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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.

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8

December 3, 2015

Following Microsoft’s directive to focus support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions, ScienceDirect will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as of January 1, 2016. ScienceDirect encourages users to update to more recent versions of IE, Chrome or Firefox browsers for optimal ScienceDirect access.
Visit the ScienceDirect Blog for more details.

Access to the Arts & Sciences XIV Collection Through JSTOR

November 30, 2015

Through the California Digital Library, a number of UC campuses including UC Merced now have access to the Arts & Sciences XIV Collection from JSTOR. This collection adds more than 140 journals devoted to the study of culture and communication to the platform. Drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Literature, Communications Studies, Political Science, and Education, these journals span 17 countries, 23 disciplines, and date back to 1839.

Selected titles include:
* Journal of African Archaeology
* Discourse & Society
* Bulletin of the Asia Institute
* Science Progress
* Journal of Technology Studies

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New SAGE Knowledge platform

November 6, 2015

As of November 4th, SAGE Knowledge migrated to its new platform. Incorporating customer and user feedback, the new platform hosts videos alongside traditional book and reference content and works equally well on desktop, tablet and mobile views. The new platform also offers improved discoverability of content and more intuitive navigation.
For more details, check out their FAQs.

Reveal Digital's Independent Voices collection

October 26, 2015

California Digital Library has recently licensed 800 titles offered by Reveal Digital from their Independent Voices collection. This collection is a cooperative effort by libraries across the country to fund the digitization of alternative press content from their special collections. The newspapers and journals represent a wide spectrum of groups from the 1960s through 1980s and include feminist journals (like Bread & Roses), counterculture newspapers (like Berkeley Tribe), LGBT publications, and small literary presses.
Once digitization is complete, and a brief embargo period ceases, all content will become open access.

UC Publication Management System – Locates Faculty Publications

October 16, 2015

With the rollout of the UC Publication Management System October 15th, faculty will begin to receive email alerts identifying publications they authored. Once verifying and claiming a publication, faculty will be prompted to upload the associated file or provide a link. The goal is to increase visibility of faculty research through a convenient process in support of the UC Academic Senate Open Access Policy passed in July 2013.

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.

NewsBank Interface Upgrade

September 28, 2015

NewsBank has released interface chances for the Access World News and America’s News Magazines databases. These enhancements include:

• Searches that can be refined either before or after conducting a search
• A Tool Bar for access to Search History, Document View History, and Saved Articles (My Collection)
• Persistent URLs for all screens that can be bookmarked for future use
• More formats for citing in fewer clicks
• An enhanced source list providing the ability to search for information on sources