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Events & Instruction from the Sciences Libraries: Events


Sciences Librarians engage in a variety of activities to help students find their footing.

Orientation workshops include topics like how to access physical and electronic resources for your coursework, how to cite and write using tools provided by the library, and where to find the perfect study space.

We also connect students with the Library during Golden Bear Orientation! We offer fun ways for new and transfer students to meet librarians and learn about library services as a part of departmental orientations. As an example, during the College of Engineering GBO activities, students stop by the Engineering Library and the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library during a scavenger hunt to find books and challenge their librarian to a game of Connect4.

Students challenge librarian to a game of connect4

For a virtual orientation experience, ask us about our Online Escape Room.

Earth Sciences and Map Library Virtual Escape Room

Bay Area Open Science Group

Bay Area Open Science Group Logo with mapAre 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!

Visit the Bay Area Open Science Group site for upcoming meeting and registration information.

Book Talks

The Sciences Libraries have also hosted book talks with authors in the past. Are you a faculty member or researcher publishing a forthcoming book with popular appeal? We would be happy to talk to you about a potential book talk.

Past Book Talks

Betsy Mason, author of All over the map : a cartographic odyssey, sponsored by the Earth Sciences & Map Library (Nov 27, 2018)

Jennifer Doudna (Chemistry and MCB), author of A crack in creation: gene editing and the unthinkable power to control evolution, sponsored by the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library (Nov 14, 2017)

Luke Timmerman, author of Hood: trailblazer of the genomics age, sponsored by the Engineering Library (Jan 9, 2017)

David Ackerly (IB), Lynn Huntsinger (ESPM), William Stewart (ESPM), Dennis Baldocchi (ESPM), and Mary Power (IB), authors of Ecosystems of California, sponsored by the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library (October 7, 2016)

Map Events

Maps and More Pop-Up Exhibits

Maps and More is a map themed show-and-tell held at the Earth Sciences and Map Library several times a year since 2014. Visit the Maps and More guide to learn about upcoming events and browse through the catalogs of past pop-up exhibits.

Maps and More stamp logo

Annual Mapmaking Contest and Exhibit

The UC Berkeley Earth Sciences & Map Library has hosted an annual student mapmaking contest each spring since 2020. 

Visit the Mapmaking Contest guide for information about the next contest.

View the Map the Bay Exhibit for past contest winners and future inspiration!


WWII Captured Maps Panel Discussion

Learn more about the story behind the maps captured from the German and Japanese militaries during WWII and re-distributed to research libraries across the United States. Panelists from UC Berkeley and Stanford discussed two ongoing efforts to digitize these maps and uncover the hidden histories of how they were produced, published, captured and distributed. Video recording from June 15, 2021.

World War II Captured Maps Poster

Love Data Week

UC Libraries collaborate on a UC-wide “Love Data Week” series of talks, presentations, and workshops during February. All events are free to attend and open to any member of the UC community.  With over 30 presentations and workshops, there’s plenty to choose from.

Topics include: 

  • how to write effective data management plans
  • text analysis with Python
  • how and where to share your research data
  • geospatial analysis with R and with Jupyter Notebooks
  • software management for researchers
  • 3D data, visualization, mapping, and much more!

Check out last year's program at the UC Love Data Week website!

UC Love Data Week Banner