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November 1997

  • Humor in the face of adversity may sound like another lame Oakland Raiders marketing gimmick, but I assure you, it isn't. It's what comes to mind when I read titles such as: Sugar beeter, Tow sack tattler, and Pea pickers prattle. What these cheery titles mask is the serious subject matter of life in a U.S. migratory labor camp in the late 1930s. The Government and Social Science Information Service (GSSI) has kindly created a research guide to the UC Berkeley Library's collection of migratory labor camp papers.

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  • Can't get enough of the Web? Can't click your way out of a paper bag? Don't want to be a geek, but look like one anyway? I forgot the point I was trying to make ... Oh yeah! Joe Barker, the UC Berkeley Teaching Library's internet guru extraordinaire (I say that and he's not even my boss!) has once again come to the rescue of the Web-impaired and Web-deficient. His comprehensive and useable guides to Meta-Search engines, the meta-search engine Northern Light, and the search engine Lycos, are A tickets for sure!

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  • If you are a busy working parent/person like moi, you are on a "need to know basis." So when someone generously offered to explain to me the underlying reasons for, and global ramifications of, Marv Albert's bicuspid assault, I sweetly smiled, allowed my eyes to glaze over, and secretly thought about new strategies for changing my son's diaper while he jumps around like a chimp on acid in his crib (which is actually something that Marv may have expert knowledge on). Bottom line: don't bother me with useless information! Which brings me full circle to the reason for this rant - useful information. We, as information-seeking and disseminating animals, must know the location of all the libraries on this here campus! Not an easy task, but Ann Moen has made our search easier with her new-fangled, easy-to-use Map of the Libraries.

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  • Everytime I trip over my husband's assorted power tools on my way to the washer & dryer in the garage, I gently remind him that he does not need to own every gadget and gizmo available for sale at the Home Depot. For various prudent collection and financial reasons, the UC Berkeley Library has learned this lesson, and has not purchased every book, journal, serial, and Ronco Screw-o-matic under the sun. So when students, faculty or staff members need material that we do not own, we can graciously refer them to the Interlibrary Services department, or the ILS web site. This lovely site features playful, yet appropriate graphics courtesy of Mary Scott, and excellent design and mark-up by Janet Talley.

September 1997

  • The new web-based Melvyl® interface is so darn intuitive, you'd think it was a Mac®. Well, I personally need a little guidance with such new-fangled things. So when I can't reach Dionne® and my Psychic Friends® for assistance, I turn to the Teaching Library's® guide: Melvyl® System via the Web.

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  • The husband and I rented Jackie Chan's Crime Story over the weekend. What a disappointment! It had a real plot, decent acting, no humor and in the first 30 minutes, absolutely NO KUNG FU. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that The Battle for Mono Lake could be another excellent, but fu-less film.

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  • As Xena says, Vanquish Ignorance, and learn more about the South/Southeast Asia Library, and the History of Southeast Asian Studies at UCB.

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  • UCB students, faculty and staff can literally now have information delivered to them on a silver platter. Online databases not available via Melvyl® are now only a mouse-click, or two, or three, away!

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  • Sometimes finding your way around a library can be a lot like navigating the side streets of Berkeley - impossible! The good people at the Public Health Library understand this, and have created a wonderful page to help you find what you need at PUBL.

July 1997

  • The BioScience Library reserve forms are for faculty only. But they are a fine example of how the Library, and especially the fine and sensitive people at BIOS, are getting more in touch with their clientle through electronic avenues. I feel an internet group hug coming on!

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  • Also from the electronic touchy-feely, gosh forbid we should talk face-to-face once in awhile department, comes the Khush mailing list. According to the web page, "Khush is a mailing list for gay, lesbian, bisexual South Asians and their friends." So if you're a heterosexual Anglo Saxon without any friends, you'd be better off with the BioScience reserve  forms.

June 1997

  • So, you thought that you could just stroll into the Public Health Library and snagglepuss anything that you could lay your greedy little hands on, and keep it forever huh? In your dreams buckaroo. This here library has a circulation policy. Honey, don't mess with these people, they know where you live!

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  • As all the internet teaching and learning world knows, Joe Barker has created many fabulous Internet Resources web pages. His latest triumph threatens to turn this web junkie into a Pointer Sister! Of course I'm referring to Joe's Excite web page. Here you will find detailed instructions on how to make this 50+ million site database do your evil bidding. Now, has anybody seen my silver disco pants? I know they're around here somewhere ...

May 1997

  • Your partner just blew your life savings on lottery tickets, your kid just announced that she's pregnant with Michael Jackson's second child, and you've just discovered on your backside a scaley red patch that looks like Elvis. You need to visit the Health Sciences Information Service Internet Reference Sources site now!

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  • The evening MBA assignment: "Compare and contrast the managerial styles of Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, the Skipper from Gilligan's Island, and Captain Kirk as portrayed by William Shatner in the "Trouble with Tribbles" episode. Take into account each manager's ability to make a coconut cream pie from a floppy diskette without any power." Your response: Get some help at the Evening MBA Program Support page.

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  • The IMF's IFS on CD-ROM is part of the BIN at UCB, instructions courtesy of GSSI at [webpage no longer supported] Get it, got it, good!

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  • All I can tell you is that European Union Press Releases & News prominently features the words "Specific Organs."

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  • Opening Remarks For Senator John Warner begins with: Thomas Jefferson once observed, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be." John's been such a downer since Liz dumped him.

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  • Responses to questions - Dan O'Mahony Dan, what are you talkin' about here? Instantaneous access to Bubba's lunch order at McDonald's???

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  • Ohhh, our collection's not good enough for you huh? You need to visit Chelsea's new school. Well then you just go ahead and apply for your Berkeley/Stanford Cooperative Library Card, and thank Tricia McCarthy for the lovely  electronic form while you're at it.

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  • O.K., so there's nothing about all you can eat buffets in South Asia Guides or Photographs, Historical Documents, and Maps relating to the South Asian Diaspora, but these sites are tasty nonetheless.

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  • So what, you may ask, does it take to get an Agroforestry collection named in your honor? Just ask Rudy Grah.

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  • Like you, I just feel so overwhelmed some days. It's exhausting being a web goddess, sex symbol, wife, and mother. So instead of just kvetching about my tough life, I'm going to find out how to clone myself. First stop on the multiplicity road to relaxation is Molecular Biology. Won't you join me?

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  • What pigeons see.

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  • At Planning Resources on the Internet: Online Publications, Debby Sommer has compiled "a 'collection' of online publications pertinant to city and regional planning". Yeah, whatever. What's really cool is the link to information about communes at her Housing & Real Estate page. Pass the patchouli oil man.

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  • It's a moisture  thang.

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  • If you're not UCB faculty, staff or student: Can't touch it!: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.

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  • The Gulf that keeps on giving.

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  • It's one-stop ERIC shopping from EDP's entrypage. Thanks people, you've rocked my educational world.

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  • Color me liberal, but Beilstein CrossFire Databases evokes some very scary William F. Buckley Jr. images for me.
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