Archive for September, 2011

UCLA Library Launches iPhone App

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

 The Simul8 Group has released a UCLA Library iPhone App for Fall Quarter 2011.

 The app was created for iPhone/iPod Touch and tested on iOS version 4.2.1 (although it will likely run well on earlier versions as well). It is also compatible with iPad, although not made expressly as an iPad app.

 Features include:


* Search library catalog and filter (keyword, title, author, subject)

* See description, availability, and location of items

* Read reviews (from Goodreads)

* Find library hours and contacts

* See number of laptops available by campus location

 To install on iPhone/iPod Touch, search “UCLA Library” from the iPhone app store.

 UCLA Library iPhone app in iTunes Preview:

 The Simul8 Group is supported by the Arcadia Fund.

Research Library Renovation To Open

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I’m pleased to announce that very soon we’ll be opening all the newly renovated spaces on the first floor of the Charles E. Young Research Library:

  • On Monday, September 19, the reading room and Café 451 will open.
  • The following Thursday, September 22, laptop lending and the “Street” (the main east-west corridor) will open.
  • On Monday, September 26, the room reservation system will open to reservations for Research Library group study rooms; users can make reservations for twenty-four hours in advance.
  • The research commons, laboratory for digital cultural humanities, conference space, and other new facilities will open shortly after that; watch for updates.

 Descriptions and a virtual flythrough continue to be available on the Web site at, and we’re updating and revising these pages on a daily basis, so please consult them and refer users to them as appropriate. Watch for an announcement about the schedule of tours for library staff.

 I would like to acknowledge the tremendous staff effort going on behind the scenes to implement the functionality of these new spaces and to make them all operational.

 I encourage you to stop by starting next Monday and enjoy the new spaces.  And thank you for your patience with the inconveniences presented by the renovations!



Sunday, September 11th, 2011

“Where were you that morning?” 

As I watched the 9/11 events this morning, I could not help but reflect on that question.  I was supposed to fly to Washington that morning for a meeting on library issues, but the opportunity to connect with a reporter from Newsweek had presented itself.  She and I were in my office talking about the Queens Library and our programs and services.  My door flew open and the security chief interrupted moving immediately to the television set at the end of the room and turning it on.  He turned and said, “A plane has just flown into the World Trade Center.”  My first thought was that he was joking and said so, but as the image came up, it was the truth.  We stood in front of the picture and watched in horror.  My guest decided she had better get back to Manhattan and immediately left for the subway.  The second plane hit. 

I pulled senior staff in immediately, and we began contacting branches to see what the situation was.  As the towers fell, communication with more than twenty of our branches was lost.  Phones immediately became jammed.  We sent security officers out in cars to those branches to check on condition and report back by radio.  We were under alert.

By mid day the decision was made to try to get as many of the staff home as possible.  Those living in Manhattan began the long walk across the 59th Street bridge as the subways going into Manhattan had been suspended.  Reports continued to come into the command center, and we stayed open in all locations as long as there were people present.  Since many of the libraries were home to after school programs, we were sure all children were safe until parents, many stranded in Manhattan, could reach them.

By the next morning we opened all libraries across Queens and people came.  It was a testament to the role the library plays in our society.  And we were open everyday after welcoming all who came. Some staff were displaced that lived near ground zero and were taken in by friends.  All of us knew someone who was lost as the days followed.  Every community in Queens was affected as the toll was known–fire fighters, police, others were lost.

As I reflected this morning on that time and the months that followed, I found resolve in the fact that the libraries were there sustaining our connection with the community through this time.  Over the following months and years, every time I made the trip to City Hall and walked over the make-shift wooden covers over telephone lines still above ground, I appreciated the coming together of the city and its people.

I hope that we commit to keeping libraries alive and that knowledge and information remain open and accessible.  Knowledge is truly empowering.

Gary E. Strong, University Librarian

Research Library Renovation (11)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The move into the reading room began this morning.  As collections are relocated, one gets the impression of how the new space will look.

The entry to the reading room with new graphics. Glass allows views into the room from the Street and lobby.Volumes will be close at hand to reading tables.


The print collections will be augmented with electronic access to indexes, abstracts, and on-line reference materials.


It really won't seem "finished" until all of the books are in place.



Research Library Renovation (10)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

We are getting close to opening the first floor spaces.  We hope to start by the beginning of fall term classes.  While there is still a punch list of details, most is finished and we have a certificate of occupancy. The graphics are going in and are really nice.

The entry window by the entrance


Electronic display allows for hours and daily program announcements.


















The icons and human graphics are integrated into the design.


Graphics near the lounge area announce the presence of the cafe.



Way finding is integrated into the graphics.


The themes play out on the walls on the A level.


Even book drops have graphics.



Electronic graphics are also present.