What Was New in the Library - 2002 Archive

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December 2002

  • Changes in article databases
    Some of your favorite databases may be moving over the holiday break. The UC System is changing to new vendors' systems for some databases that provide indexing, abstracts, and full text of journal articles. The new versions have been selected to provide a fuller range of search possibilities.

    Beginning December 31, these databases will be available only through our web site, along with other "indexes and abstracts", rather than through the Pathfinder or CDL/Melvyl systems.

    "CDL Passwords" will no longer be valid for off-campus access. Instead, UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff can use the convenient Proxy Service.
  • Holiday toy & book drive
    During this holiday season, the library encourages you to donate new, unwrapped toys and books for children up to the age of 18. Just drop them in the red bins at the Doe and Moffitt library entrances through Friday morning, December 20. To ensure timely distribution, we'd like to collect the majority of donations by Friday, December 13. Donated items will be distributed through the Jobs Consortium, a local agency serving the homeless in Alameda County.
  • NRLF begins "desktop delivery"
    Beginning December 1, UC Berkeley borrowers can have journal articles or book chapters from the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) delivered directly to their computers in PDF format, or as photocopies delivered to a campus library. If you search for a book or journal title in Pathfinder, find that the volume is at NRLF, and choose electronic delivery for the article or chapter you want, you will receive an e-mail message containing a link to the item and a password to access it. There is a limit of thirty-five pages per article or chapter, and no more than five such items per day. NRLF provides photocopies and electronic copies in strict compliance with the copyright laws.

November 2002

  • Project promotes information literacy
    A new project at Cal involves faculty in designing innovative courses that promote undergraduate research skills and "information literacy."
  • Museum treasures now online
    A new web site, "Museums and the Online Archive of California," provides free access to more than 150,000 images of artifacts, installation art, paintings, manuscripts, photographs, and architectural blueprints from 11 public and private museums in California.
  • New Music Library under construction
    Construction of the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library building is now in progress. This new facility, just south of Morrison Hall, will provide more space and better access to the collection. Meanwhile, the Music Library remains open in its current location.
  • Stack shift in progress
    On level D of the Gardner (Main) Stacks, books numbered K-NX are being moved from the compact shelving to a fixed shelving area nearby. The new location will provide greater protection for some oversize books in this call number range. Signs are posted to assist users while the shift is going on.

October 2002

  • Libraries cited
    An October 10 article from the Reuters news service, "Unions discover Web as tool for organising" by Elinor Mills Abreu, praises the Institute of Industrial Relations Library web site as "an excellent resource for research on labor issues." Closer to home, the Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay issue has named the Morrison Library as "the best place to read and listen to music ... the jewel of UC Berkeley's library system."
  • Research Advisory Service begins
    Cal undergraduates can make half-hour appointments for assistance with library research for humanities and social sciences term papers.

September 2002

  • Banned Books Week, Sept.21–28
    We invite you to think about the dangers of censorship and the value of intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week. Better yet, read a banned book!
    [American Library Association's Banned Books Week site]
    [Cal reading list of banned books]
    [Banned Books Online]
  • New Reference phone number
    The telephone number for the Doe Library Reference Center is now 642-6657.
  • Moffitt books are back home
    If you're returning to Cal this semester, you may recall that some books from the Moffitt Library were temporarily shelved on level D of the Gardner (Main) Stacks. These books have now been moved back into the Moffitt building. The entire Moffitt collection, indicated in our catalogs as UNDE (Undergraduate), is shelved on floors four and five of Moffitt. It is in one continuous call number arrangement, with A-PQ on the fifth floor and PR-Z on the fourth floor.
    [Moffitt Library]

August 2002

  • Doe/Moffitt Libraries rebuild and expand reference services
    Rejuvenation efforts for Doe/Moffitt reference services have culminated in the re-installation of full-service reference in Moffitt and in the establishment of the Reference Center in Doe. Moffitt now has an evolving print reference collection to complement a wide array of electronic resources. The Moffitt Reference Desk is located in the midst of over 60 library research computers. Moffitt provides service to UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and UC Berkeley Library cardholders.

    In Doe, the three Great Rooms have been programmatically joined and now form the Reference Center providing comprehensive reference in a central location to all working in the social sciences, humanities, area studies, and with government information sources. The new Reference Desk is located on the 2nd floor adjacent to the North Reading Room, Graduate Services, and the East Reading Room (formerly GSSI). Over 50 library research computers are in proximity allowing everyone access to Library Catalogs and Electronic Resources; however, unlimited access to the Internet is available only through CalNet ID logon.

    During the fall semester, service hours are significantly expanded with evening and weekend reference offered in both locations. New signs, exhibits, and other finishing touches are in the works.
    [Reference Center]

  • Environmental Design Library open
    After three years in temporary quarters in Moffitt Library, the Environmental Design Library's seismic reinforcement and major renovation has been completed. We reopened August 1 in 210 Wurster Hall. Designed by Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis, the transformed facility features a mostly one-story space with a large central atrium, a rare book room vault, and a separate bibliographic instruction room. New features and services include a self-service color photocopier ($1.00 per page 8.5 x 11), a self-service scanner, a book return box outside the main entrance to Wurster Hall, and coming soon, wireless access to the campus network and the Internet. New exhibition cases and other finishing touches are in the works.

July 2002

  • Public computers use CalNet ID
    Upgraded public computers are now available in the Reference Center (2nd floor, Doe Library). In order to offer the best possible service to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, these computers require entry of a CalNet ID for full access to Internet resources. Word processing, spreadsheets, etc. are not available on library computers, but are offered in the campus Microcomputer Facilities.
    [how to obtain a CalNet ID]
    [Microcomputer Facilities]
  • Environmental Design Library moving
    The Environmental Design Library will be closed July 10-31 in order to move from the Moffitt Library back to its original location in 210 Wurster Hall. This renovated facility will reopen on Thursday, August 1. No collections or services will be available during the move. Books checked out from the Environmental Design Library may be returned at its book drop in the lobby of Moffitt Library through July 19; after that, they must be returned to the book drop at Wurster Hall.
  • Major shift in the stacks
    A major shift of books is under way on Level C of the Gardner (Main) Stacks. We are moving the heavily used books numbered DS-DT, E-F, and HM-HQ onto fixed shelving, and moving books numbered J-JX onto compact shelving. During the project, the location of material on Level C will be constantly changing. Signs in the stacks will give the current locations. As of July 3 approximately 21,000 shelf feet, 30% of the material on Level C, had been moved. The shift is the result of two years of faculty and student surveys and studies on access to and use of the collections. The new arrangement will provide quicker access to high use materials, as well as easier browsing.

June 2002

  • Reading list features "banned books"
    Mark Twain, Aldous Huxley, Isabel Allende, Kurt Vonnegut ... all these and more are included on our summer reading list of books that have been banned or challenged (not here at Cal, we hasten to add!)
  • Images of Native Americans
    The Bancroft Library presents "Images of Native Americans," a digital companion to an exhibit of rare books, photographs, illustrations, and other archival and manuscript materials that debuted in the Fall of 2000, to celebrate the acquisition of the University of California, Berkeley Library's nine millionth volume.
    [see the online exhibit]

May 2002

  • Cal Libraries highly rated
    Each year, the Association of Research Libraries ranks North American institutions, using quantitative measures of library collections, expenditures, and staffing. This year, the UC Berkeley Library ranks third, immediately below Harvard and Yale, and thus first among public universities. It's also heartening to note that we ranked fifth two years ago, fourth last year, and third today.

  • Exams online
    Getting a little nervous about final exams? Maybe reviewing an exam from your professor could help you study more effectively! Through the cooperation of faculty members, 300 exams from 50 UC Berkeley courses are now available online, through our Electronic Reserves (ERes) web site.
    [search ERes for online exams]
  • Chemistry Library moving
    The Chemistry Library will be closed from Tuesday May 28 through June 12, in order to move from Doe Library back to its original location in Hildebrand Hall. It will reopen June 13 at 1:00 pm in 100 Hildebrand. Books checked out from the Chemistry Library may be returned at its book drop in Doe Library through May 31; after that, they must be returned to the book drop at Hildebrand Hall. For more information, call 642-3753.
  • Wireless access in the library
    "AirBears" -- wireless access to the campus computer network and the Internet -- is now available on a test basis in seven locations on campus, including the Free Speech Movement Cafe, Level C East of the Gardner (Main) stacks, the Engineeering Library study area, and some parts of the Business & Economics Library.

    UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with a CalNet ID are eligible to use this service. Wireless cards and the necessary software are available for one-day checkout at the Moffitt Library Circulation Desk. Technical support is provided by the Student Computer Consulting Service (SCCS), located on Level 1 of Moffitt Library.
  • Changes in electronic indexes
    The UC System is changing to new vendors for some databases that provide full text and indexing of journal articles. This will affect how you search them.
    [indexes affected]
    [all available indexes]
  • Lunch Poems - Student Reading
    Thursday, May 2
    Morrison Library

April 2002

  • Thomas Sánchez lecture
    Saturday, April 27
    2:30 to 4:00 pm
    Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
    "Native Notes from the Land of Earthquake and Fire:
    A Writer's Journey"
    Thomas Sánchez's first novel, Rabbit Boss, the hundred-year saga of a California-Nevada Indian tribe, was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most important books of the twentieth century. Other works include Zoot Suit Murders and Mile Zero. His fourth novel, Day of the Bees, was written over a ten-year period in San Francisco, Mallorca, Provence, and Paris, where the French Republic awarded him the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. This lecture, sponsored by The Friends of The Bancroft Library, will focus on California fiction.
  • Cal Day, April 20
    Tour underground bookstacks and beautiful reading rooms, see exhibits ranging from Mark Twain manuscripts to the latest electronic services, buy a used book, have a great cup of coffee -- the libraries have a lot to offer on Cal Day.
  • Faculty Seminar Series, April 11-18
    Would you like to find out about online resources in your discipline? Is your favorite database moving to a different interface? Would you like to learn how to create a web page for your class, or do a great PowerPoint presentation? Come to a workshop designed for UC Berkeley faculty, graduate students and research staff, and taught by experts from throughout the library. Attendance is free, but space is limited and advance sign-ups are required.
  • Nicholson Baker lectures on "Shelving History"
    "Bombs and Bibliographies: The Secret Life of the Library of Congress"
         Monday, April 15, 7:30pm
         Morrison Room, Doe Library
    "The Lost Art of the Newspaper"
         With Discussants:
         David Henkin, Department of History
         Carla Hesse, Department of History
         Wednesday, April 17, 4:00pm
         Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
  • Lunch Poems - Chana Bloch
    Thursday, April 4
    Morrison Library in Doe Library

March 2002

  • New exhibits in the libraries
    Need a refreshing break? In the Doe Library, you can view recent gifts to the libraries and items from the Emma Goldman Papers. In the Institute of Industrial Relations Library, photographs of social workers. And in the Bioscience Library ... chocolate! For more information, see our Exhibits page.
  • Berkeley Writers @Work - Dr. Leon Litwack
    Tuesday, March 12
    12 noon - 1:30pm
    Morrison Library in Doe Library
  • Lunch Poems - Marilyn Hacker
    Thursday, March 7
    Morrison Library in Doe Library

February 2002

  • Study Hall hours extended
    Beginning Friday, February 22, hours in Moffitt Library and the Gardner (Main) stacks will be extended on Friday and Saturday evenings until 2am, and on Sunday mornings with an opening time of 9am. This pilot project will continue through the end of the spring 2002 semester.

    The Moffitt Microcomputer Facility and the Free Speech Movement Café will also be open during these extended hours. Circulation Services will be available until 10pm and on Sunday mornings beginning at 9am. During the pilot project, the campus shuttle service will also extend its services by providing door-to-door Night Safety Shuttle service on Saturday evenings until 2am. Night Safety Shuttle Service is already available on Friday evenings.

    This project was initiated at the request of the Associated Students at UC (ASUC) and funded through the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVC&P), Paul Grey, and the Library. During the pilot project, the Library, Microcomputer Facility, and Shuttle Service will keep use statistics of various kinds. Data collected during the trial will help us make future decisions about library hours.
  • Lunch Poems - Poetry of the Near East
    Thursday, February 21
    Morrison Library in Doe Library
  • Bancroft Round Table
    Thursday, February 21
    12 noon
    Lewis-Latimer Room, Faculty Club
    "Yogores, Pachucos, and Zoot Suiters: The Making of a Multiethnic Youth Culture Among California Minorities"
    Allison Varzally, Bancroft Study Award winner, will explore the growing connectedness of minority youth who experiment with other cultures and evolve more multi-layered or hybrid identities.
  • AirBears Wireless in the Engineering Library
    The Kresge Engineering Library now offers wireless access to UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students through the AirBears wireless project. You can access the Internet just about anywhere in the Engineering Library, as long as you have a laptop, wireless card and CalNetID. See AirBears: The Wireless LAN Project for information and How to use AirBears for instructions.
  • Access to the Art History/Classics Library expanded
    To better serve our patrons, the glass door entrance (308 Doe Library) to the Art History/Classics Library has been reopened. Access via the Doe 3 elevator will continue to be available as well.
  • Doe Reference on the Move
    The Doe Library's reference service provides help with questions in the humanities, social sciences, and government documents, as well as more general guidance in using the libraries and organizing your research.

    Starting on February 4, reference services and materials will be consolidated on the second floor. The new Doe Reference Center will include:
    North Reading Room (formerly known as the Humanities and Area Studies Room) housing most of the reference collection.
    East Reading Room (formerly known as GSSI), housing Government Documents reference materials and some current social science periodicals. This room will also be the temporary location for the reference service desk.
    Reference Hall, (formerly known as the Subject Catalog Hall), housing some special categories of reference material. A new service desk is being built in this location, and later in the semester, it will become the reference service point.

    Materials in the North Reading Room and the Reference Hall will be listed in the Pathfinder/GLADIS catalogs as DREF (Doe Reference). Materials in the East Reading Room will still be listed as GSSI.

    The Information Center on the first floor will continue to provide computer workstations for research use.

    The Moffitt Library will continue to provide reference service at its Information Gateway desk. A reference collection is currently being developed and ordered for that location, and will be in place by the end of the semester.

January 2002

  • The Foundations of Anthropology in California, 1901-1960:
    A Centennial Exhibit
    Exhibit Gallery, The Bancroft Library
    21 January - 29 April 2002

    The exhibit tells a story of key personalities and events driving the establishment and development of anthropology in its first sixty years at the University of California. On display are records, documents, and images held by The Bancroft Library, with additional items and several exquisite artifacts provided by the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Lunch Poems - Robert Pinsky
    Thursday, February 7, 2002
    12:10-12:50pm Morrison Library in Doe Library
  • Live radio broadcast on KQED! "Heaven of the Half-Shell: Mark Twain in California" by Robert H. Hirst
    Thursday, January 24, 2002
    8:00 - 9:00 pm
    KQED Radio will also broadcast the program again at 2 a.m. of the following day.
    Recorded before a live audience in the Heller Reading Room of The Bancroft Library on the University of California, Berkeley campus, the one-hour programs include a 10-minute question and answer period, moderated by Dr. Charles Faulhaber, Director of The Bancroft Library.
  • Spring 2002 California Colloquium on Water
    The popular lecture series continues this spring. Beginning in February 2002, scholars of distinction in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, law and environmental design will offer monthly lectures.
  • Public Art and Free Speech: Taking it to the Streets
    Presentations by cultural workers from three Bay Area collectives that produce public statements challenging mainstream news and views.
    Friday, February 1, 6-8pm, Free Speech Movement (FSM) Cafe, Moffitt Library
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