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Summer Reading List: Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
New York: Crown Publishers, 2011

The fantastic novel Ready Player One presents a world in which virtual reality technology becomes fully integrated with and inseparable from humankind’s lives. With the advancement of technology in our own world, there is a growing amount of hype and optimism around the diverse applicability of virtual reality but also a lack of thorough study of its implications. In about a generation’s time, virtual-reality technology should mature and if it indeed stays true to its current hype, it is our generation’s responsibility to conceive of some of its potential implications to better prepare ourselves for what’s about to dawn on us. Ready Player One serves as a cautionary tale as it explores those implications through the characters’ relationships, their sense of identity, and the greed for power.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Library Carpentry Sprint at UC Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Library is participating in the worldwide Library Carpentry Sprint happening on June 1st and 2nd, which is a part of the larger Mozilla Global Sprint 2017. Library Carpentry is a part of the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry family, and it strives to bring the fundamentals of computing, as well as a platform for further self-directed learning in digital scholarship to librarians and library staff. The goal of this Library Carpentry sprint is to improve Library Carpentry lessons, as well as get input from archivists about how we can make our lessons more archivist friendly. That said, you do not need to be a librarian to participate. If you are interested in pedagogy or are familiar with digital tools taught in Library Carpentry workshops, we seek your input in improving Library Carpentry lessons.

This sprint will take place in the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), and you can drop by anytime between 9am and 5pm on June 1st and 2nd to help amend, update, and extend the existing Library Carpentry lessons. You can stay as long as you want, whether it be two hours or two days.

Besides improving already existing Library Carpentry lessons, this sprint will also focus on getting draft lessons for SQL, Python, web scraping, and other topics into final shape for launch. Participants can contribute code or content; proofread writing, visual design, and graphic art; do QA (quality assurance) testing on prototype tools or apps; or advise or comment on project ideas or plans. All skill levels are welcome—and needed—as there are many ways to participate. Basically, we want you to bring your own unique perspective to the Library Carpentry lessons.

If you are interested in participating, all the details for the UC Berkeley Library Carpentry event can be found here, and you can sign up on the Library Carpentry Sprint Etherpad, which can be found here. Towards the of the Etherpad you will find the UC Berkeley location. Just add your name under that location, and show up during the sprint.

Hope to see you there!

 

New Books in Art History

You can find these titles and other recent acquisitions on the Art History and Classics Library’s New Book Shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

Library of Congress releases 25 million metadata records

The Library of Congress recently released 25 million metadata records for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. These MARC records make up the foundation for library catalogs, such as OskiCat, which have enabled library users to find and access library books and other media for decades. As the LOC describes the collection:

 

The data covers a wide range of Library items including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, maps, music and visual materials.  The free data sets cover more than 45 years, ranging from 1968, during the early years of MARC, to 2014.  Each record provides standardized information about an item, including the title, author, publication date, subject headings, genre, related names, summary and other notes.

Reading Room at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress Reading Room, from https://www.loc.gov

The data is available in UTF-8, MARC8, and XML formats, and has been conveniently divided by media type including books, computer files, maps, music, and more.

We’ve added the resource to the public section of the Computational Text Analysis and Text Mining Guide, where you can find many other sources for large-scale text analysis projects. For more information, take a look at the LOC’s Getting Started (PDF) for details on accessing the data.

Questions?

Stacy Reardon, Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian, sreardon [at] berkeley.edu

Cody Hennesy, E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian, chennesy [at] berkeley.edu

New ebooks have arrived…

Villette Sonique (Paris)

… in the Romance languages just in time for summer break! Some have been cataloged in OskiCat, some not yet. They are all accessible anytime from anywhere on the planet with Calnet authentication. Here are the coordinates:

Cairn.info – While the Library has subscribed to their Franco-Belgian collection of ejournals for years, this spring we added over 500 ebooks to our holdings which at the moment are only accessible through the website. Look under “Accès abonné’ to find titles such as Le choc colonial et l’islam or Simone de Beauvoir by Pierre-Louis Fort.

Digitalia – A collection of Spanish and Catalan e-books published in Latin America and Spain. These e-books can be read as pdfs, html, or Flash files. To date, the UCB Library has purchased more than 1300 titles all discoverable in OskiCat with keywords “Digitalia e-Books.” Cámaras en trance: el nuevo cine latinoamericano, un proyecto cinematográfico subcontinental and Visiones del Quijote: desde la crisis española de fin de siglo are two works previously never acquired in print.

Harmathèque – Éditions L’Harmattan is the largest publisher of French-language ebooks. Browse their online platform or searchOskiCat for “Harmathèque eBooks” to find individual titles acquired by the Library mostly dealing with Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb in particular. 447 were added this past year including L’invention du Congo Contemporain – Traditions, Mémoires, Modernités.

OpenEdition Books – This innovative platform for ebooks in the humanities and social sciences (mostly in French but also other European languages) now makes available nearly 4000 scholarly ebooks, some available digitally for the first time such as Un retour des normes romanesques dans la littérature française contemporaine and Deleuze et la violence. Most are open access in html but UCB’s sustaining partnership give us access to titles not available OA through the Freemium model and in three distinct formats: pdf, epub and another optimized for ereaders.

Torrossa – To date the Library has acquired nearly 3000 Italian ebooks which can be discovered by searching the platform or OskiCat with keywords “Torrossa Italian ebooks”,  “EIO Italian Studies Basic Collection” or “Olschki E-books.” Many of these were never acquired by the Library in print such as Saggi di Teoria della letteratura: percorsi tematici by literary theorist Enza Biagini.

 

 

 

New Books in Literature

UC Berkeley Classics Collections Congratulates our 2017 Graduating Students

Attic red figure

Attic red-figure kylix, attributed to the Euaion Painter, ca. 450–440 B.C. (The J. Paul Getty Museum 86.AE.682). Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

We raise our drinking cups as we celebrate the 2017 graduates of the Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art programs.  Congratulations!

With the conclusion of the academic year, the Art History/Classics Library has begun observing its summer hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

California Visual Resources Association Conference, UC Berkeley, June 12 + 13

CaVraCon

 

Registration is now open for the California Visual Resources Association Conference (CaVraCon). All CaVraCon events will be held at Wurster Hall at UC Berkeley on June 12+13. We welcome information professionals in archives, commercial enterprises, libraries, museums, and visual resources collections (academic, corporate, private) as well as students and interested members of the public to attend CaVraCon 2017.

 

Please see the online registration form to register. Registration is $50 (or $25 for students and retirees).

 

The program is now live on the CaVraCon conference website! Please also see the website for information on travel, accommodations, and the conference venue, Wurster Hall at UC Berkeley.

 

The CaVraCon conference program features presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:
Digitization
Digital Preservation
Copyright
3D/VR
Emerging Technologies
Digital Humanities
Digital Art History
Digital Exhibits
Digital Assets Management
Image Metadata

Mapping Literature Exhibit

By Sara Hagenbuch

Exhibit Case

From maps with literary landmarks, to maps of fictional worlds, literary maps exist in many unique and beautiful formats. This summer, our “Mapping Literature” exhibit at the UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Map Library features a sampling of five maps in our collection and excerpts from the literary atlas Plotted by Andrew DeGraff:

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New Books in Graduate Services May 2017

Commotion of the Birds New Poems.

Commotion Of The Birds: New Poems by John Ashbery

The poems of Basil Bunting

The Poems Of Basil Bunting edited by Don Share

The Pittsburgh stories of Willa Cather

The Pittsburgh Stories Of Willa Cather selected with an introduction by Peter Oresick

The original 1939 notebook of A return to the native land

The Original 1939 Notebook Of A Return To The Native Land by Aime Cesaire translated and edited by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman

The letters of T.S. Eliot. volume 6, 1932-1933

The Letters Of T.S. Eliot Volume 6: 1932-1933 edited by Valerie Eliot and John Haffenden

The face of the Buddha

The Face Of The Buddha by William Empson edited by Rupert Arrowsmith

Pictures of the gone world

Pictures Of The Gone World (60th Anniversary Edition) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Builders Association : performance and media in contemporary theater

The Builders Association: Performance And Media In Contemporary Theater by Shannon Jackson and Marianne Weems

The lyric theory reader : a critical anthology

The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology edited by Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins

Anthropological theory : an introductory history

Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History (6th Edition) by R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms

Spheres. Vol. 1 : Bubbles : Microspherology

Spheres Volume 1: Bubbles: Plural Microspherology by Peter Sloterdijk translated by Wieland Hoban

Globes : macrospherology

Spheres Volume 2: Globes: Plural Macrospherology by Peter Sloterdijk translated by Wieland Hoban

Foams : plural spherology

Spheres Volume 3: Foams: Plural Spherology by Peter Sloterdijk translated by Wieland Hoban

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Theories Of The Symbol by Tzvetan Todorov translated by Catherine Porter

Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire

Heart Of Europe: A History Of The Holy Roman Empire by Peter H. Wilson

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