January 19, 2021


To: Faculty & Lecturers

From: Hannah Rael, Communications & Marketing Manager, UCSB Library

RE: Faculty Focus, Winter Quarter at the Library


Faculty Focus is a quarterly message from the UCSB Library highlighting Library news and events of particular interest to faculty.


Connect with Your Subject Librarian

Every academic department has a subject librarian. They are available to provide research support to you and your students by email or by scheduling a virtual appointment. For general questions, see a librarian-curated list of FAQs here or use our 24/7 chat service located in the bottom right corner of each page on our website.


Publish Open Access in Springer Journals

As of January 4, UC authors can publish open access in the Springer portion of the Springer Nature portfolio of journals. The integration of Nature-branded journals is expected in 2022. Learn more about the agreement. Contact openaccess@library.ucsb.edu with any questions.


Be a Part of the UCSB Reads 2021 Community

UCSB Reads 2021 is underway, kicking off with the student book giveaway. This year’s selection, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele, provides an intersectional analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement and demonstrates the connection between history, lived experience, and the necessity for present-day activism.

See the lineup of UCSB Reads events here.

The Library has free copies of the book to distribute to those of you who are considering incorporating When They Call You a Terrorist into your spring courses. To request a copy, contact UCSBReads@library.ucsb.edu.


Encourage Students to Document Their Experiences for Our Archive

What should future generations of Gauchos know about the lived experiences of current students during this time of COVID-19 and racial reckoning? The Library is developing an exhibition showcasing works submitted to our COVID-19 Community Archives Project and Black Lives Matter Community Archives Project. We encourage classes to submit coursework to the archives. If you are interested in integrating this project into your course, please write to us at outreach@library.ucsb.edu.

See more info about the planned exhibition and how to submit works to the archives.


Access Geospatial & Research Data Software Remotely

The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory is offering remote access to some of our geospatial and research data software thanks to Microsoft, who provided Azure service credits to experiment with remote computer access. We can provide you with Windows 10 virtual machines via Microsoft Azure Labs, pre-loaded with software previously available in our physical lab in the Library. Learn more about this service.


Sign Up for Monthly Research Data Infographics

Our Research Data Services team puts together monthly infographics with information about how to better manage and preserve research data. You can view the series here. This month’s infographic is about the do’s and don’ts of file naming (PDF). If you want to receive these in your inbox each month, subscribe here.


Tell Students to Apply to the 2021 Library Award for Undergraduate Research

On March 15, we will start accepting applications for the 2021 Library Award for Undergraduate Research. Please share the application information with your students who are producing scholarly or creative works that make expert and sophisticated use of the Library’s collections, resources, and services.