What Was New in the Library - 2005 Archive

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December 2005

  • Staff honors
    Several library staff members have received special recognition from the University this semester. Craig Alderson, Library Assistant in the Social Welfare Library, was nominated by undergraduate students as an "everyday hero" who goes "above and beyond the call of duty."
    » Complete list of staff heroes

    Aija Kanbergs (Instructional Services) and Charlotte Rubens and Shannon Monroe (Interlibrary Services) received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for leading an effort to revitalize UC Berkeley's participation in the San Francisco AIDS Walk. The 351 "Cal Walks" team members raised $24,311 for AIDS services in the Bay Area.
    » Details

November 2005

  • News/Micro closure
    The Newspapers & Microforms Room will be closed December 12 - January 29, while its collections, staff, and services are permanently relocated from 150 Doe Annex to 40 Doe Library (also known as the "Doe Core"). More than 500 microform cabinets will be moved and rearranged as part of this project. We will restore service as soon as possible, but materials will not be accessible for most of this period. All users are encouraged to plan accordingly.

  • Holiday Toy, Food and Gift Drive
    During this holiday season, the library is working with the Berkeley Staff Assembly and the Black Staff and Faculty Organization to collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children ages 3-14 in the Alameda and Contra Costa County Social Services systems, and for seniors served by Alameda County Social Services. To make a donation, just drop your items in the specially marked bins at the Doe and Moffitt library entrances through Tuesday, December 13.
    » Fact sheet
    » Suggest food and gift items

  • Website down
    The library website and staff e-mail will be down after 5pm on Friday November 18, due to a computer upgrade.

  • Doe Library in the movies
    Richard Gere and Flora Cross use the Doe Library's North Reading Room in the newly released film Bee Season. The library's copy of the original novel is listed in Pathfinder.

  • New building
    The Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies, now under construction across Memorial Glade from Doe Library, is the future home of the East Asian Library.
    » Details

  • EART closure
    The The Earth Sciences and Map Library will be closed Sunday, November 6 for a pre-planned power outage due to construction on the new East Asian Library.

October 2005

  • IIRL closure
    The Institute of Industrial Relations Library will close for a major remodel beginning November 1. The print collection will be available by appointment, and reference service will still be provided via e-mail and telephone.

  • Database changes
    On October 31, the Directory of CDL-Licensed Content will be taken out of service. This master list of electronic resources provided through the California Digital Library has been supplanted by the Find Electronic Resources section of our web site. Individual titles in electronic form can be found through the Pathfinder and Melvyl library catalogs, and in a separate Electronic Journals A-Z list.

    On November 1, article databases provided by the vendor NISC will have a new interface. This is intended to make the databases easier to use, and make the UC-eLinks feature more prominent. Affected databases include:
    » African Studies
    » Black Studies Database
    » Family and Society Studies Worldwide
    » Left Index
    » RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    » RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals 1800-1950
    » RISM International inventory of musical sources
    » Sexual Diversity Studies
    » Women's Studies International

  • Award winners
    We salute John Roberts and Daniel Krummes, named this year as Distinguished Librarians.
    » Details
    » Past recipients

  • Bancroft returns!
    The Bancroft Library reopens October 17 in its temporary location at 2121 Allston Way.
    » Details
    » Collections Locator

  • Book sale
    On Thursday and Friday, October 13-14, the library will be offering selected books for sale. These were received as gifts or withdrawn from our collection. They include titles in most of the areas collected at Berkeley. All books will be priced at $1.00. The sale takes place in Doe Library, Room 303, 12 noon - 3pm both days.

September 2005

  • Constitution Day
    Much of what we do every day is made possible by this document.
    » Background
    » Events at Cal

  • Plan ahead!
    The Bancroft Library, closed for a major seismic retrofit, is scheduled to reopen October 17, 2005, in temporary quarters at 2121 Allston Way, with a portion of its collection available until the new facility is completed in 2007.
    » Bancroft Construction News

    Newspapers & Microforms will move to the basement level of Doe Library, beginning December 12 or within a few days after. We will make every effort to accommodate user needs during the move, but part of all of the collections may be inaccessible at times. Faculty and researchers are encourged to plan accordingly. We hope to have all services and public access reestablished by January 30.

  • Hurricane Katrina
    » Chancellor's message
    » Web links from
    » Effects on libraries

  • Build your information skills
    Our drop-in workshops cover using the library, finding articles, searching the web, bibliographic management software, and more.
    » Details

August 2005

  • Returning to Cal?
    While you've been gone for the summer, we've been busy! There have been significant changes in the libraries and in our online services:
    »  Pathfinder, the catalog of items in most UC Berkeley libraries, has a new look and some new search capabilities.

    »  There is a new logon process for many UCB students, faculty, and staff to use the library proxy server, check inventory, renew items, or use special functions in Pathfinder
    [Details below]

    »  We have some new databases of articles, primary source materials and images, and there have been significant changes in others.
    [Details below]

    »  The Bancroft Library is closed until October 17 for a seismic retrofit.
    [Details below]

    »  Current Periodicals have moved to the East Reading Room (2nd floor, Doe Library).
    [Details below]

    »  The Library Copy Service has moved to 321 Moffitt Library. As of August 29, it has not yet re-opened, but should be open within a few days.

  • Logon process changing
    Beginning on August 25, we will phase out the use of Social Security numbers (SSN) as part of the logon process to use the library proxy server, check inventory, renew items, or use special functions in Pathfinder. We are making this change to protect the privacy of our users.
    »  Those who use CalNet to log on to any of these functions are not affected by this change. Your CalNet ID and passphrase will be the same as they are now.

    »  UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff who have been using SSN to log on will now be required to use a PIN (Personal Identification Number) instead. Your PIN will be your month and date of birth, in the format MMDD. For example:

        Born on May 20: 0520
        Born on December 3: 1203

    The change from SSN to PIN may take several days to complete. If you have problems logging on with one method, try the other. If you wish to change your PIN, you may do so at the Library Privileges Desk on the first floor of Doe Library.

    »  Some users, including Visiting Scholars, some graduate students and postdocs, and members of the public who have a library borrower's card, already have individual PINs that were set up with the Library Privileges Desk. If you are in this category, your logon will not change, unless you contact us and ask for a new PIN.
    If you encounter any problems with this change, or if you are unsure of what your PIN should be, please contact the Privileges Desk (1st floor, Doe Library; 510-642-3403;

  • New and expanded electronic resources
    We now offer one new research database and significant improvements in another. To locate these and more at any time, use the Electronic Resource Finder.
    »  Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) Archive
    Some full text; UCB access only
    The PAIS database has been expanded with an "archive" file going back to 1937. This database provides historical perspective on many public policy, political, economic, and social issues worldwide. Materials covered include monographs (books), journal articles, government documents, reports, pamphlets, notes and announcements.

    »  Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
    Full text
    This new database is a resource for those studying U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. from 1600 to 2000, it contains more than 20,000 pages of documents, 600 images, and over 600 links to other websites, plus a dictionary and chronology.
    [More new and changed databases]

  • 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 fourth, immediately below Harvard, Yale, and Toronto, and thus first among public universities in the United States.

July 2005

  • Current Periodicals moving
    Current Periodicals - the latest issues of most magazines and journals in the Doe and Moffitt Libraries - have been moved to the Reference Center, East Reading Room (Doe Library, 2nd floor). The new location is identified as "CPER" or "Curr Peri" in the library catalogs.

    As before, current periodicals are arranged by call number, with a browsing section of selected titles and a section for oversize titles.

    Many items formerly in the Periodicals/Newspapers/Microforms Room will now be kept in the Gardner (Main) Stacks and other areas of the library. The Art History/Classics Library and South/Southeast Asia Library will continue to have their own sections of magazines and journals. Newspapers and Microforms will remain in 150 Doe Library until this fall, when they will move to the Doe Core area.

    If you don't see the title you want, search it as a Journal Title in Pathfinder, or ask staff at the Reference Desk for help.

  • New electronic resources
    This summer, several of our research databases are new or have significantly increased their coverage. To locate these and others at any time, use the Electronic Resource Finder.
    » ARTstor
    UCB access only
    This repository of more than 300,000 digital images has been expanded to include material from the Asia Society,Cleveland Museum of Art, Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and other sources.

    » Biography Reference Bank
    Some full text; UCB access only
    Contains biographical information on approximately 500,000 individuals from antiquity to the present. Contains the full text of well-known biographical resources like Current Biography, the World Authors Series, Nobel Prize Winners, World Artists, World Film Directors and many other sources.

    » Communication Abstracts
    1977 - present; Some full text; UCB access only
    Indexes 160 sources, with over 44,000 records reflecting articles, reports, papers and books covering communication literature in subjects such as mass media, journalism, advertising, marketing, public opinion, interpersonal communication and organizational communication.
    [More new and changed databases]

  • If there's a BART strike
    or even if not, you may want to search our catalogs and other electronic resources from off campus
    » Details

June 2005

  • LawCat downtime
    LawCat, the catalog of the Boalt Hall Law Library, will be down for a major computer upgrade from Sunday afternoon June 26 until Tuesday morning June 28. During this time, items in the Law Library can still be found through Melvyl.

  • Database changes
    On July 1, the ERIC (education) database will move to a new vendor, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA). The database contents will be the same, but the interface will change.

    Also, as of July 1, the MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, linguistics, and folklore) will be available only through the CSA interface. Access to MLA using the Ovid interface will end at this time.

    On July 12, the Ovid interface used for Inspec (physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, and information technology) and other databases, will be changing substantially. A preview is available.

    To access these and other databases, use our Find Articles page.

  • Good reading
    "Great Discoveries, Voyages, and Adventures" is the theme of Cal's 2005 Summer Reading List.

  • Build your information skills
    New to Cal this summer? Our free classes and tours help you get a good start on library research.

  • Bancroft closed
    The Bancroft Library is closed for a major seismic retrofit. It is scheduled to reopen October 17, 2005, in temporary quarters at 2121 Allston Way, with a portion of its collection available until the new facility is completed in 2007. The Regional Oral History Office and the Mark Twain Papers and Project will also be operating in new locations.
    » Bancroft Construction News
    » San Francisco Chronicle 06/01/05

  • Café project
    Construction has begun on an expansion and renovation of the Free Speech Movement Café's west terrace. This will provide more covered seating under a wavelike, translucent exterior canopy. Also, new fluorescent light fixtures will be installed to provide table lighting at night. This project will generate some unavoidable noise, especially in the demolition phase between May 31 and June 13. Construction should be finished in late August. During this entire period, the west terrace will be closed but the café will continue in operation.

  • Copy Services move
    As part of a major seismic retrofit project, the Library Copy Center presently next to the Doe Library's south entrance will move to a new permanent location adjacent to the third floor Moffitt Library entrance. Construction work in the new location will continue through late July 2005, and the Copy Center is scheduled to move in mid-August 2005.

  • Library Bookstore closed
    The Library Bookstore (125 Doe Library) has temporarily suspended operations in order to make room for other library units displaced by the seismic retrofit project mentioned above. The Bookstore will be moved to another location in the Doe Library and is tentatively scheduled to reopen in September or October 2005.

  • Social Welfare Library access
    Some entrances to Haviland Hall, where the Social Welfare Library is located, are temporarily blocked by construction of the Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies. When completed, the new center will be home to our East Asian Library.

May 2005

  • Computer downtime
    GLADIS, the command-line telnet version of the UC Berkeley library catalog, will be down for a major computer upgrade from 5pm on Friday, May 27 through 8am on Tuesday, May 31. During this time, the Pathfinder and Melvyl catalogs will still be operating, but the following will be unavailable:
    » Availability information for UCB items.
    » Melvyl's Request function (for UCB patrons).
    » BAKER and NRLF functions in Pathfinder.
    » Interlibrary Service request through the library web site.
    In addition, resources and services provided by the California Digital Library will be down for maintenance from 10pm on Saturday, May 28 through 1am on Sunday, May 29. These include:
    » Melvyl catalog
    » UC-eLinks
    » Connections to electronic journals
    » Online Archive of California (OAC)
    » Directory of CDL-Licensed Content
    » Counting California
    » eScholarship Repository
    » eScholarship Editions (UC Press ebooks)
    » SearchLight

  • New Pathfinder
    The Pathfinder catalog is switching to a new user interface on May 23. Designed to be easier to use, the new version offers:
    » More convenient Quick Search options, including Journal Title, Notes/Table of Contents, and limiting by language.
    » Clearer displays of results, including links to decode location abbreviations.
    » Improved online help, including a "Question of the Week".
    » Updated screen layouts, graphics, buttons, and color scheme.

April 2005

  • Flying books
    There's something new in the three-story atrium of the Gardner (Main) stacks: 100 books, give or take a few, suspended in mid-air. This installation, titled "Babel Library IX," was created by artist J. Ignacio Diaz de Rabago and sponsored by UC Berkeley's Consortium for the Arts and the Arts Research Center. All books used were discarded and unsalvageable.
    » Details

  • Closures
    The library is honored to host the Chancellor's Inaugural Dinner and Reception on Friday, April 15. For these events, the Doe Library North Reading Room will be closed from 5pm April 14 and all day April 15. Patrons needing items from this room (marked DREF and GREF in the catalog) should ask at the Reference Desk. Also, the Morrison Library will be closed all day April 15.

March 2005

  • Computer downtime
    Several of the library's computer systems will be down for an undetermined period of time after 5pm on Friday, April 1. These include:
    » The Electronic Resources Finder and all pages based on it (including our Article Databases lists).
    » The preview of our redesigned Pathfinder catalog.
    » The MUSILAN music network.

  • Computer downtime
    GLADIS, the command-line telnet version of the UC Berkeley library catalog, will be down for maintenance 6-7am on Wednesday, March 30. During this time, the Pathfinder and Melvyl catalogs will still be operating, but the following will be unavailable:
    » Availability information for UCB items.
    » Melvyl's Request function (for UCB patrons).
    » BAKER and NRLF functions in Pathfinder.
    » Library proxy server for off-campus access to electronic resources.
    » Interlibrary Service request through the library web site.

  • Closures
    Several libraries will be affected by partial or complete closures in the next few weeks, due to major renovation and seismic retrofit projects.
    » The Bancroft Library will have limited public hours of 1-5 pm March 21 - May 31. It will be closed beginning June 1, and will reopen in temporary quarters at 2121 Allston Way in October.

    » The Physics-Astronomy Library will be closed March 14-27. It is scheduled to reopen March 28 in a new location: Hearst Field Annex, Building B.

    » The Institute of Transportation of Studies Library will be closed March 19-27 (Spring Break week) for renovation.
  • 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 18.
    » Details

  • Get help with library research
    Our Research Advisory Service offers personalized help for Cal undergrads.

  • Tax forms
    U.S. and California income tax forms are available in the Reference Center (2nd floor Doe Library).

February 2005

January 2005

  • Database changes
    Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, a vendor contracting with the UC libraries, has made significant changes in the interface to its article databases, in order to improve usability and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This affects users of:
    » ARTbibliographies Modern
    » ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
    » Conference Papers Index
    » Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
    » Engineered Materials Abstracts
    » Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    » ERIC
    » GeoRef
    » GeoRef In Process
    » IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
    » Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    » LISA: Library and Information Science Abstracts
    » NTIS
    » Oceanic Abstracts
    » PAIS International
    » PsycARTICLES
    » PsycINFO
    » Social Services Abstracts
    » Sociological Abstracts
    » Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    » Zoological Record Plus
    The new interface offers a box for entering your search terms, and requires you to select either a subject area or specific databases to search. Advanced Search options are still available. Other new features, as described by CSA, include:
    » Improved navigation
    » Elimination of frames
    » Multi-language interface options
    » Linked, searchable subject terms in results display
    » Improved online help including a link to a Quick Reference Card
    To access these and other databases, start with our Find Articles page.

  • New resource
    ARTstor is a new database of approximately 300,000 images. It documents artistic traditions across many times and cultures and embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture. Highlights of some of the special collections include: Huntington Archive of Asian Art, The Illustrated Bartsch, The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, The MoMA Architecture and Design Collection, Native American Art and Culture from the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, digital image collections from many major museums are included, i.e., Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Harvard University Art Museums, Frick Collection, LA County Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous others. ARTstor is licensed for use by UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.
    »  Use ARTstor now
    »  Brief Guide
    »  Proxy service for off-campus access

  • Renovation update
    The Doe Library's North Reading Room is now scheduled to reopen in mid-February, after an extensive renovation.
    »  Details

  • Library hours
    The Cal libraries are operating on a limited intersession schedule through Monday, Jan.17, and will be closed that day for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Spring semester hours begin Jan.18.

    Our new Library Hours 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.

  • Changes in copying and printing
    Most libraries on campus have switched from Xerox to Canon as the vendor for public copying and computer printing. The Xerox copy cards will not work in the new card readers. 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)

    »  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.
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