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Video: Center for Connected Learning: The Undergraduate ‘Collider Space’

Moffitt Library provides undergraduates with something that no other space on campus can — a place where students of all disciplines can come together to actively discover, develop and prototype solutions that change the world. As the undergraduate hub for connected teaching, learning, and discovery at Berkeley, Moffitt Library now serves 10,000 students each day. “This is a very special place,” explains University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason.

And this is just the start. This summer, the Library received campus approval to build a campaign for the Center for Connected Learning at Moffitt Library. The Library is now laying the groundwork to bring together students, faculty, Library staff, and supporters to design an innovative and interactive teaching and learning space that spans all five floors of Moffitt Library.

We envision the Center for Connected Learning as a “collider space” where students flow between multimedia classrooms, collaborative project spaces, hands-on studios, and peer-to-peer and expert consultation — all within the same building. Students would have access to one-stop consultation on retrieval, evaluation and use of advanced information resources, tech support, and the skills required for 21st century information literacy.

Watch our video, Center for Connected Learning: The Undergraduate Collider Space, to learn more.

The Student Issue: Fiat Lux covers feature Cal artists

 

Students working in the revamped fourth and fifth floors of Moffitt Library enjoy fresh inspiration in the original artwork adorning the walls. Each academic year, members of the Library Undergraduate Student Advisory Board select the half-dozen paintings, drawings, photos, and mixed media works created by UC Berkeley students and displayed in the Library. There were over 100 student submissions for the upcoming installation. In the spirit of The Student Issue, Fiat Lux celebrates this student work by featuring three pieces on three different covers. Our latest issue of the Library’s news magazine also includes stories on open access publishing, lowering student textbook costs, the value of digital information skills, and rare materials at the East Asian Library and the Music Library. Flip through these stories and more in our latest issue on issuu.

Call for Comment: Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

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The creation of a more inclusive Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources, & Public Health Library builds on research and teaching trends with access to emerging technologies in these disciplines, and aligns with the vision identified in the University Library Strategic Plan. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

A Call for Comment, issued by the School of Public Health Dean Stefano Bertozzi, College of Natural Resources Dean J. Keith Gilless, College of Letters & Science’s Division of Biological Sciences Dean Michael Botchan, and University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, encourages all interested parties to carefully read the proposed plan for the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library and the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library at UC Berkeley and to share comments and recommendations.

The comment period is open through Friday October 6, 2017. We invite you to submit comments via email to libraryforum@lists.berkeley.edu.

We are sharing the proposed reconfiguration of these two important libraries in the Life & Health Sciences Division of the University Library to better address current campus and research needs. Part of the classical core of the campus, the Valley Life Sciences Building is home to the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, and the future home of the “Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library”.

Read the proposed plan.

From the University Librarian: Welcome to Fall 2017!

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Students gather for Golden Bear Orientation on Memorial Glade this week. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

On Tuesday, incoming freshman gathered outside Doe Library as they began the official start of their college career, an eight-day orientation to Berkeley and its tremendous resources. Today, as I look outside my office window, students enjoy lunch from multi-ethnic food trucks beside the Campanile. The campus is bursting with new energy and enthusiasm, and the Library is excited to be at the heart of it.

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University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

This semester, we are launching Level Up, a new program designed to empower all students to acquire 21st-century information skills. Level Up will offer a menu of skill-building workshops and online resources on topics such as fake news, social media for social good, and advanced data analysis.

We’ve launched a new initiative to help address the high and ever-increasing cost of education to students and their families, as state support continues to decline. We are leading a campus-wide collaboration on two pilot programs to improve course content affordability. We expect students to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in just the first year of this new program.

Our halls are filled with materials from our unique and diverse collections, including a gallery devoted to recent acquisitions by The Bancroft Library, and exhibits on the world-famous Summer of Love, the history of Syrian culture, and the team of female mathematicians featured in Hidden Figures.

It’s an incredible time to be at Berkeley and the Library, where we are passionate about our mission to “help current and future users find, evaluate, use, and create knowledge to better the world.” From incoming students to esteemed scholars, the Library welcomes you.

— Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian

Library closures due to wildfire on Aug. 2

The following libraries have reduced hours on Wednesday, August 2 as a precaution due to the wildfire in the East Bay hills.

Closing early:

  • The Bancroft Library — closed
  • Business Library — closing at 5pm
  • Doe Library (and all libraries in Doe) — closing at 5pm
  • Environmental Design Library — closed
  • Gardner (Main) Stacks — closing at 5pm

All libraries that routinely close at 5pm will continue to do so. The Engineering Library (open until 6pm) and Moffitt Library (open until 9pm) will follow regular hours unless something changes.

Music video: Sharing knowledge is our goal here

 

Sharing knowledge is our goal here at the UC Berkeley Library. Check out our spaces and the students and staff that bring them to life in our parody of “Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey.

Celebrating Cal Day in the Library!

 

As you tour the Berkeley campus in celebration of Cal Day, make sure to stop by our libraries. Across a dozen locations, we have hands-on activities for all ages, exhibits that highlight unique library materials and talks with our expert curators. We’ll update this page with photos throughout the day. Check out our Cal Day schedule. And, Go Bears!

Visitors and dinosaur replica
Visitors young and old check out some prehistoric finds outside the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Books and other materials
Items are on display at the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Doe Library
Students and visitors flock to the Doe Library on Cal Day. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Kids color
Little Cal fans color images from our collections in the Morrison Library. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Kids color
Little Cal fans color images from our collections in the Morrison Library. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Coloring pages hang in library
Coloring pages are on display in the Morrison Library. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Curator discusses materials with patrons
Curators at The Bancroft Library are available to discuss our current exhibit, “New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition.” (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Curator discusses materials with patrons
Curators at The Bancroft Library are available to discuss our current exhibit, “New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition.” (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
Patrons buy books at book sale
Literary enthusiasts swarm the book sale in Doe Library room 303. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

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

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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.

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