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AGU Digital Library access restored

We are currently experiencing problems with our online access to American Geophysical Union (AGU) journals. Library users have reported problems accessing journal volumes from 2011 and from the backfile prior to 1996. It appears that we can still access articles from 1996-2010. The problem has been reported, and we hope it will be resolved soon.

Update: as of 3/29, access to AGU journals has been restored.

Science IM reference unavailable during spring recess

Our popular science IM reference service will be unavailable during spring recess, March 21-25. Normal semester hours will resume on Monday, March 28.

The collaborative 24/7 Ask a Librarian service will still be available. Ask a Librarian is a chat reference service that connects you to a librarian and emails you a transcript of your chat so you can reference it later.

Cal 1 Card accepted for printing in Moffitt Library

UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff can now use their Cal 1 Cards to pay for printing from public computers in the “Information Gateway” on the entrance level of Moffitt Library.

The Cal 1 Card payment option is available from computers on the West side of this area.  Along with the Cal 1 card option, users have the option to print black and white on an HP LaserJet 9040 or color on an HP CP5525 printer.  The HP printers are being tested as the output devices for our future Library installations.

Please note that in order to pay for printing and avoid error messages, you need to set up your Cal 1 Card as a debit account and deposit sufficient funds.  Here are details on how to do this.

Holders of Equitrac copy cards can still use these on the public workstations on the East side of the Information Gateway.  Please be aware that Equitrac cards will expire June 30, 2011.

In the near future, a “guest card” will be available to library patrons who do not have a Cal 1 Card.  Cost and availability for the guest card will be announced on our website.

These changes are part of a larger transition in which the UC San Francisco Documents, Media & Mail office, in partnership with the UC Library, is managing our copy centers and expanding the services available.   For more information, see:

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

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

Cal 1 Card accepted for printing in Moffitt Library

UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff can now use their Cal 1 Cards to pay for printing from public computers in the “Information Gateway” on the entrance level of Moffitt Library.

The Cal 1 Card payment option is available from computers on the West side of this area.  Along with the Cal 1 card option, users have the option to print black and white on an HP LaserJet 9040 or color on an HP CP5525 printer.  The HP printers are being tested as the output devices for our future Library installations.

Please note that in order to pay for printing and avoid error messages, you need to set up your Cal 1 Card as a debit account and deposit sufficient funds.  Here are details on how to do this.

Holders of Equitrac copy cards can still use these on the public workstations on the East side of the Information Gateway.  Please be aware that Equitrac cards will expire June 30, 2011.

In the near future, a “guest card” will be available to library patrons who do not have a Cal 1 Card.  Cost and availability for the guest card will be announced on our website.

These changes are part of a larger transition in which the UC San Francisco Documents, Media & Mail office, in partnership with the UC Library, is managing our copy centers and expanding the services available.   For more information, see:

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

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

ProQuest downtime March 19-20

ProQuest will be unavailable due to infrastructure maintenance from Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, March 20 at 7 a.m. The following products will be unavailable during this time:

  • ProQuest platform products (including the new platform), ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Chadwyck-Healey products such as Literature Online, Periodicals Archive Online, and Early English Books Online
  • CSA Illumina products such as CSA Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and CSA Sociological Abstracts
  • UMI products including ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

Spring Break hours

The Cal libraries will have limited hours during Spring Break, March 19-27. Most will be closed on the weekends, and all will be closed for the Cesar Chavez Holiday on Friday, March 25.

Flash drives now available in Copy Centers

Flash drives, suitable for downloading journal articles from library computers, are now available for purchase at the Copy Centers in Moffitt Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library.

They come in 10 colors and two sizes:

128 MB ($5.49) – holds approximately 400 PDF pages.

128 MB flas drive

1 GB ($7.99) – holds approximately 5000 PDF pages.

1 GB flash drive

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

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

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

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for February 2011

The following new titles were published in February:

NCBI Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff will give a Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley on June 6-7, 2011. The Workshop will consist of four intensive 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions, each emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Participants will also be able to set up individual consultations with NCBI staff.

The sessions will focus on NCBI resources related to the following topics:

Sequences, genomes and maps (Monday June 6, 9:00 am – 11:30 am)
Proteins, domains and structures (Monday June 6, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
NCBI BLAST services (Tuesday June 7, 9:00 am – 11:30 am)
Human variation and disease genes (Tuesday June 7, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions.

This is a great opportunity to explore these powerful tools under the guidance of expert NCBI staff. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early, as researchers from throughout the region are expressing interest in the workshops and space will be limited.

To register, go to http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/ncbi_workshop.html. Registrants should receive a confirmation e-mail within a week.

The sessions will be held in a large auditorium with wireless Internet access. They are intended to be hands-on sessions, so participants should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Participants will be notified of the location. For more information about the sessions, please see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/workshops/.

SpringerMaterials: The Landolt-Bornstein Database

Landolt-Bornstein, the indispensable reference source for physical and chemical data, is now accessible online through SpringerMaterials.

Updated on a quarterly basis, SpringerMaterials includes:

  • 400 Landolt-Börnstein volumes, 250,000 substances and 1,200,000 citations
  • 44,000 Chemical Safety Documents
  • The world’s largest and most renowned Database on Thermophysical Properties, the subset of the DDBST (Dortmund Data Bank Software & Separation Technology)
  • Linus Pauling Files, the most comprehensive database on inorganic solid phases

Access is restricted to UCB faculty, staff, and students.

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