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Digital Sanborn maps access now expanded to entire country

Portion of Sanborn map of Ambler, PA 1896

The UC Berkeley community now has access to the complete collection of Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, covering the entire United States. This purchase was made possible through the increased collections funding the Library received following the Report from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library. Prior to the Spring 2015 semester, the Library only subscribed to the digital Sanborn collection covering the state of California. This new purchase guarantees perpetual access to not only Sanborns of California, but also the remaining 49 states.

Sanborn maps are historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 collection from ProQuest gives the UC Berkeley community access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities.

Wiley Online Library downtime on March 21

Due to essential maintenance, the Wiley Online Library will be unavailable for up to 10 hours from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

PeerJ Open Access Expands to Feature Computer Sciences

photo of a mid-20th century computer

Announced in February 2015, PeerJ Computer Sciences is a new, cross-disciplinary, open-access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science. This new journal is an offshoot of already established, PeerJ, an open-access, peer reviewed online journal that publishes original research in the biological, medical and health sciences. Both journals maintain rigorous peer-review standards while committed to rapid review and fast publication of research results.

Under the terms of a UC Berkeley partnership with PeerJ, when a paper by a Berkeley author is accepted for publication in PeerJ or PeerJ Computer Science, the Berkeley Library will automatically pay the cost of a Basic Membership for each Berkeley author. That membership will allow authors to publish one PeerJ article every year, for life, for free.

Listed below are some of the Berkeley-authored PeerJ articles published through the UC Berkeley Library partnership.

Questions? For questions about the PeerJ partnership or any other issues related to open-access publishing, contact Scholarly Communications Officer, Margaret Phillips mphillip[at sign]library.berkeley.edu

Originally posted on What’s New in the Library.

Science of Synthesis

For all those involved in designing organic chemistry synthetic routes, Science of Synthesis is a trusted and reliable source on the best synthetic methods available.

Check it out for authoritative full-text descriptions and experimental procedures that are immediately applicable in the lab.  The methods are selected, reviewed and continually updated by approximately 1,750 experts.

DMPTool downtime Sunday March 15


The DMPTool will be unavailable on Sunday March 15, 2015 from 8:00am until 10:00am (PDT), due to system maintenance. During this time, the entire website will be unavailable, so users will not be able to log in or view the unrestricted pages of the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For questions about the DMPTool or about other data management tools and services available to UC Berkeley researchers, please see our page on Scientific Data Services or contact data-consult@lists.berkeley.edu.

Wiley Online Library downtime on March 7

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Wiley Online Library will be unavailable for up to 3 hours from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

OskiCat downtime on February 28

Due to system maintenance, OskiCat will be unavailable on Saturday, February 28 from approximately 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

ChemSpider seminar on March 24

RSC ChemSpider Seminar — Managing and Integrating Chemistry on the Internet to Build Community for Chemists

The LBNL Library is hosting a seminar for researchers interested in online collaboration, data storage and curation, data exchange, crowdsourcing, and open access.

This seminar will explore ChemSpider ? a free access service providing a structure centric community for chemists and the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information.

March 24, 2010 ? Wednesday
3:00 p.m. ? 4:30 p.m
Building 50 Auditorium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Bring your laptop for a hands-on demo session.

**** For UC Berkeley personnel: Please contact Jeffery Loo (JLLoo@lbl.gov) by Monday, March 22, 12:00 p.m. for a visitor pass and shuttle bus directions. A visitor pass is required for entry into the Berkeley Lab by UC Berkeley guests.


The increasing availability of free and open access resources for scientists on the internet presents us with a revolution in data availability. The Royal Society of Chemistry hosts ChemSpider, a free access website for chemists built with the intention of building community for chemists.

ChemSpider is an aggregator of chemistry related information, at present over 20 million unique chemical entities linked out to over 300 separate data sources, ChemSpider has taken on the task of both robotically and manually curating publicly available data sources. It is also a public deposition platform where chemists can deposit their own data including novel structures, analytical data, synthesis procedures and host data associated with the growing activities associated with Open Notebook Science.

This presentation will examine chemistry on the internet, the dubious quality of what is available and how the ChemSpider crowdsourced curation platform is fast becoming one of the centralized hubs for resourcing information about chemical entities.

We will also review our efforts to provide free resources for synthesis procedures, spectral data and structure-based searching of the chemistry literature and how chemists can contribute directly to each of these projects. Following the presentation and a question and answer session, a hands on session showing how to search for, curate and deposit data on ChemSpider will be given for interested parties.


Antony Williams, PhD, is a leader in the domain of free access chemistry. He is the Vice President of Strategic Development at the Royal Society of Chemistry and is the host of ChemSpider, a free online structure centric community for chemists.

ChemSpider began as a hobby project in a basement and went on to become one of the most popular Chemistry websites with the highest quality of data available online. Antony spent over a decade in the commercial scientific software business as Chief Science Officer for ACD/Labs, one of the domain leaders in scientific software. He is an accomplished NMR spectroscopist with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. During his career he was the NMR Technology Leader for the Eastman-Kodak company and has worked in both academia and national government research institutions.

Library Research Prize deadline April 18

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research rewards excellence in undergraduate research projects that use library resources and demonstrate sophisticated library research skills on the part of undergraduate researchers. The library offers up to six prizes annually: $750 for lower-division students and $1,000 for upper-division undergraduates.

Projects from Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011 are eligible. Submissions will be accepted through April 18, 2011.

Questions? Visit the Library Prize website.

Mobile library website released

Screenshot of mobile version

As part of the new mobile campus website, the Library recently launched its own mobile website. The mobile version provides easy access to hours, library locations, chat reference, contact information for subject librarians, events, and mobile versions of the OskiCat and NextGen Melvyl catalogs.

Library users on mobile devices should be automatically redirected to the mobile version (unless you have set your smartphone to load the full version). The mobile website can also be accessed at http://mobile.lib.berkeley.edu/.

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