Focus groups on Moffitt Library renovation

Update: We've had an amazing response to this call for volunteers, so signups for these focus groups are now closed. We will notify those who have been selected to participate. Thanks for your willingness to help us keep improving the Cal libraries!

Hey, undergrads! Have ideas for Moffitt Library?

Sign up to attend a special, two-hour focus group about the future of Cal's libraries, on Monday evening, October 24. Students selected to attend will receive a $25 gift certificate from FSM Caf.

The Library is working with Hart Research Associates, a prominent survey research firm, to gather more student input about the Moffitt Renovation Project and how best to pitch this project to donors. We are hosting two focus groups and hope to get a broad mix of student participants -- different majors, different years in school, different ways they use (or why they avoid) the libraries, etc.

Please spread the word to friends and fellow undergrads to volunteer! The focus groups will be on Monday, October 24 -- one from 5-7pm and one from 7:30-9:30pm -- in Moffitt Library.

Get more information and sign up today at:

Oct 06, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Website and catalog downtime October 6

The library website, the OskiCat catalog, and many other online systems will be down from 4am to 7am on Thursday October 6.

Affected systems include:

  • OskiCat (
  • Electronic Resource Finder (
  • Library proxy server and other services requiring CalNet login.
  • Library websites

    • Library Web (
    • Mobile Library Web (
    • The Bancroft Library website (
    • Summer Reading List (
    • Mark Twain Project Online ( &
    • Moffitt Library renovation (
    • Mets Viewer (
    • Digital collections (
    • Digital images (
    • Technical Reports (
    • Statistical Reports (
    • ARK resolver (

During this time, Melvyl, the UC-wide and worldwide library catalog, will still be operating, though it will not show current status information for UC Berkeley items, and the Request button will not be working.

Oct 04, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the freedom to read as you choose, during Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1.

Banned and Challenged Classics
Cal reading list of banned books
Google "Explore Banned Books"
Banned Books Online

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Sep 28, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Mobile website down Wednesday morning

Date changed: The library's mobile website, along with other UC Berkeley mobile sites, will be down for a hardware upgrade, from 8am to approximately 8:15am on Wednesday, September 21.

Sep 19, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Melvyl, WorldCat, and FirstSearch databases down Saturday night

Melvyl, WorldCat, and other services provided by OCLC will be down for maintenance from Saturday, September 17 at 10pm until at least 5am on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Besides Melvyl and WorldCat, the following databases will be unavailable:

  • ArchiveGrid
  • Alternative Press Index
  • Anthropology Plus
  • ArticleFirst
  • PapersFirst
  • ... and other FirstSearch databases (for a list, search "firstsearch" here).

OskiCat will continue to operate normally during this period.

Sep 14, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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