News: Improved PDF retrieval in Zotero

When downloading article citations from databases the Library subscribes to, Zotero will download a PDF of the article if it is available (as long as you have your preferences set for it to do so). Zotero has recently announced an enhancement that makes it easier to locate PDFs when they aren’t available in the database. It can now search Unpaywall, a database of open access articles. It will also perform this search if you add an item to your library using its identifier. For existing items in your library, you can choose the “Find Available PDF” option in the item context menu. (Note that “Find Available PDF” will only be shown if the item has a URL or DOI, because URL-based lookups require one of those two things and Unpaywall requires a DOI).

To use the new feature, update to Zotero 5.0.56 and update the Zotero Connector to 5.0.41.


Event: Bancroft Library Roundtable: Education as the Project of Freedom: A Study of the Berkeley Experimental Schools Project, 1968-76

The Bancroft Library Roundtable will take place in the O’Neill Room of The Faculty Club at noon on Thursday, October 18. Joanne Tien, doctoral candidate, Education, UC Berkeley, will present Education as the Project of Freedom: A Study of the Berkeley Experimental Schools Project, 1968-76.
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Educators and activists have long debated the relationship between constructivist pedagogical approaches — which emphasize the autonomous, self-directed construction of knowledge from a learner’s experience — and the cultivation of explicit political values that challenge systems of oppression. Joanne Tien will discuss her research on archival material at The Bancroft Library and how teachers and students in the Berkeley Experimental Schools Project (BESP) navigated this ideological tension. A public educational program that existed from 1968 to 1976, BESP sought to incorporate the goals of both the Free School and Black Power movements. This historical case study sheds light on the dilemma with particular clarity because the Free Schools represent one of the United States’ most radical experiments in constructivist learning, just as the Black Power movement promoted one of its most heightened efforts to challenge systemic oppression.

We hope to see you there!

José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez, Michael Maire Lange, and Kathi Neal
Bancroft Library Roundtable Coordinators


Faculty: take this survey and the Library will donate to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry

Doe Library

The UC Berkeley Library Faculty Survey
Oct. 1-31, 2018

To more effectively serve you, the UC Berkeley Library is partnering with national research organization Ithaka S+R to conduct a survey of all faculty. The results will help the Library set priorities and design services to best align with your needs.

Each respondent has a chance of winning one of five $100 prepaid Visa cards, and the Library will donate $2 to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry for every completed survey.

How to take the survey: Faculty received an email on Oct. 1

Details: ucberk.li/survey-FAQ


Trial: Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War (British government documents)

Secret files from World Wars to Cold War

Now trialling: Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War
Ends: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Provides 144,000 pages of British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files sourced from The National Archives U.K. Content which is only available elsewhere by visiting the National Archives in London.

Contains nine file series which span four major Twentieth-Century conflicts – the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, the early years of the Cold War and the Korean War. Includes multiple search and filter options and a series of essays written by the resource Editorial Board of academic experts that contextualize the material and highlights key themes.

Please note: The My Archive and the Document and Citation Download functions are not available on this trial edition of Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War. Documents can be viewed using the image viewer function.

Send your feedback to Jennifer Dorner – dorner@berkeley.edu


Trial: Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive

Rafu Shimpo
Rafu Shimpo is the longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States. The paper began in 1903 supporting the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California. By the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. The paper was forced to cease publication and its publisher was imprisoned by the government during World War II.

The Library’s trial of Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive ends November 3, 2018. Please send your comments about this resource to Toshie Marra – tmarra@berkeley.edu.


$1 Book Sale — Homecoming, October 13

$1 BOOK SALE
Homecoming at UC Berkeley
Saturday, October 13
9am – 3pm
303 Doe Library

The 4,500+ books on the shelves of 303 Doe will be offered for $1 each.  Most books are fresh – that is, they have not been offered for sale before.  You will find some surprisingly attractive books in the room.  I hope that many move from the Library’s shelves to yours.

The Doe Library building will open at 9am on the day of the sale.  The best place to wait, if you plan to arrive in advance, is at the main (North) entrance to Doe.  Right at 9am I’ll walk up to room 303 with those who have been waiting in line.  I’ll ask that everyone maintains his or her place in the line.

Scanners are permitted for those who require an electronic second opinion.  Hoarding books for subsequent leisurely review, however, is not.

Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you there,
Dirk Kennedy


Workshops for graduate students and early career researchers

The Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication Services is holding a series of workshops in October focused on publishing and professional development training for graduate students and early career researchers. All workshops will take place during the week of October 22 at the Graduate Professional Development Center, 309 Sproul Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

Copyright and Your Dissertation

Tuesday, October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall | RSVP

This workshop will provide you with a practical workflow for navigating copyright questions and legal considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to file, you can use this workflow to figure out what you can use, what rights you have, and what it means to share your dissertation online.

From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Publication Process

Wednesday, October 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall | RSVP

Hear from a panel of experts – an acquisitions editor, a first-time author, and an author rights expert – about the process of turning your dissertation into a book. You’ll come away from this panel discussion with practical advice about revising your dissertation, writing a book proposal, approaching editors, signing your first contract, and navigating the peer review and publication process.

Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact

Friday, October 26 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall | RSVP

This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.


Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Wednesday, September 26, 11:10am-12:30pm
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.