University of California, San Diego

June 29, 2000


SUBJECT:  Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services (CLICS)

It is a great pleasure to announce that this fall the UCSD Libraries will open the new Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services (CLICS) in the Galbraith Hall space that previously housed the Undergraduate Library. All members of the campus community are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2000. This ceremony will kick off a series of events planned by CLICS Director Kari Lucas and her staff to highlight this exciting new facility and its program of services.

The first new library opened at UCSD in 15 years, CLICS will provide library resources, instructional computing, and distance learning through a program of three-way collaboration between the UCSD Libraries, Academic Computing, and the Media Center. The $11 million renovation of Galbraith Hall has vastly improved every physical aspect of the facility, from air conditioning to computer connections to rest rooms. Planners redesigned physical space with an emphasis on meeting the needs of students to come together, to think, and to carry out their research. Newly designed spaces include individual study carrels, 12 small group study rooms, and approximately 170 workstations.

CLICS is a digital library combined with a computer laboratory. Electronic access to catalogs, databases, and full-text electronic journal articles will be provided, along with access to e-mail, word processing, and other course-related software. CLICS also includes a hands-on classroom for instruction in electronic information tools and a classroom for participation in distance learning programs.

CLICS will offer four on-site paper-based collections to supplement electronic access to resources. A 2,500 volume reference collection will be shaped to meet the needs of the college writing programs. A 300-volume computer resource collection will support students as they become fluent in current technology. There will be a 50-title journal and newspaper collection. Most special will be a 2,000 volume current awareness non-fiction and fiction collection selected to match most closely the interests of UCSD's undergraduates and to support ideas introduced to them in the classroom.

CLICS will be open Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The facility will be open until 3:00 a.m. during final exams each quarter.

                                                Brian E. C. Schottlaender
                                                University Librarian