Getting Your Bearings Library Tours

Library Tours Aug. 28-Sept. 3 graphic

Join other students and get your bearings with a 3-in-one tour of the Doe Memorial Library, Moffitt Undergraduate Library, and the Main Stacks. See these central libraries and learn about the student services they provide.

When: Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2019 every day (with exceptions) from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
Where: Doe Library; tour starts at the north entrance


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Have you borrowed materials through Interlibrary Services? We want to hear about your experience.

Please take our three-minute survey. Our mission is to support your research, and your feedback will help us better meet your needs.

WHEN: The survey opens April 15
WHERE: Take the survey here


Deadline for Library Prize for Undergraduate Research coming up soon!

We are accepting submissions for the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research now until April 18 at 5 p.m. Undergraduate students of all levels and disciplines may apply. We especially welcome submissions from lower division students, whose projects are judged separately from those of the upper division. More details are available on the website.

Works in progress are eligible. Submissions are open to research projects from a UC Berkeley course in one of the following terms:

  • Lower division: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019
  • Upper division: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019


Update: Moffitt Library’s first floor reopened after flooding

Moffitt Librarys first floor has reopened after flooding forced it to close last week.

The library will be open for studying for RRR week and finals, although working electrical outlets will be in short supply.

The flooding, brought on by heavy rains, had forced an evacuation of Moffitts first floor last week and caused classes held on that floor to be relocated.

Stay tuned for updates.


Update: UC Berkeley Library adjusts hours for Thanksgiving week

The UC Berkeley Library is announcing adjusted hours for the week of Thanksgiving after continued air quality issues have led the university to cancel classes.

(Check the hours page for updates.)

The modified hours for Thanksgiving week are as follows:

Monday

Doe Library: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (shortened hours)

Most other libraries, including the ones below, are open with normal hours:

Moffitt Library: Open 24 hours
Main Stacks: Closing at 2 a.m.
The Bancroft Library
Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library
Optometry Library
Chemistry Library
Earth Sciences and Map Library
Music Library
Business Library
Environmental Design Library
Anthropology Library
Social Research Library
East Asian Library
Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF)

Others will be updated as final decisions are made.

Wednesday

Most libraries are open, but all are closing at 5 p.m. due to the holiday.

Thursday

Libraries closed for the holiday.

Friday

Libraries closed for the holiday.

Saturday

Libraries closed for the holiday.

Sunday

Most libraries open normal hours.


New Resource: ACS Reagent Chemicals

The ACS Committee on Analytical Reagents sets purity specifications for almost 500 reagent chemicals and over 500 standard-grade reference materials. ACS Reagent Chemicals provides general physical properties and analytical uses for all reagent chemicals as well as guidelines for standard analytical methods.

The new online version has integrated supplements and updates to provide the most up-to-date content and includes new benefits such as:

  • Mobile-friendly operation
  • Live links between reagents and methods
  • HTML or printable PDF formats
  • Fresh, user-friendly interface

You can search ACS Reagent Chemicals in OskiCat or access it through the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library Guide under Properties and Data. Contact the Chemical Information Librarian, Kortney Rupp with any issues or questions.

 


Cambridge Structural Database 2018 Available

The 2018 Cambridge Structural Database System (including ConQuest and Mercury) is available for downloading from the UC distribution site. The Cambridge Structural Database is crystal structure database, with over 900,000 entries for organic and organometallic compounds.

Downloading CSD:

  • You must be on the campus network or wifi or using VPN to access the files on that page.
  • Don’t forget the site and confirmation codes, which you can get by clicking Berkeley (UCB) link. You’ll need those codes during the CSDS installation.
  • CSDS is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux/Unix. It is recommended that you uninstall CSDS 2017 before you start this installation.
    • There’s an additional Windows application that can be downloaded separately. CrossMiner is a “novel tool that allows crystal structure databases such as the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Protein Data Bank (PDB) to be searched in terms of pharmacophore queries.”
  • You can also search the CSD structures through WebCSD, without installing any software.

CSDS Documentation:

Please contact Kortney Rupp if you have questions about CSD.


Indian ambassador to the U.S. visits UC Berkeley Library

ambassador in bancroft
Navtej Sarna, the Indian ambassador to the United States, second from right, looks at items in The Bancroft Library on Feb. 12, 2018. With him, from left, are Munis Faruqui, director of the Institute for South Asia Studies; Theresa Salazar, curator of the Bancroft Collection of Western Americana; and Adnan Malik, cataloger and curator for South Asia Collections. (Photos by Jami Smith for the University Library)

Navtej Sarna, the Indian ambassador to the United States, visited Bancroft, Doe and the South/Southeast Asia libraries on Monday.

The ambassador, who is a scholar of the Sikh religion, viewed parts of the South Asians in North America Collection, which is housed in Bancroft, and other Library holdings on Sikhism.

Sarna is also a fiction writer, and four of his works are held at the Library: Two are his own fiction works, one is a translation of his father’s short stories, and one is a short travelogue of Jerusalem.

two photos of the ambassador
At left: Sarna poses next to the Mark Twain statue outside Morrison Library on Feb. 12, 2018. At right: He looks at items about Sikh history in The Bancroft Library.
Looking in the stacks
Malik, left, and Sarna, second from left, look for books in Main Stacks. With them are Rohit Rathish, right, deputy consul general, San Francisco; and Pratik Mathur, first secretary to the ambassador.

When the Silicon Meets the Road sheds light on challenges of working with digital materials

At an event Aug. 30 at the Morrison Library, students will learn about the free art they can borrow from The Graphic Arts Loan Collection. (Photo by Alejandro Serrano for the University Library)
When the Silicon Meets the Road: A Digital Research Reality Check, which will be held at Morrison Library, will feature insights from from three digital researchers. (Photo by Alejandro Serrano for the University Library)

The LAUC-B Committee on Affiliated Libraries Affairs (CALA) is pleased to present a spring Assembly devoted to a timely topic, When the Silicon Meets the Road: A Digital Research Reality Check. This event will feature three diverse digital researchers — a law professor, a library web services manager, and an Ethnic Studies librarian — all presently working on digital research projects. The focus of their discussion will be the challenges they encounter working intensively with digital materials, and the solutions they employ to meet those challenges. These solutions require both technological and human resources. A special feature of the discussions will be the fruitful interactions among librarians, students, and faculty on these projects.

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:30-9:50 a.m.

Schedule: 8:30-8:45 a.m. Affiliated business and refreshments
8:45-9:50 a.m. Presentations, incl. Q&A

Location: Morrison Library

Presenters:

Sine Hwang Jensen is Asian American Studies Librarian and Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian at the Ethnic Studies Library (ESL) at UC Berkeley. Ms. Jensen recently won a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant to fund the digitization of a significant portion of the H.K. Yuen Social Movement Audio Archive, jointly held by ESL and the Bancroft Library. She will describe her work with the Archive, in particular her preparation of students and librarians to produce reliable metadata to describe and afford access to the newly digitized historical recordings.

Michael Lindsey is Director of Library Web Development at the law school at UC Berkeley. He assists Prof. Anne Joseph O’Connell with her ongoing analysis, further described below, of trends in presidential nominations. In this capacity, Mr. Lindsey develops code to glean relevant data from the Congress.gov U.S. Presidential Nominations database. There is no API for the database, nor does Congress.gov provide access to raw data. To keep the data current, he must monitor the database’s evolving public interface, and in some cases the data themselves, to effectively revise his scripts.

Prof. Anne Joseph O’Connell, the George Johnson Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, compiles and analyzes historical and current data reflecting presidential nominations and their confirmations by the Senate to cabinet, agency, and judicial posts. In addition to traditional legal scholarly journals, her work appears frequently in the Washington Post and, most recently, at Brookings. Despite the ready availability of the data she needs at Congress.gov, she and Mr. Lindsey must work continually to assure its normalization, due to the vagaries of its presentation over time.


Watch: What’s happening at the Earth Sciences and Map Library?

The Earth Sciences and Map Library — home to one of the largest map collections in California — held an open house at which a new study lounge was unveiled. The library will host a variety of spring pop-up events, too.

Feb. 2: Mapping the University
March 2: Hayward Fault Walking Tour with Horst Rademacher (registration and meeting spot TBA)
March 9: Mapping Indigenous California History with Julia Lewanoski

All events take place on Fridays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Earth Sciences and Map Library unless noted. You can visit at 50 McCone Hall on weekdays.