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  • 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, , scholarly communication   

    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. 🙂

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 2:35 pm on August 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Changes prompted by LibQUAL results 

    Remember back in February when we shared the results of the LibQUAL Library Survey? At that time we laid out five areas where we found potential for improvement:

    1. Library Website/User experience
    2. Electronic Resources
    3. Marketing/Awareness of Services
    4. Space – Noise, study rooms, furniture, hours, security
    5. Staff – front desk

    In May, I presented our findings at the Library Staff Meeting and shared the steps that each of the five groups were taking to address the issues they had found

    Now here we are in August and we are starting to see some of these LibQUAL-prompted changes realized. Just to give you an idea, here are some of the things we have been working on:

    Changes that have already occurred:

    • New print materials at the Mission Bay Library (Electronic Resources)
    • A new popular reading request form to improve the collection (Electronic Resources)
    • More supervisor support at the front desk (Staff)

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  • Polina Ilieva

    Polina Ilieva 11:24 am on July 26, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , digital archivist,   

    New position in Archives: Digital Archivist (1-year temporary) 

    We are existed to announce that we have a new temporary associate librarian position open: Digital Archivist. For the full description, please see:  Please feel free to share that description with anyone you think might be qualified and interested.  To ensure full consideration by the search committee, apply by August 15, 2016.  Any questions about the position may be addressed to me. That job is also listed on the library website:

    The Library and Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California, San Francisco seeks a dynamic, creative, and service-oriented professional for the position of Digital Archivist. The appointment is for a one year, full time position. If funding becomes available for an extension of the program requiring this position, the candidate will be encouraged to apply for the appropriate (non-Temporary) Librarian title.

    In the increasingly digital world when the majority of scholarly output comes in a digital format or is being digitized for ease of access, the UCSF Archives & Special Collection has been working the past 20 years on digitizing its materials and building digital collections. However, now that the number of born-digital materials produced by UCSF faculty and researchers as well as outside donors is growing exponentially, there is a need to establish and provide leadership for a Digital Archives Program within the Archives & Special Collections department. The Digital Archivist will develop and implement UCSF-wide policies and procedures that facilitate the acquisition, transfer, preservation, arrangement, description, and access to born-digital materials in accordance with emerging standards and best practices; collaborate with UCSF records managers and the Data Services librarian to realize and implement preservation, management, discovery, and access initiatives for institutionally created email, media (i.e., web pages, images, moving image, and audio) and other born-digital materials; lead and oversee Archives & Special Collections digitization program of textual, photographic, architectural, and audio-visual materials.

  • Sean Mcclelland 9:00 am on July 25, 2016 Permalink |
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    Top 10 for Slackers 

    Hello everyone! The Slack messaging and collaboration application is gaining momentum. The CKM introduced Slack to the Library in the Fall, and since then membership has grow to over 40 Library users, most of whom are actively engaged and posting to their respective teams and channels. Some users are now collaborating via Slack with other UCSF departments outside of the Library, and even beyond that with colleagues at other UCs.

    I was very skeptical of the idea at first. I thought, why introduce yet another potential distraction to my day, which was already overfilled by email, instant messages and meetings? How could this possibly be a good thing?! And the answer is; because it’s easy to use, accessible, non-intrusive (if used properly), and most importantly, Slack encourages idea sharing and transparency. I now spend less time on email, virtually no time on instant messaging, and in general, I feel better informed.

    slack application windows

    Let’s return to the “(if used properly)” note from above. This is the very important, because it can seem like a burden to keep track of all the posts in Slack, and new channels can be created at any time. Slack is a tool that should enhance, not complicate your workflow. With that in mind, and drawing on my own personal struggles and successes with collaboration methods here at UCSF, I’ve created a top-10 list of guidelines for becoming a master slacker. I look forward to the conversations that will follow!

    1. Create and publish guidelines within your group about the best use of Slack.
    2. If you need an immediate response from someone on an important issue, call or visit them in person, instead of using Slack.
    3. If you want to make sure someone sees a post, “at-mention” them (i.e. @seanmcclelland), to ensure they receive a notification.
    4. Use Slack to share ideas, collaborate, and update your colleagues on current projects.
    5. Transfer important, archive-worthy information into the Wiki.
    6. Transfer customer support questions out of Slack, and into Zendesk.
    7. “Mute” channels that you are not directly related to your job function (open channel > channel setting icon > mute).
    8. Be polite, courteous and professional, even in direct messages. Nothing in Slack is 100% private.
    9. If you are a daily user, try the Slack desktop and mobile apps for more convenient access.
    10. Search for and join other public Slack channels to connect with colleagues at other UCs and beyond.

    We are collecting notes and tips about Slack in the Wiki:

    Useful tips from the official Slack blog:

    • Gail Persily

      Gail Persily 5:07 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am glad you mentioned that you feel better informed. It’s true – now that Slack is being used for a wide range of projects/activities at the Library, it makes it easy to keep up on things I care about, but am not as directly involved in, e.g. Library website and the Summon pilot.

  • Anneliese Taylor

    Anneliese Taylor 5:29 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink |  

    Ithaka 2015 Faculty Survey Results 

    While at the American Library Association meeting in June I attended a session presenting the results of Ithaka’s latest survey of US faculty, with over 9,200 responses. The survey gives a good snapshot of self-reported practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage over time, since the survey is run every three years.

    There’s alot of really interesting data to look at with regards to discovery, access and formats,  research dissemination, instruction, and the role of the library. Many results are also broken out by discipline. “Medical” was added as a field for the first time n 2015, so we can now view results that are more relevant to UCSF.

    I put together slides with some of the key results. The full results are available from Ithaka S&R’s web page. Ithaka’s surveys can also be administered locally at a campus, with separate surveys for graduate students and faculty.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 4:12 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink |  

    Data Services and Assessment Librarian interview – July 18 

    As I mentioned in the staff meeting, we’ll be interviewing Ariel Deardorff for the Data Services and Assessment Librarian position on Monday, July 18th.  Ariel will be giving a presentation entitled “Vision for UCSF Library-Based Data Science Services”  at 10am in room 201.  All staff are invited to attend as schedules permit.

    Ariel’s cover letterCV, and interview schedule are available on Box.

  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 3:21 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink |  

    Website Redesign: Getting a Handle on Our Information Architecture 

    We’ve already posted a few times about evaluating and refining our content for maximum scannability (on the web, scanning is the new reading). Today I want to share how the web team is working to better organize and structure our content for maximum findability. In other words, we need to get a grip on our information architecture (IA).

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    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 3:37 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love the graphics and style of your presentation Tab!

      • Tab McDaniel

        Tab McDaniel 3:45 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks! Also, thanks for the super-mathy chalkboard image from one of your presentations … I think it was the LibQUAL results overview?

    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 3:50 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Haha yep! Although all thanks goes to Kemi for gathering those images.

    • Jonathan Johnson 1:01 pm on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love this low impact way of testing assumptions. I’m trying to figure out how we can steal it. Great write up.

      • Tab McDaniel

        Tab McDaniel 3:49 pm on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thnx! Ping me if you want to talk about testing methods …

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 10:56 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Test comment — does Tab get an email alert?

  • Richard Trott 12:48 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink |
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    UCSF Library Slack 

    If you haven’t tried out (or heard about!) the UCSF Library Slack, here’s a short list of features. If you have not yet joined the UCSF Library Slack, try it now!

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  • Beatrice Mallek 2:14 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink |  

    3D Printing Applications 

    eNABLE Prosthetic Hand

    Ever since 3D printers were made available in the Library, I’ve wanted to join eNABLE, a volunteer organization, and help support their efforts to make prosthetic hands for those in need.   I completed my first 3D-printed hand a few weeks ago, and I’m happy to be able to share that it passed inspection, and I have been added to the list of eNABLE hand makers. I am really looking forward to working with the matching team to provide a prosthetic hand for a recipient.

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  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 3:18 pm on June 27, 2016 Permalink |  

    2 Brown Bag presentations: Ben Goldacre (bad science) and Ellen Jorgensen (biohacking) 

    At the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting this year, there were two interesting plenary speakers.  Ben Goldacre talked about “bad science” and got the New England Journal of Medicine bothered enough that they sent an email to all MLA attendees.  Ellen Jorgensen spoke about Genspace, a makerspace-like biolab, and citizen science.

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  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 6:00 am on June 27, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: pilot   

    Fixing Library Search — One Box to Rule Them All 

    This coming Fall (probably October), the Web Projects Team will begin pilot-testing the Summon Discovery Interface as a replacement for our current global search. Tab McDaniel and I put together this overview to bring you up to speed on the state of UCSF Library search.

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    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 10:36 am on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Note that the Sloan-Kettering search box says “Find PMID’s, DOI’s, articles, journals, books, databases & more…” and if a user enters 26720208 they are taken right to authenticated PubMed — no intermediary screen. A win for the user!

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 9:00 am on June 14, 2016 Permalink  

    UCSF Capital Campaign Library Proposal 

    During our last staff meeting, I announced that UCSF will be launching a multi-billion dollar and multi-year capital campaign. The Library was one of the departments to submit a proposal of concepts (thanks to Jim Munson and Dan Lowenstein!) for campaign themes to help inform the University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) team as they prepare for the campaign.

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  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 12:00 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink |  

    New position: Data Services and Assessment Librarian 

    We have a new librarian position open:  Data Services and Assessment Librarian.  Here’s a summary blurb.  For the full description, please see  Please feel free to pass on the description to anyone you think might be qualified and interested.  To ensure full consideration by the search committee, apply by June 22.  Any questions about the position may be addressed to me.

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  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 2:30 pm on June 3, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: content, databases   

    Database Redux 

    As some of you may be aware, the Web Projects Team is working to move the current library website off its old Drupal 6 platform and in the process, also improve user experience. One of the most important elements of the Library site is access to databases, so starting next week the databases page will have a new home. Following the example of many other academic libraries, we will be using the assets part of Springhare’s LibGuides. One benefit is that this content will immediately be more usable on mobile devices.

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  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 11:29 am on June 2, 2016 Permalink |
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    Staff spreading the word – Ariel Deardorff, Sarah McClung, Peggy Tahir, and me 

    Library staff were busy in May presenting at conferences internationally (!) and locally.

    Ariel, Sarah (in absentia), and I  presented at the Medical Library Association’s meeting in Toronto.  It was a joint meeting with the Canadian Health Libraries Association and the International Clinical Librarian Conference.

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  • Tab McDaniel

    Tab McDaniel 10:01 am on June 1, 2016 Permalink |  

    On Meeting With Experts and Searching for Library Services 

    A staffer reached out to the web team to let us know they’d had a hard time finding out how to book a consultation with a librarian (or topic expert) at our web site.

    We know that a lot of our most crucial content isn’t very easily found, and the web team is working to fix that with our redesign. In fact, while we’re planning to prominently feature ‘meet with an expert’ on our redesigned home page, there are already a few paths to booking consultations on in case you (or a patron you’re helping) need to:

    • ‘Meet With an Expert’ is an option in both the Research Support and Course Support menus, and clicking either link lands the user at Specialized Consulting Services
    • Research Support link appears in the right-hand sidebar on a number of relevant pages, and takes the user to Specialized Consulting Services
    • The Ask Us/Contact Us links are available at the top and bottom of every page of our site, and take the user to our main contact form; in fact, most paths from the Specialized Consulting Services page eventually route the user to the main contact form

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    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 10:33 am on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Love the suggested search terms- “men with a librarian” 🙂

      Why is the page title so wordy? “Specialized Consulting Services” seems like overkill to me. Meet with an expert, schedule an appointment, etc. seem way friendlier and to the point.

      • Tab McDaniel

        Tab McDaniel 10:36 am on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “Specialized Consulting Services” is definitely not what you’d call user friendly. We promise you won’t see it on the new site 😀

  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 9:59 am on May 27, 2016 Permalink |  

    Tableau 101 for Library Staff 

    Happy Friday Everyone! I wanted to let you know that I will be teaching a class on the data visualization tool Tableau on June 22nd (from 10-11:30 in CL220). This version of the class is just for library staff and will cover the basics of the tool and give you an idea what you can build with it.

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    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:10 pm on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m interested but will be out for ALA. Just letting you know in case you offer this again later on.

    • Richard Trott 3:26 pm on June 17, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would also take it but I have a conflict. You should totally do this again.

  • Lisa Leiva 4:48 pm on May 26, 2016 Permalink |  

    New Web Page for the Tech Commons 

    We’re excited to announce that the Tech Commons recently launched a new webpage on the library website! Until now, the Learning Tech Group and Library help desk had separate web pages but we have merged as the Library Tech Commons Team.

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    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 4:59 pm on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks great!

    • Andres Panado

      Andres Panado 5:06 pm on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very nice and clean looking!

      Quick question: Under “Course Support” on the still says “Library Tech Support”. Should it be renamed to “Library Tech Commons” for consistency? Not a big deal…just caught my eye, that is all.

      • Tab McDaniel

        Tab McDaniel 3:06 pm on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good question, Andy! The web team decided to keep ‘Learning Tech Support’, because ‘tech support’ is more easily understood by our patrons than ‘tech commons’.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 3:08 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , illustrator, , ,   

    Meet Michelle McNeil 

    Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil

    Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil


    In this recording, I interview the Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil who started her position at the Library on Monday, February 29. Since her start, Michelle has been a great marketing and communications collaborator, from posting calendar listings to working with me on marketing strategies, and everything in between. Michelle will be with us through the end of June.

    Since this formal Off the Shelf introduction is a bit late (okay, a lot late!), I decided to do something different and interview Michelle podcast style. Enjoy!




    Illustration by Michelle’s McNeil >

    Books mentioned:
    Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard
    Design as Art by Bruno Munari


    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:43 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great drawing, Michelle! We’re glad to have you here.

  • Min-Lin Fang

    Min-Lin Fang 1:37 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink |  

    Welcome Jill Barr-Walker, the new Clinical Librarian at ZSFG 

    jill3Jill Barr-Walker is the new Clinical Librarian at ZSFG Library. She earned her MPH from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and her MS (LIS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a librarian and researcher at several institutions including Stanford, New York University- Abu Dhabi, CDC, and WHO. She is passionate about sexual & reproductive health and rights and is excited to become involved in the dynamic research happening in this field at ZSFG! She has traveled to six continents and has no desire to visit Antarctica.

    Jill has met some librarians to learn more about what projects we are working on.  In the hope she might collaborate with us on some projects in the future. Jill, Welcome on board!

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 2:53 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome, Jill! We’re glad to have you at SFGH! Or rather ZSFG (Zuckerberg SF General, for those like me who didn’t know what the Z stood for).

    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 4:50 pm on May 24, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great to have you aboard, Jill! Looking forward to working with you.

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 12:28 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: content_audit   

    Content Audit Results 

    Back in February, the Web Projects Team put out a call for volunteers to help with a content audit of every page of There was a great response, and using methods outlined at LibUX, the group did a comprehensive inventory and objective evaluation that will be instrumental to guiding improvements over the next several months.

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  • Ariel Deardorff

    Ariel Deardorff 11:23 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink |  

    LibQUAL Presentation from Today’s Staff Meeting 

    The LibQUAL presentation from today’s staff meeting is available here:

    If you want to look at the charts in more detail you can find them here: (click through the tabs at the top to see all the different variations).

    Let me know if you have any questions, or want to talk about any other assessment projects/ideas!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 12:15 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink |
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    Staff in Print – Ariel Deardorff and Peggy Tahir 

    In April, both Ariel and Peggy published papers but in very different areas.  Ariel published a review of the data visualization software Tableau in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA).  The piece highlights features of Tableau, why and how people might use it, and covers the differences between the versions available.  JMLA is open access, so you can read the full-text of the article.  Peggy was a co-author of a systematic review that reviewed studies using remote physical activity monitoring in neurological diseases, highlighting advances and determining gaps.  Peggy participated in the development of the search strategy and methodology – a key component of a systematic review.  The article is in PLOS ONE, another open access publication.  Congratulations to Peggy and Ariel on their publishing accomplishments!

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 10:58 am on April 21, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: WordPress   

    Improved editing experience for library blogs 

    For anyone that posts to a library blog, take note that the newest version of WordPress offers improvements in how you format and create links. It also makes it easy to preview how your site will look on small screens. Check out the overview:

    You can use these features on this blog too, if you are writing from the backend. However, you can also make quick basic posts right from the front interface making Off the Shelf a bit of an exception.

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 1:18 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink |  

    Lean and Mean 

    Both Group Study Rooms and Faculty Carrels recently went on a text diet. The result is that the key points are still there, but the amount of content on those pages has been trimmed significantly. Since the streamlined version is short and to-the-point, it’s much more likely to be read by users too.

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    after image


    More pages will be getting this treatment as part of the content audit process that the web team and a group of volunteers kicked off recently. If you manage the content of a page, start thinking about ways you could make it less text heavy and easier to skim.

  • Michele Mizejewski

    Michele Mizejewski 10:44 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink |

    MyAccess for room reservations and classes 

    Big news! For all our services from Springshare, (e.g. LibCal room reservations and library classes) we now have the option of turning on authentication via MyAccess. In the past this was not possible, and users reserved with an email address, but there was no way to truly enforce access to areas meant for a limited audience. Now, those who manage spaces or classes can require users to log in by setting one of these permission levels:

    • UCSF MyAccess (no rules = anyone with UCSF MyAccess)
    • UCSF students only
    • UCSF faculty only

    Most have opted for the broad UCSF MyAccess, but group study rooms are set to UCSF students only while faculty carrels to UCSF faculty only. Of course, there are cases where MyAccess isn’t activated at all, when reservations need to be open to anyone. The Archives reading room reservations are a good example of that. 

    submit button

    Clicking Submit prompts MyAccess login

    not a student

    Non-student attempt to reserve Group Study Room

    Many library and learning tech classes now also require MyAccess to register. This makes the process a little simpler for both students and staff and pre-populates forms with some key information.

    Along with offering users a better experience, implementing MyAccess for these things brings us a step closer to using one set of credentials for all library services.

    Thanks to all the room and class managers (Dylan, Andy, Eric, Kemi, and Kirk to name a few) who helped get this off the ground, as well as Geoff Boushey for his help navigating MyAccess permissions.

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