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OskiCat is coming soon

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There's a new library catalog on the way. In summer, 2009, OskiCat will replace Pathfinder and Gladis, which will both be retired, as the online catalog for UC Berkeley libraries. OskiCat includes all library materials listed in Pathfinder and GLADIS, plus items in the Institute of Governmental Studies and Transportation Studies Libraries and the Water Resources Center Archives.

OskiCat combines the functions of Pathfinder and GLADIS, and adds some new features.
With OskiCat you will be able to:

  •     Find books & journals from more UCB campus libraries.
  •     Limit results to your preferred libraries & save your searches.
  •     Limit results to online or available items.
  •     Find course reserves quickly & easily.
  •     View status of individual volumes & journal issues.
  •     Quickly see what items you have checked out.
  •     Easily renew items online.
  •     Request materials checked out to another borrower.
  •     Get e-mail notices when your items are about to be due.
  •     Get updates on items you have requested from storage.
  •     ... And much more!

Heather Thams of the Biosciences and Natural Resources Library, in collaboration with the OskiCat Public Information Group, has produced a short movie providing an overview of OskiCat.

May 28, 2009 | Categories: News & Updates, Events | jridener

Earth Sciences and Map Library summer hours

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Summer hours begin at the Earth Sciences and Map Library on Thursday, May 21. During the summer, the library will be open during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday
9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday

Fall semester hours will begin Wednesday, August 26th. 

The Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the library closes.

May 18, 2009 | Categories: News & Updates | jridener

How Tight is Your Gas an AAPG online symposium

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The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC)are offering an e-symposium titled: How Tight is Your Gas: Thermal Profiling for Unconventional Oil & Gas on May 21, 2009 at 2pm CDT.

From the AAPG Education page: "This e-symposium is ideal for engineers, geoscientists, geotechs, and operations personnel who are involved in drilling and production operations, as well as those who develop programs for unconventional reservoirs."

Topics to be covered during the e-symposium include:

  • Basics of Thermal Profiling
  • Applications for & Benefits of Thermal Profiling in Unconventional O&G Reservoirs
  • Fiber Optic-Based Sensor Deployment
  • Data Visualization and Interpretation
  • Getting Started ? What you Need to Know

More information is available on the AAPG Education page.

May 06, 2009 | Categories: Events | jridener

Digital map indexes at EART

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Are you working on a specific place in another country? Interested in finding out if the library has topographic maps of Peru, China, and the former Soviet Union? Would you like to see what map sheets are held by the library without having to leave your office or house?

The Earth Sciences and Map Library has recently digitized nearly all of the indexes for map sets in the library and placed them online. Users can browse the list or use the "Find" functionality in their browser to find map sets for their area of interest.

The indexes can be sorted by area and call number by clicking on the column headings. In the future, each map set will be linked to its corresponding catalog record from the page.

Currently, this list does not include the Army Map Service (AMS) index maps which can be found on a separate page.

May 01, 2009 | Categories: News & Updates, Web resources | jridener

Animated map projections on YouTube


Here's an interesting animation by Jack van Wijk of the Eindhoven University of Technology that depicts various strategies for projecting the globe on a two dimensional surface. Some of these projections are well known while others are a bit more experimental.

You can find out more about the animation and the Unfolding the Earth project, including the names of the projections, on the project's site. Professor van Wijk has published a paper in The Cartographic Journal about Unfolding the Earth.

Thanks to Kay Guildner and Maps-L for the link.

Apr 22, 2009 | Categories: Trivia, Web resources | jridener

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