Summer reading list 2010

Every summer, the Library and the Office of Educational Development send new freshmen a list of recommended books.

This year's theme is ?Education Matters?.  The list includes memoirs, biographies, arguments, poetry, fiction, and even one blog.

This isn't required reading, but rather a great list of titles suggested by faculty and staff as a way of welcoming incoming students to the intellectual life of the university.

» Previous summer reading lists

May 20, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

OskiCat and proxy server downtime, May 14-15

The following services will be unavailable from 10pm Friday May 14 until 2am Saturday May 15, while a server is down for needed maintenance:

  • OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog.
  • UCB call number and availability information in both versions of Melvyl.
  • The library proxy server for accessing licensed electronic resources (VPN will still work).

Other than that, our website will not be affected.

May 14, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

RRR and Finals hours, May 6-14

The Cal libraries will have special hours May 6-14, during a portion of Reading, Recitation and Review (RRR) week and Finals week.

These include a 24-hour Study Hall in Moffitt Library and Gardner (MAIN) Stacks beginning at 9am on Thursday, May 6 and ending at 5pm Friday, May 14.

» Spring Finals hours (PDF)

For current schedules of other libraries on campus, see our Library Hours page.

Food and drinks are not permitted in the library, including the stacks. We recommend taking a break in the Free Speech Movement Café.

May 07, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Undergraduate Research Prize winners

The 2010 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research competition is a reminder that excellent scholarship can still flourish in austere times.  The winning projects are listed below.


  • Ryan Cohen, "Classroom for Improvement: How Decentralization Hinders Argentine Educational Equity," Senior Lecturer Alan Karras (IAS/PEIS)
  • Theresa Joy Hannig, ?The Inconstant Basilica of Constantine,? GSI Sharone Tomer (Architecture)
  • Robin Lam, "Photographing the Illusion of Austerity: Fashion Photography and Femininity in Post-WWII Britain," Prof. James Vernon (History)
  • Simeon Newman, "Yacyreta, Argentina's White Elephant: Hydroelectric Development, International Capital, and Transnational Resistance," Asst. Prof. Mark Healey (History)
  • Matthew Rietfors, ?Patriotism versus Principles: Perspectives on the Eve of the Mexican War,? Prof. James Casey, Librarians David Farrell and Peter Hanff (UGIS)

Honorable Mention

  • Jessica Clark, "The Chaco Allure: 150 Years of Archaeological Fascination with Pueblo Bonito," CSI Sharone Tomer (Architecture)
  • Lilian Fabela, ?The Legal Construction of Racial Identities through Anti-Miscegenation Laws and Court Cases in Arizona, 1865-1962,? Prof. Brian Delay (History)
  • Miriam Paula Rubenson, "'The Purity of the Ballot Box': How Ex-felons Won the Right to Vote in California, 1966-1974," Prof. Robin Einhorn (History)
  • Alexandra Title, ?A Comparative Study of Scleractinian Coral Diversity in Mo?orea, French Polynesia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia,? Prof. Brent Mishler (Integrative Biology)

The successful entrants will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 5, 4-6pm in the Morrison Library.

»  More information on the competition

May 04, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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Use our guide to Citing Your Sources.


Apr 28, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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