Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trial: Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.

The resources here may be of interest to students and scholars in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theater, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles.

Our trial runs from 23 January through 28 February 2015.

Send comments and feedback to Kathryn Wayne.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Primary Source Collection: American Popular Entertainment

The American Popular Entertainment collection from the University of Illinois contains digital facsimiles of historic newspapers and trade journals published for the entertainment industry in the US between 1853 and 1929. These works include trade perspectives, features, and travel information on vaudeville, music performance, burlesque, and other popular forms of entertainment of the period.

The collection currently includes:

New York Clipper 7 May 1853 - 12 July 1924 (3605 issues)
Player 8 December 1911 - 21 November 1913 (102 issues)
Vaudeville News 16 April 1920 - 8 June 1929 (286 issues)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Give the California Digital Library some feedback and get a $30 Amazon gift card!

The California Digital Library at the University of California is looking for volunteers to give us feedback on a new website. We are looking for individuals who commonly use the web to find digital images, videos, and texts for any kind of research--whether it's for school, work, or fun. We'll ask you to look at some designs and answer a few questions in a 45-60 minute phone/web chat. The selected participants will each receive a $30 Amazon.com gift card in return for their time and input.

Sign up here to be considered: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V3VFZYX

Monday, January 19, 2015

Opt in if you want your library notifications via text messages

Starting this month we will introduce a service for library users to opt in to receive library notices for holds and overdues as text messages. Text message notices are sent real time from 9 am to 11pm.

To opt in, go to http://oskicat.berkeley.edu, sign in via My OskiCat to access your account, and set profile preferences to receive text notifications by clicking on the "Update Your Account" button.

Complete the form (enter mobile phone number: area code and number), check box to accept terms and conditions, click on the "Submit" button to finalize update. A text message will be sent to the mobile number requesting a YES text reply to subscribe to SMS Library Alerts. A congratulatory text message will be sent confirming the subscription.

To opt out, reply to any received text message with Stop, Quit, Cancel, Unsubscribe, or Stop All. Or, text Stop to either 35143 or 82453 to stop all messages. An alternative method is signing into My OskiCat and set preference to stop all text notifications by removing the check from the "Opt In" box and deleting the mobile phone number.

Please note that message and data rate may apply depending on your mobile service provider plan. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exhibit: Designing People

The Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley presents the exhibit

Designing People

February 11 – May 19, 2015

The figures that inhabit architectural and landscape renderings are not the actual focus of the drawings. Homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers are included to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design. They humanize and create an emotional appeal in what might otherwise appear to be sterile environments and allow the client to imagine how a space will be used. From the watercolor Victorian to the scalie hipster, this exhibit features more than a century of designers’ representations of people from the Environmental Design Archives.

Environmental Design Library
Volkmann Reading Room, Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases
210 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley

Information, Hours, Directions: 510.642.4818

Curators: Waverly Lowell and Chris Marino, Environmental Design Archives
Exhibition Team: Cailin Trimble, Emily Vigor, Alison Ecker, Andrew Manuel, Brandon Wolinsky

Monday, January 12, 2015

Event: Oral History Workshop

The Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library (formerly the Regional Oral History Office) is proud to launch a new 2-day oral history workshop that is designed for the person who is interested in learning the practice from ground-up. This workshop is conceived of as a companion initiative to the more in-depth Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, which typically attracts scholars and professionals with specific research projects in mind. The new Spring Workshop will focus on the "nuts-and-bolts" of oral history interviewing, including project planning, interviewing techniques, transcription, recording equipment, and preservation. The workshop will include instruction from our seasoned oral historians but also plenty of hands-on practice exercises. Although space is strictly limited, everyone is welcome to attend the workshop, including community-based historians, teachers, genealogists, public historians, and students in college or grad school.

The two-day workshop will be held on Friday March 13th and Saturday March 14th, 2015 on the UC Berkeley campus. The cost is $225, which includes a take-home oral history manual. Registration now open.


Martin Meeker, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Friday, December 19, 2014

Not history related: Photos & comments about our libraries

Every year we ask about 100 students in Letters & Science 1 to go to a campus library they have never been to before and take and post a photograph of "something interesting."


Take a look - maybe you will find a new study space. (And remember that you can learn more about our study spaces on the Library's website.)

Taylor, Caitlin.

East Asian Library

One of my good friends introduced me to this library by saying it was one of her favorite places to study, With the amazing view, large windows, and personal cubicles, I now know why she feels that way. I’ll definitely be coming back here to study.

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