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Data service down at some campus libraries

Update at 3:37pm: The network outage has been resolved.

Update at 2:40pm: Internet is back at Doe Library.

Due to a campus network outage, data service has been unavailable at several libraries on Tuesday, March 21. The affected locations include:

Bancroft Library
Bioscience & Natural Resources Library
Doe Library
East Asian Library
Moffitt Library
Social Research Library

We will update this post as we learn more. Find the latest campus updates on the IST service status page.

Library welcomes Berkeley’s 11th chancellor, Carol Christ


The University Library is excited to continue to work closely with the campus’ next chancellor, Carol Christ, in our efforts to inspire and empower future generations of Berkeley students. Christ currently serves as UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost and is the former president of Smith College. She will be the first woman to serve as chancellor at Berkeley.

“I had never been in a place so deeply committed to widening the doors to educational opportunity,” Christ said in a message to campus on Thursday, after she was confirmed by the UC Board of Regents. She will begin her tenure on July 1. A celebration was held in the Morrison Library Thursday afternoon. “I’m bubbling over with excitement,” said University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason. “As my current boss, Carol has been an inspiration — I am in awe of her. Throughout her career, she has been a champion of the student experience, and will be a great leader for this great university.”

Chancellor-designate at Morrison Library

“I want your advice. I want your help. I want your intellectual energy and imagination,” Chancellor-designate Carol Christ said at the Morrison Library on Thursday. (Photo by Jay Boncodin for the University Library)

Chancellor-designate and University Librarian walking through the Library

Chancellor-designate Carol Christ with University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason in the Bancroft Library in September. (Photograph by Max Whittaker for the University Library)

Read more about Chancellor-designate Christ.

“Agents of Change” screens on March 1 in Movies @ Moffitt

Movie poster

Agents of Change is directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg.

Agents of Change documents university student activism in the late 1960s that worked toward a variety of goals, including the establishment of black and ethnic studies programs and building resistance to the war in Vietnam. The filmmakers envision this project as part of a social movement, rather than simply a film — a stance demonstrated in the way that the film suggests a continuity of struggle from past organizing efforts to more current movements in favor of justice both on and off campus.

Wednesday, March 1 from 7 to 9 pm
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.

Feeling stumped? Ask a librarian.

Undergrads, get expert help with that humanities or social sciences research project. Make an appointment for a 30-minute session with our library research specialists. We can help you narrow your topic, find scholarly sources, and manage your citations, among other things. Make your appointment online at lib.berkeley.edu/help/research-appointments.

Appointments are from 11am-5pm, Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, April 28. Meet your librarian at the Reference Desk, 2nd floor, Doe Library

Video: Happy Valentine’s Day from the Library!

How do you spend your Valentine’s Day? Here at the UC Berkeley Library, we spend it with those we care most about!

Video: Checking out Moffitt’s reimagined study spaces

Library social media interns Chadwick Bowlin and Rika Pokala survey the new study spaces on Moffitt floors four and five.

Event: Views of the women’s liberation, feminist movements of the 1970s, 1980s

A New Women's Symbol

A New Women’s Symbol, 1971, The Bancroft Library, BANC PIC 2012.054

Bancroft Library’s first Roundtable of the semester will take place in the Lewis-Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at noon on Thursday, February 16. Cathy Cade, documentary photographer, will present “Views of the Women’s Liberation and Feminist Movements of the 1970s and 1980s: Selections from the Cathy Cade Photograph Archive.”

Cade was introduced to the power of documentary photography as she participated in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. In the years that followed, she took an array of images that depict the women’s liberation movement, union women, trades women, lesbian feminism, lesbian mothering, lesbians of color, LGBT freedom days, fat activism, and the disability rights movement. Cade will speak of her personal experiences with social justice causes and the connections between these movements and communities. She will feature highlights drawn from her extensive photograph archive acquired by The Bancroft Library over the past several years.

Event details
Bancroft Roundtable
Thursday, February 16, noon
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club
Presented by Cathy Cade, documentary photographer

MacKie-Mason: ‘What we need are discerning, critical-thinking citizens’

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University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason participates in a panel on fake news. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

Adapted from a story by UC Berkeley Public Affairs

Is fake news undermining the truth? That question was hashed out by Berkeley and industry experts in a discussion Thursday night on an issue that rose to play a hotly-debated role in the 2016 presidential campaign and the election of Donald Trump.

“Fake news, misinformation, disinformation, that’s been around forever. And it always will be,” explained University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason. “What has changed is precisely the fact that the cost of distribution has gone to zero. … Anybody can be a publisher.”

MacKie-Mason, who is also a professor at Berkeley’s School of Information, participated in a panel that included Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s vice president of news feed; Craig Newmark, a web pioneer, speaker and philanthropist; Laura Sydell, National Public Radio’s digital culture correspondent; and Catherine Crump, professor and co-director of Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Dean Edward Wasserman moderated.

Among the topics discussed: The incentives for spreading misinformation, disinformation and lies; propaganda; the potential for financial and political gain; the role of tech companies and news sites; and the risk of bias and censorship.


From left: Laura Sydell of NPR, Adam Mosseri of Facebook, Berkeley journalism dean Ed Wasserman, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Berkeley law professor Catherine Crump, and Jeffrey MacKie-Mason of the University Library. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

MacKie-Mason emphasized that content quality — or lack of — is at the heart of the issue today.

“The content platform providers now want to lower the barriers for people to bring content to them. They want to make it as easy as possible for people to publish,” said MacKie-Mason. “At the same time, you want to keep out the manipulations, the spam, the disinformation. But telling the difference is very hard. It’s very costly.”

MacKie-Mason suggested that we, as a society and, in particular, as a university, need to address the consumers, the readers of information.

“What we need to really do is to educate folks much better, to be much better consumers of information,” said MacKie-Mason. “We have not been, in this country, addressing information literacy nearly as much as we need to given the flood of information.”

“We haven’t been teaching our students at any level, our population, to be good self-editors,” he added. “There are always going to be paid promotions out there. We can’t make those go away. We have to make sure that citizens can distinguish between them and recognize what is paid content and what is actual journalistic reporting.”

Teaching students to develop information literacy skills is a top initiative for the University Library, and it is a key piece of the Library’s recently-released strategic plan. As an organization, the Library aims to empower all students to develop the information fluency, digital literacy and research skills to succeed in their academic work and to enable lifelong learning.

As MacKie-Mason said Thursday, “What we need are discerning, critical-thinking citizens. People who actually pay attention to where the news is coming from, where the information is coming from, and make judgements about that.”

View the entire conversation in this video by UC Berkeley Public Affairs:

Announcing the Library’s strategic plan

Strategic Plan cover

We live in a time of remarkable and rapid change in the information environment and in the nature of public support for higher education. While the fundamental purpose of the University Library has not changed, the portfolio of strategies for fulfilling that purpose must evolve to meet new circumstances and opportunities.

Today, we share with you the Library’s strategic plan. Over the past year, we have engaged the entire organization, faculty and students, and external advisors in an effort to rethink how the Library can better serve and enrich this great university — and the world beyond — in the exciting years ahead.

As outlined on our strategic plan website, we have defined our mission:

We help current and future users find, evaluate, use and create knowledge to better the world.

And our vision:

The University Library will be a leader and partner in creating and implementing ideas and services that advance research, teaching and learning.

We have identified four strategic directions:

  1. Improve how scholars access resources
  2. Help develop emerging areas of scholarship
  3. Grow as an adaptive learning organization
  4. Tell our story to build community and cultivate relationships

In addition to viewing the strategic plan website, you can read a one-page summary and download a printable PDF.

With this strategic plan, we are taking a new approach to our time-honored mission. Across our libraries, we will turn to the goals and values outlined here to develop our priorities and guide our decisions. We will better serve and enrich this great university — and the world beyond — in the exciting years ahead.

— Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian

Expert panel on fake news

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University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason will join a panel of experts to explore the topic of fake news. (Photo by Max Whittaker for the University Library)

There has been a fascinating and disturbing public conversation about the spread of “fake news” ever since the November elections. Commentators on both the left and the right decry the fake news phenomenon, but point to different sources for the problem: Russian hackers, the mainstream media, social media platforms, conspiracy theorists, Twitter bots, U.S. intelligence agencies, and unscrupulous businesses such as Disinfomedia have all been blamed.

The incentives to spread misinformation, disinformation, lies, fantasies and propaganda include great financial and political gain. Do tech companies and news sites have the ability and/or the responsibility to contain a flood of inaccuracy? Can they do that without bias or censorship?

The Library has partnered with the Graduate School of Journalism and Office of Communications and Public Affairs to present a multidisciplinary panel of experts, including University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s News Feed VP, to explore these issues in greater depth.

Separating fact from fantasy: Is fake news undermining the truth?

Join UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Dean Edward Wasserman from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 in Banatao Auditorium at Sutardja Dai Hall, who will moderate a discussion with the following panelists:

  • Catherine Crump, professor and co-director of Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, who specializes in First and Fourth Amendment and media issues.
  • Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, UC Berkeley’s University Librarian and a professor at the School of Information, whose scholarly work focuses on the economics of the Internet, online behavior, and digital information creation and distribution.
  • Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s VP of News Feed, who manages the team responsible for delivering relevant content to the 1.8 billion people using Facebook, and has recently focused on addressing fake news on the platform.
  • Craig Newmark, a Web pioneer, speaker and philanthropist who recently donated $1 million to the Poynter Institute to promote verification, fact-checking and accountability in journalism.
  • Laura Sydell, National Public Radio’s digital culture correspondent whose interview with the owner of Disinfomedia, a company with many faux news sites, aired last November.

Seating is limited to 150. Please register here in advance of the Jan. 19 event.

— Cody Hennesy

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