Taking The Ledge Out Of Knowledge So As To Give You Better Grounds to Think On: New Books in Graduate Services for April

April showers bring books of knowledge, or something to that effect. Whatever the saying, the important thing is there are a lot of new books in Graduate Services this month. Now, did Easter make you want to get your religious on and go heaven bound? Well, step away from the ledge and get back in Graduate Services so you can check out Dante’s Eddie Money maker for those two tickets to Paradiso, because the only ledge you should be on is the knowledge. That said, you can’t take the book home tonight, or any night, since our collection is non-circulating. But you know that, and you realize Graduate Services is where Dante and Beatrice would rather be hanging with you anyway. When you’re done with Dante, you can read the letters of Saul Bellow and see what he thought about Easter or Dante. Then you can move on to some Heidegger, a bit of James Kelman, and a few books by this year’s Avenali Lecturer, Joyce Carol Oates. Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Hanif Kureishi, Peter Matthiessen among others are also represented this month in our Modern Authors Collection, with Mr. Rushdie being the newest member. And if you ever wanted to take a class from the poet Charles Olson, you can come here and read his Muthologos, otherwise know as a book of his lectures and interviews. Rain or shine we are open the hours posted outside our door and on our website, so come on down and be Mr. Olson’s student or his interviewer. Role playing can be fun. Enjoy.



The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri volume 3: Paradiso translated by Robert M. Durling


Saul Bellow: Letters edited by Benjamin Taylor


Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha


Colonialism and its Forms of Knowledge: The British in India by Bernard S. Cohn


The H.D. Book by Robert Duncan


Country Path Conversations by Martin Heidegger


Translated Accounts by James Kelman


My Ear At His Heart: Reading My Father by Hanif Kureishi


End of the Earth: Voyages to Antarctica by Peter Matthiessen


Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend by Peter Matthiessen


The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief by V.S. Naipaul


Give Me Your Heart by Joyce Carol Oates


Sourland by Joyce Carol Oates


Muthologos: Lectures and Interviews by Charles Olson edited by Ralph Maud


Luka and the Fire of LIfe by Salman Rushdie


The Butcher’s Apron by Diane Wakoski


Anterooms by Richard Wilbur

Chemical Structure Images Added to HSDB

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has added chemical structure images from the NLM ChemIDplus database to Hazardous Substances Databank (HSDB) records. The chemical structures can be viewed in the HSDB record header with the chemical name and registry number. Users can save the chemical structure as a .png file (right click). It is not available via the HSDB document download feature.

The OEHHA PubMed URL displays links to records in PubMed that also have a HSDB record (see below). You can access the OEHHA PubMed URL from the OEHHA services home page by scrolling down to Key Resources.

These structures are also available in:

· Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS): Carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, tumor promotion, and tumor inhibition data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

· Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD) – Molecular mechanisms by which environmental chemicals affect human disease

· GENETOX: Peer-reviewed mutagenicity test data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

· Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS): Data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting human health risk assessment and focusing on hazard identification and dose-response assessment 

· International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER): Chemical risk information from authoritative groups worldwide

My NCBI Redesign

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has released an improved user interface. It is streamlined to include robust performance and intuitive navigation. The most visually significant enhancement is that all functions can be viewed directly from the My NCBI homepage, where they are made readily accessible for set up and customization. For more information, go to:


Training Resources for Staff

The following are a few free training resources for staff that are linked from our Jobs and Career Development web page:

OpenCourseWare (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

“The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses.” These courses are free and are “…snapshots of content available in an
academic course without any interaction with faculty or students at the  Bloomberg School of Public Health.” Topics include biostatistics, environment, global health, among many others.

National PHTC Network Distance Education Center

The National Public Health Training Centers Network has hundreds of courses on its site, including classes on air quality, indoor and outdoor environmental health, toxics and waste, among many others. Most courses listed here are free, but a few are fee-based. The Public Health Training Centers are funded by HRSA and are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions and public health agencies and organizations.

Environmental Health Services (EHS) Workforce Development Training (CDC)

This page links to training resources from the CDC, NCEH, Public Health Training Network, APHA, and NACCHO, among others.

Decade’s Top 10 Public Health Achievements

In a recent press release, the CDC says that the U.S. is making strides in the fight against AIDS and other diseases, as well as in areas such as infectious disease prevention, tobacco control, maternal and child health, traffic deaths and injuries, heart disease, cancer prevention, lead poisoning prevention, and public health preparedness. Check out the story at:


National Academies Press Books

As of June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) are downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes the current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.

Free access to online content supports the mission of NAP to improve government decision-making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. Like no other organization, the National Academies can enlist the nation’s foremost scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of society’s most pressing problems through the authoritative and independent reports published by NAP.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Toxicology of the nose and upper airways. By John B Morris and Dennis Shusterman. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2010. Call number: RF342.T69 2010.

2. Sick building syndrome and related illness: prevention and remediation of mold contamination. By Walter E Goldstein. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011. Call number: RA577.5.S517 2011.

3. Handbook of occupational safety and health. By D Koradecka. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2010. Call number: RC967 .H262 2010.

4. Science and decisions: advancing risk assessment. By National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the U.S. EPA, et al. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2009. Call number: GE150 .N37 2009.

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.

Taylor and Francis resources inaccessible via proxy

Updated June 30, 2011: Proxy pac updated.  Resources should be accessible now.


Original Message:

As of yesterday June 27, 2011, Taylor & Francis implemented their new online platform, www.tandfonline.com, which has replaced access to resources previously hosted on informaworld.  The new URL, however, has not yet been updated in the proxy pac server, so access for those using proxy will appear blocked.  A request to add the URL to the pac has been submitted, and should appear within 2-5 days if not sooner.