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Announcing the JSTOR Ebooks DDA Pilot

February 8, 2017

The UC Libraries have agreed to participate in a new Demand-Driven Acquisition pilot program for Books at JSTOR for two years, begun in January 2017. The pilot includes titles from approximately 90 publishers, primarily university presses, and includes English-only frontlist titles published in 2017 and 2018. Pilot titles span all disciplines, with 3,000 available in 2017 and another 3,000 added in 2018, for a total of 6,000 titles accessible.
Free browsing allows for students and faculty to use these ebooks before a consortial purchase of the title. After a number of chapter views or downloads on a particular title across the system, the next use will activate a purchase with unlimited, simultaneous use and perpetual rights for all nine participating campuses (excluding UCSF).

Toyo Keizai Digital Archives Is Now Available

January 26, 2017

Thanks to the contributions UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz, the earliest part of the Tōyō Keizai Digital Archives is now available to users of all ten campuses and UCOP through JapanKnowledge.
Tōyō Keizai Shinpō (1895-1960)/Shūkan Tōyō Keizai (1961-present) is a Japanese economic journal, and Toyo Keizai Digital Archives: Unit One offers online access to this journal from 1895 to 1945, including annual publication of Tōyō Keizai Shinpō Keizai Nenkan (1917-1944; with 1936 and 1939-1940 issues missing) as well. The combined contents cover nearly 2,300 volumes in 170,000 pages in original print.
More information can be found at Please note there is a limit of 4 simultaneous users; if denied access, try again later.

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

January 5, 2017

Deputy University Librarian, Donald Barclay, notes that libraries are not new to teaching students how to navigate information but highlights that the information environment is increasingly complex due to factors such as fake journals and “the hyper partisan noise of social media”. Information literacy is nuanced and the information literacy challenge requires the collaboration of librarians, faculty and administrators. Read the full article at The Conversation.

UC Merced Library Welcomes Demitra Borrero

January 5, 2017

UC Merced Library is joined by Demitra Borrero as the new InterLibrary Services Assistant.   In her previous role as Circulation Services & Volunteer Coordinator at Patrick Health Public Library, Demitra oversaw the daily management of InterLibrary Loan services. Demitra attended UC Merced, studying Literature and Cultures of the English Speaking World.

UC Merced Library Welcomes Breanna Wright

January 5, 2017

In December, the UC Merced Library welcomed Breanna Wright as their Communications Coordinator.

​Breanna comes to the Library from the Marketing and Communications for Enrollment Management department within Student Affairs where she was the E-Communications Specialist and primarily served the Office of Admissions. Breanna is also a UC Merced alumna with a B.S. in Cognitive Science. She has worked in Admissions since 2013 and received her initial training from Jessica “Jae Jae” Julian, a former Library staffer.

Interlibrary Loan Closure Dates

January 3, 2017

Interlibrary Loan will be closed beginning Friday, December 16, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

New Request Feature Now Available

December 20, 2016

When placing multiple requests in a single search session, users no longer have to re-enter their information such as their UCMnetID. The California Digital Library (CDL) implemented this enhancement on Nov. 7. More details are available at CDLINFO News.

Library Service Preserves and Publishes Research Data

December 14, 2016

Using the Merritt preservation repository at the California Digital Library and UC’s Dash data sharing service, the Library is helping our researchers preserve and publish their valuable data. Check out the full article in the latest issue of Panorama.

Extended Hours at Writing Center Pilot

November 14, 2016

The Writing Center offers extended hours for three weeks starting Nov. 14th. Visit us from M-TH from noon to 5pm or F from noon to 3pm in KL 260 for one-on-one feedback. Thanksgiving Week we are open Monday and Tuesday from noon to 3pm. Visit our web page to schedule an appointment and to view peer writing consultant bios.

New eBooks in Engineering & Computer Science (Synthesis Series)

November 9, 2016

The Synthesis Series, from Morgan & Claypool (M&C) Publishers, is a collection of ebooks that synthesize and analyze important research or topics in the areas of engineering and computer science. The editors of each ebook are prominent researchers in the field. These books can be particularly valuable to students or researchers who are new to a specific research area and can be used as textbooks. Sample series include Quantum Computing, Computer Vision, and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. The publisher has started offering its seventh collection of lectures, and 24 new titles are available to download in PDF format. All ebooks in the series are available through Melvyl and through the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science Collection (Morgan & Claypool Publisher) in our database listing. For more details, check out our article in the Library Notes section of November 16th’s Panorama.