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AIP Scitation downtime July 16

All Scitation services will be unavailable on Saturday July 16, 2011 from 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance. Scitation hosts electronic journals and ebooks for publishers such as AIP, ASCE, ASME, SIAM, and SPIE.

Help improve the library website

The UC Berkeley Library is trying to get a better understanding of how our patrons use our website (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/) and we need your help! We are looking for any current UC Berkeley students or faculty who would like to sit down with a Library staff member and show us how you use our site. Whether you use our site everyday, intermittently, or have never used it we’re interested in speaking with you.

In exchange for about an hour of your time we’ll give you a $10 gift certificate to the FSM Cafe in Moffitt Library. We will record the session, but all recordings and data collected will only be used internally for website redesign purposes. If you are interested in helping us please email Matthew Prutsman at mprutsma@library.berkeley.edu by Thursday, July 21.

Transportation Library closed today, July 1

The Institute of Transportation Studies Library will be closed today, July 1.  Regular summer hours (Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.) will resume on July 5.

BioOne journals unavailable on 6/28, from 3-7 pm

BioOne will be experiencing scheduled downtime on Tuesday, June 28 starting at 3 p.m. until approximately 7 p.m.

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.

Originally posted on the What’s New in the Library blog.

Copy cards expire June 30 (update)

Update: The library has negotiated a contract extension that will extend the use of Equitrac cards through August 31, 2011 (not June 30 as previously announced). Please see our new blog post on Equitrac copy cards extended through August 31

As part of a transition in vendors for the library’s copying and computer printing services, the Equitrac “copy cards” that have been in use for several years will be honored only until June 30, 2011. Any unused value on the Equitrac cards will be lost after that date. Refunds of unused value will not be available.

For anyone purchasing or adding value to an Equitrac card between now and June 30, we recommend getting only the value that can be reasonably used during that time.

Another option is to use a Cal 1 Card. Currently, this can be done on designated copiers and printers on the second floor of Doe Library, the entrance level of Moffitt Library, and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library.

Starting July 1, the Cal 1 Card will be used for copying and printing throughout the libraries. For those not affiliated with UC Berkeley, we are developing a “guest card”.

This change is part of a larger transition in which the UC San Francisco Documents, Media & Mail office, in partnership with the UC Library, is managing the copy centers in the Moffitt Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, and expanding the services available. For more information, see:

» Copying, Printing and Scanning, Self-Service
» Copying, Full-Service
» UCSF Documents, Media & Mail

Equitrac copy cards extended through August 31

The library has negotiated a contract extension that will extend the use of Equitrac cards through August 31, 2011 (not June 30 as previously announced).

As part of a transition in vendors for the library’s copying and computer printing services, the Equitrac “copy cards” that have been in use for several years will be honored only until August 31, 2011. Any unused value on the Equitrac cards will be lost after that date. Refunds of unused value will not be available.

For anyone purchasing or adding value to an Equitrac card between now and August 31, we recommend getting only the value that can be reasonably used during that time.

Another option is to use a Cal 1 Card. Currently, this can be done on designated copiers and printers on the second floor of Doe Library, the entrance level of Moffitt Library, and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library.

Starting September 1, the Cal 1 Card will be used for copying and printing throughout the libraries.  For those not affiliated with UC Berkeley, we are developing a guest card.

This change is part of a larger transition in which the UC San Francisco Documents, Media & Mail office, in partnership with the UC Berkeley Library, is managing the copy centers in the Moffitt Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, and expanding the services available. For more information, see:

» Copying, Printing and Scanning, Self-Service
» Copying, Full-Service
» UCSF Documents, Media & Mail

NCBI’s Nucleotide database

The Nucleotide database is one of three major NCBI databases containing nucleotide sequence data. It contains sequences from the following sources:

  • The International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC, which includes NCBI’s GenBank, the Nucleotide Archive of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and the DNA Databank of Japan (DDBJ)): a repository containing primary sequence data directly sequenced and submitted by researchers;
  • Reference Sequences (RefSeq): a NCBI-curated collection of non-redundant sequences for major organisms which are derived from primary GenBank data and annotated by domain experts;
  • Third Party Annotation (TPA) Sequence Database: a database of submitter-annotated sequences assembled or derived from primary INSDC data;
  • Protein Data Bank (PDB): an archive of 3-D structural data for biological macromolecules from which nucleotide sequence data is extracted.

The Nucleotide database automatically maps keyword queries to NCBI’s taxonomic organism classification system, and provides a breakdown of the search results by species. Searches can be limited to a single species using the [Organism] field tag. Filters can also be applied for bacteria, INSDC/GenBank records, mRNA, and RefSeq records. Limits include date, source database, gene location, molecule and sequence types. As with other NCBI resources, My NCBI allows you to save Nucleotide searches, create e-mail alerts, and set up preferences for displaying and filtering search results.

Melvin Calvin honored on U.S. stamp

U.S. Postal stamps

On June 16, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued Forever® stamps celebrating the achievements of four American scientists: chemist Melvin Calvin, botanist Asa Gray, physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, and biochemist Severo Ochoa.  Calvin’s stamp art includes a photograph of him taken by Yousuf Karsh and the background shows chemical symbols and structures he used to represent the carbon cycle in photosynthesis.

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for May 2011

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