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Join us for Open Access Week 2012 events

October 17th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity to discuss and learn about the potential benefits of open access publishing. As the UC community debates open access mandates, faces federal data sharing requirements, and along with the rest of the worldwide research and academic community debates how to work with an ever-increasing amount of scholarly information, Open Access Week is more relevant and important than ever.

Please join the UC Davis Library in celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with three special events:

Open data and open access: expert panel discussion
Four experts — MacKenzie Smith (UCD University Librarian), Jonathan Eisen (UCD Professor and PLoS Biology editor), Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons) and Carly Strasser (DataOne and California Digital Library) will debate the merits of open access and open data and discuss recent developments in scholarly publishing and sharing data. Come with your questions for what promises to be a lively, cutting-edge discussion!
Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am-1:00p
Nelle Branch room, 2nd floor Shields Library map

Data Management for Researchers: Organizing, Describing, and Sharing your Data
This workshop, presented by Carly Strasser, will introduce researchers to basic data management principles and demonstrate tools you can use to organize and share data. Not sure whether you should be publishing your data, or how to get started? Come to this workshop!
Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Instruction Lab, 1st floor Shields Library map

Should You Publish in Open Access Journals?
This session will include a short introduction to OA publishing, followed by a facilitated audience discussion on the pros and cons of publishing in open access journals, led by Michael Rogawski M.D., Professor of Neurology. Bring your questions and come ready to participate!
Monday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Education Building Room 1204, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento Campus map

Questions or RSVPs? Contact Phoebe Ayers at or 530-752-9948 (main campus), or Raquel Abad at or 916-734‑3870 (Sacramento).

Free to UCD Researchers: Improved Access to Print-Only Library Collections

August 17th, 2012 by Ruth Gustafson

Based on the results of a successful pilot to enhance the library’s current document delivery service for print-only science titles, the UC Davis University Library is now extending the free Campus Document Delivery Service (CDDS) to all UC Davis University Library-owned titles.

Now, all faculty and research staff in Biological or Agricultural departments/centers may request electronic deliveries of journal articles and book chapters owned in print-only formats at any UC Davis University Library and have them delivered electronically at no cost.

PLEASE NOTE: this service is not currently available for graduate students, undergraduate students, and non-research staff on the main campus. If you have questions, please visit the InterLibrary Loan Service webpage which includes online forms. For additional assistance, contact a library staff member at the Shields Library Circulation Desk or email to


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.

RSC eBooks now available

May 17th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

RSC eBooks are now available!

UC Davis now has access to the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) eBook Collection.
This collection of over 1000 books, published by RSC between 1968 and 2012, are now available as digital content to UC Davis faculty, students, and staff.

Search the collection or see a full list of all 1,000+ titles available.

Annual Reviews backfiles now available

May 17th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray




Annual Reviews Sciences Collection backfiles

37 Sciences journals

1932 to present


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

UC Davis Libraries have acquired the entire journal collection of Annual Reviews






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.

BioOne journals now available on mobile devices

November 30th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

BioOne Announcement from Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:32:58 -0500 (EST)

BioOne announced the official launch of BioOne Mobile, an optimized website now available to smartphone users at With this new mobile interface, all content from BioOne’s 167 journals and book series is available for easy access to faculty, students, and researchers via their iPhones, Androids, and Blackberry smartphones.

Note that there is no app to download or keep updated. Instead, users will be automatically directed to BioOne’s mobile site whenever they access the site from a compatible mobile device.

BioOne has created a number of resources to assist researchers using BioOne Mobile. For more information, please see

Thursday, Nov. 3: Data management for scientists: presentations at Shields Library

October 28th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

Data management for scientists

Admit it- you use Excel. That’s because scientific data collection and Excel go together well. If you use Excel for data storage, management, organization, or analysis, these presentations are for you!

All UC Davis scientific researchers are invited to presentations by Dr. Carly Strasser, Project Manager for DCXL (Digital Curation for Excel), UC Curation Center (UC3), California Digital Library to be held next Thursday. Both morning and afternoon presentation times are scheduled for a talk and optional hands-on session.

Benefit to you: you get an expert eye thinking about your data, spotting potential problems, and streamlining your workflow. Dr. Strasser is also knowledgeable about data management plans (now required for all NSF proposals), data archives available for your use, and best practices for data management.

All sessions will be held at the same location in Shields Library:

WHERE: Shields Library, Library Instruction Lab (LIL), Room 165
First Floor, Shields Library
SouthEast corner, just past Reserves Desk, on the right corner
Online map of Shields Library First Floor with LIL in top right map corner

Talk: “Data management for scientists: how to reduce your workload, reuse your ideas, recycle your data”

It is rare that scientists are formally taught about good data management practices. Instead we develop our own systems for filing documents, arranging data sheets, handling versions, and documenting analyses that are often unique and unintelligible to others. In this talk, Dr. Strasser will focus on the common mistakes that scientists make, and how to avoid them. She will cover best practices for data management, which will facilitate data sharing, reuse, and archiving in the future.

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2011
10-11am and Repeated at 3-4pm

Hands-on Session: UCD scientists discussing/viewing their data/spreadsheets

Devoted time to ask questions about your data, show Dr. Strasser your spreadsheet(s), and get feedback from others about your organization strategy. Chat with her about your data sharing, reuse, and archiving practices, and how you use Excel. Share tips and tricks with other Davis scientists. Attendees are invited to bring their own laptops or, if data is available via Web-accessible spreadsheets, 25 workstations for attendees are available with Internet access.

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2011
11am-noon and Repeated at 4-5pm

Unable to attend? Here is the presenter’s contact information:

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Carly Strasser, PhD
DCXL Project Manager
UC3, California Digital Library
University of California Office of the President
415 20th Street, Oakland CA 94612

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:

Return of daily BioAg Sciences Librarian in-person assistance on 3rd floor of Shields Library

September 30th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

After a two-year hiatus, the Biological/Agricultural (BioAg) Sciences Consultation Desk on the 3rd floor of Shields Library is once again being staffed. As of Monday, September 26, 2011, the BioAg Consult Desk hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5pm for a total of 20 in-person desk hours/week.

In addition, BioAg Librarians have scheduled office hours for four extra hours between Tuesday-Friday: Tuesday noon-1pm; Wed-Fri 11am-noon. These hours are noted at the top of each BioAg Library Subject Guide along with each BioAg Librarian’s contact information. See these BioAg Subject Guides at:

For in-person general library/technology questions outside of the above hours, please ask at the First Floor Shields Reference Desk, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, where assistance will be provided by *non-science* Reference Librarians.

As always, for specialized biological and agricultural library questions, feel free to email:
Or email your BioAg Librarian Subject Specialist directly. Listing at: