Friday, September 19, 2014

Trial: Loeb Classics Library (online)

The Library has arranged for a sixty-day trial of the online Loeb Classics Library.

Key features include:
  • Single- and dual-language reading modes
  • Sophisticated Bookmarking and Annotation features
  • Tools for sharing Bookmarks and Annotations
  • Greek keyboard
  • User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity
  • Intuitive Search and Browse
  • Inclusion of every Loeb volume in print
  • Regular uploading of new and revised volumes
As always, your feedback is welcome.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Event: Bancroft Round Table: Adolph Sutro as German-American Pioneer: Lifework and Impacts

Please join us for the first Bancroft Library Round Table of the Fall semester!

It will take place, as usual, in the Lewis Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18. Dr. Hermann-Victor Johnen, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Institute of European Studies, will present on Adolph Sutro as German-American Pioneer: Lifework and Impacts.


Adolph Sutro was born in 1830 in Aachen, Germany and came to California during the Gold Rush. Later, in the Comstock Lode of Nevada, he constructed the Sutro Tunnel, which became the first mining tunnel in the United States. Sutro founded the Nevada town of Sutro and built the collections of the Sutro Library, one of the finest private libraries in the U.S. In San Francisco, he established the Sutro Baths, founded Sutro Forest, and in 1895 became mayor of San Francisco. Dr. Johnen will share the results of his ongoing interdisciplinary exploration of Adolph Sutro's legacy up to the present day.

Hope to see you there. Lara Michels and Baiba Strads
Bancroft Library Staff

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exhibit: Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex [Mis]Information in the USA

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex [Mis]Information in the USA
An Exhibition
September 8, 2014 through February 28, 2015

Bernice Layne Brown Gallery
Doe Library

From junior high school hygiene films, websites, public health campaigns, scientific studies, children’s books, bodice-ripper novels and (sometimes) parents, Americans have always found ways to learn about sex. That information has at times been incorrect or incomplete, and has rarely been delivered without a larger political or moral agenda. While attitudes towards sex education swing from the blissfulness of ignorance to the empowerment of liberation -- and back again -- every generation finds new ways to answer the old questions. The message and the media have changed over the decades but our desire to learn about desire has not.

This exhibition explores the many ways Americans have employed over the last century to teach and learn about sex. It draws from the resources of campus libraries, from our academic programs and from social services provided for the Berkeley campus community.

Opening Reception and Talk
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Morrison Library, Doe Library

Featured speakers
- Professor Thomas Laqueur (History)
- Robin Mills (Sexual Health Education Program, University Health Services)
- Professor Malcolm Potts (Public Health)

Exhibit curators: William Benemann, Susan Edwards, Julie Lefevre, Robin Mills, Jesse Silva, Margaret Phillips, Michael Sholinbeck. With assistance from Aisha Hamilton and Gisèle Tanasse.

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).

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.