And so it begins …

Happy New Year! Welcome to CONDUIT, a blog brought to you by the UC San Diego’s Scholarly Communications Working Group. This blog is an exploration in communicating advances in scholarly communication to our campus, UC San Diego, while simultaneously engaging with the public, researchers, and scholars around the world.

We intend to act as a conduit of information on:

  • news and notices,
  • systems and tools,
  • conferences, workshops, and other professional development,
  • related research and scholarship,
  • issues and opportunities in scholarly communication,
  • and updates on UCSD scholarship and research.

Computer Catalog : Consolidated/Convair Aircraft Factory San Diego Equipment from SDASM Archives on Flickr

One of the challenges in supporting an institution as large, research intensive, and academically diverse as UC San Diego is capturing the sustained attention of our community of researchers and academics. To raise the visibility and awareness of library services, of UCSD research, as well to empower our community to take more control of their intellectual property we take on this endeavor with the intention that we will meet the mission, vision, and values of our campus for the benefit of the institution and a global society. Naturally, as a scholarly communication program we see our mission everywhere, including prominently figuring into these excerpts from UCSD’s strategic plan:

MISSION: UC San Diego will transform California and a diverse global society by educating, generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and engaging in public service.


VISION: As a public university, it is our responsibility to give back to society by educating global citizens, discovering new knowledge, creating new technology, and contributing to our economy.


VALUES: To be successful, UC San Diego must remain distinctive, maximize our comparative advantages, and ensure our culture and environment exemplify our values.


Our entrepreneurial spirit leads to agility, risktaking, and innovative approaches to solving problems and seizing opportunities. Public service, sustainability, integrity, and ethics are core principles guiding our activities.

You are invited to submit posts or comments for public view or by private message to the UC San Diego Library Scholarly Communications Working Group – Outreach and Education subgroup (SCWG-OE). SCWG-OE 2018 members and CONDUIT Editors are Allegra Swift, Teri Vogel, and Karen Heskett.

We are following guidelines we’ve modified from the University of California, Office of Scholarly Communications blog guidelines found on our “About CONDUIT – Scope and Guidelines” page.

Please see our UC San Diego Library Scholarly Communications website for more information on support and supporters at UC San Diego.