Sunday, August 30, 2015

Exhibit: "Nothing About Us, Without Us" The 25th Anniversary of the ADA

The University Library and Bancroft Library
Invite you to an Opening Reception

Thursday, September 17, from 5 to 7 pm
in the Morrison Room, Doe Library,
University of California, Berkeley


“Nothing About Us, Without Us
The 25th Anniversary of the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The exhibition draws on the history of the Disabled, the activism of the 1970s, and events which led to the passage of the ADA.


Arlene Mayerson, Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) and author of: Americans With Disabilities Act Annotated: Legislative History, Regulations & Commentary

Lennard J. Davis, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago and author of: Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights

The Exhibit will be displayed in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library September 17, 2015 - February 12, 2016

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Drop-in Library training sessions for bibliographic management software and more

Drop-in Library training sessions have been scheduled during fall term in three campus libraries. The training schedule includes some hour-long sessions on bibliographic management tools that are open to both undergraduates and graduate students. The half-hour sessions are geared towards grad students.

I will provide a workshop on Zotero, RefWorks, or both by request if a group of five or more can find a time that works for them and for me (see my calendar). Contact me if you have any questions.

News: Berkeley’s first 24/7 library space in the works

Wondering what is going on over at Moffitt Library? Read this story for an update on the construction and a picture of what the renovated floors will offer to campus when they reopen.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Primary Sources: Slavery and the Law

Slavery and the Law  is an archival database of petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks that were submitted to state legislatures and county courthouses between 1775 and 1867. These petitions were collected by Loren Schweninger over a four year period from hundreds of courthouses and historical societies in 10 states and the District of Columbia. They document the realities of slavery at the most immediate local level and with amazing candor. Slavery and the Law also includes the important State Slavery Statutes collection, a comprehensive record of the laws governing American slavery from 1789-1865.

Included in this resource:

Judicial Cases Concerning American Slavery and the Negro by Helen Tunnicliff Catterall

Law of Freedom and Bondage in the United States by John Codman Hurd

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series I: Petitions to Southern Legislatures, 1777-1867

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, Part A: Georgia (1796-1867), Florida (1821-1867), Alabama (1821-1867), Mississippi (1822-1867)

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, Part B: Maryland (1775-1866), Delaware (1779-1857), District of Columbia (1803-1865)

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, Part C: Virginia (1775-1867) and Kentucky (1790-1864)

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, Part D: North Carolina (1775-1867) and South Carolina (1784-1867)

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, Part E: Arkansas (1824-1867), Missouri (1806-1860), Tennessee (1791-1867), and Texas (1832-1867) 

Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, Part F: Louisiana (1795-1863)

State Slavery Statutes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Resource guide for data services and resources at UC Berkeley

Our Data and Digital Scholarship Expertise Group is a cross-disciplinary professional learning community within The Library. This group provides guidance, informs policies, organizes instructional events and resources, serves as a locus for campus partnerships, and its members develop expertise to serve as resource within their division or unit. The expertise group has developed a guide to data services and resources within the Library and across campus.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Primary Sources: Scientific American Archive (1845-2005) and Scientific American Supplement & Builders Archive Collection

UC Berkeley now has access to both the Scientific American Archive (1845-2005) and Scientific American Supplement & Builders Archive Collection, which were licensed by the California Digital Library. CDL shared this information about the resource:

"Scientific American is the “oldest continually published magazine in the U.S.” Thus, its archive is an amazing resource, providing a wealth of historic information in all areas of science and technology. The coverage, going back to the first four-page issue published in 1845, and the quality of the documents–both text and images–is excellent. The archive is divided into four segments, 2005-1993, 1992-1948, 1947-1910, and 1909-1845, and includes some 133,000 articles. Good-quality PDFs are available for the entire archive; users can even browse an entire issue as a PDF file. There are options for both basic and advanced searching via’s interface. Since the coverage goes back more than 160 years, the archive contains interesting articles by or about many noted scientists. For example, a 1955 issue of Scientific American features an interview with Albert Einstein, and there are articles by and about Linus Pauling, Francis Crick, and James Watson, to name a few.

"Additionally, the Supplement & Builders Archive Collection has also been licensed. The recently digitized Scientific American Supplement & Builders Archive Collection provides access to more than 2,500 issues from the Supplement and Builders publications. Together, these five collections provide unique insight into historic breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine and architecture."