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Request Summer 2023 Library Instruction

May 30, 2023

UC Merced librarians offer instruction sessions to support undergraduate and graduate students in their completion of course assignments requiring library research skills. We offer sessions in-person and online options depending on your course delivery mode.

Please submit summer 2023 requests via our online instruction request form. We are also happy to consult prior to your instruction request regarding desired outcomes.

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Photograph of Jim Dooley holding a certificate of recognition for his 20 year career service award, standing in front of a yellow and blue UC flag with the University of California seal
Jim Dooley Celebrates 20 Years at UC Merced
Author: Sara Davidson Squibb

May 26, 2023

Head of Collection Services Jim Dooley marks 20 year career milestone with UC Merced.

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Fabiola Chavez Begins New Role as Archives Specialist in the UC Merced Library
Author: Kelli Breland

May 16, 2023

Former Night/Weekend Coordinator and UC Merced Alumna (2016) Fabiola Chavez takes on new role in the library as Archives Specialist.

Maia Ballis stands in front of exhibit
Artists Discuss Activism at Opening Reception for Library's Photography Exhibit
Author: Sophia LaMonica

April 27, 2023

On Thursday, April 13, 2023, the UC Merced Library held an opening reception for the current exhibit, Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley—Photographs by George Ballis. Maia Ballis spoke at the reception and introduced her late husband’s work. Following the reception, Agustín Lira and Patricia Wells performed and discussed songs that inspired and continue to express the struggle for workers' rights.

Opening Reception & Conversation with Agustín Lira - Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley by George Ballis

April 4, 2023

Please join us for an opening reception to celebrate "Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley" - a photograph collection by George Ballis on April 13, 2023 at 5:00pm.

Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley -- Photographs by George Ballis

March 22, 2023

Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley
Photographs by George Ballis
March 22, 2023 - July 28, 2023
Kolligian Library, Second Floor

The industrial scale agriculture that dominates the Central Valley of California has historically relied on groups of seasonal, mostly migrant farmworkers. Foreign nationals from Asia, Mexico, and the Middle East, black Americans from the rural South, and members of other marginalized groups have been attracted to the world’s most productive agricultural region by the promise of employment and economic opportunity. Instead, they have faced meager wages, substandard housing, lack of access to clean water and healthcare, not to mention harsh conditions and exploitation. Attempts to organize any action against these conditions have typically been met with retaliation, and often with violence. While California fruits and vegetables predominate in the marketplace, the plight of the farmworkers remains largely...

Faculty Author Series: Assistant Professor Meredith Van Natta
Author: Kelli Abrescy

March 20, 2023

On April 5, 2023 Assistant Professor Meredith Van Natta will discuss her recent book Medical Legal Violence: Healthcare and Immigration Enforcement Against Latinx Noncitizens.

2022-2023 Library Research Awardees, Sophia Wallace-Boyd and Brian Fernandez Awarded at Public Reception
Author: Olivia Olivares

March 8, 2023

The 2022-2023 Abrescy-Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence awarded two undergraduate students - Sophia Wallace-Boyd and Brian Fernandez at a public reception on March 10, 2023.

The San Joaquin Experimental Range Photo Archive
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

February 21, 2023

The UC Merced Library receives photographic collection depicting Cooperative Extension work at the San Joaquin Experimental Range (SJER).

Call for Proposals ZZCM Grants
ZCCM Call for Proposals - Open for Summer & Fall 2023 Courses

February 2, 2023

The UC Merced Library is currently accepting ZCCM proposals that will bring course costs to zero for courses offered in summer or fall 2023. Faculty and lecturers who wish to replace commercial materials with Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library-licensed material are encouraged to apply for a ZCCM grant by March 27, 2023.