Summer Reading List: Citizen: An American Lyric

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.

This week we take a closer look at

"Citizen: An American Lyric" Claudia Rankine, Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2014

"In my opinion, Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric was the most important book of poetry published last year, and probably in the past several years; it is at once an accessible and complex and challenging engagement with contemporary racism."

--- EVAN KLAVON, PhD Candidate, Department of English

This post was contributed by

Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Jul 17, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

R Bootcamp at the D-Lab

Chris Paciorek, a lecturer and associate research statistician in the Department of Statistics, will be offering an intensive two-day introduction to R using RStudio on Aug 22 and 23.

What: R Bootcamp
Date: Sat, August 22 and Sun, August 23, 2015, 8:15am-4:30pm
Location: Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB) 100
Registration: To attend you must register. Please consult the D-Lab event page for more information.

Topics will include:

  • R basics - reading and manipulating data, working with R data objects, doing calculations, making plots
  • programming in R
  • doing statistical work in R
  • a brief intro to more advanced topics: efficiency, object-oriented programming, parallel processing in R

No prior experience with R is expected, but some familiarity with programming concepts such as loops, if-then-else statements, functions, etc. will be helpful.

Jul 15, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Summer Reading List: The Beauty Bias

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.

This week we take a closer look at

"The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law"

Deborah Rhode

New York: Oxford University Press, 2010

"My student, Tien Nguyen, says: 'What I like about the book The Beauty Bias by Deborah Rhode is the way Rhode covers all the social issues related to beauty and appearance in American culture. It explains the threat of widespread lookism in our society. The writing is easy to read and it is helpful to use as a reference or source for research.'

I couldn't agree more with Nguyen. Indeed, Deborah Rhode provides a salient study of why looks matter and she does it in the most engaging way, blending great scholarship with keen personal observations. Truly, a must read for those who know that beauty is more than skin deep and wish to further understand how its politics prevails in every aspect of our society, including the justice system."

--- SIM CHIANG, Lecturer, College Writing Programs

This post was contributed by Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Jul 10, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

New resource: Incidence and Prevalence Database (IPD)

The Library recently subscribed to the Incidence and Prevalence Database (IPD), which covers over 4,500 diseases, procedures, symptoms and other health issues for incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, comorbidity, treated or diagnosed rates, costs, market size for drug development, and more. Data is fully sourced and is broken down by U.S. and international data. Statistical summaries include all prevalence and incidence data found in the IPD for a particular disease or procedure.

Jul 10, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Welcome New Librarians and Staff Members

The library welcomes new librarians and staff members:


We're happy to announce that Keridwyn Ryan has joined the EPS Division as our new Evening/Weekend Supervisor. In this role, Keridwyn will be the circulation supervisor for the Mathematics Statistics Library while also supporting the Engineering Library and other division libraries on evenings and weekends. Keridwyn was previously Access Services Night Supervisor at the UCSB Library. She has a B.S. from San Diego State University, where she also worked in the library as a student assistant.


The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffery Loo as the Optometry and Health Sciences Librarian at the UC Berkeley Library. Jeff will have an office in the Optometry and Health Sciences Library and joins the Life and Health Sciences Division.

Jeff has been the Cheminformatics Librarian at UC Berkeley and the Library Liaison to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the past four years. During the last year he also served as the Bioengineering Selector and Interim Instruction and Reference Librarian in Optometry and Health Sciences Library. Jeff has a BSc in Chemistry, an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, an Associate Fellowship at the National Library of Medicine, an MSc from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Information and DLibrary Science from the University of North Carolina.


The Library is pleased to announce that Brion Baer has joined the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division as Map Metadata & Curatorial Specialist. Brion will be responsible for cataloging maps and other geospatial materials for the Library, assigning metadata to our digital map sets, helping our GIS & Map Librarian in selecting maps for purchase, and assisting with reference services in the Earth Sciences & Map Library. Brion joins us from the UCLA Library, where he spent the past year as their Cartographic Materials Metadata Specialist, cataloging over 2,000 maps from their Henry J. Bruman Map Collection. He has an MLIS from UCLA, and he is a Cal alum with a B.A. in U.S. History.


Please join us in welcoming to Access Services Division Jenna Jackson as the Library Privileges Desk Operations Manager.

Jenna started as a student employee for the Art History/Classics Library in 2011 where she developed and honed her public service skills. One of the special projects given to her during her time as a student employee was coordinating the movement of print materials from various sections of the library in preparation for major roof repair to the building.

After graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in education and human rights, Jenna was hired in 2012 as a temporary Circulation Library Assistant at the Environmental Design Library. In that role she was responsible for completing an inventory of the entire collection. After the Circulation Supervisor left to take a position at another institution, Jenna stepped in as interim work-leader and supervisor to the student employees.

In 2013, Jenna was hired in Access Services Division as a career library assistant splitting her time between Privileges and the Stacks units. In this position, Jenna took the initiative to design a carrel reservation system in Google Drive, as well as learning more about the automatic patron record loads. She also worked on the move and integration of the collections from Business and Moffitt libraries into Gardner Stacks.

In her new assignment, Jenna will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of borrowing privileges for library cardholders.


Please welcome Jaime Santos to the Social Sciences Division as the Evening and Weekend Work Leader. Jaime will be based in the Environmental Design library.

Jaime is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, having completed his bachelors in philosophy this past May. As a student Jaime worked in the stacks of Doe/Moffitt under the guidance of Paul Lynch where Jaime made a name for himself as a student who went above and beyond to get the job done.


Please welcome Amy Clausen to the Arts & Humanities Division as the new Curatorial Assistant for the Art History-Classics Library.

Amy joins us from CU Boulder, where she was a Research and Instruction Librarian since 2010, teaching hundreds of instruction hours. These seminars included Classics graduate and undergraduate library orientations and seminars; creating research guides and using new media to reach out to the student body. Amy has an MLIS and will be completing her second advanced degree (M.A.) in Classical Studies coursework in the course of 2015.

In her new assignment, Amy will be responsible for supporting the collection development and completing special projects in conjunction with the Art History and Classics Librarians. In addition, she will assist in the processing of new materials, donor gifts and special collections. Amy will also utilize her instructional background to assist in some classroom instruction and ad hoc reference sessions as the need arises.

Amy brings a bright enthusiasm to the position and we are very pleased to have her join the Arts & Humanities division.


Please join us in welcoming to Access Services Division Vincent Kang as the Doe Moffitt Circulation Evening/Weekend Supervisor.

Vincent received his MFA from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) in 2013. He graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia with a bachelor's in music. He began his library career as a library assistant at NDNU supervising student employees. In addition to supervising students, Vincent assisted in developing and maintaining the library's music collection which supported the curriculum of the Department of Music.

In 2014, Vincent was hired as a library assistant at the Academy of Art University. In that role he assisted library users at the circulation and reference desks, and selected new materials for the library's collection.

In his new assignment, Vincent will be responsible for hiring, training and scheduling students at the circulation desks in Doe and Moffitt libraries.

Jul 10, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

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