What Was New in the Library - 2003 Archive

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December 2003

  • Some computer systems unavailable December 26-30
    Some of the library's computer systems and services will be unavailable or only partially available December 26-30, while their host computer is upgraded. During this time:
    GLADIS, the telnet version of the UC Berkeley library catalog, will not be available. This includes INVentory and RENewal functions.

    Pathfinder, the web version of the UC Berkeley library catalog, will be available for searching, but will not show the current status of items. Request functions, including the NRLF request form, will not be available.

    Melvyl, the library catalog for all UC campuses, will be available for searching, but will not show current "Circ status" of UC Berkeley items. Also, UC Berkeley patrons will not be able to use the Request function in Melvyl.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. All systems should be back to normal after December 30.

  • 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 19. To ensure timely distribution, we'd like to collect the majority of donations by Friday, December 12. Donated items will be distributed through the Jobs Consortium, a local agency serving the homeless in Alameda County.

November 2003

  • Bear in Mind
    The Bancroft Library's exhibit on the California Grizzly has now been expanded and published in book form.

  • Got information? We thought so.
    Cal researchers estimate 800 MB of new information was created per person in 2002.
    [report summary]

  • Got copyright?
    The UC System has launched a web site on academic copyright issues.

October 2003

  • Study Sites
    Several library locations are featured on the campus list of "Secret Study Sites."

  • Wireless
    AirBears wireless computer access is now available in the Ethnic Studies Library.

  • "Beat" archives at Bancroft
    The personal journals of poet, essayist and playwright Michael McClure have been added to the Bancroft Library's rich collection on the "Beat" writers.

  • Mystery list
    Bancroft librarian Randal Brandt's web site lists over 950 mystery, detective, and crime novels set in the Bay Area.

September 2003

  • Drop-in tutoring
    The Student Learning Center now offers writing assistance in 450A Moffitt Library, in addition to its regular location in the Chavez Center. This service is for UC Berkeley students working on papers in 1B level courses or higher, in any subject area. Hours for these 30-minute sessions are Monday 5-7pm and Tuesday and Thursday 4-6pm. If you need content for your paper, remember that library reference desks provide expert help in finding information.

    Drop-in tutoring for Math 32, 1A, and 16A is also available in the same location, Monday,Tuesday, and Wednesday, 6-8pm. No appointment is required, but you will need student ID to enter the Moffitt Library.

  • Recall election
    These web sites provide reliable information on the October 7 Statewide Special Election which includes the gubernatorial recall and two ballot propositions:
    Recall in California includes extensive background text and numerous links to official sites, news articles, polls, advocacy sites, and more. From the Institute of Governmental Studies Library.

    The California Recall Election provides a variety of links on the election and related issues. From the Librarians' Index to the Internet.

    California Election Information features useful links for studying current and historical elections in the state. From the Doe/Moffitt Libraries.

  • Banned Books Week, Sept.20-27
    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!
    [Reading list of banned books]
    [Banned Books Online]
  • Travel guides
    The Morrison Library has added a collection of 197 current, high-quality travel guides covering all parts of the world. These books are shelved in a special section and can be checked out for 2 weeks. Located just inside the Doe Library's north entrance, Morrison is a beautiful and comfortable room for recreational reading and browsing.

August 2003

  • Library hours reduced
    With budget cuts and a hiring freeze in effect, several libraries on campus have made minor reductions in their hours this fall.

    The Doe Library, including the Periodicals-Newspapers-Microforms Room, the Art History-Classics Library, and Graduate Services, will close at 9pm Sunday-Thursday. After 9pm, all access to the Gardner (Main) Stacks will be through the Moffitt Library.

    The Media Resources Center will also close at 9pm Sunday-Thursday, and will open at noon on Saturday.

    The Mathematics-Statistics Library will close at 6pm Monday-Thursday and will be closed Saturday.

    The Ethnic Studies Library will be closed Saturday, Aug.30; beginning on Sept.6, it will be open 1-6pm on Saturday.

    Other changes are possible; for current information, check our Library Hours page.

  • New Melvyl catalog
    Melvyl, the catalog of all UC campus libraries, has transitioned to new software with added search capabilities and some changes in coverage.

    If you had a Profile set up in the old version (to use the Update, Saved Lists, or Search History features), your profile information and any data stored under it are no longer available. To resume using these features, you will need to set up a new profile in Melvyl by clicking the "Sign In (optional)" link at the top of the Melvyl page and following the instructions. The “Sign In” link changes to a “My Workspace” link after you register and sign in.

  • Secure Internet access expanded
    Calnet ID Logon is now required for full Internet access on public computers on the first floor of Doe Library and in the Moffitt Library Information Gateway, in addition to its previous locations in the Doe, Engineering, and Bioscience Libraries. This security measure reduces maintenance costs in a time of constrained budgets, and lets us offer the best possible service to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

    All public computers allow access to research tools, including library catalogs, databases, and web sites whose URLs end with .edu, .org, and .gov.   For full access to Internet resources including .com sites, the user must log on with his/her CalNet ID.
    [how to obtain a CalNet ID]

    Word processing, spreadsheets, etc. are not available on library computers, but are offered in the campus Microcomputer Facilities.

  • Physics-Astronomy Library
    The library now combining these subjects is temporarily located in 40 Doe Library. It will remain there during seismic retrofitting of LeConte Hall. *Webmaster's note* 3/14/05 the Physics-Astronomy Library moved to the Hearst Field Annex, Building B, due to the impending seismic retrofit of the Doe Library Annex. This library includes the Astronomy collection formerly housed in the Mathematics-Statistics Library.

  • 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 again ranks third, immediately below Harvard and Yale, and thus first among public universities.

July 2003

  • Forest Products Library closed
    The Forest Products Library was closed as of July 1, 2003. Materials in this collection are not currently available for use. Some of the collection is being transferred to UC Berkeley's Bioscience and Natural Resources, Chemistry, Engineering, and Environmental Design Libraries. Some will be moved to the Northern Regional Library Facility. Questions may be directed to the Bioscience Library (510) 642-2531 or through its web form.

  • Online exhibit wins award
    The Bancroft Library's online exhibit, "Images of Native Americans," has won a special commendation from the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Created to mark the acquisition of UC Berkeley Library's nine millionth volume, James Otto Lewis's Aboriginal Portfolio (1835-1836), the exhibit presents images from rare books, pamphlets, journals, pulp magazines, newspapers, and ephemera. The award citation praises its content, "excellent navigation," and "enduring value as a subject resource."

June 2003

  • Electronic Journals in Science and Engineering
    The UC Berkeley libraries have developed a new tool to facilitate access to electronic journals in science and engineering. [Web Manager's note: the UC Berkeley tool has been replaced by the CDL list of electronic journals].

  • The Bioscience Library is creating tutorial movies to help users take advantage of their databases and services. Movies are indicated by the camera icon on the Tutorials and Guides page.
  • The Long Business & Economics Library's "Quick Assist Guide" provides very useful step by step assistance in finding seven different types of business information: company, marketing, economic data, financial markets, industry, jobs, and starting a business. The guide allows users to make decisions about the types of information needed as they proceed through the menus.

May 2003

  • New Melvyl catalog is here
    The new version of Melvyl, the library catalog of all UC campuses, offers powerful search capabilities and an updated interface. Through July 31, the existing version will be available along with the new one.

  • Chinese in California
    This award-winning online collection from the Bancroft Library, the Ethnic Studies Library, and the California Historical Society includes over 8,000 images and other primary source materials documenting Chinese immigration, 1850-1925.
    [go there now]

April 2003

  • SARS information
    The Public Health Library offers a web page of useful resources on SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
    [go there now]

  • UC-eLinks button
    This button now appears in search results in many of our "index and abstract" article databases. It simplifies the process of finding journal articles, by locating electronic full text where available, or making it easy to search for printed copies.
    [Find Articles]

  • New web site
    The Doe/Moffitt Libraries have just opened a new web site designed to help with research in the humanities, area studies, social sciences, and government information.
    [go there now]

March 2003

  • Iraq and geography resources
    In a recent survey, 87% of young Americans could not locate Iraq. We can help! For maps and other geography resources, visit our Earth Sciences Library. For more online maps, use our list of Atlases, Maps & Gazetteers. For selected, high-quality web sites on Iraq, see the Librarians' Index to the Internet's War and Peace collection.

  • Bancroft images for sale
    Historical images from the Bancroft Library are now available online through

  • Undergraduate Research Prize
    Turn your research project into gold! Awards of up to $1000 are available for projects that make excellent use of library resources. Deadline April 21.

  • Japanese Historical Maps
    100 historical maps of Japan are now available online, thanks to a joint project between our East Asian Library and private map collector David Rumsey. These maps, dating back to the 1600's, are part of a much larger collection in the library.

February 2003

  • Collections Management
    This new web site gives details about the UC Berkeley Library's collections budget reduction strategy for 2003/04 and the future outlook for library collections.

  • Morrison Library turns 75
    This month marks the 75th anniversary of the Morrison Library, one of the finest reading rooms in the world.

January 2003

  • Bear in Mind, the California Grizzly at The Bancroft Library
    This virtual presentation re-creates an exhibit held at The Bancroft Library from August 23 - November 26, 2002. More than 150 items relating to the history of the California Grizzly are presented in ten themes. In addition, the web site includes a virtual map of some twenty-seven examples of Grizzly Bear art and statuary in and around the Berkeley Campus.
  • Changes in article databases
    Some of your favorite databases may have moved over the holiday break. The UC System has changed 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, 2002, these databases are available only through our web site, along with other "indexes and abstracts", rather than through the Pathfinder or CDL/Melvyl systems.

    "CDL Passwords" are no longer valid for off-campus access. Instead, UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff can use the convenient Proxy Service.
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