Summer brings many visitors from near and far to UC Berkeley, especially the libraries. This week, 24 future Cal students — third graders from Oakland’s Northern Light School, accompanied by Ricardo Huerta Niño (M.C.P. ‘09, PhD City & Regional Planning ‘13) — spent the day on campus visiting the Campanile, the campus’s own T-Rex and Haas Pavilion (Go Bears!).
But the highlight of their day must surely have been their visit to the Environmental Design Library where librarian David Eifler introduced them to his collection of pop-up and artists’ books, gave the young scholars an opportunity to select items from the collection and showed off the library’s sculptural furniture.
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The Rare Books and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries is a national organization that advocates and promotes the interests of librarians working with rare books, manuscripts and other special collections. The 2018 RBMS Conference will be held in New Orleans this June.
Liladhar Pendse, Berkeley librarian for East European and Latin American Studies, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to attend this year’s RBMS conference.
Excellent choices, RBMS! Congratulations, Liladhar! #rbms18
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.
Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other derivative and related works for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.
Tom McEnaney’s book explores the “coevolution” of the radio and the novel amid influential movements in populist politics in three countries in the mid-20th century: the New Deal in America; Peronism in Argentina, and the Cuban Revolution. The book illustrates how governments, activists, and artists have struggled for control to represent the voice of the people within a changing media landscape.
Professors José Quiroga of Emory University and Freya Schiwy of UC Riverside will be discussing the book after professor McEnaney’ s reading.
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:
Starting December 3rd, the Environmental Design Library will open at 11 in the morning, instead of 1 in the afternoon. Numerous students have requested an earlier Sunday opening which is now possible through the generous gift of George Anastaplo, a College of Environmental Design alum. These extended hours will begin in time for this fall’s reading and finals weeks and will continue throughout the spring semester. The library will also stay open until midnight during reading and finals weeks, as we have in the past.
Our hours can always be found on our calendar at:
Environmental Design Library Hours
Starting December 3rd, we look forward to seeing you 11AM Sunday mornings.
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.
This exhibition, curated by Liladhar Pendse (East European, Eurasian and Latin American Studies Librarian), is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, from September 11, 2017 through January 8, 2018 and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.
Attendance restrictions: Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you’ll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.
The virtual counterpart of the exhibition is located here: http://exhibits.lib.berkeley.edu/spotlight/russian-revolution