HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp 2018

HathiTrust Research CenterThe UC Berkeley Libraries are excited to host the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) UnCamp, on January 25-26, 2018.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 aims to bring together researchers, developers, instructors, librarians, and other information professionals to showcase innovative research, participate in hands-on coding and demonstration sessions, and build community around themes of digital libraries, metadata, copyright, digital humanities,  computational text analysis, and digital pedagogy. The UnCamp will discuss topics relevant to understanding and utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library, including:

  • Demystifying HathiTrust metadata
  • Fair use, copyright, and non-consumptive research
  • HathiTrust development, news, and updates
  • Digital pedagogy and text analysis curricula
  • Scholarly tools and methods for text analysis
  • Corpus creation

Register now for UnCamp

  • Early registration price of $100 through November 29, 2017.
  • Standard price of $150 begins on November 30, 2017.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 Keynote Speakers

HTRC is excited to welcome keynote speakers Elizabeth Lorang, David Mimno and Leen-Kiat Soh!

Dr. Lorang and Dr. Soh will be presenting about their Image Analysis for Archival Discovery (Aida) project, supported by National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Dr. Mimno will be discussing his text analysis work utilizing HathiTrust and HTRC data.

Call for Proposals: Priority Deadline of October 15

HTRC continues to accept proposals for panel presentations, lightning talks, and posters (more information on the CFP). These may address any aspect of digital text collections, computational text analysis, copyright and open access, digital pedagogy, and related topics, especially as these relate to the HTRC.

Proposals should be submitted through EasyChair:

  1. Please create an account at EasyChair if you do not have one already and then
  2. Submit your HTRC UnCamp proposal here

UnCamp Pre-conferences

The morning of January 25 will feature several pre-conference activities, free for HTRC UnCamp registrants, including:

  • HTRC Crash Course: What Is It and What Can I Do with It?
  • Mastering Metadata
  • Text Analysis FUN!damentals: Methods, Approaches, Tools and Techniques
  • Working with Restricted Collections: Technologies and User and Library Needs

About the HathiTrust Research Center and the HTRC UnCamp

The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 is being organized with partners at Indiana University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, HathiTrust Digital Library, and the California Digital Library. The UnCamp will be hosted by the UC Berkeley Libraries in partnership with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), the D-Lab, and the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS).

Data Science Society Workshops in Moffitt

Data Science Society at Berkeley will be hosting a series of workshops on Wednesdays this semester in Moffitt 150D (first floor of Moffitt Library). Whether you have some experience in programming or are looking to get started for the first time, these workshops will help you get started in honing your data analysis skills. We will be covering a range of fundamentals and several tools used in data science.

These workshops are open to all Cal students! Whether you are planning or pursuing data science or not, feel free to come and learn. Make sure to bring a laptop with you!


  • Wednesday, Oct 4 – Python for Data Science II
  • Wednesday, Oct 11 – Excel for Data Science
  • Wednesday, Oct 18 – R for Data Science
  • Wednesday, Oct 25 – SQL for Data Science
  • Wednesday, Nov 1 – Data Science Interview Prep
  • Wednesday, Nov 15 – Data Viz + Communication w/Tableau
  • Wednesday, Nov 29 – D2.js
  • Wednesday, Dec 3 – Hadoop

Time and Location

  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Moffitt 150D

About the Data Science Society
Founded in early 2016, Data Science Society at Berkeley is UC Berkeley’s first and only undergraduate student organization focused on Data Science. Established on the pillars of education, professional development, and community, Data Science Society at Berkeley has a long-standing record of helping students build their Data Science skills through learning opportunities and cultivating an academic environment by connecting students with industry leaders and researchers.

Cal ID is required for access into Moffitt Library.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact: leo.li.3024@berkeley.edu

Drones, Arduinos, & 3D Printing: Moffitt Makerspace Workshops

Moffitt Library Makerspace student groups are hosting three upcoming workshops on drones, arduinos and 3D printing. Choose the workshop titles below for full information. [Note that a Cal ID is required to access Moffitt Library.]

3D Printing Basics
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 1-2 p.m.
Moffitt Library, Makerspace – 1st floor

If you want to learn how to 3D print, come join us for our first official training session for the Fall 2017 semester! No prior experience is needed!! You also need to RSVP, which is totally FREE! AND after you receive training, you’ll be able to 3D print anything you want for free as well! What a deal, right? So if you’re interested in being tech savvy, come join us and learn how to 3D print! Provided by the Moffitt Makerspace at UC Berkeley.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
Moffitt Library, Makerspace – 1st floor

Coding. Robotics. ARDUINO. Come join us and learn how to use Arduino! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All you need to have is a positive attitude and a passion to learn! In order to participate, you must RSVP (which is FREE). Additionally, in order to have time to cover all the information during the workshop, please download Arduino on your laptop before attending and bring your laptop to the workshop. Information on how to download Arduino will be in the section below. Provided by the Moffitt Makerspace at UC Berkeley.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV): Flight Safety Training
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2-3 p.m.
Moffitt Library, 150D – 1st floor

Get your Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight certification from experienced pilots in the organization at our flight safety training. All piloting members are required to complete this training in order to familiarize the group with FAA rules and regulations, hardware and software failsafes, pre-flight checks, as well UC Berkeley specific protocol. Provided by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at Berkeley (UAVs@Berkeley), a student organization dedicated to providing a central resource for all topics related to drones at UC Berkeley.

Python and R workshops in Moffitt

The Library is excited to host a series of upcoming D-Lab workshops on Python and R in Moffitt Library. Data librarian Josh Quan will lead two workshops on data visualization and data cleaning with R, while Chris Gagne and Rachel Jansen will lead the D-Lab’s introductory series on Python FUN!damentals. Please register from the links below.

R Graphics with ggplot2  (Mon, Oct 303-5pm in Moffitt 405)
This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of graphics in R, including base graphics and ggplot2.

Data Wrangling & Manipulation in R (Wed, Nov 13-5pm in Moffitt 405)
Participants will learn how to use these packages such asdplyr and tidyr to subset and reshape data sets, do calculations across groups of data, clean data, and other useful stuff.

Python FUN!damentals (Nov 6, 8, 13 & 15, 4-7pm in Moffitt 405)
This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to real-world social science applications.

Virtual Reality Happy Hour

Looking to decompress? Reality got you down?

Come to VR Happy Hour to explore Aperture Labswreck Ikeaend the zombie apocalypse, and much, much more. Sponsored by b.makerspace, whose team of VR specialists will ensure you have a fun time with their HTC VIVE.

  • Friday, September 29, 2017
  • 5-7pm
  • Moffitt Makerspace, on the 1st/bottom floor of Moffitt Library

Snacks and drinks will be provided, though we ask you to bring the sparkling conversation.

There are a limited number of spaces to play on VR so please arrive early. This event is open to anyone on the Cal campus with ID access to Moffitt Library.

Web Skills & Research Survival Workshops

Level up your web design, search, and research skills by dropping in to a Library workshop, panel discussion, or info session this Fall! (Snacks and soft-drinks will be provided.)

Google Search Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Learn how to power-search Google, Google Scholar, and other Google tools.

  • October 3 |  4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event

New Google Sites workshop: Organize, collaborate and share
Explore how you can organize, collaborate, and share all of your online content using the new Google Sites.

  • October 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event
  • October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event

Library Research Survival Guide: Tips from Undergraduate Library Prize Winners
Get advice about the navigating the Berkeley libraries from past winners of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

  • October 9 | 5-6 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event

Web Essentials Drop-In Hours: A Non-Coder’s Guide to the Web
Join student technology consultants and librarians to learn about web design, online publishing, software and support available at Berkeley to help you build websites, create multimedia presentations, and much more.

  • October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library  (drop in anytime) – View event

HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
With a little HTML and CSS under your belt, you’ll know how to edit “under the hood” so you can place an image exactly where you want it, customize the formatting of text, or troubleshoot copy & paste issues.

  • December 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab (Barrows 350) – Register here

For more upcoming Library digital scholarship events, check out:


Learn Citation Management Tools

Over the course of the past decade a number of free software tools and apps—including Mendeley, Zotero, and RefWorks—have cropped up to help you to create, format and manage your citations. The Library has arranged this series of Fall 2017 drop-in workshops to help you get started (or dig deeper) with the citation management software of your choice:

Writing and Citing Tools: What are your options?

Citation Management: Best Practices

  • September 7, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

  • September 7, 4-5pm, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

  • September 12, 4-5pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

EndNote: Basics to Advanced

  • September 13, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

Refworks: Citation Management with Google Docs

  • October 4, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

Introduction to Zotero 5.0

  • October 10, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405

Advanced Zotero 5.0

  • October 17, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405

For more help managing your citations check out these library guides:

Library of Congress releases 25 million metadata records

The Library of Congress recently released 25 million metadata records for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. These MARC records make up the foundation for library catalogs, such as OskiCat, which have enabled library users to find and access library books and other media for decades. As the LOC describes the collection:


The data covers a wide range of Library items including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, maps, music and visual materials.  The free data sets cover more than 45 years, ranging from 1968, during the early years of MARC, to 2014.  Each record provides standardized information about an item, including the title, author, publication date, subject headings, genre, related names, summary and other notes.

Reading Room at the Library of Congress
Library of Congress Reading Room, from https://www.loc.gov

The data is available in UTF-8, MARC8, and XML formats, and has been conveniently divided by media type including books, computer files, maps, music, and more.

Find out more: 


  • Stacy Reardon, Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian, sreardon [at] berkeley.edu
  • Cody Hennesy, E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian, chennesy [at] berkeley.edu

AIS Teaching Resource Fair

Faculty, Graduate Students, and Researchers!

Looking for ideas on how to refresh your teaching or improve your research? Wondering what campus resources are available and how to connect to them? Come to the first-ever AIS-palooza to find inspiration, learn new things, and get your questions answered.

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117, D Level)

This drop-in event will feature demonstrations and mini-sessions on a wide variety of topics, led by resource providers from all over campus, including librarians who will address:

  • Help your students improve their research skills
  • How to make your course materials affordable
  • How to promote your own research
  • Wikipedia as an educational tool

Other topics include:

  • Assessment in bCourses
  • Making Course Content Accessible for Students with Disabilities
  • Securing Your Research Data
  • Data Science Pedagogy
  • Resources for Creating a Website
  • Videoconferencing Tools: Options and Possibilities

And much more!

Come to a few sessions or stay for the whole event. Refreshments and finger foods will be provided.

Addressing fake news in the classroom

Newspaper spiral
Photo by Silke Remmery CC via Flickr

As an instructor, are you concerned that your students have a ‘dismaying’ inability to tell fake news from real? If so, you are invited to join a UC Berkeley faculty conversation on March 1st about how to help students navigate the rapidly changing online information landscape, and the proliferation of fake news and “alternative facts.” Faculty from Media Studies, College Writing, Integrative Biology, Political Economy and Journalism will lead this conversation on media literacy and the evaluation of sources for the classroom.

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

  • March 1, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Academic Innovation Studio (117 Dwinelle)
  • Panel: Beverly Crawford (Political Science/Economy), Leslea Hlusko (Integrative Biology), Mike Larkin (College Writing), Jean Retzinger (Media Studies), and Edward Wasserman (Journalism). Moderated by Cody Hennesy (Doe Library).

You may also be interested in sharing the new library guide to Fake News, which can help students understand and detect fake news. Subject librarians are also available to help design research assignments, to visit the classroom and discuss the evaluation of resources, and you can always request a library workshop for your class.