TEI Workshop at UCLA 2011

April 29th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Text and the Digital Humanities

On Thursday and Friday last week, we spent some time debating substance and form and learning about ways to represent textual materials digitally. A group of roughly twenty faculty members, librarians, and graduate students gathered in a computer lab on UCLA’s north end of campus to learn about the Text Encoding Initiative from experts Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman, both of the Women Writers Project at Brown University. Here’s a little information about the Text Encoding Initiative and an overview of a few of our collections that use it. » Read the rest of this entry «

Poetry in the UCLA Digital Library

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Allen Ginsberg, meditating.  From the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive.

April is National Poetry Month and we’ve got plenty of ways for you to get your poetry fix. This year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Kay Ryan, is a UCLA Alumna as well as the current poet laureate of the United States. The UCLA Digital Library contains a poem by Tennessee Williams and material from the Kenneth Rexroth papers as well as pictures of poets from both Northern and Southern California.  Our collection also contains some examples of medieval poetry.  Enjoy!

Written by Jennifer Weintraub

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

From the Children's Arabian nights

Book lovers unite!  While we normally use this space to highlight digital collections, we are encouraging you to un-plug this weekend and join in the fun.

The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday on the campus of the University of Southern California.  The two-day festival features author readings, book signings, children’s activities and exhibition booths with hundreds of booksellers, publishers and literary organizations.

Lynn DeLacy

“No Greater Service”: Peace Corps Turns 50

April 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


PEACE CORPS ‘BASIC TRAINING’-Recruits for the Peace Corps are nearing the end of a five-week course to qualify them for working in conditions in Colombia and Venezuela. Checking out a brick making machine in the left picture are, from left, Dr. Robert H. Ewald, student Gary Cartright, Dr. Robert Callahan and student Francis Fox. (from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections.  Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.)

This year the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world.  Learn more about UCLA’s involvement in the Corps at Powell Library’s exhibit  commemorating the event.  Featuring maps, photographs, archival documents, audiovisual elements, and personal recollections and mementos from UCLA faculty, staff, alumni, and trainees, the exhibit follows volunteers as they travel the world to make a difference.

Lynn DeLacy

Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

April 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

April 16th is the birthday of a great UCLA Bruin and Angeleno, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  His Wikipedia entry gives more detail about his fascinating life and career.  Though of course he is best known for his exploits on the basketball court, Abdul-Jabbar is a writer, filmmaker, actor and coach, and some UCLA librarians have even seen him doing research in special collections repositories around the country!  This great photo, from our collections, shows Abdul-Jabbar with Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche, another great Bruin.  We’d also like to point out that Kareem is on a READ poster and it’s National Library Week this week!  Check out the book he’s promoting!  Bruins + libraries make us very happy!

Jennifer Weintraub