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HathiTrust UnCamp 2018

HTRC UnCamp 2018 aims to facilitate the creation of a community focused on improving research use of the HathiTrust corpus through computational analysis.

The HathiTrust Digital Library is a collection of millions of digitized books and texts created in partnership with libraries and research institutions around the world.

The UnCamp will discuss topics relevant to understanding and using the HathiTrust corpus within the modern computational research eco-system. This includes discussion of practices and experiences in mass-scale data mining, visualization, and analysis of the HathiTrust collection, with the goal of improving the quality of access and use of the collection by means of the HTRC Data Capsule and other affiliated research tools.

Keynote speakers will be Elizabeth Lorang and Leen-Kiat Soh (U Nebraska-Lincoln), and David Mimno (Cornell), and the full schedule will be announced in early December.

Topics will include:

  • Computational Text Analysis Case Studies
  • Worksets and Corpus Creation
  • Digital Pedagogy and Text Analysis Curricula
  • Fair Use, Copyright, and Non-Consumptive Research in HathiTrust
  • Demystifying HathiTrust Metadata
  • HathiTrust Development, News, and Updates

Register now for HTRC UnCamp!

  • Early registration price of $100 through November 29, 2017.
  • Standard price of $150 begins on November 30, 2017.

More info is available from the UnCamp 2018 website:

https://www.hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2018

Environmental Design Library to Open Earlier Sunday Mornings

Wurster Library

Starting December 3rd, the Environmental Design Library will open at 11 in the morning, instead of 1 in the afternoon. Numerous students have requested an earlier Sunday opening which is now possible through the generous gift of George Anastaplo, a College of Environmental Design alum. These extended hours will begin in time for this fall’s reading and finals weeks and will continue throughout the spring semester. The library will also stay open until midnight during reading and finals weeks, as we have in the past.

Our hours can always be found on our calendar at:
Environmental Design Library Hours

Starting December 3rd, we look forward to seeing you 11AM Sunday mornings.

SAGE Research Methods

The UC Libraries now subscribe to SAGE Research Methods, a significant online collection of books, articles, and data tools related to qualitative and quantitative research methods in the social sciences. Some highlights: 

Browse resources in a number of disciplines in the social sciences including Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Economics,  Education, Political Sciences and International Relations, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and more. 

For more on how to search SAGE Research Methods, check out this Research Guide. (Also, see the Public Health Library blog on this same topic.)

 

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People’s Art

Artist: El Lissitzsky [Lazar Markovich Lisitskii (1890-1941). The poster was created in 1920 in VitebskThis exhibition, curated by Liladhar Pendse (East European, Eurasian and Latin American Studies Librarian), is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, from September 11, 2017 through January 8, 2018 and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

Attendance restrictions: Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you’ll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

The virtual counterpart of the exhibition is located here:  http://exhibits.lib.berkeley.edu/spotlight/russian-revolution

Book Talk – Professor Jabari Mahiri on Deconstructing Race

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Social Research Library (227 Haviland Hall)

book cover
Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education Beyond the Color-Bind

In his new book, Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education Beyond the Color-Blind (Teachers College Press, 2017), Professor Jabari Mahiri of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, explores contemporary and historical scholarship on race, the emergence of multiculturalism, and the rise of the digital age. Professor Mahiri examines evolving, highly distinctive micro-cultural identities and affinities, and provides an educational framework for understanding the diversity of individuals and groups.

Books will be available for sale or can be purchased ahead of time (with a 20% discount) on the Teachers College Press website.

Sponsored by: Berkeley Library (Social Sciences Division), Bay Area Writing Project, National Writing Project.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, Margaret Phillips (margaret.phillips@berkeley.edu) as soon as possible.

Welcoming Adam Clemons

Adam in the field
Adam in Saint-Louis, Senegal during his time as a Library Fellow at the West Africa Research Center in Dakar, Senegal.

Adam Clemons joins the UC Berkeley Library community as the Librarian for African Studies and African American Studies. Adam comes to Berkeley from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Paul Meek Library where he was the Interim Manager of User Services, Information Literacy Coordinator, and Instruction Librarian. As a public service-oriented librarian, Adam is working on building strong relationships with faculty and students at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. He also has collection development responsibilities related to these subject areas and will actively participate in the Library’s reference, outreach, and instructional services. He has a Master of Library Science degree from the School of Informatics and Computing and a Master of Arts in African Studies degree from the Graduate School, African Studies Program both at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Welcoming Josh Quan

The newest member of the Social Sciences Division is Josh Quan, Data Services Librarian. Josh comes to Berkeley from Tufts University where he played a leading role in establishing and developing their Data Lab and served as a liaison to several social science departments. In his new role at Berkeley, Josh will develop, lead, and assess outreach and services to increase data and statistical literacy within the Library and across the curriculum. He has a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a MSIS in Information Science from State University of New York, Albany.

Major Donation of Mesoamericana from Prof. John Graham

John Graham, professor of Anthropology at Berkeley since 1962, donated his extensive collection of 4,000 volumes on Mesoamerican culture and history (particularly Maya and Olmec archaeology and art and Maya epigraphy) to the Anthropology Library.

Image of John Graham.
John Graham at the ruins of Seibal (aka Ceibal) on the heights above the Rio Pasion in Guatemala, 1961. Photo courtesy of John Graham

Many of the volumes are rare — John Graham began collecting rare books as a twelve year old growing up in the border region of Texas — and the collection was independently appraised at $68,000. We are truly grateful that Professor Graham entrusted “his children” to us!

Social Sciences librarians visit the Hearst Museum

Courtesy of Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum
Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum (storage vault)

As a staff bonding experience, we could have gone bowling or had an ice cream social or seen a matinee of Wonder Woman. But the staff of the Social Sciences libraries have a curious affinity for cultural institutions. We chose to visit the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology instead. Closed since 2012, the Hearst Museum recently reopened with a new conference room and remodeled gallery space. Museum curators gave us a behind-the scenes tour of their vault, where we viewed just a few items from this collection of some 3.8 million objects. Among the highlights were personal adornments worn by the Maidu Indians of Butte County, Etruscan goblets, cuneiform tablets and Hopi-Tewa carved kachina.

Courtesy of Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum
Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum (storage vault)

The Hearst Museum was founded in 1901 and is a comprehensive anthropology museum supporting research in Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Egyptology and Folklore. It is located in Kroeber Hall (just below the Anthropology Library). For hours and directions see the Visit Hearst Museum page.

The Social Sciences Division highly recommends the current exhibit, People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World. This interactive exhibit explores everyday objects and asks the viewer to think about who made those objects … and why.

Special thanks to Hearst Museum of Anthropology staff Katie Fleming, Ira Jacknis, Jordan Jacobs and Linda Waterfield for making our visit possible.

Courtesy of Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Social Sciences Division staff, new patio at the Hearst Museum

Images Courtesy of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

June is Pride Month

SF Pride - June 24-25, 2017
#SFpride #summerOfLove50 #resist

Since 1970, Pride celebrates the resistance of the Stonewall Uprising of June 28,1969 and the struggle for human rights for all. Pride Month hasn’t been officially declared by the current president, but fortunately that won’t stop the celebration, or the resistance. If you’re looking for a good GLBTQIA movie or documentary — to learn, laugh or cry — Kanopy has almost 400 streaming videos on the diverse array of queer related themes, available to anyone on campus or to UCB via proxy or VPN. And of course we have lots of books, journals and databases as well!

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