Melvyl downtime, October 22-23

The Melvyl catalog will be down for maintenance from 11pm on Saturday, October 22 to 3am on Sunday, October 23.

OskiCat will still be available during this time.

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Oct 20, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

ProQuest, Chadwyck-Healey, and CSA Illumina database downtime, October 22-23

Research databases branded ProQuest, CSA Illumina, and Chadwyck-Healey will be down for maintenance from 7pm Saturday, October 22 until 7am Sunday, October 23.

This outage will affect an unusually large number of our databases. The following is only a partial list:

  • AltPress Watch
  • American Periodicals Series
  • ArchiveFinder
  • Black Studies Center
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • ERIC via CSA
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Historical Annual Reports
  • Historical Newspapers
  • Literature Online
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • NTIS
  • PAIS International
  • PolicyFile
  • ProQuest Newspapers
  • PsycInfo
  • Research Library

For a more complete list, search on proquest, csa, or chadwyck here. For alternative databases to use during that time, see our Electronic Resource Finder.

Oct 20, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

New electronic resources

The library subscribes to more than 1000 premium online information sources. To learn more about what we've added in the last month, see our list of new resources.

ADDED since last update:

DELETED since last update


CHANGES since last update:

To find out more about any of our electronic resources, search its title here.


Oct 06, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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 Café.

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

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