Distinguished Librarians William Benemann and Michaelyn Burnette

On December 3, library staff and faculty joined Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele in the Morrison Library to celebrate 2014 Distinguished Librarian Award recipients Michaelyn Burnette and William Benemann. Sponsored by the Berkeley chapter of the Librarians' Association of the University of California, the DLA recognizes excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers the teaching and research missions of the University.

William Benemann has been with the UC Berkeley Library since 1989. Throughout the years, Benemann has been Head of Cataloging at the Bancroft Library and Head of Technical Services at Boalt Hall before settling at his current position as the Berkeley Law Archivist. He's edited or authored three influential books that expose previously unexplored aspects of American history and life. His most recent book is Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade (2012).

Michaelyn Burnette's tireless devotion to her profession and passion for knowledge are reflected in her many achievements. She has built an outstanding literature collection at UC Berkeley, showed leadership in the Literatures in English Section of the American Library Association and joined countless Library and UC committees.

Join us in offering our congratulations to Michaelyn and William!

Photo of William Benemann and Michaelyn Burnette at the Distinguished Librarian Award reception

Photo from the Distinguished Librarian Award celebration by Aisha Hamilton.

Dec 16, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Winter Break Hours

Winter break is just around the corner! In celebration of the holidays, most libraries on campus will be closed on all of the following dates:

  • December 20 - 21, 2014
  • December 24, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Please check the full hours online for more details. We will reopen on January 5, 2015. Happy holidays!

Dec 16, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

New Library Databases

Recent additions to the library's collection of over 1,000 database subscriptions are listed below. View the full list of new databases for even more new compelling online content.

ACLS Humanities e-Book Collection compiles over four thousand scholarly books from the American Council of Learned Societies, all with full-text and full-image access. Its database provides titles in most humanities disciplines as well as area studies.

Eldis provides free access to relevant, contemporary and diverse research on international development issues. Agriculture, climate change, gender, global health and governance are just a few of the examined topics. The database includes thousands of summaries and links to full-text research and policy documents from thousands of publishers.

History Matters is a gateway to web resources as well as a repository of unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence. It includes more than 144 first-person narratives of average Americans in different time periods, especially the WWI period.

Dec 09, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Are you finishing up a great research project this semester? Applications are now open for the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, which recognizes exemplary undergraduate student research. To be eligible, you must:

  • be a UC Berkeley undergraduate student in any academic discipline
  • have completed your research project for a credit course at UC Berkeley, and
  • be willing to have your research project up for public display.

The prize is $750 for lower division and $1,000 for upper-division papers. Six prizes are granted annually. Applications are open from December 5, 2014 until April 6, 2015. View past winners' work for some inspiration!

Dec 05, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Library Tips for Finals

Greetings overworked, overstressed and under-caffeinated students! The end of the semester is rapidly approaching which means several things: finals, final projects and final papers. Fortunately, the library is open 24/7 during RRR week, so you can rest assured that our resources, spaces and services will be available. Here a few tips to help you make the most of the libraries during finals.

1. Study Spaces
Use the Find a Study Space tool to find other library spaces that meet your study needs. Find areas where conversation is allowed, for example, or where electrical outlets are available. And for group study you can always reserve study rooms!

2. Librarian Assistance
There's no shame in asking for help! If you have no idea how to begin that research paper or what's considered a "credible" source you can stop by a library reference desk or call a librarian in Doe Library at 510-642-6657. You can also ask research questions via the online form or utilize the 24/7 chat.

3. Printing and scanning
Don't have a printer in your dorm? The libraries have scanners, printers and copiers available for your convenience. The library copy center is located in the Moffitt Library, just inside the entrance on the 3rd floor. Just make sure to have your Cal 1 Card loaded with money. You can check the prices for printing online. Printing wirelessly from your laptop or device is also possible with PrinterOn.

4. Specialized Libraries
As you may know, our university has 32 libraries, each of which caters to a different subject or field. The Doe Library, for example, houses works from the areas of arts and humanities, data and government information, international and area studies, and social sciences. If you're planning to write a paper about, say, Beethoven, then you would probably find the most relevant information from the Music Library.

5. Connecting from off-campus
If you don't feel like living at the library during the week before finals, you can always connect to library resources from home. If you're in the residential units connecting to RESCOMP or Airbears will guarantee you access to the library's online databases, but if you live off campus you can follow these simple instructions to get connected.

Happy studying!

Dec 04, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

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