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Recent Acqusitions lists temporarily suspended

Due to the volume of new records currently being loaded into OskiCat through the HathiTrust catalog records project, we needed to temporarily suspend our Recent Acquisitions lists. These lists of new books and other new materials will again be updated regularly once our initial loading of HathiTrust records is completed.

Update (8/22/2012): Recent Acquisitions lists have been restored.

Jun 15, 2012 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

HathiTrust digitized books in OskiCat

You may have noticed a lot more online books in OskiCat recently. The library has begun loading HathiTrust records for digitized versions of public domain items into our catalog. When the project is complete, there will be over a million new records in the catalog. You can find these in OskiCat with a keyword search on hathitrust.

Public domain means that the items are not protected by copyright. U.S. government documents and works published before 1923 are examples of items in the public domain. All users can view the full-text of these books online. UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can download the whole book (PDF) by logging in with your CalNet ID. This service is possible because the University of California libraries are partners in HathiTrust (pronounced "hah-tee"), a national project to create a shared archive of books scanned into electronic format.

Jun 15, 2012 | Categories: New Resources | bquigley

Nature editor-in-chief says open access is inevitable

The Guardian published a very interesting article Friday on a speech by Nature Editor-in-Chief Philip Campbell, in which he called open access to research inevitable. In addition to making research more accessible to readers and scientists, open access would also open up the literature to text and data mining. He noted: "In the future, there will be text mining and tools ? that need to get into that literature - I see that as a key part of the future and it's hard to see how that could work without open access."

Read the whole article on The Guardian website:
Open access to research is inevitable, says Nature editor-in-chief

Jun 11, 2012 | Categories: Scholarly Communication | bquigley

Bioscience Library open 1 pm - 5 pm, 6/11 - 6/15

The Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, closed due to construction since May 12th, will reopen as planned on June 11th.

In order to minimize the noise and disruption of ongoing construction as much as possible for our library users but still allow much-needed access, we will be open 1 pm - 5 pm from Monday, June 11th through Friday, June 15th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The library will be closed Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17; regular Summer Session hours will begin Monday, June 18.

In-person service at the Reference Desk will be available Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm, beginning June 11 and continuing throughout the summer. Bioscience Library reference librarians can also be contacted at any time via e-mail.

Jun 01, 2012 | Categories: News & Events | esmith

OSA's Optics ImageBank +


Now available OSA's Premium Optics InfoBase!  The Optical Society of America added the  Optics ImageBank and expanded Conference Proceedings to their core digital resource, which provides access to peer-reviewed articles on optics and photonics.

The Optics ImageBank contains more than 200,000 images from OSA's journal articles, many are cross-linked to related images.  Images can be browsed and searched by keyword, exported to PowerPoint and PDF formats for educational purposes, and enhanced interactive equations can be exported.  The Optical Society of America is continually updating the Premium Optics InfoBase & the ImageBank.
Try it out!
Jun 01, 2012 | Categories: Featured Resource | skoskinen

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