What Was New in the Library - 1998 Archive

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December 1998

  • The Moffitt Library will be closed from Friday, December 18, 1998 - Friday, January 8, 1999 while the main entry is being renovated to comply with current ADA requirements. Additionally, new security equipment, a new monitor desk and new slate flooring will be installed. We look forward to a new updated entry and thank you for your cooperation during the construction.  See the Winter Intersession hours for other library hours.

  • The Art History/Classics Graduate Service will closed the week of January 4-8, 1999.  The panels on their large skylight will be completely replaced during this time.

  • The Education-Psychology Library will be closed December 23, 1998 - January 10, 1999.  During this week, the library will be getting new flooring in all of its reading rooms and reference area.  During the week of January 4-8 the library will provide paging services 1-4pm as the construction allows.  Assuming all construction goes as planned, the library should be open 1-5pm during the week of January 11-15.

  • Due to a system upgrade, GLADIS the UC Berkeley online catalog, will be unavailable December 26, 1998 - January 3, 1999.

  • Holiday closure: Doe Library and the branches will be closed from December 24, 1998 - January 3, 1999. See the Winter Intersession hours for other library hours.

November 1998

  • Art from the Cal Class of 1938 on Exhibit
    Works by faculty and students in the Art Department in 1938 are on 
    display in the Rowell Case, on the second floor of Doe Library.

  • Historic California Tremblers
    On Thursday, November 19, Philip L. Fradkin will speak on "Earthquakes and Earth Science as Measured on the Seismograph of Environmental History" at the third Bancroft Round Table of the fall semester. The event, open to the community, will take place at noon in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club.

October 1998

  • The Library and the Goethe Institut-München Collaborate on Exhibit 
    From mid-October to mid-December 1998, Doe Library's second floor corridor will be the scene of an extensive pictorial and text exhibit focussing on social and family issues in today's Germany.

  • Rare East Asian Library Book Translated and Reprinted
    Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's manga masterpiece, Manga Yonin Shosei (The Four Students Manga), has just been translated and republished in English by Stone Bridge Press in Berkeley. Retitled The Four Immigrants' Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924, it is the work of translator Fred Schodt, SF resident and a Japanese specialist; he also provided an extensive introduction and series of historical notes. The original is owned by East Asian Library.

  • Gerald Lowell Named University Librarian
    Jerry Lowell previously served as University Librarian and Associate Vice Chancellor-Academic Information Technology at UC San Diego. Prior to that he was an Associate University Librarian at Yale University for seven years. The UC Berkeley campus will welcome Jerry Lowell as its new UL on December 1.

  • EAL Exhibit Features Yamada Taichi, Noted Japanese Writer
    Works of Yamada Taichi (b. 1934), a prolific contemporary Japanese novelist and television screenwriter, are currently on exhibit at the East Asian Library.  This fine exhibit of his works, which includes photos of his visit to campus, can be viewed outside the entrance to the East Asian Library, 2nd Floor, Durant Hall.  The exhibit was curated by Yuki Ishimatsu, Librarian for Japanese Collections and Reference Services.

  • A Morrison Library Inaugural Lecture -- Franciscans and Dominicans Under the Gaze of a Tlacuilo: Plural-World Dwelling in an Indian Pictorial Codex
    Thursday, October 15, 4 pm, in the Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 
    Featured speaker will be Professor of Spanish Jose Rabasa.
    One of the greatest sources of confusion among Indians in sixteenth-century Mexico were the discrepancies in the theological traditions of the religious orders. Indians seeing through the different evangelical styles challenged the friars' demands to abandon their indigenous world views. Codex Telleriano exemplifies the Tlacuilos' capacity to conceive and to depict a plurality of worlds within a single pictorial space. Dominican and Franciscan friars alike viewed this sort of philosophical lucidity as emblematic of how the early evangelical efforts had failed.

  • Victor Fischer to Host Bancroft Round Table on Twain and the Mississippi Milieu
    The second Round Table of the Fall Semester will take place at noon on Thursday, October 15th in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Victor Fischer, one of the editors at the Mark Twain Project, will present "Never so wonderful a book written by man," about Samuel Clemens' lifelong connection to the Mississippi Valley, 
    where he grew up, piloted steamboats, and traveled-- later transforming his experiences into literature.

   As of September 1998

  • Mark Twain at Large: His Travels at Home and Abroad
    September 25-December 11, Heller Gallery, The Bancroft Library
    From the wealth of primary materials in the Mark Twain Papers we have drawn together an enlightening selection of photographs, manuscripts, letters, notebooks, and other artifacts documenting his travels and the composition and revision of his many travel books, from The Innocents Abroad to Following the Equator.

    For a virtual peek at the exhibition, check out

  • Beyond the Basics: Advanced Pathfinder and Electronic Resources Overview Fall 1998.  All of the classes will be offered in October, and all of the classes will be held in 350C Moffitt Library (3rd Floor Moffitt Seminar Room)

  • The Information Center and The Teaching Library are happy to announce the return of the Research Advisory Service. UC 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 Reference Center, 2nd floor Doe Library. Appointments will be available M - F, 1 - 5 (last appointment at 4:30) from September 21 - November 25.

  • Lunch Poems a noontime poetry reading series - current schedule now available!

   As of August 1998

  • Jonto speak Friday, September 18th, 3:00 p.m. South Hall Room 202 - FlexLab. The Townsend Center Working Group: Computers and the Humanities and The Library of University of California at Berkeley are pleased to sponsor a talk by Jon Bosak entitled: "XML: The Universal Publishing Format."  This talk is being offered in collaboration with the Friday afternoon seminar in the School of Information Management & Systems.  Faculty, students, staff, and the general public are cordially invited to attend.

  • The South/Southeast Asia Library Service (S/SEALS) has temporarily relocated due to seismic renovation in Doe Library. Please visit them at their new location, 120 Doe Library

   As of July 1998

  • The UC Berkeley Library has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the second phase of a project to identify and preserve state and local historical literature about agricultural development and rural life covering 1820-1945. Please see Preserving our Printed Agricultural Heritage: Phase II of a National Collaboration for more information.

  • Lexis-Nexis® Academic Universe is now available. This web based program of Lexis-Nexis® provides access to thousands of full text news, business and legal sources. Academic Universe is available from computers on campus or remotely through Berkeley IP address recognition.  From the Library Web home page, access Academic Universe via the Electronic Indexes & Abstracts link.

  • Also available is Academic Access, the online version of Lexis-Nexis® for the academic market.   Academic Access is accessible on two terminals in GSSI. Training will be offered starting Fall semester.

June 1998

   As of May 1998

  • Chancellor Berdahl has announced that Millicent ("Penny") Abell will come to the UC Berkeley Libraries in July 1998 to act as Interim University Librarian until the recruitment process is completed for the University Librarian position.

  • The final Bancroft Round Table of the Spring Semester will take place on Thursday, May 21st, at noon in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Bancroft Fellow Elizabeth B. Leavy will speak on "'The Artist's Genius' and 'The Author's Facile Pen': Word and Image in John Muir's Picturesque California."

  • Renovation of the Art History/Classics Graduate Service (Doe Library, room 308) will require AH/C to be closed for 3-5 weeks beginning May 26, 1998. AH/C will reopen as soon as possible. Patrons will be allowed into AH/C each day Monday - Friday from 4:00-5:00 pm.. Patrons may check out material and it will be due the following day at 4:00 pm. A book drop will be available outside of 308 for the return of materials whenever the Doe Library is open. Ph.D students or patrons with unusual circumstances or special deadlines should consult with Kathryn Wayne (, or John Ceballos ( immediately.

  • The STAT-USA database is now available.
    STAT-USA is divided into two sections: State of the Nation (domestic information); and GLOBUS/NTDB (GLOBUS=Global Business Opportunities and NTDB= National Trade Data Bank). Stat-USA is only available only from UC IP addresses.

  • On Friday, May 8, Reino Lipponen will give a luncheon lecture on "The Information Sources of the European Union" at noon in Room 103 Stephens Hall. Mr. Lipponen is visiting the Library on exchange from Oulu University in Finland, and while here he is working on a variety of digital library projects, chiefly in GSSI. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Finnish Studies Program and the Scandinavian Department. For further information, please contact Frances Katsuura at 642-9314 or via e-mail at

  • Open Meeting on the State of the Library.
    The recent drop in the national rating of the U.C. Berkeley Library, combined with the new Blue Ribbon Committee report acknowledging critical internal problems and deepning concern by many users of the Library, raises urgent questions about the present state and future direction of one of the world's leading research facilites. Beyond the obvious problems created by a radically shrunken budget lie larger issues caused by the coming of the 'virtual library' and the privatization of the intellectual commons, as discussed by Professors Litwack and Berring in the February issue of the California Monthly. So far, there has been almost no democratic discussion of how the 'digital revolution' is and will be affecting print collections, staff morale, and continued free access to all that constitutes our collective memory.

    What are the forces now transforming the historical role of the library as a repository of the printed word? Come to an open meeting on May 12 at 7pm in 105 Northgate Hall to discuss the state of the Library. There will be brief presentations from staff, student, faculty, and community perspectives to prime the discussion.

April 1998

  • Moffitt's Information Gateway is open on Sunday too!
    Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm and 
    Sunday 1pm -5pm.

  • The Bancroft Library cordially invites the campus community, and the general public, to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor David Hult, French Department. The lecture entitled Manuscript Transmission, Reception, and Canon Formation: The Case of Chretien de Troyes, will be held Thursday, April 9 at 4 pm in the Maude Fife Room - 315 Wheeler Hall. A reception will follow the lecture.

  • Saturday, April 18th is Cal Day and The Library will be hosting many exciting events!

March 1998

  • Coming up on April 2, poet Marilyn Chin will read from 12:10 to 12:50pm in the Maude Fife Room, 330 Wheeler Hall. The reading is co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department.

January 1998

  • The Library recently obtained access to Congressional Compass and Web of Science.

    Congressional Compass (UC Access Only) provides full-text and bibliographic access to Congressional Publications including House and Senate Reports and Documents, Hearings, Committee Prints, bills, laws, legislative histories and more.

    Web of Science (UCB Access Only) contains:
    Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)--1987-present
    Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)--1997-present
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)--1997-present.
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