New look to the National Geologic Map Database

Today is Geologic Map Day! In honor of this celebration, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) have released a redesigned National Geologic Map Database. The National Geologic Map Database pulls together geologic maps from the USGS, state geological surveys, and other publishers to help users find geologic mapping of locations across the U.S.

The redesign upgrades both the interface and underlying infrastructure, utilizing the latest technologies to improve search and discovery. This includes the brand new MapView search.

Image of National Geologic Map Database MapView interface

Set the Default to Open Access

Open Access Week 2012

From Paris to Buenos Aires, open access (OA) is changing the way scholars communicate. It is removing price and permission barriers and opening up the content of books and journals, which have become increasingly more difficult for academic libraries to acquire as collection budgets decline and subscription costs skyrocket. Here at Berkeley, faculty and students have been using eScholarship to publish their own peer-reviewed journals like California Italian Studies Journal, L2 Journal, Lucero, and nineteen sixty nine for the world to read, free of charge.

Next week is the 6th International OA Week which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. On Tuesday, October 23, the Library will sponsor a faculty conversation on scholarly communication with associate professor Richard Schneider who led the effort to pass and implement the landmark open access policy at UCSF last May. This was a significant breakthrough for UC but also for the United States, making UCSF the largest scientific institution and the first public university to adopt an open access policy:

Open Access at UC: Maximizing the Reach, Visibility and Impact of Your Research
Richard Schneider moderated by Molly Van Houweling (Berkeley Law)
Tuesday, October 23
Education/Psychology Library, Tolman Hall

Do you have an article you want to publish? Are you trying to decide where to place it? Throughout the week, librarians will offer three different workshops on the importance of retaining your rights as an author:

Publish Smart, Maximize Impact – OA Week workshops

Social Sciences
Wednesday, October 24
3:30 – 5:00pm
251 Doe Library

Thursday, October 25
11:00am – 12:30pm
Engineering Library

Arts, Humanities and Area Studies
Thursday, October 25
3:30 – 5:00pm
251 Doe Library

Students, researchers, faculty and the public are invited to attend.
Come early to the workshops and get a free t-shirt! (a limited number of open access t-shirts will be distributed)

Class Acts and Co-op Alumni: Jack Rosston and Kenji Sayama

October 18, 2012 – January 2013
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Exhibit Cases
Open during the operating hours of the Bancroft Reading Room

The University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1942 boasts at least two distinguished members with connections to The Bancroft Library. We shine the spotlight on John (Jack) Rosston and Dr. Kenji Sayama, as they celebrate their 70th reunion.

John (Jack) Rosston
To pay for transportation from his home in San Francisco to UC Berkeley during his freshman year, Jack Rosston held a number of jobs offered by the National Youth Administration, a New Deal agency. As a sophomore, he was able to move into Sheridan Hall, part of the UC cooperative system, where he stayed until 1942. (Sheridan closed in 1943, due to a shortage of men during World War II. The structure, now a fraternity house, still stands on the northwest corner of Piedmont Avenue and Dwight Way.) Even while working part-time, Rosston managed to participate heavily in campus activities. He spent two years each on the staff of the California Engineer, the Elections Board, and the Housing Board, to name a few. After graduating with a B.S. in agriculture, Rosston went on to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

As a Cal alumnus, Rosston has continued to be just as active, if not more so. In 1980-1981, he served as an ex-officio member of the UC Board of Regents while president of the California Alumni Association. He is a major advocate of the UC Berkeley Library. Besides being a founder and past president of the Library Advisory Board, he has served a chair of The Bancroft Library Council of the Friends. He also conducted and donated an oral history interview that is now part of The Bancroft Library’s holdings. Not having forgotten his roots as a co-op member, Rosston remains involved with the Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association.

Dr. Kenji Sayama
Kenji Sayama spent his childhood in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. After high school, he first enrolled at Los Angeles City College, but decided to transfer to UC Berkeley for his sophomore year. His Boy Scout troop leader was himself a Cal graduate, and having learned of Sayama’s interest in medicine, encouraged him to apply. Sayama made the trek up north and by junior year, had settled into Atherton House, a UC co-op house that was on Atherton Street. One of his roommates was William C. Rockwell, who was the first to play Oski, the Cal mascot. During his senior year in December 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, followed by the US entrance into World War II. In February 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the military to relocate people of Japanese ancestry to internment camps. Although not yet identified for detention, Sayama decided to leave Cal and return home to Los Angeles in March 1942. He was just weeks shy of graduation, but fortunately was granted his diploma on the basis of his mid-term grades. He received it at the Santa Anita Assembly Center, where his family had been detained temporarily. The Sayama family would then be sent to the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas While there, Sayama taught eighth-grade science. He was able to leave the camp by enlisting in the US Army. He served four years in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service, receiving training in the US and interpreting for the police system in Japan.

After his discharge in 1947, Sayama enrolled once again at Cal, under the GI Bill. He earned a master’s degree in 1950, followed by a Ph.D. in zoology in 1953. In 1957, he was appointed chief laboratory technologist in a lab owned by the Downey, California-based Gallatin Medical Group, and worked there until 1996. He also established the Centro Analytical Medical Laboratory with another Cal alumnus in 1969 and was its director of laboratory operations until 1997. UC Berkeley held a special convocation in 1992 to honor the Nisei members of the class of 1942. Wearing cap and gown, Sayama received his diploma from classmate Jack Rosston. In November 2011, a major national honor was bestowed upon him, when he and dozens of other Japanese-American World War II veterans received Congressional Medals of Honor in Washington, DC, one of the country’s highest civilian honors. In early 2012, Sayama donated his medal and its accompanying documentation to The Bancroft Library, which also houses an oral history interview with him, conducted by N. H. (Dan) Cheatham.