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Douglass Day 2018

Read & Transcribe

The famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass never knew his birth date, but he choose to celebrate it on February 14th. This year will mark his 200th birthday, and we invite you to commemorate the occasion by reading his works at the library:

In honor of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth, the digital humanities Colored Conventions Project (CCP) will host a Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon, in which participants from all over the country can help transcribe the Freedmen’s Bureau Papers, documents that provide insight into the lives of recently freed people. The event will be hosted in conjunction with the Smithsonian Transcription Center and the National Museum of African American Culture. Join them from 9am to 12pm PST to help celebrate and memorialize African American history!


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Fun with the Library Collection: The EUA’s Student Book Club

English Undergraduate Association Book Club
by Taylor Follett

Calling undergrads! We all use the Library for study and research, but the collections are bursting with popular novels, collections from local poets, YA, graphic novels, and everything you might need for a cozy weekend of pleasure writing. The UC Berkeley English Undergraduate Association’s book club, EUA Reads is indulging this semester by reading and discussing three wonderful works pulled from Library bookshelves. Whether you want to follow along on your own or join the EUA for their fortnightly book club, please join us in reading these picks!

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Honoring Black History Month at the Library

Honor Black History Month at the library
by Taylor Follett

February is Black History Month! We’ve compiled a small sample of the incredible literary work African American poets, novelists, essayists, and thinkers have penned. Enjoy!

Explore novels by African American authors that came out within the past year:

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Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Tuesday, February 20th, 1:10-2:30pm
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
  • Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


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Theresa Hak Kyung Cha at Berkeley

Dictee: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha in Berkeley

January 31- April 22 ,the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) exhibit, “Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictée” celebrates the prolific, short-lived career of the influential Asian American artist and writer Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Centered around Cha’s magnum opus, Dictée, the exhibit will include extra-textual art and writing from Cha’s body of work which corresponds thematically to the ten chapters of Dictée. (more…)

World Read Out Loud Day

World Read Out Loud Day: Influence, Inspire, Readby Taylor Follett, Literature and Digital Humanities Assistant

On February 1, 2018, celebrate storytelling and promote literacy on World Read Aloud Day. According to the LitWorld website, 750 million adults throughout the world, two-thirds of whom are women, don’t yet have basic reading and writing skills.  World Read Out Loud Day is a great way to connect with your community and communicate the value of contact with literary works. You might hold a “Poetry Pop-Up” or “Storytelling Cafe,” or encourage open-ended discussion as you read. Check out the World Read Out Loud Day website or the 2018 Packet for more ideas and information.

Ready to get started, but not sure what to read? Luckily, the library has books for all ages! We recommend the following:

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Legacy

:e Guin's Legacy At The Library

Magic, dragons, and wizarding schools—these words might conjure up images of Harry Potter, but before J. K. Rowling dominated the world of witchcraft and wizardry, Ursula K. Le Guin was investigating the power of language through a boy wizard in her novel series, The Wizard of Earthsea. Unlike Rowling, however, Le Guin’s early exploration of adolescent wizardry by no means defined her career as an author. For over five decades, she explored morality and humanity in a plethora of science fiction prose.

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Workshop: Digital Editions with TEI

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI
Tuesday, February 13th, 4:10-5:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offers a standard way of describing texts to make them machine readable. A flavor of XML, TEI has been used in many humanities and social sciences disciplines, and it has a dedicated vocabulary for describing literary texts. TEI may be used to create digital editions, prepare texts for research, and preserve texts in a digital format. In this workshop, we’ll provide an overview of TEI, try some hands-on encoding, and prepare you for the next steps in learning TEI. Please bring a laptop if possible. Register.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI
  • Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects
  • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
  • Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


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Willa Cather’s letters to become public domain in 2018

Willa Cather's Letters

Willa Cather is perhaps the most famous female writer of the American Midwest. Cather was born and raised in Virginia and Nebraska, and despite spending most of her life in New York City, she never truly left the towns of her youth. This is clear in her massive oeuvre, in which works such as O Pioneers! (1913) and My Antonia (1918) focus on the realities of life in the heart of the country. This January, we’ll learn more about the woman who left behind this legacy when the collection of her 3000+ letters enters the public domain.

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Frankenstein Turns 200!

200 Years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

January 1, 2018 marks the 200th birthday of one of the most famous works of literature in the English language—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. 

The story of this famous work’s conception is outdone only by the book itself. Mary Shelley—then, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin—first conceived of the novel in a competition with other famous writers of the era, including Lord Byron and her future husband, Percy Shelley. The challenge? Who could come up with the best horror story. Needless to say, Mary Shelley won. Shelley was only twenty years old when Frankenstein was published anonymously, but she managed to create what some argue is the first true science fiction story. Since Frankenstein’s publication, it has inspired countless horror stories, Frankenstein copy-cat plots, and it has advanced the conceptual ground of science fiction itself.

Want to see the text that started it all? You’re in luck—Bancroft Archive has a first edition in the vault. This might not be practical for reading, however, so you can also head to Main Stacks for a copy that you can check out:

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