Returning to Cal?

Let us catch you up on major changes in the libraries over this past summer:

OskiCat has replaced Pathfinder and GLADIS as the catalog for most UC Berkeley libraries.
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The Next Generation Melvyl Pilot is now the recommended catalog for searching libraries in the UC System and worldwide.
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Cal’s Science Libraries have launched a new website with current news, featured resources, and useful links.

The campus has changed its VPN (Virtual Private Network) system, one of the options for off-campus access to article databases and other licensed electronic information resources. VPN users who haven’t already obtained the new AnyConnect client software need to do so.
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The UC System’s 2009 Accountability Report describes some of the ways libraries contribute to the University’s mission.

Other new developments include a Web Archiving Service, a redesigned Online Archive of California, many new or changed databases, several exhibits and events, a do-it-yourself scanner for faculty, and more.

At the same time, the UC Berkeley Libraries have taken a 20% budget cut as a part of the larger financial crisis. In addition, staffing may be affected by the University’s Voluntary Separation Option program and by furloughs and/or layoffs, and services may be affected by campuswide mandated closure days.

We are trying our best to maintain essential services, but some impacts are inevitable. At this time, known effects include:

  • Most libraries on campus will be closed on Saturdays. Exceptions, for University of California ID, UC Berkeley Library Card, and Stanford ID holders only, are the Moffitt Library and the Gardner (Main) Stacks.  The stacks are accessible via the Moffitt Library entrance.
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  • The Doe Library reference desk will not be staffed after 7pm on weeknights.
  • The Moffitt Library reference desk will not be staffed on weekends.
  • The "Know Your Library" drop-in workshops are suspended as we concentrate on instructional support for UC Berkeley courses.

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