Archive for November, 2009

Undergraduate Fellowship: Jacqueline Hoang

Friday, November 20th, 2009

This post focuses on Jacqueline Hoang, another recipient of the University Librarian’s Undergraduate Fellowship. Jacqueline is in the creative writing honors program and is working with faculty research mentor Frederick Burwick.

Jacqueline’s thesis project is not only to write a play but to produce and direct it as well. As she notes in her personal statement, she hopes the UCLA Library will help her address her lack of experience in playwriting, producing, and directing.  “Since I began I have become reliant upon my local library for things as small as formatting a script to the larger issues of capturing an audience.   …Though the work load seems heavy already, I am determined to complete the project successfully with the generous help from the libraries of UCLA.”

Jacqueline, we hope to be in the front row on opening night!

Jonathan Brand Presents During Open Access Week

Friday, November 20th, 2009

As part of International Open Access Week activities and programs at UCLA, the UCLA library hosted an array of programs highlighting the growing global movement toward open and public access to scholarly research and publishing. One of the programs was a session on The Google Books Settlement: Issues and Options featured Jonathan Band. The YouTube video available here captures the Q and A session.

Jonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the DMCA, database protection legislation, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, and other federal and state statutes. He complements this legislative advocacy by filing amicus briefs in significant cases related to these provisions. An adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Band has written extensively on intellectual property and the Internet including the article on the importance of faculty and scholars retaining their copyright available here . Band received a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School. Prior to establishing his own law firm in May 2005, he worked at the Washington, D.C., office of Morrison & Foerster LLP for 20 years, including 13 years as a partner.

Partnership with June L. Mazer Archive Announced

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The UCLA Library recently celebrated the launching of a partnership with the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives. This exciting new outreach and collection-building partnership promises to benefit the Mazer Archives, the UCLA Library, and scholars around the world in many ways. It makes the Archives’ collections more broadly accesible to the public; it increases the Library’s holdings and supports our collection-building efforts in this important area of social and cultural history; and it expands the pool of primary source materials available to researchs and to the community.

Our partnership grew out of a project intiated by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize several of Mazer’s key Los angeles-themed collections. So we owe a particular debt of thanks to the center’s director, Katheen McHugh and Associate Director April DeStefano.


In this order left to right Kathleen McHugh, Director UCLA Center for the Study of Women Ann Giagni, President of the Board, June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive Honorable Sheila J. Kuehl, former California State Senator Honorable Abbe Land, Mayor of West Hollywood UCLA University Librarian Gary E. Strong April De Stefano, Assistant Director UCLA Center for the Study of Women

For the news release, please consult:

The link to the digital collection is:

The launch event for the Mazer Lesbian Archive has been posted to UCLA on YouTube:

The direct link to the video is here:

Undergraduate Fellowship: Sophia Yishu Gu

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Today’s post features an excerpt from the personal statement of Sophia Yishu Gu, another recipient of the University Librarian’s Undergraduate Fellowship. Sophia is a senior in the English honors program, and her faculty research mentor is Gordon Kipling.

“‘ What is research, but a blind date with knowledge?’ Will Henry’s insightful remark encapsulates the hopeful excitement and delight that every researcher feels as they explore the endless rows of library bookselves, fingering through the discerning words of those who came before them. Already a bona fide bibliophile, I’ve spent a number of such blind dates at campus libraries under the name of literary research. Aware of the amazing opportunities at a rsearch institution like UCLA, getting involved with academic research has been one of my main priorities as a student at UCLA.”

What a wonderful approach to research, Sophia!

Undergraduate Fellowship: Lisa Douglass

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The third of my series of posts on recipients of the University Librarian’s Undergraduate Fellowship features Lisa Douglass. Lisa, a senior in the creative writing honors program, is working with faculty research mentor Mona Simpson.

Lisa’s senior thesis will take the form of a young adult novel; thus, in her personal statement, she explains that her “…research will include searching psychological ramifications of severe bullying in teenagers. I will search the special collections to see if there are any resources in place for teens in the school systems of Los Angeles. I will focus my studies on violent crimes committed in reaction to severe bullying and sibling abuse.  … I am confident that this is something people need to know about and am convinced that my research will make a change in the current unforgiving nature of the system as it now excludes victims of this type of abuse.”

Lisa, I’m awed by your passion and commitment; we look forward to working with you!

Night Powell Reinstated

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has secured funding to restore the opening hours of Night Powell, the extended hours reading room located in the Powell Library Building, as of Monday, November 2. Hours are posted on at the following link:

You can read the Bruin’s editorial about Night Powell online at:

UCLA Library Preservation Program Spotlighted

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Check out Jake Nadal’s overview of our preservation program.