Friday, December 19, 2014

Not history related: Photos & comments about our libraries

Every year we ask about 100 students in Letters & Science 1 to go to a campus library they have never been to before and take and post a photograph of "something interesting."

Take a look - maybe you will find a new study space. (And remember that you can learn more about our study spaces on the Library's website.)

Taylor, Caitlin.

East Asian Library

One of my good friends introduced me to this library by saying it was one of her favorite places to study, With the amazing view, large windows, and personal cubicles, I now know why she feels that way. I’ll definitely be coming back here to study.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Trial: Japan Times Archive and the Japan Chronicle Weekly

We have trial access to the Japan Times Archive and the Japan Chronicle weekly through December 31, 2014.

These are both English resources on Japan.

 Japan Times Coverage from Mar. 22, 1897 to 2013.
 Japan Chronicle Coverage from 1919 to 1941.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Event: Antarctic Adventures: the 100th anniversary of Shackleton's legendary voyage

Friday, December 5th, 11 am - 12 pm
Earth Sciences and Map Library Seminar Room

See a screening of the 1919 documentary film of Shackleton's Endurance Expedition and highlights of Antarctica maps from the collection.

Open to all--

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Exhibit: Library Prize Winner Yessica Porras's Church of St. John the Baptist at Sutatausa: Indoctrination and Resistance

The Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research display case on the second floor of the Doe Library now features an exhibit on 2014 prize winner Yessica Porras's Church of St. John the Baptist at Sutatausa: Indoctrination and Resistance.

The exhibit was curated by Jeffery Loo and designed by Aisha Hamilton.

Church of St. John the Baptist at Sutatausa: Indoctrination and Resistance is an analysis of a mural program discovered in 1994 under layers of plaster in the church of St. John the Baptist in the town of Sutatausa, Colombia. The images juxtapose indoctrinating images with indigenous imagery.  The paper argues that besides having a religious message, the murals found in the church have direct visual connections with pre-conquest Muisca petroglyphs located near Sutatausa.  Among the indigenous depictions we encounter a prominent indigenous female figure known as the Cacica; she has a textile design similar to the designs found in petroglyphs in the area.

Through this research we can determine that the image of the Cacica served the indigenous leaders as an alternative body that was able to openly display Muisca elements without retribution. The indigenous imagery served as a way to adapt and resist to the Spanish colonial power. It also allowed us to establish the presence of the Muisca population and the existence of the church in the 1600’s. The recovery of the murals brought out evidence of the parallel lives of colonials and indigenous in the area of Sutatausa.

The full paper is available on eScholarship:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trial: Human Rights Studies Online

The Library has a trial of Human Rights Studies Online through December 17, 2014.

"Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing in one place comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide. The collection is growing to include 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that give voice to the countless victims of human rights crimes in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

"The collection takes a case study approach, providing primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects. Resources for each topic guide users through the full scope of the event, from the historical context that made such violations possible through the international response, prosecution of perpetrators, and steps toward rebuilding."

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Resource: Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) project

In spring 2013 an ambitious endeavor was launched: The Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) project, the purpose of which is to make widely available information about the history of Elizabethan theaters in London. Scholars Gabriel Egan and Andrew Gurr desired to broaden the public's awareness of theaters beyond the Globe Theatre. They developed a tourism project of walking tours, with background information about the theaters available in short lectures, in a guidebook, and on a website. An app is also available at the iTunes store.

The project was produced under a Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to share, remix or reuse the content available at the site.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Reminder: ProQuest demos, including text data mining overview

Tomorrow afternoon (11/13) a team from ProQuest will be on campus to tell us more about some of the products we are considering licensing and to answer questions.  A series of short sessions will be offered following the schedule below (note a few repeat sessions). They will also hold a drawing for two $50 Amazon Gift cards that they will give out at the end of the day.   

These sessions are open to all -- librarians, faculty, graduate students, etc.  Anyone with an interest in learning more is welcome.
All sessions will be held in 305 Wurster Hall.  It's a food-friendly room, and ProQuest is planning to bring in snacks, so come hungry and come curious!