Monthly Archive: June 2020

UC Gets a Systemwide Integrated Library System

Doe Library and The Bancroft Library on the UC Berkeley campus were photographed on Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Violet Carter for the UC Berkeley Library)

By Bala Balakumar. The University of California recently negotiated a systemwide agreement for an integrated library system (SLIS) for all UC campus libraries. The deal is projected to provide a total financial benefit of $815,795 over three years. 

Previously, each UC library had independently licensed…
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COVID-19 Relief Targets Vulnerable Students, More Aid Needed

At Crossroads Dining Hall, volunteers packed grocery bags on April 21 for needy members of the campus community. The bags were taken to pick-up sites around UC Berkeley and also delivered to students who couldn’t leave their homes. (Photo by Natalia Gillis Semeraro)

Sheltered in place in West Covina, in her family’s tiny two-bedroom apartment, UC Berkeley junior Cindy Mendez Moreno tries to muster motivation to study in the dark, while her parents and three sisters sleep. Only then is it quiet, with…
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Pandemic Stories: Adapting Physics Labs in the Time of COVID-19

Laboratory manager Sophia Sholtz sanitizes each lab bench, according to safety protocol, before setting up a new experiment (photo by Sophia Sholtz)

By Jason Nielsen. One of the common experiences for science and engineering students at UC Santa Cruz is the intro physics lab course. In a typical quarter, around 800 students take these courses to explore topics ranging from mechanical waves…
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Where’d You Go, Tom Andriola? Interview with UCI VC for Information, Technology & Data

Tom Andriola, vice chancellor of Information, Technology & Data at UC Irvine

Tom Andriola became vice chancellor of Information, Technology & Data at UC Irvine in September 2019. Most recently, he spent six years as UC system CIO at the UC Office of the President. In that role, he focused on building and connecting a universitywide community of IT professionals. Below he describes the transition to campus…
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UC Davis Creates New Software and Service Catalog

Screenshot of UC Davis' Software and Service Catalog

By Ahna Heller. Information and Educational Technology (IET) at UC Davis has launched a new software catalog that makes it easier for students, staff, and faculty to obtain software available through UC and campus agreements. It also represents the next step forward in…
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Mine-crafting that Campus Feeling

UC Santa Barbara in Minecraft

By Harrison Tasoff. For undergraduate Charles Neumann the announcement that spring quarter classes would be delivered via remote instruction was sad news. Like many graduating seniors, he had hoped to spend his final days at UC Santa Barbara enjoying classes and…
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Meet Gigi Johnson: UCLA Music and Tech Innovator

By Jeané Blunt. Gigi Johnson, Ed.D., teaches music industry courses at the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music and was the founding executive director of the UCLA Center for Music Innovation. She also hosts the UCLA podcast, Innovating Music.


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UCSB’s COVID-19 IT Response

UCSB campus storke tower Photo Credit: MATT PERKO

By Harrison Tasoff. As classes, research and administration transition to the internet, the campus’s information technology (IT) departments have had the monumental task of adapting systems, increasing capacity and keeping the university up and running.

The good news is that…
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