Workshop: Text Data Mining and Publishing

Text Data Mining and Publishing
Tuesday, March 16th, 11:10am-12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Rachael Samberg and Stacy Reardon

If you are working on a computational text analysis project and have wondered how to legally acquire, use, and publish text and data, this workshop is for you! We will teach you 5 legal literacies (copyright, contracts, privacy, ethics, and special use cases) that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about compiling, using, and sharing your corpus. By the end of this workshop, and with a useful checklist in hand, you will be able to confidently design lawful text analysis projects or be well positioned to help others design such projects. Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Spring 2021:

  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

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


Workshop: Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online

Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
Tuesday, March 2, 3:10pm-4:30pm
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 – Spring 2021:

  • Text Data Mining and Publishing
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • HTML/CSS Toolkit 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, February 9th, 2:10pm-3:30pm
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, 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 – Spring 2021:

  • Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
  • Text Data Mining and Publishing
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

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


Celebrating Black History Month with Black Literature

February marks the start of Black History Month, a perfect time to celebrate the cultural and artistic impact of African American writers in literature. We at the Library have compiled a brief list of novels and poetry by both acclaimed and budding Black authors for your exploration!

Browse more in our Black Lives Matter ebook and audiobook collection, or suggest a book for the Library to acquire.



Ring in the New Year with Books

A new year always brings new opportunities, goals, and ways to enrich one’s life. We think there’s no better way to ring in the new year than with loads of books. Whether your resolution is to read more or expand your literary horizons, check out some of our ebooks and audiobooks to start 2021 off right!



Literary Research: How to Research from Home (and Be Awesome)

Literary Research Workshop

Literary Research: How to Research from Home (and Be Awesome)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Stacy Reardon

We love books! But how do you research authors, novels, literary periods, and more when you can’t come to the Library in person? Attend this online workshop with Stacy Reardon, the Librarian for literature, to learn how to research literary studies from home. Together, we’ll cover important online databases for the study of literature, ebooks you can read from home, citation management tools, and helpful research strategies. 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.


Read Ebooks and Audiobooks with OverDrive’s Libby App

libby app

The free Libby app allows you to access UC Berkeley’s ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive on your mobile device. It’s easy to get started. Here’s how.

Step 1: Download the app

  1. Go to your mobile device’s app store.
  2. Install the Libby app for free.

Step 2: Add UC Berkeley to your list of libraries

  1. The app will ask you if you have a library card.
  2. Click “Not Yet.”
  3. You will be prompted to search for a library branch.
  4. Type in “University of California Berkeley,” and select “Univesity of California Berkeley.” You will be taken to the Library’s OverDrive collection.

Step 3: Log in with CalNet ID

  1. Add a library card by selecting “Enter Library Account Details.” You will be taken to the CalNet authentication page.
  2. Sign in.

Step 4: Borrow Books!

  1. To check out a book, select the book and click “Borrow.” (If a book is already checked out, you can click “Place a Hold.”)
  2. The app will then show you a virtual library card and you will be able to see how many books you have checked out and how many holds you have. You’re all set!

Learn more about OverDrive at UC Berkeley.



Read at Home: New in OverDrive for December

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:



A Native American Heritage Month Reading List

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to cherish the Native American culture that has so heavily influenced the contemporary American way of life. Native American literature in particular is rich with the voices and perspectives of Native Americans and their traditions, struggles, and triumphs woven into poetry, works of fiction, and memoirs. Visit the Native American Heritage Month website for more information and live events.

Having difficulty figuring out where to start? You’ve come to the right place! If you choose to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with literature at home, the Library’s online selections are a great place to begin your exploration of Native American works.

If you enjoy fiction the most, try beginning with these popular novels:

If you’re interested in personal chronicles, look no further:

Maybe historical accounts or non-fiction works are more your cup of tea:

Let us know on social media what literature you’re reading for Native American History Month!



Trial: Stratford Festival Shakespeare Collection

Stratford Festival Shakespeare Collection: Streaming Performances

The Library has a trial to Stratford Festival Shakespeare, a new video subcollection that would supplement our existing subscription to Drama Online. The trial will run until December 3rd. If the subcollection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

This collection includes 10 feature-length films from the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the Stratford Festival is the largest classical repertory theatre company in North America.

Available performances:

  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Hamlet
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Macbeth
  • The Adventures of Pericles
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Timon of Athens

Coming in Spring 2021:

  • Coriolanus
  • The Tempest

Coming in Spring 2022:

  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Othello

Study Guides for each film are also available for free and can be found on a dedicated learning resources page for the collection.

About Drama Online

The UC Berkeley community already has access to great material through Drama Online.  Drama Online (Bloomsbury) is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The platform has a web-based e-reader with page and line numbers that correspond to the print edition, download options, full text search, visualization tools including a Words and Speeches Graph and a Character Grid for each play, the ability to view lines for one specific character, genre, period, title, or playwright browsing, and annotation tools.

You can find:

  • 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
  • Productions from Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen
  • The National Theatre (London) Collection
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company streaming video
  • The Classic Oscar Wilde Collection
  • L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
  • Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
  • BBC Drama Films
  • Critical Studies & Performance Practice
  • Aurora Metro Books
  • Playwrights Canada Press