Great Reads from 2021

2021 has seen a huge variety of fan-favorite and award-winning books. To wrap up a great reading year, check out some of the books that have made their mark on bestseller lists.



Our Reads for Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the Native American culture and history. Native American literature is rich with the voices of Native Americans, and their traditions, struggles, and triumphs are woven into poetry, works of fiction, and memoirs. Visit the Native American Heritage Month website for more information and live events.

If you choose to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with literature, the Library’s selections are a great place to start!



Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
Wednesday, November 10, 11:10am–12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Rachael Samberg and Tim Vollmer

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your publication. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work. Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series:

Coming in Spring 2022:

  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
  • Can I Mine That? Should I Mine That?: A Clinic for Copyright, Ethics & More in TDM Research
  • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


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

The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
Wednesday, October 13, 11:10am-12:00pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Scott Peterson and Erin Foster

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 here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Fall 2021:

  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Workshop: Web Platforms for Digital Projects

Web Platforms for Digital Projects
Tuesday, October 12th, 3:10pm-4:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Stacy Reardon and Kiyoko Shiosaki

How do you go about publishing a digital book, a multimedia project, a digital exhibit, or another kind of digital project? In this workshop, we’ll take a look at use cases for common open-source web platforms WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, and Scalar, and we’ll talk about hosting, storage, and asset management. There will be time for hands-on work in the platform most suited to your needs. No coding experience is necessary. Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Fall 2021:

  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Literature Picks for Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15  to October 15, we’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! At the Library, you can browse our Latino Literature digital collection, which features thousands of digitized, full-text novels, poems, and plays written by over 400 authors in English and Spanish, or you can explore some of the titles below.

If you’re looking for novels, try these:

Maybe poetry is more your thing:

Don’t forget to check out these eye-opening memoirs:

 

What’s your favorite Latinx read? Tell us on Twitter! @doe_lit



Workshop: Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online

Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
Wednesday, September 29, 11:10am-12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Susan Powell and Erica Newcome

Want to make a web map, but not sure where to start? This short workshop will introduce key mapping terms and concepts and give an overview of popular platforms used to create web maps. We’ll explore one of these platforms (ArcGIS Online) in more detail. You’ll get some hands-on practice adding data, changing the basemap, and creating interactive map visualizations. At the end of the workshop you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to create your own simple web maps. Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Fall 2021:

  • Web Platforms for Digital Projects
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Tuesday, September 14th, 11:10am-2:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Tim Vollmer and Stacy Reardon

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Fall 2021:

  • Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
  • Web Platforms for Digital Projects
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Literary Research: How to Do Research in Literature (and Be Awesome)

How to Do Research in Literature (and Be Awesome)
Monday, September 20, 2021
1:10pm – 2:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link

We love books! But how do you research authors, novels, literary periods, and more? Attend this online workshop with Stacy Reardon, the Librarian for literature, to learn how to research in literary studies whether on campus or at home. We’ll focus especially on getting the most out of the Library’s new search tool, UC Library Search. You’ll leave the workshop knowing the fundamentals of literary research to help you craft informed class assignments or just indulge your inner lit nerd!

This workshop is designed especially for UC Berkeley undergraduate literature students of all levels.

Register here.


Picks for Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, a celebration of the strength and diversity of people with disabilities. Check out these picks of memoirs, fiction, and essays written by disabled writers .

Interested in memoirs? Don’t miss these:

Check out these novels featuring main characters with disabilities:

If you’re interested in essays and nonfiction works, try these: