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Library’s WordPress Site is Being Retired

Posted by UCSB Library on October 12, 2011

With the move to our new website this quarter, we have retired this WordPress News Blog.

If you were following us via RSS feed, you can subscribe to our new feed at

Our new News & Events blog has been incorporated into the website.  You can access it anytime from the library home page, or by going to


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New Library Website: Coming Soon!

Posted by UCSB Library on September 8, 2011

We’ve redesigned and re-written the library website. You can have a sneak peak before the full release next week.

Check it out at

Please note:  The above web address (URL) is temporary.  As of next week the site will move to the regular library URL (  So, please do not bookmark pages on the new site until after next week.

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Thoreau Edition Receives NEH Grant for Volumes of Correspondence

Posted by UCSB Library on September 4, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $245,000 grant to The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, a projected 28-volume series of the work of the 19th-century American naturalist and social philosopher. The Thoreau Edition, which has been headquartered at several universities across the country since its inception in 1966, is now located in the UC Santa Barbara Library.

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Double Sided Printing is Here!!!

Posted by UCSB Library on August 15, 2011

Print on this side. Print on that side. Print on both sides for the same price as printing on one side.

Cheaper, greener printing from your laptop or any library computer!

Super easy too! Just select Library Double-Sided Printing.

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Wall Construction Begins in Davidson

Posted by UCSB Library on August 10, 2011

Construction of walls around the Davidson Library begins today.  One wall that will go up is at the back of the Reference Pit on the 1st floor.

Shortly after, there will be another wall going up on the 2nd floor, southeast of EGSL.

The noisy construction will take about 4-5 days.  Then there will be 2-3 days of quieter construction to finish work.

There are signs to alert you to the disruption in those areas.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Follow the progress at

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Looking for a Place to Work With Your Group?

Posted by UCSB Library on August 8, 2011

Check out the Group Commons Room in Davidson Library!   The room is located on the 1st floor of Davidson Library, between the back entrance to the library and the central elevators.

This room is designed for groups to work together, so it is okay to talk with each other.

If you are looking for a quiet place to study,  try the designated Quiet Study Room on the 2nd floor, or anywhere on the quiet study floors (5th-8th). There are posters indicating quiet study floors and group talking areas.

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New University Librarian Joins the UCSB Library

Posted by UCSB Library on July 1, 2011

Denise Stephens

Denise Stephens is the new University Librarian

The UCSB Library is pleased to announce the arrival of Denise Stephens, our new University Librarian.

She comes to us from the University of Kansas, where she has held several positions including Strategic and Organizational Research Librarian, Vice Provost for Information Services, and Chief Information Officer.  Her administrative experience also includes terms as Acting University Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Syracuse University.

Denise has published in the area of organizational development and leadership in libraries and has served on numerous library and information technology advisory boards.

“I am humbled and excited to join you as University Librarian at a time of great challenge and equally great opportunity.  The positive interactions I shared with the Library staff and stakeholders during my recent visit convinced me UCSB is a very special place. I am proud to know I’ll soon be a part of your wonderful community.”

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Library Addition and Renovation Planned

Posted by UCSB Library on June 30, 2011

We are excited for an upcoming renovation of the current two-story section of Davidson Library, as well as a new addition. This endeavor will allow us to upgrade and expand study spaces and services.

Some of the new features include:

  • An expanded 24-hour study room
  • Dedicate group work and quiet reading spaces
  • More power outlets
  • More computers
  • A new Art Library
  • A new Special Collections Facility

Construction is scheduled to begin January 2012. You’ll start seeing many changes around the building over the next few months as we prepare for construction.

For more information please visit our construction website.

No student fees are being used for this project.

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UCSB Launches New Digital Collections Site

Posted by UCSB Library on June 30, 2011

With more than 500,000 volumes, photographs, and early sound recordings –– not to mention 16,000 linear feet of manuscripts –– many of the holdings in the Special Collections Department of UC Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library date back to periods well in advance of modern technology. A few thousand of those items have been brought into the 21st century thanks to the new Digital Library, which makes the images and audio recordings available to anyone with an Internet connection.

The UCSB Digital Collections features thousands of digitized items from the library’s unique and rare collections, including:

  • Original photographs
  • Music and images
  • Personal archives
  • Historic audio recordings
  • Artistic posters
  • Original scores
  • And more!

The digital collections is a resource allowing scholars and users to explore these materials anywhere they have an internet collection, and teachers to bring the archives into their classrooms. The Digital Library is available at:

For more information on the exhibit, see the campus press release.

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Exhibit of Haitian Vodou Flags in Davidson Library

Posted by UCSB Library on June 29, 2011

Haitian Vodou FlagThe newest exhibit in the first floor hallway of Davidson Library focuses on Drapo Vodou, the colorful Vodou flags of Haiti.  While the flags were originally ceremonial items, they are also now a popular form of folk art.

This exhibit is being launched in conjunction with the Center for Black Studies’ annual Haiti Flag Week.  As part of the Center’s scheduled events, there will be a lecture on these unique flags of Haiti:

  • Sacred Banners & the Sequined Revolution: Drapo Vodou and the Haitian Independence
  • Patrick Polk, World Arts & Culture, UCLA
  • Wednesday, May 18:  4:00 pm – MultiCultural Center Theater
  • An expert on folk religion, popular culture, and urban visual traditions, Polk is the author of  Haitian Vodou Flags and the forthcoming Conjurers, Healers, and Hoodoo Doctors: Readings on African-American Magic and Folk Medicine, among other books. In 1996 he curated “Sequined Spirits: Contemporary Vodou Flags” at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

For more information on Haiti Flag Week events, see the Center for Black Studies website.

The library would like to thank Dr. Claudine Michel,  Director of the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research and Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies, for loaning flags and other folk art items.

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