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Current Trial: Churchill Archive

A trial of the Churchill Archive is available to the UC Berkeley community until April 21, 2017. The URL to access the trial is www.churchillarchive.com.

The Churchill Archive includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders.

To learn more about using the archive, there is a video available at: http://www.churchillarchive.com/take-a-tour

Please contact Jennifer Dorner at jdorner@berkeley.edu with your feedback about this resource.

Current Trial: Early European Books

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century (1450s-1701), offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources. This resources focuses on European languages other than English, including Dutch, Danish, Italian, Latin, and French. Of interest to book historians, the scans are of the entire physical object and pages (rather than just the text), including marginalia and binding. You can search by country of publication, language, page features (illustration, musical notation), and source library, and you can include historical and linguistic variants in your search. Books can be browsed in an online Flash-based viewer or downloaded as JPEGs or PDFs.

The trial will last until March 16th, 2017.

Please send your comments and feedback to Stacy Reardon (sreardon at berkeley)

Current Trial: The Digital Karl Barth Library

The Digital Karl Barth Library – http://bart.alexanderstreet.com

The Digital Karl Barth Library supports a new generation of research into the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential theologians. The collection includes the original German version and the English translation of Karl Barth’s magnum opus, The Church Dogmatics, in its entirety. Also included is Barth’s Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings.

For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.

The trial will run through March 8th.

Please send your comments and feedback to jdorner (at) library.berkeley.edu.

Current Trial: Drama Online

Drama Online (Bloomsbury) is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The platform has a web-based e-reader with page and line numbers that correspond to the print edition, download options, full text search, visualization tools including a Words and Speeches Graph and a Character Grid for each play, the ability to view lines for one specific character, genre, period, title, or playwright browsing, and annotation tools.

Content included:
* 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
* Productions from Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen
* Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
* L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
* Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
* BBC Drama Films

The trial will last until March 24th, and can be accessed at http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/
Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon at berkeley.edu.

Welcoming Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez

Jo Anne comes to us from her position as Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management Programs at the University of British Columbia, where she served eight years.  Previously she served ten years as the Assistant Head of Research Services at University of Texas at Austin, with broad responsibilities for collection management.  During that time she was also selector-bibliographer for nursing.

Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez

As senior administrator for collections at UBC, Jo Anne provided stewardship to programs and practices that enhanced its library collections and supported existing and emerging academic and research needs of the university community.  She was a leader on matters relating to collections, scholarly communications, open access, copyright/rights management, digital publishing and the institutional repository.  She also provided leadership and direction to the Rare Books & Special Collections unit, technical services, and the University Archives.

Among many accomplishments at UBC, Jo Anne developed a preservation and conservation program. She developed and implemented the Library retention and collection location and storage strategy, which included creation of building plans and operational processes for a new long-term library storage facility.  She developed a licensing negotiating strategy and model license framework for UBC.  Jo Anne was also the lead investigator for UBC’s participation in the California Digital Library Mellon grant for the Pay-It-Forward Project on the economics of “gold” open access, headed by MacKenzie Smith (University Librarian at UC Davis).

At UC Berkeley, Jo Anne will lead our scholarly resource (collections and beyond) development, our new program in scholarly communications, and our Library-wide assessment and evaluation efforts.

I want to thank Jean McKenzie for serving as our Acting AUL for Collections since July 2013.  Following an unsuccessful search for the AUL for Collection Services in 2013, Jean accepted the Library’s invitation to transition from her position as Head of the Engineering Library into an interim AUL position.  Jean brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from her many years as a selector and participant in library committees.  Over the past three years, Jean made many contributions: she reshaped collections-related staffing and services especially within the Acquisitions Department, enhanced the roles of and collaboration among the Collection Development Leadership Group, implemented new funding models to better support multi-disciplinary fields, launched a new Data Acquisition and Access Program, contributed to improved selector training, served as interim selector and liaison for Germanic Studies, and ably represented Berkeley’s position in UC systemwide conversations as a member of the Collections Licensing Subgroup and the Shared Content Leadership Group.  Also under Jean’s initiative, the Berkeley Library was selected as a host for the ACRL Scholarly Communications Roadshow and welcomed our first Scholarly Communications Officer this summer.  Jean’s role in this difficult job was extended by a year due to the transition in University Librarians, and I am especially appreciative of how much Jean supported and helped me during my first nine months here.

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Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian
Chief Digital Scholarship Officer
Professor, School of Information and Professor of Economics

Current Trial: Flavius Josephus Online

Flavius Josephus Online is the first comprehensive literary-historical online commentary in English on the works of Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian.

“Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is without a doubt the most important witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. After fighting against the Romans in the war of 66-73 and surrendering in the earliest phase of the campaign, he moved to Rome where he began a productive literary career. His four surviving works – Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion, in thirty Greek volumes – provide the narrative structure for interpreting the other, more fragmentary written sources and physical remains from this period. Josephus’ descriptions of the Temple, the Judean countryside, Jewish-Roman relations and conflicts, and groups and institutions of ancient Judea have become indispensable for students of early Judaism, Classics, and of Christian origins alike.”

This online collection of Josephus’ texts takes the form of a tree: starting with the four works (Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion) one can navigate to the relevant books and sections within these books. Indicated are both the separate sections within each book as introduced by William Whiston, as well as the order of lines as introducted by Benedikt Niese. The buttons at the top and the bottom of every entry enable one to go to the previous or next section, to go back to an overview of the book or to an overview of the entire work.

The editor’s introduction to each separate work can be found under ‘Introduction’. ‘Contents’ holds the original Greek text as well as commentary and interpretation. The tab ‘Appendixes and Bibliographies’ presents an overview of maps, excursus and appendixes to the four works.”

The Introduction, Contents, Appendixes and Bibliography, and How To are available at http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/flavius-josephus-online

The trial runs for 30 days beginning September 12.

NOW ON TRIAL: Classical Performance in Video from from Alexander Street.

Classical Performance in Video is the largest and most comprehensive video resource for the study of classical music. Users experience classical music through 1,600 performances, including 200 full operas and 75 dance titles, as well as masterclasses, documentaries, scores, and interviews. Video as a learning tool provides a rich experience for music students, and all patrons use the multimedia tools in this collection to research, analyze, learn, and enjoy the classical music genre.

  • For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
  • For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.
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Our trial runs from August 31st to October 1st.

Please send your comments and feedback to John Shepard.

Introducing BadCat, the Catalog Record Help Desk

On Monday, August 23, 2010, the Catalog Department will implement the new process (see the July 21st blog entry: Catalog Record Help Desk – Internal Pilot) that will allow Library staff to submit catalog record problems via a web form that will feed into the FootPrints ticket system. Each FootPrints ticket will be distributed to an appropriate cataloger for resolution.

The name ?BadCat? was chosen through a Catalog Department vote, and may be defined as follows:


BadCat 1. Errors in the Library?s catalog; 2. Slang: an acknowledgment of such errors, as in ?Yeah, that’s my bad.? 3. Slang: ?cool, excellent person?; 4. Homage to Michael Jackson song about proving one’s toughness: ?Who’s bad?? 5. An epithet directed at a misbehaving cat or catalog.


The BadCat form will be accessible via the OskiCat Help Portal link on the Library Web Staff page.


Clicking on the OskiCat Help Portal link will take you to a page that contains links to forms used to report problems with electronic resources, Millennium problems and OskiCat issues, and beginning Monday, a link to BadCat: Catalog Record Help Desk.

Another option for accessing BadCat to report catalog record problems will be through the Staff View of OskiCat. Once BadCat has gone live, log in to MyOskiCat, search for a record, and then use the “Report a Problem” link at the top of the page.

The “Report a Problem” link takes you to the Help Portal, and from there you will be able to select the BadCat web form. The form will be partially populated with your contact information and the record number and/or title of the item.


Note: Unfortunately, there is no mechanism, at this time, for feeding information from the Millennium client directly into the BadCat catalog record help desk form.


The Systems Office will put BadCat into service this coming Monday, August 23rd. On Monday please wait to report any catalog record problems until you receive an email notifying Allusers that the system is ready.


Bernie  8/20/10


Catalog Record Help Desk: BadCat Coming Along Swell

After two months of BadCat going into production, we?re happy to say the project is experiencing success.

If you recall, during the pilot phase (July 21-August 20), Cataloging staff worked on old ?DCU? maintenance requests. During this phase, more than half of these back-logged requests were resolved. The remaining ?DCU? requests are being slowly incorporated into the ongoing current BadCat workflow.

Of the current BadCat workflow, more than 85% of new tickets are resolved within 2-5 days. Waiting for additional information from the ticket submitter is the primary reason other tickets take longer to resolve.

Tips for efficient maintenance requests:

· Use the BadCat form that’s linked from the OskiCat Help Portal on the Staff Web homepage.

? do not send maintenance requests to individual catalogers as this will only delay your request.

? Take advantage of using the auto-fill feature via MyOskiCat. See the BadCat FAQ for more details. http://sunsite3.berkeley.edu/wikis/TechServices/index.php?n=Main.EverythingAZ?action=download&upname=BadCatFAQ.pdf

· Respond in a timely fashion when asked for additional information or for material relating to your BadCat request.

· Do not use the BadCat form to request purchase, cataloging, access assistance, or URL correction for electronic resources. These should be submitted to the Eproblem Report Form that’s linked from the Staff Web homepage.

BadCat Stats:

Average number of tickets received per week: 27

Number of tickets closed in past 12 weeks: 372

Number of active tickets: 72

How are we doing?

The Catalog Department encourages you to tell us about your experience using BadCat. Please add a comment (or a question) to this posting, or send an email to Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz, lrowliso@library.berkeley.edu

ERF Update – April 2015

ERF Update – April 2015

Current number of records in the ERF: 1211

ADDED since last update:


Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • IEEE English for Engineering. An interactive course to advance technical communications skills when speaking, reading, and writing English.
  • Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database (SHELDUS). County-level hazard loss data set for the US for 18 different natural hazard events types such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes, covering from 1960 – present.


Arts & Humanities / International & Area Studies

  • Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World. A comprehensive encyclopedia of Neo-Latin from the Italian Renaissance to the modern era (14th-16th century).
  • British Periodicals (Collection I). Nearly 500 British periodicals published from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910. Includes a broad range of digitized documents sourced from 21 libraries. The manuscripts, printed works, and illustrations are grouped thematically and address key gender issues from both masculine and feminine perspectives.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI). Information for all aspects of design and crafts, from textiles and ceramics to vehicle design, advertising and sustainability. Covers journal articles, exhibition reviews and news items from 1973 to the present.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive. An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.
  • The Grand Tour. Brings together in one searchable database letters, diaries, printed guidebooks, travel writing, maps, paintings and architectural plans relating to the experiences of people participating in the Grand Tour.
  • Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954. A rich variety of original manuscript collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York.
  • Krokodil Digital Archive. Russian for “Crocodile,” Krokodil was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union.
  • Literary Manuscripts from the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Original manuscripts of 15 Victorian authors digitized from the 19th-century holdings of the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library.
  • Literary Manuscripts from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. Complete facsimile images of manuscripts of 17th and 18th century verse.
  • Loeb Classical Library. The only existing series of books which, through original text and English translation, gives access to all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.
  • London Low Life. Digital collection of fiction, cartoons, maps, posters, ballads, advertisements, broadsides, and reform literature relevant to the social history of London from 1800 to 1910.
  • Medici.tv. Classical music videos live and on-demand.
  • Medieval Family Life. Digitized manuscripts that reveal the details of medieval life in the areas of business and trade, politics, community, family affairs, and relationships.
  • Medieval Travel Writing. Manuscripts of important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia.
  • Meiji Japan. Digitized papers of Edward Sylvester Morse, who was one of the first Americans to live and teach in Japan. This collection is a good source for those interested in the anthropology, archaeology, art and culture of Japan.
  • OnArchitecture. An audiovisual collection featuring 200+ original videos, interviews, building panoramas and installations by some of the main figures of contemporary architecture.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Standard research tool on 1,100 years of Byzantine history, from the 4th century to the 15th.
  • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700. Over 230 manuscripts of early modern women writers whose work only exists in manuscript form.
  • Romanticism: Life, Literature, and Landscape. Discover literary sources which are indispensable for scholars and students studying William Wordsworth and the Romantic period.
  • Russkaia literatura Digital Archive. A well-known journal of literary criticism, one of the most comprehensive, reliable and authoritative resources featuring biographical information and criticism of Russian and Soviet authors in various genres.


Social Sciences

  • American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965. Provides insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst and widely-recognised “father” of Motivational Research.
  • American History. Provides access to over 50,000 unique manuscripts on American History from 1493-1945.
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures. Contains primary and secondary documents such as artwork, speeches, petitions, diaries, journals, correspondence, early linguistic and ethnographic accounts, photographs, maps, rare books and newspapers, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century.
  • Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1980. Makes available British government files from various Foreign Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980. Includes letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activist biographies and first-hand accounts.
  • Archives of the Communist Party of China. Archives and publications of the Communist Party in China since its establishment in 1921.
  • Baltimore Afro-American. Founded by former slave John Henry Murphy, Sr. when he merged three church publications, The Baltimore Afro-American became one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers on the Atlantic Coast.
  • China, America, and the Pacific: Trade and Cultural Exchange. Covering the 18th to early 20th centuries, this database documents the socioeconomic aspects of transpacific and around-the-world commercial, scientific, and other maritime voyages. The focus is on the China trade.
  • China: Culture and Society. Cornell’s Wason Pamphlet Collection, digitized in its entirety. Mostly in English and published between c.1750 and 1929, these include a wide variety of writings on the people and cultures of China and foreign involvement there.
  • China: Trade, Politics, and Culture 1793-1980. Incorporating 19 document types including illustrations, diaries, memoirs, and official papers, the database provides varying perspectives from politicians and diplomats to missionaries and tourists, documenting key events during the period.
  • Chinese New Local Gazetteers. More than 25,900 volumes of Chinese gazetteer books, covering 31 provinces and autonomous regions, and providing historical records of provinces, prefectures, cities, and smaller district administration units.
  • Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961. A digitized collection of Great Britain’s Foreign and Colonial Offices’ entire Confidential Print series relating to the United States, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean, with some coverage of Central and South America.
  • EdITLib Digital Library. Journal articles, conference papers, dissertations and multimedia content on educational technology, information technology, and e-learning.
  • First World War. A collection of primary source material for the study of the Great War organized into three modules: Personal experiences, Propaganda and Recruitment, and Visual Perspectives and Narratives.
  • Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. All British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980, covering important historical events in modern Chinese history.
  • India, Raj and Empire. First-hand accounts from journals and diaries document the foundation of the East India Company and the independence of India.
  • Japan Chronicle Online. The English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly is the newspaper of record for Japan’?s engagement with modernity and its emergence onto the world stage in the first half of the twentieth century.
  • Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963. Documents from the highest level of the British government during Harold Macmillan’s term as prime minister.
  • Plunkett Research Online. Market research, industry statistics, trends, and in-depth analysis of top companies.
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975. Explore the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change in the US and UK between 1950 and 1975 though chronology, video footage, and more.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers Collection. Gain insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language Chinese historical newspapers.
  • ProQuest History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975. Includes 104 ProQuest microfilm collections; records of the Associated Press’s Saigon Bureau, Military Assistance and Advisory Command, Vietnam; and National Security Files from the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations.
  • Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice. Primary source materials from 1490-2007 in slavery and abolition studies.
  • South Asia Archive. A digital platform for culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within – and about – the Indian subcontinent.
  • The Guardian and The Observer. These British historical newspapers bring history to life by presenting facts, firsthand accounts, and opinions of the day about the most significant political, business, sports, literary, and entertainment events from the past two centuries.
  • The Los Angeles Sentinel. From its earliest beginnings when it urged African-Americans to “not spend your money where you can’t work,” the Los Angeles Sentinel has exposed prejudice, promoted social change, and empowered the black community.
  • The Nixon Years, 1969-1974. The complete UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 7 and 82 files for the entire period of Richard Nixon’Ã?Â?s presidency.
  • The Times of India. The world’s most widely circulated English daily newspaper was founded in 1838 to serve British residents of West India.
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History. Hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks. Focuses on the world of travelling entertainment, which brought spectacle to vast audiences across Britain, American and Europe in the 19th and early 20th century.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema. Explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment. Material on music halls, pleasure gardens, exhibitions, scientific institutions from the golden era for variety, vaudeville, and theatre.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic. Explores the relationship between the popularity of Victorian magic shows and conjuring tricks and the emergence of seances and psychic phenomena in Britain and America.
  • Virginia Company Archives. Provides access to the archive of the Virginia Company, which brought settlers to the new world.
  • Women in the National Archives, UK. Archival documents from the British National Archive relating to women


Life and Health Sciences

  • Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition). Featuring relatively short entries on genetics topics written by experts in that topic, Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics provides an effective way to learn about any aspect of genetics, from Abortive Transduction to Zygotes.
  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems. Addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition). Covers all areas of neurological sciences through over 1,000 entries focused on a wide variety of topics in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and other related areas of neuroscience.
  • Environment Complete. Citations to, plus some full text for, journal articles and books on a wide variety of environmental topics.
  • GIDEON. Updated almost daily, GIDEON has information on the epidemiology, treatment, and microbiology of infectious diseases. Includes an Infectious Diseases module and a Microbiology module.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease: A Dynamic Encyclopedia of Disease Mechanisms. A standard reference in the pathology and molecular biology of human disease.
  • PubAg. Full-text access to scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, plus indexing of peer-reviewed articles relevant to the agricultural sciences.


REMOVED since last update:

  • Emerald Library and Information Studies Collection. Subscription cancelled at Selector’s discretion.
  • American Social History Online. Defunct site.









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