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Open Access Week @ UCB: Events start today!

Open Access (OA) is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society.

Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication. OA is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers throw their weight behind it.

OA Week starts today and there are several events at UC Berkeley:

"Take Control of your Publications with eScholarship," a presentation by Catherine Mitchell, Director, CDL Publishing Group

Monday, October 19, 12:30 pm -1:50 pm

Location: 140 Boalt Hall

Monday, October 19, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Building 

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Live Webinar from the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) featuring representatives from five different publishers discussing the promise and perils of OA publishing. Participants include: Pierre de Villiers (African Online Scientific Information Systems), Matthew Cockerill (BioMed Central), David Hoole (Nature Publishing Group), Mark Patterson (Public Library of Science - PLoS), Saskia Franken (Utrecht University Library)

Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location: Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library Seminar Room

2101 Valley Life Sciences Building 

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Mike Eisen, "The Future of Open Access Publishing." An OA week talk by Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Tuesday, October 20, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library Seminar Room

2101 Valley Life Sciences Building

** Arrive early and get a PLoS t-shirt!! ** 

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Townsend Center Speculative Lunch series, "Academic Writing and Publishing 2.0: eJournals, Blogs, Wikis, Tweets"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 12:00 pm

Location: Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

This is an informal brown bag lunch series focuses on Digital Technology in Humanities Scholarship. Beverages provided by the Townsend Center.

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Coming soon:

"Article-level Metrics at PLoS - What are they, and why you should care," a talk by Dr. Peter Binfield, Managing Editor of PLoS ONE, an open access journal.

Monday, November 9, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

127 Dwinelle Hall

This event is co-sponsored by the UCSF Library. 

Oct 19, 2009 | Categories: Events and Workshops, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

Weird Science: Ig Nobel Prizes announced

The 2009 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, October 1, at the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre.

Notable winners include: 

BIOLOGY PRIZE: Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guanglei of Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara, Japan, for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas.

MEDICINE PRIZE: Donald L. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand ? but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand ? every day for more than sixty (60) years.

PEACE PRIZE: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining ? by experiment ? whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander.

Details on these and the other winners, as well as links to the research articles and patents that led to their award, are on the Improbable Research web site. Also there are past years' winners, including several from the University of California.


Oct 09, 2009 | Categories: News | msholinb

RefWorks: Now available free to alumni!

Were you perhaps wondering what to do with all those citations you've collected during your years at UC refworks bannerBerkeley once you are no longer affiliated? Fret no more! RefWorks recently announced their Alumni Program, whereby UC Berkeley alumni will have free lifetime access to the RefWorks program.

From the FAQs

How much will it cost? It's free!

Who is eligible? All alumni are eligible, whether they've ever used RefWorks before or not!

UPDATE: Alumni who have not set up a RefWorks account prior to their graduation will only be able to set up an account after they leave UCB using a campus computer. Off-campus access to RefWorks by alumni requires using the UCB Group Code, available at with CalNet authentication.

Need help setting up an account? Contact the Public Health Library!



Oct 09, 2009 | Categories: News | msholinb

Thinking about the CPH Exam?

The National Board of Public Health Examiners tells us that becoming a Certified Public Health Professional has multiple benefits:

  • Sets a standard of knowledge and skills in public health
  • Encourages life-long learning
  • Adds credibility to public health profession
  • Increasing public health awareness
  • Fosters environment of a professional community

Registration for the 2010 exam recently opened.

The Public Health Library has two resources that will help you!

CPH exam quick reference review, call no. RA430 .H65 2009

CPH study guide : certified in public health, call no. RA430 .A87 2008 (on reserve at the Circulation Desk)

Good luck!

Oct 07, 2009 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Most UCB libraries now closed on Saturdays

Due to campus budget reductions, most libraries at UC Berkeley (including the Public Health Library) are closed on Saturdays through June 30, 2010.  See below for exceptions.

Libraries and units affected

  • Doe Library building
    • Art History/Classics Library
    • Current Periodicals
    • Data Lab
    • Exhibit Gallery
    • Graduate Services
    • Morrison Library
    • Newspapers and Microforms
    • Reference Center
    • South/Southeast Asia Library
  • Anthropology
  • Bancroft
  • Biosciences and Natural Resources
  • Business/Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences/Map
  • East Asian
  • Education/Psychology
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Math/Statistics
  • Music
  • Optometry
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Public Health
  • Social Welfare


Open on Saturdays for University of California ID, UC Berkeley Library Card, and Stanford ID holders only:

  • Moffitt Library
  • Gardner (Doe) Stacks
    (The stacks are accessible via the Moffitt Library entrance)

Also open Saturdays:

  • Ethnic Studies Library
  • Law Library

As a reminder, the Public Health Library's hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday 9-8
  • Friday 9-5
  • Sunday 1-5 

Hours for all the UCB libraries may be found on the library web.


Sep 25, 2009 | Categories: News | msholinb

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