What Was New in the Library - 2000 Archive

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December 2000

  • Lots of stuff that benefits our beloved students, faculty and staff is going on behind the scenes this festive month of December: 
    cooking up killer classes.
    programming exciting enhancements for Pathfinder.
    cataloging bodacious books, journals and multimedia.
    brainstorming incredible ideas to make 2001 a banner year for you and your University Library.

November 2000

  • Faculty Seminars - November 28th - December 8th.

  • The Library, along with the Instructional Technology Program, is offering another series of seminars for faculty, graduate students and other UCB research staff on using information resources and creating online course materials.

October 2000

September 2000

  • Print material availability studies. The availability studies will be conducted during the weeks of October 1-14 and October 29-November 11, in the Doe and Moffitt collections housed in the Gardner Stacks, and in the Earth Sciences & Maps, Environmental Design, and Anthropology libraries.

  • Images of Native Americans - This exhibition showcases selected examples of the changing imagery used to represent Native North Americans. September 9 - December 7, 2000. Bancroft Gallery, The Bancroft Library. 

  • Automatic requesting of materials has been extended to UCB undergraduates. Request is a service available while using CDL-hosted databases. Use the Request button while displaying search results to automatically place an interlibrary request for material found in the Melvyl Catalog or in many journal databases (MEDLINE, Current Contents, ABI/Inform, BIOSIS, INSPEC, MAGS, Computer Articles, PsychINFO).

  • Through November 22, the Research Advisory Service is available to U.C. Berkeley undergraduates writing papers in the humanities & social sciences. 

  • Exhibit: Images of North American Indians - The Bancroft Library announces the opening of this exhibition of rare and unique materials including images from rare books, pamphlets, journals, magazines, and newspapers, in addition to selections of original photographs, lantern slides, drawings, sketches, and notable nineteenth and twentieth century paintings. 
    September 9 - December 7, 2000
    Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and
    Saturday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., during the academic year
    Bancroft Library Exhibition Gallery

  • Lunch Poems in the Morrison Library begins Thursday, September 7 at 12:10pm. For a complete schedule, please see 

August 2000

  • The Morrison Library will be closed August 22-25. 

  • The Moffitt Microcomputing Facility, Floor 1 Moffitt Library (not to be confused with the Information Gateway, on entry level, Floor 3), will be closed Aug 12-20, along with other computer labs. (See computer facility hours at For questions, contact Sian Brackin (
  • Welcome Week is right around the corner, and the Library is pulling out all the stops. Come check us out!

  • The Library's Cuban Collection: Opening a New World for Scholarly Research: An Exhibit - Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, 1st floor Doe Library August 1 - October 15, 2000.

  • Pay for print (electronic printing) officially begins in the U.C. Berkeley Libraries on August 10th. For the past few months, while we were working out the bugs, library users were able to print for free from the networked printers in the library's reference and information areas. Well, the bugs have been exterminated, and electronic printing at 10 cents per page will commence on August 10. So please go ahead and purchase your print/copy card if you haven't already done so (use the same card for both electronic printing and the photocopy machines). More information about how/where to purchase a print/copy card, and the location of the networked printers, may be found at the Copy Service Web site

June-July 2000

  • O.K., I lied. Something is happening in the Library this summer. The Chemistry Library will temporarily relocate to 40 Doe Library. From July 13-30, Chemistry Library materials will be unavailable. On July 31, the Chemistry Library will reopen in 40 Doe Library.

  • Not a whole heck of a lot of new stuff happens in the Library during the summer months. Some of the professional and para-professional staff busies itself by: teaching library research workshops, gearing up for the fall semester, catching up on correspondence, reading riveting articles that pertain to our profession, updating Library Web pages, shopping online, and dreaming of Maui. Those of us who work at the reference and information desks are just plain lonely. So if you happen to be in the neighborhood, please drop by, cop a squat, and ask us a question or two.

May 2000

  • The design boards from the UC Berkeley AIDS Memorial design competition are beautifully displayed in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Floor 1, Doe Library through July, 2000. Also on display in one of the cases are photos and memorabilia of Library staff who died of AIDS.

  • On May 4, 2000, the Library, the German Department and the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco will present a reading by the noted Swiss author Gabrielle Alioth from 4 to 6:30 pm in the Morrison Library (101 Doe Library). The reading will be followed by a discussion with Ms. Alioth, and refreshments will be provided by the Swiss Consulate. 

  • Gabrielle Alioth is one of Switzerland's most celebrated young novelists and the author of Der Narr (1990), Wie ein kostbarer Stein (1994), Die Arche der Frauen (1996) and Die stumme Reiterin (1998), in addition to numerous collections of essays and articles. She has been awarded the "first novel": prize of the Verein des Literaturhauses e.V. in Hamburg for Der Narr, and Die Arche der Frauen was selected as "Buch der Woche" by the Süddeutscher Rundfunk in February 1996.  Please plan to join us for this evening with an exiting young author whose works have won the acclaim of the German-speaking press of Europe.

April 2000

  • Keay Davidson, Science Editor, for the San Francisco Examiner and author of Carl Sagan: a Life (Wiley, 1999) will deliver a lecture, "Carl Sagan: Scientific Messianism and Democracy" at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2000 in the Morrison Library, First Floor of Doe Library. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, was re-scheduled from its original date of February 10th. 

    Among the topics to be addressed by Keay Davidson are: Is science popularization in news media worthwhile? Does it help democracy function better in an age in which science radically influences the world for both better and worse? Or is science popularization simply a form of mass entertainment, a kind of 'bread and circuses' that distracts the public from the crucial issue: who CONTROLS scientific research? Carl Sagan's complex career offers a case study in the perils and ambiguities of 'selling science' to the masses.

  • As part of the Morrison Library Inaugural Lecture Series, Prof. David William Bates will speak on "Creative Negations: Defining the Space of Politics in Revolutionary France." The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 4pm in the Morrison Library in the Doe Library.

    Prof. Bates, who joined the Rhetoric Dept. this year, is author of the forthcoming book, "Enlightenment Aberrations: Error, Identity and the French Revolution," and the articles "The Epistemology of Error in Late Enlightenment France," "Rediscovering Collingwood's Spiritual History (In and Out of Context)," and "Between Error and Enlightenment: Condorcet and the Political Decision." Please join us in welcoming Prof. Bates to Berkeley. 

March 2000

  • CalDay 2000 ~ Saturday, April 15th - The Library will be offering up a full day of tasty entertainment, information, and exploration. Please visit our CalDay Web page at:

  • Strindberg and the Art of Photography: an Exhibition from the Strindberg Library is a travelling exhibition on loan from the Strindberg Museum in Sweden. Best known for his work as an author, this exhibit shows Strindberg's photographic work. 

    Professor Linda Rugg from the Scandinavian Department sponsored the exhibit and worked with the Library Graphics Office on its installation. 

    The exhibit is located in the Doe Library, first floor corridor adjacent to the Brown Gallery

  • Mark Twain at Berkeley is a small exhibit, located in the Sheldon Case on the First Floor, Doe Library (near the entrance to the Gardner Stacks). The exhibit offers a summary account of The Bancroft Library's celebrated collection of original Mark Twain materials and of the first comprehensive edition of the author's writings being produced by the Library's Mark Twain Project. All thirty-two titles published to date are on display along with some photographs and first editions from the archive. 

    On Cal Day, April 15, the Mark Twain Project's offices will be open to visitors. The editors will offer guided tours that will include a display of some of the materials from the archive as well as a rare screening of the only surviving motion pictures of the author. 

  • As part of the Morrison Library Inaugural Lecture Series, Prof. Pheng Cheah will speak on "Chinese Cosmopolitanism in Two Senses and Postcolonial National Memory." The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 5, at 4pm in the Morrison Room of Doe Library. 

  • Prof. Cheah, who joined the Rhetoric Dept this year, is co-editor of two books: "Cosmopolitics -- Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation," and "Thinking Through the Body of the Law." His research interests include 18th-20th century continental philosophy, postcolonial literatures and theory, legal philosophy and feminist theory. 

  • Access U.C. Berkeley and California Digital Library (CDL) licensed electronic web resources from home with the Library's proxy service! 

    The Library is pleased to offer a new service which allows current U.C. Berkeley faculty, staff and students with a library card or student ID to access U.C. Berkeley and CDL-licensed resources (i.e. databases, full text journals) from off-campus without having to dial into the campus modem pool or use a CDL/Melvyl password. 

    To participate, you need cable modem, DSL, or high-speed modem access (28.8 or higher) through an internet service provider such as PacBell, AtHome, or Earthlink-Mindspring-Netcom. You also need a recent version of Netscape (all operating systems) or Internet Explorer (Microsoft Windows only). 

    If you are connecting from campus or using the Home IP or SHIP account you do not need this service. 

    For more information or for instructions on how to configure your browser to use the proxy server, go to:

  • Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Visions of the Future of the Golden State, a new Bancroft Library Exhibit.
    March 17-September 9, 2000 - The Bancroft Library Gallery.
    Throughout its history California has been promoted as a special place - a land of great promise and opportunity. Its rich resources, temperate climate, and natural beauty as well as a diverse and dynamic population all have contributed to the narrative surrounding the state. 

    This exhibition, prepared by Theresa Salazar, Curator of the Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, looks at four events and celebrations in California's 150 year history: The California Constitutional Convention (1850); the Panama Pacific International Exposition (1915); the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939); and California First Days (1962-63). Examination of a few key themes reflected in these commemorations allows us to glimpse how those past participants viewed the state - its present and its future. The exhibition draws from the rich manuscript, photograph, pictorial, ephemeral, and book collections of The Bancroft Library.

  • Yusef Komunyakaa will be the featured guest at the March 2nd edition of Lunch Poems. Lunch Poems is a noontime poetry reading series that is held in the Morrison Library in the Doe Library.
    Thursday, March 2nd
    Morrison Library in the Doe Library

  • Bharati Mukherjee author of Jasmine and other titles will be the guest speaker of the Berkeley Writers at Work series on March 13th. The interview will be chaired by Steve Tollefson of the U.C. Berkeley English Department. 
    Monday, March 13th
    12 noon to 1:30pm
    Morrison Library in the Doe Library

February 2000

  • The Information Center and The Teaching Library are happy to announce the return of the Research Advisory Service.

    U.C. Berkeley undergraduates writing research papers in the humanities and social sciences may sign up for same-day, half-hour appointments with reference staff. The Research Advisory Service is located in the Information Center, 1st floor Doe Library. Appointments will be available Monday - Friday, 1-5pm (last appointment at 4:30) from February 22 - March 24, and April 3 - 29.

    If students can't make these appointment times we recommend that they ask for assistance at any reference desk. (The Information Center is open until 9pm Monday - Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 1-5pm; the Information Gateway Monday - Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.)

  • On February 18, The Library opened a new reading room called the Carl G. Rosberg Reading Room, 223 Doe (off of the GSSI Reading Room) which will house a noncirculating collection of international and area studies periodicals and newspapers. The room is still in transition as materials are being transferred from other Doe units to the new space. Currently, bound volumes of selected periodicals are there to be followed next week by unbound issues and lastly by newspapers. The room also has (or will have) 3 study tables, 2 workstations, a photocopier and some lounge chairs. 

    Gladis records are being updated as is Doe signage to direct users to the reading room. The room will be open the same hours as GSSI Reading Room. The official dedication will be March 14 and is being planned by the office of the Dean of International and Area Studies.

  • Morrison Library Inaugural Address, "An Impure History of Ghosts: Shakespeare, Marx, and Derrida," by Richard Halpern of the Department of English. The lecture is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the talk.
    Wednesday, February 23rd
    4:00 pm
    Morrison Library in the Doe Library

  • Czeslaw Milosz, professor emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literature at UC Berkeley, and winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, will be the featured guest at the February 3rd edition of Lunch Poems. Lunch Poems is a noontime poetry reading series that is held in the Morrison Library in the Doe Library.
    Thursday, February 3rd
    Morrison Library in the Doe Library

January 2000

  • UC Berkeley AIDS Memorial design competition Web site.
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