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Library Award Reception

April 2, 2019

Please join us to celebrate the recipients of the 2019 Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence:


Sarah Lee Marisela Padilla Alcala


Friday, April 5, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

KL 355

Light refreshments will be provided.


The Abrescy and Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence was established in 2017 to recognize undergraduate students who demonstrate the effective use of library and information resources, an understanding of the research process, and growth in research practices.

Library Hosts Successful Software Carpentry Workshop
Author: Kathleen Coburn

April 1, 2019

The UC Merced Library organized a two-day Software Carpentry workshop during Spring Break that covered Unix, Git, and Python. The workshop was given by two excellent instructors, Kate Barron (Data Services Librarian at San Jose State University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Library) and Avishek Kumar (Research/Data Scientist at the University of Chicago's Center for Data Science and Public Policy).

The helpers, those who volunteer to attend Carpentry workshops to assist and answer students' questions, are equally valuable! We would like to thank Matthias Bussonier (Research Facilitator at UC Merced and co-developer of Project Jupyter), Sarvani...

Living Library 2019

March 26, 2019

UC Merced community members are invited to participate in the Living Library on Tuesday, April 9th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in KL 355. The Living Library is a free, interactive event, open to all students, staff, and faculty.

What is a Living Library?

A Living Library is a library of people available to be “checked out” for a 20-minute conversation. The event is free, interactive, and open to all UC Merced students, staff, and faculty. Will you join us in this opportunity to have authentic conversations, form deeper understandings of one another, and build connections across campus?


Date: Tuesday, April 9th

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: KL 355

Adios Amor - The search for Maria Moreno. Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Director Laurie Coyle and Photographer Ernest Lowe

March 20, 2019

As part of the Black Migrants to the Central Valley 1960-1964 exhibit, the UC Merced Library and UC Merced Center for the Humanities are hosting exhibit photographer Ernest Lowe and film director Laurie Coyle for an event exploring the organizing struggles of migrant farmworkers in the 1960s.

Please join us for a screening of the documentary Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno, followed by a panel discussion with Laurie Coyle and Ernest Lowe.

Tuesday April 2, 2019

4:30 p.m. - Film Screening

5:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion 

COB2 - Room 295 (Digital Humanities Lab)

Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Salmon at

Migrant mother Maria Moreno became the first farmworker woman in America to be hired as a...

New JoVE Content Now Available

March 14, 2019

UC Merced has recently subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) Bioengineering module and JoVE Lab Manual for Introductory Biology.

Literature Online Moves to the Enhanced ProQuest platform

March 13, 2019

The Literature Online (LION) database has transitioned to the main ProQuest platform and is now cross-searchable with other ProQuest resources. Access to the legacy site will continue until July 1, 2019 to provide users time to try new features on the main ProQuest platform while continuing use of the previous site. The legacy version of the database will be fully decommissioned as of August 1, 2019.

Research Starters Workshops

March 1, 2019

Start your research off right by attending the Research Starters workshop series! The series consists of five short 20-minute workshops that will prepare you to dive into your research with confidence. The series will be offered twice, the first time they'll be offered will be on March 14th and 15th and the second time on March 18th and 19th.  

RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Research Starters - 1st Series

March 14

Using Wikipedia as a Research Resource 1:00 P.M. | KL 361 Grow Your Research Resources: Use Google Scholar's Cited-By Feature 1:30 P.M. | KL 361

March 15

Strategically Read a Scholarly Article 1:00 P.M. | KL 361 Recognizing Information Privilege 1:30 P.M. | KL 361 ...

UCANR Welcome Table at WAE 2019
CARA and Agricultural Education at the World Ag Expo
Author: Emily Lin

February 21, 2019

“Do you want to test your knowledge of California agriculture?” we asked visitors at the World Ag Expo last week. Young and old, students and seniors, teachers and parents, journalists and farmers, the confident and the hesitant, drew near and took part in our quiz game. Their task? To match three pictured items to the appropriate California county: Humboldt, in the North; Merced, in the Central Valley; and Ventura, in southern CA. As some participants guessed lemons in Humboldt, avocados in Merced, and timber in Ventura, we prompted them to consider regional geography and climate.

When we revealed the answers, visitors learned about the Klamath beetle, introduced by UC Cooperative Extension advisors and entomologists in Humboldt in the 1940s to combat a weed that had taken over 150,000 acres of rangeland and posed a danger to grazing livestock. The solution...

Melvyl Switching to WorldCat Discovery

February 14, 2019

Melvyl’s long-anticipated transition to WorldCat Discovery, OCLC’s newer discovery user interface, will happen this summer preceding the end-of-life date for WorldCat Local on August 9, 2019. Each UC campus will choose a switch over date after the end of their academic year allowing patrons to have a consistent user experience for the duration of the spring term.

Faculty Author Series: Jessica Trounstine

February 7, 2019

Join us for an author talk featuring Associate Professor Jessica Trounstine. Jessica will discuss her book, Segregation by Design, which draws on more than 100 years of quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of American cities to explore how local governments generate race and class segregation.

Starting in the early twentieth century, cities have used their power of land use control to determine the location and availability of housing, amenities (such as parks), and negative land uses (such as garbage dumps). The result has been segregation - first within cities and more recently between them.  Documenting changing patterns of segregation and their political mechanisms, Trounstine argues that city governments have pursued these policies to enhance the wealth and resources of white property owners at the expense of people of color and the...