Undergraduate Research Library Prize

Are you finishing up a great research project this semester? Applications are 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.

Whether you're taking an R&C, an intro to history or working on your honor's thesis, we invite you to submit your research project. The prize is $750 for lower division and $1,000 for upper-division papers, and up to six prizes are granted annually. Applications are open until April 16, 2015.

Some highlights from 2014's winners:

A Pioneer In Health Care For "Families Who Follow The Crops": California and the Making Of the Migrant Health Act, 1949-1962 by Rachel Cadman. Cadman's History 101 paper explores the genesis of the Migrant Health Act in the context of the emergence of migrant health care clinics in postwar California, showing the role that activists and politicians played promoting this federal legislation.

Posthumous Schubert: The Exhumation of the Solo Piano Works in Mid- and Late-19th-Century Transcription and Editing by Jeremiah Trujillo. Trujillio's research paper for Music 199 examined ways in which Schubert's image was shaped and the reception of his solo piano works changed in the mid-and late-1800s, well after his lifetime.

Need more inspiration? Take a look at papers from other past winners.

Apr 02, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Digital Humanities Faire

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Please join the Berkeley DH community on April 7th and 8th for a special two-day Berkeley DH Faire 2015. Over the past few years, the digital humanities community at Berkeley has grown exponentially across disciplines. This event will serve to connect established digital humanities scholars, interested graduate students, the libraries and support staff in discussions about methods, resources, and current projects.

Tuesday April 7, 2015 9:30-11AM | 180 Doe Library
A Panel Discussion on Digitally Supported Research and Pedagogy with Edmund Campion (CNMAT and Music) , Andrew Garrett (Linguistics), Mila Oiva (History), Alex Tarr (Geography), and moderated by Mary Elings. This event is hosted by the Library.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 3:10-6:00PM | Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor Barrows Hall

  • Keynote address by Professor Zephyr Frank, Department of History, Spatial History Project at Stanford University
  • A panel discussion on Landscape of Berkeley DH with Elizabeth Honig, Laurie Pearce, Francesco Spagnolo, and moderated by Cathryn Carson.
  • Poster presentation of current digital humanities projects. Please RSVP for the poster session and reception.

This event is co-sponsored by Computing and the Practice of History, the History Department, Digital Humanities at Berkeley (a collaboration between Research IT and the Dean of Arts and Humanities), Digital Humanities Fellows, the D-Lab, Social Science Matrix, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Library.

Apr 02, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Happy April Fools' Day!

The University Library at UC Berkeley would like to thank everyone who found humor in our April Fools' Day blog post. Please know that the Library is not going to close and turn into a coffee bar, our experienced library professionals will not be making and serving coffee, and there is no bLib tool (though that one does sound potentially awesome!).

We hope you enjoyed a little bit of laughter at the start of the second half of a very busy Spring semester.

Thank you!

Apr 01, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Story Hour with Joyce Carol Oates

Photo By Murdo Macleod

Joyce Carol Oates will be reading from her work and answering questions at the Morrison Library on April 9 from 5-6pm for the Library's monthly prose reading series, Story Hour.

Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction, including We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Most recently, she published Carthage and The Sacrifice, as well as the story collections High-Crime Area and Lovely, Dark, Deep.

Oates' many honors include the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Prix Femina Etranger, and the President's Medal in the Humanities. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Oates has taught recently at Berkeley and Stanford, and is on the faculty at Princeton University.

Apr 01, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

University Library to Close, Reopen as a Coffee Bar

Following the successful digitization of millions of print holdings in the  Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, the Doe Library will be closing permanently at the end of the Spring semester. "The ambitious plan will allow us to better serve the biblioclast community," University Librarian Tom Leonard said.

Most of the Library's print collection is now available for free on Google, while certain titles with copyright restrictions will soon be accessible to UC Berkeley students in the Fall via bLib, the newest addition to the bConnected suite of Google-powered collaboration tools that includes bMail and bCal.

After all of the books are removed from the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks over the Summer, the former Library space will reopen in the Fall as the FSM Cafe and Google Study Center. Associate University Librarian Elizabeth Dupuis notes that over the Summer all librarians will attend barista training seminars at Blue Bottle Coffee and the Doe Reference Desk on the second floor will reopen as an espresso bar, while cold-brew and artisanal pour-over coffee will be available at the former Circulation Desk. "We're committed to meeting the student body's growing needs for high quality roasts on campus." Exotic fair-trade teas will also be available.

Some faculty are concerned that Google is not always an effective tool for finding scholarly materials. Geoff Nunberg of the I School finds Google's Book Search to be a disaster for scholars, for example, noting that "books aren't simply vehicles for communicating information, and managing a vast library collection requires different skills, approaches, and data than those that enabled Google to dominate Web searching."

Sophomore Roberto Busa, however, is unconcerned: "I'm pretty sure what I need is online and if it's not, how am I supposed to find it anyway?"

Library staff are thrilled by the upcoming changes and hope to continue meeting growing needs for humor on the UC Berkeley campus.

Image courtesy of Trace Lexington Byrd, the Noun Project

Apr 01, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

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