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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):

Computer downtime, May 22

The servers that run the Library Website and many other applications will be down for maintenance from 12:01am through approximately 7am on Sunday, May 22.

The following will still work if you have them bookmarked:

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for April 2011 – Final Update for Synthesis Collection Three!

Next Generation Melvyl Replaces Current Melvyl June 24

On June 24, 2011, the current Melvyl database will be retired, as the University of California Libraries move to the Next Generation Melvyl (NGM) search tool, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat Local. NGM was released as a pilot in April 2008 and has proven to be an invaluable search tool for all researchers: students, faculty, staff, and the public.

NGM supports research by allowing one-stop searching of UC Libraries’ holdings, selected full-text articles, ebooks, digital content, archival information, and much more. In addition to the UC libraries’ 33 million records, it includes over 800 million items from research institutions throughout the world. Easy-to-use links to ebooks and Request allow users to retrieve some titles immediately or order them via interlibrary loan. NGM also offers embedded tools for citing and exporting citations and creating and sharing lists.

Users can also ask reference questions via the “Chat with a Librarian” interface or see descriptive information, editorial reviews, and cover art. In-depth author information helps to place works in context and provides useful information when doing research about a writer.

The UC Libraries have moved to NGM because of the promise of continual improvement and the seamless connection to the larger research world. Web searching is not limited to a user’s local surroundings, so why limit library research?

The UC Libraries have a history of continuous improvement of the Melvyl service. Developed in 1977, the first shared UC catalog was available on microfiche, followed in late 1979 by a pre-web online prototype. Since then there have been many different interfaces, with the most recent permanent database upgrade in 2002. NGM will make possible continual growth and improved research results. After the older Melvyl database is discontinued, NGM will be referred to as Melvyl.

OskiCat, the catalog of the UC Berkeley Libraries, will remain after this transition.

For more information, see our Guide to library catalogs.

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

Handbook of Nanophysics

Principles & Methods Clusters & Fullerenes Nanoparticles & Quantum Dots Nanotubes & Nanowires Functional Nanomaterials Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics Nanomedicine & Nanorobotics

Nanophysics? Nanophysics combines aspects of  fundamental & applied physics at the nanoscale. The Handbook of Nanophysics, a peer-reviewed seven-volume set, is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of this growing field.  Volumes 1-4 cover theory, methods & materials; volumes 5-7 include structures & applications.  All of the volumes incorporate plenty of supporting graphics & explanations for advanced students and researchers.  Chapters include “The Quantum Nature of Nanoscience” by UC Berkeley Faculty member, Marvin L. Cohen.  Edited by Klaus D. Sattler.


BIOBASE PROTEOME webinar to be held May 25

On Wednesday, May 25, BIOBASE will offer a webinar on extracting functional information related to novel protein sequences from uncharacterized genomes using the BioKnowledge® Transfer (BKT) tool in PROTEOME™. The webinar will cover:

  • Providing Gene Ontology (GO) assignments based on homologous proteins
  • Identifying functional domains in sequences
  • Providing access to reports with supporting details and references

For more information or to register, please see the BIOBASE website.

ProQuest downtime May 5

Research databases that use the ProQuest interface will be down for maintenance 7-9pm on Thursday May 5. Here is a partial list of the databases affected:

  • AltPress Watch
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Historical Annual Reports
  • Historical Newspapers
  • ProQuest Newspapers

For a complete list of databases that will be affected, search the word “proquest” here.

Engineering Library pick-up location

Beginning on May 2nd, the Engineering Library will no longer be a pick up location option in OskiCat. When requesting materials, please use one of the other available pick up locations. If you already have materials ready to pick up at Engineering, you should collect them as soon as possible.

The suspension of the Engineering Library as a pick up location is due to the temporary closure of the Engineering Library from May 13th to August 17th.

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for March 2011

24 hour study space available May 1-13

Moffitt Library and Gardner (MAIN) Stacks will be open continuously from Sunday, May 1 at 1pm through Friday, May 13 at 7pm.

This period represents 82 additional hours during which students have continuous access to the collections in the MAIN Stacks; continuous access to computers, software, printers and computer support help at the Moffitt Microcomputer Facility; extended hours for group study rooms; and convenient access to the FSM Cafe.

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