Important service announcement for CNKI resources

The East Asian Library has received the following email from East View Information Services:

March 17, 2023

Dear Customer,

We bring to your attention some important, breaking news. As all are surely aware, recent weeks have seen an acceleration in policy changes at the government level in the People’s Republic of China. East View has been monitoring the situation, and we are doing all possible to remain closely informed by our partners, such as CNKI.

The Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC) has recently imposed new oversight requirements on Chinese publishers and exporters of information. In short, many content types that were previously viewed as mundane have now been flagged by the Chinese authorities to be subject to government review. We were just informed in recent days that this may lead to a review of:


As of the evening of March 15, 2023, East View was informed that the Cybersecurity Administration will require Chinese publishers to temporarily suspend access to full-text downloads of these content types, as soon as April 1 as CAC creates new compliance standards for publishers.

These conditions are also breaking news for our partners in China, who supply the content for overseas use.

As of this morning (March 17th, 2023), we received the following official notification from one partner, CNKI, affirming the imposition of changes on April 1. Their official notification can be downloaded at the following links:暂停部分服务通知/ and

East View has learned that similar measures have been imposed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, and will occur in South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere. East View is attempting to learn the extent to which actions imposed in those countries are similar to or divergent from any actions that will be applied for North America.

The fact that these developments are emerging at a moment of heightened international tension is clear. Our partners are operating under difficult circumstances to become compliant with recently created regulations and short deadlines. The duration of such suspensions is not yet known, but we have been told that access will resume upon CAC determining that Chinese publishers have addressed their requirements for the review of the affected content types. While we are working with partners to understand their circumstances, we are also advocating frankly for our customers’ interests and have registered our concern about the timing and scope of these actions.

East View’s mission is to provide meaningful access and solutions for research content from dynamic regions from which such access is not unproblematic. Whether it is content from within or beyond China’s borders, and whether it is collaboration with partners operating under evolving regulations of this nature, this remains our mission. East View is always grateful for your support, and we are eager to provide you maximum transparency and positive outcomes in fulfillment of your missions. We will be engaged with China and with you, our library partners, actively as we learn more about these emerging developments.

East View Information Services

Current Trial: Struggle For Freedom: Southern Africa

A trial of Struggle For Freedom: Southern Africa is available to the UC Berkeley community for one month beginning today, January 18th 2018. The URL to access the trial is

The liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime was one of the major political developments of the 20th century, with far-reaching consequences for people throughout Africa and around the globe. Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa brings together materials from various archives and libraries throughout the world documenting colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region.

The resource consists of 76 different collections of more than 20,000 objects and 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, pamphlets, speeches, and interviews with those who participated in the struggles.

The materials in Struggles for Freedom: South Africa were selected with the guidance of national advisory committees consisting of leading scholars, archivists, and public intellectuals in six African countries along with scholars from outside the region.

Please contact Adam Clemons at with your feedback about this resource.

Melvyl access problems – resolved

Issue resolved 9/13/17

Melvyl is currently asking users who are connected to the campus network to log in to view resources. The California Digital Library (CDL) is working to resolve the problem. Until the problem is resolved, please click on the ENTER AS GUEST link near the bottom of the login screen.

Melvyl log in screen

University of Chicago Press Journals currently unavailable via Proxy

University of Chicago Press has currently blocked the Proxy IP from accessing content on due to a suspected breach; we are working with University of Chicago Press to resolve this as quickly as possible. University of Chicago Press content should still be accessible on-campus.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may be causing.

Access issues related to Amazon Web Services outage

Numerous library resources have been impacted by the ongoing Amazon Web Services outages. The AWS outage has affected access and functionality across numerous platforms, including JSTOR, Elsevier ScienceDirect, and Proquest, among others. Library users may experience issues accessing web pages or downloading content from impacted resources while Amazon works to fix the issue.

UPDATE: The AWS issue seems to be resolved, and normal access and functionality has been restored to affected resources.