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.”