The Bancroft Library’s San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Project

Back in 2006, the San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive consisting of more than 4 million images in photographic print and negative form was donated to the Bancroft Library.  With generous support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), work has begun to restore photographic print files now in disarray to their original filing order, enhance descriptions of selected portions of the original negative files, and create an online guide to accessing the contents of this immense archive.

Visit the San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Project page to view regular updates about the ongoing efforts to preserve, arrange, describe, and provide access to the archive, along with staff picks of historically interesting, humorous, or bizarre photographs.

April 13th Richmond Instruction Session: Public Health Informatics

RSVP by Monday, April 11th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Do you want to know:

* How to add a tool to your browser that searches PubMed for CDPH, Google Scholar, and more?
* How to take geocoded notes on your Blackberry
* About free medical and health mobile applications?
* What “participatory epidemiology” is?
* How to easily collaborate with colleagues, including document and file sharing?
* How information technology is being used in public health settings?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Public Health Informatics class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Public Health Informatics: What is it?
2. Tools that help link disparate resources
3. Tools for decision-making and data collection
4. Tools for collaboration
5. Examples of public health applications of information technology

Class: Public Health Informatics
When: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 10-11 am
Where: CDPH Richmond, Building C, Room 136

This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to learn about and use technology to help solve public health problems and situations.

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

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, April 11 to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

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

April 27th Sacramento Instruction Session: Orientation to Public Health Library Services

RSVP by Monday, April 25th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

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?

* CDPH staff has access to dozens of electronic journals from your desktop and off-site?

* 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 post relevant citations to your own web portal?

* The library has a secure web portal where you can request library services, track your document delivery requests, view your literature search results, and more.

This orientation session will discuss all the library services available to CDPH staff.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
1. Accessing Public Health Library Services
2. Summary of Services to CDPH
3. Full Text Electronic Journals
4. Requesting Material
5. Public Health Library web pages for CDPH

Class: Orientation to Public Health Library Services
When: Wednesday, April 27th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Avenue, Room 72.167 (Hearing Training Room is down the hall from the Enterprise Training Room)

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.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, April 25th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

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

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. 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.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Symposium

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011

Location: UC Davis Education Center, 45th & X Streets, Sacramento Campus

Highlights: Designed for physicians, nurses, and other occupational and environmental health professionals practicing in clinics, industry, government, military, and other sites.

For more information, go to:

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.

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.

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.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Obesity prevention: the role of brain and society on individual behavior. By Laurette Dube, et al. Amsterdam; Boston: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2010. Call number: RC628.O247 2010.

2. Obesity epidemiology: from aetiology to public health. By David Crawford, et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Call number: RC628.O2935 2010.

3. Prevention is primary: strategies for community well-being. By Larry Cohen, et al. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Call number: RA445.P6585 2010.

4. Obesogenic environments: complexities, perceptions, and objective measures. By Amelia A Lake, et al. Chichester, West Sussex; Ames, Iowa: Blackwell Pub., 2010. Call number: RC628 .O333 2010.

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.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

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.