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Open Access Publications from the University of California


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There are 117 publications in this collection, published between 1990 and 2020.
Articles (39)

Preserving research data

Granting ownership rights to data, as if it were private property, only limits data access without ensuring the benefits of researcher precedence or the rewards for good data collection.

Personalized medicine: selected Web resources

Information about personalized medicine abounds, yet it is difficult to comprehensively search for information on this topic due to the broadness of the term “personalized medicine,” the variety of terms that are used to describe this concept, the vast amount of pertinent journal articles and Web sites, and the fast pace of developments in this field. A selected list of Web sites is provided as a starting place for information about concepts, terminology, projects, databases, tools, and stakeholders related to personalized medicine.

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Other Documents (11)

ARLIS Diversity Forum Zine

Participants in The Diversity Committee forum at the 2019 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City presented on  intersectionality through leadership in working with diverse populations that defines library identity with groups that do not necessarily see themselves reflected in the workforce or in library resources. This zine was created as take home materials for attendees of the forum.

ANYTHING BUT ROUTINE: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography of William S. Burroughs v. 4.0

This is a comprehensive bibliography of works by and about William S. Burroughs, annotated so as to assist students and scholars in distinguishing between distinctive, and distinctively different, printings of individual works.

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Presentations and Posters (52)

Center for Music Experiment: Creating a Digital Collection

This presentation covers the challenges and solutions of digitizing and preserving the UCSD Center for Music Experiment (CME) archive - a collection of approximately 1,644 analog recordings created between 1969 and 1993 documenting a wide variety of performances, lectures and demonstrations. The recordings were digitized by UC San Diego Libraries in an effort to preserve the content contained on deteriorating tapes and to make it available to music researchers in the future. The project involved use of the Archivists’ Toolkit for data management, adding the audio files to the library’s Digital Asset Management System, and building a custom player.

Strategies to Make Library Resources Discoverable

Libraries purchase thousands of databases, eJournals and eBooks each year, but their usage is relatively low. Research shows users understand the credibility and quality of library resources and prefer to use them if they can find them. But the complexity of information structure and poor design of many library websites make it difficult for users to discover this wealth of resources. How can librarians help make resources more discoverable to library users? Strategies successfully implemented at the University of California San Diego include better website design and navigation, Web 2.0-enriched subject portals, RSS for featured resources/services, user-controlled embeddable gadgets and tactics to link physical and the virtual libraries.

Surf, Sand, and Sun:  Gathering Library Feedback from Users through a Beach-Themed Event

The UC San Diego (UCSD) Library offers a variety of student-focused, de-stress events throughout the year to help students withstand the rigors of long hours of study in the library and the demanding nature of UCSD’s 11-week academic quarter.  While each event offers relaxing or stimulating activities and snacks to the student attendees, opportunities for sharing targeted feedback with the library are also provided.  One such event is the Spring Beach Party, held in April, which aligns with the campus’ location on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.  At the event, attendees receive free lemonade and iced tea, beach-themed snacks, and information about library services.  They can also play with kinetic sand, compose poetry with beach-themed magnetic words (also in celebration of National Poetry Month in April), enjoy beach-themed coloring sheets, and more. 


To enable feedback gathering at the 2018 Spring Beach Party, 13 large, colorful posters were created showing a variety of beach-related images, including surfing, friends, tunes, grub, relaxing, bonfires, treasures, and more.  Each poster was accompanied by a comment card with 3 questions associated with the theme, along with 2 related tips about library services or offerings.  For example, the “crowds” poster asked attendees about difficulties they experience finding a seat in the library during different times of the term, finding an available outlet in the library, and about the locations where available outlets are hardest to locate.  Tips on the card alerted attendees to the additional computers and study seats in a smaller, lesser-known library building, and about a recently-launched app with a live map of how busy library spaces are at any given time.


Attendees were encouraged to complete all or some of the comment cards, exchanging them with a staff member at the event for an equal number of raffle tickets.  Drawings for prizes were held throughout the event, though one did not need to be present to win.  Prizes included packages of kinetic sand, campus gift cards, snacks, and library-imprinted items.


Approximately 50 students completed at least some comment cards at the event.  To gather additional feedback, the same posters and cards will be hung in the library in the second part of the spring term, with additional prize drawings to be given out before Finals Week.  During the summer of 2018, all feedback from this initiative will be compiled and evaluated, so that actionable recommendations can be presented. 


The poster will show how, while not necessarily statistically representative, this low-cost, easy to implement approach can garner valuable, immediate, and actionable feedback directly from users in a fun and unique way that students find compelling.  Such an event, or a similar feedback initiative without a corresponding event, can easily be adapted to suit the needs, staffing, and budgets of a variety of other libraries.  The poster will visually share details of the event, display the feedback results, and outline the actions taken as a result of what was revealed in the student feedback.  Images will include the event itself, as well as the posters and comment cards used.

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Reports and Studies (5)

Union Catalog of Art Images (UCAI Phase 1):  Final Report

This report describes the work done to build a prototype for a union catalog of art images as a proof-of-concept that it is technically possible to create such a union database.

Documenting the Biotechnology Industry in the San Francisco Bay Area

This documentation strategy outlines an archival collecting model for the field of biotechnology to acquire original papers, manuscripts and records from selected individuals, organizations and corporations as well as coordinating with the effort to capture oral history interviews with many biotechnology pioneers.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes from Reference Desk Interactions in an Academic Library: An Exploratory Study

This paper presents the results of a preliminary study designed to examine the feasibility of conducting research into the learning outcomes associated with research consultation between reference librarians and university students. The researcher studied the teaching taking place at an academic library reference desk and assessed the student’s ability to apply what was taught to a new information need. The results indicate that participant awareness of library resources increased and their skill in searching online databases improved. Although participants demonstrated greater skill in identifying and obtaining useful information, they were unable to demonstrate an increased ability to assess the quality of the information acquired. The paper demonstrated that it is both possible and useful to assess the learning taking place at academic library reference desks.

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Books and Book Chapters (9)

Incrementally Building Community and User Engagement in the UC San Diego Library

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Library’s inaugural Learning Spaces (LSP) Program was formally established on July 1, 2013 through a library-wide reorganization process spanning 2012-2014. As a new program whose offerings remain in development, 2013-2014 presented the opportunity organizationally to initiate new library services and amenities and to adopt a new path based on the program’s initial strategic objectives.  This chapter details several of the ways in which the program began during its first year to accomplish its goals of engaging library users, building a sense of community and patron ownership within the library’s learning spaces, establishing a culture of assessment among program staff, and developing library spaces where students feel welcomed and supported in their academic life.  Activities detailed in the chapter are provided as examples for other libraries working toward similar outcomes.  Additionally, a limited literature review of library engagement and community building in libraries is presented, along with research support for many of the Learning Spaces Program’s new initiatives.

The Case for Performance Support

The design of information literacy instruction and the building of it are two distinct skillsets and processes; yet all too often everything gets mashed together, creating needless confusion and stress. In this book Turnbow, an instructional designer, and Roth, an instructional technologist, suggest a better way to organize the work. They shed light on the people, processes, and resources required to create a sustainable portfolio of online instruction. With the goal of fostering conversations in your library about the most streamlined and effective ways to get the work done.

Demystifying the instructional design and development process used to create online learning objects, this book will help you understand how instructional design principles and approaches can benefit your learners.

Beyond the Sandbox: Student Scholarship, Digital Citizenship, and the Production of Knowledge

Scholarly communication is undergoing an ever accelerating evolution in how research and scholarship are being conducted, how scholarship is being disseminated, and who is included in the creation and communication of new knowledge. At the forefront of this evolution are libraries and academics who recognize that students are not only creating new knowledge that is valuable beyond the walls of the classroom but that there is a dire need to support and educate students and institutions about the impact of information sharing on a global scale. Students share and receive information on the internet with very little context and support for their roles as knowledge producers and global digital citizens.

This chapter discusses how acting on these opportunities benefit the student well after graduation by inspiring citizens who are information-literate advocates for education, intellectual engagement, and science. The undergraduate who is trusted and supported as a public scholar can become a more empathetic and productive digital citizen. The authors; a scholarly communications librarian, a liberal arts professor, and an undergraduate alumna discuss and relate experiences of how addressing this educational opportunity through 1) classroom assignments, 2) instruction, and 3) publishing has created space for a deepened engagement with the affordances and challenges of being a public scholar and global citizen.

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