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!

Event: Bancroft Round Table: Exposing the Hidden Collections of The Bancroft Library: A Report on the "Quick Kills" Project

Please join us for the November Bancroft Library Round Table!

It will take place, as usual, in the Lewis Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20. Lara Michels, archivist at the Bancroft Library, will present Exposing the Hidden Collections of The Bancroft Library: A Report on the "Quick Kills" Project.

Come hear Bancroft archivist Lara Michels report on almost three years of work on the "Quick Kills" manuscripts processing project at the Bancroft Library. Funded by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the "Quick Kills" project has as its aim to increase access to the wonderful, but sometimes hidden, manuscript collections of the Library. Lara will share highlights, insights, and reflections on the process of opening up nearly 150 legacy manuscript collections to a new generation of researchers.

Hope to see you there.

Lara Michels and Baiba Strads Bancroft Library Staff

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Primary Source: Europeana - now both a portal and a data center

Since its inception in 2008, Europeana has continued to grow, now providing access to more than 30 million items.
  • Europeana portal is the search engine for the digitized collections of museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Europe.
  • Virtual Exhibitions feature highlights from the collection.
  • Europeana 1914-1918 project brings together community-contributed content from the time of World War One.
  • Europeana 1989 project is collecting stories and memorabilia from the fall of the Iron Curtain, as well as recreating the Baltic Way online.
In addition to serving as a centralized access point to contents from different heritage institutions, Europeana is supporting research with Europeana Labs, which provides access to their metadata records, Europeana APIs, and examples of applications that have been created using these resources.

Exhibit: Exhibits celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement

Moffitt Library Lobby
September 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Highlights the rich variety of library materials available to researchers of the Free Speech Movement, including magazine interviews, legal documents, yearbooks, student publications, oral histories, leaflets, DVD clips, music, and many more.

Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary
Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
September 22, 2014 – May 29, 2015

The exhibition revisits this pivotal student activist movement through photographs, letters, publications, handbills, and other materials housed in the University Archives and Bancroft manuscript collections.

Design Radicals: Creativity and Protest at Wurster Hall
Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall
October 16 – December 19, 2014

The shock waves of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement of 1964 reverberated within Wurster Hall, transforming the College of Environmental Design into a Laboratory for experiments in countercultural art and politics. Design Radicals surveys student and faculty ventures in the graphic art of anti-war protest, hands-on research into commune building and the creation of ecologically sustainable structures, and efforts to recast architecture, landscape architecture and community planning as participatory enterprises. In telling the story of Wurster Hall’s Design Radicals, the rich holdings of the Environmental Design Archives and the privately held Docs Populi poster collection will provide inspiration for a new generation of design activists. The College of Environmental Design Library will display posters, images, and artifacts of Berkeley’s expanded field of countercultural design practice and pedagogy.