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New Geospatial Consulting Service for UCD Campus

March 28th, 2013 by Cory Craig

Geospatial Consulting @ UC Davis is available to help the researchers of UC Davis with geospatial questions and projects. Like the services provided by the Stats Lab for addressing statistical questions, Geospatial Consulting offers campus researchers and programs a way to work with experienced geospatial analysts to complete GIS, GPS, mapping, or spatial modeling projects, small or large.

The major goals of the service include providing members of the campus community with expertise and rapid turnaround on geospatial analyses and visualizations that require special expertise but do not warrant a regular research agreement or grant, and enabling graduate students and young geospatial professionals opportunities and funding in diverse and challenging applications.

Prospective clients should visit Geospatial Consulting’s website to read about the services offered and to submit a project request form. Once a client submits a request, an analyst will consult with the client, and develop an estimate for the scope and cost of the work. After the initial consultation, costs are based on the number of hours required to complete a project plus any expenses accrued in acquiring data or printing maps.

Geospatial Consulting @ UC Davis is administered through the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, overseen by Professor James Quinn at the Information Center for the Environment, and the day-to-day activities are administered by Michele Tobias, a postdoctoral scholar. The service anticipates hiring graduate students as consultants as the number of requests for project assistance grows.

Researchers seeking help with geospatial projects should contact the service through its website:

UC Libraries E-Book Value Statement

March 21st, 2013 by Cory Craig

As e-books evolve to provide essential content for use in teaching, learning, and research, the UC Libraries seek to develop the marketplace in ways that support our core values and the university’s mission. We believe it is our responsibility to help shape the scholarly publishing landscape in ways that are responsive to the needs of our primary users and that enable us to be effective stewards of our libraries’ collections funds.
The following statements of principle apply these values to the e-book marketplace and reflect our priorities. The UC Libraries are prepared to work with publishers, aggregators, and others within the academic community to develop appropriate standards and best practices that implement these principles.

Content Supporting Research and Instruction
• Simultaneous access by an unlimited number of users at a reasonable cost
• Simultaneous availability of front list titles in both print and electronic formats
• Consistency of content between print and electronic books, including supplementary materials and quality of illustrations

Fair Use & Scholarly Communication
• Licensing terms that do not limit fair use, Section 108, and first sale doctrines under US copyright law, including use of e-book content in course reserves, course management systems, and course packs.
• The right to borrow and lend e-books via interlibrary loan in a manner analogous to the loan of physical books, in addition to other fee-based methods that may be available for limited lending between institutions
• Licenses that support ad hoc scholarly sharing with colleagues beyond the confines of the institution

Positive User Experience
• The ability to discover and access e-books in a variety of ways including through library catalogs, format- and discipline-specific public portals, and other search interfaces preferred by users
• Content accessible and portable across a variety of platforms and devices, and able to evolve with the emergence of new technologies.
• The ability to print, copy, save, and annotate e-book content efficiently and easily, and to export bibliographic information to citation management software
• Ease of navigation: the ability to preview content before downloading; navigate e-book content through hyperlinked tables of contents, indexes, and footnotes; and return to content via persistent URLs.
• ADA compliance in accordance with state and federal law.

Product Platforms
• Ability to migrate purchased and/or subscribed content between platforms, as platforms may evolve and change.
• If content purchased and/or licensed on one platform becomes available on other platforms, access to this content on all platforms will be provided at no additional charge.
• Confidentiality of user information. The UC Libraries fully endorse the California Reader Privacy Act (SB 602).
• Data to support resource management and assessment, including COUNTER-compliant usage statistics.
• Institutional branding features for proper attribution and user awareness.
• Routine notifications as content is added and changed.

Sustainable and fair business models
• Perpetual access to purchased content regardless of the life of the platform
• Archival rights retained, including the ability to archive content locally or through a third-party provider selected by the library.
• Reasonable and flexible pricing models that allow for the option to purchase discrete subject-based collections and/or individual titles, as opposed to a unitary bundle of products
• Minimal, or no, maintenance and/or access fees.

February 6, 2013 Version 1.4

New guide to Open Access

March 18th, 2013 by

Lately, it seems like Open Access (OA) has been in the news a lot:

Want to find out more about Open Access? What does it mean?  Why do we care about it?  What support exists for authors who want to publish OA?

UC Davis Librarians have created a new topic guide to help answer some of your questions about Open Access:

Questions or Comments?

Contact:   Amy Studer  |   |   (530) 752-1678

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