A Library With the Crusts Cut Off: New Titles in Graduate Services for January

Not too many books came in this January. Seeing that we were closed half the month, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. That said, Graduate Services has always been more about quality than quantity. It’s a library with the crusts cut off. A small place filled with great books. Here are some of the latest additions to it. Enjoy.



The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou


Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action by Jurgen Habermas

letters of ted hughes

Letters of Ted Hughes ed. by Christopher Reid


Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller by Georgina Kleege


The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D.H. Lawrence: Mornings in Mexico and Other Essays ed. by Virginia Crosswhite Hyde


How Free is Free?: The Long Death of Jim Crow by Leon F. Litwack


Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town by Robert Pinsky


Dostoevsky’s Democracy by Nancy Ruttenburg


Ivanov by Anton Chekhov: A New Version by Tom Stoppard


The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton volume 1: Plays, ed. by Laura Rattray


The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton volume 2: Novels and Life Writing, ed. by Laura Rattray

March Instruction Session: Orientation to Public Health Library Services

Note: To register, indicate which location (Richmond or Sacramento) you wish to attend and RSVP to Judy Bolstad at jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

See below for details about each date/time/location.

Were you aware:

* You can have journal articles, technical reports, standards, book chapters, and more, from nearly any source, delivered to you electronically?

* You can have books from the University of California, Berkeley Library delivered to your office?

* Librarians at the Public Health Library, who have access to hundreds of databases, indexes, and other resources, will research nearly any work-related topic for you, and e-mail you appropriate citations?

* CDPH staff has access to dozens of electronic journals from your desktop?

The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library librarians have scheduled an orientation session to discuss the library services available to CDPH staff.

Note: this class will be held in both Richmond and Sacramento locations. See below for the date/time for each location.


Class: Orientation to Library Services
When: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 10-11 am
Where: Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 136

RSVP by Monday, March 8th to Judy Bolstad at
jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.


Class: Orientation to Library Services
When: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento Campus, 1500 Capitol Ave, Training Room C.

RSVP by Monday, March 15th to Judy Bolstad at
jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.


This class is intended for new CDPH staff or for those who would like a reminder of the services available from the Public Health Library for work-related activities.

Supervisors: Please encourage your new staff to attend if appropriate.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH staff.  Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

California Water Atlas now available online

The Water Resources Center Archives (WRCA) on the UC Berkeley campus recently announced the digitization of the California Water Atlas (1979). The atlas was ahead of it’s time in regards to visual representation of mapping and data, and its content is crucially relevant today. WRCA worked closely with David Rumsey and his state-of-the-art scanning facilities and powerful online map-viewing tools.

High resolution images of each page, as well as various resolution PDFs of the entire atlas, are available online from Mr. Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection web site at:


An online flip-book and other electronic versions (e.g., Kindle) are also available from the Internet Archive at:


A Creative Commons license 3.0 was identified as fitting with OPR’s authorization

Mr. Rumsey shared interest and was involved in this project. Here is a link to his blog post announcing the digitization of the atlas:


Online Journal of Public Health Informatics

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health recently released the first edition of the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics (OJPHI), the first open access journal of its kind. More details are at:


The official web site for the OJPHI can be found at: http://ojphi.org

Free classes on Community-Based Participatory Research

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is offering free Community-based participatory research (CBPR) classes. CBPR is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organization representatives, and academic researchers in all aspects of the research process. CBPR aims to increase knowledge and understanding of what is being studied and to integrate the knowledge gained with interventions and policy changes to enhance the health and quality of life of community members.

There are many free courses available now! Check them out at:


More information about CBPR can be found at:


Geospatial Innovation Facility – GIS classes

UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) recently announced its Spring 2010 workshop schedule. Classes include:

  • Intro to GIS (with either a Social Science or a Natural Resource Science focus)
  • Intro to GPS
  • Intro to Remote Sensing
  • Intro to open source GIS

and more!

GIF logo

Workshops fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates. The GIF also offers online guides, fee-based consulting, equipment rentals, and more. Check it out!

Holiday Hours

The Public Health Library will be closed to the public from March 20-27 and will reopen on March 28.

We will be open for contract services from March 22-25, and closed on March 26, which is a UC Berkeley holiday. Please plan ahead and anticipate your project needs, especially if you will be using our Document Delivery service. Contract services will resume on Monday, March 29.

If you wish to visit the library any time between March 22-25, please let us know beforehand, so we can open the door for you and make sure that someone is here to assist you.


CRC Press has launched a new interface for its netBASE e-book collections. The new CRCnetBASE interface allows for more advanced searching and browsing and offers book chapters in hi-res PDF format or as PDF with links. Users will also now be able to register for free accounts and save books and chapters to a virtual bookshelf.

All netBASE collections, with the exception of CHEMnetBASE, have migrated to the new interface and are now searchable as an entire collection. CRCnetBASE is one of UC Berkeley’s largest collections of engineering handbooks and manuals and cover areas such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, math, environmental sciences, and more.

Research Advisory Service

Writing a library research paper in the humanities, social sciences, or international and area studies? Seek professional help!

Cal undergraduates can make appointments online for 30-minute sessions with our library research specialists. We can help you focus your project, find the best information sources, and use them efficiently.

This semester, the service operates Tuesday February 16 through Friday May 7, 1-5pm (last appointment at 4:30).   Appointments take place in the Reference Center, 2nd floor of Doe Library.

» Details and appointments


A common question is: “How do I find articles from journals that are not in PubMed?”

One good resource to try is GreenFILE, a free database from EBSCO, which includes citations in the environmental sciences including: ecology, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental chemistry, environmental law, and related disciplines. EBSCO states, “Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.” GreenFILE provides indexing access to both general interest and scholarly titles, along with
government reports and other documents.

GreenFILE is available at http://www.greeninfoonline.com and is linked from the Public Health Library’s CDPH home page under “Key Resources”.