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Moffitt scaffolding work 6/27-7/1

Starting on Monday, June 27, the scaffolding set up around Moffitt Library will be reconfigured to allow for additional work to be done on the upper parts of the building. This work is scheduled to last through the week, and it may disrupt normal traffic flow at the main entrance to Moffitt and the terrace outside the Free Speech Movement Cafe.

Monday through Wednesday, work will begin on the north side of the building, on the back side of the FSM Cafe terrace and on the side closest to the East Asian Library. On Thursday and Friday, the focus will shift to the main entrance of Moffitt and the FSM Cafe area. Signage, flaggers and caution tape will be used to safely direct everyone, so please stay alert when walking through the work areas.

Commercial vehicles will be parked outside the entrance to Moffitt and in the loading dock area. Materials will be offloaded up the hill near the bike racks and in the loading dock area.

Once the scaffolding is in place, all doors will remain in service during normal hours. The scaffolding is scheduled to be in place until early August.

Thanks for your patience during Moffitt Library's renovation.

Jun 23, 2016 | Categories: Library News | admin

Moffitt Library closed July 16-17

Due to the installation of a new power supply system in Moffitt Library, the entire Moffitt building will be closed the weekend of July 16 and July 17.

We appreciate your patience during this process which is critical for expanding the access to electrical power throughout more areas of the building.

Elizabeth Dupuis
Associate University Librarian
Educational Initiatives & User Services
Director of Doe, Moffitt & the Subject Specialty Libraries

Jun 23, 2016 | Categories: Library News | admin

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The recent proxy outage ended as of 8am Thursday, 6/23/16. Please be sure to restart your browser. If you have further difficulties with the proxy, please submit a ticket.

Jun 23, 2016 | Categories: Library News | admin

Open Access research on student evaluations and gender bias

BRII - UC Berkeley Library

Philip Stark, a professor in the Department of Statistics and Associate Dean of the UC Berkeley Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, has conducted extensive research to demonstrate that student evaluations do not measure teaching effectiveness. More significantly, his research demonstrates that student evaluations are often biased against female instructors. Professor Stark's work was recently profiled in a Chronicle of Higher Education article "How One Professor Is Trying to Paint a Richer Portrait of Effective Teaching" (June 16, 2016).

Stark and his colleagues, Anne Boring and Kellie Ottoboni, published the original study "Student evaluations of teaching (mostly) do not measure teaching effectiveness" (7 January 2016), in the open access journal ScienceOpen.com. Since its publication, according to metrics provided by the journal, the article has had more than 26,000 readers, been tweeted 200 times, and been mentioned in multiple news outlets and blogs. Its Altmetric score is "in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric." (Altmetrics is a system which uses non-traditional metrics to gauge an article's impact.)

Publication of this article was made possible by the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII). Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Library, BRII provides funding to Berkeley authors who wish to make their research findings free to all readers immediately upon publication. The purpose of BRII is to foster broad public access to the work of Berkeley scholars by encouraging the Berkeley community to take advantage of open access publishing opportunities.

Post contributed by Margaret Phillips, Education Librarian, Gender & Women's Studies Librarian

Jun 21, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

Summer Reading List: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

The Making of the Atomic Bomb

A remarkable history of the discovery of nuclear fission, which shows how discovery becomes technology, and how technology is interconnected with society, culture, politics, personalities, and (in this case) war.

TERRY JOHNSON Associate Teaching Professor, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Bioengineering


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Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jun 20, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

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