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LibraryCAVE Brings Virtual Reality and Big Data Into the Classroom
Author: University Communications


January 19, 2018


Professor Nicola Lercari is leading his students on a tour of Palenque, the ancient Mesoamerican city that flourished at the peak of Maya civilization. They’re exploring the altar atop the Temple of the Cross, inspecting it from all angles and scrutinizing every detail.

But they’re not in Mexico. Lercari and his students are on the second floor of the UC Merced Library, standing before a triptych of high-definition monitors, which they view through 3-D glasses. Lercari navigates the first-person, 360-degree panoramic tour using an Xbox controller. Passers-by stop to ask questions.

“It’s a new class,” explains teaching assistant Anais Guillem. “World Heritage 110: 3-D Modeling Cultural Heritage. And this is the LibraryCAVE.”

The LibraryCAVE is a smaller version of UC Merced’s Wide-Area Visualization Environment (WAVE) system, a 20-screen VR multiplex that allows researchers to navigate interactive 3-D renderings of complex structures. The WAVE is a powerful tool...

Call for Submissions: 2018 Bobcat Art Show


January 18, 2018


2018 Bobcat Art Show

Sponsored by the UC Merced Library and Arts UC Merced Presents Co-sponsored by the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts and UC Merced Chancellor’s Office

DEADLINE: APPLY ONLINE BY FRIDAY, MARCH 16 AT 5:00 PM
bit.ly/BCASapply2018

It's time to get creative Bobcats! Enter your artwork in the 2018 Bobcat Art Show. All UC Merced students, faculty, and staff are welcome to enter their paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media pieces, and digital media.

“A Wall is a Wall”

The 2018 Bobcat Art Show is inspired by the 2017 song lyric “a wall is a wall”1; we invite participants to respond to, engage, or reflect on this theme. A physical wall may define space while a psychological wall might present a barrier or obstacle—something to break through. Walls are used as tools of oppression, for defense, or to hold back pressure. An...

Scholarship Opportunity: Library Award for Student Research Excellence


January 16, 2018


The Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding undergraduate research at UC Merced. The award recognizes a research paper or project produced for a credit-bearing course within the last 12 months that demonstrates effective use of library resources. A committee of faculty and librarians will review applications and select awardees. A total of $1,000 will be awarded each year; no more than two awards of $500 each will be awarded in a given year.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit the Library Award webpage here.

MyiLibrary Transition to Ebook Central
Author: Sarah Sheets


December 19, 2017


In the coming weeks, current MyiLibrary content will transition to ProQuest’s Ebook Central, a new, full service ebook platform that delivers an intuitive and easy-to-use research experience. Our patrons will still have access to ebook content previously supplied through MyiLibrary, just under a new and improved Ebook Central homepage.

Duke University Press Journals Move to Silverchair Platform
Author: Sarah Sheets


December 6, 2017


Duke University Press Journals has transitioned from Highwire to the Silverchair platform as of late November 2017. This transition to Silverchair will provide a more integrated user experience for all humanities and social sciences content from Duke University Press, granting researchers more opportunities to discover related works and other content relevant to their needs. The new site is also natively mobile, adapting to devices of any size.

Oxford Updates Biography & Music/Art Databases
Author: Sarah Sheets


December 5, 2017


Oxford University Press (OUP) is in the process of updating a number of their database sites. American National Biography Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography were updated in late November 2017. Oxford Music Online and Oxford Art Online will update by December 7th. Domain URLs will remain the same for all databases; however, article and page location within the domain sites may have changed. OUP has implemented re-directs within the sites in response to those changes. With these updates, OUP hopes to enhance discoverability and improve search capabilities, have more frequent content updates, and allow for social media integration, so users can share content across channels.

LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni


December 1, 2017


Nexis Uni is the new face of LexisNexis. Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents. For a snapshot of personalization, discovery, and collaboration features, visit CDL InfoNews. Access to legacy Lexis Nexis will expire on December 17, 2017.

A Redesigned eScholarship
Author: Sarah Sheets


November 2, 2017


California Digital Library is pleased to announce the launch of a major redesign of eScholarship, the University of California’s Open Access repository.
Through this redesign, eScholarship offers a strong consortial repository solution containing custom access layers and brand identity for each of our ten UC campuses and 70+ academic journals.

Connecting Merced Agriculture to Yosemite National Park
Author: Lisa Vallen


October 30, 2017


In 1926 Highway 140 construction was complete and it connected Merced to Yosemite National Park. During that time Merced’s farming community was facing some serious challenges. Merced County Agent John L. Quail writes in the narrative report for 1926-1927:

Many new settlers have been coming into the County during the past three years. For the most part, these people are entirely unfamiliar with the local climatic conditions and crops. The Irrigation District most recently completed has been settled largely by people who have developed land during a period of high costs... Many of those who have purchased land in the County during the past few years find that with the declining prices of farm products, their mortgages far exceed the sale value of their property. Many foreclosures have been made… This severe economic situation has had a marked influence on the Extension organization and has been a great hindrance to the extension program.

Quail and his fellow Farm...

Data Carpentry Workshop


October 26, 2017


UC Merced Library is hosting a two-day Data Carpentry workshop for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. This hands-on workshop will teach basic concepts, skills, and tools for working more effectively with data. Data Carpentry workshops are for researchers from any discipline who have data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required.

This workshop will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data analysis and visualization in Python and data management with SQL. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop, learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Date: October 26 & 27

Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (both days)

Location: Student Activities and Athletics Center

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