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August 1996

  • How to find out if you're suffering from COOVS (Chronic Olympics Over-Viewing Syndrome):
    Do you feel semi-postal the instant NBC cuts from the actual competition to one of its soft-focused boring and intrusive "up close and personal" Olympic moments?

    Do you find yourself rooting for non-American athletes just so NBC won't whip out a canned "up close and personal" Olympic moment?

    Between cravings for Coke and McDonald's do you find yourself seriously pondering just how the track and field atheletes can move so fast wearing all that gold jewelry?
    If you've answered "yes!" to any of the above questions, you're suffering from COOVS, and it's time for you to change entertainment mediums. Thank goodness for The New and The Cool: MRC Web Site Highlights & New Additions. All memories of John Tesh and weightlifters' eating habits will soon be erased from your mind.

  • If you don't have Netscape 2.0 or higher loaded on to your pc, you're not going to be able to view Internet Reference Resources, and that would be a shame! This Frame-designed site is really an information shopping mall. "Encyclopedias, Factbooks and Ladies' Lingerie second floor!" Oliver Heyer has brought together in one place the most frequently used internet informational resources that our colleagues at the Reference Desks and Information Desk use to answer patrons' questions. If you don't currently have Netscape 2.0 or higher, and really don't want it, bookmark this page anyway because soon Oliver will be bringing you a non-Frame version of the site.

  • It was just a matter time until John Creaser's webbing of the Earth Sciences & Map Library received the kind of recognition outside of The Library that it deserved. The McKinley Group's online editorial team has determined that EART's site, under Mr. Creaser's tender guidance, has excelled in each of its criteria for evaluating web sites, namely "Depth of Content," "Ease of Exploration," and "Net Appeal." So, John's EART site has received a 4-star rating (the highest rating) from the smart folks at the McKinley Group. Congratulations John and EART!

June 1996

  • My job is to tell you all about the wonderful resources you'll find at the fabulously polite Canada Internet Resources page, but I'd rather make a pitch for the brilliant and hysterical movie Canadian Bacon. Ignore the scathing reviews it received from those humorless turkeys holed up in the balcony. This film, now available on video, is a satirical gem! Webchick says "check out both of these Canadian thangs!"

  • Until I read the essays at Overview of the South Asian Diaspora, I thought that diaspora was something that was cured by massive doses of Pepto Bismol. There goes my career as Jeopardy! champ. To further enlighten historical heathens such as myself, bibliographic guides on the topics of Education & Language, Sociology, and Women are also available.

  • Why are all of the streets that you need to navigate in Berkeley blocked by concrete barriers? Why can't you make a left hand turn anywhere in San Francisco? Why is there a BlockBuster Video Store every 500 feet? Why can't I find a plain old cup of coffee anywhere in the Bay Area? Find answers to these questions and more, at Finding General Plans for Cities & Local Communities.


  • In case you've been watching too much CNN, there's a lot more to the Islamic world than terrorists and bad guys in Hollywood action thrillers. Let Selection of Periodicals and Journals in European Languages and Selection of Bibliographies and Reference Works lead you to some interesting and thought-provoking materials.

  • Need the latest vegan surf report? Contact a colleague at UC Santa Cruz. Curious about the current state of beach volleyball? Buzz a buddy at UC Santa Barbara. Want to find out how Cher's coping with the big five oh? Call a cohort at UCLA. Reach out and touch a fellow UC employee courtesy of UCSF.

  • If there's one thing I've become an expert on in the last 7 months, it's reproduction. Take it from an expert, the new Library Photocopy Services page designed by intern Brierly Ray is delightful. I know I speak for entire Library staff when I say that the section describing the best angle for photocopying one's butt is much appreciated, and long overdue. Good job Brierly!

May 1996

  • Ahh, New York City in July. I can almost smell the rotting garbage, hear the welcoming expletives, see the energized government document librarians sprint towards their next exciting meeting. ALA Annual is just around the corner. If you're going, make sure you check out the barrel of laughs outlined in the GODORT Schedule ALA Annual Meeting, New York City July 5-9, 1996.

  • The only folks who'll be disappointed by this page are Web surfers looking for sites devoted to the life, loves, (and when he's not too busy being a superfreak) music, of Symbol. The Court Fee and Revenue Stamps of the Princely States of India features some lovely graphics, but not one drop of purple rain.

  • Sure, some people might be interested in the South Asian organizations, media, education, history of the South Asian diaspora and South Asian languages information available through South Asian Diaspora Electronic Resources. But this constantly hungry person wants links to food! I want a $5.99 all-you-can-eat buffet lunch, and I want it NOW.

  • Their streets are clean, the taxi cab drivers actually brake at red lights and they're genetically programmed to be polite. They gave us Dudley Do Right, flannel shirts, hockey and a healthcare system inferiority complex. Of course I'm referring to the Canadians. Whenever I start to feel envious of our neighbors to the North, I think of two little words: French Canadians. They've got 'em, and we don't. God bless America! But if you've got a Francophilic hankering that Paris just can't fill, tune into Québec Internet Resources for a dose of on-line attitude.

  • It's not quite as earth-shaking as a hostile takeover, or the impending motherhood of Madonna. But the merger of Periodicals/Newspapers/Microforms has left its mark on our users. It's a one-stop shopping operation now, sort of like having a Super K-Mart on the first floor of Doe.

  • I can barely find my way around the new maze-like environment of the new Technical Services digs in the bowels of Moffitt, let alone get hip on Geographic Information Systems in the Earth Sciences & Map Library! If these spiffy software packages can help me plot out the shortest route between my cubicle and the bathroom, I'm all ears. Otherwise, I gotta go (literally).

  • If you're looking for a place to have an election year mud wrestling party, read no further. The Bancroft Library Seminar Room is not the place for you. It's for the use of UC Berkeley instructors whose courses use Bancroft Library material. Ya hoo, don't bogart that Golden Spike dude.

April 1996

  • Got Eyeballs? Don't know what to do with them? Wonder no more. Martha Stewart tm and Heloise have graciously collaborated with the Optometry Library to create Resources in Optometry, Ophthalmology and Vision Science, and Library Resources in Optometry and Vision Science. In these two pages you will find fun and easy-to-do projects such as: stringing Christmas eyeball garland (green and bloodshot eyes preferred), and crafting original eyeball jewelry (blink goodbye to that glass eyeball crap). You'll also find a special entertaining tips section that features a whimsical top-ten list of why eyeballs are better than olives!

  • I'm sure that your social calendar is just packed with fun and enriching events, but these two programs presented by The Bancroft Library: Ferlinghetti, City Lights, and the Beats in San Francisco, and California Gardens from 1769 to 1915 are sure to bring some added zing to your life! At these two sure-to-be-delightful conferences, find out the hygiene secrets of your favorite dead alcoholic poets, and a thousand and one hors d'ouvres ideas for the common garden slug. Yummy!

  • Just how reputable is your health care provider if it doesn't provide you with a good leeching once a month? Public Health has made this all-important evaluation component much easier with: Health Care Planning, Organization, and Evaluation Resources.

  • African American Microform Collections in the UC Berkeley Library is your guide to over 10,000 microfilm reels and microfiche from the Jackson Family Plastic Surgery Archives. From LaToya's pioneering advancement of hair extension science, to Michael's triumphant Diana Ross facial cloning, you'll see stitch-by-stitch coverage of the historical butchering of one of America's most talented and tormented families.

March 1996

  • Feel like blowing town for a few days, but you can't find anyone saintly enough to look after your dog whose had major bowel problems since eating two cans of wet cat food (true story!)? Here are a couple pages that kind of do that Calgon taking you away thing: Other Regional and Local Government and Community Resources, and Other States. I especially like the "Other Regional" page because it includes a link to the NYC Demographic Mapping Project. This site actually identifies the areas of New York City where you will surely be sweared at by a cabbie, propositioned by a hooker, and panhandled by a member of the touring company of CATS. It was remarkable, I felt like I was there!

  • Feel like doing more to promote human rights than just boycotting things made in China, and by General Electric? (I bet you haven't bought anything for a very long time)! Get some ideas for action by looking at Human Rights Resources.

  • In my last installment of What's New, I made some flip remarks about the somnambulistic content of Andrea Sevetson's webpage entitled, GODORT Policy and Procedures Manual. Since making those regretful remarks, Ms. Sevetson's entire Resources of use to Government Documents Librarians website has been honored by the website-rating Magellan corporation, and her site consistently sports some very impressive useage statistics. If this weren't enough to make this usually humble gal an absolute pain in bootocks to be around, now it's very likely that Mattel is going to model its Librarian Barbie (with a detachable bun, and wool mini-skirt no less) after her! So, it is with great pleasure and supreme reverence, that I direct your attention to Andrea's most recent additions to her award-winning body of web work: Resolution Regarding a Transition to a More Electronic Federal Information System, GODORT's Principles on Government Information, Whitepaper: Government Information in the Electronic Environment, Depository Library Council Recommendations and Responses, FDLP Study: Transition to a More Electronic Federal Depository.

  • The Education-Psychology Library has graciously given job-seekers another opportunity for fulfillment, frustration and rejection at Job Listings.

  • The Public Health Library has put together a Pamphlet File Subject Headings List of its most depressing and disturbing publications. But at least now there's a place I can go to find out more about the mind-controlling electromagnetic fields that are being beamed into my head by Burger King. Did someone say Whoppertunity?


  • If that last paragraph left you feeling less than perky, this next installment, courtesy of PUBL again, will leave you feeling less than frisky. Family Planning/Contraception/Abortion isn't exactly foreplay, o.k.?

  • Ladies, trying to get in touch with your inner chick? Or your chick's inner chick? Dudes, dying to find out how she so easily messes with your mind? And why you like it and keep coming back for more? Women's Studies Resources might just shed some light on these, and other earth-shattering questions!

  • We got 'em, people are using 'em. I'm referring to Main Stack Study Rooms of course. But unless the definition of "study" has been changed to denote the consumption of Bud Light, Dorritos, and Domino's thick crust pizza with extra cheese, I think the Lib has been seriously duped! But who am I to complain? I've got a party on Level C to crash.

  • It's about time the Library proudly strutted its world renowned collection of whips, chains and leather masks! I'm talkin' Medieval Collections extraordinaire, and this is just the beginning! Soon The Library will be consulting with the Walt Disney Company on its Medieval World On Ice. At least Tonya Harding will be working again.

  • From this page, a lonely, bored, biologically-challenged, or curious soul may view, or download the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library Journal List, instead of watching re-runs of Baywatch.

  • All aboard! Have your tickets and Dramaminetm ready because An Illustrative Sampling [of] Transportation-related Publications on the Web includes links to press releases, technical reports and newsletters.

  • Allan Urbanic feels about Slavic studies the way I feel about Elvis. He's an absolute Slavic information maniac. His not-so-secret professional goal is to plant Slavic materials in every single collection and room in The Library. Needless to say, Alski is one busy comrade! Slavic materials in the Government & Social Sciences Information Service is his most recent attempt to infilltrate the second floor of the Doe Library.

  • Here's one you definitely don't want to miss, or as the folks at EART would say, HOYDDWTM! Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing. Yeah, I'm sensing acronym overload myself. Cheeze Louize, librarians!

January 1996

  • The political posturing that has thoroughly saturated the media, even my beloved tabloids, has once again brought it home to me that American politics and politicians are ugly. The hair, the clothes, even the empty rhetoric, has finally gotten to me. It makes me want to secede from the U.S. of A and start my own country. Who's with me?! It shouldn't be that difficult to do because GSSI has provided us with tons o' fun information about how to develop a new and better social order with its GSSI Research Guide to Development Information. I'll tell you one thing, MY new country will have more than one lousy Elvis stamp!

  • Why does Barbie own a brand new hot pink Corvette, and I'm driving a rusted out death machine? How has she managed to have simultaneous careers as an astronaut, scuba instructor and President of the United States, and I can barely work and take a few classes? What has enabled that faux blond bimbo, and not this faux blond bimbo to take the world by storm and inspire and intimidate most young girls (and some young boys)? Sociology: Selected Reference Sources may just be the place to find the most up-to-date and cutting edge literature on this deep and earth-shattering subject.

  • Find out from U.S. State Department Microform Collections Relating to Eastern Europe just how much vodka, caviar, cabbage and potatoes U.S. ambassadors consumed in the name of diplomacy earlier this century.

  • Super Bore XXX is over, the Dallas Cowboys won, and the jewelry industry couldn't be happier. But I'm bummed out to say the least. I mean, the Cowboys have won so many times, they don't even want to go to Disneyland anymore! I need to shake off this blue (and silver) funk and get perky again. That's why I'm really glad that the Education-Psychology Library has put together Psychology Internet Resources. Of particular interest to me today is the link to Mood Disorders.

  • Eeek! I just flashed on an image of Zero Mostel signing a rousing chorus of "Attrition, attrition!" If you're feeling like it's time for a new career, check out Jobs in Engineering [Web Manager note: web page no longer available]. I wonder if Noah slipped a mickey into my bagel this morning?

  • Yup, ya just can't get away from us chicks. We're in books, in films, on T.V., on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue (I'm the babe in the leopard bikini) and in microform. You read it right honey, microform. Yeah, it's a petite format, but it sure does pack a punch. Don't believe me? Check out the heavy hitting sisters at UCB Libraries Microform Sets In Women's Studies.

  • If you thought that C-SPAN's congressional subcommittee coverage was a total incomprehensible eye-glazer, take a peek at the GODORT Policy and Precedures Manual. Each Government Documents Round Table meeting must take at least three hours! And that's just to take attendance! Pass me a pillow baby, I feel a nap coming on!

  • Two documents that are being optioned by the Bummer Channel: Report of the Academic Services Planning Group - December 8, 1995 and the Administrative Services Progress Report - January 12, 1996. If these reports make you feel agitated and depressed rather than tired and confused, please see Psychology Internet Resources immediately.

  • Tracy Seneca's not just a close personal friend of Charo's, she's the Library's Guide Guru. If you've been wondering (and I know you have) which Library Information Guides are available in print, available on the Library Web only, and which guides need an author ('cause you're dying to write one), take a look at Library Information Guides - Library Services and Policies.
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