Preprints in social science research

SocArXiv logo PsyArXiv logo AfricArXiv

As the movement towards open access to scholarly content gathers momentum, the use of preprints is a central feature. What is a preprint? Before a scholarly research paper has gone through the time consuming peer review process for publication for electronic or print publication in a journal, it is in a form that some scholars refer to as “preprint” (also sometimes called a “working paper,” or simply an unpublished manuscript). Often at this stage the manuscript/paper can be posted and made freely available on a preprint depository or server where scholars can seek an informal kind of peer review from other scholars in their field and also stake a claim to their particular research area.

The Center for Open Science which provides technology and services for preprint management, lists among the goals of preprint depositories:

  • Improve accessibility of scholarship
  • Facilitate timely feedback on scholarship
  • Address delays in research publishing
  • Improve scholarly communication

Many disciplines now host printer servers. They were developed in the early 1990s in the high energy physics community with arXiv (the X represents the Greek letter chi, so the word is pronounced “archive”), which was hosted at Los Alamos National Lab and eventually moved to Cornell. Relevant preprint servers in the social sciences include:

  • SocArXiv is an open archive for social science research housed at the University of Maryland. Papers are moderated before they appear in SocArXiv to ensure, among other things, that the research is scholarly, relevant to the subject areas supported by SocArXiv, and uses correct attribution. Those posting their papers are encouraged to post accompanying data and code.
  • PsyArXiv with a goal of facilitating the rapid dissemination of psychological research, PsyArXiv was created by the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) and the Center for Open Science.
  • AfricArXiv, launched in June 2018, is an interdisciplinary, multilingual resource for scholars based on the African continent or those conducting research in or about Africa.

If you are interested in which depository or server might be a good fit for your own research, either for depositing or for accessing content, feel free to contact the library.

 


Art on Earth

Explore the changing world through the artist’s lens with recent publications on art and its role in relation to climate change.   You can find these titles in Doe Main Stacks, the Environmental Design Library, or online.  Click the links below to view their OskiCat records.

 

Art and Future                                                  Anthropocene                              Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North

Ecological Aesthetics                                                        Ecologies Agents Terrains                                          Eco-Visionaries

Endangered Species                                    Interrogating the Anthropocene                              Landscape into Eco Art


Welcoming Ann Glusker

Ann GluskerAnn Glusker has recently joined the UC Berkeley Library’s Social Sciences Division as our Sociology, Demography, & Quantitative Research Librarian. Most recently she was the Research & Data Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest regional office of the National Library of Medicine, based at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle. She’s also worked as a librarian at The Seattle Public Library, and at the medical library of Kaiser Permanente Washington. In addition, before changing careers to librarianship, she worked as an epidemiologist for the Seattle-King County Public Health department, after studying sociology, demography and public health at the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. She looks forward to working with the Cal community to meet users’ information needs, and is very pleased to be working in a place and a job which incorporates the full range of her interests and experiences. Ann Glusker


HANDS ON 15: WOMEN AND ARTISTS’ BOOKS

Signs of the Re-sis-stance / by Taylor Cox

EXHIBITION EVENT
HANDS ON 15: WOMEN AND ARTISTS’ BOOKS
Friday, March 1, 2019
4:00PM – 6:00PM 
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle books from our rare book vault.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Environmental Design Library invites you to experience 20 artists’ books by and about women.

More Information: Hands On 15: Women and Artist’s Books

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell.

**The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler, at 510-643-7422, or at deifler@berkeley.edu, at least two weeks prior to the event.


THE BOOK AS PLACE: Visions of the Built Environment

Clifton Meador – Five Negative Edmund Pettus Bridges

EXHIBITION
THE BOOK AS PLACE: Visions of the Built Environment
An Exhibition of Artists’ Books curated by Julie Chen
January 15, 2019 – May 17, 2019
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

This exhibition of artists’ books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image, materials and the architectural capabilities of book structures.


The Sea Ranch Exhibit Now Open

HALPRIN-GRID: LAWRENCE HALPRIN COLLECTION, HALPRIN CABIN, SITE VIEWS, 1980, ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVES, SCHOOL OF DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

EXHIBITION
The Sea Ranch
November 05, 2018 – December 20, 2018
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

This exhibit focused on The Sea Ranch explores the early design development and planning of the site, significant buildings and residences, the marketing of this community of second homes, and its ongoing evolution. Featuring archival material from numerous collections, the show also includes student designs from the 2018 furniture competition. Curated by EDA staff Chris Marino and Emily Vigor, the exhibit showcases materials from the Joseph Esherick (EHDD); Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker (MLTW); Marquis & Stoller; Dmitri Vedensky collections, and graphic designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon who created the famous rams head logo. Architect Obie G. Bowman, FAIA generously allowed us to exhibit materials from his archives highlighting his early involvement with designing for The Sea Ranch, as well as the firms Fernau + Hartman Architects, Donlyn Lyndon, and Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign).

The exhibit will run from November 5 through December 20, 2018 in the Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases in the Environmental Design Library, Wurster Hall room 210.

More Information: Sea Ranch Virtual Collection 


Hands-On 14: Artists’ Books from the Crypt

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, or just about ideas of beauty. Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer though sight, touch, and physical manipulation. Too often locked behind exhibit cases, Hands On events make them available for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.

More Information: Hands-On 14

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler (510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu), ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.


Book Talk: Revolutionary STEM Education

Join us for another in the book talk series sponsored by the Social Sciences Division.

  • Thursday, September 20
  • 4pm – 5:30pm
  • Social Research Library
  • 227 Haviland Hall

Jeremiah Sims headshot

In this new book Revolutionary STEM Education: Critical-Reality Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males (Peter Lang, 2018), Jeremiah J. Sims calls for a revolutionary paradigm shift in STEM education for Black boys. Sims chronicles a Saturday program, MAN UP, designed to foster interest in STEM and investigates how to leverage STEM for the remediation of social injustice in middle school Black boys.

Dr. Sims is the Director of Equity at the College of San Mateo. He received his PhD from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education in 2016.

** Introductory remarks by Assistant Professor, Travis Bristol, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

 

Sponsored by the Berkeley Library and the Graduate School of Education

The library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accomodations, please contact margaret.phillips@berkeley.edu as soon as possible.


Social Sciences Division – Elections and Appointments

Staff in the Social Sciences Division are involved in a number of organizations within the library, on campus and within the profession at large. Here is a round-up of some of these appointments (beyond the library) to which our colleagues have recently been appointed or elected.

  • Adam Clemons (Librarian for African and African American Studies), was elected to a member-at-large seat on the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) Executive Board. Part of the African Studies Association, the ALC is an organization of “librarians, archivists and documentalists working with materials from and about Africa.”
  • David Eifler (Environmental Design Librarian) was elected co-chair of the University-Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), Local 1474, the union representing librarians and lecturers at the University of California.
  • Celia Emmelhainz (Anthropology Librarian) has been appointed to serve as the ACRL/ANSS Liaison to the American Anthropological Association. The Anthropology and Sociology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries is the professional association for librarians who serve anthropology and sociology departments. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is one of the largest anthropological associations in the world.
  • Brian Light (Chief Operations Manager) was elected to the Governing Council of the Berkeley Staff Assembly. (Read more in a recent blog post.)
  • Liladhar Pendse (Librarian for East European and Latin American Studies) was elected as a member-at-large for the Committee on Libraries and Information Resource (CLIR)-Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, an organization consisting of scholars and librarians in the fields of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.
  • Margaret Phillips (Librarian for Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Psychology) was elected to the Executive Board of the University-Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), Local 1474.
  • Jesse Silva (Librarian for Federal and State Government Information, Political Science, Public Policy and Legal Studies) has been appointed liaison to the Freedom to Read Foundation by the American Library Association (ALA)-Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). GODORT is the main professional organizations for librarians working with government documents. The Freedom to Read Foundation deals with “a wide range of issues affecting our access to freedom of speech and our right to access information.”

Hands On 13: An Artists’ Books Event

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle 25 books from our rare book vaults.

Artist and garden manager Lauri Twitchell shows a book she made at Blake Garden in Kensington (Photos by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

Found objects, whether natural or debris found in the landscape, evoke a dialogue between maker and object. Drawn, collages, or photographed, these objects and ideas are turned into a meaningful form: the book.

Lauri Twitchell is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She is a gardener, naturalist, and artist. As an artist’s book maker, she finds meaning in found materials such as fallen branches, rocks, bark, and birdsong.

More information: Hands On 13: Debris

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell.

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler (510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu), ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.