Mark Twain's autobiography, in print and online

Mark Twain completed his autobiography in 1910, but insisted that it not be published until a hundred years after his death, saying that "A book that is not to be published for a century gives the writer a freedom which he could secure in no other way."

The wait is over.   The Autobiography of Mark Twain is being published in print by the University of California Press, and on the web, in a freely available annotated edition, by the library's Mark Twain Project.

Oct 25, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Open Access Week at UCB

Open Access Week is a global event promoting Open Access as the new norm in scholarship and research. Several Berkeley events are planned for OA week and beyond.

  • Students, researchers, faculty and the public are invited to attend.
  • Come early and get a free t-shirt! (a limited number of open access t-shirts and PLoS t-shirts will be distributed at each event.)

Publish Smart, Maximize Impact

Do you have an article you want to publish? Are you trying to decide where to place it? This workshop will examine how journals are ranked for impact (including some of the controversies about ranking systems), and your rights as an author. Are you confused about copyright? Do you want to be able to post copies of your article on your own website? Do you know whether you'll be able to? We will discuss Berkeley funding to support open access publishing, and the movement in academia to make information more accessible. Not only is open access a social good, it can also be good for you as an author!

Three sessions will be offered, each with a slightly different focus:

Social Sciences
Wednesday, October 20
251 Doe Library

Humanities & Area Studies
Thursday, October 28
2:00 - 3:30pm
251 Doe Library

Friday, October 29
12 noon - 1:30pm
Biosciences Library Seminar Room

Action for Open Access

The Students for Free Culture sponsor this webcast with Nick Shockey of the Right to Research Coalition, a national organization that believes no student should be denied access to research they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.

Thursday, October 21
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bioscience Library Seminar Room

Open Access Goes to Washington

In July 2010, a Congressional Hearing held to inform legislators primed to consider the Federal Research Public Access Act (or FRPAA) offered a unique opportunity for lawmakers to hear the testimonies of 10 witnesses as they spoke to the important implications of expanding public access to the results of federally funded scientific research.  Catherine Nancarrow was a witness at this Hearing. She will summarize the points she made and describe the reactions of the Congressional panel who now, better informed, will be considering the issues in advance of a vote.

Friday, October 22
12 noon - 1:30pm
Bioscience Library Seminar Room

Open Access and other Intellectual Properties of Learning

In this talk, Professor John Willinsky will provide a brief update on current developments in open access. He will sketch out a host of reasons (historical, philosophical, economic, and legal) why some form of open access on a global basis is an entirely reasonable expectation, full of educational and intellectual advantages.

John Willinsky is the Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and director of the Public Knowledge Project. Much of his published work, as well as PKP's journal and conference management software, is freely available through the project's website.

Thursday, November 4
Education/Psychology Library


Oct 13, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

"My ILL Requests" now online

UC Berkeley users of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can now view a list of their interlibrary borrowing requests online.

Those who have successfully made an ILL  request, either online or in person, can see:

  • A list of items they have requested, which can be sorted by due date, author, or title.
  • The status of each request (pending, received, returned, etc.)
  • The due date by which they must return the item.

There are options to cancel a request, as well as request a renewal (which we cannot guarantee, since that decision is up to the lending institution).

"My ILL Requests" may be accessed via the Interlibrary Loan link on the library homepage, or a button on the Interlibrary Borrowing Service page.  Off-campus users of our proxy server may be prompted for a CalNet ID; all users will need to log in with their UC Berkeley ID card number and Library PIN.

» Video tutorial
» Frequently Asked Questions

Oct 10, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

E-book survey: opinions wanted, prizes offered

Update: This survey has been completed and is no longer online.

The University of California Libraries are surveying UC faculty, staff, and students about their preferences among print and e-books while doing academic work.

This information is being gathered to assist the UC libraries in planning future purchases, programs and services. Your participation in this survey is both voluntary and invaluable.

The survey will at some points specifically ask about Springer E-books. It is not necessary for you to have used Springer E-books, or in fact any e-books, for your feedback to be valuable to us.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.  Respondents who enter their name and email address will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates to the UC campus bookstore of their choice.  Names and email addresses will not be used for any purpose beyond the drawing and will be destroyed after the drawing.

Oct 10, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Water Resources Center Archives, preparing to move, closes Oct. 15

The Water Resources Center Archives will close October 15 in preparation for its move to Southern California.

This blog post gives details of the move and describes how WRCA's materials will be accessible afterwards.

Oct 08, 2010 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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