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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Research works and presentations included here have been selected by the LAUC Research and Professional Development Committee of the UC San Diego Library.

Cover page of Identifying Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Partner Needs: Survey Results on ECIP Set up

Identifying Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Partner Needs: Survey Results on ECIP Set up


This is a poster about ECIP partners’ ECIP set up experience. It was presented at the Poster session on June 23, 2018 at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans, June 23, 2018.

The Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Cataloging Partnership Program began in 2004. It is a collaboration between the Library of Congress (LC) Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program, publishers, and libraries across the United States.  System set up for the program proved challenging for library partners. A survey was conducted during February 8-March 6, 2018 to learn about ECIP partners’ ECIP set up experience. The findings show that communication and training documentation are two key elements for program to be effective and successful. The survey result helped LC CIP program develop new and improved ECIP system.

EdTech: Ensuring the "Ed" Comes Before "Tech" Through Online Tutorial Assessment and Evaluation


The tutorial environment presents specific limitations with regards to assessment and evaluation. Designers of online information literacy tutorials often will never meet their learners. They may be students who have been assigned a tutorial but who never actually speak to a librarian or they may be self-guided learners who are accessing self-help tutorials in order to learn how to do a task. The removal of an instructor presence creates limitations for formative and summative assessment. Using the experience of instructional design librarians who have created and evaluated over twenty online tutorials, taken by over 10,000 students, you will learn how to assess learning that occurs asynchronously online when learning analytics is not available and changes in student behavior as a result of learning is unobservable. 

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Cover page of Transcribing Oral Histories for Race and Oral History, Spring 19

Transcribing Oral Histories for Race and Oral History, Spring 19


Librarians Alanna Aiko Moore and Cristela Garcia-Spitz participated in the Race and Oral History class by teaching a workshop on the transcription process.  More information on the UCSD Race and Oral History Project is available at

Cover page of Tell Us How UC It: Social Impact through Digital Initiative Projects

Tell Us How UC It: Social Impact through Digital Initiative Projects


Panel presentation at the University of San Diego 2019 Digital Initiatives Symposium called "Having a Social Impact: Supporting Social Justice and Open Access through Digital Initiative Projects."  Digital infrastructures and tools allow organizations and institutions to create opportunities for projects, information transfer, learning, and platforms for a range of voices. It also creates opportunities that promote open access, social justice, and social impact. Panelists who are directly involved in digital initiative projects that specifically seek to impact society, either by opening up information resources to everyone, or by giving people the digital resources they need to be self-supportive, will talk about their projects and the beliefs that underpin their efforts. From libraries, to online content providers, to digital skills educators, the panel represents a wide range of organizations that are employing digital initiatives for social good. Organizations participating in this panel discussion include the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, Digital Divide Data, the Center for Bibliographical and Research Studies, UC-Riverside, and the UC San Diego Library.

Cover page of DLF Project Managers Group - Project Portfolio Management Demo

DLF Project Managers Group - Project Portfolio Management Demo


This new series of demos are hosted by the Digital Library Federation Project Managers Group as a skill-sharing and virtual learning experience. The first of the series was presented by Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the UC San Diego Library on Friday, April 5th at 2pm EST (11am PST). Cristela discussed project portfolio management and shared a demo of how digital projects are being tracked by the UC San Diego Library's Digital Library Development Program using Confluence and JIRA. She also covered some of the goals and challenges of portfolio management. The presentation recording is available at:

Cover page of Inclusive Places in Online Spaces: Creating Inclusive Online Library Tutorials

Inclusive Places in Online Spaces: Creating Inclusive Online Library Tutorials


When fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in online spaces, accessibility is the framework by which tutorial developers work. However, missing from this frame and the associated literature is how to create inclusive tutorials that are reflective of diverse student populations. Participants will learn how we are moving beyond accessibility for equitable access to create tutorials that are not only accessible but also reflective of our diverse student population. Our solutions are grounded in teaching and instructional design practices for diverse populations. We will also discuss how we are evaluating our efforts by working with student groups to incorporate their viewpoints.

Cover page of Does an open access publication have to cost so much?  A study of departmental publication patters in order to recommend high quality - low cost alternative open access journals.

Does an open access publication have to cost so much?  A study of departmental publication patters in order to recommend high quality - low cost alternative open access journals.


Poster presentation at the Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) 2019 meeting in Reno, NV. March 29, 2019.

The growth in the number of open access (OA) medical journals as well as the adoption of an open access philosophy can present challenges for authors when publishers’ average Author Processing Charge (APC) is $2,500 and climbing. Studies indicate that OA journals increase an articles views, use, and influence. Libraries are investing in OA in a number of ways including special memberships or subscriptions. Some OA journals have questionable characteristics which can make the choice of OA journal confusing especially with issues of quality, visibility, or impact.  With the growing number of scholarly concentration programs in medical schools publishing and related issues like OA becomes increasing more relevant.

The project: Find open access journals with low to no APC that are high quality (based on COPE and DOAJ qualifications) in the subject areas where faculty publish and are comparable to the journals in their current CV.

The design: Create a master list of departmental publications using tools such as Web of Science, PubMed, and Dimensions to identify the publications where faculty publish and the impact factors of the predominantly used publications.  Using additional tools such as DOAJ and others, identify alternative comparable publications.

This study looked at the publishing practices the clinical faculty in one department at a R1 university. We hope to make this process scalable and flexible enough to use across disciplines and departments at any institution.

Outcomes: Raise the awareness of quality low-cost APC journals that are comparable to traditionally published journals.  Creation of master list of departmental publications to use for the comparison.

Innovation’s strengths & limitation: Basing the study on a small department makes it a manageable project but limits its broad applicability to all fields of medicine or medical education.

Feasibility & generalizability: Because clinical disciplines frequently publish in similar journals, the resulting list of quality OA journals will raise awareness of such journals for a wide variety of clinical disciplines.

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Cover page of Towards Interoperable and Equitable Scholarly Communications Ecosystems: Values-based Questions to Ask Infrastructure Providers

Towards Interoperable and Equitable Scholarly Communications Ecosystems: Values-based Questions to Ask Infrastructure Providers


Presentation for the Fall 2018 membership meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) on Dec. 10, 2018. The goal of the project is to shape and guide infrastructure adoption so that our academic institutions will influence and contribute to a healthy, sustainable, fair and equitable research information and scholarly communication ecosystem. Related to 

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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Building Community among Staff through Engagement and Recognition


The Access Operations Program at the UC San Diego Library consists of 29 staff based at 3 locations, working 2 shifts, and a variety of weekly schedules.  Its current merging with another 6 staff from the Library’s Learning Spaces Program adds more complexity to establishing a sense of community among program staff.  Goals of effectively working together to support library users through diverse service offerings are served when staff are bound by shared purpose, connection with peers, and an overall sense of community.  Recognition of staff and their achievements also builds morale and motivation and contributes to community.  This poster will share some simple tools and activities implemented in the UCSD Library to address the leadership challenge of recognizing staff contributions and helping to build a sense of community among staff spread across a variety of work locations, schedules, and shifts.   Examples include “remote BINGO” games, quarterly staff celebrations, staff engagement posters, and an intranet recognition board.

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