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Library Associates receive complimentary copies of the quarterly newsletter Bene Legere, as well as invitations to special occasions at the Library. For more information on the Library Associates program, please write or telephone: The Library Development Office, Room 188 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000; telephone (510) 642-9377. Or, check our website.
Public Service to the Campus and Community
One of the core values of the University of California's mission is public service.
In the schools and colleges at Berkeley, or within the hundreds of academic programs on campus, public service may mean literally hundreds of things. For the University Library, public service means one thing--patron service for the people who use our vast and exceptional collections and resources. Those patrons may be faculty, students, scholars, or the general public. As simple and direct as our public service may appear, it is much more than having books available on the shelves. It is the spectrum of activities that makes the available resources easier to access and understand. It is the librarians and staff who provide direct support to every inquiry. It is a sense of service to the community as a public library.
While much reference work is done in person by librarians, new technologies allow similar results to be achieved via telephone or computer.
The Library is creating a single, consolidated reference and research service for the humanities and social sciences. Located in the former subject catalog hall on the second floor of Doe Library, this center will bring together the disparate reference sources and personnel that have been scattered throughout the campus into a single, inter-disciplinary "one-stop shopping" location. Recognizing that the prevailing undergraduate research patterns often consist exclusively of generalized web searches, special consideration is taken in instructing students of the advantages of a broad range of available and detailed research resources on the internet. Current plans also call for reopening the second floor entrance to Doe Library, so that reference services are more accessible.
Centralizing reference services is part of a nationwide trend for universities to align more closely the undergraduate library services with undergraduate academic priorities to help students achieve "information literacy" (those skills required to recognize when information is needed and then the ability to locate, evaluate, and process that information). After a period of lagging interest in undergraduate library collections in the 1990s, librarians are now building these collections that specifically support undergraduate pursuits and research interests. To this end, Cal is re-energizing the James K. Moffitt Undergraduate Library and targeting reference library services to meet the specific needs of our new undergraduate students.
Consider these service activities:
When one thinks of the UC Library, they understandably think of the collections and the programs. But Library public service is what makes those collections and programs so valuable and well-respected. Serving scholars and serving the public are at the core of what makes the Cal Library great.