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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


UC Merced Joins Effort to Help Make Research Accessible to All

October 25, 2017

Open access is a publishing model premised on the idea that scholarly research should be freely accessible to anyone with internet access. UC Merced has staked its claim as a member of the open access vanguard, as one of just five of American universities to have signed on to the OA2020 Expression of Interest.

“OA2020 is a controversial idea among librarians and scholars, making UC Merced among the first U.S. institutions to express interest in the initiative,” Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay said.

But it’s an idea that UC Merced wants to explore. And many think it’s not just a matter of access, but an obligation to the public, whose tax dollars fund much of the academic research that current publishing models deny them access to.

“From the public’s point of view, it’s a question of fairness,” Barclay said. “Research is supported by tax dollars, but then we have to pay to get...

Taylor & Francis Ebooks Get a New Platform
Author: Sarah Sheets

October 24, 2017

Taylor & Francis is transitioning ebook content from the CRCnetBase platform and its other associated ebook collections to their new Ebook platform. As of October 31st, T&F will be placing permanent redirects from the old content to the new platform. Content to be migrated includes the following platforms:

New Release of Reaxys®
Author: Sarah Sheets

October 4, 2017

Elsevier launched a new release of Reaxys®. According to the Elsevier press release,this release combines a streamlined user interface with search and indexing enhancements powered by machine learning algorithms to ensure maximum discoverability. It also includes more compounds and patent content from Asia.

“Flood!” and Other Interesting Finds from Humboldt Cooperative Extension Office
Author: Lisa Vallen

September 25, 2017

I visited the Humboldt Cooperative Extension County Office in June and will preview a few items of interest I found. Thanks to the staff at Humboldt for all of their help in identifying where the historical material was located and providing some context for the material.

Faculty Author Series: Ma Vang

September 20, 2017

Please join us for the first talk of the 2017- 2018 Faculty Author Series with Ma Vang, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Dr. Vang will speak about her recently published anthology, Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women.

"Claiming Place expands knowledge about the Hmong lived reality while contributing to broader conversations on sexuality, diaspora, and agency. This book argues that Hmong women are active agents in challenging oppressive societal practices and in creating alternative forms of belonging."

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Location: KL 397


UC Merced Has Access to JAMA
Author: Sarah Sheets

September 1, 2017

UC Merced has recently subscribed to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as a number of other JAMA journals through the JAMA Network. Published by the American Medical Association, these journals provide invaluable access to peer-reviewed research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of the biomedical sciences.

RefWorks Workshops

August 22, 2017

Learn how RefWorks can help you! RefWorks is a citation manager that lets you capture reference information and cite it correctly in the style that you need. You can attend any of these 50-minute workshops to learn how to make RefWorks work for you.

To register, select the workshop date and time below.

Wednesday, September 13

2:00-2:50 p.m. | KL 371

3:00-3:50 p.m. | KL 371

Monday, October 30

2:00-2:50 p.m. | KL 371

3:00-3:50 p.m. | KL371

Tuesday, October 31

11-11:50 a.m. | KL 371

12-12:50 p.m. | KL371

An Agricultural Centennial: Farm Bureau & Ag Extension
Author: Lisa Vallen

August 17, 2017

August 21, 2017

On March 7, 1917 417 farmers in Merced county voted to start Farm Bureau and UC Cooperative Extension and by the end of 1918 they had 550 members in the County Farm Bureau and 42 members in the boys and girls clubs. Unfortunately, the 1917 Narrative Report has been lost, but the 1918 Narrative Report, written by County Agent J.F. Grass Jr., states:

The Annual Report of 1917 found the Merced County Farm Bureau only seven months old but well underweigh (sic) and in a good healthy condition. Many of its projects had been started but it was still to be seen how much was actually carried through to completion. This year allows another twelve months of development and we find it still in a very good health condition, with many fair sized accomplishments to its credit, and well on its way on some of the big problems facing the county, which are being taken up in a larger way than usual.

Join us on Sunday, August 20th for 4-H Picnic in the Park to celebrate the opening of...

University Librarian Speaks on Libraries Going Digital
Author: Breanna Wright

August 21, 2017

In an article featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, University Librarian Haipeng Li discusses how his experience at the UC Merced Library has shown him that transitioning to digital collections is not a less expensive venture than maintaining a print collection, as academic librarians had once thought would be the case. Though having a 90 percent digital and electronic collection does not save the Library money, it provides significant benefits for our growing campus where space is a hot commodity; the library can offer more study space and researchers and students gain the ability to access materials remotely.

Read the full article here.