Archive for January, 2010

Research Library Renovation Begins

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

With the “A” level nearly complete, the first floor of the Charles E. Young Research Library has now been cleared and over the next year will be renovated to add new services and spaces for student and faculty use. 

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With unbound periodicals moved to the “A” level new home, these areas will now be readied for group study rooms as part of the new collaborative spaces being developed.

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Former office space will be reclaimed as the new Reference Room with seating for nearly one hundred users with access to both print and electronic resources.

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The former reference collection has been temporarily relocated to “A” for access during the renovation and this space will be reclaimed as the Research Commons.

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The lobby will feature the consolidated information service desk, general reserves holding shelves, an exhibit area, and open space and lounges which lead to a cafe, formal exhibit area and the Library Conference Center.

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A previous office area will be emerge as a large seminar space with advanced technology and simultaneous translation capability.

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A new entrace is planned as well as refinishing the portico.  A single service point will be highlighted as one enters the building.

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With offices and collections cleared, one can see how expansive this floor is and envision new services being located here.  Renovation will take approximately one year, but the building and its collections and services will be available during the entire construction period.

“A” Level Renovation Update (12)

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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Unbound periodicals are in place and ready to use.

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Newspapers are now shelved on new shelving on the “A” level.DSC06853

Students have already found the comfortable places and are making it their own.

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Temporary Reference Room opens Monday on “A” level.

There are a number of finishing touches yet to be completed on “A”, but it is now open for service and fills every day with students who have found the new space.  As always there is some confusion as to just where everything is, but the comments to date have been pretty positive, and staff is shaking out the kinks.

Research Library Renovation Update

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Captital Programs is in the process of awarding the bid for the renovation of the first floor of the Charles E. Young Research Library. The apparent low bidder is Woodcliff Corporation, Los Angeles.

The cost estimate was $7,499,000. We received 12 bids. The bid from Woodcliff was $4,596,000, and the high contract bid was in the amount of $6,465,430.

The bid award should be certified shortly, and we will be underway with the next phase of our project. This is very good news to start off the new year.

Budget Midyear Planning

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I have posted the announcements from President Yudof and Chancellor Block as background information for all staff and encourage you to read them carefully. The release of the Governor’s budget marks the beginning of work on the 2010-11 budget. While the Governor has proposed funding in various amounts for the University of California, there are many hurdles yet to be addressed as the state’s budget moves through the process in Sacramento and then to the University President and Regents.

I have been informed by the campus that work is underway on a more refined budget model to guide planning over the next six months. It is anticipated that the model will be complete by late January and will be discussed with the campus leadership at a budget meeting to be held on February 2, 2010. In the meantime, the Library continues to remain cautiously optimistic about our future. Our plans are in place and will hold firm for the remainder of this year or until we recieve instructions to make changes.

Again, I encourage each of you to carefully review the attached statements and keep yourselves informed.

Gary E. Strong

University Librarian

Chancellor’s Budget Forecast 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

UCLA Office of the Chancellor


To the Campus Community: Welcome back! I hope you had a safe and enjoyable break. While we were away, our Bruin football team represented us triumphantly in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C. The event benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members between their active duty and transition to civilian life. Go Bruins!

As we begin a new calendar year and decade, I’m looking forward to more remarkable achievements of our students, staff and faculty.

But first, I know budget issues are top of mind for us all. I know that you recognize that this is a perilous time for our institution. Tomorrow, Governor Schwarzenegger will release his preliminary budget for next year, and we will begin to assess how it may affect UCLA. UC President Mark Yudof has asked for $913 million in additional funding for the system.

We are pleased that, in his final State of the State address yesterday, the governor said he would propose an amendment to the state Constitution that would shift state funding priorities and guarantee that the UC and California State University receive no less than 10 percent of state general fund revenue. Currently, the two systems receive 7.5 percent, so this would be a major step toward restoring financial stability to UCLA.

Nevertheless, in the short term, we still face critical budget shortfalls, and we are addressing those in a number of critical ways. We are joining with our sister campuses to mount an aggressive statewide advocacy campaign. Advocacy is essential to protecting UCLA. If you have not signed up as an advocate, please do so now at http://www.advocacy.ucla.edu/getinvolved.html.

Through our budget toolbox project, we are looking at new revenue sources and continued cost-cutting measures, along with other creative ways in which we can thrive in the current environment and become more self-sufficient. You can read the toolbox reports at http://evc.ucla.edu/reports/budget-toolbox-reports.

In addition, the UC Commission on the Future continues its work to develop a new long-term vision for the university. Learn more about the commission at http://ucfuture.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

I urge you to educate yourself on the issues that the toolbox project and the commission are addressing to see what role you can play in advancing these critical efforts.

The people of California, who have long depended on UCLA, are now looking to us to steer the state through this difficult period to a better tomorrow. They are expecting us to continue providing world-class education, top-ranked medical care, cutting-edge discoveries and so much more. In early December, I wrote a commentary for Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gene-d-block/so-much-is-at-stake-the-f_b_375966.html) in which I implored our broader community to stand up for UCLA, reminding them of the many ways in which the university improves their lives. Just as they depend on us, we are looking to them to raise their voices on our behalf.

As difficult as the current fiscal challenges are, however, I have every confidence that we will emerge from this time strong and thriving. Excellence is in UCLA’s DNA. The institution has great forward momentum energized by a history of accomplishment.

Consider that our research enterprise is stronger than at any other time in our history. We have now received more than $114 million in stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These funds will lead to creation of jobs and new knowledge that will improve the economy and the quality of life for the people of California and the world.

In the fall, three-time UCLA graduate Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics and the first UCLA alumna to win a Nobel. She began her winning research right here as a doctoral student.

We also added our 12th Rhodes Scholar. A 2008 UCLA graduate, Elizaveta Fouksman, will enter Oxford University in October to study international development. And UCLA senior Matthew Clawson, captain of our ski and snowboard team, has been selected to receive a 2010 Marshall Scholarship to study international relations at Oxford. Consistently, Bruins are champions through and through.

We all recognize what UCLA is capable of achieving. The current challenges will not deter us from excellence in the fulfillment of our historic mission. We are a campus of extraordinary students, staff and faculty.

Each of us has a role to play, a job to do on behalf of UCLA. Please speak out to your friends and family and especially our lawmakers about how critical UCLA is to the well-being of California and its people. We must speak with one voice and remind Californians that UCLA belongs to them and must be protected against decisions informed by only short time horizons. The long-term health of our state, indeed the nation, requires robust public research universities.

2010 is going to be challenging, but, with all of us onboard, it will be exciting and rewarding. Throughout the year, I will be in touch with you regarding budget developments and ways in which you can participate in solutions. I continue to be deeply grateful for your hard work, dedication and support.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Gene D. Block
Chancellor

Statement from President Yudof on Budget

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Statement by President Mark G. Yudof
University of California

January 8, 2010

With his proposed restoration of $370 million in funding for UC, including $305 million cut last year, the Governor has taken another important step toward putting California’s commitment to higher education back on track. These restorations, in addition to the Governor’s proposed constitutional amendment earlier this week, are clear evidence that the Governor understands the vital role public higher education plays in California.

We are pleased that the Governor’s budget provides $51.3 million to fund enrollments, an important step in light of the fact that UC currently enrolls 14,000 students for whom the state provides no funding. These funds will support student access at a time when we have overwhelming demand by UC-qualified students. We are also deeply grateful that the Governor’s proposal sustains funding for the Cal Grants program for UC students, which will enable us to continue to provide financial aid to our most needy students. The Governor’s proposal ensures that UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will continue to cover the system-wide fees of students who qualify for financial aid and have family incomes of less than $70,000.

While we deeply appreciate the Governor’s actions, notwithstanding the crisis in the state budget, there is still a significant gap as we seek to repair a budget that has been severely cut. The University requested $913 million to address this critical issue. We now turn to the Legislature to adopt the Governor’s proposals and to find every opportunity possible to fulfill the $913 million needed to restore UC’s funding. This money is vital if UC is to avoid declining educational quality, access and research.

Achieving a full restoration of the budget will be a challenge, given the magnitude of the State’s budget gap and the cuts being proposed for other State services. But reinvestment in public higher education is critical. We will be asking our advocates to be very active in making the case for the University. It is important that UC be able to maintain its tradition of excellence, thereby ensuring a brighter future for all Californians.