Saturday Library Hours are Back!

We are happy to announce that the Public Health Library will be able to resume our Saturday hours (noon-5 pm) starting this coming Saturday, October 24th.

Gifts from UCB student parents are being used to fund the Saturday hours. All subject-specialty libraries across campus will resume their Saturday hours by mid-November.

The actions of UCB students, such as the Teach-In that took place at the Anthropology library on October 9-10, also contributed to this change. Thank you!

Open Access Week @ UCB: Events start today!

Open Access (OA) is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society.

Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication. OA is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers throw their weight behind it.

OA Week starts today and there are several events at UC Berkeley:

"Take Control of your Publications with eScholarship," a presentation by Catherine Mitchell, Director, CDL Publishing Group

Monday, October 19, 12:30 pm -1:50 pm

Location: 140 Boalt Hall

Monday, October 19, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Building 

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Live Webinar from the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) featuring representatives from five different publishers discussing the promise and perils of OA publishing. Participants include: Pierre de Villiers (African Online Scientific Information Systems), Matthew Cockerill (BioMed Central), David Hoole (Nature Publishing Group), Mark Patterson (Public Library of Science – PLoS), Saskia Franken (Utrecht University Library)

Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library Seminar Room

2101 Valley Life Sciences Building 

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Mike Eisen, "The Future of Open Access Publishing." An OA week talk by Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Tuesday, October 20, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library Seminar Room

2101 Valley Life Sciences Building

** Arrive early and get a PLoS t-shirt!! ** 

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Townsend Center Speculative Lunch series, "Academic Writing and Publishing 2.0: eJournals, Blogs, Wikis, Tweets"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 12:00 pm

Location: Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

This is an informal brown bag lunch series focuses on Digital Technology in Humanities Scholarship. Beverages provided by the Townsend Center.

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Coming soon:

"Article-level Metrics at PLoS – What are they, and why you should care," a talk by Dr. Peter Binfield, Managing Editor of PLoS ONE, an open access journal.

Monday, November 9, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

127 Dwinelle Hall

This event is co-sponsored by the UCSF Library. 

BRII in the Berkeleyan

October 2: The Berkeleyan, the campus faculty and staff newspaper, profiles the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) and the open access compact in which five universities (Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth and Cornell) have have pledged to underwrite "reasonable publication charges" for articles authored by their faculty in open-access journals.

Open access literature provides barrier-free access to information.
Researchers from anywhere in the world can read scholarly output that
has been made available in an open-access journal. A wider audience, in
turn, has the potential to increase the impact of the research
presented in an open-access article.

Traditional, for-profit journals owned by large multinational corporations like Elsevier and Springer, charge skyrocketing subscription rates which University Librarian Tom Leonard cites as "creating new walls around discoveries." The BRII open access fund, he adds, "can really
help take down these walls…"

Read more: A ‘public option’ for scholarship