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UC Merced Library to Digitize AIDS Archive through NEH Award
Author: Breanna Wright


April 17, 2017


The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In collaboration, UC Merced Library’s Digital Assets Unit, which has established a reputation for digitizing information resources, will be responsible for digitizing the 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area, making them available to the public online. “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records” project will begin on July 1, 2017. The materials to be digitized range from handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed reports and agency records and printed magazines, as well as photographic prints,...

AP Images is moving to EBSCOhost


March 28, 2017


The Associated Press’s AP Images Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery with more than twelve million photographs, will be hosted via EBSCOhost by March 29th. Though the content of AP Images won’t change, the search experience will use existing EBSCOhost parameters and be supported by all of the latest web browsers. To access images from 1826 to present with more than 3,500 additional photographs added daily, use the Library’s Database Collection or click here.

Access Alert


December 15, 2016


Wiley Online Library will be unavailable Saturday, December 17th from 1am-5am PST for maintenance. Journals through this resource may not be accessible to view during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope this interruption will create minimal disruption to our users’ research.

UC Libraries Digital Collection Project wins 2016 Larry L. Sautter Award


July 14, 2016


UCOP’s UC Libraries Digital Collection Project is a winner of the 2016 Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for enabling all UC libraries to create, manage, and make accessible to the public hundreds of thousands of digital assets ranging from historical records and maps to photographs and films. Services include a shared digital asset management system that all campus libraries may use, a tool to aggregate and index digital content across collections, and the Calisphere website that allows the public to explore UC’s archival treasures. The annual award, sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes collaborative innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, and public service, and encourages collaboration and solution sharing across the UC system.

Calisphere exceeds half a million items!


May 27, 2016


“The deeper you look, the more you’ll discover.” Today, the motto of Calisphere is particularly appropriate given the growth of the collection to over half a million items! Calisphere’s new metadata infrastructure has made it possible to provide access to more digital content than ever. The site has grown exponentially since its re-release this past fall, and the growth is set to continue, as more institutions sign up to add their collections the site. Recent additions include the Gold Rush Life collection from the University of the Pacific, containing correspondence, diaries, and other primary source materials on the lives of individuals during the California Gold Rush; photographs, news clippings, postcards, and programs from the 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet, contributed by CSU Dominguez Hills; and over 3,000 audio and video recordings digitized as part of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project.

Digitization of Faculty Member’s Costume Designs


December 7, 2015


The UC Merced Library is involved in an ongoing project to digitize approximately 2,000 illustrations of costume designs by School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Professor Dunya Ramicova.

The Art of Costume Design: The Work of Dunya Ramicova


October 16, 2015


An exhibit of costume designs by Dunya Ramicova, UC Merced faculty, will be on display at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center from October 16 - December 7, 2015. Since 2014, the Library has been digitizing, archiving, and preserving Dunya Ramicova’s costume designs. With this exhibit, the UC Merced Library is pleased to announce the launch of the digital collection, now available online in Calisphere. When completed, the collection will stand as one of the very few digital collections [oeuvres] of costume designs by a single creator anywhere.

Professor’s Costume Designs Put on Display


October 12, 2015


Renderings of costume designs by UC Merced Professor Dunya Ramicova are now available as digital images through Calisphere. To date, more than 2,000 images are available for viewing. Ramicova is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer and her work includes designs from more than 150 productions that range from theater to film.

Calisphere Expands Digital Collections Across the UC


October 12, 2015


UC Merced’s Panorama publication recently highlighted the UC Libraries Digital Collection and UC Merced’s contributions to this project. The project includes a new version of Calisphere with a substantial increase in content with approximately 50 new collections from UC libraries. The project has also created the infrastructure needed to make these collections visible in the Digital Public Library of America.