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Get your Library Notices via text messages!

March 7th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Get your Library Notices via text messages!

Library patrons may sign up to receive SMS (text) notifications in addition to email when books arrive, are overdue or recalled (excluding items arriving from Interlibrary Loan and 2hr loans from Reserves).

SMS messages are sent in addition to standard email messages. You cannot opt to receive only SMS messages instead of email. Remember, SMS messages may incur carrier charges to patron cellular accounts.

Current library users can sign up for SMS through My Account and new users through Activate My Library Card, both via Harvest. If a user wishes to update her SMS contact number or wishes to drop the SMS
service, they can opt out via My Account.

Current Library Users
1) Log into My Accounts/Renew books via Harvest
2) Click on Address Update Form link
3) Enter the telephone number where you want to receive text messages in the SMS number field
4) Check Receive SMS box to enroll and uncheck Receive SMS box to stop receiving text messages
5) Click on Update to finish the process

New Library Users
1) Click on Activate Your Library Card link and follow instructions
2) Enter the phone number where you want to receive text messages in the SMS number field and check the Receive SMS box

Free Document Delivery Service for Science Faculty Pilot Now Available

October 3rd, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The UC Davis University Library announces a new pilot program that runs from October 3, 2011 through March 31, 2012.  This exciting pilot allows current and emeritus UC Davis science faculty members to request – for free – copies of print-only format journal articles and print-only format book chapters housed in four UC Davis library buildings.  Additionally, the existing Harvest Request service that allows any student, staff or faculty member to transfer books and bound journals to another library building for pick-up will be expanded for science faculty to include delivery to and from all buildings.

For more information regarding this pilot consult staff at any library public service desk or select the following web page link:

New, Improved Reserves Form

October 13th, 2010 by Keir Reavie

The UC Davis General Library’s Reserves form has been upgraded to better support faculty and staff who are building Reserves lists for classes. The redesigned database saves time by pre-filling some information and allowing you to access course lists from past years. Your personal lists can be reused or edited or you can edit and use information from other departmental lists. Try out the new, improved form, visit our Reserves page.

Scopus Training on May 12

May 5th, 2010 by Keir Reavie

Are you interested in learning how to use Scopus to analyze the prestige of research publications? Have you heard about the new SNIP and SJR metrics that compare and assess the popularity and impact of journal citations?

The Library invites you to attend a Scopus workshop on May 12th. For your convenience we have scheduled two sessions:

9:30-11:00am — Sacramento Medical Center – Education Building — Room 2205

1:30-3:00pm — UC Davis campus – Shields Library — Library Instruction Lab    (Room 165)

Representatives from the Scopus office will offer an overview of this faculty citation database and present in detail the analytic tools of the database, including the new SNIP and SJR metrics. SNIP (source normalized impact per paper) measures a journal’s contextual citation impact, factoring in the characteristics of the subject field, to include the frequency at which authors cite other papers in their reference lists and the life cycle of a citation’s impact. The SJR indicator factors in the subject field, quality and reputation of a journal and is based on citation weighting schemes and the eigenvector.
We hope that you will be able to join us. The UC trial access to Scopus continues through December 2010. We would appreciate hearing any comments you have about your use of the Scopus and its effectiveness in meeting your needs. An online survey form is accessible at

For more information about Scopus, please contact your library subject specialist or department heads:

Library Offers Scopus Database Trial

February 18th, 2010 by Keir Reavie

The University of California Libraries has trial access to the Scopus database through December 31, 2010. The library would like to get your feedback on using Scopus, to evaluate the need for this type of resource by faculty, students, and staff.

Scopus provides tools that enable researchers to track citations and follow research trends, and view information on people and institutions doing research related to their own, both here at Davis and around the world. Scopus can be used to develop profiles of research output at universities, institutions, colleges, schools, and departments, for specific years and over time.

Scopus indexes abstracts and provides citation analysis for over 16,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers. It also indexes 350 book series, over 3 million conference papers, 23 million patents issued worldwide, 600 trade publications, and millions of selected web pages. Scopus covers all disciplines.

Please take some time to search Scopus and let us know what you think about it. We are very interested in your feedback, particularly if you also search Web of Science to track citations and follow research trends.

After using Scopus, please provide us with feedback using the library’s online survey.

If you have any questions or would like additional help using Scopus, please contact the BioAg Department.

Library would like your feedback on Faculty of 1000 Biology

December 3rd, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The library is considering cancellation of Faculty of 1000 Biology (F1000) and would like to obtain feedback on the value of this resource for your research and teaching.

The UC Davis Library had initially licensed F1000 for two and a half years. The license renewal is due on January 1, 2010. By licensing F1000 for the two and a half years in advance, the library has not seen any price increases to the annual subscription. The renewal for 2010 license has a 10.25% price increase. The library considers it important to review the value of any resource with such a high price increase that has an ongoing subscription cost, particularly at this time of reduced budgets.

F1000 does not provide access to new research content. It is a literature awareness tool that provides expert opinion on the importance of specific research papers, most of which are accessible to the UC Davis community through other library negotiated licenses.

Please provide your comments about Faculty of 1000 Biology using the following form:

Comments will be accepted through Monday, December 14, 2009.

If you have any questions about F1000, please contact us at

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

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.