Map Your Data with GIS Tools

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Maps are powerful tools for analyzing and displaying patterns among data sets. Librarian Susan Powell will introduce basic concepts and tools used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a short workshop on February 18, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm in the Bechtel Engineering Center, Engineering Library Training Room. The workshop will cover key GIS resources that the library offers, as well as some of the best freely available sources and will be helpful to beginning as well as more advanced researchers. No registration required.

Another workshop introducing three web platforms for mapping thematic and demographic data--SimplyMap, Social Explorer, and Policy Map--will be held on February 26, 2015, from 11:30 am-12:00 pm in the Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library, Room 110.

Feb 09, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Berg Fashion Library Trial Ends Soon

Are you interested in world fashion? Learn about the evolution of dress and the historical and cultural context of fashion through The Berg Fashion Library. Students and researchers have access to a wide range of content including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, lesson plans, e-books, and over 7000 images. The online library is fully searchable.

To offer your feedback and to learn more about the Library's trial, available until February 28, 2015, check out the Art History blog post on the topic.

Feb 09, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Environmental Design Archives' Exhibit: "Designing People"

The Environmental Design Archives' new exhibit Designing People examines over a century of representations of people in architectural and landscape drawings. Designers often include figures (pets, children, shoppers, workers, etc.) to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed architectural design and humanize a space, but their representations of average, day-to-day people can also reveal interesting details about the time period and the people living in it.

Located in the Volkmann Reading Room at the Environmental Design Library, the exhibit will be available February 11 - May 19, 2015.

Feb 09, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Publish for Impact Workshop

Are you hoping to successfully publish your research? In just 30 minutes, librarian Jeffery Loo, will provide tips on publishing research for maximum impact and will cover open access, alternative publishing options, and strategies for promoting your work. Join us on February 10, 2015 from 1 to 1:30pm in the Bechtel Engineering Center, Engineering Library Training Room.

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Feb 05, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Airbears is Retiring

Airbears will be retired in May 2015, so now is a good time to finally set up Airbears 2. You can follow these simple instructions to connect to Airbears 2 from your personal computer. You have to create a key before signing into the network. After making an Airbears 2 key, just select the appropriate wifi option and sign in with your CalNet ID as the username and the generated key as the password. Once you do this the first time, your computer should automatically connect to Airbears 2 anywhere on campus.

The campus will continue to offer other viable wifi options like Eduroam and Calvisitor. Learn more about campus wi-fi options via Information Services and Technology (IST).

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Feb 05, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

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