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Migrant girl, Three Rocks, California. Photograph by George Ballis.
UC Merced Library Acquires George Ballis Photography Collection
Author: Emily S. Lin

September 2, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the UC Merced Library has acquired a major photography collection, the work of George Mark “Elfie” Ballis. George Ballis began his career in the Central Valley as an editor of the Valley Labor Citizen newspaper, was mentored by Dorothea Lange and UC Berkeley professor Paul Taylor, and started documenting farm labor and living conditions in the Central Valley in the 1950s.

Join Rufus! New Library Tour
New Library Tour!

August 26, 2022

The Library has a new Library Tour! Join Rufus to learn about resources, spaces, and meet our friendly Library staff!

Sara Davidson Squibb Takes on New Role as Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research & Engagement

August 8, 2022

Following a nationwide search, Sara Davidson Squibb accepts role as Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement. Read more about Sara's career with the UC Merced Library...

Request Library Instruction for Fall 2022 Courses

August 2, 2022

UC Merced librarians offer instruction sessions to support undergraduate and graduate students in their completion of course assignments requiring library research skills. Please submit your instruction requests by Thursday, August 18th for scheduling.

Announcing Three New Open Access Publishing Agreements
Author: Jerrold Shiroma

August 1, 2022

The UC Libraries are pleased to announce three new open access publishing agreements. The first supports open access publishing with the technical professional organization IEEE, which is among the largest publishers of UC research. The second is an extension of UC’s 2020 agreement with Springer Nature that adds funding support for open access publishing in the prestigious Nature journals; previously only titles in the Springer portfolio were eligible. The third agreement is with SAGE Publishing, one of the largest publishers of UC research in the social sciences and humanities. For more information about these open access agreements, as well as other agreements scholarly publishers, please visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communications Press Room.

Problem Solving in San Joaquin County: early twentieth century UC Cooperative Extension projects
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

July 27, 2022

Over 300 additional items were uploaded to Calisphere, our online repository, that reveal the ways in which work carried out by UC Cooperative Extension, since 1914, reached residents and supported rural communities in San Joaquin County.

Crystal Fontes and Krista Walsh
Krista Walsh & Crystal Fontes Join Library Staff

July 13, 2022

The UC Merced Library welcomed two staff members, Krista Walsh & Crystal Fontes, to our superior administrative team.

Donald Barclay
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.