Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

John Fante papers at UCLA Library

Monday, April 13th, 2009

UCLA Library has just announced its acquisition of the John Fante archive!  Here’s a story from today’s Daily Bruin.

Link your UCLA web project to Calisphere

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

I just received this announcement from the California Digital Library, inviting University of California scholars to link their digital projects from CDL’s digital archive and gateway site, Calisphere.  Adding our web-based digital projects to Calisphere will undoubtedly increase their discoverability, so I encourage any UCLA scholars to submit their URLs to Calisphere.  If you have any questions about Calisphere or this invitation, I am happy to field them.  If you have copyright concerns related to putting your digital projects into Calisphere, I can help you think through those decisions as well.

Do you have a web site you’d like to share that has been created by a UC campus faculty member, librarian, or researcher?  Would you like to raise the visibility of a web site you’ve created?  Is it an online exhibit, curated collection, or thematically-based grouping of materials?  Does the web site feature resources such as photographs, maps, historical documents, current articles and research, multimedia, electronic books, or other online resources?Let us know!  We’d like to add it to Calisphere.


Calisphere, managed by the California Digital Library (CDL), provides public access to primary source materials and freely available UC-created web sites. Calisphere offers more than 150,000 digitized items—including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts—selected from the libraries, archives and museums of the UC campuses, and from cultural heritage organizations across California. Calisphere is also a gateway to UC-created web sites that reflect the diverse interests and scholarship of UC, including the humanities, social sciences, math, and science resources. To date, we have published citations to over 500 websites—and we’d like your help to expand our registry.

Who uses Calisphere?

Calisphere is freely available to the public and is used by a broad range of people including UC students, K-12 educators and the general public.  By incorporating UC sites in Calisphere, we increase their visibility and make them more broadly available.

Send Us Your URLs

Here’s how.

UCLA acquires Aldous Huxley’s literary archive

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

UCLA Library has acquired Aldous Huxley’s literary archive, thanks to a bequest from his wife, Laura Huxley, who died in 2007.  See this article from the UCLA Newsroom for more details of this impressive acquisition:

Mellon lecture series: A Cultural Pre-History of Environmentalism

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Just heard about this upcoming lecture series from the UCLA English Department.  To view the flyer, click the image below.  Or for more information, click here.A Cultural Pre-History of Environmentalism

The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Friday, February 13th, 2009

The Chronicle for Higher Education posted a story in the Wired Campus column about UCLA English Department faculty member Matthew Fisher’s new project creating a Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts. The Chronicle article is available online at

You can find the Catalogue itself at

Digital humanities fellowship opportunity – Vectors

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

 If you have a digital humanities project up your sleeve, here is an opportunity for you.  Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular is an open access, multi-media humanities journal produced by USC and published by Open Humanities Press.

The University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy and the electronic journal Vectors are pleased to announce a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Program for summer 2009 designed to foster innovative multimedia research. Titled “Broadening the Digital Humanities,” the Institute will offer scholars the opportunity to explore the benefits of interactive media for scholarly analysis and authorship, illustrating the possibilities of multimodal media for humanities investigation. Fellows participating in the program will learn both by engaging with a variety of existing projects as well as through the production of their own project in collaboration with the Vectors-IML team. The projects fellows create will at once enrich their own understanding of the digital humanities and model the field for other scholars. Select projects will be published in Vectors.

For more information, please visit our submissions page at

Best wishes,
The Vectors Journal

19th century UK pamplets in JSTOR

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I don’t usually tell scholars to go search JSTOR for something.  Generally speaking, things that are stored in JSTOR show up in searches done in other databases or catalogs and then our handy UC-eLinks service sends you to JSTOR to get the text in question.  JSTOR is definitely good for browsing academic journals, and for certain areas of study it may well be a decent place to search, but you must remember that it doesn’t contain the most recent 5 years of publication.

That said, JSTOR just announced that it is providing University of California Libraries free access to its new 19th Century British Pamphlets collection until June 30, 2009.  This pamphlet collection includes the Cowen Tracts (1603-1898), the (John) Hume Tracts (1769-1949) and the Knowsley Pamphlet Collection (1792-1868).  If you want to browse the pamphlet collection, you can open JSTOR and just type in the name of the collection in the search box.  For example, type “Hume tracts” in the search box to see documents in this collection.  Alternatively, you can open this link  in JSTOR if you are connected to the UCLA network.  Doing so will give you a list of the JSTOR collections that UCLA folks can access.

Undergraduate library prize

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Gary Strong, University Librarian of the UCLA Library, has just announced that the Library will award its first Library Prize for Undergraduate Research on May 11, 2009. This new prize has been established:

  • to encourage undergraduate students to reflect on the research process in the pursuit of excellence in their academic course work;
  • to recognize the significance of information literacy as it relates to academic learning; and
  • to reward undergraduate students who incorporate the collections of the UCLA Library into their research.

The prize has been funded through the generosity of long-time UCLA Library supporter Ruth Simon. For complete details, visit: 

If you have questions, please contact Alison Armstrong, director of Undergraduate Initiatives, aarmstrong at library dot ucla dot edu.

A new LibGuide for the new year

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Locating resources for literature-related research at UCLA has just gotten a bit easier.  I have just unveiled the Literature research guide (aka “LibGuide”) to help give you a launching pad for your research.  The URL is easy to remember:

On the home page, you will find handy frequently used links such as the MLA International Bibliography database, Literature Criticism Online, the library catalogs, and more.  You will also find links to MLA style guides and manuals, as well as ways to contact me for research assistance.  Along the top, there are tabs that organize resources into Reference Sources, Books, Journal Articles, Primary Sources, and Other Resources.  Other Resources includes a growing list of digital humanities sites and scholarly web projects related to literature.

The best thing about the guide is that it is adaptable.  I will continue to add new resources as I come across them.  You are welcome to leave comments about what is useful or what you would like to see added to the guide.  Is there a particular database or resource that you use frequently?  Let me know and I can put it on the home page to help minimize the number of clicks it takes you to find it.  Is there are more intuitive way to organize the information?  Let me know and I’m happy to work with your suggestions.

NEH Summer Seminar in history of the book

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

 This announcement may be of interest to literature faculty:

John N. King and James K. Bracken of The Ohio State University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the 200 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which adherents of different religious faiths shared common ground in exploiting elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries) in order to inspire reading, but also to restrict interpretation. Employing key methods of the History of the Book, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in  the literary, political, or cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including would-be rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 22 June until 24 July 2009. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving early modern printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at the British Library. During four weeks at Oxford, where we shall reside at St. Edmund Hall, we plan to draw on the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2009 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,800.

Full details and application information are available at For further information, please contact The application deadline is March 1, 2009.