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The title for this exhibit — “I am bound to stick awhile longer” — is taken from a gold rush letter sent by N.A. Chandler, from the diggings at Michigan Hill. It expresses something of the hope and persistence of these early miners, working against hard odds yet drawn on by the gleam of gold. Through journals, letters, emigrant guides and other early accounts of the gold fields, photographs, lettersheets, sheet music, maps, lithographs, drawings and other pictorial materials, the exhibit presents the experience of those affected by the gold rush during the early years of discovery and first diggings, 1848 through 1853.
Visit the online exhibit at: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/Exhibits/Goldrush/
“Elaine Tennant, a medieval and early modern specialist in the German and Scandinavian departments at the University of California, Berkeley, will become the James D. Hart Director of UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library starting in September.
Tennant said she hopes to help integrate The Bancroft more fully into the campus’s teaching and research missions and wants the library to take an active role in the ongoing discussion of the nature of information and the future of libraries in the 21st century.
‘Collections of material artifacts like those held by The Bancroft present special challenges and have a particular contribution to make to our thinking about information in an increasingly virtual environment,’ Tennant said. ‘Figuring out what the relationship is between old and new technologies, and among multiple forms of knowing, is the kind of thing that Berkeley’s great at.'” – Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
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The final renovations and testing will take a few more days. The Engineering Library will open at 8 am on Thursday, August 25th.
On Monday, August 22nd, the book return bin will be moved to the lower level of Bechtel Engineering Center, just outside the Engineering Library. It is currently on the 2nd floor of Bechtel, just outside the entrance to Sibley Auditorium.