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Summer Reading List: Borderwall as Architecture

Borderwall as Architecture

Borderwall as Architecture
by Ronald Rael
Oakland: University of California Press, 2017

In timely fashion, Ronald Rael, a professor in the Department of Architecture, takes on the subject of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in his accessible new book that Architect magazine has described as “intrepid” and multi-dimensional: “[p]art historical account, part theoretical appraisal, and part design manifesto.” Through a series of essays by Rael and other contributors that are sometimes practical, sometimes polemical, and sometimes satirical, the wall is examined for its multiple meanings not only from a design perspective, but also from an environmental, economic, and social one, reflecting on the way the wall not only stands as a symbol of security that divides people, but also as an object that has the potential to bring people together.

For more about Professor Rael’s work here at UC Berkeley, see Cal’s #InThisGen pages.

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

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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Faces in the Crowd

In the Bancroft Library Pictorial Unit, work continues on 115 panoramic Cirkut camera negatives being conserved and scanned as part of our NEH-funded work on the Edward A. Rogers Panama Pacific International Exposition Photograph Collection.

Panoramic photo of crowd inside Fillmore Street Gate and the Panama Pacific Exposition, Nov. 2, 1915.

Fillmore Street Gate, San Francisco Day, Nov. 2, 1915. Scanned from a nitrate film negative, approximately 8 x 45 inches. (Edward A. Rogers Panama Pacific International Exposition photograph collection, BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG, The Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley.)

 

The digital images produced give the chance to peer into these panoramic scenes and pick out small details – and often our gaze is returned by characters in the crowd, caught some 102 years ago.

Bald man in crowd tipping his hat.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG. A tip of the hat.

 

The panorama (pictured above) at the Fillmore Street Gate on San Francisco Day, November 2, 1915, is among the best crowd shots, and all the images in this posting are details from it. At center the throng recedes eastward into the distance, down the thoroughfare of popular amusements known as The Zone. At left the crowds fill the Avenue of Progress which leads toward the bay, past the Machinery Palace. At right are the entrance gates, with the ridge of the Pacific Heights neighborhood beyond.

Detail of crowd under the San Francisco Day banner at the entrance to The Zone.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

 

 

In the crowd there are so many marvelous faces (not to mention terrific hats!) that it is hard to select favorites.

Asian family in crowd.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

For a “world’s fair” there’s not a lot of diversity in this crowd. But this stylin’ family are holding their own.

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Grinning man with a box camera.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

This fellow’s bound to have a good time, and he’s ready to make memories with his handy portable box camera at the ready.

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Young boy in crowd selling balloons.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

This kid seems to have just made a balloon sale, but it’s serious work.

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Stern older woman in had with light veil.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

When mixing with hoi polloi, veils and a no-nonsense attitude are necessities for some. Even at a fair.

ESPECIALLY at a fair.

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Smiling woman in a large hat with long feather decorations on it.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

This lady is smiling even though she’s enjoying neither an ice cream nor a cigar. Perhaps she knows her hat is at the cutting edge.

It will be over 40 years before Sputnik challenges her design-forward look.

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Three odd looking men in crowd.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

Three distinct kinds of trouble.
Make that four.

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Women in hats in crowd.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

With all the fine hats, how can we choose a winner? – But wait! – Never mind.

The wee chap on the right steals the show!

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Woman in large hat with children, and a small girl with purse behind her.

Detail of BANC PIC 2015.013:01134P—NNEG

And this favorite auntie’s outstanding chapeau falls victim to another well-accessorized scene-stealer.

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Work on the Rogers Panama Pacific International Exposition collection will continue through June of 2018, at which time digital images from over 2,000 negatives will be put online. In the meantime, we will share favorites, along with project updates, on this Bancroft Pictorial Unit blog. Check back again!

James Eason, Archivist for Pictorial Collections, Bancroft Library

Library Open to Graduates and Families on Saturday

Graduating students throwing their mortarboards in the air

Students with Cal IDs are welcome to bring their families into Moffitt Library and Gardner Main Stacks on Saturday, May 13 from 9am to 5pm.  Show your families your favorite study spots, the place where you had that inspirational moment, or where you met your best friend.

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

Summer Reading List: Forked

Forked: A New Standard for American Dining

Forked: A New Standard for American Dining
by Saru Jayaraman
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016

Written by one of today’s most vibrant social justice leaders, this book makes the case that economic justice is not just a moral imperative but also a viable business strategy. Saru has spent almost two decades organizing restaurant workers, and what she has learned about their low wages and exploitative working conditions are a must-read for all of us as consumers. But more important is her vision for what a sustainable, living-wage restaurant industry can look like, supported by profiles of companies who are already doing the right thing today.

For more information about Saru Jayaraman’s work, including her Mario Savio Memorial Lecture in 2014, we invite you to visit UC Berkeley’s #InThisGen pages.

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

Great talks and fun at csv,conf,v3 and Carpentry Training

On May 2 – 5 2017, I (Yasmin AlNoamany) was thrilled to attend the csv,conf,v3 2017 conference and the Software/Data Carpentry instructor training in Portland, Oregon, USA. It was a unique experience to attend and speak with many people who are passionate about data and open science.

The csv,conf,v3

The csv,conf is for data makers from academia, industry, journalism, government, and open source. We had amazing four keynotes by Mike Rostock, the creator of the D3.js (JavaScript library for visualization data), Angela Bassa, the Director of Data Science at iRobot, Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of SPARC, and Laurie Allen, the lead Digital Scholarship Group at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. The conference had four parallel sessions and a series of workshops about data. Check out the full schedule from here.

I presented on the second day about generating stories from archived data, which entitled “Using Web Archives to Enrich the Live Web Experience Through Storytelling”. Check out the slides of my talk below.

 

I demonstrated the steps of the proposed framework, the Dark and Stormy Archives (DSA), in which, we identify, evaluate, and select candidate Web pages from archived collections that summarize the holdings of these collections, arrange them in chronological order, and then visualize these pages using tools that users already are familiar with, such as Storify. For more information about this work, check out this post.

The csv,conf deserved to won the conference of the year prize for bringing the CommaLlama. The Alpaca brought much joy and happiness to all conference attendees. It was fascinating to be in csv,conf 2017 to meet and hear from passionate people from everywhere about data.

After the conference, Max Odgen from the Dat Data Project gave us a great tour from the conference venue to South Portland. We had a great food from street food trucks at Portland, then we had a great time with adorable neighborhood cats!

Tha Carpentry Training

After the csv,conf, I spent two days with other 30 librarians and researchers from different backgrounds to learn how to instruct Data Carpentry, Software Carpentry, and Library Carpentry.  There were three CLIR fellows, John Borghi, Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati, and myself, attended the training. Completing this training prepares attendees to teach Data Carpentry, Software Carpentry, and Library Carpentry lessons. The Carpentry training is a global movement for teaching scientists in different disciplines the computing skills they need to empower data-driven research and encourage open science.

The two days had a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises about learning philosophy and Carpentry teaching practices. It was a unique and fascinating experience to have. We had two energetic instructors, Tim Dennis and Belinda Weaver, who generated welcoming and collaborate environment for us. Check out the full schedule and lessons from here.

At the end, I would like to acknowledge the support I had from the California Digital Library and the committee of the csv,conf for giving me this amazing opportunity to attend and speak at the csv,conf and the Carpentry instructor training. I am looking forward to applying what I learned in upcoming Carpentry workshops at UC Berkeley.

–Yasmin

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