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  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 9:01 am on January 30, 2018 Permalink |  

    New Box Folder for Shared Library Documents 

    As we use UCSF Box more for sharing documents, it’s getting harder to find documents and folders.  To help combat this problem, a new folder has been created called Library Shared Folder that everyone can use to place documents (or folders) that all staff should have access.  Some existing folders have been moved into the folder.
    • What’s currently in there?  
    • Who should use it?
      • All Library staff!
      • New staff will be added
    • When/how should I use it?
      • If you have a document, Box Note, or folder you want everyone in the Library to be able to access.
      • Name folders and documents clearly, so it’s easy for people to figure out what they are.
      • By default, everyone will be able to edit documents in this folder.  If you want to make something viewable but not editable, then you can lock the document (under More Options).
    • What should I avoid?
      • Deleting folders/documents that you do not own.
      • Saving over documents (unless that’s their purpose).  
      • Uploading/creating items that are not ready to be shared.
      • Uploading/creating items that do not need to be shared with Library staff (i.e. files that only you or your department need access to).
      • Sharing this folder outside of Library staff.
  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 11:27 am on January 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Reminder: Nominate someone for a Campus STAR Spot Awards 2017-2018 

    We’re halfway through the year, so please consider nominating a eligible staff members (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 July 2017 through June 2018.
    • Nominations are open now!

    How does the nomination process work? 

    • Complete Section A of this brief form and send it to the nominee’s supervisor (included in the 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, Julia, Rich) will review nominations and ensure they comply with all policies and then finalize the award.

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

    Important Links:

  • 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.

  • 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!


  • 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 http://calendars.library.ucsf.edu/event/2832091 .  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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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 https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF00924.  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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  • 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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  • 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!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 4:49 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink |

    David Owen – soon to be Man of Leisure 

    DavidOwen_libguidesAs many of you probably know by now, David Owen will be retiring from the UCSF Library on Thursday, March 31st.  He joined the Library in August, 1992 – almost 24 years of service! –  as a Personal Information Management Specialist (PIMS) for Basic Science.  His basic sciences background was invaluable to his colleagues and our users when those hairy Chem Abstracts question arose.  During his tenure, he worked with the School of Pharmacy as the liaison from the Library and is the resident expert on EndNote, RefWorks, and too many other reference management software tools to name.

    In his retirement, we expect that David will have the opportunity to pursue his many interests, including painting, classical music, and spending time with his dog.

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 4:51 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations David. I will miss you.

    • Gail Persily

      Gail Persily 8:59 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      David – some day we should try to count all the different job titles you’ve served under, starting with the infamous PIMS.

      What will we do without your dry British humour?!

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 12:51 pm on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Best wishes David!

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 11:39 am on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, David!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 12:48 pm on March 4, 2016 Permalink |  

    Gail Persily in the Spotlight 


    Our Gail Persily is featured in a spotlight in the UC IT Blog.  Learn all about her!  Did you know she went to Grinnell College as an undergraduate?  Or that she spent time as a librarian at a television news station?  Or how she came to be at UCSF some 25 years ago?  Now you can find out about this and more!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 5:32 pm on December 3, 2015 Permalink |  

    Final 2 MLA Webinars 

    Before the holiday break, we’ll be hosting 2 final webinars from the Medical Library Association:

    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 as additional information is sent to registrants.

    In February, Megan Laurance will be presenting during Library Updates about precision medicine at UCSF, so the upcoming webinar would be a good primer.

    Hope you can join us!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 4:08 pm on November 2, 2015 Permalink |  

    Skillsoft: Online training for the UCSF Community 

    Online training via Skillsoft had a soft rollout at Sharecase the other week.

    A wide variety of topics are covered, including professional skills, leadership, business (including the Microsoft Office suite), system applications, and wellness. Earn CEs for project management, accounting, and take courses toward professional certifications.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 8:35 pm on October 30, 2015 Permalink |  

    More Webinars – Instructional Design and Precision Medicine 

    We’re hosting 2 more webinars in December:

    • Instructional Design for Medical Librarians on December 2 – registration
    • Precision Medicine:  What is it and why should I care? on December 9 – registration

    Both webinars are from 11am – 12:30pm in room 201.  If you’re planning to attend, please register.  People outside of UCSF will be invited as well, and there will be a cap on the number of attendees.

    Hope to see you at one of them!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 11:48 am on October 21, 2015 Permalink |  

    Data Visualization webinar (and others) 

    We received support from the PS/RML to host a series of webinars during the Fall. The first one is on Data Visualization and is next Wednesday, October 28, from 11am-12:30pm in room 201.

    Please register if you’re going to come: http://calendars.library.ucsf.edu/event/2216944  People outside of UCSF will be invited as well, and there will be a cap on the number of attendees.

    Future webinars are:

    • Instructional Design for Medical Librarians – Dec. 2
    • Precision Medicine:  What is it and why should I care? – Dec. 9
    • Integrating into the Electronic Health Record – TBD

    Mark your calendars if you’re interested.  A link to registration for upcoming webinars will be available soon.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 6:14 pm on October 16, 2015 Permalink |  

    Great Teamwork! 

    As most of us probably know, this morning we came in to find OCLC services down.  The biggest impact for us was that EZproxy stopped working, which meant that no one could access our resources, including on-campus.  Quelle horreur!  Access wasn’t restored by OCLC until 4:30pm, so it was a long day.

    Everyone rallied to troubleshoot and brainstorm solutions, communicate the issue to users and staff, make changes to the system, and communicate with OCLC and CDL.

    In particular:

    • Susan Boone – communicated with OCLC and CDL and kept library staff updated
    • Alan Daniel – tested EZproxy and answered users’ questions
    • Michele Mizejewski – helped with website issues and liaised with Rich
    • Kemi Amin – communicated the issue to our users
    • Brian Warling – put communications up on the CLE
    • Circ Staff and Tech Commons staff – dealt with in-person user questions

    It was great to see everyone work together to make the best of a bad situation.

    My apologies if I got any of the details mixed up or left anyone off.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 10:36 am on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If there ever was a Library situation warranting the use of “quelle horreur!” this was it 😉 I agree with Julia that it was great to see everyone come together, address things with a tiered approach, and follow through until all authentication was restored.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 2:30 pm on February 27, 2015 Permalink |
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    Invitation to Presentation by Ariel Deardorff, NLM Associate Fellow 

    On Thursday and Friday, March 5 & 6, we’ll be hosting Ariel Deardorff, an NLM Associate Fellow.

    She will be giving a presentation entitled “Exploring Data at the National Library of Medicine” on Thursday, March 5 at 9am in 119. She’ll discuss the NLM Associate program as well as some of the projects she and her fellow Associates are working on.

    Please join us if you’re able.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 3:36 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink |
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    October 2014 Accomplishments and Activities 

    sfgiantsHere is a brief recap of just some of the highlights of our accomplishments for October. Thank you to all of you for working diligently to make our large and small victories possible.

    • October might be World Series month (Go Giants!), but it’s also National Medical Libraries Month.  Thanks to Evans (Whit) Whitaker‘s suggestion and initiative, we featured testimonials from users about how the work of library staff has impacted them.  Liz Taylor provided the excellent slides for the news and numerous staff members rounded up the testimonials.  See the October News archive to read all the posts.  We’ll continue the series under a different name since we have a number of testimonials left!  It’s nice to hear directly from users about all the great work staff does.
    • October is also the time we celebrate Open Access Week.  Anneliese Taylor put together a robust slate of events.  The Open Access table, staffed by Anneliese, Megan Laurance, and Julia Kochi, drew a good number of people – both OA supporters and those who were interested in learning more.
    • We held the 3rd annual TLC Day on October 9, attracting over 100 faculty and staff to a day of workshops and sessions focused on the application of technology in education. The flipped classroom was a major topic, with Sean McClelland offering a popular session on “How to make sure your flipped classroom doesn’t flop.” Dylan Romero co-led a workshop on WebEx – UCSF’s new web conferencing platform.
    • Ever wonder what the coworker that you only see in the hallway does? And what their name is? Now you can find out thanks to a staff profiles page Michele Mizejewski put together.  Take a couple of minutes to add something about yourself!
    • Staff may not know it, but we get notices from journal publishers when they’ve identified unusually large downloads from our IP addresses (also known as breaches).  Usually they’re resolved quickly and quietly.  Not so with a major breach Alan Daniel has been dealing with for over a month.  A website called sci-hub has been mass downloading articles from Wiley.  Alan has worked with ITS, OCLC (for EZproxy), and Wiley to address the problem, and it looks like our vulnerability has been shut down (for now!).
    • The Hub and The Hideout opened in Mission Hall. Before we had a chance to unwrap all the furniture, students were in there taking advantage of the mix of collaborative and quiet study space. We began piloting pop-up services at The Hub as well, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Megan, Whit, David Owen, Anneliese, and Ben Stever. Congratulations to Jim Munson and Kirk Hudson for designing a space that appears to be gaining quickly in popularity.
    • The review of journals was completed this month by Sarah McClung.  Overall, 35 titles were canceled, mostly the print copy of a journal to which we have an online subscription.  To make her decisions, Sarah relied heavily on the print journal usage study overseen by Andy Panado and Susan Boone,  the review of online usage of locally licensed  titles done by Alan, and feedback from our users.
    • This month we launched our 12th course on Coursera – the last new course we expect to launch. These 12 courses plus 5 repeats have generated over 375,000 total enrollments. We will continue to offer repeats of successful past courses over the coming months.
    • Adding video to CLE courses became orders of magnitude easier when we rolled out the plug-in for our new Kaltura media hosting platform. Brian Warling, Carson Tam, Sean, Dylan, and Liz made it happen, from testing to user documentation.

    Staff Transitions/News:

    • Susan Boone was promoted to Technical Services Operations Manager in Collection Management as of October 6.
    • Mark Bridge became a new father with the birth of his daughter Anna on October 13.
    • Steve Williams accepted a position as UC Berkeley’s Academic Integrity Service Lead on their Educational Technology Services team. His last day was October 24.


    • Liz’s customer service prompted one patron to submit the following comment: “Liz was so helpful in identifying important ways that I could make my CLE course easier to navigate and improve the learner experience. She helped me make many of the changes and as a result I have a much more professional looking course and a better experience for the students. I could not have done this without the consultation she provided.”
    • Maggie Hughes received a Spot Award from Whit as thanks for all the work she did rounding up testimonials for National Medical Libraries Month.

    Again, thank you, everyone, for making the Library an invaluable resource for the UCSF community and beyond.  If I missed anything, please feel free to add it in the comments!

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 3:43 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tip: if you don’t see your name in Staff Profiles, it means you’ve never logged in to post or comment. Log in once and you will magically appear in the list.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 3:20 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink |
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    Interested in what Megan and others like her do? 

    Megan will be part of a panel, along with colleagues from USC and UCSD, talking about Bioinformatics and Libraries. The webinar is part of the Midday at the OASIS series and will be held Wednesday, September 17 from 2-3pm. More information, including how to register for it, below:

    Presentation Title: Bioinformatics and Libraries

    Presenters: with Yi-Bu Chen, PhD., M.S., Program Director, NML Bioinformatics Services, USC Norris Medical Library; Megan Laurance, PhD., Research Informationist, UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management; Lucila Ohno-Machado. MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Biomedical Informatics, University of California San Diego.

    Description: Speakers will address current issues in Bioinformatics and training programs and services for Bioinformatics through the Library,.

    Please register now for the Midday at the OASIS! Session!

    A recording is usually available if you can’t make the live version.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 2:16 pm on August 22, 2014 Permalink |

    New Alias for PubMed@UCSF 

    We recently requested a new alias for PubMed@UCSF: pubmed.ucsf.edu

    This alias will resolve to the same link that we’ve always used for PubMed@UCSF, which activates UC-eLinks and passes through EZProxy so if they’re off-campus, the user will be asked to enter their MyAccess account.

    We thought having the shorter alias would be especially useful when talking to people or answering emails, so you don’t need to tell people they need to go through the Library’s website. Tell them “Use pubmed.ucsf.edu!”

    Gail is working on some publicity, but the alias is working now, so we wanted to let everyone know.

    Thanks to Rich for setting up the alias!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 2:11 pm on August 7, 2014 Permalink |
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    Leslie Kleinberg Moving on Up – to the EVCP Office 

    Leslie Kleinberg has accepted the position of Administrative Specialist in the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost’s office effective October 1st. In her new position, she will be tracking and reviewing correspondence for the offices of the Chancellor and EVCP, producing web and email communications, supporting the University’s compliance with public requests for information, and planning events.

    Leslie has held a variety of roles since she joined the Library in 2000. She started with a dual position of web support and print communications, segued into focusing more on the web, became the main contact for upkeep and maintenance of the Library’s website, and has lately focused on using her project management expertise to support the Kaltura project. Throughout it all she has developed her skills as a project manager and has played an instrumental role on a number of big projects – from shepherding the migration of the website to Drupal, managing the migration to and implementation of ServiceNow, and most recently leading the implementation of EZProxy.

    I will miss Leslie’s willingness to step up to the plate and take on a new project or responsibility and the many contributions she’s made to the Library in the past 14 years. She’ll still be part of the EVCP family, so I’m sure our paths will continue to cross.

    Leslie’s last day will be Friday, August 15th. She will be away for medical leave and will start her new position October 1st.

    We’ll be having a going away Coffee Hour for her on August 15th from 10-11am. Please join us to wish Leslie well in her new position!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 4:15 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink |
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    Webinars about the NLM Administrative Supplement for Informationists grants 

    AAHSL (Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries) is sponsoring a series of webinars on the NLM Administrative Supplement for Informationists grants.

    The first webinar will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 at 10am and will feature a report from 4 of the 8 informationists whose institutions received awards in 2012.

    Speakers for the first session are:
    Sally Gore – U Mass
    Aileen McCrillis – NYU
    Rick Ralston – IU
    Victoria Goode – Johns Hopkins

    Here’s a full list of the funded projects: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/InfoSplmnts.html

    The second webinar will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 at 10am and will feature a report from 2 library directors whose staff serve as informationists for the grants awarded in 2012. Elaine Martin, UMass, and Neil Rambo, NYU, will talk about the program from the perspective of a library directors focusing their remarks on Administration and Assessment/Evaluation.

    Both webinars will be screened in 201. Please attend if you’re interested and your schedule allows.

    On a local note, Megan Laurance is working with Steve Hall of the Fisher Lab to submit a proposal for this year’s round of funding.

    The webinar will be recorded, and I’ll add the links as comments to this post when they’re available.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 3:47 pm on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A recorded version of the webinar is available https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p4s9tpjmxpn/ . There were some technical difficulties in the middle, so when you hit a spot where there’s no audio, skip ahead a few minutes.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 2:59 pm on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A third webinar has been added to the series. It will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 at 11am in rm. 201. It will feature updates from 3 of the remaining informationists.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 6:06 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink |
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    Open to everyone: Webinar on Research Data Curation, Sept. 11 and 18 

    Two webinars on research data curation will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 11th and Sept. 18th from 10-11:30am.

    E-Science Librarianship
    Wed., Sept. 11 from 10-11:30am, rm. 119
    Presenters will discuss the role of the library in the academic research enterprise and provide an overview of new librarian strategies, tools, and technologies developed to support the lifecycle of scholarly production and data curation. Specific challenges that face research libraries will be described and potential responses will be explored, along with a discussion of the types of skills and services that will be required for librarians to effectively curate research output.

    More info about the webinar, including presenters, is available at http://www.niso.org/news/events/2013/webinars/escience/

    Libraries and Big Data
    Wed., Sept. 18 from 10-11:30am, rm. 201
    Big data is being collected at a rate that is surpassing traditional analytical methods due to the constantly expanding ways in which data can be created and mined. Faculty in all disciplines are increasingly creating and/or incorporating big data into their research and institutions are creating repositories and other tools to manage it all. There are many challenge to effectively manage and curate this data—challenges that are both similar and different to managing document archives. Libraries can and are assuming a key role in making this information more useful, visible, and accessible, such as creating taxonomies, designing metadata schemes, and systematizing retrieval methods.

    Our panelists will talk about their experience with big data curation, best practices for research data management, and the tools used by libraries as they take on this evolving role.

    More information about the webinar, including presenters, is available at http://www.niso.org/news/events/2013/webinars/data_curation

    Please join us if you have time! If you’re not available during those times and would like to see the webinars, you can contact me. We’ll have access to the recorded versions for a year.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 4:30 pm on May 23, 2013 Permalink |
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    Current Topics: Medical Library Association annual meeting and Innovative User Group meeting 

    With the busy Spring meeting schedule, we’re having 2 Current Topics meetings in May. At the first session Julia (me!) reported on data management initiatives at 3 other libraries, Megan reported on libraries collaborating within interdisciplinary teams to increase biomedical literacy, Sarah talked about 2 collection development projects, Karen talked about the presentation she and Anneliese did about UCSF’s Open Access Policy, and Bea presented on RFID.

    Julia attended the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting and reported on a session about data management and sharing. There were 4 presentations: MIT, NYU, University of Florida, and Julia presented on the DataShare project the Library is working on with CTSI. The main takeaways from the presentations: everyone is still trying to figure out the library’s role in data management; researchers are unaware of the issues but are interested in being educated about them; offering workshops and consulting directly with PIs is a good way to start; there’s a lot out there already developed, so we don’t haven’t to re-invent the wheel; try and partner with other interested departments. One great piece of advice from MIT: advising is as important as providing a solution. For a good yet entertaining video of why it’s important to have a plan for data management and sharing, see NYU’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2zK3sAtr-4

    Megan attended the MLA One Health meeting in Boston and reported on a session called “Collaborations for Health”. There were 3 talks in this session that had the common theme of presenting a use case in which libraries played an integral role in a project that aimed to increase biomedical literacy and collaboration within an interdisciplinary team. 1. Vanderbilt discussed the role of the Knowledge Management group at the Eskind Biomedical Library in building the content and knowledge base behind a recently released free online resource, My Cancer Genome http://www.mycancergenome.org/. Megan also noted that this theme of libraries leading efforts to increase genetic literacy of their users was also represented in a new web page built by Judy Kammerer at UCSF Fresno http://genmedinfo.wordpress.com/. 2. Northwestern University presented the results of a series of workshops sponsored by the university’s CTSA and taught by the Biosciences and Bioinformatics Librarian, Pam Shaw. The goal of these workshops was to increase the information-seeking, genetic literacy, and bibliographic management skill levels of community health groups that serve as patient liaisons in the bench to bedside to community continuum. 3. University of Michigan presented the results from a collaboration between their Translational Research Liaison from the Taubman Health Sciences Library, medical school faculty, and their CTSA. This collaboration aimed to strengthen the communication and networking skills that are an essential component of any translational research effort and interdisciplinary team science. Speed Networking and Reciprocity Ring workshops were held, and both received very positive feedback from the faculty who attended. A third workshop on Giving and Elevator Pitch about your research was a little harder to get off the ground. Megan spoke with the presenter about the CIRM Elevator Pitch Challenge (the results of which are available here http://www.cirm.ca.gov/our-funding/stem-cell-elevator-pitch-challenge ), as a possible example to base their workshop on.

    Sarah attended the Medical Library Association’s annual conference in Boston and reported on two presentations. The first presentation was titled “Using a Decision Matrix to create a core list of Veterinary Monographs.” A group of veterinary medicine librarians was inspired by a core list of veterinary serials published in 2010 to attempt to create an authoritative list of key veterinary monographs. Because monographs lack the impact factor that serials have, they needed a way to determine the relative value of individual books. The plan was to survey librarians at accredited veterinary schools and then create a weighted formula to rank the titles using the survey results, lists of required readings for board certifications, and lists of required and recommended texts. At the time of the presentation, they had not created the matrix yet since compiling the list of titles had proven to be quite difficult and time intensive.

    The second presentation was titled “Bringing Back the Librarian as Collection Curator in Data Driven Acquisitions (DDA): A Year-Long Experiment in Next-Generation E-Book DDA in an Academic Health Sciences Library.” The presenter experimented with the same DDA model UCSF experimented with, Elsevier’s Evidence-Based Selection (EBS) model. This model allows the library to have access to all e-books from selected years and subject areas for a full year before choosing which ones to have perpetual access to. The presenter’s library, University of Southern California- LA, chose to participate in only the current year’s e-books. One of the issues the presenter experienced was that, because they chose to have access to the current year’s titles, they received access to the e-books as they became available throughout the year instead of all at once at the beginning of the year. This meant that when analyzing usage statistics, she had to keep in mind when access first started for the individual titles in order to fairly compare statistics.

    Bea attended the IUG (Innovative Users Group) annual conference and reported on a session about RFID (Radiofrequency ID) implementation. Based on the experiences of other libraries who went through this process, the considerations are:

    • Self checkout for patrons (no waiting to check out; frees staff to do other things)
    • Can keep the library open 24/7 with minimal staff
    • Speeds up check-in and inventory
    • Loss prevention (more robust than tattle-tape)
    • Extensibility (Metadata can be imbedded into the tags)
    • One-time expense for components (with annual maintenance fee); savings over several years

    • Labor intensive if converting collection to RFID system
    • Hardware installation requires customization
    • Inventory wands can be affected by interference from metal shelving
    • Not a great solution for media and hardware (no good way to affix tags)
    • Costly (sample cost for RFID hardware and software at another library: $101,000)

    In conclusion, it is not recommended to convert an existing collection retrospectively to an RFID system due to cost and labor considerations. However, RFID has the potential for extending services, minimizing theft and reducing staff requirements when applied to satellite locations with new or smaller circulating collections. Anyone who is interested in learning more about RFID, please contact Bea.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 12:30 pm on April 23, 2013 Permalink |
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    Want to suggest a book for the Popular Reading Collection? 

    Talk to Rachel Taketa and Eric Peterson! As of April 22nd, Rachel and Eric have taken over selection for the Popular Reading Collection. Since I’ve been the only person selecting since the collection started 5 years ago, having new people select books will bring different viewpoints and interests and broaden and refresh the collection.

    If you’re not sure what we have right now, you can see a list of all titles at http://ucsfcat.ucsf.edu/search~S0?/ftlist^bib329%2C1%2C0%2C98/mode=2 .

    Thanks Eric and Rachel!

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 10:30 am on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      More non-fiction please.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:00 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Definitely let Eric and Rachel know the types of non-fiction. The non-fiction titles are a little harder since we’re selecting from a limited catalog of titles, and it tends to focus on the more pop non-fiction.

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 3:18 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing. Lawrence Krauss

    • Richard Trott 8:36 am on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is it possible to get books that aren’t provided by that service we use? Specifically, we have the book _12_ about the Gallup workplace evaluation process down here in the CKM. (It’s in the catalog.) It is collecting dust, but given that the entire campus is undergoing the Gallup process, I wonder if it might be of interest to the campus at large.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:34 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sure, we can add that book to the popular reading collection. If you drop it off with Susan, she can label it and change the location in the catalog. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 11:23 am on April 18, 2013 Permalink |
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    Digital Public Library of America 

    The Digital Public Library of America (http://dp.la/) launched today at 9am PT. It’s an attempt to provide a single interface to the digital collections of America’s libraries, museums, and archives.

    Here’s an interview with the executive director: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/now-with-no-further-ado-we-present-the-digital-public-library-of-america/274963/

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 2:27 pm on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m impressed that this has gone live so quickly. Will CDL be a partner, that is, will UC or UCSF be contributing any images?

      • Julia Kochi

        Julia Kochi 12:09 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There have been some discussions how UC (and thus CDL) might want to participate in DPLA but nothing concrete has been decided. I think we have to decide how all the various parts fit together (local campus, UC collections, HathiTrust, etc.). Stay tuned for more info!

        • Julia Kochi

          Julia Kochi 4:30 pm on June 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          There was an announcement today that HathiTrust is partnering with DPLA, and we’re members of HT. Here’s more info:

          As announced today, HathiTrust Digital Library collections, including over 400,000 UC volumes, will be discoverable within the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) project. Of HathiTrust’s nearly 11 million volumes, the 3.5 million that are in the public domain or have been made publicly available by rights holders will become a DPLA “content hub”-accessible to DPLA users via the sharing of metadata records. HathiTrust will continue to host and preserve the digitized volumes. In a major new development, OCLC has agreed to apply Creative Commons “CC0” licenses to the hosted UC catalog records, to remove barriers to providing the records within DPLA’s data sharing agreement.

          This new partnership emphasizes anew how the UC Libraries’ mass digitization collections form a core piece of the future digital library for all, via HathiTrust, and now DPLA. For more information please see the official press release [http://dp.la/info/2013/06/18/hathitrust-to-partner-with-dpla/].

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 7:21 pm on April 12, 2013 Permalink |

    You’ve probably heard of TED talks, and TEDMED follows a similar vein but with an emphasis on multidisciplinary thinking in health, medicine and science. This year’s TEDMED is taking place April 16 – 19, and Scientific American is providing free access to its institutional subscribers.

    If you’re interested in watching some of the sessions, point your browser to http://www.livestream.co/tedmed . Once there, choose University of California, San Francisco and use the Affiliate ID L29124 or L44414. You can watch in real-time or on demand.

    Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann is speaking on Thursday between 8am – 9:45am. You can see a preliminary schedule at http://www.tedmed.com/event/abouttheevent?ref=schedule .

    Take some time to view some talks. You’ll be inspired!

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 7:23 pm on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not quite sure why the formatting is so weird, but all the information is correct!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 11:43 am on February 1, 2013 Permalink |
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    Welcome, Megan Laurance 

    Please join me in welcoming Megan Laurance as the new Research Informationist. Megan will be working with me to identify and develop new services for researchers. Initially she’ll be working on evaluating Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) and similar tools as well as on the DataShare project. She will split her time between Parnassus and Mission Bay. Her office at Parnassus will be in the Reference Suite (CL351) and her office at Mission Bay will be behind the Circ Desk.

    Megan comes to us from Ingenuity Systems where she has been a scientist for the past 12 years. Megan brings with her a deep understanding of the research process and needs of researchers, experience with user research and project management, and marketing. Megan earned her B.S. from Boston College and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Oregon Health Sciences University.

    During her free time, Megan enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and her 7- and 5-year old daughters.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 2:33 pm on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome Megan. I did some time at BC too, many hours of which were spent studying in O’Neill Library 🙂

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 3:37 pm on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome to UCSF, Megan.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 9:43 am on January 15, 2013 Permalink |

    Rebecca Tang Baby Announcement 

    Isla (EYE-lah) Tang arrived on January 2nd at 5am, 7 lb 4 oz, 21.5 inches. Mommy, Daddy, big sister and baby are all doing well!

    Congratulations Rebecca and family!

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