By Sherri Berger, Digital Special Collections Program Coordinator

This December, hear renowned California writer and naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) in his own words as he travels to California, encounters Yosemite for the first time, and works to preserve the open land he calls home.

To raise awareness of Muir’s newly digitized letters, Digital Special Collections will be quoting portions of them on Calisphere’s Twitter and Facebook pages.  Each installment or “tweet” will contain a segment of Muir’s stirring prose and a link to the original document and transcript.  The story will unfold over one week, starting December 1.

To hear Muir’s story, become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/calisphere) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/calisphere).  Not a member of either network?  No problem—both accounts are open for viewing by all.

After the event, check back in on Calisphere’s social networking pages to stay up-to-date on new content and developments, as well as learn about related news, tools, and resources scouted on the Web.  We also welcome your questions and comments in these new forums.

This online event aims to engage students, educators, and the general public with the recent online publication of more than 6,500 of Muir’s letters—a collaborative achievement of CDL, The Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley, and the University of the Pacific Library (Learn more).