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Do you need a visualization of the percentage of children in Alameda County who are eligible for free lunch? (The answer is 42.8%. As a point of comparison, it’s 21.4% in Marin.) What about the population, broken down by age, of the people in your zip code? How can I create a map of cell phone ownership of the residents of Berkeley?
Maps can be an excellent way to visualize data. And the Library subscribes to a number of resources that can help you do this. Here are three go-to map resources for US data:
- PolicyMap:includes over 15,000 US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels. Data may be downloaded to csv.
- SimplyAnalytics: Create custom thematic maps, tables, and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States. Also known as Simply Map. (sign in as Guest or create an account)
- Social Explorer: Data and interactive thematic maps from the U.S. Census from 1790-present.
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
- 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:
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:
- The Little Green Books and Little Blue Books series, offering accessible introductory texts on quantitative (green) and qualitative (blue) methods.
- SAGE Handbooks, collecting foundational essays on methods related to Social Network Analysis, Digital Technology Research, Survey Methodology and more.
- A Project Planner tool to walk researchers through essential stages of the research design process.
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.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Social Research Library (227 Haviland Hall)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Book Talk: From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement – Thursday, October 27
Please join us for a conversation with Fred Glass, author of a new book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement (UC Press, 2016). The author will delve deep into the vibrant labor history of the Golden State where workers have engaged in politics, strikes, and a variety of organizing strategies to find common ground among its diverse communities to achieve a measure of economic fairness and social justice.
Thursday, October 27
6pm – 7:30pm
UC Labor Center (2521 Channing Way)
- This event is free and open to the public.
- Space is limited. Please register for the event.
- Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Books are also available online from UC Press.
- More information at UC Berkeley Labor Center events.
- Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, UC-AFT, UC Berkeley Library