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Competitive Edge 2023 - Engineering, ICS, DASA, SE/UPPP

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Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971


Welcome to UCI!

This program gives you an early orientation to establishing success as a UCI Graduate Student.  I am your Liaison Librarian and serve the:

  • Samueli School of Engineering - all 6 departments
  • Bren School of ICS - Departments of Computer Science & Informatics
  • School of Social Ecology - Department of Urban Planning & Public Policy (UPPP), Environmental Planning & General Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences - DASA: Demographic and Social Analysis

In this capacity I am responsible for all reference and consultation services, including Information Literacy in the subject area such as to support Data, Collections & Information Resources; and the support services that tie in with using appropriate software to provide better access to:

  • Bibliographic Management Software - examples include Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote
  • Citation Styles - examples include APA, IEEE, ACM, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, CSE, etc.  IEEE Citation Style has a Reference Style Manual
  • Collaborative Software - examples include Overleaf, Google Drive, MS Teams
  • orientation to different literacies - examples are financial/numerical, data, visual, graphic, media, video,disciplinary, digital, content, cultural, etc
  • introduction to entrepreneurship & innovation
  • appropriate and relevant campus resources
  • special resources that your own program of study & research will demand
  • support for your role as a Teaching Assistant if you are a TA at any time during your tenure as a graduate student
  • how to create a research profile - begin with setting up an ORCID ID to disambiguate you from others with the same name


Today's Session

In our time together today, let's cover:

To Do Lists

Some of these things on this list are not reasonable if you are not in residence but make sense long term:

  • obtain UCI ID card - the 16 digit # is your transaction card for requesting content - ILL, etc
  • make sure that all your communication devices are set up with VPN & DUO - can test functionality & register up to 5 including desktop, laptop, tablet, cell phone - have OIT on Speed-Dial (24x7) - 949-824-2222
  • familiarize yourself with Library Website and appropriate Subject Guide(s)
  • register for an ORCID ID
  • register for Overleaf and learn about those capabilities
  • know about Library Reopening Plans & how to request print materials
  • Graduate Study Reading Rooms at both SL & LL - when library reopens; SL newly remodeled
  • consider taking a Data Carpentry class

Borrowing & Placing Holds for Library Materials

Regardless of your circumstances, please eMail if you have not yet obtained your UCI ID card.  We understand the current challenges and we will help you obtain what you need.

Additional Resources

The Library is structured by an organizational model that reflects subject expertise and functional needs.  The following services are offered by colleagues in different departments:

1.Digital Scholarship Services Department 

  • Computational Services Librarian - handles Data Carpentry, GIS and related roles - Danielle Kane
  • Data Management & Curation - Wasila Dahdul
  • Scholarly Communication - Mitchell Brown

2.  Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Sara Heimann

3.  Special Collections & University Archives

4.  Thesis & Dissertation Submission

Other Hints & Reminders

There are many things that you can take advantage of to contribute to your success as a graduate student.  Get engaged with campus activities, attend lectures (now all virtual), webinars, training sessions, identify with Graduate & Post-Doc Resource Center, etc.

Most importantly create balance between work & play, especially at this time, and don't hesitate to seek assistance.