Summer Reading List: Jar City

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

Jar City

Arnaldur Indridason

New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2005

"Our department teaches introductory courses in Scandinavian culture (literature, film, art), and we welcome freshmen to join us in Scandinavian 60 (focusing on early Scandinavia -- aka Vikings) and Scandinavian 75 (modern Scandinavia). Here are a couple of titles [See also previous post for Hrafnkel's Saga.] from our syllabi:

Jar City is a detective thriller set in contemporary Iceland. The sale of the Icelandic people's genetic information to a for-profit research company caused a controversy about the ethics surrounding privacy and health. Indridason's first mystery novel poses the question: What would happen if a criminal abused his access to that database?"

--- Linda Rugg, Professor, Scandinavian

This post was contributed by

Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Jun 22, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Congratulations to Library Retirees!

Photo Source: vistamommy via CC,

The Library is pleased to offer congratulations and the best of luck to twenty Library retirees this summer. They have over 600 years of combined service to the Libraries and will be greatly missed!

  • Mark Barone, Systems Office
  • Penny Bertrang, Systems Office
  • Michaelyn Burnette, Humanities Librarian
  • John Ceballos, Art History/Classics Library
  • Lorelie Crabtree-Mansur, Business Services
  • Stephen Denney, Catalog and Metadata Services
  • Vic Fischer, Bancroft Library
  • Paul Hamburg, Librarian for the Judaica Collection
  • Cris Guerrero, Social Research Library
  • Tom Leonard, University Librarian
  • Tonette Mendoza, Catalog and Metadata Services
  • Garey Mills, Systems Office
  • Noriko Nishizawa, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
  • Lupe Ochoa, Catalog and Metadata Services
  • Don Robinson, Facilities Office
  • Charlotte Rubens, Northern Regional Library Facility
  • Mary Scott, Graphic Services
  • Baiba Strads, Bancroft Library
  • Vanessa Tait, South/Southeast Asia Library
  • Lupe Villegas, Social Research Library
Jun 22, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Japanese American Confinement Sites Interviews (ROHO)

The Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) recently published a new group of oral history interviews focused on Japanese American Confinement Sites / World War II American Home Front History Project online. These interviews document the experiences of Japanese American students who attended UC Berkeley before or after being incarcerated during WWII.

ROHO also interviewed two deaf interviewees in American Sign Language, and the collections include donated interviews by the Japanese American Women / Alumnae of UC Berkeley [JAWAUCB], a Cal Band oral history, a life oral history with teacher Janet Daijogo, and related ROHO interviews.

This project grew out of ROHO's long collaboration with the National Park Service on the broader Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front Oral History Project and was primarily funded by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program of the National Park Service.

Jun 22, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Will Brown's Berkeley Art Museum installation in Morrison Library

As a part of the Berkeley Art Museum's Matrix series, Will Brown, the SF-based art collective, recently installed a one-of-a-kind book in the Morrison Library that pays tribute to the artist Dan Flavin. The leather-bound book contains ephemera and information about a piece by Flavin that was installed in BAM in 1978, as well as more information about Will Brown's entire MATRIX 259 project.

The artist book can be found on the mezzanine in the center alcove. It will be on display in Morrison until September 13th as BAM relocates to its new location this Fall.

Jun 17, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Appointment of new University Librarian

Photo Source: Bonnie Azab Powell / UC Berkeley

The Library is excited to welcome Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, who has served as dean of the University of Michigan School of Information since 2010, as UC Berkeley's next University Librarian. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele announced MacKie-Mason's appointment last week, as the UC Berkeley News Center reports, noting that much of MacKie-Mason's scholarship "has concentrated on questions concerning digital libraries and electronic access to materials and journals."

MacKie-Mason is currently a Professor in information and computer science, economics and public policy at Michigan, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. He will begin his new role at UC Berkeley in October, following the June retirement of Tom Leonard, who has served as University Librarian for fifteen years. Associate University Librarians Beth Dupuis and Erik Mitchell will co-direct the Library in the interim.

Jun 17, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

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