The Edible Book Festival is an international phenomenon. Meet the person helping the UC Berkeley Library bring it to life.

From Berkeley Library News

“On a quiet amble into Morrison Library, you might spot her: Jennifer Osgood, bookworm and artist extraordinaire, bustling about the library, arranging the books on its tables into a perfect puzzle. She makes a mosaic of book covers, leaving just enough space for the titles to breathe.“People ask me, ‘What do you mean, books need space to breathe?’” Osgood says. “And I’m like, ‘Everything needs space to breathe.’”Osgood is the technical processing lead for the Library’s Arts & Humanities Division, handling the day-to-day tasks of maintaining the division’s physical book collection. A dedicated crafter — of cards, poems, miniature houses, and most everything else — Osgood helps the creative side of the Library flourish. She helps run the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, a unique art-lending program for the UC Berkeley community, and designs posters and buttons for various Library events.These days, she’s busy planning the Library’s fourth-annual Edible Book Festival — a fun-filled feast for the imagination and the gut. Celebrated around the world, the festival asks guests to answer the question: How do you transform a beloved text into an edible delight?On March 16, Morrison Library will transform for the event, which is open to the public. We recently sat down for a chat with Osgood to learn more about the festival and the golden thread between books and art.”

Humboldt: Promoting digital literacy

From Redwood Times

” The Humboldt State University Library and Humboldt County Library are collaborating to provide free digital literacy classes to the community.The grant-funded workshops — made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian — include topics ranging from “PDF Essentials,” “Google Drive” and “Professional Development” to “Canva” and “VoiceThread.” Classes are open to the public and being held either at the Eureka Main Library (1313 Third St.) or the Arcata Library (500 Seventh St.).Louis Knecht — special collections instruction librarian with the Humboldt State University Library — initially got the idea to apply for the grant after looking over some past census survey data. ”

Promoting digital literacy

Orange County: Pollak Library librarian offers a glimpse of treasure trove of government information

From Orange County Register

“Interested in the federal investigations into the Ku Klux Klan, the McCarthy hearings or the 9/11 Commission Report? All this and more can be found in Cal State Fullerton’s Pollak Library, a selective Federal Depository Library, giving campus members and the public access to important government publications.“The origins of the Federal Depository Library Program date back to 1813, when Congress ordered that publications be distributed outside of the federal government,” explains Megan Graewingholt ‘06,’09 (B.A. American studies and history, M.A. American studies), social sciences and government documents librarian at her alma mater.”

Titan Voice: Pollak Library librarian offers a glimpse of treasure trove of government information

100 years after opening, Green Library is still guided by the vision of Jane Stanford

From The Stanford Daily

” The sold-out crowd in front of Green Library bustled with activity on July 15 as Stanford community members of different generations struck up conversation with each other, reminiscing about the times they had spent in the library and discussing how it has changed. The community was gathered to memorialize a pivotal moment in Stanford’s history— the 100th anniversary of Green Library’s opening on July 14, 1919. Green’s physical and technological evolution over the years has positioned the library as not just a communal space for interdisciplinary scholars, but also as a trailblazer — revolutionizing the way resources are accessed and shared across the world. Though Green now stands as the unquestioned centerpiece of the Stanford Libraries system, it didn’t start that way. Other Stanford libraries have come and gone with time, but their history — along with Jane Stanford’s vision for a “grand library”— is integral to what Green has become.”

Berkeley: Champion of staff mentorship and diversity wins Distinguished Librarian Award

From Berkeley Library

” Somewhere in the backyard of Debbie Jan’s home, in Richmond, an old, stone-bordered plant bed sits lonely and barren.Years ago, when Jan had more free time, the bed teemed with life and vegetables galore. In an alternate universe — one in which Jan chose a less demanding passion — perhaps it still does.Over the past 25 years, the garden of Jan’s life has, instead, been the UC Berkeley Library — the beautifully entwined, vigorous space that has been her home since she was an undergraduate.For nearly 14 years, from 2001 to 2015, Jan served at the helm of the Public Health Library (now part of the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library). There, she sowed seeds of trust and collaboration among staff; tended a diverse and growing collection; and showered researchers, faculty, and students alike with streams of information and guidance.This year, in honor of her “excellence in librarianship,” the Librarians Association of the University of California’s Berkeley chapter, or LAUC-B, has recognized Jan with the Distinguished Librarian Award. She shares the award, presented every other year, with Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian for educational initiatives and user services, and director of the Doe, Moffitt, and subject specialty libraries.The heartfelt letters nominating Jan for the award overflow with praise and superlative. But Jan — the ever humble, cheerful gardener — never imagined she would win.”

UC Davis-based online textbook library receives $4.9 million federal grant

From The California Aggie

” The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $4.9 million dollar grant to the LibreText Project, an online textbook library founded at UC Davis.According to the Department of Education website, the grant awarded under the Open Textbooks Pilot Program “emphasizes the development of projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in high-enrollment courses or in programs that prepare individuals for in-demand fields.”The LibreText Project, previously under the name ChemWiki, was developed 11 years ago by Delmar Larsen, an associate professor in the chemistry department. Larsen provided a supplemental text for Chem 107B: Physical Chemistry for Life Scientists, and the project grew to encompass all chemistry classes and further fields of study. The LibreText Project has amassed 12 libraries worth of content to date.
While developed at UC Davis, the online library is in use across universities and community colleges throughout the country. In addition to providing existing texts, it also provides the option for instructors to contribute their own texts tailored to their classes. The intent is to offer classrooms the ability to read content more directly related to the vocabulary used by a professor in their classes.”

Jai’s Library opens at CSUB

From Bakersfield Now

“For many at California State University, Bakersfield, today was a step towards a more accepting world.This afternoon, the university unveiled Jai’s Library in honor of transgender student Jai Bornstein, who committed suicide in 2016.”It’s heartwarming, it’s honoring, um, it’s humbling, it’s emotional, it means a lot to our family,” said Jeanie Bornstein, Jai’s mother.The library will feature a variety of books and resources dedicated to transgender awareness and identity.But more importantly, it will also serve as a welcoming and safe place for those who might feel like outsiders.”We have to show love, acceptance, empathy, caring, support, concern for, for everybody,” Bornstein said.And experts say that having spaces where people can feel safe to be themselves is critical.People who are part of a marginalized population can feel different.”

CSUEB students seek 24-hour library

From The Pioneer

” California State University, East Bay’s students attempt to do homework at random hours of the day, depending on when they can find time in their busy schedule. Students struggle to find a place to study, especially at night, without access to a 24-hour library.The University Library opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. which restricts late night study hours. However, the Learning Commons that is connected to the library closes at 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.“It helps me focus on my studies and what needs to get done”, said William Gallegos, a CSUEB junior. “If it was open 24-hours like some other libraries then I would be able to do work whenever I find the time.”Most students have classes and work throughout the day and prefer to take a break from their studies at the end of their busy days. Doing assignments at home can be difficult for students due to distractions.“I go to the Learning Commons quite often because my roommates play video games late, although I’d prefer to do my work in the library,” said CSUEB student Johnathon Washington. “You can get comfortable in the cushioned chairs and overall I tend to get more work done in the library.” The only 24-hour libraries available to students are at San Jose State University, which it is 28 miles from CSUEB and San Francisco State University which is 34 miles away. The distance to these universities makes it difficult for students to access their libraries, especially those who lack the means of transportation.”

UC libraries launch tool to help achieve open access

From Berkeley Library News

” For far too long, a gold mine of knowledge has been locked away behind journal paywalls, or has been otherwise inaccessible to countless people who could benefit from it.To help address this problem, the scholarly community has been working toward achieving open access, helping to unlock this wealth of information by making it free to everyone, everywhere. But after nearly 20 years of work, much of the world’s scholarly information is still not as available as it could be — only 15 percent of journal articles, for example, are openly accessible at the time of publication.Today, to accelerate toward free readership for all, the University of California Libraries published Pathways to Open Access, a toolkit for campuses and research institutions to help make more knowledge openly available.The resource aims to help research libraries and institutions throughout the world, by empowering them with information that could enable them to redirect their spending away from high-cost subscription services and toward sustainable open access scholarly publishing.”

San Jose library moves to stop suicides

From The Mercury News

“About 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, a 36-year-old San Jose man shocked patrons and employees of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library by climbing over a seventh-floor railing and plunging to his death in the building’s atrium.As the second suicide in 13 months in the downtown library atrium, the grisly death cast a pall over the joint city-university building, which was closed down until the next morning. At the direction of San Jose State President Mary Papazian, and with the assent of city leaders, administrators are taking steps to make the soaring atrium suicide-safe.Essentially, the university and city are glassing in the big inner space from the second floor up to the seventh. The work is expected to raise the modest glass railings on each floor to more than seven feet. With existing glass dividers that come down from the ceiling, it will leave only a small gap for air.”

Sonoma: 23 Libraries in One

From SSU News

“Sonoma State University students, faculty and staff can now borrow books and DVDs from any of the 23 California State University campuses thanks to the new unified library management system OneSearch. The University Library also moved to eliminate overdue fines and increase loan times for books to up to one year. OneSearch replaces the popular LINK+ rapid delivery service with CSU+, an integrated, CSU-managed request system. In 2016, after a three-year collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office, all 23 CSU libraries voted to participate in CSU+ making OneSearch the largest public university resource sharing system in the United States. Sonoma State was previously part of LINK+, which included a total of 10 CSU campuses.”

Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space

From LA Times

“UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved.The library has even dropped its rules against bringing in food and drinks on those floors. That’s because they no longer contain any books, which could be damaged or stained.California’s oldest public university has removed 135,000 books from Moffitt Library, shipping most to other locations, to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate on group projects — a staple of college work today.”

UCSD librarian marries print and digital in perfect union

From The San Diego Union Tribune

” There’s been a lot of dust ups over the rise of digital.Some people passionately prefer print, and stiffly wave away the very notion of change.Then there’s people like Brian Schottlaender, who loves both and who found a way to bring them together during his 18 years as UC San Diego’s head librarian.Schottlaender struck a partnership with Google, which digitized hundreds of thousands of the university’s books. He also digitized many of the school’s rare and special materials, greatly increasing their use and visibility.The 64 year-old Schottlaender recently sat down with the Union-Tribune to discuss his work, and what he plans to do when he retires in June.”

San Luis Obispo: Library debuts own ‘Genius Bar’

From The Poly Post

” The University Library debuted its version of a “Genius Bar” on Feb. 14 as part of the library’s new service designed to assist students in reaching academic success, as well as traversing the entirety of the university’s various services and entities available to them.The library’s reference bookshelves have been replaced by staff for what is now the new Knowledge Center Service.Nicole Barcarse is a first-year aerospace engineering student and staffed as a Knowledge consultant who described the new service as an overall aid for students.
“They just took everything and mashed it together,” stated Barcarse.The new Knowledge Center Service combines all the services the library has to offer as well as other services on campus into one convenient location for students. This means students no longer have to be confused about which desk in the library to go to.”

New cloud-based system will connect all 23 CSU libraries

From Golden Gate Xpress

” SF State will introduce a new $3 million cloud-based platform that will link all California State University library databases. In the works since last year, the new United Library Management Service will make it faster and easier for library technicians to move data as well as catalog, monitor and order books by Summer 2017.“The key outcomes of the ULMS are efficiency, equity, cost savings and enhanced potential for collaboration among CSU libraries,” said Deborah Masters, librarian at the J. Paul Leonard Library.Masters said the new system, financed by the CSU, will help students and faculty find information faster and easier. Students have expressed interest in an united library database that connects all CSU campuses together.SF State’s library already uses technology at the library like ILLiad, an electronic system designed to help users request items. “I think it’s a great idea to get access to all CSU libraries.” Psychology major Chris Sanders said. “I already like what CSU provides and ILLiad. I think it’s great.”According to the CSU, books and videos from all 23 campus libraries will be accessible from smartphones and laptops– including nearly one billion journal articles, dissertations, periodicals, books, audio and video files.”

New cloud-based system will connect all 23 CSU libraries

Vandals Damage UC Berkeley Library

From Berkeley Patch

” Police are asking for help tracking down four suspects caught on video vandalizing and stealing from the University of California at Berkeley library in June. Police on Tuesday released a surveillance video still of the four suspects. They are suspected of stealing and damaging property at the Doe Memorial Library on June 23.”

Los Angeles: UCI receives grant to study library youth programs

From The Orange County Register

“A $772,864 grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services will fund a UC Irvine evaluation of youth programs at libraries across the nation, the university announced.The project aims to improve the quality and quantity of “connected learning” opportunities, a term for educational programs driven by student interest, such as after-school sports, music, computer gaming programs, reading clubs and online coding camps.Researchers at UCI will evaluate youth programs offered by libraries to help them improve programming and expand youth offerings.”>

Chino: Campus adds 1,500 books to library in women’s prison

From UCLA Newsroom

” recent UCLA book drive motivated students, faculty and staff to collect or donate more than 1,500 books for the library of a state women’s prison in Southern California. The first of the books have now begun to arrive at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino. Organized by the Justice Work Group and the Department of African American Studies, the Bruin Prison Book Drive placed donation bins in academic departments and residential units as well as hosted poetry slam events.”

USC to install many microlibraries across campus

From Daily Trojan

” Like any library, the microlibraries will be set up with freely available books and other materials completely open to the public. The microlibraries will also serve as an interactive artistic element to USC’s campus, serving a dual purpose of art as well as a public stop for literary resources.”

USC to install many microlibraries across campus

Santa Barbara: New Library Opens Doors to Enthusiastic Students

From The Bottom Line

” The new University of California, Santa Barbara library opened its doors on Mon., Jan. 4 in conjunction with the first day of Winter Quarter. After a two and a half year-long process, the library welcomed students to enjoy its new features, including a cafe, study rooms and multiple lounges. The official grand opening occurred on Wed., Jan. 13.”

Berkeley: Bancroft Library acquires documents from local disability rights advocate

From The Daily Californian

” UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library recently acquired a collection of personal papers, articles and photographs from local disability rights advocate Anthony Tusler, offering students a look into four decades of the disability rights movement.”

Bancroft Library acquires documents from local disability rights advocate

Northridge: CSUN’s Oviatt Library Receives Grant to Promote Local Latino/a History

From CSUN Today

” Through a joint grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the California State University, Northridge’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library will host a program that works with local Latino/a community centers to synthesize classroom and community experiences into one program — to paint a broader picture of Latino American history.”

CSUN’s Oviatt Library Receives Grant to Promote Local Latino/a History

Release of the new Calisphere! More content in a great new interface

From California Digital Library

” CDL is pleased to announce the official, public release of the new Calisphere website, currently in beta mode.The new Calisphere site provides access to even more unique digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the University of California system and across the state.”

Release of the new Calisphere! More content in a great new interface