Computer downtime Nov. 19-20

The following services will be unavailable from 10:15pm on Friday November 19 through early morning on Saturday, November 20:

Other than that, our website and catalogs will not be affected.

Trials of e-resources (and announcing the trial for AIDA)

As of today, information about on-going trials for e-resources will be listed on the Collections blog instead of in the staff collections page. If you’ve activated a trial and want your colleagues to know about it, let me know and I’ll post it here.

Meantime, find out about our current trial for AIDA (Articoli italiani periodici accademici), an Italian article index, in the Romance Language Collections blog. The trial runs through December 5.




Twain autobiography – the way he wanted it – hits stores today

“The much anticipated first volume of autobiography of legendary American author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, lands on bookstore shelves today (Monday, Nov. 15), 100 years after his death, courtesy of editors at the Mark Twain Papers and Project at the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library.

The 743-page tome is the first of three installments of the only complete, authoritative and uncensored autobiography by the author of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and many other tales of 19th century life on the Mississippi River, family life, frog jumping in California, politics and religion.

Before Twain died, he directed that the material not be released for a century after his passing. In the book, he shares his unfiltered and often ferocious or controversial opinions and rants about people, religion, war, politics and just about anything else that crossed his mind. The 100-year delay guaranteed that those he criticized or ridiculed would not feel the sting, nor would their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. Above all, he said, it would save him from being shunned for his controversial views: ‘I am human, and nothing could persuade me to do any bad deed –or any good one –that would bring that punishment upon me.’

‘This is new in the sense that he (Twain) gets to say exactly what he wanted, how he wanted,’ said Robert Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Papers. ‘And now, you get to read it.'” – Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

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