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LibGuides at UCLA

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Research has never been a straightforward, easy endeavor and it has only become more complicated with the advent of online indexes and databases.  With resources changing on a frequent basis, it is tough for even the most advanced scholar to figure out how to find relevant sources in her area of research. 

UCLA Librarians are now trying out LibGuides, a dynamic software program that enables us to present online research guides that are easy to update and user-friendly.  A list of available guides can be found at

I don’t yet have a guide for Literature, but I have already created a guide for History and literature scholars will find a great deal of relevant information in the History guide.  I plan to release the Literature guide at the beginning of Winter Quarter, so keep an eye out for it!

Three more e-journals join Open Humanities Press!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Three scholarly e-journals, Postcolonial Text, Image [&] Narrative, and Fast Capitalism, have been added to the open access journals already available at Open Humanities Press.  If you have been reading Open Humanities Press journals, let me know what you think!  I’m involved in helping OHP folks think through strategies for creating sustainable open access scholarly monographic publishing models, so I can easily pass your comments directly on to them.

For Immediate Release, October 23, 2008
Contact: Sigi Jöttkandt: +32 (0)2 792 7346
Open Humanities Press

OPEN HUMANITIES PRESS: MORE JOURNALS PARTICIPATING – Joining the pioneering open access publisher this month are journals specializing in postcolonial literary studies, visual narrative and contemporary media culture.

The major new humanities publishing initiative, Open Humanities Press (OHP) (, has expanded its offerings in peer-reviewed scholarly publishing on the Web. Postcolonial Text, Image [&] Narrative, and Fast Capitalism have been approved by OHP’s editorial board and are joining the international open access humanities publishing collective. The new additions represent OHP’s continued success at attracting high-quality publications to its list of academically-certified online journals. Like all the journals affiliated with OHP, the full text of each of the new additions is immediately available in open access form at no cost to the readers or authors.

John Willinsky, Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the Public Knowledge Project that designed and built the open source journal publishing software used by many of the OHP journals said, “I am extremely pleased that Open Humanities Press has recognized Postcolonial Text as a leading journal for its stable of prestigious open access publications.” A founding co-editor of Postcolonial Text and advisory board member of OHP, Willinsky added that, “in its fourth year of publication, Postcolonial Text continues to break new ground in critical analysis and creative writing on a born digital, born open access basis. I’m delighted to see the two initiatives support each other in their shared aim of moving this world forward.” Postcolonial Text was founded in 2004 by John Willinsky and Ranjini Mendis (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada); in 2008 Heike Härting (University of Montreal, Canada) was appointed the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

“In an era of rampant privatization of ‘intellectual property,’ open access publishing aims to revive the idea of the intellectual commons,” explained Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research in New York, who serves on the editorial board of Fast Capitalism, alongside Fredric Jameson (Duke University), Mark Poster (UC Irvine), Edward Soja (UCLA), Todd Gitlin (Columbia University), and others. “How fitting, then, that Fast Capitalism should join Open Humanities Press.” Fast Capitalism was founded in 2005 by Ben Agger (University of Texas at Arlington) and Tim Luke (Viriginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). It describes itself as “an academic journal with political intent.”

To become affiliated with OHP, journals undergo a rigorous assessment by the press’s editorial oversight group. Once a journal has been approved by the board, OHP works with editors to ensure the new additions meet a number of open technical standards. Jan Baetens, a founding co-editor of Image [&] Narrative explained, “Open Humanities Press represents the new paradigm of scholarly publishing our own journal has been defending since 2000. Becoming part of OHP gives us access to a collective technical knowledge that will help us bring our journal in line with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), making our nearly ten years’ worth of publication more easily indexed by libraries and search engines such as Google.” Edited by Jan Baetens (KU Leuven) Anneleen Masschelein (KU Leuven) and Hilde Van Gelder (KU Leuven), Image [&] Narrative publishes writings on visual narratology in French and English.

OHP offers its new additions permanent archiving through a LOCKSS project based at Carnegie Mellon University. The collective also assists its partner journals who wish to migrate to Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems, which features an electronic submission system with author tracking capabilities, peer review management, and publication of articles in both HTML and PDF formats.

OHP already publishes 7 journals in critical and cultural theory that are run by their own independent editorial boards and external peer-reviewers. The collective expects to add more journals in critical and cultural theory over the coming months. “We are seeing an increasing number of venues where humanities scholars can publish in open access format without risk to traditional academic standards” said Sigi Jöttkandt, a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy, The Netherlands and co-founder (with Gary Hall, David Ottina and Paul Ashton) of OHP. She added, “Open access sustains a diversity of critical voices that could otherwise easily be lost in today’s increasingly fragile economic climate.”


Open Humanities Press is an international Open Access publishing collective specializing in critical and cultural theory. OHP was formed by academics to overcome the current crisis in scholarly publishing that threatens intellectual freedom and academic rigor worldwide. OHP journals are academically certified by OHP’s independent board of international scholars. All OHP publications are peer-reviewed, published under open access licenses, and freely and immediately available online at

Happy Open Access Day!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

October 14 is Open Access Day!  

Check here ( for OA activities happening worldwide.

New e-journal on book history

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec has announced the launch of Mémoires du livres, a new e-journal devoted to the study of book history.  Here is a description of this new publication from the journal’s website:

Dedicated to the dissemination of research in book history, Mémoires du livre welcomes studies pertaining to all types of media for the written word, from manuscript to the screen, without excluding print. This historical perspective can also include research on contemporary phenomena undertaken with a sociological angle, be it library science, statistics or an analysis of the various trades related to the book world. Mémoires du livre will generally opt for interdisciplinarity and the decompartmentalization of the various fields related to book history. Indeed, Mémoires du livre will be open to all corpora and approaches that will provide insight on the “book-system”, the word “book” being understood in all possible meanings.

Co-edited by Marie-Pier Luneau and Josée Vincent, professors at the Université de Sherbrooke and directors of the Groupe de recherche sur l’édition littéraire au Québec, Mémoires du livre is published biannually. Each text is submitted to a reading committee and must fulfill the requirements of an academic journal of the highest quality and of international dissemination. Each article is published in full at no cost, in French or in English; the journal is not published in hard copy.

The call for submissions to its inaugural issue can be found here

3rd Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

It’s that time of year again.  The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is coming up in about a month.  In the past two years, the bazaar took place at the Huntington Library. This year it is moving to USC.  See the announcement below for details. I really recommend this event to Southern California history and literature scholars. 

Southern California history comes alive in exhibits by 65 historical collections and archives on Saturday, October 25 at the USC -Davidson Conference Center.  Browse rare collections, consult with experts, learn about family genealogy, preserving your own history, and numerous other topics.  Presented by L.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries, the Bazaar offers a wealth of resources for exploring Los Angeles history, including educational programs, panels and book signing by authors, and documentary films about the hidden stories of Los Angeles neighborhoods will be shown throughout the day.

FREE Admission.

Archives Bazaar visitors receive FREE admission to Exposition Park museums, including the California African American Museum, the California Science Center, and reduced admission to the Natural History Museum (NHM).  The NHM provides Teachers, Active Military and USC students FREE admission with photo ID, courtesy of NHM.

For more information visit

Location: USC -Davidson Conference Center, 3415 S. Figueroa St. (at Jefferson Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90089.  Suggested Parking is Parking Structure D, immediately east of Davidson Center.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

NEW RESOURCE: Literature Criticism Online

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

I am pleased to announce that UCLA now has Literature Criticism Online (if this link doesn’t work, it is probably because you need a UCLA IP address to access it). This database provides electronic access to most of the print content available in reference sources such as Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children’s Literature Review, and Shakespearean Criticism–all of which we currently own in our print reference collections at UCLA.  These print runs take up approximately 150 linear feet of space in our reference collections but do not see much use. We will be moving these print volumes out of the reference reading rooms and into SRLF.

Why are we going for the online version if we have already paid for the print?  A few reasons: 1. These very expensive print sets don’t see much use anymore, even though there is a wealth of very useful information in them. This may be our fault as librarians for not promoting the print materials vigorously enough, but it seems that many scholars are–increasingly, and for a variety of reasons–erring on the side of convenience (full-text, online) rather than comprehensiveness (hunting down every single useful resource they can find). 2. Space is always an issue in our libraries and these sets take up a great deal of space. If they are not seeing much use, it is preferable to relocate them and use that space for reference materials that are not available in electronic form. 3. There are significant cost-savings involved in the long term by going to one digital resource rather than having duplicate sets of the print in multiple libraries on campus.

If you would like me to conduct a training session for this resource, individually or for a group, please let me know.


Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

We have access to a great resource for 19th-century research–C19: The Nineteenth Century Index.  This is very good news as it enables us to more effectively access some materials we already had in print reference volumes but also some information for which we had no subscriptions.

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index (University of California systemwide access)

“The most comprehensive and dynamic source for discovering nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. The C19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole’s Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.5 million books and official publications, 71,000 archival collections and 16.3 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 12 bibliographic indexes, including almost a million records from the ongoing digitization of British Periodicals Collections I and II.” 

If you would like me to show you around this new resource, do contact me for an appointment or stop by the Reference Desk in Young Research Library or the College Library (Powell).

Google book search bibliography

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

This may be of interest to history of the book scholars as well as new media scholars.  Charles W. Bailey, Jr., of, has pulled together a bibliography of materials examining a range of issues relating to Google Book Search

Here is Bailey’s announcement:

The Google Book Search Bibliography, Version 2 is now available from Digital Scholarship.  This bibliography presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Book Search. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be  identical.  

For a discussion of the numerous changes in my digital publications since my resignation from the University of Houston Libraries, see Digital Scholarship Publications Overview.

LAUNCHED today! The Next Generation Melvyl Pilot

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The University of California (UC) Libraries have launched a pilot version of a replacement for the current Melvyl Catalog, which contains records for holdings at all ten UC campuses.  Users are encouraged to test the pilot, called Next-Generation Melvyl, and offer feedback on how well it meets their needs.  The UCLA version is available at  

The pilot features a single interface that searches holdings in all UC Libraries, those of libraries around the world, and UC books digitized by Google. It also searches for article references in education (from journals indexed in ERIC), medicine and health (from journals indexed in Medline), U.S. government publications (from journals indexed in GPO), and general topics (from journals indexed in ArticleFirst).  UC-eLinks can then be used to access the full text or print-copy information for journals to which there is a UC subscription. 

Because the process of loading records into the pilot database is extremely complex, most but not all Melvyl records will be available during this testing phase.  Throughout the pilot, the current Melvyl Catalog ( and all its functionality will be maintained and available as usual.  

Search results are displayed with local records first, then UC records, then records from other libraries worldwide.  From the individual records, users can check circulation status, place holds on items at their home campuses, and request items held elsewhere, both within the UC system and beyond.  

Other features include the ability to easily refine searches, build and share lists of library resources, view personal ratings and reviews of items, cite items in various styles, export citations in multiple formats, and search the catalog using several languages.    

The pilot, which begins today, will last at least six months. Following its completion, a decision will be made about whether to move forward with it or to pursue other options.  

Next-Generation Melvyl has been created in collaboration with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).  This partnership enables the UC libraries to integrate their collection resources – whether purchased, locally digitized, or digitized by third parties – with collections around the world in ways that meet the needs of students and faculty.  

OCLC is a nonprofit library membership and research organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, preservation, and electronic content services to 57,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide also have created and maintain WorldCat (, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials.�

NEW RESOURCE: Collected Letters of Rosina Bulwer Lytton

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Since this blog’s inception, I have planned all along to announce significant new additions to our literature and related collections here in UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL).  Here I am, nearly at the end of Spring Quarter, finally able to start such announcements with more regularity.  Better late than never, I hope.

 Just received at YRL is a 3-volume set of The Collected Letters of Rosina Bulwer Lytton, edited by Marie Mulvey-Roberts and published by Pickering and Chatto.  Here is a blurb from the publisher’s announcement:

“Rosina Bulwer Lytton is remembered as the ‘mad wife’ of the eminent Victorian politician and novelist, Edward Bulwer Lytton. In fact, she was a clever and successful writer who published thirteen novels, a memoir, and several pamphlets and broadsheets. She was also a witty and prolific correspondent and used her pen to wage a life-long vendetta against her estranged husband. Over 800 of Rosina’s letters survive. This unique record reveals the innermost workings of the Victorian literary and political establishments. To date, only a fraction has been published; most remain in private collections.”

This set will nicely complement our existing Rosina Bulwer Lytton holdings in the Michael Sadleir Collection of 19th-Century British Fiction, located in the YRL Special Collections Department.

You can find The Collected Letters of Rosina Bulwer Lytton in the Library Catalog under call number PR4959.L5 Z48 2008.