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Spring 2010 GIS Classes at UCB's Geospatial Innovation Facility

UC Berkeley's Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) recently announced its Spring 2010 workshop schedule. Classes include:

  • Intro to GIS (with either a Social Science or a Natural Resource Science focus)
  • Intro to GPS
  • Intro to Remote Sensing
  • Intro to open source GIS

and more!

Workshops fees are availaGIF logoble at a subsidized rate of $57 for all UC students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. Workshop fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates. Undergraduate students can apply for financial assistance to take a workshop through the GIF Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

The GIF also offers online guides, fee-based consulting, equipment rentals, and more. Check it out!


Jan 22, 2010 | Categories: News, Events and Workshops | msholinb

Your Big Idea can win Big Money! CITRIS Competition now open

CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, is proud to announce the fifth annual CITRIS White Paper competition, which will give away $30K in cash prizes for the best ideas that demonstrate the ability of IT to address a major societal challenge. The IT for Society contest is open to students from all four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Davis. The deadline this year is Friday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

CITRIS is interested in stimulating new thinking on a broad range of social benefits of information technology.

The prizes will be distributed at a poster session in late April at which the finalists will present their projects.Details are available on the CITRIS Big Ideas web page. Links to information on past winners (which have included folks from SPH!) are also on this web page.

Jan 20, 2010 | Categories: News, Events and Workshops | msholinb

EndNote X2 (and earlier) importing problem: Year field empty (with a fix)

When importing records with a publication year of 2010 or later, the record in your EndNote library may have a blank in the Year field.

How can you correct this on future imports?

If you use EndNote version X3, the records import the year data correctly.

A patch to fix this problem in EndNote X2 is available from EndNote. You options for earlier version of EndNote are not great, and are detailed in EndNote's FAQs.

If you need help with any of this, please contact the Public Health Library.

Jan 20, 2010 | Categories: Tips and Updates | msholinb

24 hour study hall at Moffitt and Doe libraries is back!

Thanks to a generous gift from two Cal parents, the popular 24 hour Study Hall that has become traditional in the Gardner (Doe) Stacks and Moffitt Library during final exams will return this academic year. Budget cuts had made it necessary to discontinue the 24 hour Study Hall, but this wonderful donation from Richard and Lisa Steiny will allow the Library to provide this service once again. Here is an article from the Daily Cal about this (with a quote from a Public Health student!)

Fall finals covers Thursday, December 10 at 8 am through Saturday, December 19 at 5 pm. During this period, the Gardner (Main) Stacks and Moffitt Library will be open 24 hours for students to study; the Moffitt Microcomputer Lab and FSM Cafe will also be open during those hours.

Current information on hours of operation (including Reference Desk hours) for all the UCB libraries is available here.


Dec 02, 2009 | Categories: News | msholinb

Using Library Proxy Server with Safari on iPhone 3G

Searching databases on the go? Here's how to set up and use the library proxy server with Safari on the iPhone 3G. Note: You must be using WiFi to connect to the Library Proxy Server and you must repeat these steps for each WiFi network to which you connect.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select WiFi
  3. Select the WiFi Network to which you are connected
  4. In the WiFi Networks window, tap on the arrow to the right of your WiFi network name
  5. Your IP Address selection should be DHCP
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to HTTP Proxy
  7. Select "Auto"
  8. In the URL box, type: Be sure to include "http://" and do not insert any empty spaces before or after the URL
  9. Open Safari. When you come to a UC- or UCB-licensed resource, you will be asked to CalNet authenticate
  10. When you are done, return to Settings and turn the HTTP Proxy to "Off"

Does this work? Not work? E-mail your comments or suggestions to Debbie Jan at



Nov 20, 2009 | Categories: Tips and Updates | msholinb

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