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Maintenance work in Doe Library

A much needed maintenance project on the Doe Library roof and gutters begins this month and continues through approximately October 31.

Doe Library is 100 years old, and the gutters and drains are original to the building. In several places those are rusted through, and during rainstorms it is unfortunately common to have leaks throughout the building, often over the Art History/Classics Library and collections.

This work is being planned to cause the least possible disruption during fall semester, and especially around mid-terms. The noisiest work will be done from 9pm-9am and during the first four weeks of the project. Some portions of the work will be completed sooner, allowing certain operations to return to normal earlier than the final project completion date.

Visible changes during this project:

  • Scaffolding will be placed around the south, east, and west sides of the building; debris chutes and bins will be placed on the south side.
  • Update: The Heyns (East) and Rosberg Reading Rooms are closed until Monday November 14. Materials will be paged daily. Reserves have been moved to Moffitt Library.
  • The Art History/Classics Library is closed until Thursday October 13.
  • The AIDS Memorial Courtyard will be closed, and rearranged to accommodate scaffolding.
  • Overall there will be some noise and odors throughout the building during business hours.

While this work is being done, people with UC IDs might consider moving to Moffitt Library and the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, which will be less impacted.

Aug 02, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Your input wanted on library website

The UC Berkeley Library is trying to get a better understanding of how people use our website (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/) and we need your help!

We are looking for any current UC Berkeley students or faculty who would like to sit down with a Library staff member and show us how you use our site. Whether you use it every day, intermittently, or have never used it, we're interested in speaking with you.

In exchange for about an hour of your time, we'll give you a $10 gift certificate to the FSM Cafe in Moffitt Library.

We will record the session, but all recordings and data collected will only be used internally for website redesign purposes.

If you are interested in helping us, please email Matthew Prutsman:
mprutsma[at]library.berkeley.edu

Aug 02, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Data Lab by appointment July 18-August 24

To accommodate vacation schedules and other priorities, the Data Lab will be open by appointment only from July 18 through August 24, 2011.

To schedule an appointment, users should send an e-mail to data@library.berkeley.edu.

The Data Lab, located in Doe Annex 189, provides access to a growing collection of electronic data files and analytical software.

Jul 13, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

OCLC database downtime

Beginning on Saturday, July 9 at 10pm  until at least 3am and possibly as late as 8am on Sunday, July 10, 2011,  several services provided by OCLC will be down for maintenance.

The Melvyl catalog, which is based on OCLC's WorldCat system, will continue to operate normally except that book cover images will not display.

In addition, these services will be unavailable:

  • ArchiveGrid
  • Alternative Press Index
  • Anthropology Plus
  • ArticleFirst
  • PapersFirst
  • ... and other FirstSearch databases (for a list, search "firstsearch" here).
Jul 08, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Art History/Classics Library closure

Date changed: The Art History/Classics Library is closed until Thursday October 13, while major maintenance work is done on the Doe Library building.

During the closure, OskiCat users can request that materials be paged for their use by clicking on the Art History/Classics location link or by following the instructions on this page.

Also during this time, Art History/Classics course reserves will be available at the Moffitt Library circulation desk.

Jul 06, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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