Moffitt Library Student Advisory Council Accepting Applications

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Do you live in the library? Do you never come to the library?

We want your opinion on how Moffitt Library can best meet your scholarly needs and those of your fellow undergraduates at UC Berkeley.

Apply to join the Moffitt Library Student Advisory Council by October 21, 2015.

The Moffitt Library is accepting applications from undergraduate students.

As a council member, you would provide advice and suggestions on services, events, programs and technology available in Moffitt Library.


Post contributed by Jean Ferguson, Learning and Research Communities Librarian

Oct 09, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Bancroft Roundtable: The Mechanics' Institute and the Development of San Francisco's 'Fair Culture'

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The rich history of San Francisco's fair culture is the subject of the next Bancroft Rountable. Taryn Edwards,Librarian/Historian, Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room will explore this topic with a lecture and slides.

The Mechanics' Institute hosted thirty-one industrial expositions that displayed and promoted the products of local entrepreneurs and inventors, between the years of 1857 and 1899.

These expositions bolstered California's infant economy, encouraged the demand for local goods, and whetted the public's appetite for elaborate, multi-attraction fairs.

Given the Mechanics Institute's vast experience with putting on such spectacles, its members were involved as consultants on larger state-wide fairs including the California Midwinter Fair of 1894, the Golden Jubilee Mining Fair of 1898, the Portola Festival of 1909, and the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

When: Noon, October 15, 2015

Where: Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Free and open to the public.


Post contributed by

Kathryn M. Neal

Associate University Archivist

University Archives

The Bancroft Library

Oct 07, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

SLC Research Writing Workshops

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Undergraduates can sign-up below for these research-focused Fall writing workshops offered by the Student Learning Center --

Kick Start Your Research: Making Plans to Stay Ahead
Thurs 10/8 | 4-5:30PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP
Mon 10/12 | 11AM-12:30PM | 151 Chavez | RSVP

This workshop aims to get you started on your research project. We will cover faculty expectations of research at Cal, walk through the general structure of a research paper, and explore the resources available to student researchers on campus.

Scholar, Activated: Turning Your Curiosities into Tangible Research Questions
Thurs 10/22 | 4-5:30PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP
Mon 10/26 | 11AM-12:30PM | 151 Chavez | RSVP

This workshop offers strategies for bringing your research project into sharper focus. We will discuss qualities of a feasible research project, and explore elements of an intellectually significant research question.

From the Archives and Back: Making Meaning of Your Sources
Thurs 10/29 | 4-5:30PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP
Mon 11/6 | 11AM-12:30PM | 151 Chavez | RSVP

Engaging with primary and secondary sources is integral to the research process. It informs your scholarly voice, shapes the direction of your research, and strengthens your claim. This workshop provides you with concrete strategies for analyzing and making meaning of your sources.

Break Ground: Building the Paper You Envisioned
Thurs 11/5 | 4-5:30PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP
Mon 11/9 | 11AM-12:30PM | 151 Chavez | RSVP

This workshop is designed to get your writing juices flowing. We will cover strategies for transforming your findings and observations into a coherent, well-supported, and well-written research paper.

Let Your Writing Sing: Realizing Your Vision Through Revision
Thurs 11/19 | 4-5:30PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP
Mon 11/23 | 11AM-12:30PM | 151 Chavez | RSVP

Now that you have turned in your research proposal, carefully analyzed your primary and secondary sources, and produced a draft of your research paper, you could benefit from a discerning reader to help you strengthen your work. Our hands-on workshop will provide you with concrete strategies for becoming your own discerning reader.

RRR Week Workshops

Break Ground: Building the Paper You Envisioned

Mon 12/7 | 4-5:30PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP

Let Your Writing Sing: Realizing Your Vision Through Revision
Tues 12/8 | 4-5:30PM | Location TBA | RSVP

Oct 07, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Library Prize Winner: Samuel Diener

Each academic year, the Library honors the very best undergraduate papers from courses across campus with the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. This is the second in a series of posts that highlight the fantastic work of each of our 2015 prize winners.

Samuel Diener ('15), who entered the doctoral program in English at Harvard this Fall, dug deep into the rare book collections in the Bancroft Library as well as the library-licensed Eighteenth-Century Collections Online database to research his prize-winning English H195 paper, Modes of Fictionality in the Works of Daniel Defoe and Captain Charles Johnson. Diener also took advantage of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to travel to archives on the east coast in his exploration of the fictional poetics of the early 1720s. His advisor, Dr. Janet Sorensen, noted that "his integration of difficult theoretical questions with top-notch archival work is utterly remarkable for an undergraduate."

An exhibit highlighting Diener's work is on display now in the Charlene Conrad Leibau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research display case on the second floor of Doe Library. The exhibit was designed by Aisha Hamilton and curated by Monica Singh.

Oct 07, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Movies @ Moffitt

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The Movies @ Moffitt series features films selected by students for students, on the first Wednesday of each month. This month's selection, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, will play on Wednesday, October 7th.

Synopsis: From the early days of NOW, with ladies in their hats and gloves, to the raucous street theatrics of WITCH (Women's International Conspiracy from Hell) and modern day "slut walks," She's Beautiful When She's Angry showcases never-before-seen archival footage to tell the story of the women's liberation movement.

When: Wednesday, October 7. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the film starts at 7:00pm.

Where: 150D Moffitt Library

A UCB student ID is required for entry, and the event is free.


Post contributed by Tim Dilworth, First Year Coordinator, The Library

Sep 30, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

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