Current Melvyl, UC-eLinks, and other CDL services down early morning July 11

Several computer services provided by the California Digital Library (CDL) will be down for maintenance on Sunday, July 11 from 12:01am through 7:00am.  These include:

During this time, you will still be able to do searches on the Next Generation Melvyl catalog.  However, our E-Journal titles A-Z list and links from our catalogs and website to some article databases and other licensed resources may not work.

Jul 09, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

ProQuest downtime July 10-11

Research databases that use the ProQuest interface will be down for maintenance from 7pm Saturday, July 10 until 3am Sunday, July 11. Here is a partial list of the databases affected:

  • AltPress Watch
  • American Periodicals Series
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Historical Annual Reports
  • Historical Newspapers
  • ProQuest Newspapers

For a more complete list, search the word "proquest" here. For alternative databases to use during that time, see our Electronic Resource Finder.


Jul 09, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Get book information from OskiCat via texting and QR Codes

Until now, there were only so many ways to get book locations and call numbers from OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog.  You could print out the screen, export the information via e-mail, or write it on a piece of paper or on your hand (yes, people do this).

Two new options can save you time (and possibly some hand-washing).  You can send information directly from OskiCat to your cell phone via text/SMS, or use your phone's camera to scan a QR Code from the computer screen.

These methods will not give you enough information to cite the book in a paper, but it will be enough to find it in the library.  For example, the QR Code for The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility by Stewart Brand reads as follows:

The clock of the lon:: ::BD638 .B73 1999 Moffitt:AVAILABLE

To use these functions, click on the title of a book, journal, or other printed item in your search results to go to the detailed record.  In this illustration, the top red arrow shows the Text/SMS area.  The bottom red arrow shows the QR Code.  See below for detailed instructions.


Text book information to your cell phone:
  1. If the book is owned by more than one library, select the radio button of the appropriate library.
  2. Select your cell provider from the menu list. If your cell provider isn't included in the menu list, contact the Library Web Manager.
  3. Type in your 10 digit cell phone number (example: 5101234567)
  4. Click on the Send button.

The text message will include the following information:

  • Title (truncates at 20 characters)
  • Call number
  • Location
  • Status (Available, Checked Out, etc.)
  • Note (Library Use Only, etc.)
  • Author

QR Codes

QR ("Quick Response") Codes are two-dimensional barcodes which can be scanned by a cell phone camera prompting the cell phone to display text contained in the code.

What's included in an OskiCat QR Code:

  • Title
  • Location
  • Availability
  • Call number

In order to make use of QR Codes you need:

  • A cell phone with a camera
  • QR Code reading software

    • Find QR Reader software for your cell phone:

      • via
      • search the Web for the model of your phone along with "QR reader"
      • get the free QR app for the iPhone

For more information about QR Codes, see this Wikipedia article.

Jul 01, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

CDL services down early morning June 27

Due to scheduled maintenance, all California Digital Library services and resources will be unavailable early Sunday morning, June 27, 2010.  The outage will be from 12:01 ? 1:00 AM PDT.  Once the maintenance has been completed, all resources will again be available. 
The affected resources include the Archival Resource Key (ARK) service, Calisphere, California Digital Library (CDL) website, Consortial Borrowing System (VDX), Dermatology Online Journal, Digital Preservation Repository, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, ePublications (ECAI), eScholarship Repository, eScholarship Editions, current Melvyl, My ILL Portal, Online Archive of California (OAC), Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC) website, Open Archives Initiative (OAI), Persistent URL Resolution Service (PID), Request (Interlibrary Loan) service, UC-eLinks, Web Archiving Service (WAS), Web Archives, and the University of California Libraries website.      

Jun 24, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Dissertation Writer's Room Opens June 21

Starting -- or seeking to finish -- work on your dissertation? Would a dedicated space encourage focus and concentration on your writing? Would being in the quiet company of fellow doctoral candidates from humanities and social science disciplines lend moral support to your efforts?

Graduate Division Dean Andrew Szeri and Doe Library's Graduate Services staff are pleased to offer a new space dedicated to doctoral students advanced to candidacy: the Dissertation Writer's Room, opening Monday, June 21, 2010, in 215 Doe.

Located at the rear of Graduate Services at 208 Doe Library, DWR hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9AM-9PM; Friday, 9AM-5PM; and Sunday, 1PM-9PM. As Graduate Services is reserved for the exclusive use of UCB graduate students, faculty, and staff, please remember to bring your UCB ID to show when you enter 208 Doe.

The DWR's current capacity accommodates six students using the study tables and two using the reading chairs; this will be expanded as utilization increases. AirBears enables wireless Internet connections.

Overall, Doe's Graduate Services is a study space for graduate students, housing ~25,000 volumes and a reserve library for graduate courses in the humanities and social sciences. The core collection comprises standard editions of core texts, works of major theorists, titles on Master's exams reading lists, and other materials heavily used by graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Graduate Services also houses the Modern Authors Collection (XMAC), comprised of the works of major 20th century English, American, and Anglophone literary authors,and a small collection of English and foreign language dictionaries.

By the way, in addition to the study spaces in Graduate Services, study carrels in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks can be reserved by graduate students. Graduate students may apply at the Doe Circulation Desk for these carrels, and books from the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks may be charged out and kept in the carrels.

We hope you will check out this new space over the summer and in the coming academic year. Your feedback is most welcome; please write to

Jun 21, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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