Archive for August, 2007

Online copyright workshops

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

The Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland-University College is offering an online workshop series called, “Intellectual Property in Academia.”  Here is an excerpt from information distributed by CIP.  Check the website for complete details:

Center for Intellectual Property
2007-2008 Intellectual Property in Academia
Online Workshop Series

Join the CIP for four (4) engaging online workshops this fall & spring! This year’s moderators include Siva Vaidhyanathan, Arnold Lutzker, Georgia Harper, Gary Pavela and Kim Bonner — all scholars in their respective areas of study and practice. In addition there will be guest chat sessions with other noted scholars. This asynchronous online workshop series has proven to be of interest to faculty, librarians, distance educators, instructional designers, curriculum specialists, and information professionals. Sign up for just one workshop or the whole series (see below).

Copyright and Academic Culture: New Issues and Developments
Dates: October 1-12, 2007

DMCA, P2P Filesharing and Campus Responses
Dates: November 5-16, 2007

Integrating Access to Digital Course Materials: Blackboard/WebCT, Coursepacks, e-Reserves, Licensed Materials, e-Books, Open Access…What Will They Think of Next?
Dates: January 28 – February 8, 2008

Building a Community that Values Academic Integrity
Dates: February 25 – March 7, 2008

Scholarly societies and publishing

Monday, August 27th, 2007

An interesting article came out in Inside Higher Ed this week about the American Anthropological Association’s decision to move its journals from UC Press to Wiley-Blackwell, a commercial publisher. Literature scholars should sit up and take note, if they haven’t already. Even though there may be disciplinary differences between anthropology and English or comparative literature, the events discussed in the article reflect trends in scholarly publication that affect all fields and disciplines in the academy. According to the article, the association’s decision to move its journals has sparked criticism from various circles:

Some object to the move from a university press to a commercial entity and fear a lessening of commitment to important scholarship that may not make money. Others see this as a sign that the anthropology association–which has won praise for the online offerings of its journals–is taking a hard line against the open access movement embraced by many of its members (and the library world). Still others see the move as a sign that scholarly societies are facing tough decisions about their missions–without good mechanisms for involving the academic rank and file in making decisions.

For literature scholars, the considerations are similar: How can we ensure that everyone can have access to the articles we write? How can we make our journals financially viable in the face of limited budgets? How can we ensure that scholars–the graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who author these articles–have the greatest possible control over the fruits of their labors? Who has the last word in the discipline: the scholarly association or the scholars it purports to represent?

At a premier research institution like UCLA, there is an expectation that the campus community will have access to everything. The Research Library certainly attempts to live up to this expectation, but doing so is becoming increasingly difficult as commercial publishers continue to raise the price tags of licensed electronic resources. And for scholars at smaller institutions, the situation may be much worse. The open access movement is attempting to remedy this situation, seeing business models that support free access to scholarship without sacrificing financial viability.

One of the most important points raised in the article is that most scholars, including those serving as editors, “are concerned but in the dark.” This article will shed some light. If you interested in hearing more, look for scholarly communication information on the Library website.  Here are some places to start:

Scholarly Communication Update: UC Report on Value-Based Journal Prices

Managing Intellectual Property: What Faculty Need to Know to Publish and Teach in the Digital Age

Also, keep an eye out for future scholarly communication workshops offered by the UCLA Library in the upcoming academic year. I will be sure to announce them here.

No more copy cards

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

You no longer need to purchase a separate copy card for printing, copying, and scanning in UCLA Libraries.  Instead, you may now put money on your BruinCard and use it in all library self-service copiers, printers, and scanners. There are now BruinCard machines at the following campus libraries:

Arts Library
Biomedical Library
College Library
Law Library
Management Library
Music Library
Research Library
Science and Engineering Library (Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)
Southern Regional Library Facility

Happily, you can easily transfer balances from old copy cards to your BruinCard. Inquire at the Cashier’s Window in the Research Library. On the down side, there has been a slight rate increase.

For more information, read “BruinCard Use for Copying Printing Scanning – August 2007,” but keep in mind that this information may change in the course of this transition period. I will try to update the link as revised information becomes available but don’t guarantee its accuracy months down the road. If you are reading this post a while after the fact, check the UCLA Library website for the most current information.

Archives fever

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Last year I attended the 1st Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at the Huntington Library. Although, at first glance, it may seem that an archives bazaar is not directly relevant to literature scholars, I strongly encourage you to consider attending this free event. You’ll find rare books, manuscripts,maps, film and television materials, music, images and more. Especially for scholars who are new to UCLA, it is a great opportunity to find out which institutions and repositories in the greater Los Angeles area hold materials relevant to your own research and teaching.  Here is more information:


Students, teachers, historians, and local history enthusiasts will find a treasure trove of L.A. history at the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.  Presented by L.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries, the Bazaar offers numerous resources for exploring the rich histories of L.A.’s diverse neighborhoods and communities and virtually any subject related to the Los Angeles region. Held at the Huntington Library, the Bazaar will feature exhibits by 41 local historical collections, museums, and archives. Attendees can browse collections, schedule research visits, and consult with experts.  Throughout the day, educational programming will cover a range of topics from how to preserve your historical collection, family genealogy, to digital archives. FREE light lunch, refreshments, attendance, and parking.

For more information visit

Location: Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2007
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission:  FREE

Gearing up for fall quarter

Friday, August 10th, 2007

It’s still the middle of summer and campus is quiet, but I suspect that some faculty members and graduate instructors in the English and Comparative Literature departments are starting to think about their courses for Fall 2007. Let me put in an early pitch to include library sessions in your syllabi. I am happy to speak to your classes about the research process, library resources, and/or intellectual property issues related to scholarly research and teaching.

And if you can’t bring yourself to start thinking about fall quarter yet, don’t worry–I’ll post more reminders as we approach the end of September.


Friday, August 3rd, 2007

I have now officially assumed the mantle of Librarian for English and American Literature and Comparative Literature.  Prior to this, I was a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow in Scholarly Information Resources.  If you aren’t familiar with CLIR (sounds like “clear”), visit their website here

The reason I mention CLIR in a blog aimed at the English and Comparative Literature departments is that this postdoctoral fellowship is perfect for humanities graduate students who are nearing completion and open to opportunities outside academic departments. Specifically, the fellowship aims to bring recent Ph.D. holders in the humanities into academic libraries, introducing them to the work of academic librarianship including collection development, digital resources, scholarly communication and intellectual property issues, and current concerns in the profession. Some CLIR fellows have chosen to return to the tenure track as library-savvy “fellow travelers”; others, like myself, find jobs in academic libraries; still others choose to move on to a Masters in Library and Information Science. Thus, the fellowship is well-suited to both those who wish to explore career options outside academic departments and those who are committed to the idea of getting a tenure track job, but who are interested in pursuing digital projects in the humanities or developing other research resources in their field. For more information on this fellowship, click here, or just ask me and I’ll tell you what I know.