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Engineering & Physical Sciences Libraries Newsletters: Current Newsletter

Fall 2021 Newsletter


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Brian Quigley

Head, EPS Division;

Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science


Kristen Greenland

Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, and Astronomy


Lisa Ngo



Susan Powell

Maps, GIS, and Geography


Samantha Teplitzky

Earth Science and Open Science

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Library Services and Resources During COVID-19

Please see Library Services and Resources During COVID-19 for the latest information on services during the pandemic.

Starting on August 25th:

  • Patrons can return to UC Berkeley’s libraries for access to collections and study spaces. Reservations will not be necessary, and hours of operation may be temporarily shorter than usual.
  • UC Berkeley Library card holders can utilize on-site checkout, which will replace Oski Xpress. Requests for paging and appointments for pickup will not be necessary.
  • Borrowing and lending operations resume as normal. Resource sharing requests for electronic and print materials can be filled by the Interlibrary Services department.
  • Berkeley researchers can meet virtually with librarians or schedule in-person consultations.

Staffing News

Having been closed for a year and a half, many of our student employees have graduated or moved on to other jobs. We are having to rebuild and retrain our student workforce. As a result, we will open with shorter hours on August 25, then expand to our full Fall hours on September 22. We have amazing student employees, but they are still learning. Thanks for your patience!

Resource Updates

UC Library Search is here!
UC Library Search is your all-in-one platform for your library account and search and discovery, replacing OskiCat, Melvyl, and Start Your Search. Using UC Library Search, you can explore the UC Berkeley Library collections and, at the same time, the collections of libraries across the state of California and the world. You’ll be able to access materials from all 10 UC libraries, UC’s two off-campus storage complexes (the Northern Regional Library Facility, NRLF, and the Southern Regional Library Facility, SRLF), and collections worldwide. 

Expanded standards access
Response from faculty and researchers to our BSI Standards Pilot was overwhelmingly positive, and we are happy to announce this expanded access as a regular service to our faculty, researchers and graduate students. BSI (British Standards Institute) adopts approximately 75% of ISO standards as well as some IEC standards, providing an affordable way to obtain the documents you need for your work, and are made available through the Techstreet platform. Requests can be made through the Engineering Library or by contacting Lisa Ngo ( Information on accessing standards on other platforms can be found on our library guide to standards.

ASCE legacy journal archive
We now have online access to the complete archive of American Society of Civil Engineers journals from 1872-1996 trough the ASCE Library.

IEEE English for Technical Professionals
Replacing IEEE English for Engineers, this online interactive course helps students to advance their technical communication skills when speaking, reading, and writing English.

Purchase Recommendation - we welcome your suggestions! Please contact your librarian or fill out the purchase recommendation form if you would like to suggest that we purchase a journal or book for the collection.

Citation Management & Writing Tools Survey

During the Spring semester, we conducted a survey of graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and other academic staff across the sciences to learn about their use of citation management and writing tools. We received 375 responses -- thank you to all who completed it!

While there was some variation among departments, the most preferred tools for managing citations in the sciences in order of popularity were Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, and BibTeX. Respondents valued citation management tools most for the following features: generating citations and bibliographies in a variety of styles, organizing references in folders, and storing PDF files. For collaborative writing, most respondents preferred Google Docs followed by Overleaf and Microsoft Word.

The libraries continue to provide support for tools such as Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, and Overleaf through workshops and consultations. We also maintain subscriptions to Mendeley, Overleaf, and RefWorks to provide access to premium features. Check out our workshops, guides, and vOLT for more information and reach out to your subject librarian or if you have questions.

virtual Online Library Tutorials (vOLT)

Virtual Online Library Tutorials LogoTo help meet the needs of researchers and students in a primarily remote environment, we built a Jupyter book that includes virtual tutorials on our most requested course materials. Check out the virtual Online Library Tutorials (vOLT) Jupyter book to learn more about searching, organizing, and writing tools.

Find the materials from our Fall LaTeX workshops here:

Events & Exhibits


Date Time Event Location
Thu. 8/26 4 PM Introduction to LaTeX Zoom; Register 
9/15, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1 4 PM ReproducibiliTea

Zoom; Register

Wed. 9/1 11 AM - Noon GIS & Mapping: Where to Start

Zoom; Register 

Wed. 9/8 4 PM Introduction to LaTeX Zoom; Register 
Tues. 9/14 11 AM - Noon GIS & Mapping: Where to Start

Zoom; Register 

Wed. 9/29 11 AM - 12:30 PM Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online

Zoom; Register 

Please visit the Library Workshops Calendar to register and view additional workshops. 

Our second annual Student Mapmaking Contest will take place this Spring. Submissions open on March 1! Check out last year's winners, include UC Berkeley's Kenji A. at

SF Map by Kenji A


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Inclusive Excellence Collection at the Engineering Library is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Kresge Engineering Library. The collection consists of physical books as well as electronic books and other electronic resources. Although some books are housed in the engineering library, this resource is for the entire campus. The collection is meant to be dynamic and will grow over time.

This collection was created by the College of Engineering's Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Practices Fatima Alleyne, Head of Engineering & Physical Sciences collections Brian Quigley and Engineering Librarian Lisa Ngo.

Access the collection here:


Following the Engineering Library's lead, a similar effort was created in partnership with the Earth & Planetary Science Department and the Earth Sciences and Map Library. This guide stems from a Call to Action by Earth & Planetary Science graduate students and was co-created by Bonita Dyess and Sam Teplitzky from the library, and Tyler Cadena and Michelle Devoe from the EPS department.

The guide can be found here:

Open Science Community Events

Bay Area Open Science Group

Are you interested in making your research more openly available? Want to learn about open science tools and platforms that can make your research more effective and reproducible? The Bay Area Open Science Group is intended to bring together students, faculty, and staff from the Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSF communities to learn about open science, discuss the application of open science practices in a research context, and meet other members of the community who are interested in (or already are) incorporating open science practices into their work.


We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 2-3pm via Zoom. All are welcome to attend and join the conversation!

Dates for 2021-2022:

  • September 28: 
    • Introductions and Open Science Group Discussion
  • October 26: 
    • Join us in October to learn about Curating a COVID-19 Data Repository, a public data repository built by the Yu Group at UC Berkeley to aid community-wide data science efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
      Tiffany Tang, a statistics PhD student in the Yu Group, will be discussing how the project came about, what it was like working in the time pressure situation, and some lessons learned in the process of creating an open-source data repository. We will also have plenty of time for questions and a more general discussion on creating an open-source data repository.
  • November 30: (note, 5th Tuesday instead)

Open peer review is the least practiced aspect of open science. Yet it may teach us a lot about how manuscripts can change from their submitted version to their (peer-revied) published version of record. Mario Malicki will give an overview of 21 studies that analysed manuscript changes and his own study in which I analysed changes between 121 epidemiology preprints and 
their subsequent published versions. Finally, he will present a call for declaring changes to manuscripts with each published paper.

  • December (no meeting)
  • January 25, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 22, 2022
    • Milo Johnson (UC Berkeley) will present his project "Clickable Depth," an open-source tool for writing readable, interactive papers.

Check out our website ( to get on our mailing list, or let us know if you want to present!


Librarian News

Susan co-authored an article with UC Berkeley Map Metadata & Curatorial Specialist Heiko Mühr that explores the provenance of maps within the Library's German World War II Captured Maps collection: Powell, S. & Mühr, H. (2020). Capturing the Complex Histories of German World War II Captured Maps. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, 16(2), 166-193.  Additionally, a paper that Susan co-authored was selected as best paper of the year for Volume 15 of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: White, P. & Powell, S. (2019). Code-literacy for GIS librarians: a discussion of languages, use cases, and competencies. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries 15(1), 45–67.

Sam moderated the panel Open access investment at the local level: Sharing diverse tactics to improve access & affordability at ACRL in April 2021, along with Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, Tim Vollmer; Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS;Tom Narock, Assistant Professor of Data Science at Goucher College; and Justin Gonder, Senior Product Manager, Publishing, California Digital Library. Sam also co-authored the article "Introducing Reproducibility to Citation Analysis: a Case Study in the Earth Sciences" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship (10.7191/jeslib.2021.1194).

As a member of the ACRL Research Planning & Review Committee, Brian contributed to the Association of College & Research Libraries' 2021 Environmental Scan. The report "provides a scan of higher education, detailing the current environment and its anticipated impact on libraries."

Kristen helped plan the first Being Human in STEM National Conference in June. This initiative started as a course at Amherst College, and has developed into a broad network of educators invested in diversity and inclusion in STEM. She also co-authored an article about the start of the initiative: Bunnell, S., Lyster, M., Greenland, K., Mayer, G., Gardner, K., Leise, T., Kristensen, T., Ryan, E. D., Ampiah-Bonney, R., & Jaswal, S. S. (2021). From protest to progress through partnership with students: Being human in STEM (HSTEM). International Journal for Students As Partners5(1), 26–56. The Being Human in STEM course empowers students to investigate issues of diversity in STEM through academic inquiry and project-based community engagement, and the course has been implemented at over a dozen institutions.