Trial: Ebook collections from Librairie Droz

Until July 10th, the Library has access to three portals of ebooks published by Librairie Droz.

Textes Littéraires Français
Eugénie Droz founded the Textes Littéraires Français after the end of World War II, in 1945. This collection is dedicated to the critical edition of significant texts from the French literary heritage from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The texts are available in a small, handy format, and each edition is accompanied by an introduction, notes, a glossary, and an index when necessary. This rigorous critical apparatus welcomes the scholarship of the best specialists to shed light on the creation of these works, and, no matter their time period, to provide modern readers with the most meticulous explanations on their historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts. For seventy years, the collection has welcomed, in addition to some smaller works, more than 600 monuments of French literature.

Humanisme et Renaissance
Founded by Eugénie Droz in 1950, the collection Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance has brought together more than 550 titles in sixty-five years. It is the most important collection of sources and studies on Humanism (Politien, Ficin, Erasmus, Budé…), the French Reformation (Lefèvre d’Etaples, Calvin, Farel, Beza…), the Renaissance (literary and artistic, Hieronymus Bosch or Rabelais, Ronsard or Primaticcio), as well as the medicine, science, philosophy, book history, and all forms of knowledge and human activity from the long sixteenth century, roughly from 1450 to the death of Henry IV, the threshold of the classical age.

Calvin
This portal presents all the texts by or about John Calvin which have been published by the Librairie Droz from 1960 to 2012, with an initial focus on Geneva, Calvin, and the beginnings of the French evangelical movement with Lefèvre d’Etaples and Marguerite de Navarre.

There are tutorials available to help you take advantage of these resources:


Trial: Oxford Scholarly Editions Online through July 10th

logo Through July 10th the Library has trial access to Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) is a major publishing initiative from Oxford University Press, providing an interlinked collection of authoritative Oxford editions of major works in the humanities. Scholarly editions are the cornerstones of humanities scholarship, and the list from Oxford University Press is unparalleled in breadth and quality. By publishing these texts online, OSEO makes highly sought after editions more accessible, searchable, and interconnected than ever before. Academic advisors, alongside Editor-in-Chief Michael F. Suarez, S.J., ensure OSEO maintains the highest editorial standards.

User benefits
• Authoritative and reliable content with scholarly accreditation
• Excellent searching and linking facilities
• View editorial notes side-by-side with the text
• Personalization functionality allowing you to save searches and content
• Print, email, share, and citation exportation functionality
• Extensive update program expanding the current content

Your feedback is welcome.


Online Lecture: A Typophile’s Twenty-Year Adventures in Zimbabwe Saki Mafundikwa

Afrikan Alphabets

A Typophile’s Twenty-Year Adventures in Zimbabwe
by Saki Mafundikwa

Online Lecture at Letterform Archive

From an idea to founding Africa’s first graphic design and new media college, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa will spoke on his 20 year adventure on running Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts without funding. This online Letterform Lecture was recorded on Zoom on April 28, 2020 and is now available for viewing.

Please visit the Letterform Archive site to view.

About Saki Mafundikwa

Saki is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) a design and new media training college in Harare. He has an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA after working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design educator. His book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Afrika was published in 2004. Besides being of historical importance, it is also the first book on Afrikan typography. It is currently out of print. His award-winning first film, Shungu: The Resilience of a People had its world premiere at 2009’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Active on the international lecture circuit, he was a speaker at TED2013 in Long Beach, California. He has keynoted the first ever Pan African Design Institute (PADI) conference in Ghana in February, 2019. He has also run workshops for design students in Europe, North, South and Central America, and Afrika. He has been published widely on design and cultural issues and is currently working on a revised edition of Afrikan Alphabets which he hopes will be published in 2021. He lives and farms in Harare, Zimbabwe.

While the physical libraries are closed,

Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Afrika is available in digital format to UC faculty and students through the HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service. Read more.


Listening to Afrique

Without African aesthetics and ingenuity, the collective culture of the world would not be what it is today. This selection of ebooks from independent publisher Éditions L’Harmattan provides a glimpse of the richness of creative expression in Francophone Africa in particular. It has been compiled in memory of the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Adama Traoré and others of African ancestry everywhere who have endured centuries of systematic and institutionalized racism and violence.

Les vies noires comptent!

 

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New ebooks from Digitalia Hispánica

For the most current and relevant publications from Latin America and Spain, ebooks are not always the first format choice, however we continue to build up the Library’s digital holding as funding permits. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, collaboration among librarians has taken on a new dimension as we work together to provide access to digital and digitized library resources like never before. 

With joint support from the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences divisions this year, we selected 550 ebooks on a broad range of topics and disciplines in early January of this year. Part of an annual collaboration over the past three years, these digital monographs are brought to us from one of Spain’s most important vendors for ebooks—Digitalia Hispánica. Below we’ve highlighted a few of these newly acquired ebooks from publishers like Arte Público Press, CSIC, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Iberoamericana Vervuert, LOM, Páginas de Espuma, Renacimiento and more.

To browse the entire list of more than 2,600 Digitalia ebooks in Berkeley’s collection, search OskiCat by the handle “Digitalia e-books.”

Liladhar Pendse, Librarian for Caribbean and Latin America Studies Collections
Claude Potts, Librarian for Romance Language Collections

 

 


Readings for Ramadan (Ramzan/ رمضان‎‎)

©Spanish.ucam.ae/news/ramadan-kareem (Fair Academic Use Only)

UC Berkeley’s Library welcomes everyone to partake in learning that a typical US public university offers as its core mission of education. In light of the current COVID-19 shelter in place and in light of the beginning of the holy month for Islam: Ramadan or Ramazan, we wanted to highlight some of the e-books from our Latin American Studies and other collections that might be of interest when the shelter in place is eventually eased. Islam’s presence in Latin America remains well-documented. We have focused mostly on the ebooks that one can access using the calnet id. Some books are available in print, and one can read them when the library eventually reopens. We are only indicating a limited number of academic research level books below due to the limitations of a blog post. These books do not reflect any official views of the University Library or UC Berkeley.

Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA, edited by Narbona, Maria del Mar Logroño, et al., University of Texas Press, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/berkeley-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3443793.

DeLong-Bas, Natana J. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. : Oxford University Press, , 2013. Oxford Reference. Date Accessed 24 Apr. 2020 <https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref:oiso/9780199764464.001.0001/acref-9780199764464>.

Daftary, Farhad, and Wilferd Madelung. Encyclopaedia Islamica. Leiden: Brill, 2009. Internet resource.

Medina, Arely. Islam-latino: Identidades Étnico-Religiosas : Un Estudio De Caso Sobre Los Mexicanos Musulmanes En Estados Unidos. Tijuana, B.C. : El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2019. Print.

Al-Musili, Elias. An Arab’s Journey to Colonial Spanish America : The Travels of Elias Al-Mûsili in the Seventeenth Century, Syracuse University Press, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/berkeley-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4649059.

Khan, Aisha. Islam and the Americas. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.

 


HathiTrust to the Rescue

hathitrust-books

“Our shelves are closed, but as long as your screens are open,
you’ll have access to most of our resources.”

HathiTrust Digital Library

UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff are able to take advantage of HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service, which provides access to digital versions of millions of the physical volumes held by libraries across the 10-campus University of California system — plus UC’s two expansive off-site library storage facilities. For Berkeley faculty, students, and staff, this opens up a trove of materials,” said Associate University Librarian Salwa Ismail, who worked with HathiTrust to bring the service to fruition for Berkeley. Access the resources by going to the HathiTrust Digital Library. You can view the materials from anywhere with an internet connection — no VPN or special setup is required. This was first announced publicly via the Library’s news story “Need a book from the UC Berkeley Library while we are sheltering in place? Check here first.”  For more information, read HathiTrust’s guide and FAQ.

Five helpful tips:

  1. Make sure you log in as a “partner institution” with your CalNet ID
  2. Before searching the catalog, select “full view only” checkbox at the top to retrieve only those works that are eligible for reading
  3. Click “temporary access” to check out the digitized work for one hour at a time (renewable)
  4. Only one user may check out a book at a time (or one user per each copy of the book we hold)
  5. Use the “return early” button to make it available for another user

 

screenshot HathiTrust search

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.

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More French ebooks through OpenEdition

The Library has recently added 731 titles mostly in French but also Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English to its ebook holdings through OpenEdition — an interdisciplinary open access initiative in France. Now, more than 4,700 academic ebooks in the humanities and social sciences are discoverable through the portal or through the Library’s catalogs permitting researchers to benefit from a range of DRM-free formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones (ePub, PDF, etc.). OpenEdition’s Freemium program makes it possible for UC Berkeley to participate in an acquisitions policy that supports openness and sustainable development of scholarly resources such as these.

Visit OpenEdition to read even more open access ebooks.


Primary Sources: Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library

The Library has recently acquired Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library (1475-1900), a full-text searchable digital library of early printed books in Arabic script. It includes works on law, the sciences, religion, history, geography, travel, mathematics, and many other subjects. There are some European translations of Arabic works included, as well as Arabic translations of European works.

The resource is divided into three subject modules, though all can be searched simultaneously.

 

Module 1: Religion and Law
The Qu’ran, traditions (Hadith), tafsir, theology, commentaries on religious texts, religious teaching and practice, biographies of religious figures; law, fiqh and statutes, fatwas and rulings

Module 2: Sciences, History, and Geography
Natural history, medicine, physiology, other science, classical sciences, philosophy, logic, politics, ethics, mathematics, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, astrology, chemistry; history, early caliphs and conquests, modern history, genealogy, biographies; geography and travel, regional geography, and topography

Module 3: Periodicals, Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues and General Works
Periodicals, folktales, pre-Islamic literature (Antar, Bani Hilal, Imru’l qays), Islamic poetry and prose (al-Burdah), poetry and prose (maqamat), Kalilah wa-dimnah, Luqman, proverbs and sayings, Thousand and one nights, later literature, poetry and prose, general literature; language and lexicography, dictionaries, grammar, syntax, rhetoric, ‘ilm al-bayan, catalogues, manuscript catalogues, etc.

Searches can be done in Arabic (using a built-in keyboard tool), transliterated Arabic, or Latin script.


Resource: Loeb Classical Library Online

The Library has acquired the Loeb Classical Library Online, which provide full text of Greek and Latin classics, accompanied by English translations.

Key features include:

  • Single- and dual-language reading modes
  • Sophisticated Bookmarking and Annotation features
  • Tools for sharing Bookmarks and Annotations
  • Greek keyboard
  • User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity
  • Intuitive Search and Browse
  • Inclusion of every Loeb volume in print
  • Regular uploading of new and revised volumes
Please note: To access from off-campus, you must use the Library VPN (Virtual Private Network).