May 26, 2022

MacKenzie Smith Selected as New Dean of Libraries at UC Davis

Congrats to MacKenzie Smith! From the UC Davis Announcement: MacKenzie Smith, an academic research library leader specializing in information technology and digital knowledge management, has been chosen to lead the University Library at the University of California, Davis. She will officially assume her new post as university librarian on June 1. Smith, who was chosen […]

Original Content: University of California and YouTube Partnering to Launch UCTV Prime

From a UC News Release: On March 1, University of California Television (UCTV) will launch a new YouTube original channel, UCTV Prime, the first university-run channel to be included among YouTube’s new production partnerships with recognizable brands like the Wall Street Journal, Madonna and TED. Each week, UCTV Prime will debut 15 minutes of fresh […]

Open Source Data Management Tool Launched by University of California Libraries and Partner Institutions

From the University of California: The University of California and several other major research institutions have partnered to develop the DMPTool, a flexible online application to help researchers generate data management plans — simple but effective documents for ensuring good data stewardship. These plans increasingly are being required by funders such as the National Science Foundation […]

Academic Libraries: U. of California Santa Cruz McHenry Library Opens After $100 million Upgrade

From an Article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: When the Grateful Dead tapped UCSC in 2008 to house the band’s archives, the renovations were in full swing at the library. A room has been set aside for “Dead Central” on the first floor of the building, and the public exhibit is expected to open in […]

Storing Vertebrates in the Cloud

What Google is attempting for books, the University of California, Berkeley, plans to do for the world’s vertebrate specimens: store them in “the cloud.” Online storage of information from vertebrate collections at the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) and […]

Digital Reference User Stats at U. of California Libraries + QuestionPoint Qwidget to Central Version of Melvyl

From CDLINFO News: Students have been able to chat with a librarian any time, any place from the campus interfaces of WorldCat Local (WCL) Melvyl since May 2010.  As of Wednesday, August 17, 2011 patrons will also see the “chat with a librarian” Qwidget in the central version of Melvyl ( The UC Heads of […]

Digitization Projects: Bancroft Library to Expand Documentation of Japanese Americans' World War II

From a University of California, Berkeley,  Announcement: The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, has received two grants from the U.S. National Park Service to expand its efforts documenting the World War II era experiences of Japanese Americans. A $50,000 grant will underwrite work by The Bancroft’s Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) to […]

New Resource From UC Berkeley: California Language Archive Offers Web Accessible Materials

From the UC Berkeley News Service: As of [yesterday], much of the University of California, Berkeley’s vast language resources is accessible, free of charge, to anyone with Internet access via the new California Language Archive (CLA) website and its catalog of UC Berkeley materials – the largest indigenous language archive at a U.S. university. The […]

"U. of California Libraries Must Increase Sharing to Weather Cuts" & Full Text of Library Planning Task Force Interim Report

From a UC Newsroom Report: The University of California’s library system must expand its shared library services to ease the impact of an upcoming budget cut of as much as 21 percent in the next six years, a UC-created task force says. To deal with these cuts, the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee’s […]

University of California Will Use WorldCat Local As Next Gen Melvyl Infrastructure

From a California Digital Library Blog Post by Ellen Meltzer: With the endorsement of the University Librarians, UCLA purchasing is now processing the paperwork to procure WorldCat Local (WCL) as the infrastructure for Next Generation Melvyl; once finished, Melvyl @ University of California will become UC’s official Melvyl discovery and access service.  The decision was […]