Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Monday, April 22, 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. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

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



Lit Crit is Coming: What to Read to Prepare for Game of Thrones Season 8

criticism is coming in game of thrones font

by Taylor Follett

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Sunday, April 14 marks the much-awaited premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones. As you don the sigil of your preferred house, place bets on who will win the throne, and over-analyze everything, we suggest embracing an additional type of critical thinking with which to wow your friends at the inevitable watch parties. Consider preparing for the final season by checking out some of the academic criticism and literary analysis around the book series that started it all, A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as criticism that takes the HBO interpretation as its primary text.

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Digital Humanities Fair at Berkeley

DH Fair April 15-18

April 15, 2019 marks the beginning of the annual Digital Humanities Fair, a week-long series of events that offers the UC Berkeley community the opportunity to share projects at various stages of development, receive invaluable feedback from peers, and reflect on the field more broadly. This year’s DH Fair features a keynote speech from Zeynep Tufekci and a poster session with presentation opportunities for UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty.

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Bay Area Book Fest 2019 Reading List

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by Taylor Follett

It’s almost that time of year again: The Fifth Annual Bay Area Book Festival is taking place in Downtown Berkeley on May 4 and 5, 2019. This year’s festival boasts a number of authors and exhibits, including the return of Robert Reich as a keynote speaker, a new interview series called Writer-to-Writer, where authors interview each other, and more wonderful talks than hours in a day. With so much to do, it can be difficult to figure out which authors to see, so before grabbing your book bag and heading to the festival, grab your library card and read some of the works by the speakers!

The novelists coming to the festival have written enough to keep readers occupied through five more years worth of book fests, but try getting started with these:

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Workshop: Text Data Mining and Publishing

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Text Data Mining and Publishing
Monday, April 8, 11:10am-12:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

If you are working on a computational text analysis project and have wondered how to legally acquire, use, and publish text and data, this workshop is for you! We will teach you 5 legal literacies (copyright, contracts, privacy, ethics, and special use cases) that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about compiling, using, and sharing your corpus. By the end of this workshop, and with a useful checklist in hand, you will be able to confidently design lawful text analysis projects or be well positioned to help others design such projects. Consider taking alongside Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

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



New Books in the Literature Collection

Ah, the mid-semester blues. As the term drags on, it’s nice to have something new in your life to shake things up—like the new books in the library’s collection! 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.



A word after a word after a word: Books to Read for International Women’s Day

Reading for international women's day

by Taylor Follett

“A word after a word after a word is power,” wrote Margaret Atwood in her poem, “Spelling.” On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the particular power wielded by women writers through their incredible works of literature, especially those published in 2018/2019. Make use of the library’s vast literature collection to honor contemporary women who write word after word after word to create worlds, critique society, and inspire their readers.

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New Books by Black Authors for Black History Month

Black History Monthby Taylor Follett

February 2019 marks the celebration of Black History Month in the United States, and the perfect opportunity to read recently published works by Black authors! 2018 (and the beginning of 2019) saw some wonderful novels, poetry collections, memoirs and more. Check out some of the major works published in the past year from the library below.

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Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
Thursday, March 7, 1:10-2:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

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 at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • Text Data Mining and Publishing
    • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

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



Art + Feminism + Race + Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Library Wikimedia Poster

Join us at the Art+Feminism+Race+Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12-5 p.m.
Moffitt Library, Room 405
bit.ly/wiki-berkeley

Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us in 405 Moffitt Library on Tuesday, March 5 between 12noon-5:00pm for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. Drop in any time; trainings take place every hour on the hour.

Art+Feminism is a national campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and at UC Berkeley we will team up with the American Cultures program’s Race+Justice edit-a-thon. So, bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation! For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. People of all races and gender identities are invited to participate.

  • People of all gender identities and expressions welcome.
  • Bring a laptop or mobile device if you can.
  • Drop in for half an hour or stay for the whole afternoon — it’s up to you!
  • No editing experience necessary; we’ll provide training and assistance.
    • Optional: Training sessions every hour on the hour.
    • Get a headstart! Create an editing account ahead of time.
  • Refreshments will be provided.

Interested? Learn more here and RSVP (encouraged, but not required). Don’t forget: your Cal ID card is required to enter Moffitt!

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact us at editathon@lists.berkeley.edu.

Let’s get editing!