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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

Website and catalog downtime June 12 (update)

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

Affected systems include:

You can continue to search Next Generation Melvyl during this time, though it will not show current status information for UC Berkeley items and the Request button will not function.

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

Update: It was initially reported that the proxy server would be unavailable. In fact, the proxy server will be available for off-campus access during the Data Center power outage. However, if you have any problems with it, you may use the campus VPN (Library VPN option) instead.

IEEE Xplore – New content and “Most Cited” feature


Through a partnership with VDE Europe, the IEEE has added 3,100 VDE conference papers from more than 20 conferences and expects to add about 1,000 papers each year.  Papers cover such topics as computing systems, optical communications, power systems, RFID technologies, and telecommunications.

The default sort for searches is relevance, with other choices of Newest First, Oldest First, Publication Title A-Z or Z-A.  Now  IEEE has add  “Most Cited” to the sorting menu which can be used to help identify high impact articles.


SafetyLit: Injury prevention literature database

SafetyLit “provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in more than 30 professional disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm. Among these are anthropology, economics, education, engineering specialties, ergonomics and human factors, health and medicine, law and law enforcement, psychology, sociology, and other fields.”

SafetyLit regularly hand-examines “more than 3400 current scholarly journals from many nations to find relevant material. This information is maintained in a searchable database that contains more than 280,000 items. The database contains articles from 5729 journals that are not included in PubMed/Medline.” You can sign up for the weekly SafetyLit Update Bulletin for current abstracts to be sent to you.

Transportation Library closed today, May 27

The Institute of Transportation Studies Library will be closed today, May 27.  Regular summer hours (Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.) will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

Good-bye SciFinder client; hello web

The client version of SciFinder will be retired by CAS on June 30, 2011.  Between now and June 30th,  access to the client will be decreased and access to the web will be increased in an effort to encourage users to transition to the web.



After June 30th, you will have to use the web version of SciFinder.  To use the web version, you must first register.  Instructions are here.   Once you have registered, you can go directly to SciFinder.

Kresge Engineering Library – Closed for summer

The Kresge Engineering Library is temporarily closed for renovations and will re-open August 18th at 9 am.

Library staff will be available for help via email or phone. More information about the closure and how to contact Engineering Library staff can be found on Engineering Library News.

Nearby campus libraries that can also provide assistance include (hours listed are for Summer 2011):

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