Archive for July, 2010

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project

Monday, July 26th, 2010

As you get showered, dressed, and dusted off your pair of shoes, take a quick look at the updates that are posted daily for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

And be ahead of the commuters with the detours and maps.

And finally, get the 511 on Los Angeles with the latest in traffic information.

The SPIE Digital Library

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The SPIE Digital Library

The SPIE Digital Library contains the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research and provides user-friendly tools for researchers to optimize their valuable time.  Content covering the broadest range of applied optics and photonics science and engineering papers anywhere. Technologies span applications from imaging, sensors, biomedicine, manufacturing, and energy to nanotechnology, communications, entertainment, and electronics.

Engineers and scientists in academic, corporate, and government laboratories depend on the SPIE Digital Library for the critical knowledge they need to stay current and competitive. Over 40,000 SPIE papers are cited in more than 20,000 high-technology patents registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Thousands more appear in the international patent literature. The SPIE Digital Library is both a rich technical archive and a go-to resource for state-of-the-art research.

Century of Social Sciences

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Century of Social SciencesCentury of Social SciencesTM delivers comprehensive backfile and cited reference data from 1900 to 1955. Combined with existing Web of Science backfiles, this carefully selected and evaluated collection delivers to users the most influential scientific research information from the 20th century.

The world itself changed dramatically during the first half of the 20th Century, and the published research during this period of time is reflective of these great changes. The ability to search this information in one place, across many disciplines of the social sciences, following paths forward and backward in time through cited reference navigation, and with links to archival full text makes for a simply invaluable resource for academic study at all levels.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII Current

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010


The Arts & Sciences VIII Collection will broaden JSTOR’s coverage of core humanities disciplines including history, language & literature, art & art history, and education. Included in this set will be a group of rare 19th and early 20th century American Art periodicals digitized as part of a special project undertaken with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. With a minimum of 140 titles by its completion in 2011, this collection will also include journals in philosophy, classical studies, and music.

IEEE – Wiley e-Books Library

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

IEEE – Wiley e-Books Library includes all IEEE-Wiley titles for the current year plus the complete backlist of more than IEEE400 titles delivered on the IEEE Xplore platform. The collection spans bioengineering, power & energy and communication technologies among other growing areas of research.

Encyclopedia of Religion, 7th ed.

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Encyclopedia of ReligionThe Encyclopedia of Religion is the newest edition of the Dartmouth Medal-winning resource by Macmillian.  It is considered the standard work in the field and was chosen as one of Library Journal’s most important reference works of the last millennium. 

The 15-volume set includes over 3,300 articles by more than 2,000 experts around the world.  Highly recommended by the Anthropology, Philosophy & Religious Studies and Sociology groups. 

Encyclopedia of Religion, 7th ed. (Gale/Cengage) and seven other reference books in the area of religious studies such as Contemporary American Religion and Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

SEL/Chemistry Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Why did the SEL/Chemistry Collection close?
Please see the University Librarian’s Blog.

Where do I find the SEL/Chemistry Collection materials now that the collection is closed?
Materials will remain in SEL/Chemistry Collection while relocation decisions are being made. Search the UCLA Library Catalog for specific title information. If the title has not yet been relocated, please request the item(s) in person at SEL/4697 Geology.

SEL/Chemistry OPAC records display the location as:   “Request in person at SEL/4697 Geology – (shelving loc. in Chemistry)

 We will be paging SEL/Chemistry material to SEL/Geology on an hourly basis, Monday – Friday 9:00 am- 4:15 pm.

Where do I return my SEL/Chemistry Collection material after June 30, 2010?
Return materials preferably to another SEL Collection, or to another UCLA Library unit.

How do I renew my SEL/Chemistry Collection material?

On the UCLA Library Catalog, use My Account to renew library materials.

Where do I find my chemistry and physics class reserve materials?
SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection (8270 Boelter Hall) or search Course Reserves.

Where can I find a place to study?
The newly renovated SEL/Research Commons (8251 Boelter Hall), SEL/EMS Collection (8270 Boelter Hall), and SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection (4697 Geology).

Whom do I contact about an SEL/Chemistry overdue, recall, or bill?Anthony Ragan
SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection
4697 Geology Bldg.

Where do I submit my chemistry or physics class reserve lists?Submit class reserve lists to:
Cathy Wilson

SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection
8270 Boelter Hall

How do I contact the SEL/Chemistry & Physics Librarian?
Elaine Adams

SEL/Chemistry Library to Close June 30!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Last fall the UCLA Library created an internal study team to examine the service and materials issues associated with shifting the collections, services, and staff of the Science and Engineering Library (SEL)/Chemistry to the larger libraries.  This message is to update you on the status of that study.

 The internal study team collected statistics on the size and location of collections, circulation figures, gate counts, and use of electronic resources as well as more subjective information on how students and faculty use the facility. The data confirmed anecdotal observations that usage of this facility has declined substantially as collections in the life and physical sciences have shifted from print to electronic format and students’ study patterns have changed. 

 I received the team’s report earlier this year, and I and my senior management team have since discussed it in detail.  It supports the following decisions.

 SEL/Chemistry: Non-duplicated print titles not available electronically will be shifted to either the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library or SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.  Lower-use titles will be stored in the Southern Regional Library Facility, from which users can page them as needed.  The SEL/Chemistry facility will close to the public on June 30, 2010.

 SEL/Geology-Geophysics:  This facility will remain open in its current location and will continue to serve faculty and students.  An analysis of its collection has been completed, which has revealed that there are significant portions that have not been digitized and are unavailable for research use in a format other than print.  The facility also houses an extensive collection of maps that are currently only available in print format and that are frequently used by students, faculty, and staff in disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, and history.  In addition, the space was renovated in 2003 to accommodate expanded services to students and faculty and is an integral part of the Library’s service portfolio.

 SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences:  A new research commons has opened in what was formerly staff offices.  In this flexible, technology-enabled space, students and faculty can utilize library resources, conduct research, and collaborate with one another.  The space contains seating for seventy and features the following:

  • E-lounge: designed to support collaborative research and learning, with comfortable seating around a large plasma screen, which can be controlled from a laptop
  • Showcase station: another option for collaborative research and learning, designed to showcase “hidden” collections and data resources, researchers’ work in progress, and available resources
  • Individual workstations: offer space and equipment for intensive research
  • Laptops: can be checked out at the circulation desk by UCLA students and used in the research commons or elsewhere on campus.
  • Two group study rooms

Let me reiterate that the UCLA Library’s primary objective is to continue to provide the faculty, students, and staff in UCLA’s acclaimed programs in the life and physical sciences with the collections, services, and facilities they need.

(from the Blog of the University Librarian)