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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.

Changes to new books list in the Mathematics Statistics Library

The Mathematics Statistics Library has begun using a different Recent Acquisitions list to highlight new books in our collection. This list is automatically generated from OskiCat, our library catalog, and includes books cataloged or recataloged within the previous 60 days.

Please update your bookmarks and RSS readers: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/find/types/feeds/mathematics_statistics_library.html

ScienceDirect downtime on February 26

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, February 26 for approximately 12 hours starting at 5 a.m.

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for January 2011

The following new titles were published in January:

Presidents’ Day closure

Most of the Cal libraries will be closed on Monday, February 21 for the Presidents’ Day Holiday.

»  Feb. 21 library hours

Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, second edition

Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences 2nd Edition cover

The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (UCB only) is now available online. This six volume ebook, “includes contributions from leading scientists around the world on the physical processes that drive the oceans and the chemical, biological, and geological disciplines. The Encyclopedia also covers ancillary topics such as ocean technology, law of the oceans, global programs, marine policy, the use of the oceans for food and energy, and the impact of pollution and climate changes.”

This latest edition includes nearly 500 articles covering the breadth and depth of the field with over 30% new and updated content reflecting the latest research in the field of oceanography. Greater coverage of climate, remote sensing, and data modeling, with greater consideration of economic and political aspects provides a broad view of the field.

Engineering Library Closure – Summer 2011

The Kresge Engineering Library will be closed for renovation from Saturday, May 14 through Wednesday, August 17, 2011. It will re-open on Thursday, August 18 at 9 am.

Updates will be posted as they become available at Engineering Library News.

During the closure the Library’s print collections will be unavailable for borrowing.

Finding resources you need during the closure:

  1. All online journals, books, reference sources, etc., will be available as usual. Use OskiCat and Electronic Journals A-Z to find resources you need.
  2. For print materials held at other campus libraries, continue to pick them up at the other libraries and check them out there.
  3. For print materials held at NRLF, log on to OskiCat and request them as you currently do. Articles will be scanned and posted to you via email; books will be sent to another campus library that you select for pick up.
  4. For print materials held at SRLF or any of the other nine UC Libraries and found in Next Generation Melvyl, click the Request button, fill in the form and submit it. Articles requested will be scanned and posted to you via email. Books will be shipped to UC Berkeley’s Interlibrary Borrowing office and you’ll receive an email when they’re ready to be picked up in Doe Library, Room 103.
  5. Current UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students can borrow materials from Stanford and UT Austin through the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP). Books requested through this service will be sent to Doe Library, Circulation Desk for pickup; articles will be delivered electronically.
  6. For print materials not found at the above places, please request them using the Interlibrary Borrowing Service Form.

To return books: There will be an external book return bin near the Engineering Library. The exact location will be posted at Engineering Library News as soon as it’s known.

Getting help during the closure: Engineering Library staff will be on-campus in a temporary location and accessible via email.

  1. Email Jean, jmckenzi@library.berkeley.edu or Lisa, lngo@library.berkeley.edu with any questions
  2. Course reserves information: email Brice, bsulliva@library.berkeley.edu
  3. Send questions to Ask Us
  4. More information will be posted about phone service as soon as it’s available.

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