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Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay Retires

June 30, 2022

Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay retires June 30th after 20 years at UC Merced and over 30 years as an academic librarian.

Group with prize-winning cow, circa 1963. Merced County UC Cooperative Extension Records.
Highlights for National Dairy Month
Author: Sophia LaMonica

June 17, 2022

June has been celebrated as National Dairy Month since 1937 to promote drinking milk and to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus.

A search for "dairy" in UC Merced Library's California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) yields nearly 400 digitized resources documenting the state's history of research and development in the dairy industry. Annual narrative reports of county agents, milk flavor and production cost surveys, cow census records, and dairy industry newsletters provide a picture of how California's dairy boom came to be.

2021-2022 Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence Awardees Announced
Author: Olivia Olivares

May 16, 2022

This year, the Abrescy-Kranich Library Award was awarded to Brandon Cooper and Madelyn Lara, both Class of 2022.

New Awards for Regional Archives at UC Merced Library
Author: Emily S. Lin

May 14, 2022

In October 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded UC Merced Library a grant from American Rescue Plan funds to support the California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) project.

While California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions on the globe, the historical records of the rural center of California are under-represented in the American register. The documents, maps, and photographs preserved in CARA include valuable information on local land development, crop research, and changing agricultural practices. They also shed light on rural domestic life and civic engagement through the organization of Farm Bureaus, agricultural associations, and 4-H.

The one-year grant has funded the retention of four positions: an archivist, two undergraduate student assistants, and a graduate student specialist. In addition to allowing the library to continue processing collections, this federal support enables the library to...

Summer 2022 Library Hours
Summer Library Hours

May 9, 2022

Summer 2022 Library Hours 

Intersession #1 Hours: Monday, May 16, 2022 - Friday, May 20, 2022 Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4pm  Closed Weekends    Summer Hours: May 23, 2022 - August 12, 2022 Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 10 pm Friday: 7 am - 6pm  Closed Weekends    Intersession #2 Hours: Monday, August 15, 2022 - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4pm  Closed Weekends     

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NEH Grant Awarded to UC Merced for Sierra Nevada-Central Valley Archive in Library

May 3, 2022

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the UC Merced Library in partnership with the Center for the Humanities a $750,000 Infrastructure & Capacity Building Challenge Grant.

Collaborative Workrooms
Library Collaborative Work Rooms Receive Upgrades and Will Reopen After Year-Long Closure

April 21, 2022

The Library Collaborative Workrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors received technology and furniture upgrades. They will reopen April 25, 2022.

coffee and cookies in the library
Coffee & Cookies Study Break for Finals!

April 21, 2022

Need a study break? Join us in the Library for some coffee & cookies!

Cooperative Extension Firsts in Modoc County
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

April 7, 2022

Additional material from the Modoc County, UC Cooperative Extension Records, part of the UC Cooperative Extension Archive at UC Merced, have been digitized and made available on Calisphere. Found in the collection are copies of Modoc County Ranch Roundup, a newsletter dedicated to Cooperative Extension activities in the region.

UC Merced Newsroom- Grant Saves Students Thousands of Dollars in Textbook Costs
Author: Juan Flores

March 10, 2022

The Zero Cost Course Materials Grant is a partnership between the UC Merced Library, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, and extra support from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. The grant program is projected to save over $276,000 in textbook costs. Read the full story by Juan Flores, UC Merced.