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Winter 2016
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Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

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Stephanie Griffin
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Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Library Update: Limited Access to Special Research Collections

UCSB Library LogoThe following is an update from the UCSB Library:

From now until the end of fall quarter 2015, library users will have limited access to all materials in Special Research Collections as the department moves to its state-of-the-art new facilities in the expanded Library.

Some materials might be accessible via special request, to be determined on a case-by-case basis. There will also be limits on the number of items we can retrieve and the time we may be able to keep them on hold.

We apologize for any inconvenience the move will cause, and are eager to welcome you into our new facilities on Jan. 4, 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Service staff at 805-893-3062 or


Newer Access Card Required for Library's Overnight Study Service

Starting Monday, December 22, to conform to campus access control technology standards, and prepare for the opening of the Library’s new facilities, those who use the Library’s Overnight Study Service must have the latest generation of UCSB Access ID Card to enter the building. Overnight Study, restricted to UCSB students, faculty, and staff, is available on the 1st and 2nd floors of Davidson Library, and begins after regular building hours. The Library’s hours are available online at

The card reader at the main west entrance of Davidson Library that now accepts older generations of Access ID Cards will be removed. The remaining reader will only recognize newer ones. Library users with older Access ID Cards must upgrade to a newer card.

All UCSB students, faculty, and staff can still gain access to the building with a campus ID, and security personnel will manually check their IDs if they do not have the current Access ID Card. All non-UCSB affiliates must exit the Library when Overnight Study begins.

Newer-generation Access ID Cards were issued starting in June 2012. To determine whether you have the newer Access ID Card, look on the back of the card (on the side with the horizontal black stripe). If you see the UCSB seal and a series of numbers along the bottom at the right, you have the latest generation of Access ID Card. Pictures of both kinds of cards can be viewed at

Access cards are available in the University Center at the Information Desk on the main level above the Hub food court. The cost is $10 to upgrade from an older card or $25 to activate a new one. The desk is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Note that the desk will be closed starting the week of December 22 for the winter break, and will not be open again until January 5, 2015, when the quarter begins. The last day to get a new card this quarter is Friday, December 19.

For more information about the Library’s Overnight Study Service, visit

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Gary Johnson, Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholar Services, at or 805-893-3713.


UCSB Library Seeks Volunteers for Website User Testing

The UCSB Library is currently conducting a review of its website as a precursor to redesigning the site. This review will collect various types of feedback from website users in order to identify functional improvements that benefit the entire campus. During August and September, graduate students are being asked to volunteer for 15-20 minute user testing sessions. During these sessions, you will be asked to accomplish some tasks on the library website, and the steps that you take to accomplish these tasks will be recorded. The test is simply a test of the website, not of the users. If you are willing to devote 15-20 minutes of your summer to helping the library capture data on the usage of its site, please contact:

Rebecca Metzger, Assistant University Librarian for Outreach & Academic Collaboration
Phone: 805-893-2674

She will follow up directly with you to set up a convenient time for the test.


Google That: Role Modeling Effective Search Strategies

“I’m not sure, Google it.”

Have you ever found yourself saying this to your students during section? Or maybe to your friends during a conversation?

Google has become the new term for search, yet people still have trouble finding exactly what they need through online search tools. This is especially prevalent in children and young adults. Some children type entire questions into search results (“What is the overall meaning of the Gettysburg address?”) and become frustrated when the answer does not show up instantly (source). Judd & Kennedy (2011) found that medical students rely on Google and Wikipedia instead of scholarly journals and trusted medical sites to find information.

Why is this important?

As a teaching assistant and future faculty member, it is important to address information literacy in your classes. Students need to learn how to find, analyze, and evaluate trustworthy information. They need to understand that information from someone’s personal blog or Twitter account should probably not be a primary source (even though the MLA website recently posted an article on how to cite a tweet). They need to learn what a credible resource is and how to find one.

This starts with you — share with students how you find information for your research (Google Scholar, library research databases, Arxiv). If you are unsure of what works best, the next time you find an article for your literature review, take note of what steps you took to find it (what keywords did you use, where did you start, did you find one article of interest and use the references section to find similar articles?).

Here are some helpful resources:


Judd, T.S. & Kennedy, G.E. (2011). Expediency-based practice? Medical students’ reliance on Google and Wikipedia for biomedical inquiries. British Journal of Educational Technology.



How Are You Using The Library? Davidson Wants Your Feedback

Have you ever met a User Experience Librarian?  If not, you have to meet our very own Brian Mathews.  Since the moment he landed on campus, he has been advocating for graduate students and collecting our feedback to help us obtain the best possible working environment and library resources.  Have you shared your feedback on Davidson Library?  Now is your chance: 

UCSB Library Logo   & LibQual Logo

Earlier this year the UCSB Library participated in LibQUAL+, an international survey designed to measure library service satisfaction.  Our results were very enlightening and we learned a lot about how you use and view the library... but we want to learn more. Help us understand your concerns and ways that we can improve. Visit our Feedback Website and explore the main themes that emerged. We encourage you to leave constructive comments.