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Jay Feldman’s new book

May 20th, 2011 by Michael Winter

From Jay Feldman’s web site: “In August 2011, Pantheon (a division of Random House) will publish Jay Feldman’s new book, Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America. The Pantheon advance catalog describes the book as follows:

Manufacturing Hysteria is a wide-ranging, provocative study of how our notions of democracy, freedom, and tolerance are threatened during political, social, and economic crises.”


Faculty Study Carrels

May 19th, 2011 by Alison Lanius

Did you know that Shields Library has faculty and graduate study carrels available for a yearly assignment?

If you are interested now is the time to request one for the July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 year.   Please see our library services page for more information.

Next Generation Melvyl Replaces Current Melvyl June 24

May 11th, 2011 by David Michalski

Next Generation Melvyl Replaces Current Melvyl June 24

On June 24, 2011, the current Melvyl database will be retired as the University of California Libraries move to the Next Generation Melvyl (NGM) search tool, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat Local. NGM was released as a pilot in April 2008 and has proven to be an invaluable search tool for all researchers: students, faculty, staff, and the public.

NGM supports research by allowing one-stop searching of UC Libraries’ holdings, selected full-text articles, ebooks, digital content, archival information, and much more – adding to the UC libraries’ 33 million records there are over 800 million items from research institutions throughout the world. Easy-to-use links to ebooks and Request allow users to retrieve some titles immediately or order them via interlibrary loan. NGM also offers embedded tools for citing and exporting citations and creating and sharing lists.

Users can also ask reference questions via the “Chat with a Librarian” interface or see descriptive information, editorial reviews, and cover art. In-depth author information helps to place works in context and provides useful information when doing research about a writer.

The UC Libraries have moved to NGM because of the promise of continual improvement and the seamless connection to the larger research world. Web searching is not limited to a user’s local surroundings, so why limit library research?

The UC Libraries have a history of continuous improvement of the Melvyl service. Developed in 1977, the first shared UC catalog was available on microfiche, followed in late 1979 by a pre-web online prototype. Since then there have been many different interfaces, with the most recent permanent database upgrade in 2002, and NGM will make possible continual growth and improved research results. After the older Melvyl database is discontinued, NGM will be referred to as Melvyl.

To access NGM, visit your local UC library homepage or


— Amy Kautzman Associate University Librarian for the Humanities & Social Sciences – Head of Access Services General Library, UC Davis 100 NW Quad Davis, CA 95616 akautzman (Google Talk) 530 752-2110 530 752-6899 (FAX)

Books Due announcement

May 6th, 2011 by Alison Lanius

Between Now and June 30, 2011: UC Davis Faculty and Researchers must physically return and renew all library books that have been renewed 2 times.

Please return books to the borrowing Library for renewal.

All faculty and research borrowers who have library material checked out may renew most books until June 30, 2012. All faculty and research borrowers are allowed 2 renewals. Once the 2-renewal limit has been reached, the Library requests that books be brought in for inspection. They may then be checked out again as long as there are no holds and they do not need repair.

Short version: If you’ve renewed a title 2 times, you need to bring your books in and renew in person!

IMPORTANT: If you are leaving for the summer, ensure you have a plan for returning books that may be recalled. You are responsible for returning titles in a timely fashion if they are needed by another scholar.

College Students Use of Kindle Reader

May 3rd, 2011 by Michael Winter

Research findings from systematic, in depth study of Kindle-based ebook usage in higher education.