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

Painted Nails Movie Poster

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!

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.

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.

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!


Event: 19th-century Mormon maritime immigration

Icelandic immigrants on the ship Camoens, 1880s, National Museum of Iceland

The Bancroft Roundtable on March 16 will tell the captivating story of Mormon maritime immigration in the nineteenth century. Fred E. Woods, Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, bases his account on hundreds of first-person immigrant accounts collected and dissected over the past two decades. The superior modus operandi used by the Latter-day Saints to bring European converts to America is described.

Event details
Bancroft Roundtable: “The Sail before the Trail or Have We Missed the Boat?”
Thursday, March 16, noon
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club
Presented by Fred E. Woods, Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

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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"Open access will have a direct impact on Berkeley researchers. It provides an enhanced ability for faculty to... t.co/4Sa9NSk5Xc

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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