“Kevin Gorman is the proverbial walking encyclopedia – the kind of guy who can explain the significance of the Winter War of 1939, but also name nearly every species in the fungus kingdom. Gorman, 22, UC Berkeley Class of ’13, spent his youth guzzling up the pages of Encyclopedia Britannica before eventually becoming a full-blown Wikipedia fanatic. Now Gorman is UC Berkeley’s official Wikipedian-in-Residence, a liaison of sorts between the hallowed halls of academia and that essential ingredient in so many last-minute term papers. In short, his charge is to improve the quality and quantity of information on the collaborative online encyclopedia. It is the first post of its kind at a university.” (via SFGate)
“Close lots of library locations on campus, or close fewer and see services reduced at most of the remaining locations. Faced with those options in light of a budget crunch, the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley aid no to both and set out to find alternative funding sources to save the library — all 25 locations. While the university’s main library complex, referred to as Doe/Moffitt, was never in danger, professors wanted to preserve the smaller reading spaces housing specialized collections — and the librarians who know them intimately.” (via Inside Higher Ed)
“UC Berkeley’s troubled system of two dozen libraries will receive a yearly infusion of cash under a new plan that is nothing short of a rescue mission for the intellectual centerpiece of the great university. The plan will pull in about $6 million a year in new money from a variety of sources, some of it still undetermined. The libraries – known collectively as “the Library”- will also shave $2 million from their costs by drawing down on reserve funds and becoming more efficient.” (via SFGate)
“Governor Jerry Brown recently became the longest serving governor in California history. And now researchers may get a chance to learn more about his late father: former Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown. UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library is organizing its large archive of Pat Brown documents. The library has received a $164,000 grant to help it tackle the task. The archive includes 1,030 cartons of documents, seven boxes of photos, and five boxes of audio material donated to the campus in 1968—and only a small amount has been put in order.” (via 89.3 KPCC)
“here will be a symposium Friday in Wheeler Hall to address the future of the various libraries on the UC Berkeley campus and how they ought to move forward. Initiated by the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library, the symposium aims to provide input for a re-envisioning initiative for campus libraries and is part of a larger effort conducted by the commission to retool libraries for the future. “We want really to encourage a dialogue not just about our library but where our library is going in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Carla Hesse, co-chair of the commission.
UC Berkeley students in the campus’s School of Information are collaborating to enhance the efficiency of e-books in the hopes of revolutionizing the accessibility of information among researchers and the general public. According to Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) student Jacob Hartnell, research on e-books will improve an inefficient system that is “app-based” instead of “Web-based.” He noted that existing e-books viewed on one device are often viewed differently or cannot be viewed at all on another device.”
“UC Berkeley ranks among the five best universities on the planet in part because an engineering researcher there has no trouble finding the gravity study he needs from the 1970s. An art historian doesn’t have to be in Japan to lay his hands on a 128-year-old Kyoto guidebook. And a French scholar can examine a certain 16th century manuscript on European literary academies, no problem. Yet the great university’s libraries are in trouble.”
via SF Chronicle
Contra Costa Times – “Protesters occupying the UC Berkeley’s anthropology library on campus claimed victory Saturday night when university administrators signed an agreement meeting the protesters’ demands for a fully restored library schedule. UC Berkeley’s Tom Leonard put his signature on the agreement about 7:30 p.m., according to an email from Ronald Cruz, an attorney for By Any Means Necessary, a coalition that defends affirmative action and immigration.”
Contra Costa Times – “Berkeley officials say a lawsuit by residents could prevent the demolition and rebuilding of two aging libraries in the poorest areas of town.
The officials took their case to Berkeley residents Tuesday night, publicly urging the plaintiffs to drop the suit at a rally before a City Council meeting.
The suit, brought by five residents calling themselves Concerned Library Users, contends language in a 2008 ballot measure that secured money for the renovation of the libraries does not contain the word “demolish” and that doing so would be illegal.”