Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Resource: HathiTrust collection builder tool

Collection Builder in HathiTrust allows users to create their own subsets of the repository to share with others (or keep private). It is an ideal way for researchers to aggregate sources around a particular subject for classes, group projects, or personal use.

To use Collection Builder, you must be logged in to HathiTrust. Click on LOG IN, choose your home institution, and authenticate with your Calnet ID and passphrase.

Then, either from the PageTurner interface or from the full-text search search results page, you can select items to be added to a collection. When logged in, you can add items to a new or existing permanent collection, or a temporary collection. If you are not logged in, a temporary collection is created. One main advantage of saving items to a collection is that you can then perform full text searches on just this subset of HathiTrust content.

Help us test our new Library website and be rewarded for your time

Be the first to get a sneak peak at the new UC Berkeley Library website! We are looking for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and lecturers to sit down with us for 30 minutes for user testing of the new website. Testing will take place at Doe Library. Volunteers get a $15 gift card to FSM Cafe in return for their time. If you are interested and are available between May 5 - May 9, please contact Lisa Ngo at

Monday, April 21, 2014

Primary Source: British Pathé

(from their web site) "Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world....

"British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars."

A link to the British Pathe website with its content categorized by subject and type can be found under The Library's Electronic Resources page.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Resource: HathiTrust collections

Here are a few updates on HathiTrust's collection and tools:

HathiTrust currently contains over 11 million volumes, digitized from the partnering library collections:
  • 11,135,776 total volumes
  • 5,801,121 book titles
  • 290,893 serial titles
  • 3,897,521,600 pages

Visualizations of holdings by call number, by language, and by publication date are available.

 Embed codes are available for the books, allowing you to insert them into any webpage (please note that you may need to update the URL to https for iframes to work properly in recent versions of browsers).

This title came from the "Copyright Review project (CRMS) little gems" collection.

Another way to see some featured titles is to visit HathiTrust on pinterest.

Primary Source Collection: British Online Archives

British Online Archives (BOA) consists of eleven thematic series, each containing individual collections of archival contents. The series are largely oriented toward British and British colonial history and new collections are added as they become available. The eleven series comprising BOA are:
  • Anglo-American Relations
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • British Records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900
  • Colonial & Missionary Records
  • Communist Party of Great Britain
  • Industrial Revolution
  • People & Protest in Britain and Abroad, 1800-2000
  • Twentieth Century Political History
  • Records of the Raj
  • Religion
  • Science & Medicine
Some of the collections are listed in more than one thematic series.

The digital collections have been converted from microform sets distributed by Microform Academic Publishers, a few of which the Library already owns. There are guides associated with each collection, which will assist researchers in browsing. Basic and advance searching are offered; the advanced search function allows a choice between searching "all collections" or selecting only one collection at a time. Search results can be frustrating, because while the system will indicate where in a document the search terms appear, the terms are not highlighted in the document.

A major inconvenience is that the documents currently can only be printed or downloaded one page at a time. With Adobe Acrobat (free to all students, faculty and staff, remember) individual pages can be stitched together into one PDF, but I'm well aware of the extra effort that entails.

Despite these drawbacks, these collections can be of great value to researchers here. In future posts, I'll be describing a few of them in more detail.

Event: Portugal's Carnation Revolution Exhibit & Reception

April 25, 1974 was at once an ending and a beginning. First and foremost it was the end of the Estado Novo dictatorial regime and the beginning of Portugal's democratic process. With materials from the University Library's Portuguese collection, this exhibition commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the country's bloodless military coup and transition from dictatorship to democracy. When the population descended into Lisbon's streets to celebrate, soldiers put carnations in the barrels of their guns and tanks, signaling that there would be no violence. A poem by Ary dos Santos -the poet of the revolution - translated here for the first time into English, weaves throughout the exhibit cases along with dazzlingly radiant reproductions of artwork by António Pimentel (whose illustrations accompanied the first edition published in 1975) and black and white images by documentary photographers such as Alfredo Cunha and Carlos Gil.

The exhibit will be in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery at Doe Memorial Library through September 2, 2014. Check for hours.


Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30pm in the Morrison Library (Doe Memorial Library)

Sponsored by the Portuguese Studies Program, Institute of European Studies, and the UC Berkeley Library.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What he said.


Wine is also welcome.