Read the National Book Award Longlisted Works

The semester may be in full swing already, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get in some reading! The National Book Award’s longlist has just been announced, featuring poignant and sophisticated works of literary fiction. Check out the Library’s collection of the works that are up for the win.



Workshop: Web Platforms for Digital Projects

Web Platforms for Digital Projects
Tuesday, October 13th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Stacy Reardon and Kiyoko Shiosaki

How do you go about publishing a digital book, a multimedia project, a digital exhibit, or another kind of digital project? In this workshop, we’ll take a look at use cases for common open-source web platforms WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, and Scalar, and we’ll talk about hosting, storage, and asset management. There will be time for hands-on work in the platform most suited to your needs. No coding experience is necessary. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2020:

  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

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


Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate and cherish Latinx culture, history, and, of course, literature! Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to spotlight the triumphs and recognize the countless Latinx Americans who have helped shape American society. Visit the Hispanic Heritage Month’s website for more information.

To begin your search, we recommend taking a look at our extensive Latino Literature digital collection, which features over 450 plays written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Mexican America, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latinx authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 works that have never been published before.

Check out these selections from our Latinx Reads curation on OverDrive:



Read at Home: September 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 September’s new arrivals here:



Workshop: The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
Tuesday, September 22nd, 11:00am-12:00pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Scott Peterson and Erin Foster

You’ve invested a lot of work in creating a digital project, but how do you ensure it has staying power? We’ll look at choices you can make at the beginning of project development to influence sustainability, best practices for documentation and asset management, and how to sunset your project in a way that ensures long-term access for future researchers. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2020:

  • Web Platforms for Digital Projects
  • 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 15th, 10:00am-11:30am
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 2020:

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

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


Trial: Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture (1790–1920) Digital Archive

The Library has begun a trial to Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture (1790–1920) digital archive (Gale). The collection contains over 2 million pages of trial transcripts, police and forensic reports, detective novels, newspaper accounts, and true crime literature from the 19th century. The archive is composed of 22 collections from source libraries including the British Library, National Archives (US), American Antiquarian Society, Library of Congress, and Harvard University Law Library. The content is mostly in English, with some content in French, German, Danish, Finnish, and Hawaiian.

This collection contains materials that could be used to research the causes and effects of the rise in crime during the Industrial Revolution, the development of metropolitan police departments, and the public’s fascination with sensational accounts of crime in newspapers and fiction. It covers changing attitudes about punishment and reform that led to such practices as solitary confinement, prison work programs, and penal transportation, as well as “scientific” theories such as phrenology, which posited that character could be determined by physiognomy.

The interface allows you to view scans of the original items alongside plain-text transcripts, and the full text is searchable. All items have been OCRed (including hand-written items).

The trial will end on 09/20/2020. Please send any feedback to Stacy Reardon: sreardon at berkeley.


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

Literary Research Workshop

Literary Research: How to Research from Home (and Be Awesome)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
2:10pm – 3:30pm

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 databses 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.

Register here to receive the Zoom link.


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 the new arrivals here:



Read at Home: August 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 August’s new arrivals here: