Blog from April, 2013

Google Docs Performance Review Seminars Scheduled for May 8 and 10

Many divisions are moving to an automated performance review process this year, using a Google-based platform. If your division is participating, you will receive a link to your self assessment form.  The IT Division will offer Google Docs Performance Review Seminars on May 8 and 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. If you need help with completing your self assessment using Google Docs, or want more information about the automated process, be sure to attend. You do not need to register in advance.


  • Goals (why groups opted in to Google Docs as a platform for the Performance Management Process)
  • Participants (which Divisions/Departments are going Google)
  • Process Overview  (the big picture - what employees and supervisors can expect)
  • Google Docs use at the lab (a bit of context - a look at recent stats concerning the use of Google Drive/Docs)
  • Google Docs demo (typical tasks involved with updating content in a Google Doc, adding comments, sharing, exporting, etc)
For those of you who might be interested in participating in a "mostly email" user group, consider joining our LBL google users group.

An unscheduled power outage took all systems in the main LBNL datacenter down shortly after midnight on April 29.  Cascading impacts also impacted some services outside the datacenter.  Production business systems and most other services were restored by IT personnel during the night, though some services were not restored until early working hours on April 29.   HPC services will gradually be brought online throughout the day.  The outage caused at least one major hardware failure, which will delay some storage services for HPC users until April 30 when a replacement unit can be delivered (affected customers are being separately notified).


The root cause of the power disruption has not yet been identified.




Update: This appears to be resolved as of ~6:20AM Pacific

Google Apps Services (gmail, calendar, docs, etc) are down this morning due to issues at Google.  There is no ETA, though past experience suggests these outages have an average duration of < 1 hour.  You may be able to read your email on your mobile device.  



RSC Gold for Gold

LBNL and the UC Berkeley Library are partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.  This program offers voucher codes that enables four LBNL researchers to publish their paper in RSC journals free of charge without paying the normal article publication fee of between $1500 and $4000.  


Benefits:  Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free.  By removing paywall barriers, authors may increase the visibility of research findings because works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.  


Eligibility:  Three criteria have to be met:  1) You are affiliated with LBNL and, 2) Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC, but not a previously published article, and 3) You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from this initiative.  


To get your voucher code:  After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code.  Due to limited numbers, the Libraries will distribute voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.  Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013.  

 If you have questions, please contact Jeffery Loo, Chemistry Librarian, at

Are you running out of space in your office?  Are you moving to a new office?  Is the size of your office being reduced?  Are you responsible for dealing with the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists?  Are you wondering what to do with all the files you are responsible for--which ones need to be kept, which can be archived, and which can be disposed of, all in compliance with Lab and DOE regulations?  This month, as part of Records and Information Management Month (RIMM), you can get the answers to these and other questions by attending a 1.5 hour workshop being put on by the Archives and Records Office, along with the Berkeley Lab Learning Institute (BLI0926).  When?  on Thursday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Where?  in Building 54, Room 130 (Perseverance Hall).

Go here to register.