Archive for September, 2010

Research Library Renovation (4)

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Anyone who has visited the Charles E. Young Research Library knows that you now enter through a tunnel to access our collections and services.  Much is happening behind the plywood walls, but much progress is being made to transform the space for use by students and faculty.DSC00520


The street extends through the center of the space and becomes a primary means of way-finding through the new space.


Media scape is being installed along the street which will allow the Library to expose the process of research as well as programming and service activities as they happen.


The full scope of the reading room lays out as one will enter this expansive space.  The circular ceiling features breaks up the traditional square spaces.


The circular ceiling design is repeated in the research commons.  This space will support collaborative work with digital resources.


The instructional area is to the back of this picture and the cultural heritage laboratory being designed in consultation with the Center for Digital Humanities is in the right foreground.


The portal (on the left) is being completed and the secure hallway gallary area is installed.


The new conference room awaits build-out.  This will expand the existing meeting capacity of the conference center.


Coffee or tea anyone.  A lot goes in the walls to outfit the cafe.


Study rooms are laid out where the unbound journals were once housed.

Painting is proceeding and a big part of the noise one hears now is the installation of heating and air conditioning duct work that is significantly enhanced to cover these new spaces.  The project is striving toward a high LEED rating for energy efficiency.  The circulation area is being constructed and plans for moving into that new space are being finalized.  That will be the first major swap of space and then the tunnel will be rebuilt to allow for completion of the current space.  That cannot be completed until the new doorways are finished and installed.


Several people have asked about the new entry.  The courtyard in front of the building was completed this summer and new title will be installed at the entry to finish the look of the front of the building.

As construction progresses, I will keep you informed.

Message from the Chancellor

Friday, September 24th, 2010

To the Campus Community:

Welcome to the commencement of UCLA’s 2010-11 academic year.  I am delighted to greet the newest additions to our Bruin family, including more than 8,000 freshmen and transfer students.  Selected from a record number of applicants, our new students are an extremely talented and diverse group who represent 55 countries and 41 states and territories.  Approximately 30 percent of our first-year students would be among the first generation in their families to graduate from college, reaffirming UCLA’s vital role in the development of California’s future leaders.  All of our students will contribute a broad range of interests and experiences to further enrich our campus community.

I am pleased to acknowledge distinguished new leaders serving in key roles this fall.  Our new dean of the UCLA School of Law, Rachel Moran, whose appointment is effective October 15, joins us from the UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Irvine School of Law, where she was a founding faculty member.  From within the UCLA family, Randal Johnson was recently appointed interim vice provost for international studies; James S. Economou is our new vice chancellor for research; and Christine Littleton will assume the role of vice provost for diversity and faculty development on October 1.  Please join me in extending congratulations and in supporting them in these critical positions.

We enter this new academic year facing continued uncertainties in funding from the state of California.  As a result, we will carry forward the campus-wide 5 percent budget cuts that were implemented during the last academic year.  We will also continue efforts to streamline campus operations, and to increase efficiencies and cost-saving measures, while remaining focused on preserving the integrity of our extraordinary workforce.  I am happy to report that UCLA employees’ salaries, which were reduced over the past year through the furlough program, have been restored.  In addition, library hours that had been reduced as a cost-saving measure have also been reinstated.

In spite of the economic challenges, we continue to work together to advance the excellence that defines UCLA.  Our goals continue to be aligned with the four core principles that serve as the framework for the university’s strategic priorities—academic excellence, diversity, civic engagement and financial security.  Although the new academic year will present challenges, especially financial, there also will be extraordinary opportunities for the institution to move in new directions.  The campus continues to grow as we strive to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students in developing a truly residential and family-friendly campus.  Planning for workforce housing remains a priority, new graduate student housing has just been completed and an additional childcare facility adjacent to campus has opened.

We have been strengthened by the support of our generous donors who contributed more than $379 million in 2009-10—an especially impressive sum given the nation’s economic picture.  In addition, we surpassed $1.1 billion in competitively awarded research grants and contracts in 2009-10, demonstrating the strength of our research enterprise.

UCLA faculty, staff and students continue to apply considerable energy and expertise to improving the well-being of our campus and the broader community.  We are on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2012, eight years ahead of the University of California’s target date.  Not surprisingly, students are playing a critical role in these efforts.  As an example, undergraduate Action Research Teams collaborated with UCLA Facilities Management staff to design our new campus recycling program.  Just this Tuesday, thousands of new Bruins, along with faculty, staff and alumni, participated in our second annual UCLA Volunteer Day.  This exciting new tradition exemplifies our commitment to civic engagement and to enhancing quality of life for Los Angeles.  It is a fitting way to begin a new academic year.

I look forward to seeing you on campus.  As always, I welcome your comments and ideas at, and I wish you a successful and rewarding year.


Gene D. Block

Budget Update 2010-11

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I have just returned from China, where it is time to celebrate the fall festival.  In a very real sense, the Library just received its “moon cakes” to celebrate.  In a letter sent last week by  EVC/Provost Scott Waugh, we learned  specific information with respect to the Library’s budget.  Recall that we received a general overview from the chancellor in July. 

The letter states that the campus is providing a permanent allocation to allow us to maintain Night Powell and to restore hours at all of the libraries, including on Saturdays.  We are working with units to determine exactly what the restored hours will be; they will go into effect as of the beginning of the fall quarter next Thursday.

The letter also contains good news about a significant permanent increase in allocation to support the Library’s central role in both undergraduate and graduate instruction.  I will post further information about how we plan to improve our services in this area when we have worked out more of the details.

 I very much appreciate the challenges you have all faced during the past year, and I hope this news provides welcome notice that the campus administration views the Library as a central, essential partner in UCLA’s academic enterprise.   I am very enthusiastic that we are now well prepared to enter the next phase of our history of providing excellent library services to the UCLA community.