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.


For your consideration: Electronic Laboratory Notebooks

Paper notebook and tablet

As a previous research chemist, I spent a lot of time populating laboratory notebooks during my undergraduate and graduate research. I used to pride myself in keeping what I thought to be a notebook in which the experiments could all be reproduced at any time (naive, I know). When I joined a research group in graduate school, my advisor told me we were going to use Microsoft OneNote as our group notebook. At first, I was confused and hesitant about making the switch.  My natural my workflow and data organization had to dramatically change to adjust to the digital recordkeeping environment I now found myself in. I soon realized the transition would allow me to focus more on the science and less on the printing, pasting, and handwriting. As an atomic force microscopist, I found it quick and easy to import digital images, chemical structures and screenshots of methods directly from digital articles. Over time I developed new strategies for organization including color coding to tie together sample preparations with the corresponding AFM images. I also created file naming standards and table of content pages to allow my labmates and advisor to search my notebook easily. These strategies ultimately allowed me to conduct my work in a more efficient and easily reproducible way and I now cannot imagine a world in which I could conduct science using a paper notebook.

Adopting any new workflows into an already complicated, time-sensitive environment can seem overwhelming and possess a steep learning curve. Libraries and librarians at UC Berkeley are well positioned to help researchers improve their productivity, transparency, and reproducibility by adopting a digital recordkeeping system. To try and provide some insight into how to determine which ELN to use and a strategy to make the transition to ELNs, I have created a guide and am available to assist throughout the transition process.


Current Trial: Struggle For Freedom: Southern Africa

A trial of Struggle For Freedom: Southern Africa is available to the UC Berkeley community for one month beginning today, January 18th 2018. The URL to access the trial is http://www.aluka.org/struggles

The liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime was one of the major political developments of the 20th century, with far-reaching consequences for people throughout Africa and around the globe. Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa brings together materials from various archives and libraries throughout the world documenting colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region.

The resource consists of 76 different collections of more than 20,000 objects and 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, pamphlets, speeches, and interviews with those who participated in the struggles.

The materials in Struggles for Freedom: South Africa were selected with the guidance of national advisory committees consisting of leading scholars, archivists, and public intellectuals in six African countries along with scholars from outside the region.

Please contact Adam Clemons at aclemons@berkeley.edu with your feedback about this resource.


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.

 

 


Movies @ Moffitt: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Movies @ Moffitt

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required)

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher in Detroit. Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. [This documentary presents] Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.

Check out the website and view the trailer.


Conference Reflections: A Chemistry Librarian Discovers the Digital Humanities

Header image for LAUC-B 2017 conference

Every year librarians from across the UC System come together to learn about emerging trends in library and information science at the LAUC-B conference. The 2017 theme was, “Focus on the visual: Digital Humanities and Libraries.” As the Chemical Information Librarian at UC Berkeley some people might wonder, what do I have in common with the digital humanities?  I am an experienced chemist, but am a  new librarian at UCB and have a lot to learn about the amazing work being done by my colleagues. The UC system supports many departments at the top of their field, so as you can imagine, the librarians  for those departments and the entire system are often passionate and talented individuals.

Barack Obama Bust
3D Printed bust of President Barack Obama.

As a subject liaison, I feel strongly that interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are leading to some incredible outcomes, spanning across the humanities and sciences. My favorite talk of the day came from the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library (CDL), Günter Waibel, who delivered the opening keynote and outlined his work doing the first ever 3D printed bust of a sitting President, which had a great societal response.  As librarians we always hope our work will touch people in powerful ways, it’s still unclear to me what my contribution to the field will be. As long as I can attend events like the LAUC-B conference, I am sure to find a great idea.


HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp 2018

HathiTrust Research CenterThe UC Berkeley Libraries are excited to host the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) UnCamp, on January 25-26, 2018.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 aims to bring together researchers, developers, instructors, librarians, and other information professionals to showcase innovative research, participate in hands-on coding and demonstration sessions, and build community around themes of digital libraries, metadata, copyright, digital humanities,  computational text analysis, and digital pedagogy. The UnCamp will discuss topics relevant to understanding and utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library, including:

  • Demystifying HathiTrust metadata
  • Fair use, copyright, and non-consumptive research
  • HathiTrust development, news, and updates
  • Digital pedagogy and text analysis curricula
  • Scholarly tools and methods for text analysis
  • Corpus creation

Register now for UnCamp

  • Early registration price of $100 through November 29, 2017.
  • Standard price of $150 begins on November 30, 2017.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 Keynote Speakers

HTRC is excited to welcome keynote speakers Elizabeth Lorang, David Mimno and Leen-Kiat Soh!

Dr. Lorang and Dr. Soh will be presenting about their Image Analysis for Archival Discovery (Aida) project, supported by National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Dr. Mimno will be discussing his text analysis work utilizing HathiTrust and HTRC data.

Call for Proposals: Priority Deadline of October 15

HTRC continues to accept proposals for panel presentations, lightning talks, and posters (more information on the CFP). These may address any aspect of digital text collections, computational text analysis, copyright and open access, digital pedagogy, and related topics, especially as these relate to the HTRC.

Proposals should be submitted through EasyChair:

  1. Please create an account at EasyChair if you do not have one already and then
  2. Submit your HTRC UnCamp proposal here

UnCamp Pre-conferences

The morning of January 25 will feature several pre-conference activities, free for HTRC UnCamp registrants, including:

  • HTRC Crash Course: What Is It and What Can I Do with It?
  • Mastering Metadata
  • Text Analysis FUN!damentals: Methods, Approaches, Tools and Techniques
  • Working with Restricted Collections: Technologies and User and Library Needs

About the HathiTrust Research Center and the HTRC UnCamp

The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 is being organized with partners at Indiana University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, HathiTrust Digital Library, and the California Digital Library. The UnCamp will be hosted by the UC Berkeley Libraries in partnership with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), the D-Lab, and the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS).


Data Science Society Workshops in Moffitt

Data Science Society at Berkeley will be hosting a series of workshops on Wednesdays this semester in Moffitt 150D (first floor of Moffitt Library). Whether you have some experience in programming or are looking to get started for the first time, these workshops will help you get started in honing your data analysis skills. We will be covering a range of fundamentals and several tools used in data science.

These workshops are open to all Cal students! Whether you are planning or pursuing data science or not, feel free to come and learn. Make sure to bring a laptop with you!

Schedule

  • Wednesday, Oct 4 – Python for Data Science II
  • Wednesday, Oct 11 – Excel for Data Science
  • Wednesday, Oct 18 – R for Data Science
  • Wednesday, Oct 25 – SQL for Data Science
  • Wednesday, Nov 1 – Data Science Interview Prep
  • Wednesday, Nov 15 – Data Viz + Communication w/Tableau
  • Wednesday, Nov 29 – D2.js
  • Wednesday, Dec 3 – Hadoop

Time and Location

  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Moffitt 150D

About the Data Science Society
Founded in early 2016, Data Science Society at Berkeley is UC Berkeley’s first and only undergraduate student organization focused on Data Science. Established on the pillars of education, professional development, and community, Data Science Society at Berkeley has a long-standing record of helping students build their Data Science skills through learning opportunities and cultivating an academic environment by connecting students with industry leaders and researchers.

Cal ID is required for access into Moffitt Library.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact: leo.li.3024@berkeley.edu