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“Painted Nails” screens on April 5 in Movies @ Moffitt

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Painted Nails is directed by Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin

After learning that her work has caused her life-threatening health problems, Vietnamese immigrant Van Nguyen, a San Francisco nail salon owner, becomes a resolute activist in the fight to regulate chemicals in personal care products, advocating for the safety of nail salon workers and their clientele, both at the local level and in Washington DC.

Wednesday, April 5
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required).
Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester.

Library Tours!

Doe Library Entrance
April is a month when students and families visit campus, trying to decide if Cal will be their future home. If you are are visiting campus, you are encouraged to come see the the Library. UC Berkeley Libraries provide key tools and materials for academic inquiry and are an integral part of campus life.

Library tours of the historic Doe Library, underground Main stacks, and newly renovated Moffitt Undergraduate Library are given every Monday and Friday in April. From 3-4pm, they start on the north steps of the Doe Library. You are encouraged to sign up as space is limited.

Cal libraries are generally open to the public (see the library hours). Staff at the entrance to Doe Library, can also provide a visitor’s guide for those wishing to pursue self-guided exploration of this central campus library.

Sign up here!

Moffitt Library 4th Floor Terrace Closure, March 27-31

View from Moffitt Library

The Moffitt fourth floor terrace will be closed during the week of March 27-31. This includes the fourth floor entrance to Moffitt Library. Please enter on the third floor of Moffitt next week to access all levels. 

The terrace will be closed as part of the terrace remodeling project. Construction crews will be jackhammering throughout the week. We anticipate this work to be loud and expect that vibrations could be felt throughout the building. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   

The History of Higher Education in California: A Big Data Approach

Thursday, April 6
10am -11:30am
180 Doe Library

Zack BleemerZach Bleemer discusses how he used data science — thousands of computer-processed versions of annual registers, directories, and catalogs —  to reconstruct a near-complete database of all students, faculty, and courses at four-year universities in California in the first half of the 20th century, including the UC system. Visualizations of this database display the expansion of higher education into rural California communities, the rise and fall of various academic departments and disciplines, and the slow (and still-incomplete) transition towards egalitarian major selection.

Zach will also discuss his recent CSHE Working Paper, in which he uses additional digitized records to analyze the social impact of the early 20th century’s expansion of female high school science teachers and female doctors across rural California communities. He finds that newly-arrived female STEM professionals serve as important role models for young women in these rural communities, causing substantial increases in female college-going. However, these young women are no more likely to study STEM fields or become doctors themselves. He is currently extending these results to estimate ethnicity-based role model effects.
Zach Bleemer is a PhD student in Economics and Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education, where his research examines the educational and occupational decisions of young Americans. He has previously held senior research analyst positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Mathematica Policy Research, and has published studies of student debt, parental coresidence, and university attendance. He is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a Graduate Intern at the UC Office of the President.

Berkeley commits to accelerating universal open access, signs the OA2020 Expression of Interest


The University Library at UC Berkeley took a major step today in its commitment to achieving universal open access for scholarly journal literature by signing the OA2020 Expression of Interest, in collaboration with UC Davis and UC San Francisco.

OA2020 is an international movement, led by the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, to convert the entire corpus of scholarly journal literature to open access by the year 2020. Open access promotes free, immediate access to research articles and the rights to use these articles to advance knowledge worldwide. OA2020 is a framework to achieve open access, and one solution for the rising costs of subscription journals and the need for reduced barriers in accessing and reusing information.

“Our mission, as scholars and educators, is to generate new knowledge for the benefit of the world,” explains Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and professor of economics and information. “Much of the world can’t read our publications. They can’t get access because they can’t afford it. As the nation’s premier public research university, we need to be leaders in the effort to change that.”

University Librarian discusses open access

University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, right, discusses open access with Ralf Schimmer, of the Max Planck Digital Library, in Berkeley in September. (Photo by Rachael Samberg for the University Library)

When an institution joins the OA2020 movement, it agrees to make a good faith effort to devise and implement practical strategies and actions for attaining universal open access for scholarly journal literature. OA2020 provides the flexibility for institutions to define for themselves how they will repurpose their journal subscription funds to support open access publishing.

The UC Berkeley Library has long been a pioneer in assisting authors with open access publishing, and was one of the first institutions in the nation to create a fund (the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative) that subsidizes article processing charges so that Berkeley scholars can publish for greater impact, and be read by policy-makers and researchers around the globe. Since 2008, the University Library has supported nearly 300 open access articles from more than 250 unique authors from nearly every division and numerous disciplines on campus.

“We are excited to continue connecting with UC Berkeley scholars on these issues,” explains MacKie-Mason. “As the Academic Senate itself acknowledged with its adoption of an open access policy in 2013, the movement has tremendous value to Berkeley authors. It improves the visibility and scholarly impact of their research and output, and facilitates their ability to conduct research because of reduced access and re-use restrictions.”

In developing the campus-specific OA2020 implementation strategies, MacKie-Mason emphasizes that the Library will undertake considerable outreach to engage UC Berkeley researchers and author communities on approaches to open access publishing.

The particular models that will form the basis for Berkeley’s transition to open access will then be articulated in an OA2020 campus roadmap that the Library is developing in consultation with key stakeholders. The Library has posted an early draft of this roadmap on an OA2020 project website created by the now four U.S. signatory campuses.

MacKie-Mason secured broad institutional support for the OA2020 Expression of Interest. Following a September 2016 meeting attended by representatives from the Max Planck Digital Library and various UC campuses, MacKie-Mason coordinated a multi-campus working group to evaluate and report on OA2020 implementation issues. The Faculty Senate Library Committee (LIBR) reviewed these materials and voted in favor of UC Berkeley’s participation, as did the Council of Deans led by now Chancellor-designate Carol Christ, who signed the Expression of Interest on behalf of the university.

“Open access will have a direct impact on Berkeley researchers,” Christ says. “It provides an enhanced ability for faculty to use new and emerging research and scholarship in the classroom. We are thrilled to participate in OA2020 and other open access efforts that provide pathways for promoting and sharing knowledge.”

About the University Library
The University Library at UC Berkeley is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university.  A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of approximately 27,400 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and 1,600 faculty members. The Library comprises of 25 libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and numerous subject specialty libraries. With a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with the collections and build their research skills, while also working to help UC Berkeley scholars build research impact.

Seeking artists, photographers, data scientists, researchers and designers for Moffitt Library!

Moffitt Art Banner

Moffitt Library invites undergraduate students to submit their art or design works for the 2017-2018 academic year to be displayed on floors four and five. This opportunity is open to current undergraduates at UC Berkeley. Current pieces on display and full guidelines can be viewed online.We are interested in flat, wall-mounted works, including (but not limited to):

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Photography
  • Data visualizations
  • Architectural designs
  • Research posters
  • Graphic designs

Submission deadline lis April 7, 2017. Decisions will be announced in early May. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Jean Ferguson, Learning and Research Communities Librarian, at jean.ferguson@berkeley.edu.

Apply here!

Winter 2017, Fiat Lux Newsletter

The cover of Fiat Lux Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library’s newsletter, features stories about a project to categorize fake news stories; three unique digitization projects; and the completed renovation of Moffitt Library.

New Exhibit: Celebrating the Intellectual Legacy of Jeffrey Hadler (1968-2017)

Mount Merapi and Minangkabau long house by Edy Utama

February through September 2017
120 Doe Library

Throughout his life, Professor Jeffrey Hadler established himself as an accomplished scholar in Indonesian studies, authoring several books and a dozen articles. Over the last fifteen years, Professor Hadler selflessly dedicated his intellectual insight and guidance to the UC Berkeley academic community, enhancing the Library’s Southeast Asia collection. Additionally, he served in the following academic roles:

2009-2012: Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
2011-2014: Chair, Center for Southeast Asia Studies
2011-2014: Southeast Asia Materials Project Executive Committee of the Center for Research Libraries
2014-2015: Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
2016-2017: Academic Senate Library Committee

The display offers a selected collection of Professor Hadler’s works, course syllabi, and commencement photos with his graduate students, Iman Djalius (2012), Joseph Scalice and Kathleen Gutierrez (2014).

Photo credit: Mount Merapi and Minangkabau long house by Edy Utama.
Acknowledgements: Jenny Chiu, Iman Djalius, Vaughn Egge, Kathleen Gutierrez, Thiti Jamkajornkeiat, Quyen My Le, and Sarah Maxim.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-ThonArt+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Tuesday, March 21st
Moffitt 405

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the effect is not: content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Let’s change that! Drop by the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, learn how to edit Wikipedia and make a few changes of your own!

People of all gender identities and expressions welcome. Bring a laptop (or use one of ours). No editing experience necessary, we’ll provide training and assistance. Drop-in for half an hour or stay for the whole afternoon. Food and drink will be provided.

Learn more!


Author Talk: Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Jun Kamata Flyer

Author Talk by Jun Kamata: Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 6-7:30 PM
Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan and will talk about his latest publications — two photography books. One is focused on Native Americans and the other on minorities in the US. He will also discuss his exhibit of 25 photographs on display in the Ethnic Studies Library. He holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

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Edit Wikipedia tomorrow in Moffitt 405! Drop in any time 1-6pm or attend a workshop. t.co/8kwR1yFjGG

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What could be better than books — and food? Join us to celebrate both on April 10. t.co/5d20NeRimr

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Live @ Hertz Hall with Senator Barbara Boxer for "An Election Like No Other and What Lies Ahead" t.co/cbI4qFYUAU

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Drop in Moffitt Library on Tuesday, March 21 from 1-6pm for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries. We will... t.co/fZ3W6nLEtL