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December 2004

  • Holiday closure
    As part of the University's mandatory winter holiday closure, the Cal libraries will be closed Dec.24 - Jan.2. Some will close Dec.22; for details, see our hours page for that date. The libraries will reopen on an intersession schedule beginning Jan.3.

  • Computer downtime
    Most UC Berkeley library computer systems will be down some or all of the time between Dec.27 and Jan.2 due to a major facilities upgrade. Affected systems include:
    » Library web site including most subject specialty libraries

    » Pathfinder catalog - see below for alternatives

    » E-mail to and from library staff
    Library catalogs: There will be some library catalog access during this period. GLADIS, the command-line telnet version of Pathfinder, should be available except for possible downtime on Dec.28-29. Melvyl, the catalog covering all UC campus libraries, should be operating normally and offers the ability to limit searches to UC Berkeley. However, during the downtime period, Melvyl will not indicate the current availability ("circ status") of UC Berkeley items.

    Database access: Throughout this period, our proxy service should be available for connecting to article databases and other licensed electronic resources from off campus. However, the library web pages that link to these resources will be down. Students and faculty wanting to do library research over the holiday break should bookmark frequently used databases before December 27, or plan to access them through the California Digital Library Directory.

    Happy holidays from all of us on the library staff!

  • Holiday gifts
    The Bancroft Library offers an expanded selection of cards, prints, and clothing. Visit the link below and click on "Zazzle".
    »  Go there now

November 2004

  • Reshaping Scholarly Communication
    A new web site spotlights the economic crisis in scholarly publishing and alternatives for disseminating research results.
    »  Go there now

October 2004

  • Election info
    When you vote, knowledge is power. These sites will help you make informed choices on the Nov.2 ballot.
    » Smart Voter, from the League of Women Voters, provides nonpartisan information on candidates and propositions, based on where you live.

    » 2004 Presidential Election, from the Librarians' Index to the Internet, links to reliable web sites on a variety of election topics.

    » Institute of Governmental Studies Library offers background information and a table showing which groups have endorsed each ballot proposition, with related articles on electronic voting and other issues.

    » Campaign and Election Sources, from the Cal library, lists printed and online information sources on U.S. and foreign elections, plus article databases useful for research.
  • Did you know ...
    Our new Hours and Maps page shows today's open hours for each library. To see hours for a different date, enter that date or click on the calendar icon. To see a monthly calendar, map, or more information on a particular library, use the links on the right side of the table. To go directly to a library's own web page, click on its name.

September 2004

  • Electronic Resource Finder
    Online atlases, dictionaries, statistics -- the library offers more than 500 electronic resources of all types. Now there's a new way to find the one you need. You can browse by subject or type of resource, view an A-Z list, or locate a resource by words in its title or description.

  • In the news
    Articles in the Daily Cal and the Berkeleyan spotlight the library's budget issues.

  • Build your information skills
    Lost in the library? Need to find books and articles, or search the web for reliable information? Our free tours and workshops can help!
    »  Details and schedule

August 2004

  • New on campus?
    Learn about the Cal libraries through our Welcome Week programs.

  • Changes in copying and printing
    Most libraries on campus are switching from Xerox to Canon as the vendor for public copying and computer printing. During the transition period, copiers and print stations in some locations may be temporarily unavailable.

    The Xerox copy cards will not work in the new card readers. Through Thursday Sept.30, they can be exchanged for new "Equitrac" cards of equal value at Copy Services counters (145 Doe Library, Biosciences Library, and Law Library).

    Most of the new copy machines and printers will accept only Equitrac cards, not coins or bills. The cards can be purchased at Copy Services locations or from vending machines in the libraries. The price per copy depends on how the card is purchased:
    Computer printing
    »  All cards: 13 cents per copy.
    (until a student/faculty/staff discount rate is implemented)

    Copying
    »  Students, faculty & staff purchasing cards at Copy Services: 10 cents per copy.
    »  General public and all cards bought from vending machines: 15 cents per copy.

    Campus departments using credit cards for copying and printing should contact Copy Services for details on how to use the new system.

    Please note that these changes apply on public copiers and printers in the libraries, but not in the Microcomputer Centers (Moffitt Library, Biosciences Library) which use a different system.


  • Changes in our homepage
    Based on usability tests and several months of experience, we've made several changes to the library homepage:
    » The "Journals (by title)" page is no longer linked from the homepage. It can still be found by clicking "All types" at the bottom of the "Find Information" menu.

    » "Websites" has been added to the "Find Information" menu.

    » The "Melvyl (telnet)" link now goes to an information page explaining the limitations of the telnet version. This link will be removed from the homepage Oct.1.

    » "Course reserves and exams" has moved to the "Services" menu.

    » The "About the Libraries" section has been rearranged. "Policies and planning" has moved to the "More ..." page.

    » "Hours and maps" have been combined in one link (see below) and go to a new system that lets you look up hours for a particular day, and for any library or combination of libraries you wish. Reference service hours for most of our libraries have been added.

    » "Contact us" has moved to the "Help" menu.

  • Melvyl "frozen"
    From Aug.28 through Sept.24 (revised dates), the Melvyl catalog will be "frozen" (i.e., new items will not be added to the database), and its Update feature will be down. This is necessary to accommodate a major reloading and reindexing project. For most campuses, including UC Berkeley, the backlog of new items created by this freeze should all be in the database by mid-October.

July 2004

June 2004

  • Doe Library renovation
    The North Reading Room in Doe Library will be closed June through December for a major renovation. Other parts of the library will also be affected. The result will be a more efficient and pleasant facility.
    »  Details

May 2004

  • Finishing your research paper?
    Our citation guide shows how to list books, articles, websites, and other sources in your footnotes and bibliography. Documenting your sources is the best way to avoid plagiarism!

  • Did you know ...
    UC-eLinks button
    Look for this button when you search in many of our article databases (click on "Find Information" above, then choose "Articles"). UC-eLinks simplifies the process of locating journal articles.
    »  Details

April 2004

  • Protecting your privacy
    When you check out books, search article databases, or use other library services, what happens to your personal information? Find out on our User Privacy page.

  • Looking for web sites?
    Recent changes in the major search engines have led to revised recommendations for Searching the Internet.

  • Web site updated
    Our Collections Management site has new information on the library's budget situation, plans for the coming year, and scholarly publishing issues.

  • Dr. Leonard interviewed
    A "Bear in Mind" conversation between University Librarian Tom Leonard and Chancellor Robert Berdahl covers the role of libraries, the impact of technology, journal costs, and building plans.

  • Cal Day, April 17
    Enjoy Cal Day with a variety of programs and exhibits at the libraries.
    »  General Program (search on category "Libraries & Collections")
    »  Bancroft Library programs


  • New GREF location
    In the library catalogs, the location code GSSI has been changed to GREF (Government Reference). These items are still located in the East Reading Room (2nd floor, Doe Library).

March 2004

  • Your ideas wanted
    How can we make the Pathfinder catalog easier to use? Tell us what you think [link to pathfinder_comment.html removed by webman 3/16/06].


  • 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 19.
    »  Details


  • Protect your computer
    "Connecting@Berkeley Security Supplement", a CD-ROM containing antivirus and personal firewall software, is available free of charge to Cal students, faculty, and staff at the Doe and Moffitt Libraries reference desks.

February 2004

  • New web site
    African Americans in California highlights resources at the Bancroft Library and elsewhere, relating to black history and culture.


  • Book collecting prize
    The Hill-Shumate Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize offers $600 for the most thoughtfully assembled and documented collection. Application deadline is March 1.
    »  Details

January 2004

  • Journal access update
    Successful conclusion of UC's negotiations with journal publisher Elsevier, plus background on this issue.
    »  Details


  • Graduate Fellowships
    Application deadline for the Bancroft Library Study Award is Feb.2.
    »  Details


  • Redesigned web sites
    The UC Berkeley Library web site has been redesigned to update the library's online presence and make it easier to use. New menus provide access to information by subject (with a page for each academic department) and by type of material. The home page has been reorganized to emphasize items frequently sought by students and faculty. If you have questions or comments, please use the "Contact webmaster" link at the bottom of each page.

    The Ethnic Studies Library and Social Welfare Library have also redesigned their web sites.
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