Archive for March, 2009

Frontera Collection launched

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The UCLA Library participated in the launch of the Frontera Collection today which provides access to an archive of more than 41,000 recordings and is a treaure trove of historical Spanish-language songs dating from the early 1900s to the 1950s.

You may access the collection within the UCLA Digital Library at http://digital.library.ucla.edu/frontera/

To see the newsrelease from today’s event http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-launches-world-s-top-online-86591.aspx

Strategic Plan Update To Begin

Friday, March 20th, 2009

I’d like to kick off the planning process for our 2010-13 strategic plan by asking all staff for what I’m describing as “themes.” We’re not to the point yet of determining goals or specific (i.e., measurable) objectives; what we’re looking for are very broad, general ideas or concepts (which may in fact be reflected in various facets of more than one goal). The idea is that these themes, together with analysis of all available usage data, will drive the setting of goals and the development of objectives.

Please send any suggestions to me and your Management Council representative. Our discussion of themes and planning will begin on Tuesday, March 24 at Management Council, but please do not hesitate to contribute your ideas after that date. You may also add your comments here to share your suggested themes.

You may refer to our current plan at http://www2.library.ucla.edu/pdf/UCLA%20Library%20Strategic%20Plan%20200609.pdf�

“A” level renovation proceeds at YRL

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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The open space for the study area is still pretty open, but much is happening with the ceiling and the walls in getting it ready. The view out will be great.

As we all can tell each day from the noise, renovation of the “A” level is underway. We can hear it and sometimes even feel it. There are various re-routings into special collections and to the other service areas in other parts of the “A” level. I took some pictures of the space late last week and wanted to share them here.

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Facing toward the open study area from in front of the CRIS offices.

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View of CRIS offices along the windows. Sound-proofing is going in as well as the conduit for electrical and data.

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View across the staff area facing the offices in CRIS.

It appears that the work is ahead of schedule and work certainly progresses forward.

Inaugural Breslauer Chair Lecture

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Johanna Drucker, GSEIS Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography delivered the inaugural lecture last Thursday. I had an opportunity to attend this stimulating and interesting lecture. The lecture entitled, “Biblio+Info: How can the legacy of book culture and the emerging scene of information enviornments best engage in a mutually informing dialogue?” captivated from the outset.

Drucker presented ideas about the book as an information device designed for use was brought to bear on considerations of the design of digital environments. In turn, reflections on what a book is and does were brought into focus through the insights gained in thinking about the demands of digital tools and electronic spaces. The larger question guiding this talk was research into the book as a space of diagrammatic interpretation based on a cognitive studies approach to knowledge production.

The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer period which previewed the exciting exchanges yet to come.

UCLA Library receives an Oscar

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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Bruce Davis, Executive Director of the Academy presents “Oscar.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently approached the UCLA Library to place with its holdings relating to the career of motion picture costume designer Dorothy Jeakins her Oscar. The statuette was presented to Jeakins at the ceremonies for 1964 for her costume designs for The Night of the Iguana. The Conservation Office is constructing an appropriate housing for Oscar, and it will be securely stored. The Library will seek occasions when it can be viewed.

First U.S. Public Access Policy Made Permanent

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I received this announcement from SPARC this morning. UCLA Library has been very involved in advocating for this policy and in helping the UCLA campus community make it work. This is a great sep forward in our interest in exploring alternative scholarly communications mechanisms.

 

FIRST U.S. PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY MADE PERMANENT

2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act ensures NIH public access policy will persist

Washington, D.C. €“ March 12, 2009 €“ President Obama yesterday signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National Institutes’ of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy permanent. The NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine’s online archive, PubMed Central (PMC). Full texts of the articles are made publicly available and searchable online in PMC no later than 12 months after publication in a journal.

The NIH policy was previously implemented with a provision that was subject to annual renewal. Since the implementation of the revised policy the percentage of eligible manuscripts deposited into PMC has increased significantly, with over 3,000 new manuscripts being deposited each month. The PubMed Central database is a part of a valuable set of public database resources at the NIH, which are accessed by more than 2 million users each day.

The new provision reads in full:

The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

“This is a significant moment for all of us in the health community, and for efforts in health reform. With free access to health research, individuals are empowered with the knowledge necessary to understand the health threats they and their families face,” said Sharon Terry, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance. “Congress recognizes the incredible power of technology and innovation in enabling new solutions for the proactive management of health, consumer-driven healthcare, and novel partnerships and collaborations in research. Congratulations to us all.”

The NIH Public Access Policy addresses the public’s growing need for high-quality health information and promotes accelerated scientific advancement in the biomedical sciences.

“Public access to publicly funded research contributes directly to the mission of higher education,” said David Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs at NASULGC (the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges). “Improved access will enable universities to maximize their own investment in research, and widen the potential for discovery as the results are more readily available for others to build upon.”

Heather Joseph, spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer Access noted, “Thanks to the work of a wide coalition of patients, libraries, researchers, publishers, students, and taxpayers, the results of NIH-funded research can be accessed €“ and used – in ways never before possible. The successful implementation of this policy will unlock the potential of this research to benefit the public as a whole. ”

For more information, and a timeline detailing the evolution of the NIH Public Access Policy beginning May 2004, visit the ATA Web site at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org.�

Aldous Huxley Archive Acquired

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

News is spreading about the acquisition of papers, manuscripts, etc of Aldous Huxley. See http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/aldous-huxley-collection-84102.aspx. I am very pleased that we have been able to bring this collection to UCLA Library and have it for future generations of scholars to use.