Moffitt renovation project involves students

We are happy to announce a partnership with the Building Sustainability @Cal (BS@C) program to focus on the Moffitt Library for 2009-2010.  

BS@C is a service learning program that trains and utilizes students to help reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings by educating building inhabitants and identifying possible structural and operational changes. 

The students' focus on Moffitt Library will help us plan the Moffitt Library Revitalization Project, which will include major renovation of the building.

This fall, students in classes taught by Dr. Dan Kammen and Dr. Bill Berry will conduct waste, water, and lighting audits in the Moffitt Library.  That information will be useful baseline data before our renovation. 

Throughout the academic year, two BS@C interns will be working on more specialized projects such as waste audits of the FSM Cafe and Technical Services packing materials, and a lighting audit for the Moffitt Library classrooms.

These students also will conduct surveys of staff and library users on sustainability issues.  They will use the bulletin board in the Moffitt Library lobby for ongoing updates and educational information about sustainability in general and their work in Moffitt more specifically.

Oct 12, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

24 hour Study Hall to return

Thanks to a generous gift from two Cal parents, the popular 24 hour Study Hall that has become traditional in the Gardner (Main) Stacks and Moffitt Library during final exams will return this academic year. Budget cuts had made it necessary to discontinue the 24 hour Study Hall, but this wonderful donation from Richard and Lisa Steiny will allow the Library to provide this service in 2009-10. 

Fall finals covers Thursday, December 10 at 8 am through Saturday, December 19 at 5 pm. During this period, the Gardner (Main) Stacks and Moffitt Library will be open 24 hours for students to study; the Moffitt Microcomputer Lab and FSM Cafe will also be open during those hours. 

Oct 09, 2009 | Categories: Library News | admin

New electronic resources

The library subscribes to more than 900 premium online information sources. To learn more about what we've added in the last month, see our list of new resources.

» 18th Century German Literature Online
» American Slave narratives
» Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-present
» Mark Twain Project: digital, critical editions of Twain?s writings
» Marquis Complete Who's Who
» Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Database
» State Papers Online:: manuscripts from the British Library
» Thomson Research Investext: investment reports and financial analyses
(replaces Reuters Research on Demand)

» 19th Century Masterfile
» ABES Online (Annotated Bibliography for English Studies)
» American Heritage Dictionary 
» Reuters Research on Demand (replaced by Thomson Investext)

To find out more about any of our electronic resources, search its title here.

Oct 01, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Transportation Library closed Oct. 19 and Oct. 26

The Institute of Transportation Studies Library will be closed for staff development activities on Monday, October 19, as well as Monday, October 26.

Sep 23, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

ProQuest and CSA database downtime, Sept. 26-27

Research databases branded ProQuest and CSA will be down for maintenance from 7pm Saturday, September 26 until 7am Sunday, September 27.

This outage will affect an unusually large number of our databases. The following is only a partial list:

  • AltPress Watch
  • American Periodicals Series
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • ERIC via CSA
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Historical Annual Reports
  • Historical Newspapers
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • NTIS
  • PAIS International
  • ProQuest Newspapers
  • PsycInfo
  • Research Library

For a more complete list, search on proquest or csa here. For alternative databases to use during that time, see our Electronic Resource Finder.

Sep 23, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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