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What’s new in the Library for Fall 2016?
The graphic novel Le piano oriental by Zeina Abirached will be on display in the Doe Library exhibition Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics opening September 19.
Welcome back everyone! Here’s a brief sum-up of new services and library resources with a focus on the Romance languages and southern European studies in particular.
New Blog – Over the summer the Library migrated all of its blogs to WordPress. From this point forward, please look here for all Romance Language Collections news. If you choose not to subscribe to the blog, don’t worry. I usually forward the most important posts to your respective department listservs.
OpenEdition Books – With a combination of generous discretionary and endowment funds, the Library was able to acquire the complete ebook catalogue of this open access book initiative based at Université d’Aix-Marseille. We now have enhanced and permanent access to more than 2700 open access books (most in French but also in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese) that can be read in four different formats (epub, pdf, html, or reader) from prestigious academic presses like CNRS Éditions, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, and l’École française de Rome. We have also have become partners in an acquisitions policy that both supports sustainable development of OA and that respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities.
OpenEdition Journals – Also known as Revues.org, the Library has purchased permanent access to the 140 journals available through OpenEdition’s freemium model, eliminating moving walls and gaining similar formats enhancements as the ebooks. Representative titles include Arzanà: Cahiers de littérature médiévale italienne, Cahiers d’études romanes, Flaubert: Revue critique et génétique, and L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques.
Ebooks on Casalini’s Torrossa platform – Besides the Italian ebooks the Library receives through its subscription to Editoria Italiana Online, we added 200 additional titles last spring. Casalini Libri also unveiled a new reader in July which greatly improves the readability (especially on smartphones and tablets) of the near 2500 titles in Berkeley’s collection of Italian ebooks.
Kanopy and the Media Resources Center – New films and documentaries in the Romance Languages from not only Europe but also Africa and Latin America are regularly added to this online streaming service. Beginning this semester, check-out periods for DVDs and VHS tapes from the MRC will be extended to 7 days for faculty, lecturers and graduate student instructors!
Nine UC campuses (all except UCSF) now have access to JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV Collection which brings together more than 140 journals devoted to the study of culture and communication, from civilization’s earliest traces to the growth and governance of peoples. A group of titles in science and technology also cover aspects of STEM education, and explore the legal implications, cultural impact, and historical development of science and technology. All titles are new to the JSTOR platform at the time of launch. Journals in the collection span 17 countries, 23 disciplines, and date back to 1839. They are drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Language & Literature, Communications Studies, Asian Studies, Political Science, and Education.
Those in Romance languages and/or dealing with European Studies:
- Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
- Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures
- Bibliothèque de l’École des chartes
- Bulletin de Sinologie
- Bulletin Mensuel (Antenne française de sinologie à Hong Kong)
- Estudos Feministas
- Mediterranean Language Review
- Perspectives Chinoises
- Présence Africaine
- Revue des études slaves
- Revue française de science politique
- Rivista degli studi orientali
OskiCat replaces Gladis and Pathfinder and provides one place to do most of your library-related transactions; for example, renew books, place holds on material, save and email search results, find course reserves and more
New funding for the Library has made it possible to convert nearly 20 scholarly print journal subscriptions to digital and gain an additional 25 not previously held. Fabrizio Serra’s Italian Studies collection can be accessed through Casalini Libri’s Torrossa platform while cataloging in OskiCat and UC-eLinks is being completed. Digital archives go back as far as the early 2000s for most journals like Contemporanea, Italianistica, and La modernità letteraria.
The scholarly publications of Leo S. Olschki are among the most widely held Italian publications in UC Berkeley’s collections. Recently, the Library acquired a digital package which comprises 1286 e-books published by Olschki between 2000 and 2012, half of which were new to us. These books can be discovered through Casalini’s Torrossa full-text platform, or in OskiCat searching with the phrase “Olschki e-books.”
Olschki’s digital collection is cross-disciplinary but is especially strong in all periods of European history, political science, literature, linguistics, classics, musicology, architecture, environmental design, art history, religious studies, philosophy, and the history of science. It also includes the backfiles to six journals:
- Archivio storico italiano (1842-2012)
- Belfagor (1946-2012)
- Inventari dei manoscritti delle biblioteche d’italia (1890-2013)
- Lares: (1930-2012)
- Lettere italiane (1949-2012)
- Il pensiero politico: (1968-2011)
Along with Editoria Italiana Online (EIO), it is one of the most significant Italian digital resources available through the Library. A special thanks to the Art History/Classics Library, the Bancroft, Environmental Design Library, Graduate Services, the Hargrove Music Library, the Italian Studies Department, Near Eastern Studies Collection, the Robbins Collection, and the AUL for Collections for their contributions towards this major purchase.
Through next fall, the Library will have access to an extended trial to one of the most innovative research publishing models coming from Europe. Through a combination of open access (OA) and fee-based subscriptions, OpenEdition Freemium offers an infrastructure for electronic publishing dedicated to academic communication across the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition is the umbrella portal for OpenEdition Books, Revues.org, Hypotheses and Calenda–four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. While most of the content is in French and freely available through OpenEdition, an institutional subscription would allow Berkeley to participate in an acquisitions policy that both supports sustainable development of OA and that respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. Other advantages of an institutional subscription is that it would seamlessly integrate all OpenEdition ebooks and journals into our catalogs and bibliographic search tools while also benefitting from a full range of digital formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones. With the current database trial, UCB affiliates can access html, ePub, and PDF formats for 120 freemium journals and 140+ open access journals in Revues.org in html. For OpenEdition Books, 64 ebooks and 57 OA ebooks also currently available in the same three formats.
OpenEdition is run by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), a unit that brings together the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Université d’Aix-Marseille, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.
Dedicated to the work of French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician, the Revue Roland Barthes launched its first issue in June. It is freely accessible and will be published biannually the same research team that makes available an index of his work, a bibliography of critical works about him, and more. The journal will soon be cataloged in Melvyl and added to our local e-journal holdings database!
The University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of its first ever Italian e-book and e-journal collection. The subset of Editoria Italiana Online (EIO) comprises nearly 800 e-books and 50 scholarly journals published in Italy including Critica letteraria, Filologia e critica, Italia medioevale e umanistica. It comes to us via Casalini Libri’s full-text digital platform Torrossa. Most titles are in the humanities and social sciences and include works from prominent publishers such as Bulzoni, Carocci, Firenze University Press, Polistampa, Palerno, Viella, and more. The available backfiles to all journals have also been acquired and approximately 50 new e-books will be added every year. Once the records have been loaded to OskiCat, they’ll be discoverable there but at the moment, Berkeley’s holdings in EIO can only be accessed through Torrossa.
Dictynna is a bi-annual journal connected with the European Network for the Study of Augustan poetry, based at the University of Lille and involving Oxford, Cambridge, Florence, Rome, Heidelberg, Geneva and several other European centres. Articles are in English, French, German and Italian.
Available via AH-C Classics Resources, listed under Electronic Journals.
Classical Receptions Journal covers all aspects of the reception of the texts and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome from antiquity to the present day. It aims to explore the relationships between transmission, interpretation, translation, transplantation, rewriting, redesigning and rethinking of Greek and Roman material in other contexts and cultures. It addresses the implications both for the receiving contexts and for the ancient, and compares different types of linguistic, textual and ideological interactions. The journal promotes cross-disciplinary exchange and debates at the interface between subjects.
Classical Receptions Journal is available