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Physics-Astronomy Library move and closure

The Physics-Astronomy Library will be closed from Monday, February 25 to Monday, March 17, while it moves to its new location in 351 LeConte Hall.

During the closure, most library materials and services will not be available.

Due dates have been adjusted so that all books checked out before the closure will be due in the new location when the library reopens.

Course reserves will be available until Friday, February 29.

Details and updates

Feb 15, 2008 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Presidents' Day closure

Most of the Cal libraries will be closed Monday, February 18 for the Presidents' Day Holiday.

February 18 hours

Feb 14, 2008 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Featured resource: Birth of a Nation online

The Media Resources Center has licensed and digitized the Kino Video restored version of D.W. Griffith's epic film "Birth of a Nation" (1915).

The film, considered to be the first movie blockbuster, is an invaluable primary historical and cinematic resource. However much one may revile the racial and political sentiments revealed in the film, it represents an astounding achievement in the history of the movies.

Critic James Agee has written:

"He [Griffith] achieved with no other known man has ever achieved. To watch his work is like being witness to the beginning of melody, or the first conscious use of the lever or the wheel; the emergence, coordination, and first eloquence of language; the birth of an art..."

as quoted in Rogin, Michael, "'The Sword Became a Flashing Vision': D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation." Representations, No. 9, Special Issue: American Culture Between the Civil War and World War I. (Winter, 1985), pp. 150-195.

Feb 11, 2008 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII)

The goal of a new pilot, sponsored by the Vice Chancellor for Research and the University Librarian, is to advance the impact of UC Berkeley research by subsidizing Berkeley faculty members who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

Feb 11, 2008 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Mellon Curricular Innovation Grants

The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education invites proposals for up to five grants of $25,000 each to support changes in the curriculum that will help undergraduates achieve departmental or program-level learning goals in the area of discipline-specific library research competencies. Proposals are due March 3, 2008.


The Mellon Curricular Innovation Grants are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as an extension of the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship on Undergraduate Research.

The multi-year Mellon Initiative is aimed at encouraging and facilitating faculty collaboration with the Library and other campus partners to strengthen connections between undergraduate research, information literacy, and library collections, and to create scalable and sustainable models for curricular change.

Feb 11, 2008 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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