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DOAJ secures long-term preservation for open access journals

Many of the 4,000 titles listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) are from small publishers that are "fragile when it comes to financial, technical and administrative sustainability."These journals publish fulltext scientific and scholarly articles in all subjects and languages, and are free to everyone with web access.

So the announcement on April 1st that Lund University Libraries and the e-Depot of the National Library of the Netherlands are undertaking to secure long-term preservation of these open access journals is especially significant.The Swedish Library Association is also sponsoring this effort to ensure the future availability of these publications. Full press release.

Apr 02, 2009 | Categories: News & Events, Scholarly Communication | jmckenzie

Logo design contest for OskiCat


The UC Berkeley Libraries will be launching a new catalog named OskiCat in May. Gone will be the days of Pathfinder and Gladis!

Be a part of Cal history with this chance to design the logo for the new OskiCat catalog. The winner's artwork will be displayed prominently in the new catalog and on catalog publicity materials.


All UC Berkeley students are eligible to enter the contest. Multiple designs may be submitted.


  • Must feature the name ?OskiCat? & the text ?UCB Library Catalog?.
  • Trademarked UC logos may be used in combination with words.
  • Should incorporate two or more of the following colors: blue, gold, black, white, gray.
  • PREFERRED WEB formatting: 50H X 275W in pixels; .gif file with
    transparent or #668cb3 blue background; original file in .png or .eps
    (encapsulated PostScript).
  • PREFERRED PRINT formatting: Artwork
    from vector art programs (Illustrator or Freehand); text/font converted
    to outlines; save as .eps file; photographic, placed, or embedded
    images (.jpeg, .tiff, .gif, .psd) are not suitable.

Submission deadline

Friday, April 17th, 2009.


Email submissions or questions to: oskicat [at]

For more contest information and examples, visit OskiCat's Facebook page.

Apr 01, 2009 | Categories: News & Events, New Resources | lngo

Stuart Shieber on open access: March 30

On February 12, 2008, Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty voted unanimously to adopt a policy that makes them the first university in the U.S. to mandate open access to its faculty members? research publications. Stuart Shieber, along with Robert Darnton, was a driving force behind the adoption of this policy. Professor Shieber currently heads Harvard?s Office of Scholarly Communication and will share his experience on how this ground-breaking policy was passed and what steps have been taken to implement it.

Please join your colleagues for this public talk on:

Date: Monday, March 30
Time: 3:30?5:00 p.m.
Location: Toll Room, Alumni House

Read more about the Harvard Open Access policy at:

This event is co-sponsored by the Academic Senate Library Committee, The Library, and the School of Information (iSchool).

Mar 24, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | bquigley

Spring recess hours 2009

The libraries will have reduced hours during Spring Recess, March 21-29. Most libraries will be closed over the weekends, and all libraries will be closed on Friday, March 27 for the Cesar Chavez Holiday.

Library hours

Mar 19, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | bquigley

New library catalog under construction

In late May, the UC Berkeley Library will be launching a new catalog named OskiCat. OskiCat will replace the Pathfinder and GLADIS catalogs and will feature enhanced search and circulation functionality that faculty, students, and staff have requested. We will be releasing more information about the new system in the coming months, but users should be aware that there will be some disruption in the way new materials are processed during this transition. While Pathfinder and GLADIS will still be searchable and show circulation information for materials, new materials will not be added to these catalogs until after the OskiCat transition.

Melvyl and Next-Generation Melvyl will not show new materials for the Berkeley campus, but resources from other campuses will be unaffected.

If you need more information about the new catalog implementation and how it effects you, please contact your subject librarian.

Mar 16, 2009 | Categories: New Resources, Problems & Down Time | lngo

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