In memoriam: Chilean novelist Luis Sepúlveda passed away due to COVID-19!

A well-known prolific Chilean novelist, Luis Sepúlveda passed away yesterday in Spain due to the complications resulting from COVID-19 infection as reported by the Spanish newspaper El País yesterday. The library has several of his key titles. From early on Sepúlveda became involved in political activism, forming part of the Chilean communist and socialist youth (juventudes comunistas y socialistas chilenas). He was one of many left-wing authors, activists, and intellectuals who supported the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970-1973). After Augusto Pinochet’s military coup, he was arrested and jailed for two and a half years. After his release, mediated by Amnesty International, he left Chile for exile. He is considered one of the most read Latin American authors in Europe.

I leave you with some of his well known works. The images are under the fair academic use guidelines and upon clicking you will be transported to the bibliographic record of his work in UC Berkeley Library’s Catalog. RIP Luis Sepúlveda!

And if you do care, here is his interview below.

Trial of Slavi︠a︡ne Digital Archive through May 31, 2020!

The Library has set up a trial of an Anti-fascist Soviet propaganda journal from the WWII era Russian journal, Slavi︠a︡ne that will go through May 31, 2020. The text of the journal’s program that was sent to Stalin in 1942 can be found here.

Please access the journal archive here:

Please note that the library has a complete run of Slavi︠a︡ne from 1942-1958 and one can request an electronic copy of a specific article from the NRLF (

A brief description of the resource from Eastview is below: “Founded in 1942 at the height of the Great Patriotic War by the All-Slavic Committee, a Soviet anti-fascist organization, Slaviane (Slavs) was a monthly magazine that saw its mission as one of “rallying Slavic peoples together in alliance with all freedom-loving peoples to fight against Nazi Germany and its vassals.” The editors sought to achieve their main goal by exposing the “predatory and rapacious policies of Hitlerites, their hate-filled program aimed at the elimination of Slavic peoples and their centuries-old culture,” as the magazine’s mission statement put it.”


Mittel und Süd Amerika : Conny Pünnebergs abenteuerliche Reise (Central and South America: Conny Pünneberg’s adventurous journey).

Recently, my colleague Dr. Jeremy Ott brought to my office a copy of a very interesting post-war German book with a rather interesting title- Mittel und Süd Amerika: Conny Pünnebergs abenteuerliche Reise.

I was rather intrigued not so much by the title of the book that can be translated as Conny Pünneberg’s adventurous journey in Central and South America, but by the sheer number of stereotypical plates that gave this book an interesting character. I was able to scan some of these pages for the readers to have an idea of a 1952 German ingenuity by which several different facets of life in Central and South America are depicted. I found out that this specific book is not held in any US libraries at the time of writing this post. I am including some of the photos below that one can enjoy. The book was published in Hamburg in 1952 and it depicts the travels of Conny Pünneberg.

In memoriam: Puerto Rico’s author Iris Zavala passes away due to COVID-19!

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll irrespective of nationalities, borders and today I dedicate this post to a luminary Puerto Rican intellectual and author Iris Zavala,  who passed away on 11th April 2020 in Madrid, Spain due to the complications from Coronavirus infection.  At UC Berkeley, we are responsible for maintaining the consortial collection of Puerto Rican authors. Her obituary can be read here and here.

In our collection, there are over fifty books that Iris Zavala had authored that highlight the unending beauty of Spanish and Caribbean Literature.  Some of her works such as “Percanta que me amuraste“, “Nocturna mas no funesta” and others including, “Leer el Quijote…” are well known throughout the literary universe. RIP Iris M. Zavala, I leave the readers with a video of her interview about her book – “El bolero: historia de un amor (1991).”

CRL update regarding access to Gale Resources in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

CRL has enabled a premium on access to deep research collections to support research and teaching at our member institutions. Please use your VPN or Proxy before accessing these. Please note that we already have institutional access to many of these resources.

As the current COVID‐19 environment continues to limit access to physical collections, CRL has reached out to providers to broker expanded electronic access to research collections. We are pleased to announce we negotiated on behalf of our member libraries an extraordinary level of access to Gale Primary Sources, to which students, faculty, and staff at CRL voting members in North America will enjoy unlimited access through June 30, 2020.

Information and access links to these Gale resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: One may also search across all collections through the Gale Primary Sources universal search platform.

o   Public Health Archives

o   Archives Unbound – 300+ collections – interdisciplinary topics including Area Studies, History, Politics, Religion, English Literature, and Local/Regional History

o   The ESSENTIALS – 86M+ pages of primary source content spanning 500+ years

o   Historic UK and American News & Periodicals –


  • All titles above, integrated into Gale’s platform for digital humanities computing.

Information and access links to these Gale resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: One may also search across all collections through the Gale Primary Sources universal search platform.


CRL worked with Gale to enable access to these collections through a special account with your institutional IPs. Note: these resources are not cross-linked with other Gale products to which your institution already has access. If there are questions about access or if you would prefer to work with Gale to expose these collections through existing institutional accounts, contact your Gale customer representative.


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Documents of Latin American Art, Art History, Print History and Humanities

The International Center for the Arts of the Americas digital archive provides remote access to over eight thousand individual documents that can be used for research purposes by the scholars in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and after its successful resolution. The center’s digital archive is sponsored by the funds from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation. These documents offer a unique insight not only in the realms of the creativity of the Latin American Artists but also in the social histories of the continent. Besides their historical nature, these documents can be used for Humanities related research freely.

The search interface is easy to use, and as the picture shows below, one can carry out also the topic based searches.

The images are used for educational purposes only.

Additional Temporarily Accessible E-Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Public Books Database has collated a list of temporarily accessible e-resources of academic and university press houses that can be of potential use to our researchers. There are over thirty-five academic presses are currently providing temporary access to their books through the end of June 2020. The list was compiled and reported by Salvador I. Ayala and Jess Engbretson in the article dated April 3, 2020. To note this is not a static list but according to the authors, it will be updated as we proceed through the crisis mitigation efforts.  I am providing the list that is sourced from the article itself. Each academic press’s website have information about how to access these temporarily free resources.

University of Arizona PressBristol University PressUniversity of Calgary Press University of California PressUniversity Press of Colorado Cornell University PressDuke University PressFordham University PressUniversity of Georgia PressUniversity of Hawai‘i PressIndiana University PressJohns Hopkins University PressLever PressUniversity of Maryland PressManchester University PressMedieval Institute PublicationsUniversity of Michigan PressUniversity of Missouri PressMIT PressMonash University PublishingUniversity of Nebraska PressUniversity of North Carolina PressUniversity of North Texas PressNorthwestern University PressOhio State University PressPenn State University PressPrinceton University PressPurdue University PressRutgers University PressUniversity of South Carolina PressTemple University PressTexas Tech University PressUtah State University PressVanderbilt University PressUniversity of Virginia PressWayne State University PressUniversity of the West Indies Press

Source: Email from Margaret Philipps

The screenshot was taken for educational purposes only.

EBSCO Free Archives for CRL Members

An announcement from the Center for Research Libraries

Given the increased value of electronic access during the COVID-19 pandemic, CRL has approached a few vendors with the goal of opening access to key primary source collections for CRL members for the remainder of the academic year.  CRL reached out to EBSCO Information Services regarding several of its collections. After speaking with partners, EBSCO was able to gain rights to offer CRL members access to the following collections from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

EBSCO Information Services is offering CRL members complimentary access to this database through June 30. Patrons can access these resources through their institution’s EBSCO host platform using an on-campus IP address, proxy or VPN.

Article Indexes:


Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index, from the renowned Frick Art Reference Library, the Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index is an archive of indexed art history journals. Covering Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts, it indexes prominent international art history periodicals from the mid-1850s through the 1960s.


H.W. Wilson Retrospective Indexes:

  • Applied Science & Technology Source Index Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984
  • Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982
  • Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983
  • Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981
  • Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983
  • Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982
  • Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983


Magazine Archives


  • Atlantic Magazine Archive: 1857-2014
  • BusinessWeek Magazine Archive: 1929-2000
  • Ebony Magazine Archive: 1945-2014
  • Forbes Magazine Archive: 1917-2000
  • Fortune Magazine Archive: 1930-2000
  • LIFE Magazine Archive: 1936-2000
  • The Nation Magazine Archive: 1865-2020
  • The New Republic Magazine Archive: 1914-2020
  • People Magazine Archive: 1974-2000


Research Databases:


African American Historical Serials Collection, an archive of periodicals documenting African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. It includes newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies.


Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1 and Series 2, an archive of publications focused on U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture from colonial times until 1960. Available in two series, Series 1 focuses on the creative life of U.S. Latinos and Hispanics. Series 2 focuses on Hispanic American civil rights, religion and women’s rights from the 18th through the 20th century. Content is written, indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.


Atla Historical Monographs Collection (11 Series) provides history and religious studies researchers with over 10 million pages and 29,000 documents focused on religious thought and practice. Eleven thematic series provide researchers with specialized content spanning from the 13th century through 1922.  The eleven series include:

  • Biblical Research Perspectives, 1516-1922
  • Catholic Engagements with the Modern World, 1487-1918
  • Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1559-1919
  • Global Religious Traditions, 1760-1922
  • Global Theological Perspectives, 1322-1922
  • Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918
  • Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918
  • Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922
  • Perspectives on Ancient Civilizations, 1200-1922
  • Religion and Social Change, 1723-1921
  • Religious Leaders and Thinkers, 1516-1922


More information about these EBSCO resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: .


We have worked with EBSCO to enable access to these collections through your institutional IPs. Many members have already seen the availability of these resources in their EBSCOhost accounts, though if your institution does not allow EBSCO to add access to resources automatically, you may need to remove that restriction. If there are questions on setup, contact EBSCO support (, 1-800-758-5995) or your EBSCO representative. You may opt-out if you prefer not to receive access to any of these resources.

This arrangement is specifically for CRL members. We encourage you to add these resources to your COVID-19 response pages and to alert your users to their availability during this period. There are additional resources that EBSCO has made available to the library community at large, which you can find at:  Please join us in thanking EBSCO for their willing engagement in this effort.


James Simon

Vice President, Collections & Services

Center for Research Libraries

6050 South Kenwood Avenue

Chicago, IL  60637-2804

Tel  773-955-4545 x324



Emergency HathiTrust service is now live

Emergency HathiTrust service is now live

Starting today, current UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students will be able to take advantage of HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service, helping the Library continue to serve its mission even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service provides view-only access to digital versions of millions of the physical volumes held by libraries across the 10-campus UC system — plus NRLF and SRLF. With careful consideration of fair use guidelines, these materials are available only to the current campus community (with CalNet IDs). We will announce this publicly via multiple channels, including the Library’s news story: Need a book from the UC Berkeley Library while we are sheltering in place? Check here first. And we encourage you to share this news generously with patrons. “For Berkeley faculty, students, and staff, this opens up a trove of materials,” said Salwa Ismail, who worked with HathiTrust to bring the service to fruition for Berkeley. “Our shelves are closed, but as long as your screens are open, you’ll have access to most of our resources.” For more information, read HathiTrust’s guide and FAQ on the Emergency Temporary Access Service. (Source: Email from the University Librarian  Professor/ Dr. Jeff Mackie-Mason, dated April 2, 2020)

As an example, please see- USSR in construction. 1930:no.2-8.

View full catalog record Rights: Protected by copyright law.

New Online Exhibition by Yad Vashem: Rescue by Jews “One for All”

Shoah or more widely known as the Holocaust in the Western world was an event that one must never forget. It also caused a mass exodus of people of the Jewish faith to their historic homeland and also to Latin America and to the different parts of the world. The new online exhibition as posted by Yad Vashem allows us to explore the narratives from our venues of COVID-19 pandemic mandated social separation.

The exhibition has historical and area studies aspects and that is why it is being posted for our colleagues to inform themselves about the following, “The testimonies of Holocaust survivors are filled with recollections of Jewish acts of kindness and solidarity. ” (source:

In the world, we experience these acts of kindness everywhere from people of all nationalities. These happen all around us all the time and I wanted to appreciate my colleagues and administrators who have been incredibly supportive in these difficult times of Pandemic. Thank you, and enjoy the exhibition!