on November 16, 2016 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    kemi-photo-2016This month’s respondent is our one and only Communications Manager, Kemi Amin. Now that she’s been here for almost 2 years, let’s get to know her a little better.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Los Angeles, CA

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: A tie between recess, English and physics.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Second semester chemistry. The first semester of all my science and math classes were always pretty simple and fun. But inevitably that second semester would somehow morph into the AP Mensa version of math and science.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Semi-unofficially, it was as a peer tutor, which I was terrible at because I spent my whole shift chatting about what show I watched on television the other night instead of actually tutoring.
    My official first job was as an ice cream clerk at TCBY.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Wind, water in motion and jazz music.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: That darn notification bell that goes off on planes to remind passengers to buckle their seat belts. Also, something about the sound of writing with an unsharpened pencil on a solid surface does not play well with my eardrums.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: [In my involuntary Rosanne Barr voice] God dammit!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I would definitely be doing something around wellness. Most likely a physical therapist and/or a naturopathic doctor.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Rice, pounded yam (a staple West African carb) and some sort of stew or soup to go with my rice and pounded yam.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: A village called Nungwi in Zanzibar, Senegal and Montreal

  • Richard Trott 8:00 am on November 14, 2016 Permalink |  

    How Well Do You Know Remote Access? 

    Pop quiz time!

    A UCSF faculty member is on vacation in Maui. She receives an email from a researcher at NYU. The email has a link to an article in an Elsevier publication. She clicks on the link but can’t get the full text. She remembers, “Oh, right! I’m not on a UCSF network right now!” She types into her browser location bar, logs in, and then goes back to the email to click the link again. Does she get the full text of the article?

    1. Yes because she now has a UCSF IP address and appears to be on the UCSF network.
    2. Yes because she is now on the VPN.
    3. Yes because by logging into, she is now going through EZproxy whenever she goes to the Elsevier site.
    4. No because obviously this is a trick question and the answer is “no”.

    Keep reading for the answer…

    (More …)

    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 10:39 am on November 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great post Rich! So just to be sure I am on the same page the faculty member should either:

      reload the page through the EZproxy bookmarklet (


      navigate to the article via the library website


    • Richard Trott 11:01 am on November 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ariel: Yes, the bookmarklet is the best option in this situation, and finding it via the library website is a second option.

    • Andres Panado

      Andres Panado 3:27 pm on November 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Rich – there’s definitely many users out there who believe that once you log in through myaccess, you would have full access to library electronic journals. I know I have received such calls at the front desk (“what do you mean? i’m already logged in through MyAccess! I need to log out again?”). Is it possible to modify our remote access webpage to let users know that going directly to FIRST is not the proper method of access? Thanks, Andy

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 2:45 pm on November 7, 2016 Permalink |  

    Library Website Redesign – We’d Love Your Feedback 

    Michele and I are pleased to share the beta version of our redesigned Library website.

    With a few exceptions (listed below), everything from the current site has been recreated on beta. We’ve streamlined content where it made sense, and made the most sought-after information easier to find.

    Still to be done:

    • Forms
    • Individual staff profiles
    • Optimizing for mobile devices
    • The visual design is close but still in-progress: we still need to standardize some of the visual elements and fill in missing images

    What happens now?

    We’ll spend the next month user testing, and refining the site based on what we learn from testing and what we learn from your feedback.

    The redesigned site will go live and replace the current site in December, 2016. We’ll share the specific date and time as December approaches.

    Please share any feedback by November 15th

    You’ll find an anonymous survey link on the site; we’ll keep the survey open until November 15th, and we encourage you to complete it as often as you’d like during that period, especially since we’ll continue making changes.

    Of course you’re welcome to contact the web team via email or Slack, or set a meeting.

    The beta site is private and requires a login:

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 3:15 pm on November 4, 2016 Permalink |  

    Welcome Learning Tech Specialist Kaori Keller 

    kaori_kellerWe are very excited to introduce Kaori Omori Keller, who joins the Tech Commons group on Monday, November 7 as our newest Learning Tech Specialist. Kaori is a graduate of the SFSU Master in Instructional Technologies program, as are some of our other talented Learning Tech Specialists (i.e. Dylan Romero and Lisa Leiva). Kaori has been working at the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) as an instructional designer for the past year and a half.

    Before getting interested in educational technology, Kaori was an ESL teacher, a career she pursued after teaching herself English by watching American TV and movies. Kaori shared with us that as a first generation college graduate, increasing access to education is a mission she feels personally driven to achieve.

    Kaori grew up in Tokyo and first came to the U.S. to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Now she resides in San Francisco (good choice!), which she finds an excellent place to pursue her interests in photography and of course, food.

    Please join me in welcoming Kaori to UCSF and the Library.

  • Andres Panado

    Andres Panado 12:38 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Andy’s recent trip to Northern England & Scotland 


    As some of you know, I just returned from a fun-filled 3-week vacation to Northern England and Scotland.  Rather than sending some library staff pictures of my travel, I thought that my husband’s blog post (from his ever-expanding blog site, Furrowed Middlebrow) does better justice.  In it, he sums up our trip beautifully sharing our experience on driving on the left side of the road, pictures of amazing cathedrals and abbeys (his favorite) and castles (my favorite).  You can read it in its entirety at:

    For the avid readers and who might be interested in British women authors (1910-1960)…I wouldn’t be a good husband if I don’t shamelessly plug in Scott’s overwhelming author list which could be located at  He has also been collaborating with a publisher in England getting copyright permissions and have recently made some titles available (pre-order) in Amazon:

    Happy reading!

    Here is a picture of what American tourists look like driving on the left side of the road for the first time.


    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 2:48 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL! You’re braver than me! Glad you had a nice trip. (And managed driving on the wrong side.)

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:22 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Re-Envisioned Moffitt Library Opens Today @ Berkeley 

    The renovated Moffitt Undergraduate Library the UC Berkeley campus is open as of today. Basically, they took the top two floors and totally re-envisioned them as a learning center. They also produced this nifty 5-minute video that lays out the vision:

    UL Jeff MacKie-Mason refers to the new Moffitt as a “seedbed for creativity, innovation and problem-solving.” He and others talk about the evolving roles of academic libraries. It’s worth taking a look!

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 12:32 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great video! Thanks for sharing. I love that term ‘connected learning’. The video is a nice fundraising tool.

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 6:15 pm on October 31, 2016 Permalink |
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    Share your Work on eScholarship – December 6 event 

    This event is for Library staff, at 10:00 am on December 6th:

    Have you been wanting to share your published works openly but haven’t gotten around to it? Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how to share your works on the University of California’s eScholarship platform from the experts! eScholarship is UC’s open access publishing platform for both previously published works, as well as departmental working papers and other documents.

    Previously published works include peer-reviewed final versions of scholarly articles such as those covered by the UC Open Access Policy. All UCSF staff are covered by this Policy.

    California Digital Library guests Catherine Mitchell and Monica Westin will be on site to provide an overview of eScholarship, including how and what to upload, and the upcoming redesign.

    Please register at

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 8:40 am on October 27, 2016 Permalink |

    We are excited to announce that a new Learning Tech Specialist will be starting Monday, November 7. (See related post about job opening dated September 6.) Kaori Keller comes to us from the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education where she designed, produced and supported online courses. With the addition of Kaori to the Learning Tech staff, Dylan can now focus his efforts fully on the Makers Lab. Stay tuned for a more extensive welcome message and bio!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 9:32 pm on October 26, 2016 Permalink |  

    Megan Laurance moving on! 

    megan_headshotMegan will be moving on from the Library and joining UCSF’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Molecular Oncology Initiative in a full-time position.  Some of you may know that Megan has been working with this group 2 days a week since April and on a similar project with the Genomic Medicine Initiative since 2014.  Her last day at the Library will be Friday, November 11th.

    In her new position as Manager, Molecular Oncology Initiative, Megan will work on data curation and data integration as well as be the UCSF product manager for Syapse, a cloud-based platform that integrates data streams from a variety of systems.  The work she will be doing will have direct impact on patient care and is an aspect of the precision medicine initiative.

    Megan joined the Library in January, 2013, and she has accomplished a tremendous amount.  She instituted the extremely popular Bioinformatics for Biologists class series and has taught over 1,000 attendees over the past 3 years.  She has built relationships across campus departments and is a recognized name, face, and expert amongst the research community.  Her work has helped lay the ground work for the Library’s new Data Sciences Initiative, so her impact will continue to be felt even after she’s gone.

    We will miss having her at the Library but are glad she’s still part of the UCSF family.  Please stop by and wish her luck!


  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 9:40 am on October 26, 2016 Permalink |  

    Great article on Polina and the Archives & Special Collections 

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, yesterday’s issue of UCSF Pulse Today includes a terrific article on Polina Ilieva and the Library’s Archives & Special Collections unit –

    Definitely worth a read. Go, Polina and the entire A&SC team!

    • Richard Trott 8:58 am on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hooray for more Archives & Special Collections awareness on campus!

  • Kirk Hudson

    Kirk Hudson 8:10 pm on October 24, 2016 Permalink |  

    Marc Andres heading to Riverbed! 

    It was a difficult decision for Marc, leaving UCSF, but he’s accepted a position as a systems administrator at Riverbed Technology, Inc.
    His last day at UCSF will be this week, Friday October 28, 2016.


    Marc started at UCSF in October 2011 working as a contrator for Desktop & LAN Support (DLS), the precursor to IT Field Services. On the waning side of OE, Marc was hired as a Level II IT Service Desk tech. Marc was able to use his troubleshooting expertise to answer customer questions about the vast array of systems supported by the IT Service Desk. His knowledge and skill was recognized and he was selected as the in-house trainer for new Service Desk staff. In addition to answering calls, Marc developed ServiceNow Knowledge Base articles about many UCSF systems, and documentation for both ITSD and ITFS.

    Marc joined the Library in June 2015 as an Operations Engineer and hit the ground running. His years of service with DLS and ITSD provided firm ground for him to continue running, assuming responsibility for managing all Tech Commons IT operations single handedly until a peer Ops Engineer was hired. Marc’s affable nature and technical skill has been a great combination. He collaborates well across the organization, especially with ITSD & ITFS, and within the Library. Students have benefitted from his determination to solve whatever technical issue comes his way.

    Help us wish Marc well this coming Thursday, 10/27/2016 starting 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at Social Kitchen & Brewery. If you intend to join, please email me so I may reserve space.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 8:35 am on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Best of luck!

    • Richard Trott 8:58 am on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Marc!

    • Lisa Leiva 9:02 am on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations on the new job Marc, we’ll miss you!

    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 11:00 am on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Marc!

    • Tab McDaniel

      Tab McDaniel 2:20 pm on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations Marc! Love the perfection of the pic, Kirk =)

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:24 pm on October 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Marc!

    • Marc Andres 4:49 pm on October 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you all! I’ll truly miss working here. You’ve all been great to work with!

    • Min-Lin Fang

      Min-Lin Fang 9:42 pm on October 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you, Marc, for your help whenever we called upon on you in the classroom. Congratulations!

    • Dylan Romero

      Dylan Romero 5:44 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations on the new position Marc, you will be missed in the Tech Commons and all across UCSF!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 4:02 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink |  

    WebEx Training: October 6th 

    Many of us use ReadyTalk for conference calls and screen sharing, but WebEx is the new kid on the block.  The Library is planning on moving away from ReadyTalk and using WebEx by the end of the year since it’s free to us and is pretty easy to use.

    In order to prepare us for the change, I’ve arranged for Ben Wallen from ETS to give us some hands on instruction.

    The session is on Thursday, October 6th in CL201.  It’s scheduled from 10-11:30am, but I doubt it will run that long.

    Please register at .  If there are more people interested then will easily fit in the room, I can schedule another session.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Andres Panado

    Andres Panado 1:40 pm on September 22, 2016 Permalink |  

    Open Position: Borrowing Coordinator/Information Assistant 

    As many of you know, Azar Khatibi retired last June after 40 years of service as the Borrowing Coordinator.  The Access Services Unit has just posted the Borrowing Coordinator/Information Assistant position. For the full description, please see, and feel free to pass on the information to anyone you think might be qualified and interested in working for UCSF Library.

    Andy Panado
    Access Services Manager


  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 11:48 am on September 22, 2016 Permalink |  

    Temporary Position for Open Access Projects 

    There is a position open for a temporary, part-time open access projects assistant. The position will help with implementation of the Open Access Policy vis-a-vis the UC Publication Management System, as well as doing analysis of UCSF’s open access publication output.

    The position description is posted on the Library’s job site:

  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 7:07 am on September 8, 2016 Permalink |  

    The ZSFG Library and Archives has Joined the Team! 

    For those of you who weren’t at the staff meeting, I’m happy to announce that we’ve joined the UCSF Library team. We’ve been collaborating on projects for quite some time, but it’s nice to finally “make it official.”

    For those who aren’t familiar with ZSFG,  it’s the public, safety net hospital for the city and county of San Francisco. For nearly 150 years, it’s had an affiliation with UCSF, which provides physician and support services. We provide care for about 100,000 patients per year, regardless of their ability to pay, and UCSF PIs based at ZSFG conduct about 200M of grant funded research every year.

    Our library provides resources and research support to both UCSF and the Department of Public Health, as well as patients, their families, and the public. I tell people that we’re a public library, in a public hospital – which makes it a dynamic and interesting place to work! We also help manage patient portal engagement for ZSFG and the San Francisco Health Network, and we’re funded by NLM to develop better ways to engage underserved patients with these kinds of systems. We’re also home of the “ZSFG Archives” which collects and shares the rich history of our hospital for our community.

    We’re excited to continue working with all of you!




    • Richard Trott 9:13 am on September 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hooray! Welcome!

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 9:51 am on September 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome. What is your twitter handle?

      • Stephen Kiyoi

        Stephen Kiyoi 11:13 am on September 12, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey Alan – we don’t have a Twitter handle yet, but maybe that’s something to look into!

    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 11:56 am on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great news! Excited to continue to work with you all as well!

  • Dee Dee Kramer 2:57 pm on September 6, 2016 Permalink |

    Library Strategic Plan “Lite” 

    Hello everyone,

    At today’s Library staff meeting, I outlined our interim strategic plan. Here it is for your review. Please comment!


    The Library leadership team identified these top 4 strategic goals for the current year. The items below each goal are some (but not all) of the key activities we are planning to help us achieve these goals.

    1. Plan the Library’s Data Science Initiative.
      1. Prototype diverse programming (e.g., Software Carpentry, meet-ups, open science workshops) and assess what resonates with the UCSF community.
      2. Create a plan for a physical Data Science Center in the Parnassus Library.
      3. Engage Library unit/departments to explore how they could best participate in the Data Science Initiative, in the context of its particular collections and services.
    2. Expand the Library’s role in UCSF’s education and research enterprises.
      1. Establish the Library’s learning technology services as the school-neutral hub of campus educational technology infrastructure.
      2. Craft and implement a long-term plan for the Makers Lab.
      3. Re-engage with the new competency-based curricula for the professional schools to meet their needs.
    3. Provide patrons and staff with ideal environments in which to accomplish their goals.
      1. Begin design and implementation of a security plan for Parnassus Library.
      2. Re-imagine fundraising strategies to diversify funding sources.
    4. Develop assessment and marketing activities so that we can use data effectively to tell our story.
      1. Implement next phase of Communications Plan, which includes Library website redesign for optimal prominence and discoverability of core Library services.
      2. Initiate a Library-wide assessment program with the goal of creating a culture of assessment.


    Parking lot of items. Many of these will likely be captured in more detailed plans for implementation:

    • Assess the impact of Open Access Fund. (#1c, #3.)
    • Promote Library’s consultation services. (#1, #3.)
    • Enhance Archives & Special Collections research services to ensure discovery and accessibility.
    • Effectively exercise physical and intellectual control over holdings: inventory all archives and manuscripts collections; update catalog and accession records.
    • Make industry documents and digital archives—both paper and born-digital— accessible as data, within a wider landscape of data that includes clinical study, bench science, surveys, fieldwork, and other means of gathering and recording information that can be analyzed and studied. (#1a.)
    • Ensure access to UCSF’s unique and rare cultural heritage materials by establishing an endowment for Archives & Special Collections.
    • Dee Dee Kramer 4:06 pm on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Meant to say also this morning: On a more granular level, individual departments / units can discuss how its team members see their work in relation to the plan.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:08 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink |  

    New Learning Technologies Position 

    New position open in the Tech Commons! Please share with friends and colleagues who may be interested.

    The University of California San Francisco seeks a Learning Technologies Specialist to join our team of dedicated staff providing customer service and instruction in support of a wide range of instructional technology tools. The Learning Technologies Group at the UCSF Library supports the campus learning management system (Moodle), which is the center of a larger suite of web-based tools that we call the Collaborative Learning Environment. The Learning Tech specialists also support faculty, staff and students in the creation and use of media content for education.

    Successful candidates for this position are excited about the opportunities technology offers to enhance education, enjoy supporting and teaching novices as well as experts, and are looking for an environment where you can learn!

    See the full job announcement for #45599 at UCSF Careers.


  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 10:00 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink |  

    Help Test our Search Prototype 

    Michele announced the launch of our working search prototype in the #website Slack channel last week:

    Hi everyone! You’ve seen the prototype, but now we’d like to share the actual functioning search. This is an interim solution that will be used until we pilot the Summon search solution, but it should solve some of the problems that our current search presents.


    Please take a few minutes to kick the tires at We’re looking forward to your feedback, as well as reports of buggy or unexpected behavior. There’s a survey button on the prototype page, or you can comment publicly in Slack.

    The beta site is private and requires a login.

    Please see the Slack channel for the username and password, or email the Library Web team and we’ll send you the credentials.

    Image of beta search prototype

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:31 pm on August 12, 2016 Permalink |

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Andy PhotoHappy Friday afternoon. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted – guess I’ve been a little busy lately! This month’s respondent is Andy Panado, our longtime Access Services Manager and hobnobber with the stars.
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  • Richard Trott 2:05 pm on August 11, 2016 Permalink |

    Jon Johnson: 1, Bureaucracy: 0 

    Kirk nominated Jon Johnson for a spot award for his dogged persistence in dealing with the impedance mismatch between UCSF and an external vendor (WaterLogic). Kirk’s nomination is awesome and hilarious in its admiration and non-specificity. Kirk didn’t actually write the following text, but I believe it to be an accurate paraphrase of the nomination:

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    • Stefan Topfstedt 3:14 pm on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Finally, a water cooler. Now, all of my dreams have come true. Well, I only had that one dream in life. Thank you, Jon!

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 9:17 am on August 10, 2016 Permalink |  

    Content Driving Design 

    If you’ve joined the #website Slack channel, you may have noticed that last week Tab shared a prototype of a new Library home page including an interim search solution that will be used until we pilot the possible Summon search solution.

    We’ve put together a clickable prototype of the redesigned home page and we’d love your feedback. Check it out.

    The prototype is hosted at Invision; I put together a 5-minute how-to that you should definitely watch before diving in.

    We encourage you to take a look at the prototype, but we also wanted to explain more clearly that the Web Projects Team is not starting with a pre-determined design and just fitting content into it. The content needs are, in fact, driving the design. The look and feel and chosen solutions have been evolving as we talk with all of you — and balance that with our staffing and the available technologies.

    Many of you in the library have been involved in department content meetings over the last few months to help us determine requirements and rethink content with user needs in mind. These meetings are fundamental for us to be able to build the best library web presence, but they are taking longer than anticipated with many turning into two or three meetings.

    The result is that our goal of a new live site will be pushed out a month or two into the Fall. However, by the end of August, we still plan to have a lot fleshed out on the private beta site, so that staff members can see progress and give feedback.

    As the site gets closer to having all content in place and functioning as expected, it will take over as the live However, in those first few months, we will still think of it internally as being in beta. That means that while most of the key content and site architecture will be there, we’ll be especially seeking user feedback and adjusting things aggressively.

    After a while, we will cease to think of it as a beta site, but the Web Projects Team will seek user feedback on an ongoing basis to ensure that the site and its supporting technology continue to meet current user needs.

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 6:00 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: Library Updates, ,   

    The Many Paths to Open Access 

    At today’s Library Updates meeting I gave a talk about what’s going on with open access publishing. There’s alot of activity right now around OA publishing as well as some initiatives to transition institutions towards OA on a large scale.

    Here are my slides from the presentation, including notes to clarify what’s on the slides:
    Many Paths to OA_Library Updates_August 2016

    Regarding the Pay-It-Forward project, I wanted to highlight Susan Boone’s  role providing several years’ of UCSF journal payment data to the project coordinator. It was detailed and painstaking work!

    A few people said they were interested in keeping up with developments on these topics. What’s the best way to do that, and for us all to contribute? A Slack channel for scholarly communications topics? Posts to this blog? A wiki page? Add your comment below as to what works best for you!

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 10:59 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wiki pages, blog posts, and presentations I think. Thank you for a very informative presentation.
      Is there much discussion on how advertisements reduce costs? I looked on PLoS and they cite $40.00/cpm which I assume means someone must click through on the banner.

      • Anneliese Taylor

        Anneliese Taylor 3:14 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Alan. I haven’t seen anything specific about how much revenue ads contribute, but I’ll keep an eye out for that info.

    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 11:01 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like the idea of a scholarly communications Slack channel. Slack is well suited for dialog. (And thanks!)

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 3:26 pm on August 12, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Susan. Since the overwhelming response was for a Slack channel, I’ll go ahead and add one. 🙂

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