Workshop: The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
Tuesday, May 1st, 4:10-5:00pm
Doe Library 303

You’ve invested a lot of work in creating a digital project, but how do you ensure it has staying power? We’ll look at choices you can make at the beginning of project development to influence sustainability, best practices for documentation and asset management, and how to sunset your project in a way that ensures long-term access for future researchers. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

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Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Tuesday, April 17th, 4:10-5:00pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as: image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. If possible, please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. (All UCB faculty and students can receive a free Adobe Creative Suite license: https://software.berkeley.edu/adobe) Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

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April Is National Poetry Month!

in celebration of national poetry month

With April comes all that it’s associated with—springtime, new growth, and fittingly, National Poetry Month. Established in 1996, National Poetry Month is just what it says on the tin: an opportunity to discuss, celebrate, and most importantly, read poetry. This is the perfect chance to read some of the new and wonderful poetry that the past several years has had to offer!

We might only be four months into 2018, but there have already been some phenomenal poetry collections:

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New Books in Literature

April showers bring May flowers, but April acquisitions may just lead you to your new favorite read! The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

Check out the rest of the new acquisitions!

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.


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Workshop: Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
Thursday, April 12th, 4:10-5:00pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

Omeka is ideal for creating and displaying an online collection or exhibit composed of many digital items. If you have a bunch of digital images, scans, and files around a certain theme or project, and you would like to organize, describe, and showcase these files, Omeka may be a good fit for you. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to add and describe items in Omeka, the basics of the Dublin Core metadata schema, and how to create webpages with the Simple Pages plugin. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:

  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

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A Celebration of Irish Literature

Irish Literature
by Taylor Follett

To many people, March 17th means a day where they get to wear green and drink Guinness. To us at the library, however, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich history of Irish literature.

When you hear Irish literature, you’re probably thinking of books such as these:

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New Books in Literature

With every new month comes new books being published—and added to our library collection! This month’s haul includes criticism, poetry, prose, and much more:

See the full list of new acquisitions here, and keep an eye on the English Library Guide for more featured new books.

Want to see a book that we don’t have? Request it here!


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Sign up for the Edible Books Festival!

Edible Books Festival

Sign up now to participate in the Library’s Edible Book Festival! (After signing up, you’ll have until April 6th to come up with your entry idea.) 

Ever wondered what a great literary pun you could make with Catcher in the Rye if you just had some rye bread? Or how cute Velveteen Rabbit themed cupcakes could be? This might just be your chance to explore the more culinary side of your literary interests.

Submission to last year's edible books festival
UC Berkeley’s first Edible Book Festival is held in Moffitt Library on April 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Library)

The UC Berkeley Library is hosting an Edible Books Festival on Monday, April 9th. What is an Edible Books Festival, you ask? Just what it sounds like! Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally during the month of April.

Participants view the work on display in last year's Festival.
Participants view the work on display in last year’s Festival. (Photo courtesy of the Library.)

Learn more on the Edible Book Festival website and get inspired by last year’s projectsSign up now to participate — you don’t have to have your project details figured out yet: you just need enthusiasm.


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An International Women’s Day Reading List

Your International Women's Day Reading List

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the perfect time to start reading works written by and about women. Spend some time this March browsing the stacks for these inspiring, intelligent, and wonderful works.

If you don’t know where to begin, try starting with some of the staples of feminist literature:

Is anything better than fiction? Yes—like fiction written by and about women:

If you’re feeling poetic, try these collections:

Many female writers produce their best work through essays and non-fiction works:

Still want to read more? Try browsing through the “women” category on OskiCat or checking out the Gender & Women’s Studies library guide. 

If it seems like we missed one of your favorite books that should be honored for International Women’s Day, tweet us and let us know! Want a book that isn’t in the library? Recommend that we purchase it here.

Happy reading!


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Oscars 2018: The Reader’s Edition

Oscar Nominees: The Reader's Edition

by Taylor Follett, Literature and Digital Humanities Assistant

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an award-winning novel in possession of a good plot must be turned into a movie that doesn’t quite do it justice. This year, however, several films came close. On January 23rd, the Academy Awards announced their latest list of nominees for the 2018 Oscars. Before they were lauded for their actors, screenplays, and cinematography, some of the top films of the year were good old-fashioned novels. So instead of heading to the movie theater to catch up before March 4, head down to Main Stacks to try the real deal. Check out some of the nominee’s original stories here:


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