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Library Jam Sessions - A Recap

Tue, May 22, 2018 11:45 AM

The week before spring finals began, the UC Merced Library hosted six Library Jam Sessions in partnership with H.E.R.O.E.S. This multi-day event took place from May 2nd -4th and included a morning and evening session each day. Students looking for a quiet space to study or relax headed to KL 371 to enjoy coffee and snacks. The first ten students at each session also received a Study Smart Kit, which included earplugs, pens, Scantrons, Green Books, etc. To help students combat stress, H.E.R.O.E.S. provided a Relaxation Room complete with coloring pages, a chocolate mindfulness exercise, and supplies to make stress balls.

In total, 97 students attended throughout the three days. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Charles Nies, and Vice Provost for the Faculty, Gregg Camfield, took notice of the Jam Sessions and commended the Library and H.E.R.O.E.S. for their efforts. Vice Chancellor Nies and Chancellor Dorothy Leland also stopped by one of the sessions.

University Librarian Speaks on Libraries Going Digital

Mon, August 21, 2017 9:20 AM

In an article featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, University Librarian Haipeng Li discusses how his experience at the UC Merced Library has shown him that transitioning to digital collections is not a less expensive venture than maintaining a print collection, as academic librarians had once thought would be the case. Though having a 90 percent digital and electronic collection does not save the Library money, it provides significant benefits for our growing campus where space is a hot commodity; the library can offer more study space and researchers and students gain the ability to access materials remotely.

Read the full article here.

Flipster Digital Magazines

Tue, August 28, 2018 2:00 PM

The Library has partnered with ASUCM to provide the UC Merced campus community with digital magazine subscriptions through Flipster. You can read your favorite magazines from anywhere and on any device.

Before you get started, make sure you are connected to the UC Merced campus wifi or VPN.


Visit Flipster using your web browser or download the Flipster app on any of your devices; the app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store. You can also check out an iPad mini configured with the Flipster app from the 2nd floor Library Services Desk.


To read magazines when off-campus, you’ll need to download the campus VPN first. Once you’re connected to the VPN, you can follow the instructions above for reading on-campus.


Prior to going reading from your device offline, you’ll need to use the Flipster app to download the magazine issue(s) you want to read. This will allow you to access the pre-downloaded content without an internet connection.

Questions? Check the FAQ or email


Transitions: Portraits of a Decade Long Journey

Mon, July 17, 2017 3:35 PM

The period of life between teenager to young adult is a critical time for young people; full of exploration, growth and change. There are an endless number of paths to travel, and whichever is chosen has the ability to shape who someone will become. A decade ago, did you think you would be where you are now?

Ten years ago, in 2005-2006, photographer Roger J. Wyan set out to document the first individuals as they began to journey through their formative years at the first research university built in the 21st century, UC Merced. In total 220 students, mostly freshmen, were photographed. A decade later, Wyan re-photographed and interviewed 38 of the original students. The goal? Find out where life has taken them.

Wyan describes Transitions as “a remarkable narrative of an influential time in young people’s lives;" it documents a period of life that sociologists call “emerging adulthood,” defined by exploration, instability, self-focus and optimism for the future. The exhibit sheds light on the process of coming of age that the youngest University of California campus and its student body have experienced together.

The exhibit consists of a series of black and white photographic portraits taken ten years apart and is currently being displayed at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in downtown Merced until September 9, 2017. On October 9th, the exhibit will open at UC Merced  in the Kolligian Library and be displayed through December, 2017.

University Librarian Haipeng Li Receives Equality Award from the American Library Association

Fri, April 21, 2017 (All day)

The 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award is awarded to Haipeng Li, University Librarian at UC Merced. This annual award honors an individual or group for their outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

The 2017 Equality Award jury commented that “that throughout his career, Mr. Li has championed equality within the profession, to library users, and on a global level as well.” The jury highlights Li’s work as co-chair of the second National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), and past presidency of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). They also note his leadership in global initiatives such as the US-China library collaboration program, “Think Globally, Act Globally.”

A nominator said of Li, “… I have seen his engagement and passion for opening the world of libraries and librarianship to people from diverse backgrounds, through his “day jobs” as well as his activities at national and international professional activities.  In addition, his research, writings, and presentations have focused frequently on equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Li, whose tenure at UC Merced began in June 2015, is full of gratitude and humility. He says “it is a real honor to be selected as the 2017 ALA Equality Award recipient by the American Library Association, the largest library association in the world. I am grateful for the recognition and would like to thank those who put forward my nomination. I am pleased to be in a position to make contributions around issues of diversity and equality that are important to my profession but also to society at large. I find these issues to be of the utmost importance, especially here at UC Merced where we are one of the most diverse campuses in the nation.”

The Equality Award, a framed citation of achievement and $1,000, will be presented to Li at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on June 25, 2017. 

Read the full press release here.

Library Debuts New Exhibit, Columbian Mammoth Bones

Mon, April 17, 2017 (All day)

In 2012, Columbian mammoth bones and more than 1,500 other fossils from the Pleistocene epoch were discovered by Caltrans workers in Merced County. Under the direction of Professor Mark Aldenderfer, the former dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, UC Merced accepted the fossils, which are now part of a permanent display to ensure they remained local and accessible to researchers and the public.

The exhibit, on the second floor of the UC Merced Library near the services desk, features a juvenile mammoth skull and the skull, femur and tusk of a mammoth estimated to be 49 years old at the time of death.

Read the full story in Panorama.

UC Merced Library to Digitize AIDS Archive through NEH Award

Mon, April 17, 2017 (All day)

The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In collaboration, UC Merced Library’s Digital Assets Unit, which has established a reputation for digitizing information resources, will be responsible for digitizing the 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area, making them available to the public online.

“The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic:  Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records” project will begin on July 1, 2017. The materials to be digitized range from handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed reports and agency records and printed magazines, as well as photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, and posters. All items will be carefully examined to address any privacy concerns. The digital files created by this project will be disseminated widely through the California Digital Library through both Calisphere, operated by the University of California, and the Digital Public Library of America, which will have an AIDS history primary sources set.

Haipeng Li, UC Merced’s University Librarian has responded that "the UC Merced Library is very pleased to be partnering on this project, which builds upon our long-standing collaboration with UCSF Library to digitize rare and unique materials in the health sciences. Our students and researchers, especially those involved in UC Merced’s growing public health program, will benefit from wider access to the AIDS history materials and I am sure the experience and expertise of our staff will enable them to contribute significantly to the success of the project."

For more information on this important project, check out UCSF’s Archives and Special Collections blog.

KL 360 & 397 Remodeled

Sun, April 30, 2017 (All day)

Over spring recess the two Kolligian Library third floor conference rooms received a fresh new look and upgraded technology. Each room now contains a large screen, white board, podium and updated seating arrangements. Room 397 features moveable furniture that provides 3 different room configurations. The room updates were supported by the UC Merced Library's Kolligian-Kashian endowment funds.

Use the online Campus Reservation System (CRS) to reserve aa room up to six months in advance. Twenty-four hours advance booking is required. Reservations are limited to one reservation per week for use up to four hours.

Be Aware: Elevate Your News Evaluation

Wed, March 1, 2017 (All day)

The UC Merced Library is displaying an exhibit called Be Aware: Elevate Your News Evaluation on the 2nd floor.

The exhibit has both physical and digital components. Librarians were inspired to create an exhibit after viewing a graphic on social media that placed news sources on a graph, with both X and Y axes, to show quality and bias. The legitimacy of news continues to be a hot topic in 2017. As news consumers, the onus is ultimately on us to seek out accurate news reporting and to be aware of multiple perspectives.

Through the exhibit, we aim to generate conversation about news sources and news evaluation. We hope our viewers will:

  • think more deeply about their own evaluation and consumption of news media sources.
  • become increasingly aware of the range of news sources available -- both in quality and perspective.
  • become more knowledgeable about news sources and news type.
  • recognize that different types of news articles often have specific purposes.
  • identify resources to assist them in news evaluation.

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