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New Exhibit, Writing Assistance for Students and More

February 18, 2014

UC Merced Library Hosts "Our Custodians" Exhibit 

The UC Merced Library proudly announces its latest exhibit, “Our Custodians.” Explore the world one of UC Merced’s most essential and hard-working groups through a display of their tools and equipment and a series of 10 intimate portraits taken by award-winning local photographer Roger Wyan.

Learn about the innovative, labor-saving initiatives of the UC Merced custodial program and its ongoing efforts to use green products to keep our sustainable campus beautiful.

The exhibit, located on the second floor of the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, is on display through April 1. For more information, email Robin Milford.

Writing Assistance for Students

The UC Merced Library and the Merritt Writing Program are partnering to pilot a Writing Center this semester. Individualized writing assistance provided by peers trained in providing effective feedback is available to students in any writing course. Students seeking writing assistance may drop in at the Gonella Discovery Room (KL 260) between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday.

UC Libraries Have One-Year Trial Access to Scopus

All University of California libraries now have one-year trial access to the Scopus database, thanks to negotiations between California Digital Library (CDL) and Elsevier.

Scopus, a citation and abstract database, includes more than 50 million records, 21,000 peer-reviewed titles and 5,000 publishers in the field of science. It allows users to track, analyze and visualize their research. Each campus library will decide by fall 2014 whether to continue to license Scopus.

More information about the Elsevier contract renewal can be found on the California Digital Library website. Contact the UC Merced Library for additional details.

Library Foots Bill for Open Access Publishing

Last year, the UC Merced Library helped nine faculty members publish articles in open access journals by paying the publication fees. Before the end of March, we hope to help a few more.

The library’s Open Access fund pilot program was established to encourage and support researchers interested in reshaping the current models of scholarly publishing. To date, UC Merced scholars have received more than $10,000 in financial support to publish in open access journals such as Biological Procedures Online, Optical Materials Express, PLoS One and Nature Scientific Reports. School of Natural Sciences Professor David Ardell is an enthusiastic advocate of this new publishing model and the support he received from the library.

“Not having to buy journal subscriptions saves libraries money, so it makes lots of sense for part of the library budget to be directed to faculty to publish in open access journals,” Ardell said. “I hope the program continues past its pilot.”

The pilot ends March 31 or when funds are expended. UC Merced faculty members, lecturers and graduate students interested in receiving funds are urged to apply soon. Information on eligibility information and application guidelines are available on the Open Access Fund web page.