UCB SciLibs IM service discontinued

Beginning with the Spring 2012 semester, the UCB Science Libraries will no longer be offering the UCB SciLibs chat reference service. Users can instead use 24/7 Ask a Librarian for immediate reference help anytime, day or night.

Many of our users may already be familiar with 24/7 Ask a Librarian, a popular chat reference service provided by the UC Libraries. During the 2010-2011 school year, UC Berkeley students asked over 4,000 questions using this service and immediately got the research help they needed online.

Over the next week or two users will notice that our UCBSciLibs Ask Us chat widget will be replaced by the 24/7 Ask a Librarian widget.

BRII anniversary

January 2012: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII), which provides UC Berkeley authors with funds to help cover open access fees, is four years old this month. Established on January 21, 2008 with the goal to increase the impact of UC Berkeley research and to encourage experimentation with publishing, BRII has become one of the most successful funds of its kind in the U.S. having approved/funded more than 130 articles. For more background on BRII, see a poster Advancing the Impact of Research: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) presented at the Berlin 9 Open Access conference in November 2011. For details on the program and an application, go to the BRII website.