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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:  http://digital.library.ucsb.edu.

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

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Melvyl Changes Planned for June 24

Posted by UCSB Library on June 23, 2011

On June 24, 2011, the current Melvyl database will be retired as the University of California Libraries move to the Next Generation Melvyl (NGM) search tool, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat Local.  NGM was released as a pilot in April 2008 and has proven to be an invaluable search tool for all researchers: students, faculty, staff, and the public.

NGM supports research by allowing one-stop searching of UC Libraries’ holdings and much more – adding to the UC libraries’  33 million records there are over 800 million items from research institutions throughout the world.  Easy-to-use links to ebooks and Request allow users to retrieve some titles immediately or order them via interlibrary loan. NGM also offers embedded tools for citing and exporting citations and creating and sharing lists.

Users can also ask reference questions via the “Chat with a Librarian” interface or see descriptive information, editorial reviews, and cover art.  In-depth author information helps to place works in context and provides useful information when doing research about a writer.

Information about the New Melvyl

Comments and questions can be send to Sherry DeDecker at dedecker@library.ucsb.edu.

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Laptop Printing Now Available for Mac Users

Posted by UCSB Library on March 26, 2011

We have recently upgraded our wireless printing service.  All laptop users will need to download a new print client before they can print to our wireless network.  For more information, see our wireless printing instructions.

Good News for Mac and Windows 64-bit Users:

The recent upgrade includes new print client software that will work on Macs and on Windows machines that are 64-bit.

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VPN Users Need to Install New Client Software

Posted by UCSB Library on January 29, 2011

Due to changes with the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) everyone who uses the VPN to access library resources from off campus needs to install the new OpenVPN client.  You will not be able to use the VPN until you make this change.

Be sure to follow the instructions for uninstalling the old client and installing the new one, or you will probably experience problems with the software.

Below are links to the instructions and downloads for the new software.

Windows Users:

If you are using Vista or Windows 7, be sure to complete step 5 of the instructions.

Mac OS X Users:

All Users:

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Need to Borrow a Laptop?

Posted by UCSB Library on December 25, 2010

The library checks out laptops!  To check one out you must be a UC faculty, staff, or fully-enrolled student with a valid UCSB library card.  You will need a UCSBnet ID and password to access the wireless network.

Laptops may be borrowed from the Davidson Library Circulation Desk for 4 hours at a time.  They have the same basic software as our regular public computers (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and web browsers).  Plus, when you are connected to the wireless and run the print software on the machine, you can print to any of our public printers.

To protect yourself and our laptops, please read the entire laptop policy before checking one out. You are responsible for the laptop while it is checked out.  You will be charged a fine if it is overdue and/or a replacement cost if it is lost, stolen, or damaged while in your possession.

We hope you enjoy this service from your library.

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Writing a Paper on Our Computers?

Posted by UCSB Library on December 11, 2010

Most of our computers now have the full version of Microsoft Word. The only exceptions are computers with scanners and those set up just to find reserve materials. So, finding a computer to use is much easier now!

The most reliable way to save your work is to use a USB thumb drive. We highly recommend this method, as it is the best way to protect yourself from losing your work. Also, if a computer loses power or has to be rebooted anything that is saved to our computers will be lost.

If you have e-mailed a file to yourself and want to edit it, you MUST either save it to a USB drive or to our computer BEFORE making any changes. If you do not do this, your changes won’t be saved.

UCSB students can also save files to U-Storage space. To do this, see the directions below:

Good luck with your papers. Don’t forget to Ask a Librarian if you need help with your research.

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Wireless Expanded to 6th & 7th Floors

Posted by UCSB Library on September 15, 2010

Efforts to expand access to the campus wireless network throughout the entire library have been completed.  With the completion of work on the 6th and 7th floors of the Davidson Library all public areas in the library now have upgraded and expanded wireless access.

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Upgraded Wireless on the 8th and 2nd Floors

Posted by UCSB Library on March 4, 2010

We have completed an upgrade of wireless coverage on both the 8th and the 2nd floors of Davidson Library. During this process we installed brand new access points that will not only speed up access but expand the coverage to the entire area of both floors.

This is part of our ongoing project to expand and update wireless coverage to all of the Davidson Library and the Arts Library. At this point we have completed work on floors 1-5 & 8 of Davidson Library and both floors of the Arts Library. The new network is labeled “UCSB Wireless”, so be sure to pick this network when you connect.

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“Find It” in the Library

Posted by UCSB Library on November 4, 2009

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You may have noticed a magnifying glass icon with the words “Find It” when you search the Library’s online catalog. This is a new feature, currently in beta mode, to help you locate the floor and stack section where their item is located.

We hope you like it and find it helpful.

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MS Word Available on More Computers!

Posted by UCSB Library on September 23, 2009

Last school year we got a lot of requests to add MS Office (including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) to more of our computers. You asked, we listened!

This year you will find that all of our public computers (except those for Reserves lookup and those with scanners) have MS Office available. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to get those term papers done.

We highly recommend that you bring a thumb drive to save your work and save your changes frequently. This is the best way to make sure you don’t have any problems with your files.

Welcome back and good luck with your classes!

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