Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trial: All of ProQuest

For the next 45 days we have access to all of the content available from ProQuest that we do not currently own or subscribe to. The URL for the trial is (be patient, it takes a while for the page to load.) You'll notice some resources appear under more than one category.

These resources include Historical Newspapers, British Periodicals, History Vault collections like Slavery and the Law and Politics and Society 1960-1975, and many, many others. If any of these resources support the research that you or your students are doing, it is important that you let me know. Please email me with your feedback.

New Tool: BrowZine - Read scholarly journals on your mobile device

The Library has a new tool available for your use that allows you to view on (most) mobile devices complete issues of scholarly journals that the Library subscribes to. You can choose up to 64 titles for your personal BrowZine library and view entire issues of a publication as you would the print version.  Issues are automatically added when available in our electronic collections and articles can be saved (for reading offline) to your portable device or synced to other services such as Dropbox,, Mendeley, Zotero and RefWorks.

BrowZine currently has interfaces for iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet (Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab) and the Kindle Tablet (Fire HD).  To download a free copy of the application click on the Apple Store, Google Play or Amazon link on your portable device and search for BrowZine.

If you are on campus, once you install the application you can easily access our paid content.  To access it from off campus, you also need to install a VPN client on your device. It may seem complicated, but today during a presentation on the tool I downloaded the VPN client and the BrowZine app on my iPhone, registered my account, and added three journals to my bookshelf within ten minutes.  More information and instructions for installing are available. You are always welcome to contact me for assistance.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Loan Periods for Faculty

Beginning June 2014, books checked out to faculty are now loaned for six months.

As long as the item isn't requested by another patron, faculty may renew items. Renewals can be done online by using "My OskiCat" before the book is due. Faculty can renew the book several times for a total loan period of four years.

The Library has changed these loan periods with a goal of creating more consistent practices that bridge all our campus libraries. The six month loan period for faculty is a compromise between the former practices of one month loans in the science libraries, and twelve month loans in the social science and humanities libraries.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Event: Know Your Library Workshops

If you are looking for a basic introduction to the Library, help with navigating our online resources, and information about our services, you are welcome to drop in on one of the Know Your Library workshops being offered in early July.

The dates and times are:
July 1 1:00-2:00
July 2 1:00-2:00
July 10 1:00-2:00

All workshops will take place in 350C Moffitt. A UC ID or UCB library card must be presented to enter the Moffitt Undergraduate Library.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Primary Source: Digitized Iraq Newspapers

The Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) at the Center for Research Libraries has digitized two newspapers related to Iraq, from original holdings at UCLA Libraries, that are now available to researchers.

 Habzbuz is an illustrated, satirical Arabic-language newspaper published in Baghdad after the 2003 invasion. MEMP has digitized issues from 2003. The newspaper contains a wealth of political cartoons on events and public figures during the U.S. occupation.

 Al-Iraq is an Arabic-language newspaper of the Iraqi diaspora community, published in Glendale, California. The issues included in this digitization project are from April 2011 to October 2013.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Laptop and iPad lending to students

The Library is pleased to debut a new resource for students  -- laptops and tablets that can be checked out for use anywhere on campus.  MacBook Air laptops and Ipads Air are available at Moffitt Circulation. UC Berkeley students with a valid Cal ID or yellow library card may borrow a device for four hours (with one renewal). View the borrowing policy.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Library Service: Online Paging

Is that book you want located in a library across campus? Starting June 2 you can request to have it paged and held for you at a more convenient library location.

You can expect delivery within 3 business days and you will be notified when the item is ready for pick up. Please let us know if you experience any problems with the service, as we would like to resolve any issues before the start of fall term. As always, your feedback is welcome.