Next Generation Melvyl becomes ... Melvyl!

On June 24, 2011, the version of the Melvyl catalog known as "current Melvyl" was retired from service.  It was replaced by the version which had been known as the "Next Generation Melvyl Pilot".

The new Melvyl system offers:

  • the ability to search just the UC Libraries (our default setting), or expand the search to find items in over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
  • UC books digitized by Google and materials from the Online Archive of California, UC eScholarship, and UC Press.
  • journal article content from the ArticleFirst, British Library Inside, ERIC (education), and Medline databases.
  • automatic formatting of citations for your bibliography.
  • and many other features.

OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog, remains in use.  It shows which libraries on the UC Berkeley campus have an item, and includes course reserve items.  The "My OskiCat" feature lets you see your list of items checked out, renew items, and recall items checked out to another borrower.

For more information, see:
»  Melvyl Frequently Asked Questions
»  Guide to Library Catalogs.

Jun 24, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Homepage search box offers more options

The "Search catalogs or website" box on the library homepage now offers additional options:

The search box will do a basic keyword search in whatever system you select.  For more advanced options, use the links above (or on our website) to search each system individually.

Jun 23, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Website and catalog downtime June 12

The library website, the OskiCat catalog, and many other online systems will be down during campus electrical work from 7am to 3pm on Sunday, June 12.

Affected systems include:

  • Library websites

    • Library Web (
    • Mobile Library Web (
    • The Bancroft Library website (
    • Summer Reading List (
    • Mark Twain Project Online ( &
    • Moffitt Library renovation (
    • Mets Viewer (
    • Digital collections (
    • Digital images (
    • Technical Reports (
    • Statistical Reports (
    • ARK resolver (
  • OskiCat (
  • Electronic Resource Finder (

During this time, Next Generation Melvyl, the UC-wide and worldwide library catalog, will still be operating, though it will not show current status information for UC Berkeley items, and the Request button will not be working.

For more information about campuswide impacts, see:  Data Center Power Outage.

Jun 04, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Library Bookstore closes June 30

We are sad to report that the Library Bookstore will cease operation on June 30, 2011. It?s been a pleasure sharing with you the wonder and depth of content that has passed, via books, from our hands to yours.

Frank Carothers, who has managed the bookstore for nearly three decades, will retire this June. He would be hard to replace, and due to the Library-wide hiring freeze, we can?t even try.

University Librarian Tom Leonard especially asks that we share The Library?s intention to transition the bookstore operation into booksale events.

If you?d like more information as these are scheduled, please send an e-mail to librarybooksale-join[at] with the subject line ?subscribe.? You will receive a confirmation e-mail to which you must reply in order to join the mailing list.

We thank you, our many patrons and friends, for your support of the Library Bookstore during its years of operation. We look forward to seeing you at our book sale events.

Jun 02, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Librarian wins Chancellor?s Distinguished Service Award

Elizabeth Byrne, Head of the Environmental Design Library, has won the Chancellor?s Distinguished Service Award for 2011.

Since joining the Environmental Design Library in 1984, Byrne has led the way in establishing the library as one of top architecture, landscape, and planning libraries in North America. She was also recently the co-editor of Design on the Edge, which traces the history of architectural education at Berkeley.

To quote from the nomination letter, " ... the Environmental Design Library is the heart of the college, and the jewel in the crown of Berkeley's branch libraries, and Elizabeth Byrne is one of this university's treasures."

May 23, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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