Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Judge Supports Fair Use in Google Books Ruling

Friday, November 15th, 2013

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin has issued a ruling that comprehensively supports Google’s use of U.S. copyright law’s fair use doctrine in the Google Books Project.  The ruling dismisses a suit brought by the Authors Guild that alleged copyright infringement. The judge’s ruling focused on the public benefits of the project and the absence of economic harm to the plaintiffs.

<Originally published in the blog, Managing Your Intellectual Property: The Latest News for the UCLA Scholarly Community>

New PubModel for PubMed Citations

Friday, November 15th, 2013

In mid-June 2013, a new publication model (PubModel) called Electronic-eCollection was introduced for PubMed citations from electronic-only journals. The PubModel value is carried in the journal citation and is used for the citation display in PubMed. The new value Electronic-eCollection means an article is published electronically on a specific date (this date must include year, month, and day in numerical format) and then is also associated with an electronic collection date (akin to an issue; this date can be a year or a year and month, but never a year, month, and day). NLM determines the PubModel based on the data submitted by the publishers.

The rest of this article can be read here.

<Originally published as Knecht LS. New PubModel for PubMed Citations. NLM Tech Bull. 2013 Nov-Dec;(395):e2>

Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley faculty and UCLA alumnus, wins Nobel Prize

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Congratulations to Randy Schekman for winning the 2013 Nobel Prize. In addition to being a professor in the department of molecular and cellular medicine at UC Berkeley, Mr. Schekman is also editor in chief of eLife, an open-access scientist driven journal founded in 2011. Click here to read the full story in UCLA News.

Information for the NIH Extramural Grantee Community During the Lapse of Federal Government Funding

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-126

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding. We are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact this lapse in appropriation will have on your grant/cooperative agreement or the availability of NIH’s systems and services.

New 2011-2012 data on the health of Californians released from the California Health Interview Survey

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) today released new data based on interviews with more than 44,000 households in California. The survey, conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, covered hundreds of topics affecting state residents’ health and well-being. Read the full article here.

<Originally published in HEALTHPOLICY NEWS, dated August 8, 2013, a monthly newsletter from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research>

Temporary UC-eLinks workaround in place for PubMed

Monday, June 24th, 2013

While CDL and NLM work to restore the familiar UC-eLinks icons to PubMed, a temporary workaround is now in place.  Clicking the blue Online Full-text button now displays the UC-eLinks menu window for the record.  The restoration of the UC-eLinks icons will not happen before tomorrow at the earliest so, in the meantime, use the Online Full-text buttons to display the UC-eLinks options for the item.

Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Nominate ASAP! Deadline is June 15, 2013.

The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) is in full swing, and you can nominate yourself, someone else, or a team or group of individuals for the opportunity to have your/their work recognized internationally and to win amazing awards.

Nominees can include researchers, scientists, educators, students, and individuals from virtually any field who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research that was published through Open Access (OA) to make a difference. The scientific research used by nominees must have been published before May 1, 2013 in a peer-reviewed journal or repository recognized by the OA community.

See examples of potential nominations.

This is a great opportunity to support and build awareness of the possibilities that are afforded by open access to scientific research. ASAP hopes to encourage individuals to use research published through Open Access sources to build off of and innovate for the betterment of society.

And did we mention the recognition?

  • Three awards of $30,000 each
  • A trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored at Open Access Week in October 2013
  • Recognition on the ASAP website and in a portfolio to be internationally distributed

ASAP is backed by major sponsors, Google, PLOS and Wellcome Trust, as well as other forerunners and proponents of Open Access like the ACRL, ARL, and Creative Commons. The deadline is June 15, 2013. For more details about ASAP and to submit a nomination, visit

<submitted by Linda Kobashigawa>

Springer 2013 content not currently available

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Springer reports that access to all 2013 content has been disabled during license negotiations.

CDL Acquisitions is working with Springer to restore access to 2013 content during license negotiations.

We will let you know when access is restored.

UCLA Library Launches Affordable Course Materials Initiative

Friday, March 15th, 2013

This new initiative incentivizes instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. A total of $10,000 will be offered for the 2013-14 academic year: five awards of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students and two awards of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of more than two hundred students.

These modest yet significant sums are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take instructors to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses incurred by the instructor. Each applicant must be the instructor of record, and the courses must be for enrolled students (i.e., not UCLA Extension courses); the courses can be at the undergraduate or graduate level.

The initiative has been endorsed by the Office of the UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the UCLA Academic Senate.

Application Process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 academic year.  The due date for applications for courses to be taught in the fall quarter is Friday, April 26.

Further information on this initiative is available online.  If you have questions, please email or call 310.825.6925.

Take the Library’s Survey on Data Management for a Chance to Win a $20 Target Gift Card!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The Biomedical Library would like your feedback about research data management.  The Library is planning a series of hour-long instructional classes on data management. To ensure that the classes meet the needs of UCLA faculty, students, staff, and researchers, we would like to hear from you about what tools and resources you’d like to learn more about and how you currently organize your research data. Please fill out our survey and help inform the development of the courses.  The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, and all responses will be anonymous.

The first 24 participants to complete the survey will win a $20 Target gift card. You must be a current UCLA student, staff, or faculty member to be eligible to receive a gift card.

In addition to helping to shape the course offerings, survey results will be used for research purposes. Should you have any concerns or questions, please contact Lisa Federer at or (310) 794-2030.