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New system for copying and printing in the libraries

The UC Berkeley libraries have a new system for scanning or making copies of printed materials, and for printing from our public computers. Traditional photocopiers have been replaced with BookScan stations. You may print on paper, or scan directly to a flash drive. Low cost flash drives are available in the Moffitt Library Copy Center. Scanning costs significantly less than printing.

For payment, the new system requires a Cal 1 Card with funds available in its debit account. These cards are issued to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff members. Departmental cards are also available.

Visitors can request a Cal 1 Guest Card from the Moffitt Library Copy Center or from a public service desk in a library.

The new system does not accept coins or bills. Until August 31, 2011, some coin-operated copiers and change machines will still be available in the locations listed below. After that date, only the Moffitt Library Copy Center can accept alternate forms of payment.

As previously announced, Equitrac cards used with the former system will expire August 31, 2011. Until that time, they can still be used at these locations:

  • Moffitt Library
  • Doe Library (2nd floor)
  • Environmental Design Library
  • Earth Sciences & Map Library
  • Biosciences and Natural Resources Library

Unused balances on Equitrac Cards (except for departmental cards) will not be refunded.

This post originally appeared on the What's New in the Library blog.

Aug 23, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

Preventing Chronic Disease Journal: 2012 Student Research Contest

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) announces its 2012 Student Research Contest.

PCD is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The journal is published bimonthly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. PCD accepts papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Students submitting may be graduates or undergraduates.

Papers must be received electronically no later than 11:59 pm EST on January 9, 2012. The winning manuscript will receive recognition on the PCD Web site and will be published in a 2012 PCD release.

An announcement of the 2011 winner, and a link to more information and submission guidelines is available on the PCD website,

Aug 18, 2011 | Categories: News, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? Use the LactMed Database! Mobile version too!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces the Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed): LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider. More information in the LactMed fact sheet.

LactMed now includes information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products. CAM products generally consist of dietary supplements derived from botanicals (herbals), "nutraceuticals" (natural and synthetic nonherbals, such as coenzyme Q10), and related products. Special emphasis is placed on potential side effects in mothers and infants. The CAM product records feature a new field for the products' scientific genus and species names.

You can also access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at

LactMed is part of the NLM's Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®).

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

Aug 09, 2011 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Digital media tutorials from UCB Journalism School

The Knight Digital Media Center at UCB's Graduate School of Journalism has made available several dozen online tutorials. All are freely available.

Topics include:

  • buying and using video cameras,
  • web development,
  • podcasting,
  • using Flash,
  • creating mashups with Google Maps,
  • finding public records,
and much more.

"The Knight Digital Media Center was launched in April 2006 to focus on helping journalists succeed in the rapidly changing media landscape of the 21st Century."

Aug 09, 2011 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

WHO urges ban on TB blood tests

"Blood tests designed to detect active tuberculosis (TB) are inaccurate and should be banned, the World Health Organization has said. More than 2 million such tests are carried out annually, but the WHO says they are unethical and lead to misdiagnosis and the mistreatment of patients. The organisation's review of these tuberculosis test kits says they give wrong results in around 50 percent of cases. The kits are mainly sold in the developing world. However, most of the 18 kits on the market are produced in Europe and North America."

Complete story is on the WHO Media Centre web site.

An estimated 9 million new cases of tuberculosis occur worldwide each year. WHO's goal for tuberculosis (TB) control is to detect 70 percent of new, smear-positive TB cases. However, many cases go undetected (see

See also WHO's Global TB control report 2010, which includes links to TB data files.

Aug 03, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

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