OpenEdition is an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences portal with four complementary platforms: OpenEdition Books (ebooks), Revues.org (scholarly journals), Calenda (academic announcements), and Hypotheses (research blogs). It is a non-profit public initiative that promotes open access (OA) publishing, with the support of French research institutions. Most of the content is in French but also in other European languages, including English.
The institutional subscription to OpenEdition Fremium allows the UC Berkeley community to participate in an acquisitions policy that both supports sustainable development of OA and that respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. As such, thousands of ebooks and journals are discoverable through the portal or through the Library’s catalogs and bibliographic search tools permitting researchers to benefit from a range of digital formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones (ePub, PDF, etc.)
OpenEdition is an initiative of the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), a unit that brings together the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Université d’Aix-Marseille, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.
The Library has recently subscribed to six new databases from Brepols – distinguished publisher of works in the humanities from Antiquity to the Early Modern period. Among the new databases is the Bibliographie de civilisation médiévale (BCM) which indexes monographs and miscellanies as well as book reviews. It complements and can be simultaneously searched with the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB).
The International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance (IBHR) a multi-disciplinary bibliography of the Renaissance and the early modern period (1500-1700) which includes monographs, critical editions, translations, anthologies, miscellanies and exhibition catalogues to specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias, handbooks, journal articles and reviews written in any language and presented in any format. It is a continuation of the Bibliographie internationale de l’Humanisme et de la Renaissance, coordinated and published by Librairie Droz since 1965.
Patrologia Orientalis is a collection of patristic texts from the Christian East, including works, recorded in non-Latin languages, that come from geographical, cultural, or religious contexts somehow linked to Rome or the Eastern Roman Empire. The Dictionary of Medieval Latin for British Sources (DMLBS) is the online version of the most comprehensive dictionary of Medieval Latin produced and the first ever to focus on British Medieval Latin. It is an addition to the Database of Latin Dictionaries (DLB) to which the Library already subscribes.
The Aristoteles Latinus Database (ALD) is the complete corpus of medieval translations of the works of Aristotle and the last addition is the Library of Latin Texts – Ser B. (LLT-B) supplements the LLT-A. The objective of LLT- B is to put a large number of Latin texts into electronic form, at a rapid pace, in order to meet the needs of students and researchers. LLT-A, LLT-B, and Patrologia Orientalis can all be simultaneously searched with the Cross Database SearchTool.
You can view all available Brepols databases from the BREPOLiS portal.
Nine UC campuses (all except UCSF) now have access to JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV Collection which brings together more than 140 journals devoted to the study of culture and communication, from civilization’s earliest traces to the growth and governance of peoples. A group of titles in science and technology also cover aspects of STEM education, and explore the legal implications, cultural impact, and historical development of science and technology. All titles are new to the JSTOR platform at the time of launch. Journals in the collection span 17 countries, 23 disciplines, and date back to 1839. They are drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Language & Literature, Communications Studies, Asian Studies, Political Science, and Education.
Those in Romance languages and/or dealing with European Studies:
- Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
- Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures
- Bibliothèque de l’École des chartes
- Bulletin de Sinologie
- Bulletin Mensuel (Antenne française de sinologie à Hong Kong)
- Estudos Feministas
- Mediterranean Language Review
- Perspectives Chinoises
- Présence Africaine
- Revue des études slaves
- Revue française de science politique
- Rivista degli studi orientali
The Library’s new discovery tool – Start your search – can bring together content of interest to those working in the Romance languages. Resources like MLA, Historical Abstracts, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Project Muse, JSTOR, FRANCIS, Cairn.info, Torrossa as well as open access journal collections such as Persée, RACO, SciELO, etc. are all included. However, it is not a substitute for powerful discipline-specific article databases but facilitates cross-database searching in ways that OskiCat and Melvyl cannot. Read more about the benefits and limitations of this new search tool here.
While acquiring and establishing access to ebooks from southern Europe remains a challenge for American research libraries, the Berkeley Library has made some inroads this year with more Spanish books from Digitalia (625 titles to date), more Italian ebooksfrom Torrossa (2112 titles to date), and most recently 252 titles from France’s largest publisher L’Harmattan. Hosted on their Harmathèque platform, these books are discoverable through OskiCat just like print books, and less seamlessly through most of the vendor’s web sites:
- For ebooks in Digitalia, do a title search in OskiCat for “Digitalia UCB access” or “Digitalia ebooks UCB access”
- For ebooks in Torrossa, use “EIO – Italian Studies Basic Collection” or “Olschki E-books and Journals”
- And for ebooks in L’Harmathèque, try “Harmathèque eBooks”
Originally published in French, this one-of-a-kind reference work is now available in English for the first time, with new contributions from Judith Butler, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Ben Kafka, Kevin McLaughlin, Kenneth Reinhard, Stella Sandford, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tylus, Anthony Vidler, Susan Wolfson, Robert J. C. Young, and many more. The UC Berkeley Library has two print copies, one digital version as well as the untranslatable original Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: dictionnaire des intraduisibles edited by Barbara Cassin in 2004. Listen to the editors of the English edition Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra, and Michael Wood converse about its importance on The Humanities Initiative at NYU.
New funding for the Library has made it possible to convert nearly 20 scholarly print journal subscriptions to digital and gain an additional 25 not previously held. Fabrizio Serra’s Italian Studies collection can be accessed through Casalini Libri’s Torrossa platform while cataloging in OskiCat and UC-eLinks is being completed. Digital archives go back as far as the early 2000s for most journals like Contemporanea, Italianistica, and La modernità letteraria.
The scholarly publications of Leo S. Olschki are among the most widely held Italian publications in UC Berkeley’s collections. Recently, the Library acquired a digital package which comprises 1286 e-books published by Olschki between 2000 and 2012, half of which were new to us. These books can be discovered through Casalini’s Torrossa full-text platform, or in OskiCat searching with the phrase “Olschki e-books.”
Olschki’s digital collection is cross-disciplinary but is especially strong in all periods of European history, political science, literature, linguistics, classics, musicology, architecture, environmental design, art history, religious studies, philosophy, and the history of science. It also includes the backfiles to six journals:
- Archivio storico italiano (1842-2012)
- Belfagor (1946-2012)
- Inventari dei manoscritti delle biblioteche d’italia (1890-2013)
- Lares: (1930-2012)
- Lettere italiane (1949-2012)
- Il pensiero politico: (1968-2011)
Along with Editoria Italiana Online (EIO), it is one of the most significant Italian digital resources available through the Library. A special thanks to the Art History/Classics Library, the Bancroft, Environmental Design Library, Graduate Services, the Hargrove Music Library, the Italian Studies Department, Near Eastern Studies Collection, the Robbins Collection, and the AUL for Collections for their contributions towards this major purchase.
Through next fall, the Library will have access to an extended trial to one of the most innovative research publishing models coming from Europe. Through a combination of open access (OA) and fee-based subscriptions, OpenEdition Freemium offers an infrastructure for electronic publishing dedicated to academic communication across the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition is the umbrella portal for OpenEdition Books, Revues.org, Hypotheses and Calenda–four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. While most of the content is in French and freely available through OpenEdition, an institutional subscription would allow Berkeley to participate in an acquisitions policy that both supports sustainable development of OA and that respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. Other advantages of an institutional subscription is that it would seamlessly integrate all OpenEdition ebooks and journals into our catalogs and bibliographic search tools while also benefitting from a full range of digital formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones. With the current database trial, UCB affiliates can access html, ePub, and PDF formats for 120 freemium journals and 140+ open access journals in Revues.org in html. For OpenEdition Books, 64 ebooks and 57 OA ebooks also currently available in the same three formats.
OpenEdition is run by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), a unit that brings together the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Université d’Aix-Marseille, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.
For those of you new to Berkeley, this blog post serves as a reminder that new acquisitions lists are available through OskiCat. Just click on the “Recent Acquisiitons” link from the search screen and you will find regularly updated lists for French, Iberian Studies, Italian and more. New books for the Gardner “Main” Stacks also get sent directly to the new book display in Moffitt Library for 2-4 weeks before they’re shelved in Main. See last spring’s post on the revitalization of Moffitt Library.