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Open Access Publications from the University of California

As the highest-ranking public research library in the U.S., the University Library at Berkeley provides the intellectual resources to support the University's diverse teaching and research activities. It has enabled generations of Cal scholars to teach and learn, to reflect on the past and shape the future, and to advance human understanding and knowledge.

Readers and Authors of Educational Research: A Study of Research Output on K-12 Education Policy


The purpose of this study was to characterize a representative body of research to demonstrate the advantage of disseminating educational research in ways that reach the broadest audience. Using the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database, I compiled a set of research findings on a number of broad educational themes. Focusing on journal articles and reports, I examined the public availability of the publications, publication quality as determined by peer review, and authorship. In all, 65% of the journal articles were behind a paywall, and 35% were available either as PDFs or freely available on the publisher website; 61% of the peer-reviewed literature was locked behind a paywall. This study also examined a subset of reports—research studies not published in journals but issued by organizations, think tanks, or policy institutes; 27% of the reports were authored by institutions identified with a neoliberal or free-market ideology

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Supporting Research Workflows with Online Collaborative LaTeX Writing Tools


Science librarians at a major research university have developed a series of LaTeX workshops utilizing online collaborative tools. These sessions allowed us to increase turnout at instruction sessions while also shifting support to patrons across their research lifecycle. By utilizing online collaborative tools to teach the document preparation system, attendees are able to launch their workflow as scholars in their field. This poster will show that the success of this shift in service enables holistic support of the research lifecycle. Learn about the development of these workshops and useful outreach lessons that emerged.

Where Are They Now? Winners of a Library Prize for Undergraduate Research: A Survey at the University of California, Berkeley


We conducted a survey of the winners of University of California (UC) Berkeley’s Library Prize for Undergraduate Research (2003-2016) to learn about the long-term impact of undergraduate research projects on students, find out what winners gained from the experience, and compare their careers post-graduation with other students. Seventy-four winners responded and reported increased academic engagement during their undergraduate experience, and demonstrated greater than average academic achievement post-graduation. The winners became more confident of their research skills and their aptitude for post-graduate work as a result of winning. More than 3 times as many prize winners went on to graduate school as the typical UC graduate. We also examined usage statistics of winning papers that had been posted to UC’s open access publishing platform and observed that papers continue to be accessed by the general public years after students graduate.

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GIS Historical Map Project and Metadata


Metadata is important in making digital humanity research more discoverable and accessible. For geospatial resources, there are different metadata standards available, but no one standard can cover all materials. Some specialized projects may need experienced technical service librarians’ help for creating effective metadata.

This research aims to examine the functional requirements of metadata services for digital humanities research by analyzing a GIS project involving East Asian historical maps. Historical maps are unique in that they may not fit into current geospatial metadata standards well and this is where technical services librarians can utilize their knowledge and experience of historical resources. By exploring some metadata solutions, we intend to demonstrate the role of controlled vocabulary as a means to improving the access to and usability of spatial data. We suggest that digital humanities researchers create metadata for their GIS projects collaboratively with technical services librarians.

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Search Chinese Government Resources for Geographic Names


This is a poster presented on March 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C at the Annual Meeting of the Council on East Asian Libraries (a Committee of the Association for Asian Studies).  Chinese government department websites were introduced for verification and identification of the current Chinese place names.

Why Promote Foreign Travel Acquisition Trips?


A poster promoting book acquisition trips not only for buying books, but also for other collaboration activities. 

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Cover page of Assess, Annotate, Export: Quick Recipes for Archiving Your Personal Digital Life

Assess, Annotate, Export: Quick Recipes for Archiving Your Personal Digital Life


Book information: "Scholars and scrapbookers alike need your help with saving their most important digital content.  But how do you translate your professional knowledge as a librarian or archivist into practical skills that novices can apply to their own projects? The Complete Guide to Personal Archiving will show you the way, helping you break down archival concepts and best practices into teachable solutions for your patrons’ projects. Whether it’s a researcher needing to cull their most important email correspondence, or an empty-nester transferring home movies and photographs to more easily shared and mixed digital formats, this book will show you how to offer assistance, providing explanations of common terms in plain language; quick, non-technical solutions . . . guidance on how to archive Facebook posts and other social media . . . and additional resources for digging deep into personal digital archiving."