Book Talk: Revolutionary STEM Education

Join us for another in the book talk series sponsored by the Social Sciences Division.

  • Thursday, September 20
  • 4pm – 5:30pm
  • Social Research Library
  • 227 Haviland Hall

Jeremiah Sims headshot

In this new book Revolutionary STEM Education: Critical-Reality Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males (Peter Lang, 2018), Jeremiah J. Sims calls for a revolutionary paradigm shift in STEM education for Black boys. Sims chronicles a Saturday program, MAN UP, designed to foster interest in STEM and investigates how to leverage STEM for the remediation of social injustice in middle school Black boys.

Dr. Sims is the Director of Equity at the College of San Mateo. He received his PhD from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education in 2016.

** Introductory remarks by Assistant Professor, Travis Bristol, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.


Sponsored by the Berkeley Library and the Graduate School of Education

The library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accomodations, please contact as soon as possible.

Social Sciences Division – Elections and Appointments

Staff in the Social Sciences Division are involved in a number of organizations within the library, on campus and within the profession at large. Here is a round-up of some of these appointments (beyond the library) to which our colleagues have recently been appointed or elected.

  • Adam Clemons (Librarian for African and African American Studies), was elected to a member-at-large seat on the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) Executive Board. Part of the African Studies Association, the ALC is an organization of “librarians, archivists and documentalists working with materials from and about Africa.”
  • David Eifler (Environmental Design Librarian) was elected co-chair of the University-Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), Local 1474, the union representing librarians and lecturers at the University of California.
  • Celia Emmelhainz (Anthropology Librarian) has been appointed to serve as the ACRL/ANSS Liaison to the American Anthropological Association. The Anthropology and Sociology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries is the professional association for librarians who serve anthropology and sociology departments. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is one of the largest anthropological associations in the world.
  • Brian Light (Chief Operations Manager) was elected to the Governing Council of the Berkeley Staff Assembly. (Read more in a recent blog post.)
  • Liladhar Pendse (Librarian for East European and Latin American Studies) was elected as a member-at-large for the Committee on Libraries and Information Resource (CLIR)-Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, an organization consisting of scholars and librarians in the fields of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.
  • Margaret Phillips (Librarian for Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Psychology) was elected to the Executive Board of the University-Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), Local 1474.
  • Jesse Silva (Librarian for Federal and State Government Information, Political Science, Public Policy and Legal Studies) has been appointed liaison to the Freedom to Read Foundation by the American Library Association (ALA)-Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). GODORT is the main professional organizations for librarians working with government documents. The Freedom to Read Foundation deals with “a wide range of issues affecting our access to freedom of speech and our right to access information.”

Hands On 13: An Artists’ Books Event

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle 25 books from our rare book vaults.

Artist and garden manager Lauri Twitchell shows a book she made at Blake Garden in Kensington (Photos by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

Found objects, whether natural or debris found in the landscape, evoke a dialogue between maker and object. Drawn, collages, or photographed, these objects and ideas are turned into a meaningful form: the book.

Lauri Twitchell is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She is a gardener, naturalist, and artist. As an artist’s book maker, she finds meaning in found materials such as fallen branches, rocks, bark, and birdsong.

More information: Hands On 13: Debris

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell.

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler (510-643-7422,, ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.


Diversity Scholar Natalia Estrada

Natalia Estrada, Reference & Collections Assistant in the Social Sciences Division, has been selected from a very large number of applicants as an ARL Diversity Scholar. This prestigious award from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is part of their Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce which was established in 2000 to attract students from historically underrepresented groups to careers in academic and research libraries. As a Diversity Scholar, Natalia will attend the ARL Leadership Symposium in January, be sent on a visit to another ARL library in 2019, work with an ARL-assigned mentor, and participate in an online community of ARL Scholars. She will also receive a tuition stipend to complete her Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS).

Contratulations, Natalia!

Election news from the Social Sciences Division

Congratulations to Brian Light, Chief Operations Manager for the Social Science Division, who was recently elected to the Governing Council of the Berkeley Staff Assembly. The BSA is an organization of UC Berkeley staff members who work together to create community and professional development opportunities. Says Brian, “I joined to be more involved with the greater Staff community at Berkeley. It is easy for us to get absorbed in our corner of campus (in my case the Library) and not always see how we interact with the rest of campus …  this is a great opportunity to make some broader campus connections, learn more about how the campuses operate, and hopefully bring back some good ideas and best practices, as well as connections, to my team here in the Library.”

Brian has worked in the Berkeley Library since 1999, starting as a Library Assistant 2 in the Education/Psychology Library and has been the Chief Operations Manager in the Social Science Division since 2015. His most recent achievement was planning and executing the closure of the Education/Psychology Library, a project that included many people, multiple departments, and a great deal of coordination. He managed this complicated process with a minimum of disruption to access. And always with good humor and an agreeable attitude. The BSA is lucky to have snagged Brian!

Visiting Scholars on campus (and at the Environmental Design Library)


Summer brings many visitors from near and far to UC Berkeley, especially the libraries. This week, 24 future Cal students — third graders from Oakland’s Northern Light School, accompanied by Ricardo Huerta Niño (M.C.P. ‘09, PhD City & Regional Planning ‘13) — spent the day on campus visiting the Campanile, the campus’s own T-Rex and Haas Pavilion (Go Bears!).

But the highlight of their day must surely have been their visit to the Environmental Design Library where librarian David Eifler introduced them to his collection of pop-up and artists’ books,  gave the young scholars an opportunity to select items from the collection and showed off the library’s sculptural furniture.


Scholarship for Pendse to attend rare books and manuscripts conference

Liladhar Pendse, librarian in the Social Sciences Division

The Rare Books and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries is a national organization that advocates and promotes the interests of librarians working with rare books, manuscripts and other special collections. The 2018 RBMS Conference will be held in New Orleans this June.

Liladhar Pendse, Berkeley librarian for East European and Latin American Studies, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to attend this year’s RBMS conference.

Excellent choices, RBMS! Congratulations, Liladhar! #rbms18

Map resources for social science research

Social Explorer
from Social Explorer

Do you need a visualization of the percentage of children in Alameda County who are eligible for free lunch? (The answer is 42.8%. As a point of comparison, it’s 21.4% in Marin.) What about the population, broken down by age, of the people in your zip code? How can I create a map of cell phone ownership of the residents of Berkeley?

Maps can be an excellent way to visualize data. And the Library subscribes to a number of resources that can help you do this. Here are three go-to map resources for US data:

  • PolicyMap:includes over 15,000 US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels. Data may be downloaded to csv.
  • SimplyAnalytics: Create custom thematic maps, tables, and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States. Also known as Simply Map. (sign in as Guest or create an account)
  • Social Explorer: Data and interactive thematic maps from the U.S. Census from 1790-present.

For a complete list on the library’s mapping resources check out the research guide Maps and & Air Photos created by Susan Powell, the GIS & Map Librarian.

Hands-On 11: Twentysix Artists’ Books

Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other derivative and related works for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.