Science IM reference unavailable during spring recess

Our popular science IM reference service will be unavailable during spring recess, March 21-25. Normal semester hours will resume on Monday, March 28.

The collaborative 24/7 Ask a Librarian service will still be available. Ask a Librarian is a chat reference service that connects you to a librarian and emails you a transcript of your chat so you can reference it later.

Springer OA Pilot ends

The California Digital Library announced that the UC-Springer Open Access Pilot has ended effective March 1st, 2011. During the two-year pilot negotiated between the California Digital Library (CDL) and Springer, UC-authored articles accepted for publication in 2009 and 2010 in most of the 2,000+ Springer journals were published as open access under Springer’s Open Choice program. Unfortunately, Springer has decided to discontinue this arrangement. Articles published as part of this pilot remain fully accessible through CDL’s eScholarship publishing platform as well as on the Springerlink platform. An assessment of the pilot will be conducted this spring.

OskiCat and proxy server downtime, night of March 24-25

The following services will be unavailable from midnight through 4 am on Friday morning March 25, while we perform scheduled maintenance:

  • OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog (including searching, request, and renewal functions).
  • UCB call number and availability information in both versions of Melvyl.
  • The library proxy server for accessing licensed electronic resources (VPN will still work).

Other than that, our website will not be affected.


Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event: Resources from National Library of Medicine and more

The National Library of Medicine reminds users of three resources of special interest to those who need to learn more about or have urgent access to health information related to tsunamis, earthquakes, and radiation emergencies affecting Japan.


Clinicians who need to learn about assessing and managing radiation emergencies are urged to use the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) web site. Selected key files from REMM are also available for downloading on mobile devices from The entire REMM web site can be downloaded to a laptop or desktop computer for use where there is no Internet connection.


The NLM Emergency Access Initiative has been activated in support of medical efforts in Japan. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection – it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population.


A new page of links to information on “Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event – March 2011” is now available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. federal agencies, and other key resources are listed for responders, health professionals, and the general public.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Environmental toxicology III. By V. Popov, et al. Southampton: WIT, 2010. Call number: RA1226.E5687 2010.

2. A textbook of modern toxicology. By Ernest Hodgson. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Call number: RA1211.H62 2010.

3. Assessing the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on human health: a summary of the June 2010 workshop. By Margaret A McCoy, et al. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2010. Call number: GC1221.B7 A88 2010.

4. Natural hazards analysis: reducing the impact of disasters. By John C. Pine. Boca Raton, FL.: Auerbach Publications, 2009. Call number: HV553.P528 2009.

5. Jet fuel toxicology. By Mark L. Witten, et al. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011. Call number: RA1242.H87 J48 2011.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you.

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.

County Health Rankings

“This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.” Access it from our Statistical/Data Resources web page.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2011

This collection of 22 analytic essays highlight health disparities by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status, and other social characteristics in the U.S. Released as a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement, the report addresses disparities in health care access, exposure to environmental hazards, mortality, morbidity, behavioral risk factors, disability status, and social determinants of health at the national level. It is linked from our Ethnic Groups Health Resources web page.

Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD)

“CTD is an effort to compile and organize increasingly copious amounts of formal research on the relationship between chemicals, genes and disease. The database is an attempt to map the complex ways in which chemicals are related to diseases.” Searches can be done by chemical, disease or gene. CTD is a database in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET family. Access it from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources and Indexes and Databases web pages.

SciVee: Making Science Visible

“SciVee videos can be viewed and freely uploaded. With thousands of videos in its library, SciVee promotes knowledge discovery and collaboration, creates interest and broadens the audience for science. Working with the world’s top journals, societies, universities and research institutions, SciVee’s mission is to promote science in all subjects and levels, from K-12 to professional scientists.” Access this resource from our Public Health Podcasts, Radio, Video, Webcasts web page.