This Just In: Recently Acquired Gifts and Purchases

April 9th, 2014

A mini-exhibit of recent acquisitions in the History & Special Collections for the Sciences section of UCLA Library Special Collections is on display at the Louise M. Biomedical Library (4th floor public reading room) through 30 April 2014.

Items are headlined:

  • Collecting all sides of an issue
  • Everyone’s first book must be a book of verse
  • Failed separation of monozygotic (cow) twins
  • History of toilets
  • It’s a book … it was a book … it’s an artist’s book
  • Vaccination armband

This exhibit is part of an occasional series, “This Just In: Recently Acquired Gifts and Purchases”.

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Scopus Workshops for Researchers, March 13, 2014

March 5th, 2014

The UC campuses recently began a one year trial of the Scopus database.  Scopus is a multidisciplinary citation and abstract database for research literature and quality web sources, offering several unique tools for tracing, analyzing and visualizing research information in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences, technology and medicine.

Join us for a workshop to learn how Scopus can help you:

• Find the latest research in your field
• Find other researchers doing work like yours
• Find the best journal to submit your work
• See who is citing you


This workshop will cover how to:

• Use Scopus to track, analyze and visualize research
• Use ORCID to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications
• Use Mendeley as a reference manager and PDF organizer to make the process of writing papers more efficient


Training for researchers in the sciences:

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Biomedical Library, Classroom


Training for researchers in the social sciences and humanities:

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Young Research Library, West Electronic Classroom, 23167 (2nd floor)

BioOne website scheduled maintenance on Saturday, March 1

February 24th, 2014

This message was sent to us from BioOne:

We want to let you know the BioOne website will be undergoing maintenance starting Saturday, 1 March 2014 . Scheduled downtime will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (UTC-5) and may last up to 16 hours . During this time content and services on will be unavailable.

Most scheduled maintenance on BioOne is completed within four hours. However, we will be performing upgrades to network equipment that require more time than the typical 4-hour window. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions please contact Library Services .

Help the Library! Participate in Library Website Usability Testing

February 24th, 2014


Researching and addressing usability concerns for the library. 

The introduction of a new homepage is a first step in a larger site wide redesign process, and we are conducting “usability lite” drop in sessions next week to gather feedback on another more extensive UCLA Library homepage redesign that will provide a direction for the site-wide redesign. The sessions are drop-in and should only take 30 minutes of your time and will give you a preview (and a voice) in the next major redesign of the homepage.

 Who:  Library User Volunteers

 What:  Sneak Preview

UCLA Library Homepage Mock Up

         Your Thoughts?

Participate in a 30 minute drop-in session or you can comment on a print out

Where: Young Research Library – 1st Floor Pod

When:  Drop in during one of the following time slots:

Mon Feb 24 (1-4 pm)

Tues Feb 25 (1-4 pm)

Wed Feb 26 (10-Noon)

Any questions? Ask us!

National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated Haz-Map with 481 new agents

February 13th, 2014

NLM has updated Haz-Map with 481 new agents, including 23 agents causing occupational asthma. Fifteen new hazardous job tasks linked to jobs and industries were also added in this update.

Haz-Map now covers over 9170 chemical and biological agents and 241 occupational diseases.

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work.  Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It currently covers over 5997 chemical and biological agents and 235 occupational diseases.

More information can be found at

<originally published on NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L discussion list>

NIH Public Access Policy Workshop on March 7, 2014

February 13th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it would delay processing of renewals to PIs who are not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy beginning July 1, 2013.  Are you in compliance?  Make sure your funding isn’t at risk, and learn more about how to ensure that you comply with the Policy. We’ll discuss:

  • submission methods and how to be sure your article has successfully been submitted to PubMed Central
  • tools to help navigate compliance: My Bibliography
  • citing your compliant articles in grant applications and progress reports
  • your questions about the Policy and how to comply.

Class meets in the UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS), March 7, 2014, noon-1 p.m.  Please register to reserve your space.  Workshop will be taught by Vessela Ensberg, Data Curation Analyst.  Can’t join us in person?  Sign up to attend via webinar.

Questions?  Email for more information.

Grow(ing) Up! The UCLA Library Baby Record Books Collection

February 6th, 2014


Selections from the UCLA Library’s Baby Record Books Collection are on exhibit in the UCLA Powell Library Rotunda through April, 2014.

“Grow(ing) Up!” celebrates the 10th anniversary of the collection’s founding.

Baby books contain categorized headings and spaces to guide parents to record memories about developmental milestones and activities in a child’s first few years. The memory books provide places to gather photographs, locks of hair, and other mementos.

In March, 2004, local antiquarian bookseller and UCLA alumna Barbara Rootenberg donated a copy of a London physician’s brief work from 1885, The Parents’ Medical Note-book. She asked us, “What medical information do baby books collect?” A lot, as it turns out, from physical developmental milestones to details about vaccinations, illnesses, and accidents.

No other libraries were collecting the books with vigor, so we bought a few (mostly through eBay, some at swap meets, some from booksellers) and accepted books as donations.  A decade later, we haven’t stopped, even at 1400 copies spread across more than 750 titles and editions since the 1870s.

Although our collection development strategy focuses on infant development, health, and illness, we are collecting comprehensively—every title and edition we do not have, and multiple copies of some when they are filled-out.

The books and their handwritten and pasted-in contents have been used for research and teaching in pediatrics, printing history, economic and social status, material culture, linguistics, architecture, advertising, folklore, depictions of family, and other topics and disciplines.

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Instruction Materials for Life Sciences 10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics

February 6th, 2014







Below are links to the materials for the LS10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics library instruction session to be held on February 7, 2014 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

EndNote Basics Workshop on Feb. 7, 2014

January 29th, 2014

Friday, February 7th, noon-1 p.m.
in the Biomedical Classroom (12-077X CHS)
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Part of the Biomedical Library’s First Fridays Series

This hands-on class covers everything you need to get started using EndNote: creating and adding references to an EndNote library, inserting citations into a Word document, and formatting a bibliography in your chosen journal style.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

Data 101: Introduction to Research Data Management 1/22 @12pm

January 6th, 2014

Drowning in data? Need to write a data management plan? Responsible for your lab’s research data? The Library can help!

Attend our January Data Wednesdays workshop Data 101: Introduction to Research Data Management to learn how to manage your research data more effectively.  The workshop will be taught by Tony Aponte, Coordinator of Data and Scholarly Communication Services at the UCLA Science and Engineering Library.

Location: Biomedical Library Classroom
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 12-1pm

Registration is require for workshop attendance.

Data 101 class - Introduction to Research Management 1/22/14