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Library Award Scholarship Pays Homage to Persistence and Research


May 17, 2018


A generous gift from the grandmother of a UC Merced alumna and current staff member is benefitting two undergraduate students who put the UC Merced Library to good use.

Melissa Becerra, a third-year psychology student, and Nathan Parmeter [...] are the first recipients of the Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence.

The $26,250 endowment comes from Arlene Kranich of Sonora, grandmother of Development and Alumni Relations Director Kelli Abrescy as a memorial to Abrescy’s grandfather Larry Kranich, who died in 2003, and in honor of Abrescy’s new son, Carter.

Read the full article in the Newsroom.

Libraries in the Internet Age


May 17, 2018


UC Merced’s Associate University Librarian, Donald Barclay, discusses the ongoing popularity of both public and academic library spaces.  Tune in at the 10-minute mark for his conversation with Matt Townsend.

Over A Million Digital Items Now Available Via Calisphere
Author: Sarah Sheets


April 25, 2018


Over one million historical images, texts, recordings, and other items are now accessible in the statewide digital resource aggregation represented by Calisphere, and soon in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This collection contains unique objects from over 200 libraries, museums and archives in California.

CDL Joins Royal Society Open Access Membership
Author: Sarah Sheets


April 5, 2018


CDL has recently joined the Royal Society Open Access Membership, an agreement under which UC-affiliated authors from any UC campus get a 25% discount off of Article Processing Charges (APCs) paid to Royal Society for open access publication during 2018. Royal Society’s journal content includes many traditional subscription journals, for which authors may opt to pay an APC to make their article Open Access, along with two full Open Access journals, for which an APC is needed for publication. The discount applies to APCs paid for either type of journal, with no restrictions to the number of times this discount may be used throughout the year.

JoVE Engineering Now Available
Author: Sarah Sheets


March 2, 2018


Along with the newly added JoVE Neuroscience and JoVE Immunology and Infection, UC Merced has recently subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) Engineering module.

JoVE Neuroscience and JoVE Immunology and Infection Now Available
Author: Sarah Sheets


February 27, 2018


UC Merced has recently subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) Neuroscience and Immunology and Infection modules.

World Ag Expo a Showcase for New Library Digitization Project


February 27, 2018


UC Merced made its first appearance at the annual World Ag Expo in Tulare earlier this month to spread the word about the library’s new digitization project to collect and preserve 100 years of data, documents and photos from the UC’s Cooperative Extension.

The new project will collect 100 years’ worth of reports and historic photographs from 20 California counties — in the Central Valley, along the coast, up north at the edges of the Sierra and along the southern border — and will geocode all the records.

Emily Lin, UC Merced Library’s head of Digital Curation and Scholarship, along with  colleagues from the Library, Admissions, CITRIS and Development, and students from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), staffed UC Merced’s booth in the education-and careers pavilion, where they were in good company with other colleges and universities such as UC Davis, Fresno State and campuses from Utah, Oregon and Arizona.

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Preserving the Past: Library Digitizing a Century of Ag Records


January 29, 2018


An ongoing effort to collect, digitally preserve and share 100 years of historical records by the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) has earned the UC Merced Library a more than $300,000 grant.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to further the work already begun on the UCCE project,” UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland said. “Our library is producing a collection that demonstrates the organization’s lasting effects on the state, the work it has done in the past and its potential for the future.”

The work is especially relevant to the San Joaquin Valley, said Emily Lin, the UC Merced Library’s head of Digital Curation and Scholarship.

“We have a lot of archives and historic records based around urban centers, but we haven’t been collecting the records of rural California in any systematic way,” she said. “But rural California has had an incredible influence on the state’s history. California was transformed by agriculture over the past century.”

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Library Workshops: Expand Your Toolkit for Success


January 25, 2018


Your librarians are hosting a suite of workshops to help you expand your toolkit for success. The workshops range from introductory research skills to digital citizenship. Whether you need some help getting started with your research or you want to expand your knowledge, there's something here for everyone.

LibraryCAVE Brings Virtual Reality and Big Data Into the Classroom
Author: University Communications


January 19, 2018


Professor Nicola Lercari is leading his students on a tour of Palenque, the ancient Mesoamerican city that flourished at the peak of Maya civilization. They’re exploring the altar atop the Temple of the Cross, inspecting it from all angles and scrutinizing every detail.

But they’re not in Mexico. Lercari and his students are on the second floor of the UC Merced Library, standing before a triptych of high-definition monitors, which they view through 3-D glasses. Lercari navigates the first-person, 360-degree panoramic tour using an Xbox controller. Passers-by stop to ask questions.

“It’s a new class,” explains teaching assistant Anais Guillem. “World Heritage 110: 3-D Modeling Cultural Heritage. And this is the LibraryCAVE.”

The LibraryCAVE is a smaller version of UC Merced’s Wide-Area Visualization Environment (WAVE) system, a 20-screen VR multiplex that allows researchers to navigate interactive 3-D renderings of complex structures. The WAVE is a powerful tool...

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