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. 

Featured Resource: Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895 and Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present

Two online encyclopedias of African American history are included in the online resource, The Oxford African American Studies Center.

The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass focuses "on the making of African American society from the arrival of the black explorer Esteban, who came with the Spanish in 1527, to the death of Frederick Douglass in 1895.... Entries examine topics that include the laws creating slavery in the seventeenth century, important slave revolts and the slave trade (African and domestic), the antislavery movement, fugitive slave controversies, and the Civil War and Reconstruction."

The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century focuses "on the making of African American society from the 1896 "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson up to the contemporary period... [It] traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Brown ruling that overturned Plessy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape."

The Oxford African American Studies Center also includes access to thousands of primary source documents, maps, images, and biographical entries, and subject entries from multiple reference resources, including the two listed here. Searching and browsing can be done across the entire site or within the content categories.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Trial: Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginning to the Present

Until June 6, The Library has access to a trial of Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginning to the Present.

 Tabs lead the user to a brief overview of an author, a list of writings, a brief life (with bibliography of sources), an overview of life/writing (each with bibliographies), a lengthy timeline of events in the author's life, and links to mentions of the author in other parts of Orlando. The timelines are quite helpful as is the ability to search by occupation, place and genre. Most interesting, perhaps, is the tag search, which allows the user to combine many different aspects of authors's lives to create a dataset. I recommend you look at the PDF guide, which provides simple instructions for accessing the many features of the database.

A review of Orlando in Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature provides some background on the project and suggestions on how to best exploit its features. Excepts from additional reviews can be found on the Orlando site.

Please send your comments to Michaelyn Burnette.

(Miranda Hickman. "Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (review)." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 27.1 (2008): 181-186. Project MUSE. Web. 13 May. 2014.)