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Let Us Know How You Use Library Public Services

October 15th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

Your opinion matters. In order to understand how UC Davis faculty, staff, and students use the library’s public services an online survey has been created. Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire.

Library Services Survey

For questions or comments regarding the survey, please contact:
Amy Kautzman, Associate University Librarian for the Humanities & Social Sciences

Open Access Week Event in Shields Library

October 14th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

October 19 through 25, 2009, is Open Access Week. The following event will take place on Tuesday, October 20, from 1 to 2:30 PM in the Second Floor Instruction Room of the Shields Library:

Take Control of Your Publications with eScholarship
An Open Access Week Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
Director, CDL Publishing Group
University of California

Keep your copyright
Reach more readers
Publish when you want
Protect your work’s future
…all with no fees

eScholarship offers a robust open access publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship, including:

Peer Reviewed Journals
Conference Proceedings
Working Papers
Seminar/Paper Series

Initiated in 2002, eScholarship now houses over 30,000 publications with more than 9 million full-text downloads to date. The rate of usage of these materials has grown dramatically in the past 7 years, now often exceeding 170,000 downloads per month.

Come learn how you can get started publishing with eScholarship today!

“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions…OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.” Peter Suber:

Shields Library Debuts New Services for Fall Quarter, 2009

October 13th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

In the Fall Quarter, 2009 the Shields Library is implementing new trial services designed to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff.

A General Reference Desk is now located on the 2nd floor and will provide integrated basic reference service. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, 1 PM – 5 PM (Sunday hours effective October 11 through November 22). You can contact the Reference Desk at (530) 752‑9862 or Subject specialist librarians will continue to offer individual appointments for students and faculty needing more in-depth reference and library research consultations.

The University of California, Davis General Library is offering a new online chat service called Ask A UC Librarian, available from the General Library’s Ask For Help tab.



The Ask A UC Librarian button is available round-the-clock! Real-time, chat reference service is provided by reference staff from various academic libraries. UC Davis subject specialist librarians will follow up with additional information for patrons using this service, if needed. For more information about the online chat service, contact Amy Kautzman, Associate University Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences (

The Information Desk on the first floor of the Shields Library will feature a kiosk that provides answers to the most commonly asked informational and directional queries. Students, faculty, and staff with reference questions will be directed to the General Reference Desk on the 2nd floor (Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM) and to the new 24/7 Chat Reference service all other times. Staff at the Circulation Desk are also available to answer basic questions about the library on evenings and weekends.

Re:Search Start is a new service for lower division undergraduates. It is located on the Lower Level of Shields Library. This program is designed to help students with term papers assignments and projects. Students can sign up for a 30 minute appointment through the Library Instruction web page. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from Noon to 4:00 PM, October 13 through November 25.