Workshop: Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online

Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
Wednesday, September 29, 11:10am-12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Susan Powell and Erica Newcome

Want to make a web map, but not sure where to start? This short workshop will introduce key mapping terms and concepts and give an overview of popular platforms used to create web maps. We’ll explore one of these platforms (ArcGIS Online) in more detail. You’ll get some hands-on practice adding data, changing the basemap, and creating interactive map visualizations. At the end of the workshop you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to create your own simple web maps. Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Fall 2021:

  • Web Platforms for Digital Projects
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

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


Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Tuesday, September 14th, 11:10am-2:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Tim Vollmer and Stacy Reardon

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, 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 here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Fall 2021:

  • Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
  • Web Platforms for Digital Projects
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

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


Literary Research: How to Do Research in Literature (and Be Awesome)

How to Do Research in Literature (and Be Awesome)
Monday, September 20, 2021
1:10pm – 2:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link

We love books! But how do you research authors, novels, literary periods, and more? Attend this online workshop with Stacy Reardon, the Librarian for literature, to learn how to research in literary studies whether on campus or at home. We’ll focus especially on getting the most out of the Library’s new search tool, UC Library Search. You’ll leave the workshop knowing the fundamentals of literary research to help you craft informed class assignments or just indulge your inner lit nerd!

This workshop is designed especially for UC Berkeley undergraduate literature students of all levels.

Register here.


Picks for Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, a celebration of the strength and diversity of people with disabilities. Check out these picks of memoirs, fiction, and essays written by disabled writers .

Interested in memoirs? Don’t miss these:

Check out these novels featuring main characters with disabilities:

If you’re interested in essays and nonfiction works, try these:



Read at Home: New in OverDrive for July

OverDrive is a UC Berkeley Library service for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks. You can access books online, download them to a device, or read them on an ereader such as Kindle. OverDrive is available to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. How it works: Simply log in with your CalNet ID, and you can start borrowing!

You can also download the Libby by OverDrive app to access OverDrive from your mobile device. For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Check out some of July’s new arrivals here:



Pride 2021: Our Picks for LGBTQ+ Literature

June is Pride month, a time for celebrating the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. Browse through the Library’s collection on OverDrive of LGBTQ+ literature as one of many ways to celebrate the inspiring journeys of the queer community.

Try these new and classic novels:

These memoirs and works of non-fiction are inspiring and insightful:

If you’re interested in LGBTQ+ poetry, drama, and essays, don’t miss these:



Our Favorite OverDrive Audiobooks

Summer is here, and there’s no better time than now to dive into a good book. Ranging from novels to memoirs and narrated by celebrities and budding voice actors alike, listening your way through OverDrive’s audiobook collection is sure to be a great way to spend your summer!

These new novels are a perfect way to kick off your audiobook journey.

These audiobooks read by familiar voices may inspire you:

Dive into these memoirs read by the authors themselves.

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.



Read All About It: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Join us in celebrating through works of literature the diverse histories and cultures of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Americans who have shaped the history of the United States.

Browse more highlights in OverDrive.



ProQuest TDM Studio

ProQuest TDM Studio
Find source materials for TDM research

One of the most thorny aspects of embarking on a text data mining project is collecting the materials for your corpus. If you are interested in text mining newspapers, scholarly journals, dissertations, or primary sources, ProQuests’s TDM Studio may help you address this challenge.

TDM Studio provides a virtual environment in which you can run text data mining analyses on large datasets curated from library-subscribed ProQuest content. TDM Studio is a new research tool offered by the Library. 

Content available in TDM Studio includes selected current and historical newspapers, dissertations and theses, scholarly articles, and primary source material that the Library has subscribed to through ProQuest. Some coding experience (e.g., Python) and familiarity with Jupyter notebooks would be necessary to run your analyses. You must first request an account before being given access to the environment.

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Read at Home: New in OverDrive

OverDrive is a UC Berkeley Library service for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks. You can access books online, download them to a device, or read them on an ereader such as Kindle. OverDrive is available to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. How it works: Simply log in with your CalNet ID, and you can start borrowing!

You can also download the Libby by OverDrive app to access OverDrive from your mobile device. For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Check out some of our new arrivals here: