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.


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.


Reframing Aging photo exhibit challenges views on growing old

Reframing Aging, an exhibit about changing attitudes toward growing old, is on display in Doe Library. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
“Reframing Aging” will be on view through March 2. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

“We’re old! What’s wrong with that?” asked photographer Nancy Rubin in a recent California magazine article. A new exhibit — featuring Rubin’s photos, with interviews by writer Cynthia Overbeck Bix — evokes this question, and others, while challenging existing views on aging. For the exhibit, Rubin, a former teacher at Berkeley High, photographed a dozen subjects, many of whom have embraced a new pursuit in their retirement. Their stories — and photos — will be on view in the exhibit, called Reframing Aging, in Doe Library through March 2.


Announcing the reconfiguration of two important libraries

The Valley Life Sciences Building is part of the classical core of the campus. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
The Valley Life Sciences Building is part of the classical core of the campus. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

After consultation with students, faculty, and staff from across campus, the University Library confirms the decision to merge the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library and the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library at UC Berkeley. The reconfiguration of these two important libraries in the Life & Health Sciences Division of the University Library will better address current campus and research needs.

The Library staff and the collection from the Public Health Library will be relocated to the Valley Life Sciences Building and integrated with the vision and operations of the campus library there. The Library will continue to memorialize Sheldon Margen’s contributions to the school, the university, and the field.

To reach this decision, the Library received feedback from individuals from a number of departments and key campus stakeholders after a call for comment was issued in September.

Read the complete announcement for details on services and the timeline ahead.