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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

Town Hall Meeting on Proposed UC Open Access Policy

November 26th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The following is an announcement from Professor Brian Kolner to members of the UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation.  Please contact him with any questions:

Dear Colleagues,

The University of California is considering adopting an Open Access publishing policy that will make the results of our published scholarly work accessible through the California Digital Library. The University Committee on the Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) and the Academic Council wish to get a sense of the campuses toward adoption of this policy.  Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting on the following date and location

Friday, November 30, 2012
3-5 PM

for a presentation and discussion.  Following the Town Hall Meeting, we will launch a web forum on the Academic Senate web site (details to follow) for further comment.  The Open Access draft policy, frequently asked questions, a slide presentation and other materials can be downloaded in advance at the following site:

We look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall on Nov. 30th.

Professor Brian H. Kolner
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Davis

October 27th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The UC Davis Open Access Fund pilot (UCD-OAF) supports
Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students
who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals (journals in which all articles are published open access).

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.

The California Digital Library and UC Davis University Library are providing the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing. The University Library will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated. The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.

additional information and application:


July 18th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Databib,, is a tool for helping people to identify and locate online repositories of research data. Over 200 data repositories have been cataloged in Databib, with more being added every week. Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can browse and search.

* What repositories are appropriate for a researcher to submit his or her data to?
* How do users find appropriate data repositories and discover datasets to meet their needs?
* How can librarians help patrons locate and integrate data into their research or learning?

Databib begins to address these needs for data users, data producers, publishers, librarians, funding agencies, and others engaged in data-driven research.

In addition to the website, Databib is made available using a variety of machine interfaces (RSS, RDF/XML, OpenSearch, RDFa/Linked Data) for easy integration with other tools and environments without restriction (CC0). Databib’s international advisory board represents global support for collaborating to develop such a global registry of research data repositories.

The development of Databib was initially supported by a Sparks! Innovation National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Nominations for an Editorial Board are being solicited to ensure the coverage and accuracy of Databib. Editors ideally will have expertise in a specific research domain or knowledge of research data repositories in a particular geographic region as well as experience with descriptive metadata. The primary role of an Editor is to review, edit, and approve submissions to Databib and contribute to the enhancement of the metadata and functionality of Databib for a voluntary, three-year term. The Editorial Board will meet (virtually) a minimum of twice a year and will correspond as needed by email.

Please send nominations or questions to, or visit for more information. Thank you.

MORE Textbooks on Reserves in Shields Library

March 20th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The Provost’s office generously supplemented the Library’s Reserves budget for Spring Quarter 2012 allowing the library to add multiple copies of some of the most heavily used and most expensive textbooks required for the following classes:

Sanders, Mark Frederick, and John L. Bowman. Genetic Analysis: An Integrated Approach. Boston: Benjamin Cummings, 2012.

CHE002A, B, C
Petrucci, Ralph H. General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications. New York: Learning Solutions, 2011.

Bruice, Paula Yurkanis. Essential Organic Chemistry. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2010.

CHE118A, B, C
Vollhardt, K. Peter C., and Neil Eric Schore. Organic Chemistry: Structure and Function. New York: W.H. Freeman, 2011.

Nilsson, James William, and Susan A. Riedel. Electric Circuits. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011.

Fromkin, Victoria, Robert Rodman, and Nina M. Hyams. An Introduction to Language. Boston, Mass: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2011.

MAT016A, B, C
Larson, Ron, and Bruce Edwards. Math 16 for UC Davis (CUSTOM edition of Calculus: An Applied Approach). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009.

MAT017A, B, C
Neuhauser, Claudia. Calculus for Biology and Medicine. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011.

MAT021A, B, C
Weir, Maurice D., Joel Hass, and George B. Thomas. Thomas’ Calculus: Early Transcendentals. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2010.

Samuels, Myra L., Jeffrey A. Witmer, and Andrew A. Schaffner. Statistics for the Life Sciences. Boston: Prentice Hall/Pearson, 2012.

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:

Event: Nuevo Latino Cuisine

May 3rd, 2011 by Karen Andrews

The Library, University of California, Davis invites you to join us on May 9th, 2011, for “Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Culinary Artistry, Community and Conversation.” The convivium will include presentations by three speakers recognized internationally for their contributions to the Latin American culinary world:

Professor Ken Albala, a noted food historian, faculty member at the University of the Pacific and prolific author and editor of publications that include Eating Right in the Renaissance and A Cultural History of Food, will speak on “The Roots of Latin American Food.”

Steve Sando, owner of Rancho Gordo: New World Specialty Food, culinary consultant and author of Heirloom Beans, will discuss “Redefining the New American Kitchen: Bringing Latin American Heirloom Ingredients to the Modern Table”.

Leopoldo López Gil, a founding member of the Slow Food Movement in Venezuela; President, the Academia Venezolana de Gastronomía; and with his daughter Adriana López Vermut owns the Pica Pica Maize Kitchen restaurants located in Napa and San Francisco. Señor López will talk about the “new modern Latin cuisine” and the ingredients and culinary traditions that encourage chefs and serious home cooks to experiment and create new fusion dishes.

* Location: Putah Creek Lodge, University of California, Davis
* Time: 12 Noon – 5 PM, Monday, May 9th, 2011
* Cost: $50 will cover lunch and presentations
* Book signing
* Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Culinary Artistry, Community and Conversation Exhibit, Shields Library Lobby, Spring Quarter, 2011
* Contact: Myra Appel,

(Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 4, 2011)
Registration form:

Campus map:, Parking ($6.00/day):

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.

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.