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Summer Reading List: The Sixth Extinction

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 Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

"Are we going the way of the dinosaurs? Selected as one of The New York Times Best Books of the Year for 2014, Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History explores this question by bringing science to life with engaging personal stories and interviews and cool biological facts. Kolbert makes very distant history fascinatingly relevant and real. Not only does Kolbert compel readers with the urgency of our situation, she also tells a story of how ideas, specifically the ideas of extinction and evolution, are born - a story of how knowledge itself, in all its messiness, is created."

---KIM FREEMAN, 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

Aug 19, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Summer Reading List: The Ghost Map

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 Ghost Map, Steven Johnson, New York: Riverhead Books, 2006.

"John Snow has been called 'The father of geographic information systems (GIS),'The father of public health,' 'The father of environmental engineering,' and 'The father of epidemiology.' Read this fascinating book about his approach to understanding the real cause for cholera in London in the 19th century, and how he won political battles to protect the public's health. This is an excellent book for students at all levels including those with no background in biology or public health."

---CHARLOTTE SMITH, Lecturer, School of Public Health

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

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Aug 19, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Summer Reading List: The Story of Stuff

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 Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard, New York: Free Press, 2010.

"In my course, Reading and Composition in Energy, Society, and Environmental Design, I assigned Leonard's book and the students really enjoyed reading and discussing it. Leonard, a former Greenpeace activist and now the organization's executive director, writes in an accessible journalistic/narrative style and uses data to make strong argumentative points about the life cycle of objects, their production, issues of sustainability, and consumerism."

---SAIMA AKHTAR, Department of Architecture

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

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Aug 19, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Environmental Design Library - Welcome Week Orientations

Want to learn how library resources can make your research easier? Head over to Wurster Hall (Room 305) on August 24th and 25th. The Environmental Design Library invites you to attend orientation sessions to some stellar tools at your disposal.

Drop by for just one session or stay for them all. No registration necessary. See schedule below.

Monday, August 24

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Citation Management with Zotero

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: 10 Things You Should Know About the Library

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Finding the Right Electronic Resource

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Using Google Scholar with Berkeley resource

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: GIS Services for CED Students

Tuesday, August 25

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Citation Management with Zotero

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: 10 Things You Should Know About the Library

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: OskiCat and Melvyl: Finding books at the 10 UC campuses

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Using the Avery Index for Identifying Plans, Sections, and Elevations

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Finding Images for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Planners

Aug 17, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Summer 2015 Fiat Lux newsletter

The Summer 2015 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library's newsletter, is now available online.

This issue features a story about the new University Librarian, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, as well as the 2015 winners of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

Aug 17, 2015 | Categories: Library News | agorden

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