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Summer reading list 2014: Free Speech


Every summer, The Library and College Writing Programs distribute to new freshmen a list of recommended books.  This isn’t required reading, but rather a great list of titles suggested as a way of welcoming incoming students to the intellectual life of the university. This year we decided to try something different and asked seniors to share their wisdom. Their recommended reading includes both classic works and contemporary classics: novels, nonfiction, and poetry. Your departing peers chose these books because they have enjoyed and been strongly affected by them, and they think you would enjoy them too. There?s almost certainly something here to catch your interest.
The selections have been posted on Moffitt Library’s Facebook site, where you can see what others think of these works and leave your own comments.

Every summer, the Library and College Writing Programs distribute to new freshmen a list of recommended books.  This isn’t required reading, but rather a great list of titles suggested as a way of welcoming incoming students to the intellectual life of the university.

The theme this year honors the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. You?ll find books listed that treat the people and events of Berkeley in fall 1964 and soon after. You?ll also find books, both fiction and nonfiction (and some other media), that deal with freedom of the press, the women?s movement, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, and so much more.

We encourage you to look up one, two, or all of them in the University Library, which holds one of the richest collections in the world. There’s almost certainly something here to catch your interest!


“On the Same Page” features Ansel Adams photographs

Cal’s annual project focuses on Ansel Adams’ Fiat Lux, a specially commissioned collection of photographs of the University of California in the 1960s. A Bancroft Library exhibit that opens Sept. 19 will display the images for the first time as a group.

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HathiTrust digitized books in OskiCat

You may have noticed a lot more online books in OskiCat recently. The library has begun loading HathiTrust records for digitized versions of public domain items into our catalog.

When the project is complete, there will be over a million new records in OskiCat. You can limit a search to these by combining “hathitrust” with some other keyword(s), such as: hathitrust education or hathitrust school desegregation.

Public domain means that the items are not protected by copyright. U.S. government documents and works published before 1923 are examples of items in the public domain. All users can view the full-text of these books online. UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can download the whole book (PDF) by logging in with your CalNet ID.

This service is possible because the University of California libraries are partners in HathiTrust (pronounced “hah-tee”), a national project to create a shared archive of books scanned into electronic format.

New Digital Audio Collection: American Women Making History and Culture

The UC Berkeley Media Resources Center and the Pacifica Radio Archives are developing a new online audio collection devoted to women’s history.  These recordings include interviews, panel discussions, literary and musical performances, news coverage, and other programing broadcast on various Pacifica affiliates (including Berkeley’s KPFA) between the mid-1950s and the 1980s.

The first 26 sound recording files are now available for listening.  More will be added over time.

Listening to these files requires the free Real audio player.

VPN now available for some Android devices

Users of some Android devices can now use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) app to access journal article databases and other licensed resources from off campus.  Because Android currently does not work with proxy servers, VPN is the only way to access licensed resources on these devices.

There are many different Android devices and variants of the operating system. As of June 2012, versions of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client app (the only one supported by UC Berkeley Information Services and Technology) are available for some of these, but not all.

For more information, see our Instructions for Android page.

Bioscience Library closed May 12 – June 10

The Bioscience and Natural Resources Library will be closed due to construction from May 12 through June 10, 2012.

Update: The library will be open 1-5pm on June 11-15, while construction is completed.

For  information on returning books, placing materials on course reserve, etc., see this blog post.

Re-envisioning the Library: Your opinions wanted

The UC Berkeley Library is considering many changes to hours, services, and library locations. We recently surveyed Cal students about their preferences; thanks to all who participated.

More information on “Re-envisioning the Library” is available here.

Resources for June 5 election

The Institute of Governmental Studies has released guides to the two ballot measures on the June 5 California Primary Election ballot on the California Choices website at:


In addition to voter resources and in-depth analyses of the propositions, the site features a View Endorsements and Share Your Vote page where you can compare endorsements from political parties, unions, newspapers, and other organizations, and share how you are voting with friends and family via email or Facebook.


California Choices is a collaborative effort by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, the nonpartisan nonprofit organization Next 10, and the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

Online exhibit features Golden Gate Bridge historical materials

On the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, we invite you to tour this online exhibit featuring materials on its design, construction, and history.  Also included are materials on the other Bay Area bridges.

Proxy server changes affect some users

On Tuesday April 24, the library made major changes to its proxy server, used for off-campus access to journal article databases and other licensed electronic resources.  These changes improve efficiency and security, and also simplify setup requirements in most cases.

Most users will see no changes, and your existing set-up should continue to work. However, the new proxy server does have new requirements related to cookies and changes to the Patron/PIN login method.

For more information, see this FAQ item: 
The proxy server has changed – how and why?

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