University of California, San Diego
OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN
November 5, 2008
CLINICAL FACULTY AT UCSD
Over the next several months, the UCSD Libraries and the UCSD Medical Center will collaborate on a remodel of the Medical Center Library–Hillcrest in order to accommodate the Medical Center’s needs for additional space for administrative staff supporting the Center’s pharmacy services.
Amongst others things, the remodel will necessitate a substantial reduction of MCL’s onsite journal collection and a more modest reduction of its book collection. Duplication between the MCL and UCSD Biomedical Library (Biomed) journal collections will be eliminated; journals not duplicated at Biomed will be relocated to offsite storage. Journal volumes needed either from Biomed or remote storage can be paged to MCL within 24 hours of a paging request having been submitted. A selection of journals key to MCL’s primary clientele will be retained onsite: e.g., Academic Medicine, AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses), British Medical Journal, Circulation, Critical Care Nursing, Family Medicine, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Patient Care.
Substantial investment in acquiring electronic journal content over the last 5-10 years positions the Libraries to consider such space changes as they reflect the changing information-seeking behaviors of users and they acknowledge new and more efficient methods for providing access to library collections and services.
Benefits of the remodel will include:
· Improved and larger classroom/multipurpose room
· More individual and group study space on MCL’s upper level
· Streamlined access to journal and book collections tailored specifically to MCL’s primary clientele
· Refreshed reading, study, and lounge areas
During the remodel, users will continue to have both onsite and remote access to MCL services.
The remodel is expected to begin in Fall 2008 and be completed by Spring 2009.
The Libraries and the Medical Center apologize in advance for any inconvenience and disruption the remodeling may cause library users.