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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.

SPIE Digital Library moves to new platform

August 15, 2017

SPIE Digital Library is moving from the Silverchair platform to a new SPIE Digital Library platform on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. New features on the platform will include better search functionality, expanded taxonomy, full text HTML proceedings and eBooks, upgraded presentation videos from SPIE conferences, and a mobile friendly design.

LexisNexus Academic Becomes Nexis Uni™

August 9, 2017

The transition from LexisNexis Academic to its redesigned successor Nexis Uni™ is now under way, and UC campuses are among the first of subscribers with IP-based access to Uni already activated. UC will maintain access to both Academic and Uni through October 1, 2017 after which the former will be deactivated.

New Licensed Resource: STMnetBASE eBooks from Taylor & Francis

August 2, 2017

The UC Libraries have acquired the STMnetBASE ebook collection from CRC Press/Taylor & Francis for the next three years, 2017-2019. Comprised of 16 new collections, it replaces the previous licensing of individual collections like ENVIROnetBASE, MATHnetBASE and STATSnetBASE and includes the ENGnetBASE evidence-based selection (EBS) pilot that has been managed by the physical sciences and engineering group during the last four years. STMnetBASE allows for unlimited simultaneous access and perpetual rights to the full 2017 collection of approximately 1,146 books to be published annually, focused on STEM areas.

ProQuest's Ebook Central

July 27, 2017

As of July 26th, the Ebrary and EBL platforms has been upgraded to Ebook Central, a new, full service ebook platform that delivers an intuitive and easy-to-use research experience. Our patrons now have access to the same ebook content previously supplied through each vendor, just under a new and improved homepage with increased copy and print limits per ebook. EBL patron bookshelf contents were moved to Ebook Central automatically, while ebrary patrons will have an option to copy their ebrary bookshelves to Ebook Central upon their first login.

Transitions: Portraits of a Decade Long Journey
Author: Breanna Wright

July 17, 2017

The period of life between teenager to young adult is a critical time for young people; full of exploration, growth and change. There are an endless number of paths to travel, and whichever is chosen has the ability to shape who someone will become. A decade ago, did you think you would be where you are now?

Ten years ago, in 2005-2006, photographer Roger J. Wyan set out to document the first individuals as they began to journey through their formative years at the first research university built in the 21st century, UC Merced. In total 220 students, mostly freshmen, were photographed. A decade later, Wyan re-photographed and interviewed 38 of the original students. The goal? Find out where life has taken them.

Wyan describes Transitions as “a remarkable narrative of an influential time in young people’s lives;" it documents a period of life that sociologists call “emerging adulthood,” defined by exploration,...