Archive for August, 2012

Develop Your Research Skills!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Planning a capstone project or thesis? Thinking about graduate school?

Take the fall quarter Honors 101 class:

Research Today: Sources, Tools, and Strategies. The class will be from 3 to 4:50 p.m.,  Tuesdays at  the Young Research Library (YRL).

This pass/no pass course will be two credits.

What does it mean to be a student at a research university? How can you get started on your own path of discovery? What does it mean to conduct research in the digital age? What sources, tools and strategies should you use to discover something original and convincing to contribute to a field or discipline? Designed to prepare you for a capstone or thesis experience in the humanities or social sciences, this course provides you with an opportunity to hone your research skills in engaging, interactive ways.

The instructors will guide you step-by-step through the creation of your own research project proposal. You will learn how to develop a compelling topic, find and interpret different kinds of sources (primary, secondary, digital), learn strategies and explore what it means to publish in the digital age.  Plus you will visit “hidden” parts of the UCLA Library.

Artist Books @ the Arts Library

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The Arts Library, one of eleven UCLA libraries on campus, houses also some of the most unusual books on the campus.

Artist Books are books not necessarily meant to be read, but to be held, observed and to stimulate the soul.  The artist is making a statement with the look and the feel.

I recommend The Book of Hair.

Housed in “the cage,” at the Public Affairs building, the Artist Books are locked up there to preserve their appearance and security.

Click here to listen to the story.


Library Bills!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Troubled with that nagging payment you owe the library for the book that is holding up your lamp, or one that you are actually using for research?

Fear no more! No more excuses (unless lack of money), pay your bill online!

Library Payments Online, a new service in which patrons can pay for services online using a credit card or e-check.

Patrons can access Library Payments Online through the Library’s web site, under the Services section.  In the web space menu system under Services, the link is labeled Library Payments Online.  After clicking on the link on this page, a patron will then authenticate through the campus Shibboleth service, and then see a list of invoices from LibBill (the invoicing system developed by LBS and LIT last year.)  After the patron selects an invoice to pay, the service links to UCLA’s payment service called CashNet, where credit card or e-check details are entered to make the payment completed.

Click here if you have a bill that needs clarifying?


Friday, August 10th, 2012

SoundGecko is a text-to-audio transcribing service that lets you enjoy written content from around the web on the go without distraction.

Right now, it only supports English, but they are working on bringing on many more languages.

I don’t know about you, I have too much work to do to sit and read an article. Or, on my way home, I can’t read the newspaper like some of my other compadres who can text, ride and talk on the phone, but with SoundGecko, I can have the article I have been wanting to read, read to me. Cool, huh?

I thought so.

Here is how it works:

Set up an account either on the computer or your mobile device (smart phone),  send SoundGecko your url for the article and they’ll (some geniuses in Northern California) send you the mp3 of your article. I am listening to an article from the NY Times about Craigslist

Right now, they are not supporting subscriber blocked walls, so JStor and research articles are out of the question, but, for web related blogs and such, go for it and LISTEN! Keep your eyes on the road though!

Just got word from Andrew Armstrong, lead developer at SoundGecko, quote:

“We’re planning to launch PDF transcription support as a professional feature in the coming weeks. This would let you e-mail us PDFs (or website links, if they are available publically) for transcription.”

the weekend of September 28 – October 1, 2012

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

To all UCLA Bruins, a message from Renée A. Fortier, Executive Director of Events and Transportation

As part of the ongoing project to improve the I-405 Freeway, the second complete closure of all northbound and southbound lanes of the I-405 between the I-10 and US 101 will occur during the weekend of September 28-October 1, 2012. On Friday, September 28, ramps along the 10-mile closure area will begin to shut down as early as 7 p.m., and closure of individual freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The closure is scheduled to continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning, October 1. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m. During this closure, the Mulholland Bridge, I-405 Freeway and access ramps will be closed as contractors demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge.

Metro, Caltrans, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, and Los Angeles Department of Transportation are asking the public to avoid the area during the closure. Motorists who must travel through this area during this weekend are advised to plan ahead, monitor real-time traffic conditions prior to beginning their trips and use alternate routes or public transit.

Because last summer’s “Carmageddon Part I” went well and finished early, more motorists may now be tempted to drive and ignore the warnings of severe traffic congestion and delays from transportation and law enforcement officials. This time, the contractor is unlikely to complete the work early as the scope of the work is larger, with more to tear down and remove within the same 53-hour period. This particular weekend is also the first weekend of the beginning of UCLA’s academic year. While it is not the most desirable weekend, UCLA was not the decision maker in the scheduling and we were successful in pushing the timeframe away from student move-in weekend which occurs one week prior.

It is advised that you take these traffic impacts of the I-405 closures into serious consideration and avoid scheduling any events during the closure weekend. If you expect to have employees, students, patients or other visitors traveling to or from the UCLA campus or Santa Monica Hospital during that weekend, please advise them to expect significant delays and include additional travel time in their schedules.

As the closure weekend approaches, UCLA Events & Transportation will provide additional information, including any designated detour routes and the times and locations of specific ramp closures. General information on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project and associated traffic impacts can be found at UCLA Events & Transportation will also provide updates at as more information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Hissom, Senior Transportation Planner, at 310-825-7835.