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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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Free Massages Will Return in the Fall!

Posted by UCSB Libraries on June 6, 2011

Due to popular demand, the Wellness Center’s free chair massages will be back Fall Quarter, every Tuesday from 12-1pm in the front lobby of Davidson Library.

Our masseuse is taking a much-needed break over the summer.

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Exhibit in Special Collections: Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611

Posted by UCSB Library on May 30, 2011

Twenty-seven rare books and manuscripts from the 13th through 17th centuries are on display in the special collections department of Davidson Library at UC Santa Barbara. Together they trace the history of the modern Bible, from its beginnings as a series of partial manuscripts to the single volume format that exists today.

The exhibit, titled “Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611,” is curated by Sharon Farmer, professor of history at UCSB, and a group of six UCSB undergraduate students, all of whom are majoring in history. Despite their historical significance, the special collections exhibit marks the first time most of these books have been presented to the public.

A conference relating to the exhibit will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 27, in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building at UCSB. It is free and open to the public.

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

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Students Speak About Making the Library More Eco-friendly (Tuesday, May 17)

Posted by UCSB Library on May 10, 2011

The Program for the Assessment and Certification for the Environment and Sustainability (PACES) has concluded their building assessment of UCSB’s Davidson Library and will be presenting their results to the public. This presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. in classroom 1575 of Davidson Library.

All are welcome to attend this presentation to learn about Davidson Library’s current building practices (such as waste diversion, purchasing, and energy use), new recycling system, and ways that building patrons may help increase the library’s sustainability.

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Earliest Sound Recordings – A Talk in the Library

Posted by UCSB Library on May 9, 2011

Humanity’s First Recordings of its Own Voice
David Giovannoni

Monday, May 16, 2011
4:00 PM
Davidson Library, Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor

In mid-nineteenth-century France, during the dawn of practical photography, amateur inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville conceived of a machine that did with sound what the camera did with light. Between 1854 and 1860 he experimented with focusing airborne sounds of speech and music onto paper, thereby capturing what had theretofore been ephemeral. His phonautograph bore a striking resemblance to Edison’s phonograph of 20 years later. But his recordings, unlike Edison’s, were meant to be read by the eye, not heard by the ear.

For a century-and-a-half his experiments lay quietly in the venerable French archives in which he deposited them. Then in 2007 a few audio historians hypothesized there was a real possibility that modern technology could develop these experimental recordings like dormant photographic plates. Instead of exposing images, however, these would bear sounds – perhaps even humanity’s first recordings of its own voice!

In this presentation David Giovannoni recounts how he and his colleagues have identified dozens of these forgotten documents and coaxed several to talk and to sing. A principal in their discovery and recovery, Giovannoni is the first person since Scott de Martinville to personally examine every recording. He’ll explain how they were made and how they are played. He’ll discuss Scott de Martinville’s experiments, his reception in established scientific circles, and his early descent into an unmarked grave.

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What’s Your Opinion? An Analysis of the Author’s Motives (UCSB Reads)

Posted by UCSB Library on March 26, 2011

Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or issues related to identity, genetic research and ethics, medical access and poverty, or other related topics.

Read what the experts on campus say and respond with your thoughts.

Dr. Laury Oaks uses her perspective as an anthropologist and Professor of Feminist Studies to analyze author Rebecca Skloot’s approach to getting the story of Henrietta Lacks.  Go to the UCSB Reads site to read Dr. Oaks’ essay, and use the “comments” link at the bottom of that page to join in the conversation.

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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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New Computers!

Posted by UCSB Libraries on March 26, 2011

new computersThe Library has just replaced 21 public computers in the Reference Area  with new wide-screen, high res, all-in-one machines.  In the next few weeks we will start replacing the machines in the Arts Library as well.  Our goal is to replace all 200 public computers in the Library over the next 3 to 4 months.

And yes:  the  processing power of the new machines will enhance the stability of printing!

Come try them out and let us know what you think.

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Poetry Reading in the Library

Posted by UCSB Library on March 25, 2011

Ahhhh, take an hour, sit back, and listen to poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. A reading by three local published poets (back by popular demand):   Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Bob Krut, and Teddy Macker.  They will be joined by two UCSB student poets — Alyssa Ogi and Elizabeth Powers.

Tuesday, April 26th, 12-1:00pm
Group Commons Room
Davidson Library, 1st floor

They’ll discuss their craft of poetry writing as well as read selections from their works.

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s poetry includes six chapbooks, inclusion in various anthologies and literary journals, and a body of uncollected work, some of which has been choreographed for dance presentation and performed as theater. She has been a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence, and a California Arts in Corrections teacher, and has served as the community outreach coordinator for the UCSB Center for Black Studies. She was appointed Poet Laureate for AfriGeneas and has inspired young poets in Santa Barbara and throughout the country as a speaker and writing workshop teacher.

Bob Krut teaches in UCSB’s Writing Program, and also teaches creative writing and literature with the College of Creative Studies. He is the author of The Spider Sermons (BlazeVOX Books, 2009) and of the chapbook Theory of the Walking Big Bang, and his poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Mid-American Review, among others, as well as the online journals 42opus, Tarpaulin Sky, and Blackbird.  His work was anthologized in Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin.

Teddy Macker teaches in the Writing Program and the College of Creative Studies. The recipient of a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine, he has published his work—poems, translations, essays, and short stories—in the Antioch Review, New Letters, Orion, Poetry East, the Seneca Review, the Southern Humanities Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Sun, and elsewhere. Among his honors is the Reginald S. Tickner Fellowship of the Gilman School in Baltimore.

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Library Closed Fri. March 25 for Cesar Chavez Day

Posted by UCSB Library on March 24, 2011

The library will be closed Friday, March 25 for Cesar Chavez Day.

Intersession hours will be in effect through the weekend.  Regular quarter hours resume on Monday, March 28.

See the library hours for details.

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