Event: Bancroft Round Table: The Campanile at 100

It will take place in the Lewis-Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19. Steven Finacom, who worked for 28 years as a career Berkeley campus staffer, primarily in physical planning but also in Undergraduate Affairs and community relations, will present “The Campanile at 100: Researching What We Thought We Knew.” Mr. Finacom’s work, and personal research interests, have taken him to the Bancroft reading room many times, particularly when researching the history of campus buildings. He is also past President of the Berkeley Historical Society and, for more than a decade, has written a weekly column about Berkeley history in the Berkeley Voice newspaper.

The focus of Mr. Finacom’s talk will be a work in progress on the history of iconic Sather Tower, Berkeley’s Campanile. The tower was largely completed in 1915, and 2015 will see a months-long centennial celebration. When Finacom and others began researching the history of the Campanile more than a year ago, it quickly became clear that many of the facts “everyone knows” about the tower are not necessarily true, or have ambiguous and complicated origins. How tall is the tower, really? Was the design really based on the Campanile San Marco in Venice? Did a BMOC (big man on campus) once catch a football dropped from the observation deck? The collections of the Bancroft and the UC Berkeley Newspapers and Microforms Library have proved invaluable in this continuing process of sleuthing out the actual, and intriguing, history of the Berkeley campus centerpiece.

We hope to see you there.

Kathi Neal and Baiba Strads
Bancroft Library Staff

Spring workshops

Spring workshops

The science and engineering libraries are holding a series of workshops during Spring Semester that can help you get the most out of freely available as well as Berkeley subscribed resources. Workshops include:

  • Citation management and productivity tools: EndNote, Evernote, Mendeley, and more
  • Intro to GIS tools and resources: an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and mapping tools
  • Data management: the best ways to create a data management plan, create, store, backup, and share your data
  • Easy thematic mapping: This workshop will introduce 3 different web platforms for mapping thematic and demographic data – SimplyMap, Social Explorer, and Policy Map
  • Publish for impact: This session gives tips on publishing your research for maximum impact and will cover open access, alternative publishing options, and promotion of your work
  • LaTeX/BibTeX: … coming soon!

Check out the schedule on our Events Calendar. All workshops are drop-in – no registration required.

Engineering Case Studies Online

engineering case studies online

Engineering Case Studies Online is an innovative new resource that focuses on the analysis of engineering failures. It covers more than 50 of the most frequently taught case studies including:

  • Air France Flight 4590
  • The Big Dig
  • Deepwater Horizon oil rig
  • Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
  • … and more

Each case includes a collection of materials that provide in-depth analysis of the disasters including feature-length video documentaries, relevant books explaining key engineering concepts and issues, simulations, primary footage of accidents, engineering ethics, and other materials not normally found in the scholarly literature.

Materials come from a variety of reliable content partners including the BBC, the Digital Rights Group, Princeton University Press, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Find out more about Engineering Case Studies Online with Alexander Street Press. UC Berkeley users can access the product at Engineering Case Studies Online.