Archive for November, 2007

The Formby Research Fellowships 2008

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Another funding opportunity!  The deadline for this research fellowship is January 11, 2008.

The Formby Research Fellowships 2008
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Texas Tech University 

Application deadline:  January 11, 2008 

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) invites applications for the Formby Research Fellowships which support short-term fellowships of 1-3 months.  The fellowships, which carry a stipend of $2,000 per month and must be taken between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009, are open to researchers residing outside the Lubbock area. Fellows are expected to be in residence and conduct research in the collections during the majority of the award period.  Funding for the fellowships comes from the Sharleen and Marshall Formby Endowment. 

*  SWC/SCL research topics include: the American West, ranching, agriculture, transportation, politics, wind research, Texas music, military affairs, the financial planning movement, water resources, oil production, and the environment.

*  The James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World includes the papers of contemporary writers on the literature of place: Rick Bass, Max Crawford, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, Walter McDonald, Bill McKibben, Susan Brind Morrow, Doug Peacock, David Quammen, Pattiann Rogers, Sandra Scofield, and Annick Smith. 

*  The SWC/SCL is also a major center for the history of American sports.  It holds the organization records of the Southwest Athletic Conference, as well as a substantial collection of oral histories, scrapbooks, and memorabilia on America’s sporting heritage.  Other collections include regional oral histories and photographic images and records for the Millennial Collection, a photographic documentary project.  The Rare Books department holds collections focusing on Joseph Conrad, John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Kay Boyle and James Dickey, as well as a growing collection of contemporary artist’s books.  

There is no special application form and this notice provides all the essential information needed to apply.  Applicants should submit the following:  (1) cover sheet stating a) name, b) title of project, c) expected period of residence, d) institutional affiliation, e) mailing and email address, f) telephone numbers; (2) a letter (not to exceed 1,000 words) which briefly describes the project, states the specific relevance of the Library’s collections to the project, and indicates expected results of the research (such as publications); (3) a curriculum vita or resume; and (4) one letter of reference.   

Guides to the SWC/SCL holdings are available at the website:  Applicants are encouraged to consult the SWC/SCL staff by mail or phone.  Inquiries may be addressed to SWC/SCL staff or to the Formby Research Fellowship Committee.  Email or fax submissions are acceptable.  

Address application or inquiries to:   

Dr. Diane Warner, Chair
Formby Research Fellowship Committee
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
MS 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1041
Fax: 806-742-0496  Phone: 806-742-3749

2008 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships

Monday, November 26th, 2007

UCLA grad students, don’t miss this funding opportunity!  If you need assistance finding special collections materials related to your project, contact your subject specialist in the library (that would be me, if you are in English or Comp Lit).  Applications are due December 14, 2007.

2008 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships

UCLA Library Special Collections  

The James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Special collections materials are located in the Arts, Biomedical, Music, and Research libraries and the University Archives.

Research residencies may last up to three months between March 3 and December 19, 2008. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2500. (Awards vary yearly. Grants in 2006 averaged $1800; in 2007, $1400.)

United States citizens and permanent residents with a legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.

Applications are due December 14, 2007, and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project

Mail applications to:

James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship Program
c/o Aislinn Catherine Sotelo
UCLA Library
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Questions about the fellowships can be mailed to the address above or emailed to Aislinn Catherine Sotelo at

Elaine Brown speaking at UCLA November 8

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The Afrikan Student Union of UCLA welcomes Elaine Brown, first female leader of the Black Panther Party, to speak at UCLA tomorrow, November 8th, 2007 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Haines A-39.


New blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The Social Science Research Council has a new blog called The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, which may be of interest to some of you.  Although the blog speaks from the vantage point of the social sciences, a least some of its contributors will be familiar to literature scholars.

Intellectual property lunch series for faculty

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

The UCLA Library has announced its 2007-2008 faculty lunch series, “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: The Rights Stuff for Teaching and Publishing.” 

I am posting the details here, but visit the library website to register.

This 2007-08 lunchtime series for UCLA faculty is co-sponsored by the UCLA Library, Academic Senate, Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, and the Office of Intellectual Property Administration. The three quarterly events are described below. Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited to UCLA faculty; advance registration is required, and space is limited. 

If You Don’t Ask, How Can You Tell?: Getting Permission to Use Material in Course Instruction and E-Publishing
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Do you want to include someone else’s chart, poem, or data table from the Internet in one of your forthcoming e-publications? Are you taking advantage of instructional tools such as Blackboard/Web CT, Moodle, podcasting software, or other innovations? If you answered yes to either question, this session will help you find out when you need permission and how to get it. Campus experts will outline best practices for permissions and permission requirements. 

“Don’t I Own My Own Work?”: Negotiating to Keep Your Copyright
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Noon-1:30 p.m.
As a UCLA faculty member, you must be productive in a “publish or perish” environment. But in your rush to publish, are you signing an agreement with your publisher without reading it fully or understanding its implications? You might unknowingly surrender your copyright and, along with it, the rights to use and reuse your work as you wish. Find out how to read authors’ agreements and how to negotiate to keep your rights. Learn from colleagues who have efficiently negotiated agreements without risk to their academic advancement. 

“What Are My Rights?”: Software, Patents, and Open Source
Spring Quarter 2008; Date To Be Announced
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Increasingly in our networked information environment, UC faculty collaborate on and create projects and programs that include software and inventions. Come hear Kat Fibiger, copyright lawyer, software creator, and new member of the UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property, describe UC policy related to these areas.

NEW RESOURCE: Mark Twain Project Online

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

The University of California just announced its launch of the Mark Twain Project Online (  Here is the press release just issued:

For Immediate Release: 

November 1, 2007 

For More Information:

   Laura Cerruti, University of California Press
   2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley CA 94704
   (510) 643-9793, laura.cerruti at ucpress dot edu

University of California launches Mark Twain Project Online
Access to texts, notes, and facsimiles available online at no charge to institutions or individuals

BERKELEY, Calif. – November 1, 2007 - University of California is pleased to announce the launch of the beta version of Mark Twain Project Online (, a digital critical edition of the writings of Mark Twain.

Mark Twain Project Online (MTPO) applies innovative technology to more than four decades of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents.

MTPO is a joint undertaking of the Mark Twain Papers and Project, the California Digital Library, and University of California Press. It is funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Mark Twain Project, and is supported by a number of institutions and individuals. The Mark Twain Foundation, a perpetual charitable trust that possesses the publication rights to all of Mark Twain’s writings, has given UC Press and Mark Twain Project Online exclusive rights to publish copyright-protected writings by Mark Twain, both in print and electronically.

At beta launch, the site will include more than twenty-three hundred letters written between 1853 and 1880, including nearly 100 facsimiles of originals. Users will also be able to search for information about Mark Twain’s complete correspondence across his entire life, including letters to him and his family. In future years, the site will release more of the nearly ten thousand known letters, including many never-before published; electronic editions of many of Mark Twain’s most famous literary works; the most complete catalog of Mark Twain’s writings currently available; and, in 2010, Mark Twain’s Autobiography, never before published in its complete form.

“Mark Twain Project Online is an extraordinary resource for scholars, teachers, and ordinary readers. Materials that previously could be examined only by scholars fortunate enough to be able to visit the Mark Twain Project in The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley will now be available worldwide to anyone with an interest in Mark Twain-and that’s a cause for celebration, ” Shelley Fisher Fishkin, author of Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture, said.

The customizable interface provides a powerful reading and research experience. The site offers users unprecedented access to authoritative transcriptions of Mark Twain’s writings and to compare those transcriptions side by side with facsimiles when available. Researchers can gather and store digital citations and links to selected documents, images, and other resources.  These features are supported, in large part, by the California Digital Library’s eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) and the ongoing work of The Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI).

Mark Twain Project Online demonstrates the great advantages of digital presentation and will be a model for future digital scholarly work. “The Mark Twain Project Online is an exciting initiative that will make a fundamental literary and biographical archive available to scholars and students.  MTPO offers easy access through a sophisticated web interface and growing and comprehensive scope.  This project has the potential to become a model for Web accessibility to foundational scholarly resources,” Richard Terdiman, author of Body and Story: The Ethics and Practice of Theoretical Conflict, said.

For more information about Mark Twain Project Online, including more about the making of this landmark online publication, please visit