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Web Skills & Research Survival Workshops

Level up your web design, search, and research skills by dropping in to a Library workshop, panel discussion, or info session this Fall! (Snacks and soft-drinks will be provided.)

Google Search Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Learn how to power-search Google, Google Scholar, and other Google tools.

  • October 3 |  4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event

New Google Sites workshop: Organize, collaborate and share
Explore how you can organize, collaborate, and share all of your online content using the new Google Sites.

  • October 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event
  • October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event

Library Research Survival Guide: Tips from Undergraduate Library Prize Winners
Get advice about the navigating the Berkeley libraries from past winners of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

  • October 9 | 5-6 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library – View event

Web Essentials Drop-In Hours: A Non-Coder’s Guide to the Web
Join student technology consultants and librarians to learn about web design, online publishing, software and support available at Berkeley to help you build websites, create multimedia presentations, and much more.

  • October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Library  (drop in anytime) – View event

HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
With a little HTML and CSS under your belt, you’ll know how to edit “under the hood” so you can place an image exactly where you want it, customize the formatting of text, or troubleshoot copy & paste issues.

  • December 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab (Barrows 350) – Register here

For more upcoming Library digital scholarship events, check out:
http://bit.ly/level-up-events

 

Learn Citation Management Tools

Over the course of the past decade a number of free software tools and apps—including Mendeley, Zotero, and RefWorks—have cropped up to help you to create, format and manage your citations. The Library has arranged this series of Fall 2017 drop-in workshops to help you get started (or dig deeper) with the citation management software of your choice:

Writing and Citing Tools: What are your options?

Citation Management: Best Practices

  • September 7, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

  • September 7, 4-5pm, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

  • September 12, 4-5pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

EndNote: Basics to Advanced

  • September 13, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

Refworks: Citation Management with Google Docs

  • October 4, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

Introduction to Zotero 5.0

  • October 10, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405

Advanced Zotero 5.0

  • October 17, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405

For more help managing your citations check out these library guides:

Library of Congress releases 25 million metadata records

The Library of Congress recently released 25 million metadata records for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. These MARC records make up the foundation for library catalogs, such as OskiCat, which have enabled library users to find and access library books and other media for decades. As the LOC describes the collection:

 

The data covers a wide range of Library items including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, maps, music and visual materials.  The free data sets cover more than 45 years, ranging from 1968, during the early years of MARC, to 2014.  Each record provides standardized information about an item, including the title, author, publication date, subject headings, genre, related names, summary and other notes.

Reading Room at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress Reading Room, from https://www.loc.gov

The data is available in UTF-8, MARC8, and XML formats, and has been conveniently divided by media type including books, computer files, maps, music, and more.

We’ve added the resource to the public section of the Computational Text Analysis and Text Mining Guide, where you can find many other sources for large-scale text analysis projects. For more information, take a look at the LOC’s Getting Started (PDF) for details on accessing the data.

Questions?

Stacy Reardon, Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian, sreardon [at] berkeley.edu

Cody Hennesy, E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian, chennesy [at] berkeley.edu

AIS Teaching Resource Fair

Faculty, Graduate Students, and Researchers!

Looking for ideas on how to refresh your teaching or improve your research? Wondering what campus resources are available and how to connect to them? Come to the first-ever AIS-palooza to find inspiration, learn new things, and get your questions answered.

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117, D Level)

This drop-in event will feature demonstrations and mini-sessions on a wide variety of topics, led by resource providers from all over campus, including librarians who will address:

  • Help your students improve their research skills
  • How to make your course materials affordable
  • How to promote your own research
  • Wikipedia as an educational tool

Other topics include:

  • Assessment in bCourses
  • Making Course Content Accessible for Students with Disabilities
  • Securing Your Research Data
  • Data Science Pedagogy
  • Resources for Creating a Website
  • Videoconferencing Tools: Options and Possibilities

And much more!

Come to a few sessions or stay for the whole event. Refreshments and finger foods will be provided.

Addressing fake news in the classroom

Newspaper spiral

Photo by Silke Remmery CC via Flickr

As an instructor, are you concerned that your students have a ‘dismaying’ inability to tell fake news from real? If so, you are invited to join a UC Berkeley faculty conversation on March 1st about how to help students navigate the rapidly changing online information landscape, and the proliferation of fake news and “alternative facts.” Faculty from Media Studies, College Writing, Integrative Biology, Political Economy and Journalism will lead this conversation on media literacy and the evaluation of sources for the classroom.

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

  • March 1, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Academic Innovation Studio (117 Dwinelle)
  • Panel: Beverly Crawford (Political Science/Economy), Leslea Hlusko (Integrative Biology), Mike Larkin (College Writing), Jean Retzinger (Media Studies), and Edward Wasserman (Journalism). Moderated by Cody Hennesy (Doe Library).

You may also be interested in sharing the new library guide to Fake News, which can help students understand and detect fake news. Subject librarians are also available to help design research assignments, to visit the classroom and discuss the evaluation of resources, and you can always request a library workshop for your class.

Workshop: How Scrivener software can help writers

Scrivener software

 

Want a better way to tackle your long writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks” and keeps all of your research, brainstorming, and writing in a single conceptual workspace. Use Scrivener for your thesis, dissertation, book project, novel, or any longer writing project.

Read more about Scrivener at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

National Novel Writing Month in the Library

NaNoWriMo 2016

Come Write In sessions are back at UC Berkeley. Have you ever thought about writing a novel, but just didn’t think you had the time? Well, a small group of friends from the East Bay dared themselves to finish their novels in 30 days back in 1999, and since then this humble non-profit, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has become a global event of epic proportions! 50,000 words in 30 days! Quantity over quality is the name of the game! Turn off your inner editor, let the words flow, and win!

The folks over at nanowrimo.org created this worldwide community of writers and a support system of libraries, bookstores, and other neighborhood spaces all over the globe called Come Write In, where “Wrimos” gather and forge ahead towards their word count goals during their quest to win this incredible book-in-a-month contest. With all the collective, creative, positive energy of over 300,000+ participants, all writing together, winning is possible! So, finish that paper, mid-term or lab report and come join us! Everyone that attended our sessions last year reached their word-count goals!

  • Sign up at nanowrimo.org and join the East Bay Home Region to see the calendar of events and further details for the UC Berkeley Doe Library location.
  • Come Write In at Doe Library – Room 303 Doe Library
    • Sundays, November 6, 13, 2016, 1 – 4pm
    • Sunday, November 20, 2016, 1 – 3pm
    • Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6-9pm

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact Shannon Monroe at least two weeks prior to the event at smonroe@berkeley.edu, 510-643-6151.

Post submitted by Shannon L. Monroe, Head of Interlibrary Lending/Photoduplication Interlibrary Services

October Research Workshops

October research workshops

The Library continues to offer workshops throughout the Fall, many in partnership with the D-Lab, to help you out with citation management, GIS, statistics, data visualization tools, and much more. Hope you can join us!

 

Library Welcomes Stacy Reardon

We are pleased to welcome Stacy Reardon into the Arts & Humanities Division as the new Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian. Stacy comes to us from Middlebury College Library in Vermont where she has served as a Research and Instruction Librarian since 2013. Her subject specialties included English and American Literature among many other assignments. In 2017 she is expected to complete her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her new role, Stacy will manage the literature collection, serve the English and Comparative Literature departments, and develop Digital Humanities initiatives in the Library.

Please join us in welcoming Stacy to Berkeley!

– post submitted by Holly Hatheway, Division Head for Arts & Humanities

Achieving College Dreams: Author Book Talk, September 8

Please join us for a conversation about the recently published book Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School (Oxford University Press, 2016).

  • Thursday, September 8, 3:30 – 5:00pm
  • Education/Psychology Library
  • 2600 Tolman Hall

Achieving college dreams - image courtesy of the author

Edited by Professors Rhona S. Weinstein (Psychology) and Frank C. Worrell (Graduate School of Education), the book tells the story of a remarkable 10-year collaboration between UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools to develop and nurture the California College Preparatory Academy (CAL Prep). Framed by a longitudinal lens, findings from community-engaged scholarship, and a diversity of voices from students to superintendents, it charts the journey from the initial decision to open the school to the high school graduation of its first two classes. Readers are taken inside the workings of the partnership, the development of the school, and the spillover of effects across district and university.

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