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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.
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!
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.
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.
Images Courtesy of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
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!
A recent study by Serena Chen and Muping Gan of the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology discusses the “relational self” — the notion that who we are often changes depending on who we are with. A person’s behavior changes, for instance, when they are with their parents, colleagues, friends or romantic partner. Gan and Chen examined levels of authenticity that individuals felt with regard to their relational selves. In other words, do you feel like yourself when you’re around your parents or your best friend? Does being your “authentic self” in a romantic relationship lead to a greater sense of well-being? Your “ideal self,” on the other hand, is that person you aspire to be, not necessarily who you really are. To oversimplify their study, it turns out being one’s “ideal self” in a relationship leads to greater well-being than being one’s “authentic self.”
Read the full story:
- Gan, M., & Chen, S. (2017). Being your actual or ideal self? what it means to feel authentic in a relationship. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43(4), 465-478. (UCB access only)
- Also, see news media coverage of this study.
The toughest crowd to impress is often the one closest to you. Colleagues share many of the same challenges — competing projects, ambitions, and timelines among them. So when Berkeley librarians join to applaud one of their own, you know it means something.
This year’s winners of the Distinguished Librarian Award are Susan Edwards, head of the Social Sciences Division, and Brian Quigley, head of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Division. “I’ve been a librarian for a long time, and am passionate about what I do,” explains Edwards. “Being honored by my peers is incredibly moving.”
The Distinguished Librarian Award is given biennially to up to two librarians recognized for their excellence by a committee of peers and faculty. The awards are administered and funded by the Librarians Association of UC Berkeley.
In 2013, Quigley led the integration of five separate engineering and physical science (EPS) libraries into the inaugural subject division. Through the creation of this and five other divisions, over 20 subject specialty libraries have been grouped into affinity groups.
By pulling together a highly distributed workforce into larger communities, this reorganization has enhanced staff collaboration and efficiency, and has supported the streamlining and sharing of services among libraries.
A few of Quigley’s other achievements include better serving user needs by thoroughly assessing and restructuring EPS reference services, and by forming an EPS faculty library committee and a student committee to provide input on the library’s programs, outreach and acquisitions.
For Quigley, working with people is key. He derives the most satisfaction from mentoring staff, consulting with students and faculty, and collaborating with his colleagues. “When faced with difficult decisions, the staff and I often ask ‘What would Brian do?’,” explains engineering librarian Lisa Ngo.
Quigley manages the Kresge Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics Statistics, Earth Sciences and Map, and Physics-Astronomy libraries. These serve roughly 500 faculty, 2800 graduate students, and 5000 undergraduate students in the relevant fields. Quigley is thought of as an experimenter. He frequently tries out new offerings and services based on the ideas and observations of his staff and library clients. “What we find effective is to pilot things,” he says, “and then use feedback to refine ideas and better address user needs.”
Recent pilot programs with broad student impact include joining the popular Packd app, which provides students with a real-time look at seat availability; providing an ASUC-funded REST Zone; extending the Engineering Library hours; improving student services, such as offering presentation kits for checkout, laptop lending, and more moveable whiteboards for group study; and encouraging staff in initiating their popular Maps and More series at the Earth Sciences and Map Library.
“Campus itself is such a stimulating and exciting environment,” explains Quigley. “The quality of the faculty and the caliber of the students are so inspiring. It always makes me want to be a better librarian and to serve them better.”
Susan Edwards loves the library profession because it offers “the chance to help people, together with lots of intellectual stimulation and reward.”
As division head for social sciences, she provides leadership for five libraries — Anthropology, Business, Education Psychology, Environmental Design, and Social Research. She also manages the Data Lab.
“All the social sciences disciplines are looking at how to use research to effect social change, to improve people’s lives,” explains Edwards “Information and social justice really belong together, because information is key for individuals and groups who want to change their lives.”
The most satisfying aspect of her work, she says, is working closely with students, faculty, and independent researchers. “I love helping them think through the process, and seeing their excitement when they get the information they need,” Edwards says.
After earning her M.L.I.S. at Berkeley in 1980, Edwards worked at the University Library for seven years as head of newspapers and microforms. She then went east and assumed a series of positions at the Amherst College Library.
Returning to Berkeley in 2009, Edwards was surprised at the relatively low level of entitlement among many Cal students. “It’s more about creating an environment where we’re teaching students that they can expect more support,” she explained. “Yes, they do deserve an hourlong appointment to get help with their research!”
She adds, “I love being at a public research university that’s committed to diversity and equity. We represent a pathway to mobility for many of our students, and their commitment to service inspires me. I feel lucky to be here.”
One of Edwards’ recent achievements was the process of combining three different libraries’ collections — Education, Psychology, and Social Welfare — into the Social Research Library. To help pare down and combine the materials, Edwards studied dissertation citations and noted the types of resources the three units’ students were using most. Faculty and students served by the new Social Research Library consider the transition a real success.
To build intellectual community, Edwards has launched a series of popular book talks at the library that draw faculty, students, alumni and community members. The gatherings are reinvigorating the Social Research Library as a center of learning and interaction.
“This is such an exciting time to be a librarian at Berkeley,” Edwards reflects. “Because of the far easier access to information through technology, a library’s traditional roles are now only one part of the suite of services needed. So we are rethinking the role of the library more broadly, and how it affects the life of scholarship and discovery on campus.”
Reflecting on Susan’s many contributions to the academic vitality at Berkeley, psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw noted her creativity and leadership. “Indeed, I wasn’t prepared for what a librarian in the UC system could do!”
Social Science Matrix and the Education Psychology Library are pleased to welcome Arlie Russell Hochschild, UC Berkeley Professor Emerita of Sociology, for a discussion about her new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016), a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award.
Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. She was the winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants.
In Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground with the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.
Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that many on the political right have been duped into voting against their interests. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces—fear of cultural eclipse, economic decline, perceived government betrayal—that override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in “red” America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from “liberal” government intervention abhor the very idea?
“Conducted over the last five years and focusing on emotions, I try to scale an ‘empathy wall’ to learn how to see, think, and feel as they do,” Hochschild explains on her website. “What, I ask, do members of the Tea Party–or anyone else–want to feel about the nation and its leaders? I trace this desire to what I call their “deep story”–a feels-as-if story of their difficult struggle for the American Dream. Hidden beneath the right-wing hostility to almost all government intervention, I argue, lies an anguishing loss of honor, alienation, and engagement in a hidden social class war.”
Please join us on November 30 for a conversation with Professor Hochschild, moderated by Lynsay Skiba, Associate Director for Programs at Social Science Matrix. A reception will follow the discussion. Copies of the book will be available for sale, courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore.
This event is co-sponsored by Social Science Matrix and the UC Berkeley Education Psychology Library.
Wednesday, November 30
Social Science Matrix
820 Barrows Hall
Matrix is located on the 8th floor of Barrows Hall. There are entrances at both ends of the building, but only one of the elevators on the eastern side goes directly to the 8th floor. You can alternatively take the stairs to the 7th floor and walk up the stairs.
Citation Management: Zotero training
Citation management software can help organize research results and make writing papers easier by quickly creating properly formatted bibliographies and footnotes. Learn how to use this easy citation manager for Firefox, Safari and Chrome. The workshop will cover importing citations, exporting bibliographies, sharing resources for working groups, and using a wide variety of citation styles.
No need to register, just come. www.zotero.org
Wednesday, November 9th, 9-10 am
210 C Wurster Hall: Library Group Study Room
Professor Gopnik, renowned developmental psychologist and philosopher, will discuss her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter, which argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parents and children is based on bad science, and profoundly wrong for both kids and parents.
“Alison Gopnik’s The Gardener and the Carpenter should be required reading for anyone who is, or is thinking of becoming, a parent.”
~Isabel Berwick, Financial Times
Congratulations to Celia Emmelhainz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian, on her two recent publications:
With co-authors Erin Pappas and Maura Seale, Celia has published “Thinking Through Visualizations: Critical Data Literacy Using Remittances,” a chapter in the new ACRL book, Critical Library Pedagogy. This chapter provides context and a lesson plan on World Bank data for librarians to use in engaging undergraduates with thinking critically about data and visualization.
Celia has also published a conference paper on “Interviews, Focus Groups, and Social Media: lessons from collaborative library ethnographies in America and Kazakhstan,” presented at this year’s International Federation of Library Associations. This paper explores how ethnography is used to study libraries and their patrons, bringing in examples of past projects and how collaboration has enhanced or challenged the process of research.
Prof. Rene Davids will talk about his new book, Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America about the ways existing topography has shaped post-colonial urbanism in Latin America since pre-Columbian times. His book explores the interplay between built works and their geographies in various cities including Bogotá, Caracas, Mendoza, México D. F., Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, and Valparaíso.
Tuesday, November 1, 7-8:30 PM – Environmental Design Library Atrium