Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What he said.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/PortlandStateLibrary/photos_stream

Wine is also welcome.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Event: Book sale in the Library

On Cal Day, Saturday, April 12th, there will be a $1 book sale from 9am - 3pm in 303 Doe Library. (To find that room go up the marble stairs to the right and then take the next staircase you see up to the 3rd floor. )

If you would like to be notified of the occasional library book sale, please send an email to librarybooksale-join@lists.berkeley.edu. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to which you must reply in order to join the mailing list.

Event: Bancroft Round Table: Gold on the Trees, Cold in the Ground: Cyanide and the Making of Southern California, 1886-1915

Please join us for the third Bancroft Round Table of the Spring semester. It will take place, as usual, in the Lewis Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. Adam Romero, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley, will present Gold on the Trees, Gold in the Ground: Cyanide and the Making of Southern California, 1886-1915.

Cyanide fumigation, discovered in Los Angeles in the fall of 1886 by a USDA scientist and a handful of progressive LA growers, bought a temporary reprieve from the ravages of industrial pests, allowing grower-capitalists to turn the valleys of Southern California into a citrus empire. But synthetic cyanide did not arrive in Southern California as a pesticide. It was cyanide’s ability to separate gold from ore, eventually perfected by the MacArthur and the Forest Brothers in Scotland in 1887, that made it such a valued commodity in the mineral rich west. Using cyanide’s selective chemical thirst for metals, particularly gold, miners now could unlock the refractory gold bearing ores that remained once the thin layer of placer gold was scraped off in the mad dash gold rushes of the 1850s, 1860s, and early 1870s. The subsequent boom in industrial cyanide production in Scotland, Germany, and New Jersey to meet the mining demand in Southern Africa, Australia, and the US, was critical in making cyanide compounds available, both geographically and economically, for a rapidly industrializing citrus industry. Southern California’s highly standardized, uniformly beautiful, sun-kissed citrus, that came to be known across the world in the early 20th century, was only possible because of the pest control capabilities offered by the use of cyanide fumigation, and cyanide fumigation was only possible because of changes in industrial chemistry and the international gold mining industry.

Lara Michels and Baiba Strads
Bancroft Library Staff

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's in the Moffitt New Books area?

Have you seen the new books area in Moffitt? In addition to the new computers and the comfortable furniture, the Information Gateway now includes the most recent acquisitions for the Main (Gardner) Stacks. This slide show gives some sense of the broad range of subjects we cover and the multiple languages represented in our collection.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trials: EEO-Edición Española Online & Digitalia

Through May 31, the Library has access to EEO-Edición Española Online, a collection of more than 1,800 e-books from Spain. Not as large a collection as Digitalia which also includes Latin American publishers and remains on trial for the entire UC system through September 1, EEO makes available in digital form the publications of some of Spain's most important publishers. Some of these are: Akal, Bellaterra, Casa de Velázquez, CSIC, Editum, Iberoamericana Vervuert, Octaedro, Prensas Universitarias Universidad de Zaragoza, Trotta, Universidad de Deusto.

Accessible through Casalini's Torrossa platform, EEO also makes use of the same platform and functionality of the Italian e-books and e-journals the Library has been able to acquire this year. Please send comments about your impressions of both Digitalia and Edición Española Online. We are especially interested in knowing if any of these titles might be particularly useful for the research and teaching in your areas of responsibility, even if we already have them in print.

Here are the direct links to both collections:

Digitalia
http://www.digitaliapublishing.com

Edición Española Online (search by language “Spanish” and content type “book”)
http://www.torrossa.it

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Resource: Ebooks via Project Muse

The Library has added to its collection over 22,000 full-length monographs available through Project Muse. These works are selected from participating University and Scholarly presses and are fully integrated with Project Muse's journal content, allowing you to search across the entire collection. The guide provided by the publisher will show you how to best utilize the simple search, advanced search, and facets, which allow you to refine your results list.

Once you locate a book in the database, you will see each section of the book available as a separate PDF. The entire book cannot be downloaded as one file, but there are no restrictions on downloading or printing individual chapters.

Records for these electronic titles will soon be added to OskiCat and will be retrieved along with print and other electronic titles when you search the catalog.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Primary Source: Freely available digitized newspapers

A librarian at Bowling Green State University has created some truly excellent portals to digitized historical newspapers freely available on the web.

Historical U.S. Newspapers Online
The home page includes links to sites that provide access to newspapers from multiple states, the remaining links are organized by state.

Historical Canadian Newspapers Online
The home page includes links to National and multi-province papers, the rest are organized by province.

Historical Newspapers Online
The guide provides links to digitized newspapers from countries around the world.